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News and events in North Adams, Mass.

Crane Operator Killed in Vermont Construction Accident
05:08PM / Tuesday, April 18, 2017

SEARSBURG, Vt. — A Maine man was killed when the crane he was operating hit a live electrical wire on Tuesday morning.

David Sprague, 59, of Windham, Maine, was working at a construction site on Putnam Road, off Route 8, when he drove his crane under a series of high tension power lines at about 11:00 a.m. The crane struck one of the lines, electrocuting Sprague.

He was pronounced dead at the scene and an autopsy will be performed by the Office of Chief Medical Examiner.

Green Mountain Power responded immediately and quickly rendered the scene safe, according to state police. Troopers were also assisted on scene by Wilmington Fire Department, Bennington Fire Department, Deerfield


McCann Tech Gets $15,000 From Haas Foundation for Scholarships
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:45PM / Tuesday, April 18, 2017

A metal globe made on one of the Haas CNC machines.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Scholarships, resources, recertification programs.    Those are some of the ideas being taken up for a $15,000 grant made to McCann Technical School's machine technology program by the Gene Haas Foundation.   "The immediate impact would definitely be helping out our senior class of 2017, helping those kids move forward," instructor Thomas Matuszak said on Tuesday.    This is the second Haas grant to a local school; last week, Taconic High School's manufacturing program received $10,000 toward scholarships.    Dylan Phelps, a sales associate with


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

Solid Waste District Uncertain How to Dispose of Refrigerators
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
10:25AM / Tuesday, April 18, 2017
ADAMS, Mass. — Refrigerators and propane tanks can be a nuisance to get rid of, even for the Northern Berkshire Solid Waste Management District.   After getting feedback from the Department of Environmental Protection, the regional organization unsure how to properly dispose of them.    Although the waste group's committee was unable to get a quorum Thursday, Program Director Linda Cernik told those who attended that district has to find a new way to dispose of refrigerators because they must be drained of Freon and documented before they are scrapped.   Typically the company taking the fridge will drain it, however, there has to be 25 units before it will

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Community Involvement Discussed at Coalition Forum
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:16AM / Tuesday, April 18, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A larger percentage of people who come to the monthly Northern Berkshire Community Coalition forums do so because their jobs require it.

At the April forum on Friday, the focus was not on those jobs, or what those people do from "9 to 5," but rather, on what they do from 5 to 9 p.m. when they are not working.

NBCC Executive Director Amber Besaw started off the forum, titled "Creating Community 9 to 5 and 5 to 9" by asking the 50 attendees what they do in their off-hours to help the community. Bewsaw said the topic was one that had sparked interest last fall, but had gained traction with the release of the State Farm commercial that shows a

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Rabasco Leads County Contingent at Boston Marathon Sports,
10:08PM / Monday, April 17, 2017
BOSTON -- Pittsfield’s Matt Rabasco was Berkshire County’s top finisher on Monday at the Boston Marathon, clocking a time of 2 hours, 49 minutes, 17 seconds over the historic 26.2-mile course.   Rabasco was the only sub-three-hour finisher among 11 county residents registered for the race with official times listed on the Boston Athletic Association on Monday night.   The races top finishers were Kenyans Geoffrey Kirui (2:09:37) for the men and Edna Kiplagat (2:21:52) for the women.   Rabasco, 22, was listed in 532nd place overall, 399th in his division, after setting a mile pace of 6:28.   Berkshire County’s second-fastest time was turned in by Matt

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Letter: Support Pollinator Resolution
Letter to the Editor,
07:00PM / Monday, April 17, 2017

To the Edtor:

I'm greatly encouraged by the citizens in Williamstown who want to make the community more pollinator friendly. Stephen Dravis' article, "Williamstown Resolution Looks to Change Bee-havior" (iBerkshires April 9) reports how bees are a vital natural resource for food production and biodiversity protection.

