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MCLA Men's Cross Country Opens with a Win
09:14PM / Saturday, September 02, 2017
BENNINGTON, Vt. The MCLA men's cross country program made a splash Saturday afternoon as it won the 2017 Southern Vermont Invitational.     The Trailblazers placed five runners inside the top 15 as they edged Castleton by a point to claim the meet title.   MCLA was paced by Jeremiah Jones. He ran the 5k in a time of 18 minutes, 27 seconds to finish in fourth place. Christopher Gamble was next across with a time of 18:38, good enough for seventh place.  Right behind Gamble was Avery Woodbury who ran the track in 18:41 for eighth place.    Rounding out MCLA's finishers were Corey Powers and Pittsfield's Owen Fitzgerald.   The Trailblazers


Cultural Council Announces 'EBT Card to Culture'
04:35PM / Saturday, September 02, 2017
STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — The state's "EBT Card to Culture" will offer low-income families access to more than 100 nonprofit arts, history, and science venues across the state through free or discounted admission.    State officials and cultural leaders formally launched the new program on Wednesday at the Norman Rockwell Museum, which offers free admission to cardholders. Supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Baker-Polito administration, the EBT Card to Culture is considered the most comprehensive effort of its kind in the nation to open doors to arts and cultural experiences for low-income families.   "In our new strategic plan, 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

MCLA Men's Soccer Opens with OT win
10:51AM / Saturday, September 02, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Matt Duffy scored with 1:56 left in the first overtime Friday to led the MCLA Trailblazers to a  1-0 win over the visiting Becker College Hawks at Shewcraft Field.   he match was the season opener for both team.   Duffy converted a pass from Romeo Grey for the golden goal to end the scoreless drought and send the home crowd happy. MCLA had a great chance to win it in regulation, but Grey's shot hit the post and the game went into overtime.   MCLA held a slim 12-11 shot advantage over the Hawks and a 5-4 mark in corners, however neither team could get the ball into the back of the net.   MCLA keeper Kamron Anderson earned the shutout victory


World-Class Architect Climbs Aboard Model Railroad Museum
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
08:36PM / Friday, September 01, 2017

Award-winning architect Frank Gehry addresses the crowd at Friday's event. The 88-year-old Gehry will design the model railroad museum. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Officials with the proposed model railroad museum are confident that they will have the funding in hand next year to move forward on the $65 million project.    The Extreme Model Railroad and Contemporary Architecture Museum has so far raised $2.5 million from private contributions and state grants; it expects to reach 50 percent of its goal by January with the balance by June 2018. The principals, including former Guggenhaim director Thomas Krens and former Govs. William Weld and Michael Dukakis, believe the


Southwestern Vermont Health Care Foundation Names 2017 Vision Award Honorees
02:00PM / Friday, September 01, 2017

BENNINGTON, Vt. — Every September, Southwestern Vermont Health Care presents the Vision Awards at the Harvest Ball, an event sponsored by the SVHC Foundation. The ball will take place on Saturday, Sept. 9, at the 1768 Hubbell Homestead at Colgate Park in Bennington.

This year, SVHC will honor a physician and a family for their efforts to advance the health system's vision of healthier communities. The honoree for SVHC's 2017 Health Care Leadership Award is Dr. Brian Cunningham. The Hoyt Family is the recipient of SVHC's 2017 Distinguished Community Service Award.

"Dr. Cunningham and the Hoyts have made irreplaceable contributions to both SVHC and the surrounding


CNN's Toobin, ABC's Pitts Among MCLA's Fall Speakers
01:07PM / Friday, September 01, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' fall speakers this year will include Jeffrey Toobin, senior analyst for CNN and staff writer for The New Yorker, and multiple Emmy Award-winner Byron Pitts, co-anchor of ABC's "Nightline."
MCLA's annual fall lectures are free and open to the public.

