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North Adams Airport Commission OKs Bike Trail Location
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:43AM / Wednesday, August 09, 2017

The Airport Commission approved the pathway pending further input from the FAA and MassDOT to ensure it doesn't interfere with airport operations. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Airport Commission unanimously voted to approve the general route of the Mohawk Bike Path that will pass through the airport land.   After walking the proposed pathway Tuesday afternoon, the commission reconvened at City Hall to officially give the project its blessing.    "Personally, I am a huge fan of having the bike trail at the airport assuming, it does not affect the airport because I think it will bring activity here," Commissioner Trevor Gilman said.   The proposed

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North Adams Councils Approves $800K in Capital Borrowing
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:42AM / Wednesday, August 09, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council on Tuesday unanimously authorized a borrowing of $783,910 for a number of infrastructure upgrades, including an engineering study of the city's two reservoir dams.   Mayor Richard Alcombright said the borrowing will be rolled into a long-term bond in the next couple years. The ability to borrow at this point comes from the stabilization of the city's finances because reserves are up and a significant amount of debt is falling off.    "We've been lining this thing up for five or six years now, waiting for our opportunity," he told the council. "We have debt falling off [by $1.2 million] by

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

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by bananas2 10:53AM / Sunday, April 01, 2012
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Yard Work by Dan, Troiano & Sons Reach Giorgi League Final
10:15PM / Monday, August 07, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Joe Wiggins scored 28 points, and Dave Wellington scored 23 Monday to lead their respective teams into the championship game of the John Giorgi Summer Basketball league.   Wiggins’ teammate, Taverick “Tank” Roberson, added 27 as their Yard Work by Dan squad jumped out to a 21-point half-time lead and held off a furious second-half comeback bid by defending champion Moonlight Diner before prevailing, 77-65, in Monday’s opener at the Armory.   In the nightcap, Wellington was backed up by 21 points from Lawrence Carrier and 20 from Sedale Jones in a 75-62 win for Troiano & Sons/Kingsbread/Flynn & Dagnoli against Central

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Youth Teams Sought for Soccer Kickoff Event at BCC
10:10PM / Monday, August 07, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Registration is under way for the 24th annual Berkshire Kickoff Classic Youth Soccer Tournament, scheduled for Sept. 2 and 3 at Berkshire Community College.   Teams are welcome for boys and girls in the under-10, under-12 and under-14 divisions.   The event begins with a high school preseason jamboree for varsity boys and girls teams on Friday evening.   "As the competition has grown in popularity the High School Jamboree has become an integral part of the tournament," the tournament's website reads. "In addition, it provides our young players a vision of playing soccer at the next level after their youth soccer

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North Adams Mayoral Field Largest in Years; 16 Qualify for Council Race
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:29PM / Monday, August 07, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Voters will narrow down one of the largest mayoral fields in decades this September, with five candidates qualifying for the preliminary election ballot.    This will also be the first time in decades that an incumbent is not on the ballot -- the last time that happened was in 1983.   The contest for the corner office will be reduced to two on Sept. 19, when Thomas W. Bernard, Rachel I. Branch, Robert R. Moulton Jr., Robert Martelle and Peter J. Oleskiewicz square off.   Bernard was first out of the gate, within days of Mayor Richard Alcombright's announcement he would not seek a fifth term. The city native and current director of special

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North Adams Cafe Adds SoCo Ice Cream to Offerings
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:51PM / Monday, August 07, 2017

The cafe offers about a dozen or so SoCo flavors and sorbets.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Empire Cafe has recently expanded its offerings to include SoCo Creamery, complete with a new walk-up window for service.    Peter Wheeler opened the cafe in April inside Berkshire Emporium, replacing Oh, Crepe! but retaining many of its customers and its signature offering. The eatery added paninis, Pierce Brothers Coffee Roasters, and now selections from the South County ice cream maker.    "It's been great, but as a business person, you always want more," Wheeler said, referring to the dairy additions. "Mass MoCA definitely helps, we see a lot of

