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News and events in North Adams, Mass.

Mount Greylock Without Full-Time Staffing
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:45AM / Friday, January 27, 2017

LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — This spring means the reopening of the War Memorial atop Mount Greylock after a $2.3 million restoration. And likely more fans looking for Ilvermorny, the fictional Potterworld wizarding school.

More than 150,000 people visit the state's highest summit every year, but park officials are worried there won't be enough staff.

"The mountain is beautiful and it takes people to protect it. You just can't put signs and gates up," Joseph Rogge of the Mount Greylock Advisory Council said. "More people are needed and we are trying to get by with less."

The Department of Conservation and Recreation's Trails Coordinator Becky Barnes


North Adams Council Bids Farewell to Assistant City Clerk
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
08:01PM / Thursday, January 26, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council on Tuesday bid goodbye to one longtime employee and welcomed her replacement.    Assistant City Clerk Nancy Canales, who retired last week after nearly 19 years with the city, was presented with framed and personalized map of historic North Adams by the City Council.    "It's to thank you for all your years of service," said President Benjamin Lamb as her family watched from the gallery in council chambers, including her husband, George, former McCann Tech coach, and her son Michael, the city's administrative officer.    City Clerk Marilyn Gomeau read a tearful tribute to her co-worker and good


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

The Independent Investor: A Circus by Any Other Name Is Still a Circus
By Bill Schmick,
06:03PM / Thursday, January 26, 2017

By now you may have heard that Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus are set to close in May of this year. That's the third circus in as many years to close their doors. You might say the announcement marks the end of an era stretching back for almost 150 years. I disagree.

The circus will never die. It's been around since the Romans were sticking each other with swords. It is a venue that is constantly changing that I believe will simply continue to evolve. Society has moved on from the need to see blood and guts on the sandy floor of the arena. For the last century and a half, we have been entertained instead by death-defying feats, acrobatics, wild animals and loud


Bay State Winter Games Return this Weekend
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Sports
01:05PM / Thursday, January 26, 2017

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Ice and snow and sweat and cheers are all on the agenda over the next five weeks as the 32nd annual Bay State Winter Games return to Berkshire County.

For 37 days at six different venues, athletes from throughout Massachusetts and around New England will compete in sports ranging from ice hockey to snowshoeing.

It all begins Saturday at Williams College's Lansing Chapman Rink with two days of figure skating competition and the BSG's signature event, the Bay State Skate.

The annual Saturday night show features winners from Saturday's competition, special invited guests and the production team from the weekend's hosts, Christmas Brook Figure


Clarksburg Planning Cuts, Town Meeting to Fix Budget Gap
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:05AM / Thursday, January 26, 2017

CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Town officials are continuing a plan to close a $230,000 shortfall for fiscal 2017.

Town Administrator Carl McKinney told the Select Board on Wednesday night that he anticipated having free cash certified with the next couple weeks.

That will allow a special town meeting to be held by late February or early March to ask voters to approve transfers to cover the shortfall.

The gap was discovered in December, nearly halfway through the fiscal year. An error had placed $200,000 in school choice revenue on the town side and other state charges on the town came in higher than initially proposed.

At a meeting with the former Finance Committee members two weeks ago,


Mistaken Report Leads to Search of Hoosic River in North Adams
By Jack Guerino,
02:16PM / Wednesday, January 25, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Emergency responders spent about an hour searching the Hoosic River along State Road on Wednesday before determining that a report of two youngsters in the river was unfounded.

City and Williamstown police and firefighters, as well as North Adams Ambulance personnel, searched the riverside Wednesday beginning at about noon.

But the juveniles they were looking for turned out to be two people in a raft who were fishing.

"Through the investigation, NAPD located the two individuals that went in from the flood chute and they were in that location at that time," Fire Director Stephen Meranti said. "They confused [the caller] because they were bracing


Young People Set to Lift the Spirits of Berkshire Seniors With Valentine's Cards
02:10PM / Wednesday, January 25, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — More than 15.5 million seniors in America live alone and face isolation due to declining mobility and geographic location. To help combat the negative effects of isolation,, the largest organization for young people and social change, has teamed up with Meals on Wheels America, the oldest and largest national organization supporting community-based senior nutrition programs, for the fourth annual Love Letters campaign.

Berkshire seniors served by Elder Services of Berkshire County are set to receive handmade Valentine's Day cards created by youth volunteers from across the country this Valentine's Day.

"Social connection and


Social Justice Discussion Set for Jan. 26 at Simon's Rock
01:11PM / Wednesday, January 25, 2017

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Berkshire Magazine, Multicultural BRIDGE and Bard College at Simon’s Rock will host a talk on "Social Justice: Ethics, Writing and Reporting for Social Change" on Thursday, Jan. 26.

The workshop "Just Journalism: A Workshop on Public Writing" with will be held at 5 p.m.; students are first priority.

The summit begins at 7 p.m. featuring Anastasia Stanmeyer, Berkshire Magazine editor, as moderator and panelist.  Eugenie Sills, founder of Womens Times and principal of TWT Media, and Jenn Smith of the Berkshire Eagle, also will participate on the panel.

Journalists, students, and the general public are

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When Do You Need a Financial Adviser?
11:23AM / Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Are you a "do-it-yourselfer"? If you can take care of home repairs, lawn work and other types of maintenance by yourself, you'll save money and probably gain satisfaction. But you will almost certainly need some help in other areas of your life – one of which may be investing.

In fact, you could benefit from the services of a professional financial advisor at several points in your life:

* When you're starting out in your career: When you land your first "career-type" job, you will have some financial decisions to make: Should I participate in my employer's 401(k) or other retirement plan? (Hint: Yes!) If so, how much should I contribute? How can I


North Adams Happenings: Jan. 25-31
10:52AM / Wednesday, January 25, 2017
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Hinds, Mark Re-File Bill Aimed To Help Volunteer Ambulance Services
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:50AM / Wednesday, January 25, 2017
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — A bill to change the staffing requirements of an ambulance service could be a game changer for struggling volunteer services.   But, the state Department of Public Health has opposed the bill in previous legislative sessions.   State Sen. Adam Hinds and state Rep. Paul Mark have sponsored a bill that would alleviate the requirement that two emergency medical technicians be on every basic life support transports. The change would allow for first responders, who are slightly less trained, to be drivers during those calls while a certified EMT handles patient care in the back.   "There are a number of communities in the district that bump up


North Adams Mulls Moving PreK and Grade 7 Classes
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:26AM / Wednesday, January 25, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Finance and Facilities Subcommittee will recommend the School Committee approve moving Grade 7 up to the high school.

The move to consolidate resources will also relocate the preK program from Johnson School into the elementary schools and add one class.

The change to a preK-Grade 6 and Grade 7-12 reconfiguration will require a School Committee vote and the approval of the Massachusetts School Building Authority, which the school department is already pursuing.

Malkas said she had spoken separately with School Committee members about ways to consolidate resources before bringing the proposal to the subcommittee. There were two options: moving the preK

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