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North Adams Preschoolers Now Brushing Their Teeth in School
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:02PM / Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Michelle Nicholas helps two of her students find their toothbrushes from the tray.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — In a football game, the two-minute warning signals that the end of the game is near. In reality, two minutes is a really, really, REALLY long time.

Just ask the preschoolers in the North Adams Public Schools Prekindergarten Program, who are the first to begin a new initiative in which kids brush their teeth after breakfast and lunch right at school.

"That's been the hardest thing," admitted preschool teacher Michelle Nicholas, who twice daily shepherds pairs of tots into the bathroom, asks them if they can remember which color toothbrush belongs to them, lets them


Seats Open on Clarksburg Select Board, School Committee
03:37AM / Wednesday, March 15, 2017
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Clarksburg is in need of elected officers, including two Select Board members.   Select Board member Linda Reardon has indicated she will not run for re-election on May 23 and William Schrade Jr. submitted a letter of resignation on Tuesday.    School Committee Chairman Jeffrey Levanos also said he will not stand for re-election on that board. Both Levanos and Reardon said time constraints influenced their decisions not to run for re-election. Levanos also serves on the Select Board but is not up for re-election until next year.   There are also two vacant seats, one for four years and one for one year, on the Planning


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

Clarksburg Special Town Meeting Set to Fix 2017 Budget
11:54PM / Tuesday, March 14, 2017
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The Select Board has set a special town meeting for Wednesday, March 15, to address a $250,000 budget gap for fiscal 2017.   The error in budgeting for this year was discovered by the state Department of Revenue in December. Some $200,000 in school choice revenue had been placed twice and other state charges on the town came in higher than initially proposed.   Voters will be asked to cut a total of $93,916 out of the town budget with four months left in the fiscal year. Another $71,000 will be taken from a line item approved last year to pay off the library construction loan and $85,000 will be taken from the stabilization


North Adams Children Sell 'Rainbow Rocks' for Charity
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:13AM / Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Mason Stred is interviewed by Channel 6 on about the art fundraiser.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — An effort to raise $500 for a local cancer support group has brought in five times that much, largely thanks to an outpouring of support and the sales pitch from some of the area's youngest residents.

Rainbow Rocks, a fundraiser organized by parent Jaycee Stred, brought children and parents together to paint colorful rainbows on rocks. On Sunday at Lickety Split, they presented PopCares with a check and cash for $2,500.

The best part of the activity was "to sell them to people with cancer," said Mason, Stred's 7-year-old son, between licks of a celebratory ice cream cone.

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iBerkshire Storm Center: Weather Updates & Cancellations
02:04PM / Monday, March 13, 2017
The National Weather Service's winter storm warning expires at 4 a.m. on Wednesday, but cleanup from Tuesday's blizzard may take several days.    A number of schools systems in the Berkshire are closed and others on 2-hour delays. The courts are also on a 2-hour delay and will open at 10 a.m.

• List of School Closings

Motorists should continue to take precautions; many side roads still need plowing and roads may be narrow.    Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer said city crews have been working since 3 a.m. on Tuesday.    "It's been a battle to keep the mains open," she wrote on Facebook at about 7 p.m. "Neighborhood streets will


Drury Announces Second Quarter Honor Roll
01:38PM / Monday, March 13, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Drury High School has announced its honor rolls for the second quarter of the 2016-17 school year.

Grade 12

High Honors: Bernard, Alexandra; Bona, Elizabeth; Carpinello, Michael; Cellana, Julia; Christopher, Chase; De Laurentiis, Alexander; Ellis, Nathan; Girard, Allison; Giron, Taylor; Goyette, Ashton; Harpin, Hunter; Howland, Maya; Lamarre, Sarah; Miles, Jonah; Rockenfield, Tyler; Rumbolt, Aubrey; St. Pierre, Noah; Superneau, William; Therrien, Kelly; Wissman, Miranda; Wood, John; Wright, Makenzie.