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Berkshires Beat: 350Vermont Brings Summer Pop-Up Series to Bennington
11:36AM / Monday, August 07, 2017

Popping up: 350Vermont's Summer Pop-Up Series is taking the Burlington-based climate organization to four Vermont communities, including a last stop this week in Bennington County. The pop-up tent will appear in four Bennington County locations: the Bennington Farmers Market (Aug. 8, 3-6 p.m.), the Left Bank in North Bennington (Aug. 9, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.), the Manchester Farmers Market (Aug. 10, 3-6 p.m.), and Willow Park in Bennington (Aug. 11, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.). Each site will also host other activities such as workshops or cantastoria performances. A full schedule can be found online.

350VT's Jen Lazar describes the pop-up as a "mix of a traveling roadshow, a listening tour, a

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Breda Family Reunion Celebrates Patriarch's 90th year
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:46AM / Monday, August 07, 2017

Breda, his wife, Dorothy, and their daughters from a video shown at the reunion.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Four generations of Bredas gathered at the family home this weekend for a family reunion with a special celebration: the 90th birthday of paterfamilias Genesio Breda.

Breda, retired city engineer, was getting his birthday party nearly a month early — he'll be 90 on Sept. 18 — to conincide with what's become an anual gathering of far-flung Breda clan.

"We're expecting close to 70 or 80 people," his daughter Barbara Breda Bolte said on Saturday. "We have them coming from Florida, Connecticut, Lanesborough ... Virginia ... My son is coming from

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Adams' Dancecapade 20 Years Strong
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:48AM / Monday, August 07, 2017

Jaclyn Grabicki knew she wanted to start a dance school before she graduated college. ADAMS, Mass. — After 20 years, Dancecapade School of Dance is still educating students from throughout North County.   "It's been an interesting road and I don't know if I ever imagined it would be this successful," school owner Jaclyn Grabicki said. "I love it and it is so rewarding to teach these kids something so important to me."   Bookended in the Midtown Plaza on Spring Street, Dancecapade School of Dance has taught thousands of students since its opening in 1997.    Grabicki said she started dancing at the age of 6 and soon after knew her

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North Adams Council Looks at Borrowing for Water System Upgrades
Staff Reports,
01:54AM / Monday, August 07, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council on Tuesday will be asked to authorize a borrowing of $783,910 for a number of upgrades, including an engineering study of the city's two reservoirs.    "This borrowing will allow for the necessary upgrades at the water facility and watershed and I don't think it will suprise anyone that the city is in desperate need of a new street sweeper," Mayor Richard Alcombright wrote in his communication to the council detailing the funding allocations.    The money will be used for:  An upgrade of the computer system used to operate the water treatment facility ($255,100) New media filters for the treatment

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Potential Candidates for North Adams Mayor at 6; Council at 19
Staff Reports,
04:56PM / Friday, August 04, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The race for mayor is now up to six, although only two candidates have so far returned the required signatures.    Peter J. Oleskiewicz of Massachusetts Avenue pulled papers on Wednesday, joining Thomas W. Bernard, Ronald A. Boucher, Rachel I. Branch, Robert R. Moulton Jr., and Robert M. Martelle. Bernard and Branch are the only candidates to have returned signatures and have them verified.    One more candidate will have to return nomination papers for a preliminary election to take place.    The deadline for all candidates to get 50 signatures to be on the ballot is Monday at 5 p.m. City Clerk Marilyn Gomeau said her office will be

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Letter: Comments on the Recommendation of the Berkshire County Education Task Force
Letters to the Editor,
01:00PM / Friday, August 04, 2017

To the Editor:

Like many others, I appreciate the time the members of the Berkshire Educational Task Force have spent on a challenging and important problem. Their recommendation is being discussed in a variety of places, and thus merits a response.

Most recently, at a public forum on July 31 in Lanesborough on the proposed regionalization between Lanesborough and Williamstown, a resident asked if the Mount Greylock Committee has voted on the task force's recommendation. We have not, but I have asked for agenda items on it for future meetings.

The task force concentrated efforts on roughly three options: do nothing, form three regions, form one region. These are just three

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