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Musical Festival Season Appears on the Horizon
By Stephen Dankner, Special to
12:40PM / Tuesday, May 31, 2016

With the upcoming summer music festival season almost upon us, music lovers in droves will soon flock to the Berkshires and southern Vermont to immerse themselves in classical music.

Call it a reward for enduring a long, though relatively mild winter, or a yearly renewal of the soul via the musical preachments of the great masters. Whatever the reason, the classical canon, plus a few surprises consisting of some unfamiliar works and premieres, nurture and inspire us anew at this special time and in this magical place: a “cultural capital” indeed.

Music lovers, ravenous as they are for great performances of beloved, favorite masterworks, want still more: the lives of the

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North Adams Mulling Repairs to Notre Dame Church
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:40AM / Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The extent of the damage to the lower section of the buttress.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — City officials say the damage on the back of the former Notre Dame du Sacre Coeur Church is far worse than it looks.

The exterior bricks on southwest buttress have fallen down and there is separation in the bricks on the southeast corner as well.

The damage was caused by copper thieves who pulled out the gutter system and pipes.

"It was directly the result of the water falling directly on the bricks," said Building Inspector William Meranti last week.

But the church is in no danger of collapsing, unlike St. Francis of Assisi a block away that had its steeple removed in an emergency


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

Plunkett Students Ask Governor To Finish The Train Track
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:57AM / Tuesday, May 31, 2016

ADAMS, Mass. — The children at C.T. Plunkett School are adding their voices to calls to complete the Berkshire Scenic Railway line: "we are all aboard here at the Adams Station, please build the tracks to downtown."

Earlier this month, Plunkett students took on a schoolwide effort to write more than 50 letters or draw pictures to Gov. Charlie Baker asking him to finish the last mile of the rail line to Hoosac Street.

"We though it could be fun, and the kids love that train. More than half of the Berkshire Scenic ridership were kids," Director of Community Development Donna Cesan said. "I hope it’s taken that this is important to the community whether


Memorial Day Marked in North Berkshire, Pittsfield
Staff Reports, iBerkshires Staff
04:52PM / Monday, May 30, 2016

Lanesborough held its services on Sunday; find the story here and more photos here.

Korean War veteran Robert Richards makes it a point to attend Memorial Day services.

He was at the Veterans Memorial in North Adams on Monday morning to remember his fellow soldiers who did not make it home.

"A lot of guys I took basic training with got killed in Korea. I was lucky. I signed up for the heavy weapons and ... they put me in Japan for three months so I missed that," Richards said. "On the way back, I ran across one of the guys I took basic with and he said most of the guys I took basic with got killed over there. That's why I am here. To remember for them."



@theMarket: Summertime, But Nothing Seems Easy
By Bill Schmick,
07:05AM / Saturday, May 28, 2016

After a couple of days of hand wringing, traders are now going with the notion that if the Fed raises rates in June or July, it may actually be good for the economy. Don't put too much stock in that, however, because herd sentiment can turn quickly with one simple statement from the Fed.

You have to be impressed with the market's performance. In the face of a potential interest rate hike in less than three weeks and a June decision on whether Great Britain will exit the Eurozone, the market continues to grind higher.

As we enter this three-day weekend, (three for us, but most of the Street stretches it to four), don't expect this Friday to be a "tell" on what will


North Adams Airport Welcomes Drone Committee
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
06:31AM / Saturday, May 28, 2016

A volunteer steering committee has been formed to help people understand the rules of flying drones.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Airport Commission welcomed a steering committee to help inform residents about proper drone and unmanned aircraft use.

Resident and hobbyist Stephen Roy came before the commission Wednesday and asked to form some sort of group that would work with the commission and the airport manager to better inform people about unmanned aircraft policy.

"It will just be a point of contact ... where people can get information," Roy said. "This is a hobby that is spreading."

Legally drones cannot fly within a five-mile radius of the airport without

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Brayton School Holds First Memorial Day Celebration
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:18PM / Friday, May 27, 2016

Sgt. 1st Class Michael McCarron tells the students to take a moment on Memorial Day, and every day, to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — If there was a simple message for the youngsters at Brayton Elementary School on Friday, it was this: Remembrance isn't just for Memorial Day.

Marie McCarron's fourth-grade class this year took up the mantle from the former Sullivan School, which held a pre-Memorial Day celebration for years organized by Anna Saldo-Burke and her third-grade class.

The entire school, veterans organizations, local officials and the Richard A. Ruether Post 152 American Legion color guard filled the auditorium


Berkshire Community College Students Inducted Into National Honor Society
01:58PM / Friday, May 27, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College recently held an induction ceremony for students joining the Xi Alpha Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa.

Phi Theta Kappa is the national honor society of junior and community colleges in the United States. The purpose of the society is to recognize and encourage scholarship among students.

To be eligible for membership, students with freshman standing (12 to 29 credits) must have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.7 or better. Students with a sophomore standing (30 or more credits) must have achieved a cumulative average of 3.5 or better.

The ceremony was held in the Boland Theatre located in the Koussevitzky Arts Center on the


United Way Funds MCLA Writing Camp Scholarships
01:34PM / Friday, May 27, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ Graduate and Continuing Education has received $350 in scholarship funding from the Northern Berkshire United Way for its Creating Writing summer camp for youth.

The deadline to apply for a scholarship is Monday, June 6. The funding will pay for two scholarships for youth with limited financial means, who are residents of Northern Berkshire County.

Howard Jacob “Jake” Eberwein III, Ph.D., dean of Graduate and Continuing Education, said MCLA is very grateful to the Northern Berkshire United Way for their support of summer writing camp scholarships.  

“This generous gift will enable two students


Superior Court Briefs: May 23 - May 25
Staff Reports,
12:03PM / Friday, May 27, 2016
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, May 23.   Timothy Lewis, 39, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, drug violation in a school zone, breaking and entering in the daytime, intimidation of a witness, assault and battery on a pregnant woman, and resisting arrest.   He was ordered to serve concurrent two to three years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on the possession of cocaine, breaking and entering, intimidation of a witness, and assault and battery charges. He was given two and a half to three years on the school zone charge. He was given concurrent time at the Berkshire


North Adams Continues to Struggle With Overtime, Aging Workforce
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
12:29AM / Friday, May 27, 2016

The Finance Committee has been reviewing the proposed fiscal 2017 budget.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city is dealing with lack of staff, an aging workforce and a looming exodus of retirees.

The three public safety and service chiefs told the Finance Committee on Monday that they could use more people.

"We're getting by but the answer is no," said Commissioner of Public Services Timothy Lescarbeau to questions about staffing. "We have more parks than we had 20 years but we have less staff. ... "

"But we do have more equipment to help us get by."

Lescarbeau can fill some holes with part-time retirees, including one from the Water

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Greylock Trail Races Set for June 19
10:53PM / Thursday, May 26, 2016
ADAMS, Mass. -- The Western Mass Athletic Club’s Mount Greylock Trail Races will be held Sunday, June 19, at 10 a.m.   There will be a 13.5-mile race and a 5-kilometer race, both starting at the Greylock Glen.   For an application and information, visit  


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