Toobin, a political expert who also has expertise on the media and the law, frequently is featured on CNN. He will be the featured presenter at the seventh annual Michael S. and Kitty Dukakis Public Policy Lecture, which is made possible through the generosity of the Ruth Proud Charitable Trust. He will present "Inside the Secret World of the

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New Vice President Joins MountainOne Bank Commercial Lending Team
12:40PM / Friday, September 01, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass mdash; Steven Munger has been named to the position of vice president of commercial lending for MountainOne's Berkshire County markets.

"Steve is well-versed in all aspects of commercial lending and sales development, in addition to having a solid knowledge of the Berkshire market. He is a great addition to our team, and we look forward to continued growth of our western Massachusetts loan portfolio," said Tim Rhuda, senior vice president of commercial lending for MountainOne Bank

As vice president, Munger is responsible for management of an existing commercial loan portfolio, business development and adherence to established commercial lending policies.


Attorney Guides Towns on Local Options For Marijuana Regulation
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Friday, September 01, 2017
LENOX, Mass. — Attorney Raymond Miyares is advising towns to adopt moratoriums on recreational marijuana — six months ago.   Miyares is legal counsel for a number of towns across the state. He says the timeline for implementation of recreational marijuana is putting towns in the position of being "stampeded" with little chance to regulate.   "It seems to me that most towns are not going to be ready to write their zoning bylaws next spring," Miyares said.   But that's when something will need to be on the books in order to limit where such facilities can go. The law allows for marijuana retail to be allowed anywhere a town is zoned for

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Bust Returned to Family of Keith Laughlin
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:47PM / Thursday, August 31, 2017
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The grateful family of Keith W. Laughlin on Thursday received the bust carved by his longtime friend.   Gail King delivered the sculpture carved by her late niece, Ruth Ellen, to Laughlin's mother, Karin Morandi, at the home of Morandi's daughter, Kris Bona.   "I'm so glad we found you guys," King said. "We knew this had to mean something to somebody."   And King was determined not to discard the bust when she returned to the area from North Carolina to clean out the Bennington, Vt., home of her recently deceased sister, Jean Ann King.   Jean Ann had prominently displayed the artwork of her daughter and kept


1st Berkshire Candidate Towle Qualifies for Democratic Primary
04:20PM / Thursday, August 31, 2017
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Kevin Towle, Democratic candidate for 1st Berkshire representative, said his campaign submitted more than the 150 required signatures to Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin's office on Tuesday.    "Just 24 hours after the deadline to submit nomination papers to town and city clerks for certification, we were able to qualify for the primary ballot today," Towle said in a statement Tuesday. "This is the first major hurdle of the campaign, and I want to thank my wonderful team for their hard work and dedication."   Towle also announced the launch of a new campaign committee website,


North Adams Mayoral Candidate Bernard Releases Statement on Education
04:01PM / Thursday, August 31, 2017
  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Mayoral candidate Tom Bernard has released a position statement on education, one of the cornerstones of his economic development strategy for North Adams:   Congratulations to all students and thanks to all North Adams Public Schools teachers and staff at the start of this new school year. Good luck also to the Berkshire Arts & Technology Public Charter School community, who started school last week.   From the excitement and nervousness of our youngest students on their first day of kindergarten to the anticipation of high school seniors looking ahead to college and career, the start of a new school year presents tremendous possibilities and


'Wind River': Opens the Floodgates of Indignation
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
02:09PM / Thursday, August 31, 2017
Writer-director Taylor Sheridan's "Wind River," a murder-mystery inspired by true events, deserves plaudits not only because it is a skilled piece of filmmaking, but also owing to its eye-opening exposé of the disgraceful socioeconomic conditions on Native American reservations.   While the majority of Americans are more or less cognizant of the poverty that wreaks havoc in our urban ghettos, far fewer citizens are familiar with this rural brand of destitution ostensibly swept under the carpet of our national conscience. See it up close and the mind boggles.   Be warned, this is tough viewing. In service to its ugly divulgences, there are few punches pulled.


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