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Designer Selection Next Step in Clarksburg School Project
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:01AM / Friday, August 26, 2016

CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The School Building Committee is anticipating voting on a school project next spring.

But first it has to get a design team on board.

Some 27 companies have indicated interest in the school district's request for services, said Brian Laroche of Potomac Capital Advisors, the school district's owner's project manager.

The application date is Aug. 31; the committee will review the applicants on Sept. 14 and three representatives — Superintendent Jon Lev, Select Board Chairman Jeffrey Levanos (as authorized by the board) and Laura Wood, filling the procurement seat on the committee — will meet with the Massachusetts School Building

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Baker Highlights Craft Industry With Trip to Berkshire Mountain Distillers
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:30PM / Thursday, August 25, 2016

The governor bellies up to the bar to become the first customer to purchase a cocktail from the distillery — thanks to new legislation making that possible. SHEFFIELD, Mass. — Twelve years ago Chris Weld had grown tired of his work in emergency rooms. So, he moved back to Massachusetts and bought an apple farm.    With all of the products he needed right on site, Weld started to distill. He makes whiskeys, gins, vodkas and other spirits. In 2007, he turned it into a business — Berkshire Mountain Disillers. The company began to grow and two years ago he opened a tasting room and store along with a new distillery. He now employs eight people and ships his

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

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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
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North Adams Airport May Try New Management Style
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:18PM / Thursday, August 25, 2016
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Airport Commission may look at a new management model that could possibly generate revenue and sustain staff.   Commissioner Trevor Gilman said Tuesday that with all of the improvements to Harriman & West, it may be beneficial for the city to work out a one-time lease agreement of the public ramp space to Teamflys, which provides various aviation-related services at the airport.   He said this would clean up billing and move the airport toward a self-sustaining management model.   "It is the first step to a complete management model where the airport could have the revenue to support full-time staffing," Gilman said. "I think

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End of Session Review: Benjamin Downing
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:54AM / Thursday, August 25, 2016

Senator Downing at the governor's signing of the energy diversity bill earlier this month in Boston. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — State Sen. Benjamin Downing is happy with the state's new energy bill but feels it doesn't go far enough.   Just before the July 31 end of the formal legislative session, the state passed an omnibus energy bill which increases hydro-electricity, off-shore wind, and raises the net metering cap for solar, among the many provisions.   Downing headed the state's Telecommunication, Utilities, and Energy Committee and spent a lot of time during the two-year session on it. He filed a bill that was aimed to significantly boost the state's

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North Adams Councilors to Tour Public Services Buildings
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
09:54PM / Wednesday, August 24, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — City councilors will be touring the city's public service structures as the administration lays out the reasoning to spend some $1.5 million to consolidate everything at the former anodizing plant at Hodges Cross Road.

The City Council on Tuesday was presented with a purchase-and-sales agreement of $995,000 with 59 Hodges Cross Road LLC for the structure and its 30-some acres. Another half-million would go toward further updating and transforming the 85,000 square foot building to hold the several different departments and activities.

The council voted to postpone discussion on the agreement until after touring the City Yard and other public service

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St. Francis' Church Being Razed
03:38PM / Wednesday, August 24, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Demolition began in earnest on Wednesday months after the deteriorating steeple on St. Francis' Church was removed.

A building connecting the 150-year-old church to the rectory on Union Street was razed late last week in preparation for the removal of the church proper. Interior work on hazardous waste abatement had been completed some weeks ago.

On Wednesday, in short order, the middle of the massive brick building was reduced to a pile of rubble and only the tower and back portion of the church remained standing. Some benches from the grounds and one of the complete spire structures were loaded onto a flatbed. 

The destruction of the historic

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Centennial Hikes Across Massachusetts Celebrate 100th Anniversary of National Park Service
01:38PM / Wednesday, August 24, 2016

BOSTON — The Department of Conservation and Recreation will lead park visitors on free "Centennial Hikes" at 12 parks across Massachusetts, including two in the Berkshires, on Thursday, Aug. 25, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.

The DCR-managed parks are part of the cherished and historic legacy of America’s state and national parks system, and serve as excellent examples of land conservation efforts that have been made across the country.

"I cannot think of a better way to celebrate 100 years of the National Park Service and their efforts of preserving this country’s natural resources, than going on a Centennial

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North Adams Happenings: Aug. 24-30
01:18PM / Wednesday, August 24, 2016
North Adams Happenings: 
August 24 - August 30
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BFAIR Successfully Completes QUEST Audit
11:51AM / Wednesday, August 24, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Family & Individual Resources, BFAIR, has successfully completed an audit by the state Department of Developmental Services Office of Quality Enhancement (QUEST), resulting in a two-year license for residential and individual home supports, as well has its day habilitation and employment support services.

The QUEST audit took place in early July, with the designation of the two-year license on July 20.

In an effort to maintain compliance and continue to provide the highest standard of quality care, BFAIR regularly undergoes auditing by accrediting and licensing bodies (ie. QUEST and the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities).

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DownStreet Art: Aug. 25
11:46AM / Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Participatory Art & Entertainment:  Throughout Downtown Mortal Beasts & Dieties 5:00 - 8:00PM  Connecticut-based Mortal Beasts and Deities stilt dancers, frequent performers in the city over recent years, will bring their unique artistry to the streets of downtown North Adams,
from 5 to 8 pm. Always a crowd-favorite, look for this trio of stilt walkers as they roam the streets, bringing their signature ‘controlled mayhem and earnest frivolity’ to DownStreet Art

Gallery 85, 85 Main St. Community Art Project, 5:30

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Post-Tanglewood, Area Chamber Concerts Blossom
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires.com
11:30AM / Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The approach of Labor Day marks the conclusion of the summer music festival season, and so the local classical music scene coalesces, as regional presenters favor intimate spaces for chamber music during the upcoming fall.
This will become the dominant genre of music making to be found until next June, when the warm late spring weather invites us to share massed performances outdoors at Tanglewood and other venues, large and small.

Looking ahead, you'll find a variety of concerts presented in churches, chapels, small auditoriums, halls and the like throughout the region. Even Tanglewood's acoustically superb Ozawa Hall is really too big for a string quartet or piano trio to be

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Investors Can Learn Much from Workers
10:40AM / Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Next week, we observe Labor Day, a celebration of the American worker. And there's a lot to celebrate, because our workers have accomplished great things and, in the process, demonstrated a variety of impressive character traits – many of which also can be useful to investors.

For example:

Perseverance: Have you ever read about an inventor who failed dozens of times before finally hitting on a winner? Or a scientist who studied the same problem for decades before discovering a revolutionary solution? All kinds of workers display this type of perseverance, in one form or another. As an investor, you, too, will need this "stick-to-itiveness" because you will face

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