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Clarksburg Town Election, Town Meeting Set
01:30AM / Monday, May 28, 2018
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Voters this week will elect town officers and decide a fiscal 2019 budget of $4,210,846.   The town election is Tuesday, May 29, from noon to 7 p.m. at the Senior Center; the annual town meeting is Wednesday, May 30, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the elementary school. The Select Board will meet at the school at 6 p.m. to conduct business.    Town officials also plan a presentation on a future ballot vote on a Proposition 2 1/2 override to fund town and school infrastructure needs. The presentation will take place immediately following town meeting.    The Select Board has had trouble maintaining three members in the last several years and that


Holiday Hours: Memorial Day
09:00AM / Saturday, May 26, 2018

Photo Courtesy of U.S. Army Arlington National Cemetery is the nation's first federal military cemetery. A ceremony is held each Memorial Day at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Memorial Day is being celebrated Monday, May 28. It is a federal holiday observing the sacrifices of the nation's servicemen and -women. It started as a day to decorate the graves of fallen Civil War soldiers, particularly in the South, and many states adopted the day as Decoration Day to commemorate all U.S. soldiers after World War I.

Memorial Day was established as a federal holiday in 1971 by Congress. It falls on the last Monday in May.

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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

Brayton Pupils Encouraged to Remember Sacrifices
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:40PM / Friday, May 25, 2018

Teacher Marie McCarron and her fourth-grade class the lead the event each year with help from the school community. See more photos here. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Brayton Elementary School pupils got a lesson in sacrifice and honor during the school's annual Memorial Day observance on Friday.    Guest speaker James Canavan, a Coast Guard and Navy veteran, reminded the assembly in the school's cafetorium that some 37,000 Massachusetts residents had given their lives over the years "so that we can do things like we're doing here today."    It was a commemoration, he said, a matter of remembering together the sacrifices made by the men and

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@theMarket: Nothing Memorable in the Markets this Week
By Bill Schmick,
04:35PM / Friday, May 25, 2018
Most indexes ended the week where they started. While day traders may have lost or gained from intraday moves, serious investors simply ignored the constant and contradictory stream of news coming out of Washington.   It isn't worth the space to comment on all the on-again, off-again series of tweets and statements that has become part of our daily diet. The main events that did carry some substantive weight were the House rollback of the Dodd-Frank rules. This easing of regulations on all but the largest banks, removes the required ‘stress tests' from most banks. While it relaxes some of the more stringent rules on banks, it does continue to regulate those areas that


Drury Announces Third Quarter Honor Roll
02:40PM / Friday, May 25, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Drury High School has announced its honor roll for the third quarter of the 2017-18 school year.

Grade 12

High honors: Brayman, Jacob Richard; Clements, Ashley Elizabeth; Copeland, Mackenzie Marie; Crosier, Cassandra Champagne; Eastwood, Serena Marie; Moon, Amanda Marie; Wright, Kevin Robert.

Honors: Boillat, Taylor Nicole; Davis, Isaiah Julien; Denning, Cady Aileen; Dubie, Ryan David; Flynn, Trinity Marie; Lessard, Matthew Ryan; Middleton, Joseph James; Neff, Anthony John; Therrien, Brianna Marie; Therrien, Jordyn Renee; Zoito, Allison Elizabeth.

Grade 11

High honors: Alicandri, Vincienza Mai; Bergendahl, Nea Helena; Bohl, Natasha Irene; Bolte, Cynthia Ann;


Attorney Judith Knight Running for Berkshire District Attorney
01:23PM / Friday, May 25, 2018
LEE, Mass. — Criminal defense attorney Judith Knight has formally announced her candidacy for Berkshire district attorney.    Knight, a former assistant district attorney, has more than 30 years of experience in the criminal justice system prosecuting cases and defending individuals charged with crimes.    She is an advocate of criminal justice reform promoting alternative sentencing for first-time non-violent offenders by imposing a stint of community service, restorative justice, or inpatient treatment for addicts instead of incarceration. Knight wants to end the school to prison pipeline and is committed to fighting the opioid crisis at all


Memorial Day Events 2018
By Staff Reports,
09:30AM / Friday, May 25, 2018

The parade will step off at 10 a.m. from the former Adams Memorial Middle School and conclude with the traditional ceremony at the Maple Street Cemetery. The usual route will be followed: Columbia Street to Hoosac Street, Hoosac Street to Summer Street, Center Street to Park Street.

