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McCann's Harrington Selected for Superintendent's Award
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:33AM / Friday, December 15, 2023

Principal Justin Kratz tells the School Committee about Harrington's academic achievements.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School Principal Justin Kratz joked that Amy Harrington had a report card even a toddler could read.   "Because you only need to know the letter A," he said. "You can read this report card at 2 years old because literally every single grade is A."   Harrington was presented with the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendent's Certificate of Academic Excellence at the McCann School Committee on Thursday night.    She has a grade-point average of 4.41 and is hoping to study software

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Media & Technology Company Moving Headquarters to Mass MoCA
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
12:18PM / Thursday, December 14, 2023
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A media and technology company is moving to Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Arts.   The Mass MoCA Commission on Monday approved a tenant agreement for Kinetek Inc., which will relocate its headquarters from Montpelier, Vt., to Building 1.       Principals Hugh and Debra McGrory and their new business partner Eyal Rimmon were introduced by Morgan Everett, head of public initiatives and real estate for MoCA.    "Kinetic is generative media company, working at the intersection of film, art and emerging technologies. They do a lot of amazing work," he said. "We're incredibly excited to welcome them to the Mass

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BIC Receives Collaborative Workspace Program Grant
10:56AM / Thursday, December 14, 2023
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Healey-Driscoll Administration joined state and local officials in Fitchburg to celebrate awards through the state's Community One Stop for Growth, including $950,000 in grants from the Collaborative Workspace Program.      In October, the Administration announced $164 million for 338 grant awards through the One Stop to support local economic development projects in 161 communities across the state.    "One of the things that makes Massachusetts special is our talent for innovation and entrepreneurship," said Governor Maura Healey. "These grants through the Collaborative Workspace Program will help turn that energy

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Know the key benefits of Roth IRA
Submitted by Edward Jones,
08:02AM / Thursday, December 14, 2023
As you save for retirement, you'll want to take full advantage of the investment vehicles available to you — and one of the best is a Roth IRA. But what sets it apart from other accounts?   Three key factors distinguish the Roth IRA: Tax-free earnings – When you invest in a Roth IRA, your earnings can grow tax free, provided you don't begin taking withdrawals until you're 59½ and you've had your account at least five years. If you don't meet these criteria, withdrawals of earnings will be subject to taxes and a possible 10% penalty. No penalties on withdrawals of contributions – You fund a Roth IRA with after-tax dollars, which means you

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North Adams American Legion 'Be Our Guest' Christmas Dinner
08:00AM / Thursday, December 14, 2023
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — For the 68th year, Frank R. Stiles American Legion Post 125 will be hosting its annual "Be Our Guest" Christmas dinner.    This is a free dinner for veterans’ and community members takes place on Christmas Day (Dec. 25). The dinner can be enjoyed in the American Legion, located at 91 American Legion Drive, or delivered throughout North Adams, Adams, Cheshire, Clarksburg, Williamstown, or Pownal, Readsboro, and Stamford, Vt.    The meal will consist of ham, potatoes, vegetables, a dinner roll, and a dessert. The post will open its doors for diners from 12:00 – 2:00pm. Delivery and Takeout will be available from 11:00 am

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North Adams Recognizes Work of Disability Awareness Advocates
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:29PM / Wednesday, December 13, 2023

Mayor Jennifer Macksey reads a proclamation recognizing December as Disability Awareness Month.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A commission that has been working hard to make the city more accessible was recognized at Tuesday's City Council meeting.   Members of the Commission on Disabilities, friends and family were in Council Chambers to hear Mayor Jennifer Macksey read a proclamation declaring December as Disability Awareness Month.   Macksey also singled out two citizens — Jenna Thomas and Randall Kemp — for their work on awareness and advocacy.   "Our current commission has been very busy working hard on awareness rights and access.

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MassDOT Secures Funds for Enhanced Boston-Albany Passenger Rail
10:52AM / Tuesday, December 12, 2023
BOSTON — The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has announced that up to $500,000 has been awarded to the Rail and Transit Division through the Federal Railroad Administration's (FRA) Corridor Identification and Development Program (Corridor ID) to support planning for additional train service connecting Boston and Albany, New York through Springfield.    This corridor would provide up to eight daily round-trip passenger trains on an existing alignment owned by CSX Transportation. Currently, the only passenger service on this corridor is Amtrak's once-daily long-distance Lake Shore Limited. Development of this corridor is part of the Healey-Driscoll

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North Adams To Close Eagle St. Tuesday for Repairs
02:39PM / Monday, December 11, 2023
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city announced that Eagle Street will be closed between Center Street and Main Street on Tuesday, Dec. 12.   Due to a water leak, the street will be closed from 8 am until repairs are completed.  

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Harvest Festivals and Craft Fairs 2023
11:55AM / Monday, December 11, 2023

The air is crisp, the leaves are falling, the holidays are approaching artisans and craft enthusiasts know what that means. It's craft fair and bazaar season! This list will be updated as we get more information. Have an event to add? Email us at info@iberkshires.com.

Note that some craft fairs may run two days; those extra days are in bold. 

   

Saturday, Dec. 16

Berkshire Grown Winter Farmers Market   The South County market is being held at the Housy Dome, 1064 Main St., Housatonic, from 10 to 2. Features locally grown and produced foods.    Admission is free and mask-wearing is encouraged. More

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Legislative Hearing in Pittsfield Tackles Inflated Utility Rates
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:50AM / Monday, December 11, 2023
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A legislative hearing was held at the Berkshire Innovation Center last week to address rate increases in electricity, gas, and oil with representatives from the Healey-Driscoll administration and utility companies.   In the last two years, electricity rates have increased by an average of 12 percent and natural gas prices by 1 percent and Western Mass. communities feel that they are experiencing the brunt of it.   The session began with a panel discussion between legislators and the Secretary of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Rebecca Tepper, Commissioner of the Department of Energy Resources Elizabeth Mahoney, and Chair of the

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Snow, Slush in the Forecast for Monday
05:14PM / Sunday, December 10, 2023
Sunday's downpours could well turn to snow before dawn on Monday.    The National Weather Service in Albany, N.Y., has issued a winter weather advisory for most of Berkshire County through 1 p.m. on Monday.    The higher elevations could get 3 to 8 inches and wind gusts of up to 40 mph — with the possibility of a thunderstorm before 4 a.m.!   The morning commute could be a slushy and slippery mess with reduced visibility. Precipitation Monday morning could be heavy with rain or wet snow.    Heavy wet snow could also mean downed tree limbs and power lines causing power outages.    The conditions will be worse to the north. Parts of

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North Adams Youth Group Making an Impact
By Kim McMann, iBerkshires correspondent
07:20AM / Sunday, December 10, 2023

Serving up hot cocoa at a tree lighting event.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — There has been a community of young people building a safe place at the First Baptist Church over the past decade.    It's a place where kids can be themselves, experience no judgement and get along with others from a wide range of backgrounds. Not only do they feel part of the community there, but they also spend time doing good work for the community.    "The best times in my life as a kid was being in youth group," said Leah LeFebvre, who was a member until she aged out.    But found she really missed the fellowship and within a couple of years, she was back

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