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Weekend Outlook For Aug. 11-14
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
04:45PM / Thursday, August 11, 2022

Berkshire County has a variety of events this warm sunny weekend including festivals, guided meditation, tag sales, and more. 


Naumkeag at Night

Naumkeag, Stockbridge

Start your weekend off early with a night of live music Thursday at the beautiful Naumkeag, starting at 5 p.m. 

Enjoy light refreshments from the outdoor snack shack while listening to music by Afropop group Kina Zoré. 

Check in starts at 5 p.m. and the concert at 6. Admittance will not be permitted before or after these times. 

Tickets cost $9 for adult members and are free for child members. Adult non-members will be charged $15 and tickets for children without membership cost


Cheshire Looking to Fill Two Finance Committee Vacancies
Staff Reports,
10:46AM / Wednesday, August 10, 2022

CHESHIRE, Mass. — The town is looking for residents interested in filling the two current vacancies on the Finance Committee. 

The town's moderator, Carol Francesconi, appoints members to the Finance Committee. Francesconi said no residents have yet shown interest in filling the positions. 

There had already been one vacancy on the committee, but another opened when former member Heather Emerson resigned. 

Those interested in being appointed to one of the vacant seats can contact Francesconi at or fill out the town's volunteer opportunity form at


North Adams Council OKs Easements for Brayton Safe Routes Project
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:54AM / Wednesday, August 10, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council on Tuesday approved to purchase or take by eminent domain several small parcels for the Safe Routes to School project at Brayton Hill Apartments.    The $740,000 project is being largely funded by a grant through the Federal Highway Administration. The use of federal funds requires the city to go "over and above" the usual rights of way process.    "This order is written in in a couple of ways. It's written in the sense that we want to have a friendly agreement with the abutters," said Mayor Jennifer Macksey. "But we also want to have a secondary route that if, indeed, they don't want to accept

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Letter: Political Bias
Letter to the Editor,
07:00PM / Tuesday, August 09, 2022

To the Editor:

Do you only report about Democrat candidates or am I missing your reporting on Republican candidates some how? The Berkshire Eagle is a left-favoring periodical that I've learned to simply ignore because of their bias. Please clarify my dilemma sooner than later.

I appreciate your efforts & overall coverage but it appears a political bias is showing itself.

Chuck D. Wright

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When Can You Choose Retirement?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
07:30AM / Tuesday, August 09, 2022

If you’re like most people, your work has been a central part of your life. So, wouldn’t it be nice to have the flexibility to decide when you no longer want to work?

Many people of retirement age have achieved this type of control. In fact, two-thirds of workers ages 65 and older say they work primarily because they want to, not because they have to, according to a 2021 study by Edward Jones and Age Wave. But that means that one-third of workers in this age group feel financially compelled to work. This doesn’t necessarily mean they dislike the work they do — but it’s probably fair to say they would have liked the option of not working. How can you give


Sacco Brothers Honored at North Adams American Legion for WWII Service
By Stephen Dravis,
10:02PM / Sunday, August 07, 2022
Members of the Sacco family and others participate in a flag raising ceremony at the North Adams American Legion on Sunday. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. – The sacrifice of the Sacco family is part of history.   A piece of World War II memorabilia that honors the Saccos at North Adams American Legion Post 125 has a bit of legend attached to it.   “While doing my research, I was not able to find the exact source of where this propeller comes from,” Post 125 Commander Mitchell Kiel said on Sunday afternoon. “Which makes my job up here today a little bit easier, because I can exaggerate how we came in possession of it.”   Kiel then told the tale of the


Berkshire Music Academy Works to Change Lives with Music
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
06:44AM / Saturday, August 06, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass.—The Berkshires' Academy for Advanced Musical Studies nonprofit will be having its 4th Berkshires' Summer Jazz Band Day Camp the week of Aug. 15.    This week-long summer program guides students, between the ages of 12 and 18, along a path that not only influences them musically but also personally.    Students will be able to learn and network with world-class performers as they compose, improvise, and express their experiences and emotions through sound.    This year's faculty includes musical leaders who have earned multiple Grammy Awards and have toured and recorded with performers or bands including Miles Davis, Mick


Weekend Outlook: Block Parties, Artwalks, and More
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
01:03PM / Thursday, August 04, 2022

It's going to be a hot and steamy weekend in the Berkshires but there's plenty of cool things to do. 


First Friday Block Party

Eagle Street, North Adams    North Adams will be closing Eagle Street to turn this First Friday into a block party from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.   The monthly downtown event will feature music, street games, activities and gallery openings. Mayor Jennifer Macksey will host a downtown gathering and Desperados Mexican Restaurant on Eagle Street will offer beer and wine for sale.   For more information see our last article or go to the North Adams Chamber of Commerce website.    Pittsfield First Friday ArtWalk Various Venues,


Pittsfield Soccer League Summer Final Set Sports,
09:05PM / Wednesday, August 03, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. – The Maroons and the Crows survived Wednesday’s semi-finals in the Pittsfield Soccer League with a pair of 1-0 wins at Wahconah Park.   The second-seeded Crows used a first-half goal from James Pow to knock off Barcelona.   On an adjacent field, Matt Naventi scored a first-half goal to send the Maroons past the Vultures and into next Wednesday’s league championship game.   Eight teams began play this summer in the 10-year-old league.   PSL organizer Nigel Gayle said that about 130 players participated in the weekly seven-on-seven contests.   The 18-and-over co-ed league summer league is one of several adult leagues in


Hoosac Valley, North Adams to Share Athletic Director
By Brian Rhodes, iBerkshires Staff
06:14PM / Tuesday, August 02, 2022
CHESHIRE, Mass. — Hoosac Valley Regional School District has entered into a shared services agreement with North Adams Public Schools for an athletic director, hiring Jeff Puleri for the position.    "New, uncharted territory. But I think very necessary in terms of both districts looking to provide the best athletic opportunities for our students," said Superintendent Aaron Dean on the agreement at Monday's school committee meeting.    Puleri is the assistant athletic director at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, and will replace Molly Meczywor at Hoosac Valley and David Racette in North Adams. The Lee native had been at MCLA since 1999 and


Brayton/Greylock Architects Focus on Natural Light, Durability & Fun Designs
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:30PM / Tuesday, August 02, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Natural light, durability, security and child-friendly vibes are all hallmarks of schools designed by TSKP Studios.    The School Building Committee heard a presentation last week by the Hartford, Conn., design team that will be taking on the feasibility study for the Brayton/Greylock school project. The committee approved hiring the architecture firm in June. TSKP, formerly Tai Soo Kim Partners, is an award-winning design firm that has done projects for schools, colleges and museums in New England and South Korea.    North Adams' team will include Randall Luther, principal at TSKP, with Jesse Saylor as project manager and Julia McFadden as


Historic Eagle Street Closing for First Friday Block Party
12:40PM / Tuesday, August 02, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — This August's First Friday is a block party on Eagle Street from 4 to 9 p.m.   The Friday's event will feature music, street games, activities and gallery openings. Mayor Jennifer Macksey will host a downtown gathering and Desperados Mexican Restaurant on Eagle Street will offer beer and wine for sale.    The monthly downtown event was established last year with local gallery owner and Public Arts Commission Chair Anna Farrington taking the lead in collaboration with downtown businesses.    Farrington, in a press release, said there will be more Eagle Street business collaborations "with the intention of providing positive,

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