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News and events in North Adams, Mass.

MountainOne Insurance Appoints Jake Rand to Sales Team
11:55AM / Friday, March 10, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Jake Rand has been appointed account executive at MountainOne Insurance.

As account executive, Rand will be responsible for developing a portfolio of new commercial insurance clients, as well as maintaining an existing book of business.

Prior to joining MountainOne Insurance, Rand served as a personal insurance salesperson in the automotive industry. He is also experienced in banking, having served as a personal banker for several years.

Rand holds a bachelor of science degree in business management from Westfield State University. Additionally, he has earned the Commercial Lines Coverage Specialist (CLCS) designation.

Rand is very active in the local


Change Your Clocks, Check Your Alarms This Weekend
11:46AM / Friday, March 10, 2017

BOSTON — State fire officials are reminding people that as they change their clocks this weekend to check their smoke detectors as well.

"Prevent that annoying chirp of a dying smoke alarm battery by replacing the alkaline batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms now, unless you have newer alarms with 10-year sealed batteries,"  State Fire Marshal Peter Ostroskey said. "Check the age of your alarms. Smoke alarms need to be replaced after 10 years usually, and carbon monoxide alarms after five to seven years."
Ostroskey said time is the enemy during a fire, and alarms offer precious seconds to evacuate before poisonous gases and heat make


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

Vascular Surgery Specialist Joins Berkshire Health Systems
11:30AM / Friday, March 10, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems has announced the appointment of Dr. Elie S. Semaan, a vascular surgeon, to the medical staff of Berkshire Medical Center and the physician staff of Berkshire Surgical Services of BMC.

Dr. Semaan is accepting new patients in need of vascular care, and joins Drs. Michael Cohn, Eugene Curletti, Michael DiSiena, Christian Galvez, Andrew Lederman, Robert Lincer, Clayton Peterson and George Veinoglou at Berkshire Surgical Services of BMC.

Semaan comes to the Berkshires from New Hampshire, where he operated a vascular surgery practice for the past year. Previously, he was director of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at NYC Surgical Associates


North Adams Initiative Pursuing Eagle Street Crowdfunding Grant
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:39AM / Friday, March 10, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city is hoping to build on the recent enthusiasm surrounding the Small Business Revolution to leverage those online votes into online dollars.    The goal: to raise $25,000 by May 5 toward a matching MassDevelopment grant to make historic Eagle Street more attractive to pedestrians and visitors.    "We all love Eagle Street ... it's got that cool feel to it," said Benjamin Lamb, City Council president, who's spearheading the effort. "It's a really nice feel-good project for the city."   The effort is being run by the NAMAzing Initiative through the crowdfunding website Patronicity and with the


The Independent Investor: America's Road Toward Universal Health Care
By Bill Schmick,
04:51PM / Thursday, March 09, 2017

The GOP's plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act was introduced this week.  As one might expect, the Republican Party's long-awaited plan was met with a firestorm of protests from just about every conceivable lobbying group. That's exactly what one should expect, given that there is so much at stake.

Headlines throughout the week warned that if the plan were passed in its present form, health-care premiums could rise by 30 percent or more. Seniors could pay far more for coverage under the new plan, while between 6 million and 10 million people would lose their health insurance coverage altogether. The poor would get short shrift, while the wealthy would


LeClair Memorial 5K Set for May 7
03:23PM / Thursday, March 09, 2017
  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The Berkshire Family YMCA will hold the 16th annual Jocelyn E LeClair Memorial Scholarship Race on Sunday, May 7, at Windsor Lake Park.   The 5-kilometer run and walk will kick off at 10 a.m. with a 1-mile fun run and walk to follow.   The JEL is dedicated to the memory of Jocelyn LeClair, a Drury High School student who died at age 15 in 2001 from spinal meningitis. The event was started by friends and family the next spring and taken over by the YMCA last year.   Proceeds benefit the Jocelyn E. LeClair Memorial Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships to two high school students each from Drury and McCann Tech, the YMCA’s summer camps


'Logan': Makes Some Sharp Points
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
02:50PM / Thursday, March 09, 2017

Judged solely on its surface value, director James Mangold's "Logan," the third and reputedly final escapade of the Wolverine/Marvel Comics/superhero/X-Men series, rates a six on my excitement scale. However, bear in mind that loyal adherents of this franchise evaluate their cherished, alternate world of right, wrong and not so sure by their very own, entirely proprietary measure. They couldn't care less about what this fuddy-duddy thinks.

