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MCLA Wishes Campus Safety Director Happy Retirement
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
10:12PM / Monday, August 10, 2015
Interim President Cynthia Brown poses with MCLA's retiring Director of Public Safety Joseph Charon.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts said farewell to its Director of Public Safety Joseph Charon, who is retiring after 16 years of service.

Friends, family, and co-workers met in Murdock Hall on Monday afternoon to give Charon a proper send off with food and kind words.

Before presenting Charon with a plague acknowledging his service to the college, interim MCLA President Cindy Brown said it had been a pleasure working with Charon in both of her positions at the college. She said he provided leadership and was the "linchpin" in the school's

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Markey Vows Advocacy for North Adams Medical Services
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
08:37PM / Monday, August 10, 2015
U.S. Sen. Edward Markey visited MCLA, BMC North and Mass MoCA on a swing through the city on Monday afternoon. Above, the senator and Mass MoCA director Joseph Thompson discuss Clifford Ross' Landscape Seen & Imagined.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — U.S. Sen. Edward J. Markey on Monday afternoon promised to be a "vigorous advocate" for the expansion of medical services at the former North Adams Regional Hospital.

Markey met briefly behind closed doors with Mayor Richard Alcombright, City Councilor Nancy Bullett and Berkshire Health Systems' President David E. Phelps, Chief Financial Officer Darlene Rodowicz and Fairview Hospital President Eugene Dellea at what is now

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

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Pownal 'Boogie' Concert Canceled
07:15PM / Monday, August 10, 2015

POWNAL, Vt. — A music festival planned at the former Green Mountain Race Track has been canceled.

"Full Tilt Boogie" featuring ZZ Top, the Marshall Tucker Band and others, was scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 22. A posting on the Green Mountain Live website said the cancellation was because of safety issues, but did not elaborate. The webpage for Full Tilt Boogie has been removed.

"Due to circumstances beyond our control and out of concern for the safety of the festival goers we have decided to cancel The Full Tilt Boogie 2015.

"While we regret this decision, it was made in the best interest of public safety. We anticipate being able to resolve this situation in

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North Adams Downtown Celebration Is Wednesday
03:11AM / Monday, August 10, 2015
The North Adams Downtown Celebration is this Wednesday. See photos from last year's celebration here.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city's annual block party takes over Main Street this Wednesday.

The 19th annual Downtown Celebration runs from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Main, Eagle and Holden streets with food, shopping, entertainment and conversation.

More than 100 participants, including local merchants, vendors, restaurants and organizations are expected this year, offering refreshments, games, crafts, raffles and information.

Attendees can expect to see stilt walkers, magicians, games, and performances.

Quite a few organizations are offering activities for families to enjoy.

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Kondel Leads Moonlight Diner to OT Win in Giorgi Final
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
09:57PM / Sunday, August 09, 2015
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Moonlight Diner overcame an 11-point second-half deficit to defeat MCLA, 69-65, in overtime on Sunday evening in the championship game of the John Giorgi Summer Basketball League Open Division.   League MVP Geoff Kondel scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead Moonlight, which trailed throughout the first half and went down 44-33 when Ray Viches (24 points) hit a 3-pointer with 15 minutes, 26 seconds to play.   Kondel said Moonlight, which beat MCLA by five in the regular season, had some uncharacteristic struggles on Sunday night.   "They came out and took it to us right away," Kondel said. "We obviously were not playing too well

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Vermont Eliminates North Adams SteepleCats with 4-0 Win
09:50PM / Saturday, August 08, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. — The Vermont Mountaineers on Saturday ended the North Adams SteepleCats’ season with a 4-0 victory in the final game of the best-of-three New England Collegiate Baseball League Northern Division Championship Series.

Vermont scored one run in the first and one in the second then tacked on single runs in the fifth and eighth while getting a combined seven-hit shutout from three different pitchers.

 

Matthew Kostalos took the loss on the mound for North Adams, going six innings and allowing three runs, two earned. Tanner Bird allowed on earned run in 1-2/3 innings of work for the ‘Cats.

