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MCLA Men's Tennis Falls in Conference Semis
09:44PM / Saturday, April 30, 2016

CASTLETON, Vt. - The Colby-Sawyer men's tennis team clinched its spot in the North Atlantic Conference East Division Championship Saturday afternoon with a 9-0 victory in the semifinal round over the fourth-seeded MCLA Trailblazers.

The Chargers dropped just five points in doubles play and notched six straight-sets singles victories to secure their spot in the final for the fifth straight season. The Trailblazers, meanwhile, finished their season at 4-7 overall.

The appearance in the NAC semifinals were the first for MCLA since they joined the NAC back in 2014.

Colby Sawyer went on to capture the league title, defeating the host Spartans 5-0, later in the


@theMarket: It May Be That Time Again
By Bill Schmick,
01:12PM / Saturday, April 30, 2016

For traders, the old adage to "Sell in May" is now upon us. Over the past 40-plus years this recommendation has worked over 70 percent of the time. Should you go with the statistics or ignore them?

As regular readers know, the S&P 500 Index has already reached my target of 2,100. We did so over two weeks ago and until yesterday the bulls have been trying to break over that line and get back to the historical highs around 2,134.

The perfect excuse to do so should have occurred on Wednesday when the central bank's Federal Open Market Committee announced their latest decision to keep rates where they are.

The wording of the news release was almost identical to last


Colorful Bus Stop Installed on Main Street
by TunnelVision 01:33PM / Tuesday, June 19, 2012

by bananas2 10:53AM / Sunday, April 01, 2012
Instead of bickering about parking get a industry in North Adams with higher paying jobs than all the service jobs we have now. Is anyone on the commitee out there looking for any industries to come
Super Bowl Pancake Breakfast
by TunnelVision 10:44PM / Monday, January 30, 2012

North Adams Pupils Help With Windsor Lake Trout Stocking
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:40AM / Saturday, April 30, 2016

See more photos from Friday's fish stocking here.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Their enthusiasm more than made up for their lack of bucket skills when it came to fish stocking.

A few times they dropped the fish on the lawn, sometimes on the beach but most often in the water.

Several times they nearly dumped the trout on themselves and once had MassWildlife officials ducking as the foot-long fish came squarely at their heads.

The trout seemed to take it in stride.

"They'll be fine," said Andrew Madden, Western District manager of Division of Fisheries & Wildlife, as he tossed an errant trout into Windsor Lake. "They're tough fish."

The city's


BFAIR Meeting Shows How Far Services Have Come
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:35PM / Friday, April 29, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — It was a different world when Doris and Aldo Sartori began raising three boys with developmental disabilities.

Their second child, Dennis, was born with special needs in 1953. Twin boys, both with developmental impairments, came along 12 years later.

"Services available to help a family with their children consisted of little more than institutional care," BFAIR Executive Director Rich Weisenflue said on Friday morning. "That was what was recommended often by physicians.

"In Doris' case, that wasn't going to happen."

Berkshire Family and Individual Resources on Friday recognized Doris Sartori and her family with BFAIR's


The Independent Investor: What Do Prince, You and a Will Have in Common?
By Bill Schmick,
03:05PM / Friday, April 29, 2016

What do Prince, you and a will have in common? The short answer is maybe nothing, unless, like so many of us, you still have not finalized such a document. If you haven't, get on the phone with a lawyer and get it done.

The passing of Prince was a sad day, but even sadder is the fact that this week his sister just opened a probate case in Carver County, Minn., the home of the late rock star.

"I do not know of the existence of a will and have no reason to believe that the Decedent executed testamentary documents in any form," Tyka Nelson wrote in her filing.

Prince had no spouse or children but he does have several siblings and an estate valued at $300 million. There is


North Adams Library Names DiLego as Assistant Director
01:36PM / Friday, April 29, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Longtime Youth Services Librarian Kim DiLego rose to the top of a field of candidates and will be named to replace Robin Martin in a combined position of assistant director/reference librarian for the North Adams Public Library.