The American Legion Post 160 Honor Guard will participate. Music will be provided by the Hoosac Valley High School band and the Berkshire Highlanders. In the event of rain, the ceremony will be held in the Adams Fire Station.

Adams American Legion Post 160 will make its 85th pilgrimage to the Mount Greylock Veterans Memorial on Sunday May 27, 9 a.m. There will be a ceremony and firing squad and the


North Adams Housing Authority Receiving Capital Fund Increase
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:48AM / Friday, May 25, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The North Adams Housing Authority will receive $686,580 in federal Public Housing Capital Funds to make improvements to its properties.   Executive Director Jennifer Hohn announced in a press release Thursday that the award will increase $236,679 from last year and will allow the expediting of some needed improvements.   "North Adams Housing Authority is extremely excited and grateful in this economic climate to be receiving such a substantial increase in our capital funding," Hohn said. "This which will enable us to get ahead of capital improvement goals and needs of our developments, in addition, to improve on the quality of life of our


North Adams Airport Commission Delays Hangar Decision
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
06:24PM / Thursday, May 24, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A Bennington, Vt., man who has been pushing to open his aviation and skydiving business, was approved last week to lease office space at Harriman and West Airport.   The Airport Commission voted Tuesday, May 15, to grant Alex Kelly permission to use office space in the city's hangar until June 30. But it delayed a vote to allow permanent use of space in the recently renovated hangar to solicit more information from potential occupants.    Kelly said he felt he was still being given the runaround.   "It is an obstruction and discriminatory," he said. "I need resolution one way or the other. I am constantly spending time, money


'Book Club': Can Be Judged From Its Cover
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
04:06PM / Thursday, May 24, 2018
The grist and gist of the pleasantly engaging but no-great-shakes "Book Club," directed by Bill Holderman and starring four of our national treasures, reminded me of an informing moment a few years back. My wife, Joanne, and I were driving across the Neversink River in the Catskills just as Mick Jagger and that band of his came over the radio. It was "Jumping Jack Flash" that stirred me to opine, "Can you imagine if someday we're in the old age home and the Rolling Stones visit to entertain us?" Her answer surprised me.   "Cool!" said my co-veteran of the Hippy Era, the resilience therein implied brightening the picture I had


The Independent Investor: It Is No Longer Enough to Simply Manage Money
By Bill Schmick,
03:37PM / Thursday, May 24, 2018
Back in the day, money managers were revered. News stories spotlighting the year's "hottest hands," or that hedge fund's rising star were all the rage. Retail investors chased performance and paid for it. But times are changing, and simply beating the market for a year or two fails to impress most investors.   And with good reason.   Most of us are in the investment game for the long haul. We are saving for retirement: a process involving decades of saving and planning. Chasing the firm or adviser that "beat the market" this year has turned out to be a disastrous approach to that concept.   Most of us have now realized that you can't beat the


The Choice for Western Mass: Lead or Lose
, Guest Column
02:22PM / Thursday, May 24, 2018
State Houses across the country, and right here in Massachusetts, are facing a moment of generational change in leadership. Particularly in Western Mass, which is too often ignored by decision-makers on Beacon Hill, we will have to speak up — and fight together — for the funding, the projects and the policy priorities we need.   There are many issues where we are already leading the state. On the opioid epidemic, which has hit our region especially hard, we helped create the Narcan bulk purchase program that has saved thousands of lives. And our residents have banded together to form groups like Belchertown's Speaking Out About Addiction and Recovery, the Opioid Task


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