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Towle Touts Legislative Experience
10:21PM / Monday, October 02, 2017

LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The following is a statement from Kevin Towle, candidate for the Democratic nomination for the 1st Berkshire District: 

Abraham Lincoln, once said, "The best way to predict your future is to create it." This is the opportunity that presents itself – the opportunity for the First Berkshire District to elect a new state representative – one with a vision to make today better for all of us, but also to lay the foundation for tomorrow. That is why I am running for state representative.

Electing the next representative in a special election poses a unique challenge: whomever is elected will take office very shortly after Nov. 7. Our next


BMC Administration: Patient Care Will Be Unobstructed By Strike
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:38PM / Monday, October 02, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Medical Center brass say they've taken proper precautions to make sure patient care is uninterrupted during the strike and subsequent lockout.   "We fully expect that our operations will be as they are any other day. If you are a patient and you need to be here with us or you are scheduled to be here and it is elective, it will be no different than it was any other day," said Berkshire Health Systems President David Phelps during a briefing with the media on Tuesday.   The registered nurses at Berkshire Medical Center are expected to walk out of the building Tuesday morning at 7 for the start of a one-day, 24-hour strike. They

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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

Barrett, Blackmer Lead in Fundraising for House Special Election
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:14PM / Monday, October 02, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The four Democrats running the Oct. 10 primary to fill the vacant 1st Berkshire District seat in the House of Representatives have raised a combined $38,250, according to reports filed with the commonwealth's Office of Campaign and Political Finance.   John Barrett III, former mayor, has a narrow lead in dollars raised over Lisa Hall Blackmer, a city councilor, according to numbers reported on the OCPF website.   Barrett reported $13,470 in contributions to Blackmer's $12,590.   Trailing behind are Stephanie Bosley and Kevin Towle, with $7,200 and $4,990, respectively. As of 3 p.m., no numbers were reported for the lone candidate on the


Biz Briefs: McCann Tea Room Open for Business This Week
02:23PM / Monday, October 02, 2017

Time for tea: The McCann Tea Room will be opening on Tuesday, Oct. 3, serving from 10:45 a.m. to noon.  The Tea Room is a fully functioning restaurant open to the public from twice a week for a few weeks each semester. Students enrolled in the school's Culinary Arts Program learn hands-on skills used to work in all levels of food service industries. Within the program there are multiple group and individual projects structured to ladder difficulty levels from freshmen to senior year. The culinary program is also incorporated with a business class in which seniors are taught employability and entrepreneurial skills related to everyday tasks encountered in the workshop areas.



Berkshires Beat: Mass MoCA Lights Up Gold for Childhood Cancer Awareness
01:27PM / Monday, October 02, 2017

Golden moment: Mass MoCA joined landmarks across the country and around the world, going gold this September to raise awareness for childhood cancer. In alighting its iconic entrance in gold, the North Adams museum joined Times Square, the Prudential Center, the Zakim Bridge, the TD Garden in Boston, Niagra Falls, the Eiffel Tower and other famous landmarks around the world to raise awareness of the battle children fight in this disease and the critical need for increased funding.

Major league sports teams have also recognized and honored children with cancer this month. Major League Soccer and all 30 Major League Baseball teams, including the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park, did tributes


North County Joining 'Walk to School Day' on Oct. 4
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:24AM / Monday, October 02, 2017

A 'walking school bus' makes its way to Ciolegrove School in 2016.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — If you see large groups of children walking through town on Wednesday morning, don't panic.

No, not every school bus is broken. It's just "Walk to School Day" at the city of North Adams' three elementary schools as well as at Williamstown Elementary School. And so the students will be making their very own "walking school bus" to get to and from school on Wednesday, Oct. 4.