Honors: Brassard, Allison; Christian, Brian; Griffis, Alex; Harrison, Thaylen; Powell, Teven; Robinson, Brooks; Suters, Ella; Volff, Shane; Webb, Bryce; Wolfrum,


Biz Briefs: Wheeler & Taylor Acquires GoodWorks Insurance's Great Barrington Office
12:23PM / Monday, March 13, 2017

Insurance merger: Wheeler & Taylor Insurance of Great Barrington has purchased the Great Barrington office of GoodWorks Insurance.  The purchase brings together two firms that are consistently ranked among the top independent insurance agencies in the region, according to George A. Ryan, Jr., president of Wheeler & Taylor.  

Chad Yonker, chairman of GoodWorks Insurance, will become a shareholder and chairman at Wheeler & Taylor. Ryan will continue in his role as president indefinitely and remains the company’s majority shareholder. Both organizations have a long history of supporting their communities through charitable giving and going forward will be no


Berkshires Beat: Norman Rockwell Museum Presents 'Reimagining The Four Freedoms'
11:40AM / Monday, March 13, 2017

Freedom reigns: For the second year, Norman Rockwell Museum is teaming up with New York's Capital Area Art Supervisors to present a unique exhibition of student artwork exploring what freedom means in the 21st century. "Reimagining The Four Freedoms is on view at Norman Rockwell Museum from March 18 through April 9."

"Reimagining The Four Freedoms" will display around 125 original artworks, created in a variety of mediums, by high school students from the Capital District of New York State. Works from students enrolled in Studio in Art classes in Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, and Schenectady County will be on view. Each work will relate to a freedom most important


North County Fifth Graders Create Art To Inspire
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:44AM / Saturday, March 11, 2017

Sally Taylor's project engaged elementary school students through art. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — With the help of Sally Taylor, Brayton, Colegrove and Greylock fifth graders tapped into their inner artist and created paintings which will act as the first dispatch in a multi-medium game of telephone.   Kidspace, located in the upper levels of Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, was alive with creation Friday morning as Taylor, artist, musician and daughter of singer-songwriters James Taylor and Carly Simon, asked students to simply react to the words fear, joy and freedom.   "I hope that they recognize that art is more than just painting. It’s everything


@theMarket: Mushy Markets in March
By Bill Schmick,
04:44PM / Friday, March 10, 2017
Investors took a break this week from the ongoing Trump rally, even as the pace of change in Washington seems to be accelerating. Both the financial downside and political upside should be positive for your investment portfolio overtime.   The minor consolidation I have been expecting in the stock market began this week. The averages have pulled back a little, but the S&P 500 Index, for example, has lost less than one percent from its all-time highs. That's not exactly the end of the world ...   I see a meandering two steps back, one step forward, kind of market with the downside risk somewhere between 2,300 and 2,330 on the S&P 500 Index. That would equate to about a


Superior Court Briefs: March 6 - March 10
Staff Reports,
04:38PM / Friday, March 10, 2017
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, March 6.   Zachary Santoro, 29, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to four counts of rape and abuse of a child and three counts of indecent assault and battery on a person who has attained age 14.    He was ordered to serve four to six years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution on the rape and abuse charges and given concurrent four to five years on the indecent assault and battery.   The charges stem from incidents that occurred in Lanesborough between June 1, 2014 and August 7, 2014. The alleged victim is now 18 years old.   Mackenzie Colvin, 24, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on two


MCLA Appoints Two to Board of Trustees
12:59PM / Friday, March 10, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has announced that Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker approved the appointment of Kathleen Therrien, Class of 97, as the alumni trustee and has appointed Dr. Robert Reilly as a trustee.

Therrien has served in this capacity since August 2016 when she was first elected to serve the remainder of the term of that vacant seat. Therrien is the director of trust and estate administration at Williams College.

Reilly is president emeritus of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Education Society and a school committee member of the Northern Berkshire Regional Vocational Technical High School (McCann


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