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WCVB Pulled From Berkshire TV Lineups; Lawmakers Petition For It Back
Staff Reports,
10:43AM / Wednesday, June 06, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Spectrum is pulling WCVB Boston, Channel 5, from its lineup and Berkshire lawmakers are petitioning to get the station back.   Wednesday morning the station went dark on many televisions across the county. The change follows the removal of WWLP Channel 22 from the lineup last year. Now, state Rep. John Barrett and state Sen. Adam Hinds are calling on the company to bring the stations back.   "I was most disappointed this morning to see that our friends at Spectrum removed WCVB Channel 5 from its Berkshire County lineup. I was still holding out hope that North Adams would determine that Spectrum had breached its contract and would be referring the

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SteepleCats Drop Season Opener
By Matt Stewart, North Adams SteepleCats
09:55AM / Wednesday, June 06, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Baserunning errors and a quiet early offense hurt the SteepleCats in their first game. 

The North Adams SteepleCats fell to the Danbury Westerners 9-3 Tuesday night in their first game of the 2018 NECBL season. North Adams stranded some runners on base throughout the innings, but couldn’t keep up with the offense of the Westerners. 

Danbury pitcher Eli Oliphant kept the SteepleCats offense in check for most of the game, going 6 innings while allowing only 1 hit. Oliphant was credited with the win. For North Adams, starter Brandon Alberto was given the loss after going 4 innings, allowing 5 hits and 3 runs.

The SteepleCats had hard-hit balls,

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

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North Adams Schools Say Goodbye to Longtime Administrative Assistant
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:03AM / Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Ellen Sutherland, right, delivering homemade cupcakes in December for a Northern Berkshire United Way donation. She has been a driving force behind the district's donations and was honored last spring for her efforts. 

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The School Committee said goodbye to longtime administrative assistant Ellen Sutherland, who is to retire.

At the last regularly scheduled meeting of the school year Tuesday, officials gave Sutherland a proper send-off after almost 25 years of service to the district.

"It has really been my privilege to work here but it is time to go," Sutherland said.

Mayor and Chairman of the School Committee Thomas Bernard told

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SteepleCats Tickets Now Available Online
By John Wood, North Adams SteepleCats
12:59PM / Tuesday, June 05, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — In seasons past, buying a ticket for a SteepleCats ballgame meant ensuring your wallet was filled with cash and receiving a ticket in the form of a stamp on your hand. The 2018 season, however, has brought this transaction into the digital age, allowing for tickets to be purchased online or at the field via credit card or cash.

Using the application Eventbrite, tickets for the SteepleCats can now be purchased online for all of the 22 home games at Joe Wolfe Field. The tickets are sent via email and can either be printed out or brought up on your phone to be scanned at the gate, limiting the amount of time spent waiting in line and getting you into the

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Ramuntos Brick Oven Pizza Finds Second Home At Joe Wolfe Field
By John Wood, North Adams SteepleCats
12:44PM / Tuesday, June 05, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Ever since its popular opening in late 2016, Ramunto's Brick Oven Pizza has become a mainstay on Main Street of North Adams, filling its restaurant night after night. Now this great restaurant can experienced alongside America’s pastime, as the concession stand for the North Adams SteepleCats will now be operated by the local pizza chain.

For the first time in franchise history, the large bay windows of the concession stand located on the 3rd baseline will be operated by someone other than SteepleCat volunteers. The stand will serve up all the Joe Wolfe Field classics including hot dogs, hamburgers, and other baseball fare and now locally renowned

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BMC Registered Nurses Plan to Strike Again
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
09:03AM / Tuesday, June 05, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The nurses' union has re-issued its plans to strike after lengthy negotiations Monday.   The Massachusetts Nurses Association's Berkshire Medical Center chapter and the hospital have been attempting to settle a contract for more than a year and a half after the last contract expired in September 2016. In October, the nurses went on a one-day strike that was followed by a four-day lockout.    In February, the nurses again issued a strike notice but withdrew it at the last minute as progress was seemingly made. After multiple negotiation sessions since, with the latest being on Monday, no settlement was reached and the union has again re-issued

