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Funeral Services Slated for Rep. Cariddi
Staff Reports,
09:08AM / Wednesday, June 21, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Services for state Rep. Gailanne Marie Cariddi begin Wednesday evening, June 21, with a wake from 4 to 8 p.m. at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church.    Her funeral will take place on Thursday, June 22, beginning at 11 a.m. at St. Elizabeth's.    Cariddi died Saturday morning at the age of 63 at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. The North Adams native was in her fourth term as representative of the 1st Berkshire District, which encompasses North County.    This is what we know so far regarding funeral plans, which may be subject to change:   MARSHALL STREET between the St.Anthony Drive and River Street will be closed a

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Whitney Spins Gem as SteepleCats Win 4-1
08:14AM / Wednesday, June 21, 2017
MONTPELIER, Vt. -- The North Adams SteepleCats rode a stellar start from Blake Whitney (South Carolina Upstate) to a 4-1 victory over the Vermont Mountaineers Tuesday night at Montpelier Recreation Field.   The victory snapped a four-game losing streak for the SteepleCats, and was the seventh consecutive North Adams victory over Vermont.   Whitney was tremendous for the 'Cats, striking out 11 hitters over seven innings in his first win of the year. The first eight strikeouts for Whitney came consecutively, as the righthander punched out each of the first eight Mountaineers to come to the plate. Through 17 innings this season, Whitney has recorded an NECBL-best 29 strikeouts

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

Jobs
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
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Area Grads Wrap Up Successful Spring Campaigns
iBerkshires.com Sports,
01:10AM / Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Rob Buffis earned all-tournament recognition from the Empire 8 Conference after helping Ithaca win the conference title and a berth in this spring’s NCAA Division III Championships.   On May 11, he went 6-⅔ innings on the mound, scattering four hits and one earned run in a tournament win over Elmira. Two days later, he came out of the bullpen to throw two innings of one-hit, shutout relief in the title game against St. John Fisher.   He made one appearance in the NCAAs, going 5-⅔ innings in a loss to Oswego. On the season, he had a 4.52 ERA and a 6-2 record in 14 appearances.   Kevin Donati (Pittsfield) led Division I University at Albany with a .327

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Greylock School Teacher Presented Kelly Award
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:51PM / Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Malkas congrulates Rondeau on her award during an assembly at Greylock School. 

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The everyone gathered in the auditorium at Greylock School on Wednesday afternoon, primarily for school-led play about the Statue of Liberty.

But as everyone got settled, Superintendent Barbara Malkas informed them that she had a "very, very important announcement."

It was that Michele Rondeau was this year's winner of the Marion B. Kelly Award.

"It is presented to teachers in recognition of their dedicated, skillful teaching and understanding of children and the exemplification of the ideal teacher," Malkas explained before a surprised Rondeau,

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Plenty of Nail-Biters in Berkshire Adult Baseball League
11:33AM / Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Three pitchers combined on a 4-3 win Sunday that lifted B.B.A. into first place in the Berkshire Adult Baseball League’s 20-and-over division.   Seamus Morrison, Connor Lein and Joe Delsoldato threw for B.B.A. in the win over the North County Knights, who slipped to 0-5-1 this summer.   B.B.A. improved to 5-1, pushing it past Lenox and Housatonic, who are tied for second in the seven-team division at 4-2.   On Father’s Day, Jesus Lay went 1-for-1 with two walks and scored twice for B.B.A.   The Knights got a pair of hits from Joe Boucher.   Lenox Bulldogs 9, Great Barrington Millers 8   Great Barrington scored four times in the top of the seventh to

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Senate Chair on Global Warming Takes Input on Energy Policy
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:56AM / Tuesday, June 20, 2017

State Sens. Adam Hinds and Marc Pacheco visit Seth Nash of Blue Q on Monday afternoon, before the hearing. Nash is one of the private-sector businesses to install a photovoltaic array to power his business.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — State Sen. Marc Pacheco has chaired the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture and thought he had heard everything about the environment.   Until 11 years ago, when he saw Al Gore's documentary "An Inconvenient Truth."   "I saw the reality come to life on a movie screen," Pacheco said.   He signed up to become a "climate messenger" and went to a training in Nashville, Tenn.

