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North Adams Peebles Store Changing Name, Focus
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:50PM / Tuesday, August 13, 2019

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Peebles Department Store in the downtown is going to be turned into a Gordmans, a discount retailer, early next year.

The 13-year-old store has been having a major summer sale over the past two months but the words "closing" appeared in the windows on Monday. The store will close in the days leading up to the grand opening of the new Goodmans early next year.

Blakeley Graham, brand publicity manager for Peebles' parent company Stage Stores, confirmed that the location would remain in the Stage family.

"Both Peebles and Gordmans are part of the Stage community of stores. Gordmans is an off-price retailer, which means that it has a wide array

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'Guardians' Sculptures Being Removed from Natural Bridge Park
By Amber Besaw, Community Submission
10:10AM / Tuesday, August 13, 2019

A mermaid created to guard the rail trail found a home at Natural Bridge State Park. But she and her fellow guardians will be gone this fall.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — In 2004, the UNiTY [United, Neighboring, Interdependent, Trusted Youth] program at the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition was honored by the efforts of local youth to create an art installation called "The Guardian Project."    This art installation, although originally intended for the Ashuwillticook Trail, was placed at the Natural Bridge State Park here in North Adams where it has remained for the past 15 years.   The concept for these art pieces was based on the individual

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

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Planning Board Recommends Zoning Change for Former Church Lot
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:23AM / Tuesday, August 13, 2019

The color scheme and molding treatment on on MountainOne is being replicated on the west side of 85 Main to give the entrance a more cohesive look.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Planning Board on Monday endorsed a change in zoning for a parcel on the corner of Union and Eagle streets to central business.    The property, which comprises the former St. Francis of Assisi church location and its rectory, was split into three different zones: residential, industrial and commercial.    Owner Colvest Inc., through its attorney, Jeffrey Grandchamp, asked that the entire parcel be zoned as central business, or CB1, because the current zones are "largely

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Giorgi League Men's Playoffs Tip Off
09:52PM / Monday, August 12, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Men's division playoffs got underway on Monday in the John Giorgi Summer Basketball League with Flynn & Dagnoli/Kingsbread and Swish advancing in their respective divisions.   In the A Division, Shaq Ardrey scored 16 points, and Dave Wellington and Joe Wiggins each scored 12 to lead Flynn & Dagnoli to a 70-63 win over Yard Work by Dan.   Lavante Wiggins scored 10, grabbed five rebounds and blocked a shot in the win.   Yard Work by Dan got a game-high 17 points from Tank Roberson. Isaac Percy scored 13, and Quincy Davis and Keko McCardel added 11 and 10, resepectively.   Keith Czubryt scored 14 points and collected nine rebounds to lead

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Teddy's Pizza Claims Berkshire Summer Lacrosse League Crown
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
09:16PM / Monday, August 12, 2019
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. -- Next spring, Williamstown resident Michael McCormack will be looking to repeat as an all-America selection as a senior for the Middlebury College men’s lacrosse team.   On Monday night, he was looking to win some bragging rights a little closer to home.   McCormack and his Teddy’s Pizza teammates did just that, winning the Berkshire County Summer Lacrosse League championship with an 8-5 win over a team of students and alumni from Hoosac Valley and McCann Tech.   “It’s just to have fun, honestly,” the Mount Greylock graduate said after scoring a goal and setting up a few more for Teddy’s. “I’m doing other

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Berkshires Beat: The Clark, Jacob's Pillow Team Up for Special Dance Performance
11:48AM / Monday, August 12, 2019
Martha Graham at the Clark

The Clark Art Institute hosts a special pop-up performance by the acclaimed Martha Graham Dance Company on its Williamstown campus on Sunday, Aug. 18, from 1 to 3 p.m. The free event is co-hosted in a cultural collaboration with Jacob's Pillow.

