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North Adams a Canvas for Mass MoCA Art This Summer
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:22AM / Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Ramona Fabregas explains her idea for a dense prayer flag installation. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art will light up the city's famed steeples and turn the entire north side of the museum into an outdoor arts canvas.    The use of sound, light and text are designed to tie the city into the museum's summer season, part of an ongoing initiative to get visitors to wander beyond the massive arts complex.    The Public Arts Commission on Wednesday approved elements of two of the installations that will be partially placed on municipal property.   The first, a short-term installation by Jenny Holzer, includes five

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North Adams Library to Bring Back Some Original Fixtures
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:03PM / Monday, May 15, 2017

The library has a new app through CWMARS making services easier for patrons.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The library will return original fixtures and furniture to the building that has been in storage since the renovation some years ago.   Library Director Mindy Hackner told the trustees Wednesday that she recently toured the Windsor Mill to make sure there was nothing left in storage from the library and came upon some original exterior parts and fireplace surrounds.   "What we found was some beautiful nickel fireplace surrounds that go in the old building to kind of keep people from stumbling in [to the fireplace]," she said. "They are made out of

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

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Biz Briefs: Greylock's Annual Shred Day Benefits Berkshire United Way
02:56PM / Monday, May 15, 2017

Paper trail: Greylock Federal Credit Union held its ninth annual Community Shred Day on Saturday, May 6, shredding more than 7 tons of paper. The effort also raised $1,184 in donations for the Berkshire United Way. The credit union suggested a $1 donation per box from people looking to dispose of personal documents.

ProShred supplied two mobile shredding trucks for the event to provide proper disposal of private documents. People were able to witness the shredding process via a closed circuit monitor mounted on the truck. Millions of Americans have their identities stolen each year. Identity theft occurs when someone uses personally identifying information, like name, social security

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Drury Announces Third Quarter Honor Roll
02:30PM / Monday, May 15, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Drury High School has announced its honor roll for the third quarter of the 2016-2017 school year.

High Honors

Grade 12: Bernard, Alexandra Jane Flynn; Bona, Elizabeth Anne; Carpinello, Michael John; Cellana, Julia Susa Christian, Brian; Christopher, Chase Emery; De Laurentiis, Alexander; Girard, Allison Paige; Harpin, Hunter Noel; Lamarre, Sarah Noelle; Miles, Jonah Finley; Rumbolt, Aubrey Rose; St. Pierre, Noah Christopher; Superneau, William Theodore; Therrien, Kelly Ann; Volff, Shane Charles; Wissman, Miranda Anne; Wood, John Kaelan Peters.

Grade 11: Blevins, Brendan Sean; Copeland, Mackenzie Marie; Crosier, Cassandra Champagne; Johnson, Nickolas Chandler;

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Berkshires Beat: Brien Center Receives Donation from Williams Rugby Football Club
01:40PM / Monday, May 15, 2017

Tacking mental health: The Brien Center for Mental Health has received a donation from the Williams Rugby Football Club. The club has donated the earnings received from the John Donovan Memorial Tournament for the past three years, totaling nearly $4,000.

The team has been organizing the John Donovan Memorial Tournament in memory of their former teammate who lost his battle to mental illness. The tournament was designed to raise awareness about mental health and support organizations like the Brien Center working to help those suffering from mental illness in the Berkshire community. This year, six teams from four schools - Williams College, Keene State, Colby-Sawyer College, and

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Senior Citizens Prom Set for Tuesday, May 16
11:37AM / Monday, May 15, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Drury High School Current Events classes will host the annual Senior Citizens Prom from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 16, at the Drury High School gymnasium for an evening of fun.

The 2017 theme is "Bash on the Bayou” to help celebrate the southern carnival and Mardi Gras.  

For the past 23 years, the Drury High School History/Contemporary Issues/Sociology Classes have studied generational differences, sociological impact and ways to help bridge the generational divide. Their research and curriculum culminates with the planning and implementation of a service learning project – a prom for senior citizens – that engages elderly

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North Adams Developer Sees Historic Mill as Thriving Business Hub
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:00AM / Monday, May 15, 2017

The mill dates to 1863 and once manufactured woolen items.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Local developer David Moresi envisions filling the former Excelsior Mill on Roberts Drive with a thriving community of entrepreneurs, businesses and artisans.    "This is about job growth, job development, job creation and working with businesses to make this a sucessful venture for them," he said on Friday inside the nearly 100,000 square foot building. "We've got some great things in the works and we're going to get this to 100 percent occupancy."   He expects to make announcements in the coming weeks about new tenants that are already in the works

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Clarksburg Elementary Holocaust Exhibit Set Monday
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
05:09PM / Sunday, May 14, 2017
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Clarksburg Elementary eighth-graders will host the school's 13th annual Holocaust Exhibit featuring Auschwitz survivor Magda Brown on Monday night.   English teacher and exhibit organizer Michael Little said the exhibit this year will focus on anti-Jewish legislation in Nazi Germany.   "This exhibit features 18 different [display] boards of Nazi laws from from 1933 to 1939, and the purpose was to show what happened through the legal system, the coming of the Holocaust and the routes of it," Little said. "The boards accumulate on your consciousness and some stuff is unbelievable that was passed."    Little said the

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House Passes Protections For Pregnant Workers
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:38AM / Sunday, May 14, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass — The state's House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday shoring up the rights of pregnant workers.   The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act will require employers to provide basic accommodations for employees who are pregnant or are new mothers. Such provisions include allowing pregnant woman to take more frequent bathroom breaks, drink water while they work, or provided a stool to sit on.    "One of the holes we had in the protections was for women who are pregnant and employers, a small percentage of employers, who do not allow for any kind of accommodation for someone who is pregnant, or, quite frankly, retaliating against women who are

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Home Damaged, Pets Lost in North Adams Fire
By Tammy Daniels,
03:03AM / Sunday, May 14, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — An early morning fire severely damaged a Greylock Avenue home on Sunday. No one was injured but two pets were lost. 

  Fire Director Stephen Meranti said the fire began on small exterior porch on the south side of the single-family home.    "It extended up the outside and it entered a window on the second floor and it entered the attic, so the attic was a little difficult," he said. "The fire gets between the slate and board."   The fire was called in shortly after midnight by a neighbor, who also alerted the homeowners. The house's fire alarms went off as well, said Meranti.   Police Officer Anthony Beverly,

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Civil Rights Icon John Lewis Tells MCLA Grads to 'Get in the Way'
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:19PM / Saturday, May 13, 2017

President Jamie Birge shakes the hand of a graduate wearing Birge's trademark fashion statements — a bowtie. See more photos here. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — An icon of Civil Rights Movement, U.S. Rep. John Lewis of Alanta, Ga., urged the class of 2017 to "be brave, be bold, be courageous" and turn the world upside down.   "There are forces in America today that want to take us back to another place, another time," he told the graduates at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts on Saturday morning. "We've come too far, we've made too much progress and we must not go back, we must go forward as a nation."   The Georgia

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North Adams Mayor's Fitness Challenge Kicks Off
Staff Reports,
08:13PM / Friday, May 12, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Mayor's Fitness Challenge kicked off Friday night with activities, music and ideas for healthy living.    This is the fourth year of the event, now part of the "Berkshire Mayors'" challenge as Pittsfield joined last year, offering up a little competition between the county's only cities.    This year's launch was held with tables and information along the sunny side of Main Street and at Colegrove Park, where people could try out hula hoops, weights and tug of rope games.    "Things are going very well," Amanda Chilson, local coordinator for the state's Mass in Motion program. "It's

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