"International Walk to School" events work to create safer routes for walking and bicycling and emphasize the importance of increasing physical activity among children,

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MCLA Women's Tennis Qualifies for Conference Tourney
07:45PM / Sunday, October 01, 2017
WATERVILLE, Maine -- The MCLA women's tennis program clinched a spot in the North Atlantic Conference tournament with a resounding 8-1 win over Thomas Sunday afternoon.   MCLA (4-5, 4-3 NAC) will go on to face Colby Sawyer next weekend in the opening round of the championships.   The Trailblazers swept through the doubles action to go ahead 3-0.  Mount Greylock graduate Mariza Sfakianaki and Sam Gawron won a hard fought 9-7 match in the top slot. Teammates Briana Higgins and Ashley Juskhas won 8-3 in the second doubles match while Lauren Kexel and Katherine Grill won by the same score heading into singles play.   Sfakianaki handled Olivia Mora 6-3, 7-5 in the number


Cook Wins Fall Foliage Festival Road Race
03:33PM / Sunday, October 01, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Thomas Cook Sunday ran away with the championship at Greylock Federal's Fall Classic 5K.   Cook, 16, finished in 18 miknutes, 6 seconds to beat the field by 14 seconds in the annual precursuor to the Fall Foliage Parade.   Second place went to Brandon Williams, who finished in 18:20 and ahead of 11-year-old Ollie Swabey, who was third in 18:30.   The first woman across the finish line was Kari Davignon, who placed 16th overall in 23:12.   One hundred runners finished the event.   More photos of this race here.


Letter: Lisa Blackmer: Passionate, Committed & Experienced
Letters to the Editor,
12:00PM / Sunday, October 01, 2017

To the Editor:

For weeks now I have found myself reflecting on who of the current slate of candidates I would support in filling the vacant seat of my friend, and our late representative, Gailanne Cariddi. It's a decision that I don't take lightly. Gail was a potent advocate, caring neighbor, and a community-driven individual who was not only present throughout her district, but also constantly fighting for us in Boston.

Today we face numerous challenges, immense potential, and a historic shift in our local political environment. There has been a great conversation about where we go next, but there is only one person I see as the individual best suited to be our next state


Fall Foliage Snowstorm Struck City 20 30 Years Ago
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
10:30AM / Sunday, October 01, 2017

The storm centered about Western Mass. and eastern New York.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The weekend began mild and sunny, so typical of early fall weather in New England. But Sunday was expected to dawn cooler and wetter for the annual parade.

A rainy Nor'easter that was moving into the region was about to put a damper on the Fall Foliage Parade on that Sunday 20 years ago today. Disappointing but hardly catastrophic — the parade had marched in rain and cold before.

But in the early morning hours, that rainstorm unleashed a freak of nature that would dump up to 2 feet of snow on Berkshire County and eastern New York, knocking down trees, leaving thousands stranded and

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North Adams Honors Civil War Veteran, Eyewitness to Gettysburg Address
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:47PM / Saturday, September 30, 2017

The marker made by Deerfield Machine notes Atwood's service.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — John E. Atwood had a largely unremarkable life.    Born in North Adams in 1839, son of John and Sally, he would join the Union Army like many of his friends and neighbors and go off to war. He would return and live with his parents into his 30s, and work as a laborer, printer and bartender. At some point he married Mary Holbrook and had a son, George, and a daughter, Bertha. Mary, also known as Fanny, died in 1894.   At the age of 50, he became a police officer in North Adams and spent five years raiding alcohol hideaways, investigating holdups, breaking up fights and


North Adams Native Writes Financial Self-Help Book
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
11:38AM / Saturday, September 30, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — City native and Drury graduate Catie Hogan hopes to empower and nudge millennials toward adulthood with her new book "The Millennial's Guide to Getting Your Sh*t Together."   Hogan, a financial planner and published comedy and satire writer now living in Atlanta, said the bulk of her collection of essays was inspired by her own struggles navigating the post-college world.    "Less than a decade ago I was drowning in student loans, had no idea what to do with my life and was consistently dating people who were wrong for me," she said. "I started reading a ton of personal finance and self-help books and eventually got my


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