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News and events in North Adams, Mass.

Berkshires Beat: Eighth-Graders Sew Patriotic Pillowcases
01:27PM / Monday, June 05, 2017

God bless America: Hoosac Valley eighth-grade students in Terry Vivori's Family & Consumer Sciences class made patriotic pillowcases for Women of Soldier On in Northampton, Mass. The student learned how to use patterns and sewing machines in class.

Vivori set the class up like a manufacturing company with students picking different areas of production. Some students chose laying out patterns and pinning, others cut out the patterns, and the rest sewed or ironed the pillowcases. The students included a letter of thanks to each veteran for their service.   The pillowcases were presented to the Dr. George L. Curran Auxiliary to Post #996 on Sunday, May 28, by Vivori, who is a


New Doctor Joins Expanded Berkshire Surgical Services of BMC
11:47AM / Monday, June 05, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems appointmented Dr. Christopher Touloukian, a board-certified and fellowship-trained general surgeon, to the medical staff of Berkshire Medical Center and the physician staff of Berkshire Surgical Services of BMC.

Dr. Touloukian is expanding outpatient general surgery services in Northern and Central Berkshire. He and Dr. Robert Lincer provide minimally invasive outpatient general surgery utilizing the state-of-the-art operating rooms at the North Adams Campus of BMC and also provide surgical services at BMC in Pittsfield.

Dr. Touloukian is accepting new patients in need of general surgery services and is partnered at Berkshire Surgical


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

Bernard First to Announce for North Adams Mayoral Run
By Tammy Daniels,
11:37AM / Monday, June 05, 2017

Thomas Bernard   NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The first candidate for the corner office has thrown his hat into the ring less than a week after Mayor Richard Alcombright announced he would not run for a fifth term.   Thomas Bernard, a city native who is currently director of special projects at Smith College in Northampton, took out nomination papers Monday afternoon.    "I'm running for mayor because I believe that my deep roots in this community combined with my professional, administrative, and volunteer experiences have prepared me to answer the call for a new generation of leadership to move our city forward," he said at a press announcement in the


Concerts on the Lake Run June 7-Aug. 30
11:31AM / Monday, June 05, 2017

Meet us at Windsor Lake for another summer of free, local music and family fun. This year’sseason kicks off on Wednesday, June 7, with local blues favorite, Misty Blues. The series runs every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. through Aug. 30 (excluding Aug. 16 for the Downtown Celebration).

Misty Blues is the oldest standing blues band in Berkshire County; performing since 1999. Misty Blues performs groovable original, classic and contemporary blues as well as blues infused funk, R&B and gospel. Founding members include lead singer, Gina Coleman, guitarist, Jason Webster, and bassist, Bill Patriquin. The band performing as a duet up to a full seven-piece group, which is rounded out by the


Senate President Gets Feel For Berkshires' Economic Future
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:44AM / Monday, June 05, 2017

Christopher Kapiloff of Laminate Technologies showed off a piece of bulletproof glass his company is selling in large numbers, but said it will be made elsewhere if the state can't lower the cost of doing business. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Unemployment, wages, and innovation are high points for the state's economy, all of which the commonwealth is doing the best in the nation.    But the state has stalled on education, transportation, and revenue. If those don't change, then Senate President Stanley Rosenberg believes the state will lose growth.   "Overall, in general, the commonwealth as a whole, we are a high-quality state for life, work, building


North County Softball Travel Team Tryouts Monday and Tuesday
08:02AM / Sunday, June 04, 2017
ADAMS, Mass. -- The Adams Lassie League and Northern Berkshire Girls Softball League will hold tryouts for its summer tournament travel teams in the 12-and-under, 14-and-under, and 16-and-under divisions.   Teams are being formed to compete for a chance to qualify for the 2017 Babe Ruth World Series as well as play additional tournaments throughout New England.   Tryouts are open to girls interested in playing Babe Ruth softball from the towns of Adams, North Adams, Cheshire, Savoy, Clarksburg, Florida, Williamstown, Stamford Vt., Windsor, Hinsdale, Dalton, and surrounding hilltowns.    Players interested in trying out should message us on Facebook  through the