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Following Democratic Convention Win, Palfrey Heads To Pittsfield
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:29AM / Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Hinds showed Palfrey both the positive steps in the city's longtime effort to build its downtown and the challenges that the downtown still faces. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Fresh from receiving the endorsement of the state Democratic Party, Quentin Palfrey was out for a stroll in downtown Pittsfield.   Palfrey is seeking a spot as lieutenant governor on the ticket this fall. The party's delegates at the weekend convention endorsed him over his competitor Jimmy Tingle by 59-41 percent. He is looking to build on that win as he looks forward to the primary.   "We were really gratified. I am a first-time candidate and I was thrilled to get the endorsement of the

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North Berkshire School Union Begins Superintendent Interviews
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:18AM / Tuesday, June 05, 2018
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — North Berkshire School Union 43 began interviews with finalists on Monday in the search for its new superintendent.    Heidi Dugal, principal of Gabriel Abbott Memorial School, a member of the school union, answered questions for about an hour on Monday evening after first visiting with staff and parents at a short reception.    William Bazyk, superintendent of the Battenkill Valley School Union in Arlington, Vt., will be interviewed on Tuesday night and John R. Franzoni, principal of Brayton Elementary School in North Adams, will be interviewed on Wednesday. Both interviews will be at 6 p.m. at Clarksburg School and are open to the

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'Solo: A Star Wars Story': The Stuff of Heroes
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
04:27PM / Monday, June 04, 2018
I liked "Solo: A Star Wars Story" about as much as I could possibly like this genre of film, and recommend it as a starter movie for those who have avoided such techno-extravaganzas like the plague, but who now wish to experience one while still compos mentis.    At worst, it is relatively harmless, your understanding of this outer space Western not dependent on a cognizance of the jargon and minutiae of George Lucas' cultural phenomenon. Plus, former Hippies who coordinate the viewing with a flashback might enjoy the light show.   At the end of the day, after marveling at its vaunted, $250 million price tag, the immensity of the thing, and trying to wrap your

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Miss Hall's School Graduates 56 in Class of 2018
, Community Submission
03:28PM / Monday, June 04, 2018

The private girls' high school included 18 area students in this year's graduating class.  PITTSFIELD, Mass.  — Fifty-six students, including 18 from Berkshire County and nearby communities, graduated on Sunday, June 3, during Miss Hall's School's 120th commencement.   Ceremonies took place under a large tent on the front lawn of the school's Holmes Road campus. Vanessa Stair, corporate relations officer for Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and a member of the Miss Hall's School Class of 2006, delivered this year's commencement address.   Among the Class of 2018 graduates are the following local

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SVHC to Hold Centennial Community Day on June 10
02:12PM / Monday, June 04, 2018

BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Health Care will host a Centennial Community Day, a celebration of its 100th anniversary, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 10, 2018, on the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center Campus at 100 Hospital Drive.

"Our first 100 years at Southwestern Vermont Health Care have been extraordinary," said Thomas A. Dee, the health system's president and CEO. "The purpose of this event is to celebrate with the community in a truly memorable way and to thank those — our physicians and staff, our community leaders and local businesses, our donors and, most importantly, our patients — who have contributed to making this health

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North Adams SteepleCats Open Play Tuesday on the Road
By Matt Stewart, North Adams SteepleCats
12:37PM / Monday, June 04, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Warm summer days mean it's time for one thing: SteepleCats baseball at Joe Wolfe Field.     Almost all of the SteepleCats 2018 roster arrived this weekend in North Adams, ready to trade in their college colors for blue, white, and gray. Sunday marked the first practice as a team, as they'll have a short period to get ready before their first game on Tuesday.   "As a coaching staff we're just trying to put guys in positions to get back into their routines, nice and easy to get their bodies going again because with it being a 44 game schedule we got a little bit of time to get going, and just excited and ready to get this season

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