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Hoosac Valley's Rousseau Scores in MCLA Men's Soccer Win
07:47AM / Saturday, September 30, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The MCLA men's soccer had three different players find the back of the net as it cruised past visiting Massachusetts Maritime Academy 3-0 Friday evening in MASCAC action at Shewcraft Field.   With the win, the Trailblazers snap a four game slide and are now 3-7 overall and 1-2 in conference play. The Buccaneers drop to 2-7 and are also 1-2 in the MASCAC.   Both teams came out firing in the first half, but ultimately MCLA found the net in the 10th minute. After a foul on MMA (2-7, 1-2) at midfield, Ryan Wanek would loft a ball into the box. It bounced over a Maritime defender and there waiting was Hoosac Valley graduate Colin Rousseau.   Rousseau


Fall Foliage Children's Parade Celebrates Magic
07:22AM / Saturday, September 30, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The annual Fall Foliage Children's Parade was once again a success with 99 children participating in the parade this year.    The theme of "Magic in the Berkshires" attracted a plethora of Potters, a flamboyance of fairies, an orchard of apples, and more fanciful creatures and superheroes. The Drury High School marching band and band front got everyone in the spirit with a performance of "Do You Believe in Magic?" as the parade stepped off to one of the biggest crowds on Main Street in years.   Bookended by police cruisers, the marchers and floats made their to City Hall for the presentation of medals and gift certificates. A


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

Judge Denies BMC's Request To Halt Strike
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:19PM / Friday, September 29, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A federal judge has denied Berkshire Medical Center's request for a temporary injunction to halt the one-day strike planned Tuesday by the nursing union.   The hospital had filed an emergency motion requesting the federal courts to put a stop to the strike. The hospital alleged that the Massachusetts Nurses Association did not follow the proper grievance process as outlined in the contract. It asked for a temporary injunction.   On Friday, Judge Mark G. Mastroianni denied that emergency request after a hearing in U.S. District Court in Springfield. The nurses plan to go ahead with the one-day strike on Tuesday.   "We are disappointed that it


More Than a 'Thank You': The 'Neighborlies' Bring People Together
01:59PM / Friday, September 29, 2017

North County Connections

Each day we are bombarded with messages of things going wrong around us, who doesn't like whom and who has done something to wrong someone else. The toll on us as a community can often be an inability to recognize the good that happens everyday and a loss of hope that there is still good close to home.

But each day someone else helps someone in our community. Who is that person and what are they doing? These are the questions that often go unanswered, many times because these genuine acts of kindness and generosity are a part of the fabric in our community and something many in our community do without looking for recognition. A genuine "thank


Chaircar Van Collides With Two House in North Adams
By Tammy Daniels,
01:08PM / Friday, September 29, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A County Ambulance Chaircar Service van crashed through the corner of one house and into another on State Road early Friday afternoon after the driver fell unconscious.   "Apparently the driver had some type of medical episode and slumped over and the vehicle proceeded to drive right off the road," Police Director Michael Cozzagio said. "The driver was pulled out of the van, CPR was in progress and they are transporting him to the hospital, unknown on his condition."   There was one passenger in the van in a wheelchair who was being taken to a medical appointment. The passenger had been strapped in securely but was shaken up,


Northern Berkshire United Way Announces Campaign Co-Chairs
01:06PM / Friday, September 29, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Northern Berkshire United Way has announced that the co-chairs for its 2017-2018 annual campaign will be the husband-and-wife team of Bernie Pinsonnault and Dianne Cutillo of Adams.

"When I started my business career in Adams in 1974, Northern Berkshire United Way was the premier fundraiser for many local nonprofit organizations," Pinsonnault said. "In recent years, donors have many choices besides United Way where to make their annual contributions. Dianne and I hope to bring back recognition of the critical role United Way plays in the community through our service as co-chairs of the upcoming campaign."

"I look forward to helping


Jacob's Pillow Offers Year-Round Programming Through May
01:01PM / Friday, September 29, 2017

BECKET, Mass. — After celebrating its record-breaking 85th anniversary season, Jacob's Pillow announces new, expanded fall, winter and spring programming as a main component of Vision '22, a strategic approach to the Pillow's transformation into a year-round center for dance research and development and a civic partner in our region.

Highlights include the launch of the Pillow Lab and the In Process Series, a series of 12 customized artist residencies open to an intimate, invited audience; year-round events consisting of convenings, social dances, Pillow Pop-Up performances and community programming; and co-presentations with Berkshire County cultural partners including


MCLA Announces Distinguished Alumni Awards
12:46PM / Friday, September 29, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts announces that this year's Distinguished Alumni Awards were given to Jamal Ahamad '11, Wayne A. Soares '89, Susan A. Bell '97, Russell J. Pearce '60, Daniel J. Trombley '90 and Ellen L. Kennedy '83, who were honored at an awards ceremony as part of MCLA's annual reunion weekend, on Saturday, Sept. 23.

Ahamad received the Young Alumnus Award, which is presented to the individual who, within 10 years of their MCLA commencement, has shown significant growth in their chosen profession and/or career path, received recognition as an emerging leader through professional and/or community achievements,


Gonzalez Looks to Bring Aggressive Agenda to Governor's Race
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:55AM / Friday, September 29, 2017

The Needham Democrat stopped at Dottie's for coffee and conversations. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Jay Gonzalez sees a lack of leadership coming from the governor's office.   The Needham Democrat says when it comes to transportation, health care, and early childhood education, Republican Gov. Charlie Baker is happy with "the status quo."   "He's way too satisfied with the status quo. He is too often on the sidelines when he should be fighting for people. I think his approach to the job has been one where he basically looks at what we have and where we are and is trying to just do the best with what we have as opposed to figuring out where we need to

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Grant Helps Spread the 'Bee Friendly Williamstown' Buzz
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:30AM / Friday, September 29, 2017

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The town has received a $9,120 grant from the Toxics Use Reduction Institute at University of Massachusetts at Lowell to further its efforts to become "Bee Friendly Williamstown."

Last May, Williamstown residents approved a non-binding resolution declaring the town a pollinator-friendly community. The resolution seeks to change residential and institutional landscaping practices by promoting ways to reduce the use of pesticides and herbicides that scientists believe are killing bee populations.

Building on that, the town has partnered with several local organizations - Caretaker Farm, the Clark Art Institute, Images Cinema, Sam and Elizabeth Smith,


Panel Explores Big Challenges Facing Local Education System
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:18AM / Friday, September 29, 2017

The forum was moderated by NAACP President Dennis Powell and included Alicia Costa from Working Cities, Brendan Sheran from Pittsfield High School, Andrea Wadsworth from the Lee School Committee, and William Cameron, the former superintendent of the Central Berkshire Regional School District. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Education advocates have identified some major issues facing the future of the county's public school system in health insurance, private educational institutions, transportation, funding, and population.    On Thursday, Jobs with Justice held a forum to bring those issues to the forefront, hoping to build momentum behind solving the problems.   The


Head-on Collision on Beaver Street Injures Three
Staff Reports,
12:45AM / Friday, September 29, 2017
  Deborah Ernst, 60, driver of the Murano, is being charged for operating under the influence of alcohol and  has been determined to be at fault for the accident. Ernst is a resident of Readsboro, Vt., and was operating her father's vehicle.   The driver and passenger of the minivan were both women in their 40s; one incurred head injuries and one chest injuries. Both were taken to BMC in Pittsfield. Ernst was taken to SVMC at her request for neck, back and shoulder injuries. None of the injuries were life-threatening, Sgt. James Burdick said   Both vehicles were totaled, and the sergeant said speed was not a factor in the accident.   "This is


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