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'Far From the Madding Crowd': Cinema Sanctuary
By Michael S. Goldberger,
05:09PM / Saturday, June 06, 2015
Popcorn Column
by Michael S. Goldberger  
Fox Searchlight Pictures Carey Mulligan's Bathsheba must make a heartfelt decision between three worthy beaus 'Far From the Madding Crowd' in the other theaters at the cineplex.

"The only reason we came to see it was because my wife read it in high school."

Thus spake, within earshot of my wife, a disgruntled viewer unimpressed with the dose of literary culture he had just been so eloquently dealt by director Thomas Vinterberg's adaptation of Thomas Hardy's "Far From the Madding Crowd." Exiting the theater, he further disparaged the experience,


BArT Graduates Find Their Voices
By Stephen Dravis,
03:14PM / Saturday, June 06, 2015
Berkshire Arts & Technology Public Charter School graduated its largest class to date on Saturday morning in its new gymnasium. ADAMS, Mass. — Before the members of BArT's graduating class received their diplomas, they heard from their school's director, its principal, the director of the Northern Berkshires Community Coalition's Neighbors Program, and their fellow students.   And the graduates were reminded that sometimes the most important voice is their own.   "Most of my time at BArT, I spent making sure that I wasn't the one who stood out in a crowd," class speaker Ciera Jeanne Dowling told the crowd assembled in the new gymnasium at

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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

AG Healey Plots Opioid Abuse Strategies With Local Officials
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:32PM / Friday, June 05, 2015
Healey joined local legislators at the Bishop Clapp Building of Berkshire Health Systems on Friday afternoon. She spoke to students at Wahconah Regional High School about drug abuse earlier in the day. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Attorney General Maura Healey says heroin abuse is her office's top priority.    On Friday, her focus on that took her to the Berkshires where she met with the legislative delegation, district attorney, sheriff, and Berkshire Health Systems representatives.   Healey says she wants more efforts to prevent opioid abuse and better access to treatment.   "The good news is that I see folks in this community working so hard — the

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McCann Tech Scholarships & Awards 2015
02:47PM / Friday, June 05, 2015

The following awards and scholarships were presented at class night ceremonies on Tuesday, June 2.

Adam Ziarnik Memorial Scholarship: Tiana Mack

Adams Community Bank Scholarship: Laura Netti, Zoe Loughman,  Natalie Howe, Daniel Burdick III,  Brett Gibeau & Andrew Corsi

Adams Lions Club Scholarship: Zoe Loughman

Adams Outdoorsmen For Youth Scholarship: Zoe Loughman

Albin Anthony Bunik Biros Memorial Scholarship: Jonathan Pierce

Alexander C. W. McNicol Memorial Award: Brett Pecor

Alma L. Riello Scholarship given by the NBCTC: Nicholas Belanger

American Culinary Federation Certified Junior Culinarian: Amber Foster & Nathan Reiter

American Culinary Federation

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MountainOne Bank Announces Executive Promotions
12:16PM / Friday, June 05, 2015

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Robert Fraser, president and chief executive officer of MountainOne Bank, has announced several promotions within the bank's management team

The promotions include Lynne Carlotto to executive vice president, Senior Risk Management & CRA officer; Paul Brindle, senior vice president, Western Massachusetts Commercial Lending Team Leader; Matt Kreiser, vice president, Commercial Lending Officer; and Marie Harris, assistant vice president, Senior Credit Analyst. Fraser also announced the addition of Jacqulyn Shambaugh, Commercial Services officer, to the new MountainOne Bank Danvers office team.

"Lynne, Paul, Matt, and Marie have made significant

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Drury High Musicians Given Summer Scholarships
12:07PM / Friday, June 05, 2015

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Drury High School Band Parent Board awarded more than $3,000 in scholarships to students attending music camps and private lessons this summer.

The awards were presented at the annual Drury Performing Arts Banquet held on May 29 at the Bounti Fare Restaurant.