Well, good. There is much philosophical baloney and wisdom to be gleaned from the generation gap. Hence, knowing my place as the Brave New World thunders outside my slightly blemished ivory tower of pontification, kindly acknowledge


Girls AAU Basketball Team Seeks Players
12:02PM / Thursday, March 09, 2017
The Berkshire Mountaineers girls basketball team is looking for any girls interested in playing Spring AAU basketball.   Girls currently in the fifth thru 11th grade are eligible to participate. This is an advanced basketball program that will include weekend travel throughout New York and New England. The schedule has not yet been put together but is typically seven weekends beginning with the last weekend of April through June.  In addition, girls will practice two days a week.   For more information please contact Bill Robinson at 413-652-1055 or email     The Berkshire Mountaineers Girls Basketball Organization was established in 2009 by


Clarksburg Looking at Reductions for Fiscal 2018
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:18AM / Thursday, March 09, 2017

CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Town officials are looking at $100,000 in cuts just in the preliminary fiscal 2018 budget but were warned Wednesday at least double that is needed.

"I've drafted where I think I can make some reasonable cuts to the budget," said Town Administrator Carl McKinney. "I've cut $100,000 for next year's budget out of this year's budget, and we're still going to need to cut another $105,000 or find some other revenue stream. ...

"It's going to be a very lean year."

McKinney's draft budget of $4.25 million is down about $111,000 from this year's budgeted $4.37 million, or 2.5 percent. About $40,000 is shaved from


Drury Comedy Troupe Hosts Murder-Mystery Dinner Fundraiser
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
06:55PM / Wednesday, March 08, 2017
ADAMS, Mass. — "Lucy, what have you done?!"   That may well be a question not for Lucy's show biz husband, Ricky, but for the audience trying to figure out a murder-mystery at Ricky's nightclub (aka the Bounti-Fare) on Friday.   "Trouble at the Tropicabana," a spoof of the classic "I Love Lucy" series with movie moguls, kingpins, slapstick, music and dancing is being produced by the Drury Stage Company Comedic Arts Service Troupe to raise money for Habitat for Humanity.   Music and theater instructor Kate Caton said the seven-member troupe will perform the audience-participation, murder-mystery by Tony Schwartz and Marylou

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North Adams Arts Commission Gets First Public Art Proposal
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:36PM / Wednesday, March 08, 2017

The Public Arts Commission's new logo seems to imagine mountains and spires in the abstract.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Public Arts Commission has received its first submission: A proposal to create art on Montana Street.

Or at least the outline of a submission.

Griffin Labbance, a residence director at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, is hoping to engage college artists in decorating one of the college's entry points and came to the commission seeking guidance.

"A lot more chalk art was showing up [on nearby streets]," he told the commission at its meeting Friday evening at Bright Ideas Brewing. "I got this basic idea of student murals that last


Walk with Me in the Berkshires Returns for 15th Season
11:29AM / Wednesday, March 08, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The popular community walking program, Berkshire Health Systems' Walk with Me in the Berkshires, is returning for its 15th year in late March, where it is expected that more than 3,500 people from across the region will participate in a program aimed at improving health and well-being through walking.

Community registration for the Walk with Me program is Tuesday, March 28, beginning at 10 a.m. sharp on the iBerkshires website. Up to 2,400 people from the community, formed as teams of between two and 20 people each, will receive a free step counter and be able to log-in to a step-reporting site on iBerkshires in order to participate in the six week walking


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