BArT Charter School Sends Class of 2017 Off to College
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:19PM / Saturday, June 03, 2017

Emily DePietro says she has grown during her time at BArT. See more photos here. ADAMS, Mass. — The 16 college-bound Berkshire Arts and Technology Public Charter School graduates were charged Saturday with taking control of their own narrative.   After reading the state's profile of the school's 10th graduating class, teacher Sean Johnson explained that in his opinion, this class was a group of survivors.   "That is the state of Massachusetts' story that is told by a spreadsheet but that is not your story. Let me tell you another story about the class of 2017," he told the graduates and their families during graduation exercises in the


Mount Greylock Grads Told: Go Balls to the Wall
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:22PM / Saturday, June 03, 2017

Hugh Sanford speaks about the late Marjorie Keeley, who was posthumously awarded Teacher of the Year.  See more photos here. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Some will tell you that you learned everything you needed to know in kindergarten, but Mount Greylock Regional School's 2017 class speaker had a different idea.   "When we were younger, most of us read Aesop's fable about the tortoise and the hare," Josh Narey reminded his classmates at Saturday morning's graduation. "The moral of the story is: ‘Slow and steady wins the race.'   "And it's a load of crap.   "That guy Aesop was a complete clown. Slow and steady does


BCC Grads Showed 'Grit' To Earn Degrees, Certificates
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
08:30PM / Friday, June 02, 2017

Commissioner of Higher Education Carlos Santiago says the graduating class had grit to persevere and get their degrees. See more photos here. LENOX, Mass. — Jeremy Patterson admires the traditional college graduate, the ones who had the foresight and commitment to delve right into higher education.   Patterson is not a traditional graduate. At age 26, neither he nor his wife had even graduated high school. He was out of work and trying to care for their three children. One day in 2007, they packed everything they owned into a 1992 Oldsmobile and left their rural home in Florida, driving to a new home in the Berkshires.   "We were petrified. While staying with a


@theMarket: Markets Still on a Roll
By Bill Schmick,
05:55PM / Friday, June 02, 2017

Additional gains propelled stocks higher this week with all three averages closing at record highs once again. Despite the fact that more and more experts are warning of a possible fall in the averages, investors continue to pile into stocks. Should you?

The short answer is no, wait for that decline, unless you have no exposure to the stock market. That would be hard for me to believe if you have been reading my column regularly. My readers also know that the threat of a pullback hangs over the market all the time since we can expect as many as 2-3 declines in the stock market every year.

The economy, however, is still growing enough, and interest rates are still low enough, to justify


MCLA Alumna Named Scope Educator of the Year
01:36PM / Friday, June 02, 2017

Jill Pompi of the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District, with her family in Boston, receives the SCOPE Educator of the Year award.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Jill Pompi, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Class of 1989,  the literacy director at C.T. Plunkett School in the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District, is the MCLA SCOPE (Standing Committee on Professional Education) Educator of the Year.

She received the award on Tuesday, May 30, in Boston.

This Educator Alumni Award recognizes and celebrates outstanding state university educator alumni who work or have worked in a Massachusetts public pre-K or K-12 school.

Pompi, who earned her bachelor's degree, master's


Berkshire Natural Resources Council President to Depart
01:09PM / Friday, June 02, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Natural Resources Council president Tad Ames will depart the organization on December 31, 2017, after more than 27 years of service, the last 16 as president.

Ames said that he has made the decision to resign from BNRC in order to make a change in his professional career and to seek new opportunities.

"I am now in my mid-50s and I've reached an age and a stage in my professional life where I have the opportunity to create one more chapter," he said. "It is not easy to leave a place and people whom I love so much, but I want to seize the opportunity to be part of another story. It's time to pass leadership to a new leader to bring


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