The day's program includes some of Martha Graham’s most revered and iconic choreography, along with a creative project titled "The 19 Poses."  Dancers from the company will perform in dialogue with the Clark's landscape and galleries in various locations in and around the Clark’s reflecting pool. Three works choreographed by company founder Martha Graham highlight the afternoon:

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Berkshire Business Interns Recognized for Summer Efforts
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:43AM / Sunday, August 11, 2019

Lever's Jeffrey Thomas gives a T-shirt to intern Jade Schnauber because she's kind of a big deal.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — They say that doing is the best way to learn. So for 10 weeks, 44 college students have had a chance experience how their education can be applied to real-world settings.    The Berkshire Business Interns, winnowed from more than 500 applications this past spring, worked in 20 different organizations, businesses and municipalities throughout the county this summer. About two-thirds hail from the Berkshires.   For Steven Luciano of Boston, who is studying international business at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, it was a chance

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Berkshire Workforce Board Taps Two New Staffers
11:26AM / Friday, August 09, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Two professionals have joined the Berkshire Workforce Board to help move a number of initiatives forward.

Shannon Zayac, manager of industry relations, will be engaging employers throughout Berkshire County to define their workforce needs and assist with recruitment and retention strategies. She will be coordinating relevant training grants to bring more skilled-workers into the workforce and develop a pipeline of future workers, expanding the career ladders within the manufacturing, hospitality, and healthcare sectors. She also will be be overseeing the Berkshire Skill's Cabinet and leading industry advisory committees to identify retention and recruitment

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Perfect Timing: How Do You Know When It's Time To Do Joint Replacement?
Dr. Michaela Schneiderbauer,
10:29AM / Friday, August 09, 2019

Joint replacement surgeries are some of the most popular and successful operations being performed today. In fact, in 2017, more than 1.6 million Americans underwent hip or knee replacement. And in 90 percent of the cases, the patient is happy with the result.

If you're someone who suffers from chronic joint pain and you hear about those kind of results, it's easy to think "replacement surgery is for me." And you may be right. But surgery is, shall we say, a big deal and should rarely be your first course of action. While joint replacement can be life-changing, it can also be painful, there's always the risk of infection, and devices can wear down prematurely. For

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How Does Social Security Fit Into Your Retirement Income Strategy?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
10:07AM / Friday, August 09, 2019

It might not be on your calendar, but Aug. 14 is Social Security Day. Since it was enacted on Aug. 14, 1935, Social Security has provided some financial support for millions of Americans during their retirement years. While Social Security benefits, by themselves, probably aren't enough to enable you to retire comfortably, they can be a key part of your overall retirement income strategy – if you use them wisely.

To help you make decisions about Social Security, you will need to answer these questions:

When should I start taking my benefits? You can take Social Security once you reach 62, but if you wait until your full retirement age, which will probably be between 66 and 67,

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North Adams' Belltower Records to Host Summer Jam II
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Friday, August 09, 2019

Belltower bought out the inventory of the former Toonerville Trolley. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Belltower Records has settled into the community as a hub for music fans, musicians, and audiophiles alike.   It is easy to lose a few hours on the third floor of the Norad Mill digging through the overflowing record crates at the independent music store.   "We have just been longtime collectors, my wife and I, and we have been looking to do something for a while and we basically stumbled upon this," owner Wes Nelson said recently.   With news that Hal March, owner of Toonerville Trolley Records in Williamstown, was looking to close and sell his business in 2017, a

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Monument Mountain, Drury Reach Giorgi League Final
10:37PM / Thursday, August 08, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Scott McGuire Jr. scored 29 points and collected 10 rebounds Thursday to lead the Drury boys basketball team to a 74-45 win over Mount Greylock in the semi-finals of the John Giorgi Summer Basketball League.   Anthony Pettingill score 12 for the Blue Devils.   Malcolm Waynick scored 14, and Liam Bray had nine points and six rebounds for the Mounties.   In Thursday's other semi-final at the Armory, Monument Mountain topped Hoosac Valley, 75-49.   Dion Brown scored 17, Connor Hanavan and Zach Goffin each scored 13 for the Spartans. Goffin had a double-double, pulling down 11 rebounds.   Izaha Stubbs scored a game-high 21 points, and Joe

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