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McCann Postsecondary Grads Overcame Obstacles
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
10:35PM / Wednesday, August 05, 2020

Diplomas were presented to 23 graduates on Wednesday. See more photos here.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The 23 graduates of McCann Technical School's postsecondary programs had waited nearly two months for the chance to graduate together.    Seated apart below the school sign on the side lawn, they were ready to singly be called to pick up their diplomas and cheered by families and friends set apart in clustered seats of four.    Superintendent James Brosnan said he'd had the honor of congratulating graduates of the program for 25 years, but this was a first for him, too.     "You have accomplished what others did not and that is

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North Adams Fire Department Gets New AEDs With Federal Grant
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:48PM / Wednesday, August 05, 2020

The AEDs will replace units that are more than a decade old.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Fire Department is now equipped with brand-new automated external defibrillators thanks to a federal matching grant.    The department displayed the seven AEDs and a training module on Wednesday that will replace units that are now more than 10 years old. The devices will be accompanied by AMBU, or artificial manual breathing units (bag resuscitators), that have not yet arrived.    "Our grant writer Amalio Jusino did a great job and we were able to purchase seven units, one for each piece of apparatus and we'll save one for the station," Fire Chief

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

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North Adams School Committee Seeks Candidates for Vacant Seat
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:32AM / Wednesday, August 05, 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The School Committee and City Council hope to fill the vacancies on their respective boards next week.    The committee at its regular meeting Tuesday agreed to request statements of interest from prospective candidates. The deadline for letters of interest is Monday, Aug. 10, at 4 p.m. at nrauscher@napsk12.org.   The committee will convene on Aug. 11  Thursday, Aug. 13, at 6 p.m. with the City Council for a joint vote on a replacement candidate. The council will meet on Tuesday, Aug. 11, at 7:30 to vote on a candidate to fill its own vacancy.     The two governmental seats were left vacant by the resignation of Robert Moulton

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Berkshires Beat: Food Pantry Returning to Eagle Street Starting Aug. 12
10:38AM / Tuesday, August 04, 2020
Back home

Starting Wednesday, Aug. 12, the Al Nelson Friendship Center Food Pantry will return to operating out of its home at 45 Eagle St. in North Adams. At that time, the hours will change to 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for those coming directly to the Friendship Center. Intake and food distribution will take place at the front door. Those who cannot physically come to the food pantry or who feel ill, may call 413-664-0123 on Wednesday during hours of operation to set up a delivery. Deliveries will take place between 10 a.m. and noon on Thursday, Aug. 13.

The Food Pantry will operate from the Holden Street side of the St. Elizabeth Parish Center one final Wednesday, Aug. 5, during two sessions, 10

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Tanglewood Online Festival Enters Sixth Week
By Stephen Dankner, Guest Columist
09:51AM / Tuesday, August 04, 2020

The Tanglewood 2020 Online Festival will enter its sixth week with an expansive range of innovative digital audio and video streams. These performances were recorded at Tanglewood's new and breathtaking spaces at the superbly designed Linde Center – a constituent part of the BSO's/Tanglewood's new entity, the Tanglewood Learning Institute (TLI). Other concerts will include performances previously recorded and archived by the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood. 

A unique, all-encompassing digital music festival, the array of programming replicates a choice selection of the previously announced 2020 live performances Tanglewood had hoped to present this summer,

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How Can You Help Lower Your Longevity Risk?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
09:16AM / Tuesday, August 04, 2020

The investment world contains different types of risk. Your stocks or stock-based mutual funds could lose value during periods of market volatility. The price of your bonds or bond funds could also decline, if new bonds are issued at higher interest rates. But have you ever thought about longevity risk?

Insurance companies and pension funds view longevity risk as the risk they incur when their assumptions about life expectancies and mortality rates are incorrect, leading to higher payout levels. But for you, as an individual investor, longevity risk is less technical and more emotional: it's the risk of outliving your money.

To assess your own longevity risk, you first will want to

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McCann Names Valedictorian, Salutatorian for Class of 2020
02:16AM / Tuesday, August 04, 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Vanessa Harrington and Emma Carpenter have been named valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, of the McCann Technical School graduating class of 2020, announced Principal Justin Kratz.   Harrington, daughter of Tara Harrington, was a student in the Information Technology Program. She is the recipient of the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendent's Award for Academic Excellence and the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship and ranks first in her class with a 4.26 grade-point average.    Her many extracurricular activities include National Honor Society, Yearbook and Prom committees, Dancecapade School of Dance, Lenox Sportsmans

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Isaias to Bring Rain, Wind to Northeast
10:07PM / Monday, August 03, 2020
A tropical storm warning has been issued for Massachusetts and Connecticut as now-Hurricane Isaias was nearing landfall along the Carolinas' coasts. Rain in the region is expected to start during the night on Monday and continue through Wednesday.   "Along and just northwest of the I-95 corridor of the mid-Atlantic and southern New England, heavy windblown rain with embedded thunderstorms will be the central theme from Isaias," AccuWeather Northeast weather expert Elliot Abrams said on Monday.    Isaias is expected to make landfall Monday night as a Category 1 and shift inland, with Accuweather saying the eye of what should then be a tropical storm moving north

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Drury High Sets Graduation Celebration at Joe Wolfe
07:59PM / Monday, August 03, 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Drury High School will celebrate the class of 2020 on Friday at 5 p.m. at Joe Wolfe Field. (Date change because of rain.)   The school had held a "car parade" graduation on June 11, during which families were able to drive up to the front of the high school so the seniors could receive their diplomas and awards and pose for photos.    Mayor Thomas Bernard, chairman of the School Committee, had said the June graduation was to ensure that the entire class was able to participate rather than waiting until the pandemic controls were eased later in the summer. Since Phase 3 of the state's reopening a couple weeks ago, Wahconah, Hoosac

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First-Responder Profiles: EMS Director Jen Weber
01:23PM / Monday, August 03, 2020

Jen Weber shows students some of the ambulance equipment.  LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The COVID-19 pandemic has perhaps brought the role of first-responders more to the forefront lately, but these men and women have regularly been serving their communities in numerous emergency situations.   This is a series profiling some of our local first-responders in partnership with Lee Bank to highlight the work they do every day — not just during a pandemic.    Emergency medical technician Jen Weber has been working in the health-care field for awhile but only recently became involved in emergency medicine. She attended Mount Anthony Union High School in Bennington,

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SVMC: COVID-19 Update August 3
12:34PM / Monday, August 03, 2020
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Pittsfield Thunder Baseball Takes Two from Americans
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12:04PM / Monday, August 03, 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Brayden Gutzmer had four hits, including a double and a triple, to help lead the Pittsfield Thunder 14-year-old travel baseball team to a double-header sweep of the Berkshire Americans on Sunday at Joe Wolfe field.   In the opener, Gutzmer had two extra-base hits, and Antonio Scalise tripled and scored twice. Nick Brindle had two hits and a walk in an 11-0 win.   Charlie Wendell struck out five in four innings of work to get the win on the mound.   Austin Buda doubled for the Americans.   In Game 2, Alex Williams doubled, and eight different Pittsfield players had a hit in a 6-2 win.   Ben Cornish and Gutzmer split time on the mound; Cornish

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