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Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation Tops $2 Million in Summer Grants
02:51PM / Monday, July 25, 2016

SHEFFIELD, Mass. — The board of directors of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation have announced the recipients of the second round of grantmaking for 2016.

The foundation distributed a total of $430,378 in grants to individuals and nonprofits in the four-county region it serves; $496,786 in scholarships to graduating high school seniors; and grants totaling over $1.1 million from donors with charitable funds at the foundation.

In Berkshire County, the foundation awarded grants from the Fund for Williamstown; James and Robert Hardman Fund; New World Fund; Simple Gifts Fund; five education enrichment funds; and 41 scholarship funds.

Education and Enrichment: Grants to regional


Biz Briefs: Simon Scholarships, Canyon Ranch Luxury Residences
01:51PM / Monday, July 25, 2016

A little help: Simon Malls and Simon Premium Outlets in New England, parent company of the Lee Premium Outlets, have awarded 26 high school seniors with Simon Youth Foundation Scholarships totaling more than $80,000.  

Locally, Emma Lezberg of Pittsfield and Erica Perrea of Hinsdale were each given scholarships.

Simon Youth Foundation is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping at-risk students graduate high school and to provide scholarship opportunities for the youth. Simon Youth Foundation Scholarship recipients attended a celebratory reception on Wednesday, July 20, at Burlington Mall in Burlington, Mass.

Simon Youth Scholarships are awarded annually to at least


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

Truck Pulls Down Tree Limb on North Adams' Church Street
Staff Reports,
01:42PM / Monday, July 25, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A tractor-trailer truck heading north on Church Street took down two tree limbs and cable wires when the tree became entangled with the cab's wind deflector.

The incident occurred shortly after noontime in front of the Wilkinson House at 164 Church St. The large limb broke off the tree and pulled down telephone and cable wires, including those connected to the Flood House across the street. No electrical wires were touched and no electricity lost.

"It took down the telephone and the cable lines," said Fire Lt. Michael Sherman. "He was a smart guy ... he stayed right in the cabin truck. He wouldn't get out until he was sure there was no


Berkshires Beat: Chesterwood Installation, Louison House Help
01:12PM / Monday, July 25, 2016

Remember this: Chesterwood is hosting a site-specific installation by New York conceptual artist Marko Remec, currently on view in the Studio Field through Oct. 2.

The work, titled "Remember What (Field Totem)," is the latest in Remec's "Totem Series" and is a reconfiguration of a portion of his installation "Can’t Hear You (Fat Totem)," which was exhibited at Mass MoCA in North Adams from June 15, 2013, to June 19, 2016. The installation features 128, 32-inch dome mirrors arrayed in the pattern of a chessboard gone awry. Each mirror reflects 180-degree views of Chesterwood's lush landscape along with fleeting views of those observing the


Burke Scored 23 in Giorgi League Win
09:01AM / Monday, July 25, 2016
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Robbie Burke scored 23 points on Sunday to lead Frank Field Contracting to a 71-60 win over Pizza House in the John Giorgi Summer Basketball League.   Brandon Hurst and Paul Oparowski added 15 and 10, respectively, in the win.   Avery Hall scored a game-high 25 for Pizza House.   It was another busy Sunday on the Noel Field court with three games on the schedule.   Moonlight Dinner defeated Morese & Associates/Mingo’s, 64-47, behind 15 points apiece from Geoff Kondel and Adam Garner. Anthony Sims and Brendan Kordana each scored 13; Sims had a double-double with 10 rebounds.   Todd Hunt led Mingo’s with 16 points and eight


SteepleCats Sweep Double-Header at Joe Wolfe
08:21AM / Monday, July 25, 2016
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The North Adams SteepleCats Sunday swept a double-header for the first time in 2016 with a 10-3 victory in game one and a 3-2 victory in game two against the Keene Swamp Bats (16-21) at Joe Wolfe Field.   Peter Lannoo got the start for the SteepleCats in game one and pitched well. He went five innings and allowed three runs off of six hits and struck out four. He ran into trouble in the fourth when the Swamp Bats were able to push across a pair of runs and cut into the SteepleCats lead.  He was able to respond by getting out of the inning and pitch a scoreless fifth.      The SteepleCats jumped on top early with a five run second inning against


Artisan Consignment Gallery Opens on Eagle Street
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:18AM / Monday, July 25, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A new business on Eagle Street will allow local artists and artisans to display and sell their goods.

