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Drury High Class of 1966 Rededicates Marker, Tours School
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:07AM / Monday, October 03, 2016

The marker has been moved closer to the new front entrance of Colegrove Park Elementary School.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A long-forgotten monument from the class of 1966 was rededicated on Friday as part of the Drury High School class's 50th reunion.

The gift to Drury featured an engraving of the Eternal Flame and the quote by John F. Kennedy "Ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country."

But the fact that there was a monument was a surprise to many of the class members, including the two representatives who were pictured in the local newspapers attending a dedication ceremony on Memorial Day in 1967.

"No one remembered it. No


MCLA Women's Tennis Team Falls Short in Playoff Bid
07:16PM / Sunday, October 02, 2016
BENNINGTON, Vt. -- The MCLA women's tennis team Sunday needed a final day victory over Husson to clinch a spot in next week's NAC postseason tournament.   The Trailblazers battled hard, however they dropped a heartbreaking 5-4 decision to Husson in a match played at the Bennington Tennis Center.   The Trailblazers end their season at 6-5 (4-3 NAC) while the Eagles improve to 6-2 (5-2 NAC).   The match came down to the sixth singles match as they were knotted up at 4-4 after eight matches were in. Husson's Marisa Brown held off MCLA's Shelby Gauthier in three sets to earn the clinching point for the Eagles.   MCLA actually started fast taking two of the


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

Brandon Williams Wins Fall Foliage 5K
04:40PM / Sunday, October 02, 2016
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Brandon Williams covered the 5-kilometer course in 18 minutes, 3 seconds on Sunday to win the Greylock Federal 5K Fall Classic, part of North Adams’ Fall Foliage Festival.   Williams, 36, set a mile pace of 5 minutes, 48 seconds on the loop from Main Street, south down Curran Highway (Route 8) and back.   Thomas Cook, 15, placed second in 18:49. He was followed by 10-year-old Ollie Swabey in 18:59.   The first woman across the line was the fourth-place finisher overall, Amanda Chilson, who finished in 19:20.   The event drew more than 100 runners.   Full results are available here.   More photos of this event here.


@theMarket: Day Traders Rule the Markets
By Bill Schmick,
11:49AM / Sunday, October 02, 2016

What a week of volatility! The Dow was up or down 100 points or more every day while the other averages were equally as volatile. Brace yourself, because October should be just as crazy.

Pick your poison: the presidential debate, fears of a global banking crisis, a spike in oil — all of them provided a field day for short-term traders. Of course to profit, one must have known who would win the debate, that OPEC would come to a tentative agreement to cut production, and that the largest bank in Germany would experience even more financial difficulties.

I wrote last week that politics would impact the markets this month. The first presidential debate saw the market drop double-digits


Vermont Author Pens Fiction Novel Based in Local History
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
07:07AM / Sunday, October 02, 2016
STAMFORD, Vt. — Local author Peter Grudin has harnessed the spirit of Western Massachusetts and Southern Vermont in shaping a story that weaves through time.

The retired Williams College professor of English and literature said his novel, "Right Here," centers around a house and its history.  

"It's about people and the way they develop, but what makes it a little bit special it is very tightly fixed in time and space," he said. "I called it 'Right Here' because I sat at my desk and wrote it at a certain longitude and latitude and that's where the book takes place. Anyone reading it will recognize places, mountain ranges, roads, climate


North Adams Police Teach Students of Cyber Safety
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
06:24AM / Sunday, October 02, 2016
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Police Officers David Lemieux and Kyle Cahoon gave Brayton Elementary sixth- and seventh-graders a crash course in cyber safety and bullying.   Lemieux and Cahoon addressed a cafeteria full of students Friday on the responsibly that comes along with using a phone or computer and what the consequences are for misuse are.   Among tips for internet safety and mindfulness, Lemieux told the students they need to be aware of every message and photo they send.    "Everyone likes to text and what not but it's electronic and it goes everywhere," he said. "Once you hit that send button it's gone and you don't have control over