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New Brochure Identifies Invasive Species at Windsor Lake
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
10:21PM / Monday, June 19, 2017

The trifold brochure, with illustrations by Kailynn Clark, has information and identification information for seven common varieties of invasive plants. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A student environmental project at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has produced a brochure and more extensive booklet identifying invasive species at Windsor Lake.    The project by Karen Witek and Kailynn Clark got a passing grade from the Windsor Lake Recreation Commission after reviewing the trifold brochure and booklet they produced.    "They've spent a lot of time and energy on the project," Chairman Arlen Cellana said. "For what it is for me, I appreciate

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Free Fun Fridays Return This Summer
02:25PM / Monday, June 19, 2017

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Two Berkshire County museums bookend the Highland Street Foundation's ninth annual Free Fun Fridays initiative, a summer program that offers visitors no-cost admission to many of the most treasured cultural venues in Massachusetts.

Eighty-five institutions, from art museums to zoos, will join the program, an increase from the 80 venues that took part in 2016. This summer, each week for 10 consecutive Fridays — beginning June 23 and continuing through Aug. 25 — multiple venues will welcome visitors, free-of-charge.

"Free Fun Fridays provides access to the best exhibits, programs and experiences that the city and the commonwealth have to

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BArT Announces Third Trimester Honor Roll
01:39PM / Monday, June 19, 2017

ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School has announced the students who made honor roll for the third trimester of the 2016-2017 school year. Students who earned 80 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "Honors." Students who earned 90 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "High Honors."

Academic courses at BArT are aligned with the Massachusetts State Curriculum Frameworks for the appropriate grade level and include all standards deemed necessary for a complete, college-preparatory, middle and high school education.

Students in Grade 6 who earned High Honors are: Dion

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Berkshires Beat: Fishing Derby Winners Announced
01:27PM / Monday, June 19, 2017

Tessa Materazza won a second-place.

Fish tales: The 25th annual Harry Bateman Jimmy Fund Fishing Derby was held on June 3. More than 286 people attended. The winners are as follows:

Children's Heaviest Game Fish: first place, Ryan Russo, pickerel, 4 lbs. 7 oz.; second place, Jason Sweetser, rainbow trout, 2 lbs. 1 oz.; third place, Aubrey Phifer, largemouth bass, 1lbs. 15 oz.

Children's Heaviest Non Game Fish: first place, Logan Barde, pumpkin seed, 9 oz.; second place, Tessa Materazza, pumpkin seed, 6 oz.; third place, Zack Caropresso, pumkinseed, 5 oz.

Adult Heaviest Game Fish: first place, Alex Kent, pickerel, 4 lbs. 7 oz., second place, Jim Cassavant, largemouth bass, 2

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BCC Pinning Ceremony Recognizes Practical Nurse Graduates
11:48AM / Monday, June 19, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Seventeen graduates of the practical nurse certificate program at Berkshire Community College were recognized June 15 during a pinning ceremony in the Robert Boland Theatre of the college's Koussevitzky Arts Center.

Pins and certificates were presented to the following graduates:

Adams: Chelise Rondeau

Amherst: Salina Kiplagat

Becket: Megan Mahoney

Cheshire: Yormary Shogren

Dalton: Angela Colson, Brittany Moore-Lusigan, Lindsay Ostellino

North Adams: Samantha Andrews

Pittsfield: Gregory Martin, Pamela Matson, Railea Rivera, Lesline Rostick

Sheffield: Stephanie Fredsall

Springfield: Anna Owuor

Stephentown, N.Y.: Shauna Hoffman

West Springfield:

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Biz Briefs: Two Local Students Granted Lee Outlets Scholarships
10:33AM / Monday, June 19, 2017

Good job: Lee Premium Outlets presented McKenna Mcllquham of Hinsdale, Mass., and Delanie Rybacki of Otis, Mass., with Simon Youth Foundation Scholarships for their hard work and determination in the classroom.  Mcllquham attended Wahconah Regional High School, was awarded a $1,500 Community Scholarship and will attend University of Rhode Island in September. Rybacki attended Monument Mountain High School, was awarded a $500 Power of Orange Scholarship and will attend University of Wisconsin-Madison this fall.

Simon, a global leader in retail real estate ownership, is proud to support Simon Youth Foundation (SYF) in its efforts to increase educational opportunities for at-risk

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