Bees are disappearing at an alarming rate, as emphasized by Williams College Biology Department Chair Joan Edwards, who spoke at the town's recent Agricultural Commission meeting. Sharing this concern, a number of other communities launched Western MA Pollinator Networks six months ago to expand pollinator safe habitat through education, tours, and

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Berkshires Beat: Humane Society Holding Baby Shower for Kittens
10:57AM / Monday, April 17, 2017

A purr-fect idea: Throughout the month of April, the Berkshire Humane Society is hosting its third annual Baby Shower in honor of kitten season, a supply drive collecting donations of needed items for kitten and mother cat care. Kitten season typically begins in May and winds down in October. 

In addition to the drive, BHS trains foster volunteers to care for litters from their own homes, greatly expanding the number of animals the shelter can accommodate. BSH also works with other organizations – like Animal DREAMS – to reduce unwanted cat populations in Berkshire County. Collected supplies will be shared with Animal DREAMS to assist in their work with feral


Bishop Mitchell Rozanski: Easter Homily
By Bishop Mitchell Rozanski, Guest Column
11:05AM / Sunday, April 16, 2017
Acts: 34a, 37-43 Psalm 118 Colossians 3: 1-4 John 20: 1-9 We greet this Easter Day with the bright promise of new life.   Where just a few weeks ago a snow storm reminded us that winter does not give up easily, we now can behold buds on the trees, daffodils and forsythia blooming and enjoy the warmth that permeates the air. Spring does beckon us to new life! And indeed, we can have faith in this new life because of what we celebrate in our lives: Our Savior's promise to us has been fulfilled. When all seemed lost, disciples scattered, hopes were dashed and mourning dominated the scene, that first Easter morning changed everything.   Last month, with a group of pilgrims,


North Adams Fire Battles Eagle Street Blaze
By Tammy Daniels,
11:28PM / Saturday, April 15, 2017

Flames were pouring out of the second floor of the building.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A Victorian on Eagle Street sustained extensive damage after it broke out in flames on Saturday night.   The second floor of the large circa-1900 home at 243 Eagle was in flames when the first emergency responders arrived at the scene.   "We come around the corner and it was very obvious we were going to need the entire department," said Lt. Michael Sherman, who responded with C group, the shift on duty. An all-call was made to bring in off-duty firefighters.    The owner, listed as Sandra Thomas, made a 911 call, said Lt. John Paciorek. She was able to exit the


North Adams Dog-A-Thon Raises Over $1,000 for Eagle Street
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
07:42PM / Friday, April 14, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Over $1,000 was raised at the first NAMAzing Dog-A-Thon to benefit the Eagle Street Initiative.      A small group formed at the pocket park on Eagle Street on Friday evening to watch six worthy competitors dressed in their Sunday best ingest as many Jack's Hot Dogs as they could in in very long 20 minutes.   After going over the universal signal for choking and strategically placing a barf bucket near the table, competitors Benjamin Lamb, Geeg Wiles, Mike Walker, Annie Rodgers, Nathan Rodgers and Piper Jacobs, 8, loaded their plates.   What started out as a sprint soon became an endurance contest as Nathan and Annie Rodgers


North Adams Skateboard Park Construction Under Way
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:36PM / Friday, April 14, 2017

The park will feature elements such as a Hoosac Tunnel and Greylock War Memorial. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — It's been seven long years since a group of teens approached the City Council advocating for a skate board park. And even longer since skateboarders were limited to where they could manuel and kickflip.   But years are like weeks when it comes to government, said Mayor Richard Alcombright, standing on the footings that will hold the city's newest recreational venue: A skate board and BMX bicycle park.    "I think where we're at today kind of shows you what persistence will do," he said on a sunny Friday afternoon. "We've gone from


North Adams to Pursue Mass Historic Grant For Library
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:32PM / Friday, April 14, 2017

The trustees were updated Wednesday on the library activities. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city has applied for a Massachusetts Historical Commission grant to make structural repairs to the library.   Library Director Mindy Hackner told the trustees Wednesday that Building Inspector William Meranti and architect Thomas Bartels visited the library again on Feb. 21 and the city sent out the application March 24.   "I spoke with them briefly and I gave them some archival information," Hackner said. "I haven’t heard anything back from the city yet."   Last year, Hackner informed the city that there are structural issues with the library that

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