MCLA Women's Tennis Keeps Playoff Hopes Alive
11:12PM / Saturday, October 01, 2016
BENNINGTON, Vt. -- The MCLA women's tennis team kept its NAC playoff hopes alive by virtue of an 8-1 win over Thomas (Maine) Saturday evening in a match played at the Bennington Tennis Center.   With the win, MCLA improves to 6-4 overall and are 4-2 in the league.  Thomas drops to 3-7 overall and is 2-4 in the league.   MCLA (6-4, 4-2)  will need to defeat Husson Sunday morning at 11 a.m. in Bennington to keep its playoff hopes alive.   The Trailblazers swept the doubles matches as Emily Deaso and Williamstown’s Mariza Sfakianaki won 8-6 to earn the first point. Sarah Hachadourian and Briana Higgins won 8-4 in the second slot before Anna Despart and Sam


Fall Foliage Children's Parade Winner Announced for 2016
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03:02PM / Saturday, October 01, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The 2016 Northern Berkshire Children's Parade was a great success with 63 children participating on Friday night.

Despite threatening showers and some actual sprinkles, the parade took place without any problems.

Parade participants were led down Main Street from Eagle Street to City Hall by the police, Drury High School band and the SteepleCats' mascot Slider,  lots of folks were on Main Street cheering them onward.  

Awards were presented in three categories at City Hall by City Councilors Benjamin Lamb and Lisa Blackmer and Mayor Richard Alcombright. Organizers included longtime volunteer Kathy Keeser and the city's Events Coordinator


License Board Approves Whitney's Alteration
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:21PM / Saturday, October 01, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Whitney's Beverage Shop in the Oasis Plaza was approved on Tuesday by the License Board for an alter of premise to location as it moves to expand its space.

Shree Hari Ji Corp., based in Cheshire, Mass., has asked to add about 1,000 square feet of space previously occupied by Wilkinson Appraisal Associates Inc., which moved out several months ago.

Representatives for Shree Hari Ji, with principal Mihirkumar Sunilbhai (Michael) Patel, said the space to the left of the current liquor store will be initially used for storage. The front door will be locked to prevent customers from walking into the storage area. The board also asked that signage be placed on


Mill Children Exhibit to Open This Weekend in Adams
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
07:19AM / Saturday, October 01, 2016

Young boys posing outside the Berkshire Cotton Manufacturing in 1911. Lewis Hine's photos were instrumental in the passing of child labor laws.  ADAMS, Mass. — The "Mill Children" exhibit reopens this weekend at its new location in the Berkshire Mill.   Native William Kolis, who has been an advocate for arts, culture and economic development in Adams, said the exhibit, based on Lewis Hine's photographs of child mill workers in the early 20th century, finally has a home.   "We finally did it and it is a wonderful space," Kolis said. "It was difficult to get done but I have no qualms."   The exhibit was previously displayed


Superior Court Briefs: Sept. 26 - Sept. 29
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01:34PM / Friday, September 30, 2016
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, September 26.   Jose Liriano-Vasquez, 30, of Pittsfield was found guilty of single counts of possession of cocaine and possession of heroin.    He was ordered to serve concurrent one-year sentences at the Berkshire County House of Correction. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant at his Harvard Street home on June 18, 2015.    Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, September 28.   Timothy Welch, 47, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of breaking and entering in the nighttime, possession of burglarious tools, larceny from a building, and


SVMC Health Blog: Five Easy Swaps for a Healthier Lunch Box
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12:22PM / Friday, September 30, 2016

It's back to school time, which means parents and kids are shopping for items to fill up lunch boxes and brown paper bags. Sure, you could choose the same foods you chose last year, plus whatever new "superfoods" that just hit the supermarket.

However, just as the New Year is a good time to make resolutions, a new school year is a prime time to reexamine last school year’s lunch habits and try to incorporate healthier choices. Whether you are packing your child’s lunch or choosing your own lunch items, there are a few simple swaps you can make for a healthier lunch.


Switch to Whole Grains

Way back in 2010, the Chicago Tribune reported that wheat bread


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