 

Joe DeLuca went 2-for-3 with  double to lead North

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SteepleCats Stay Alive With 3-1 Win
09:22PM / Friday, August 07, 2015
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Parker Perez went 3-for-four with a triple to lead the North Adams SteepleCats to a 3-1 win over Vermont on Friday night in Game 2 of the New England Collegiate Baseball League Northern Division Championship Series.   Perez got his triple and scored a run in a two-run fifth that gave the 'Cats a 2-0 lead.   After Vermont got one run back in the top of the eighth, Robert Calabrese walked, moved up on Jim Haley's bunt and scored on a wild pitch to re-establish the two-run lead in the bottom of the frame.   In the top of the ninth, two walks and a single loaded the bases with one out before reliever Jared Habershaw got two swinging strikeouts to end

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Former North Adams Textile Mill Getting Agricultural Focus
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:45PM / Friday, August 07, 2015
Salvatore Perry and Karla Rothstein have plans to turn a section of the Cariddi Mill into an agricultural business incubator & production facility, with longer-range plans for hospitality and residential use.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Cariddi Mill is about to undergo at least a $5 million investment for the first phase of its renovation under its new ownership.

Salvatore Perry and Karla Rothstein, principals of architectural firm Latent Productions of New York City, said on Friday that they envisioned a food production and events space in the 65,000 square-foot Weave Shed on the east end of the property to open next spring.

Further buildout could include a hotel, residential

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River Revival Exhibit on Display With Local Artist
03:21PM / Friday, August 07, 2015

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Joanna Gabler, a well-known Berkshire County artist, has invited the Hoosic River Revival to share North Adams Downstreet Art exhibit space with her in C Gallery (33 Main St.) through Aug. 23.

Gabler’s primary subject area is photographs of the Hoosic River which she manipulates into strikingly beautiful mandala-like creations. Hoosic River Revival is organization dedicated to the restoration of the Hoosic River in North Adams.

The River Revival exhibit is titled “Our River: Discovering our Past/Imagining our Future.” With a 4- by 5-foot detailed 1942 map of the downtown as a reference, participants will be able to pin point locations of

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The ROPES Camp Is In Full Swing
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
12:34PM / Friday, August 07, 2015
The ropes course for local youth at Windsor Lake has been instilling confidence for 19 years.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The ROPES summer camp program has entered its 19th year and shows no signs of slowing down. 

Driving through the Windsor Lake campground during the summer is often pretty quiet. But that isn't the case when camp is in session and even the loudest bird can't compete with laughing children on zip lines.

ROPES, which stands for Respecting Other People Encouraging Self-Esteem, is a free summer program that runs for one week twice during the summer. The program pits fifth- and sixth-graders from the Northern Berkshires against massive vertical obstacle courses

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North Adams Closes Windsor Lake to Swimming
11:43AM / Friday, August 07, 2015
Windsor Lake is closed to swimming this weekend after testing positive for E. coli.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Windsor Lake was closed to the public on Friday morning after its water test positive for E. coli.

The weekly test by the Health Department showed E. coli levels that were unacceptable. Mayor Richard Alcombright was notified of the test results Friday morning and the lake was immediately shut down.

Lake staff, lifeguards and park police, will spend the weekend preventing visitors from swimming and explaining that the lake will be closed temporarily until further testing can be made. The playground, fields and picnic areas remain open. There will be no charge for parking if

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BRPC Seeking 'Economic Development District' Designation For County
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:50AM / Friday, August 07, 2015
BRPC's executive committee approved moving forward with the application to make Berkshire County and Economic Development District with the U.S. EDA. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Regional Planning Commission is hoping to make the entire county the state's ninth "economic development district."   The designation through the U.S. Economic Development Agency and would increase the odds of projects in the county to receive grant funding.   Additionally, many districts receive annual funds to implement the countywide economic development strategy (CEDS) and, while there is a waiting list for the annual funding, a new board would oversee that activity. The

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