Award recipients include Christopher Andrews, attending UMass Jazz and Drum Major Camps; Elliot Eastman, attending UMass Jazz Camp; Jake Keplinger, attending Berklee School of Music Camp; Michael Mazzu, attending Berklee School of Music Camp; John K. Wood, attending UMass Jazz Camp; Skye Sweeney, attending UMass Drum Major Camp; and Billy Superneau, receiving private oboe lessons.

Funds for band

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Berkshire Taconic Announces Third Round of 2015 Grant Deadlines for Berkshire County
11:38AM / Friday, June 05, 2015

SHEFFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation has announced the third round of deadlines for competitive grants in 2015. Covering the period from July through September, the summer cycle of deadlines is open to regional nonprofits, schools and individuals.

For nonprofits

Harvard Business School’s ‘Governing for Nonprofit Excellence’ Scholarship is designed to enhance the leadership skills of nonprofit board chairs or vice chairs. Taught by a team of Harvard faculty members who specialize in nonprofit management and valued at $4,250, this program explores four core nonprofit governance competencies: board leadership, strategic stewardship, performance

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The Independent Investor: How to Run for President and Make a Fortune
By Bill Schmick,
11:03AM / Friday, June 05, 2015

Almost every day this week we received an announcement of yet another contender for the 2016 presidency, or an announcement that an announcement would be forthcoming. The reason for so many candidates however, may have nothing to do with winning the presidency.

Back in the day, it was rare to have any more than two or three candidates in each party (and maybe an independent) running in the presidential primaries. Over the last few years that number has tended to increase. This year it looks like we may set a record of most candidates seeking the country's highest office. As of this week, I think we have 10 announced with another eight or more coming.

Can all these politicians truly


Adams' Bird Returns to SteepleCats
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Sports
02:55AM / Friday, June 05, 2015
Tanner Bird of Adams is back on the roster for the SteepleCats this year. Above, he plays shortstop as a senior at Hoosac Valley High in 2012. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The 2015 edition of the North Adams SteepleCats hits the field for the first time on Friday night.   The roster includes players who hail from places like Walnut Creek, Calif., Winter Springs, Fla., and San Juan, Puerto Rico.   It also includes one player whose journey was a bit shorter: Adams native and SteepleCats pitcher Tanner Bird.   "I think my experience is a little different from theirs," Bird said of his teammates this week as he prepares for his second season with the


With New Lease, Pittsfield Suns Open Fourth Season Friday Night
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:11PM / Thursday, June 04, 2015
General Manager Kevin McGuire said the team is excited about the new five-year lease on Wahconah Park to become the longest tenant since the Pittsfield Mets.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — On Friday night, the Suns will throw out their first pitch of season and become Wahconah Park's longest tenant since the Mets.   The Future's Collegiate Baseball League team signed a new five-year lease with the city for Wahconah Park after growing in attendance over its first three years.    "On opening night in 2012, when we asked the community to give us a shot, they did. Our attendance has increased every year since year one and last year we set the Future's


McCann Technical Graduates Urged to Dream Big
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:14AM / Thursday, June 04, 2015
McCann Technical School graduated 114 students on Wednesday night at the Amsler Campus Center. Left, valedictorian Laura Lynn Netti bids farewell to the class of 2015. See more photos here.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The graduating class of McCann Technical School was encouraged to remember its roots and dream big on Wednesday night.

"We all have the potential to do great things but don't forget your roots," said valedictorian Laura Lynn Netti.  "They are our beginnings, they our accomplishments, they are our struggles and they are our memories. The more we know the deeper and deeper they get."

The class had come together as a family over the past four


The Classical Beat: Berkshires Classical Music Season to Begin
By Stephen Dankner, iBerkshires Columnist
03:08PM / Wednesday, June 03, 2015
Tanglewood again offers a diverse menu of musical and other offerings this season – from Lady Gaga to 'Ave Maria' to a wine and food festival.

The summer "high season" of classical music is about to begin. After a particularly severe and brutally cold winter, the musical offerings will be balm to both popular music and classical aficionados, who anticipate the cornucopia of music these diverse festivals and series present.

Tanglewood, Tannery Pond and Glimmerglass are three that make the region a cultural capital, drawing tens of thousands to hear great music – chamber, symphony, choral, opera, musical theater, contemporary classical, et al, to experience


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