The selection committee, including Harris Elder and Hulda Jowett from the Board of Trustees and Mindy Hackner and Carole Perras from the library staff, sifted through 22 submissions and interviewed six strong candidates. Although each of the candidates brought something valuable to consider, DiLego was the unanimous choice based on her 20 years of experience at the library, her familiarity with library procedures, and the depth of her


MCLA Signs Agreement with WNEU School of Law
01:28PM / Friday, April 29, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has signed a 3 + 3 articulation agreement with Western New England University School of Law to establish a joint program leading to a bachelor’s degree and a juris doctor degree.
With this agreement, signed Tuesday by MCLA President James F. Birge, WNEU Provost Linda Jones and WNEU School of Law Dean Eric Gouvin, qualified undergraduates at MCLA may substitute the first year at the law school for their senior year at MCLA. As a result, they may earn their bachelor’s degree and juris doctor degree in six years instead of the typical seven.

According to Birge, this new partnership allows both MCLA and WNEU


Carr Hardware Joins Forces to Expand into Connecticut
01:22PM / Friday, April 29, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Brightwood Hardware out of Longmeadow has forged a partnership with Carr Hardware & Supply Co. of Berkshire County, both members of the True Value Co-op.

Moe Fieldstein, of Brightwood Hardware, started out in the hardware business at the age of 8, working for his father Jacob at his store located in the Brightwood sector of Springfield. Brightwood Hardware would later move to its current location in Longmeadow.

During that same time period, Marshall Raser was making his way in the hardware industry. After discharge from the Army, Marshall worked at his family’s hardware store in Quincy before relocating to take over Carr Hardware in Pittsfield in


Superior Court Briefs: April 25 - April 28
Staff Reports,
11:44AM / Friday, April 29, 2016
Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Monday, April 25.   Roscoe Adams, 36, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of assault and battery on a disabled person, caretaker abuse on a disabled person, and misleading a police officer or other person.   He was released on personal recognizance. Adams is accused of assaulting a student and then giving false statements to court officials while employed by Eagleton School. The assault allegedly occurred on June 10, 2013.    Debra Davis, 41, of Great Barrington had a not guilty plea entered on her behalf on a single count of intimidation of a witness.   She was released on personal


MCLA Gallery 51 Seeks Camera Phone Photo Show Submissions
11:31AM / Friday, April 29, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ Gallery 51 is gathering images for “Waiting: A Camera Phone Photography Show,” which will open on Thursday, May 26, and run through Saturday, June 25.

A collaborative group project of MCLA and Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, Utah, “Waiting” will include more than 1,000 photographs, which will be selected for exhibit in MCLA Gallery 51.

The gallery will collect images of times in our day when we are waiting. The show will attempt to capture the moments that pass, unseen. This project represents a form of self-assessment as we consider these small moments in our daily lives.



Clarksburg Holocaust Program Remembers the Rescuers
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:37AM / Friday, April 29, 2016

CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Clarksburg School's Holocaust Studies program has in the past explored the roots of genocide, discrimination and prejudice, the failure of political will to protect individual rights, and the rise of Nazism.

For its 11th annual exhibit on Thursday night, this year's eighth-grade class tackled a subject of hope through their research and the evening's two guests who offered a look at the Holocaust through a literary perspective and from personal experience.  

With the theme "Rescue and Remembrance," the 15 students told the stories of the saviors, including Miep Gies, Raoul Wallenberg, and Chiune Sugihara, who had risked their lives and


'A Hologram for the King': Angst of a Salesman
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
04:31PM / Thursday, April 28, 2016

Director Tom Tykwer's "A Hologram for the King," about a down-on-his-luck American businessman seeking to rectify his life through one big deal in Saudi Arabia, is the sort of film you enjoy while you're watching it, think about a little, and dismiss. The fleeting, two-pronged appeal comes thanks to the everyman charm Tom Hanks imbues in his Alan Clay, a desperate former corporate bigwig, and the inscrutable sociology he runs into whilst attempting to sell the Arab king a holographic teleconferencing program.  

We like Alan, especially after learning that his fall from Big Biz was a result of just one unfortunate decision during the Great Recession that he's


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