North Adams native Jennifer Beverly opened Eagle Street Artisans, a consignment style artisan gallery, at 27 Eagle St., the former Molly's Bakery building. The building more recently was the location of the Party Place and a very short-lived art supply store.

"I feel like everything in my life has come full circle and this is where I am supposed to be," Beverly said. "I can do what I love and help others at the same time."

She said there are many artists and artisans in the area that need a hand.

"We don't have anything like


Berkshire Reps Serve Important Roles at Democratic Convention
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
10:10AM / Sunday, July 24, 2016
  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — State Rep. Paul Mark remembers the first time he watched a Democratic National Convention in 1988.   He watched the speeches and the celebration of the party and was fascinated. He's watched every single one since and volunteered at the 2004 convention in Boston that nominated Secretary of State John Kerry, then the state's U.S. senator. Now he'll serve an important role this week in Philadelphia — as a delegate. He's the only Berkshire County delegate from either party and either campaign.   "I was the first elected official in Massachusetts to endorse Bernie Sanders and I am co-chair of the Massachusetts Bernie Sanders

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Hathaway Late RBI Lifts Cages on Road
07:42AM / Sunday, July 24, 2016
OTTAWA, Ontario -- Kellen Hathaway singled to drive home Eric Leitch in the top of the seventh to break a 6-6 tie and propel the Cages Baseball Club under-22 team to an 7-6  win over the Capital City Reds on Saturday.   The win helped the Cages avoid a three-game sweep by Capital City after the hosts picked up an 8-0 win in the first half of Saturday’s double-header.   In the nightcap, the Cages jumped out to a 6-1 lead after four innings only to see the Reds come back and tie it in the bottom of the sixth.   Leitch led the Cages’ offense going 2-for-2 with a double, two RBIs and three runs scored. Hathaway also doubled in a 2-for-4 performance. Frank Rickus


Rainout Gives SteepleCats Sunday Double-Header
07:31AM / Sunday, July 24, 2016
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The North Adams SteepleCats (18-18) had their game against the Keene Swamp Bats (16-19) postponed Saturday night due to inclement weather in Keene. The game will be made up on Sunday as part of a double-header at Joe Wolfe Field.    The SteepleCats will send Peter Lannoo (3-2, 3.44) to the mound to start game one against Rob Carrillo (0-2, 5.29) for the Swamp Bats. Braxton Wilks (5-1, 2.22) will start game two for the SteepleCats against Ryan Avidano (2-1, 3.95) for the Swamp Bats.   First pitch for game one is scheduled for 3:30 p.m., and first pitch for game two will be approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first game.


Documentary Explores Good Life in the Berkshires
By John Seven, Special to iBerkshires
06:34AM / Sunday, July 24, 2016

Tim Durrin and friends on bicycles. Durrin turned to social work after his military service. See the trailer here.

NEW MARLBOROUGH, Mass. — A documentary film examining what it takes for a life well-lived has focused on several Berkshires residents to illustrate its ideas.

"A Small Good Thing" won best documentary at this year's Boston International Film Festival. Among director Pamela Tanner Boll's previous credits is as a producer on the Oscar-winning documentary "Born Into Brothels." "A Small Good Thing" has a screening at the New Marlborough Public Library on Tuesday, July 26, at 7:30 p.m.

Her path to making "A Small Good Thing"

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Chinese Garden Unveiled at Naumkeag
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
10:41PM / Saturday, July 23, 2016

Dragon Dancers were part of the festivities. See more photos here.

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Hundreds gathered at the annual Naumkeag Afternoon Garden Party on Saturday to celebrate the newly renovated Chinese Garden.

Barbara Erickson, Trustees of Reservations president and CEO, welcomed honorary co-Chairs Yo-Yo Ma and his wife, Jill Hornor, and Naumkeag staff to celebrate the unveiling of newly-renovated Chinese Temple Garden and the 125th anniversary of the conservation group.

"We believe that Naumkeag is more than a cultural icon. It is a work of art perched on the edge of 46 acres of pasture, woodlands and gardens,"Erickson said. "The artisans here made this


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