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Maple Grove Civic Club Holding State Senator Candidate Forum
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:18PM / Friday, March 18, 2016

ADAMS, Mass. — The Maple Grove Civic Club will host a "meet the candidates" forum this weekend at the PNA on Victory Street.

State Senate candidates Andrea Harrington of Richmond and Adams Hinds of Pittsfield are expected to attend the civic club on Sunday, March 20, at 3 p.m.

Both candidates are campaigning for the Democratic nomination to replace current state Sen. Benjamin Downing, who will be leaving his seat at the end of his term. They are the only candidate for the seat so far and will face off in a primary in September.

The Senate seat represents the First District of 52 communities in Berkshire, Hampshire and Franklin counties.

Harrington, a Pittsfield native,


Register now for Ys American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Pre-Course Swim Test
02:16PM / Friday, March 18, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Family YMCA announces open registrations for its American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Class.

A free required Pre-Course Swim Test will be held on March 30 from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Pittsfield Branch and April 11 from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Northern Berkshire Branch.

Participants will learn lifeguarding skills with the waterfront module, how to perform CPR on an adult, child and infant, how to use an AED, and necessary first-aid skills. Upon successful course completion, participants will be certified in American Red Cross Lifeguarding and Waterfront Module, American Red Cross CPR/AED for the Lifeguard, and American Red Cross Basic First


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

Superior Court Briefs: March 15 - March 17
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01:50PM / Friday, March 18, 2016
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, March 15.   Carlton Harley Jr., 44, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to a single count of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.   He was ordered to serve 18 months at the Berkshire County House of Correction. He will begin the sentence on March 25.    The charges stem from an incident in Pittsfield on April 25, 2015. Single counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, assault by means of a dangerous weapon, assault and battery on a family member, and illegal possession of a firearm were dismissed by the state.   Jeffrey Hall, 27, of North Adams pleaded guilty to a single count of


Family Support Highlighted at 16th Berkshire Legislative Breakfast
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:41PM / Friday, March 18, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In front of a room filled with people who understood only too well, Jean Simmons shared the very personal story of raising her son, now 27, who was born with a condition that causes excess fluid to build up in the brain.

"He requires 24-7 care and supervision, and he lives at home with myself and his dad," Simmons said. "When Matthew was born, we were told he would never walk or talk or have any quality of life.

"Boy, were they wrong."

Today, Matthew talks morning, noon and night — and sometimes beyond, Simmons said to a chuckling audience at the 16th annual Berkshire Legislative Breakfast, a presentation of Berkshire County Arc


BRPC Supports Efforts to Designate 'Bicycle Route 7' Through Berkshires
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:46AM / Friday, March 18, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Long-distance cyclists may soon be directed to bike through the Berkshires.

The American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials are developing a massive highway system designation throughout the country for long-distance bicyclists to map out routes. What is eyed as US Bicycle Route 7 would connect Connecticut with Vermont through the Berkshires.

"It's connecting regions and states much like the highway system," said Berkshire Regional Planning Commission Senior Planner Emily Lindsey.

BRPC is supportive of the agreement but the effort to get the designation will need the backing of the eight Berkshire communities whose local roads


Porchlight VNA Opening Pittsfield Office
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:03AM / Friday, March 18, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Porchlight VNA/Home Care is expanding its footprint with a new South Street office.   The company will open the office in leased space on April 1. The move is part of the company's strategic effort to better serve all of Berkshire County.    "People always associate Lee VNA (the company's former name) with South County," said Chief Executive Officer Holly Chaffee.   But, that's not true. The company has many clients, spanning the entire county and beyond, she said. Just two years ago, Porchlight grew its footprint even further when it merged with Chicopee Visiting Nurses Association, bringing the company into three Western


Mill City Productions Selling Off Props to Fund New Home
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
12:17AM / Friday, March 18, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — If all the world's a stage, then Mill City Productions may have the props you need for your personal play.

The local stage company is holding a tag sale this weekend to sell off extra props to fund its eventual move to a new theater space.

Company member Marissa Carlson said the fundraiser, which will be held Saturday from 9 to 1, is a new venture for MCP because it is the first time there has been enough extra items to sell.

"We spent the first five years of our existence without a permanent theater, so we couldn't really store costumes or set pieces in between shows," Carlson said. "However, now that we've been in our current space at


North Adams Fifth/Sixth Graders Finish Strong
05:47PM / Thursday, March 17, 2016

CHICOPEE, Mass. --  The North Adams fifth- and sixth-grade girls travel basketball team finished its season with a championship run at the Ed Szlats Memorial Basketball Tournament.


North Adams went 5-0 on the weekend, starting with a come-from-behind win over Amherst in which only five North Adams players were suited up, and continuing with wins over East Greenbush, N.Y., and Pittsfield CYC in pool play


North Adams then played a semifinal against Easthampton. After falling behind early in the second half, North Adams ramped up the defensive pressure and held Easthampton to four points over the last 12 minutes.


North Adams took control early in the championship


North Adams Airport Admin Building Will include Restaurant
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
12:19AM / Thursday, March 17, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Plans for a new administrative building at Harriman & West Airport include a restaurant.

Commissioner Trevor Gilman told the Airport Commission on Tuesday that the floor plans for the 4,500 square foot building are 95 percent complete and should be ready to send out to bid by June 30.

He said the new design encompasses airport needs while setting aside 1,100 square feet of the building for a restaurant that he hopes will attract the public.

"The whole design and the goal with this building was to be able to help provide services that have been missing at the airport, to make it functional for transients and users of the airport," Gilman said.


North Adams Girls Win Chicopee Tournament
02:43PM / Wednesday, March 16, 2016

CHICOPEE, Mass. -- The North Adams seventh- and eighth-grade girls travel basketball team won the B Division of the Ed Szlats Memorial Tournament last weekend with a victory over the Golden Knights of Great Barrington.


North Adams went undefeated in its four-team pool to advance to the semi-finals against Bethesda Lutheran. Using its speed and full court press, North Adams ran past the bigger Bethesda team, 48-21.

The Golden Knights came into the final with momentum after just coming from behind to beat East Greenbush, N.Y., in the semis.

Great Barrington took a 16-4 lead, but North Adams led by three points at half-time before emerging with a 64-50 win.


Is Your 'Financial Umbrella' in Place?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
10:41AM / Wednesday, March 16, 2016

April showers may bring May flowers, but March is National Umbrella Month.

While ranking high on the list of truly obscure celebrations, this “Month” can still teach us a few things – especially if we think about “umbrellas” that can help us protect our financial goals.

Consider these key areas:

* Your vulnerability to emergencies: It’s a good idea to maintain an emergency fund containing three to six months’ worth of living expenses. Without such a fund, you may need to dip into your long-term investments to pay for unexpected, and unexpectedly large, expenses such as a new furnace or a big bill from the doctor. You’ll want to keep your


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