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@theMarket: Taper Talk Tanks Stocks
By Bill Schmick,
04:23PM / Friday, August 20, 2021
The July minutes of the last FOMC meeting were released Wednesday. In the announcement, Fed officials expressed their willingness to start reducing asset purchases before the end of the year. In response, traders dumped stocks. Was that the right move?   Stock jockeys seem to believe that by reducing monetary stimulus by even a smidgeon, all will be lost in the stock market. I find that hard to believe. The Fed is purchasing $120 billion a month in bonds. If they reduce that amount by $10-$20 billion, that still leaves a lot of central bank firepower.   A much better explanation for the losses this week could be that it is a slow week, and a seasonally treacherous time of the year


SteepleCats' Lea Awarded 2021 NECBL Sportsman of the Year Honors
Community submission,
12:30PM / Friday, August 20, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. - North Adams catcher Jeremy Lea has been named the New England Collegiate Baseball League Sportsman of the Year for the 2021 season.   Lea makes North Adams history as he becomes the first SteepleCat to be awarded the top sportsman accolade in franchise existence.   A rising senior at the University of the Pacific, Lea was a true leader for the SteepleCats both on and off of the field in 2021. By playing in nearly every single game all season for North Adams behind the plate and in the batter’s box, Lea fostered crucial relationships with every single pitcher, playing a major role in leading his team to the Divisional Semifinals this


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


Fall Foliage Parade to Honor First-Responders
09:52AM / Friday, August 20, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. —  The 65th annual Fall Foliage Parade is still a go for Sunday, Oct. 3.    And, suitably, this year's grand marshals are the entire Emergency Operations Center team that was activated when the pandemic hit Berkshire County back in March 2020. The center was headquartered at Harriman and West Airport and coordinated communications and dispersal of materials and equipment through the state.   The Northern Berkshire Regional Planning Committee also coordinated the vaccination clinic at St. Elizabeth's in conjunction with Northern Berkshire EMS. The clinic administered more than 25,000 doses of Moderna and Pfizer vaccines during its six


Health Education Students Offered Free Program Focused on Community Needs
08:04AM / Friday, August 20, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Area Health Education Center (AHEC) is resuming its in-person Health Scholars' Program in collaboration with Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield.    The program is for allied health students (including nursing, physical therapist assistants, respiratory care, and community health workers) interested in supplementing their education by gaining additional knowledge and experience in addressing local community needs.    "There are many reasons to take advantage of the Health Scholars' Program," says AHEC Center Director, Sheila Dargie. "The opportunity to work with professionals outside the traditional


McCann School Committee Opts Not to Require Masks
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:06AM / Friday, August 20, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Students at McCann Technical School will not be required to wear face coverings when the 2021-22 academic year gets underway next month.   On Thursday, the Northern Berkshire Vocational Regional School District Committee voted 10-1 to support a recommendation from Superintendent James Brosnan that the district follow to the letter a July 30 memo from the commonwealth's commissioner of education.   That state guidance recommends unvaccinated school personnel, students and visitors wear masks indoors but stops short of requiring the face coverings and says schools may "allow vaccinated students to remain unmasked."   "[The


The Weekend Beat: Fort Mass, Anthony Anniversaries
By Gregory Fournier, iBerkshires Correspondent
02:04AM / Friday, August 20, 2021

Siege of Fort Massachusetts

The biggest anniversary event this weekend is undoubtedly the Susan B. Anthony Celebration in Adams but the oldest is in North Adams on Saturday with the marking of the 275th anniversary of the Siege of Fort Massachusetts. 

The North Adams Historical Society is hosting the annual commemoration at 10 a.m. Saturday at its new museum space on the first floor of the Holiday Inn. The Museum of History and Science reopened in July after being closed much of last year because of the pandemic. 

Fort Massachusetts is believed to have been located on the Hoosic River somewhere near what is now Roberts Drive. Part of a line of forts built by the British to


North Adams Barber Gives His Last Haircut After 64 Years
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:35PM / Thursday, August 19, 2021

Gus Jammalo gives Gene Kemp a trim, the last one his well-known barbership. Jammalo says, at 87, it's time for him to go fishing and spend time with his family.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Surrounded by family, Augustine "Gus" Jammalo fired up his clippers for the last time at his Union Street barbershop, ending his career how he started it.   Longtime customer Gene Kemp walked through the doors Thursday morning not only to get a quick trim but to see a longtime friend who has been cutting his hair since the 1950s.   "Get as much as you can. Trim what you can," a now bald Kemp laughed as he stepped into the


Why choose community college?
02:22PM / Thursday, August 19, 2021
Convenience, accessibility and affordability are the buzzwords associated with community college, and they certainly hold true for Berkshire Community College (BCC). But what's often overlooked or underestimated is the quality of education — specifically, the excellence of teaching on community college campuses. Not so for alumnus Matt Fleury (BCC Class of 1985), who asserts: "Don't ever let anybody tell you a community college education is somehow second class." Fleury, a theater arts student who went on to become president and CEO of the Connecticut Science Center and was later appointed by the governor of Connecticut to serve as chairman of the Board of Regents


Governor Orders Executive Branch Workers to Get Vaccinated
02:18PM / Thursday, August 19, 2021
BOSTON — Executive Department employees will be required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination on or before Oct. 17, with the likelihood of mandatory booster shots in the future.   Failure to comply may result in disciplinary action, including being fired.    Gov. Charlie Baker issued the executive order on Thursday as new cases of the novel coronavirus continue to climb. The administration at the beginning of the month ordered all employees of health-care facilities, including long-term care operations, to be fully vaccinated by Oct. 10.    All Executive Department employees will be required to provide proof that they have received either the required two


BCC Sets Date for Final Nursing Program Info Session
12:19PM / Thursday, August 19, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass — Berkshire Community College has set a final opportunity on Monday, Aug. 30 at 5 p.m. to attend a mandatory Nursing Information Session for students ready to enroll in the spring 2022 Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) cohort.    To RSVP, visit The deadline to submit a complete matriculation form is  Wednesday, Sept. 1.    The nursing program is recognized as one of the top ten nursing programs in the commonwealth, according to Nursing Schools Almanac's 2020 rankings. The ADN program at BCC is approved by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing and is


Northern Berkshire Adult Education Program
04:18PM / Wednesday, August 18, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Northern Berkshire Adult Education Program is currently enrolling for fall classes.   The program offers preparation classes for the HISET test for individuals interested in obtaining their Massachusetts Alternative High School Credential. We also offer instruction in basic academic skills, college and career readiness and employment readiness.    All applicants must be at least 16 years of age, and those under 18 years of age, must be officially withdrawn from high school.    For additional information you can schedule an appointment by calling program director Annie Pecor at 413-412-1118 or by emailing her at


Leahy Earmarks $750K for SVMC Child-Care Center
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:02PM / Wednesday, August 18, 2021

The senior senator, who was elected in 1975, did not say if he had decided yet to run for a ninth term in 2022. BENNINGTON, Vt. — The Learning Tree has been providing child care for the employees of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center and the general public for more than two decades.    But the number of spots available in the facility on the hospital campus — and in the region — simply hasn't kept up with the need. The Bennington area is short more than 500 child-care slots.   "It's heartbreaking when you have to tell someone, no I'm sorry I have to put you on the waitlist because I don't have any slots," Director Nancy Noel


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