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North Adams Man Charged for Attempted Sex With Child
Staff Reports ,
10:47AM / Tuesday, December 13, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A city man has been arrested by the FBI on charges related to enticing a minor.   James Macko, 23, was arrested Friday and charged with attempted coercion and enticement of a minor and attempting to transfer obscene material to a minor.    According to the U.S. Attorney's Office of Northern District of New York, the criminal complaint alleges that between Nov. 16, 2022, and Dec. 9, 2022, Macko texted another person in Albany, N.Y.    In these messages, Macko expressed interest in engaging in sexual conduct with an 11-year-old child. Macko and the other person discussed plans in which Macko would meet them at a prearranged location in

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Berkshire County Fire Departments Awarded Grants
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02:50PM / Monday, December 12, 2022
STOW—The Baker-Polito Administration announced $5 million in grant awards to 308 fire departments from the FY23 Firefighter Safety Equipment Grant Program.   In Berkshire County Adams, Dalton, Great Barrington, Lanesborough, Lee, Lenox, New Ashford, New Marlborough, North Adams, Peru, Pittsfield, Richmond, Sheffield, Stockbridge, and Williamstown all received grants.   "We ask so much of our firefighters, and no matter how dangerous or difficult the situation, they always do whatever it takes to help," said Governor Charlie Baker. "This program is an opportunity to make sure they are properly protected every time they answer a call for help."   The

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Sunny Skies, Cool Temperatures this Week
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12:24PM / Monday, December 12, 2022
After what feels like the first serious snowfall of the season, expect a cooler week with possibly some snow later on as temperatures increase.   Today, Monday, Dec 12, expect temperatures in the low 30s with partly cloudy skies, predicts Accuweather. Monday overnight will be cold with a low of 9 degrees.   Same thing Tuesday and Wednesday: partly sunny skies with temperatures in the low 30s. It won't be as cold overnight with a low of 18 Tuesday and a low of 20 on Wednesday, reports Accuweather.   Things will warm up on Thursday, Dec. 15. Expect a high of 42 with partly sunny skies.   On Friday, there will be a chance of snowfall. The temperature will be in the low

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Jack's Hot Dog Stand Addresses Hot Dog Taste Change
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10:31AM / Monday, December 12, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Jack's hot dogs do taste different but, don't worry, the Levanos family is working on it.   Owners Jeff and Joe Levanos took to social media Monday morning to address a particularly worrying concern in North County - Jack's hot dogs just taste a little off.    "We here at Jack's have obviously noticed this as well and have been working for weeks with our distributor to find out what the issue is," they wrote.    The Eagle Street hot dog stand has been working with their distributor to figure out exactly what the problem is. Like many things, it appears to be a supply issue.   "What we are being told is

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SVHC Weekly Health Update: Dec. 9
08:28AM / Monday, December 12, 2022

December 9, 2022

#3 in SVHC's 8-Week Healthy Holiday Challenge

Physical Therapist Caitlyn Boyd shares the third challenge in SVHC's 8-Week Healthy Holiday Challenge. Get a fresh goal every Friday through January 13, and share your progress on social media with

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Veteran Spotlight: Marine Lance Cpl. Gene Gavazzi
By Wayne Soares, Special to iBerkshires
04:13PM / Sunday, December 11, 2022
ADAMS, Mass. — Gene Gavazzi served his country in the Marine Corps and Marine Reserves from 1983 to 1989.    Born in Adams, he graduated from Hoosac Valley High School then went the college route for a couple of years. When riding home one day, he saw a Marine recruiting billboard – "Maybe, You Can Be One Of Us."    It struck a chord with the 22-year-old and he was hooked.    "I'll never forget when Staff Sgt. Edward Lodge showed up on my doorstep," Gavazzi said. "Wow, he was all spit and polish in his Marine uniform! Such an impressive sight. He said, 'I know you can be one of us.' He met my girlfriend Laurie at

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McCann Senior Christopher Sunn Wins Superintendents Award
By Brian Rhodes, iBerkshires Staff
01:21PM / Sunday, December 11, 2022

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School student Christopher Sunn has received a certificate of academic excellence from the Mass Association of School Superintendents. 

Sunn, a senior in the school's Computer Aided Design program, is a straight-A student with a 4.4 GPA. When he graduates, Sunn plans to attend UMass Amherst, where he will study engineering. 

Superintendent James Brosnan presented Sunn and his family with the award at the school committee meeting on Thursday. 

"It's our most enjoyable and most exciting evening at our December meeting, where we are able to recognize McCann student that has been selected to receive the Massachusetts

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National Grid Recommends Home Preparations Ahead of Winter
12:14PM / Sunday, December 11, 2022
WALTHAM, MA — With colder weather and storm season approaching, including the likelihood of rain and strong winds later today, National Grid is encouraging customers to proactively prepare their homes and businesses for the weeks and months ahead.   "As we head into the late fall and begin winter, the chance for inclement weather to potentially impact our customers in Massachusetts is greatly increased," said Tanya Moniz-Witten, Vice President of New England Electric Operations. "Ahead of storm season, we recommend all our customers make sure they are prepared in case of outages in their area. National Grid takes steps throughout the year to make our system more

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MCLA Women Fall to Wentworth
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10:53PM / Saturday, December 10, 2022
BOSTON -- The MCLA women's basketball team Saturday concluded its first semester schedule with a 52-32 loss to Wentworth Institute of Technology.   Wentworth (3-5) jumped out to an early 11-2 lead just four minutes into the game, but the MCLA defense would buckle down and hold the Leopards scoreless for nearly the next nine minutes of play. Unfortunately for the Trailblazers (3-8), points proved tough to come by and Wentworth would outscore the visitors 17-5 in the second quarter and take a 28-13 lead into halftime.   Maddy Foster led Wentworth with 22 points and 11 rebounds. MCLA was led by Zaylee Ramos with 13 points and Kristie Zator with 11 points.   MCLA is off until

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Saturday Night Storm Expected to Drop 1-3 Inches Over County
04:50PM / Saturday, December 10, 2022
: Snowfall rates may reach between one half and three quarters of an inch per hour by early afternoon in this area. This will increase the potential for hazardous travel conditions through early this afternoon, including snow covered roadways and poor visibilities.

Motorists are urged to use extra caution if traveling over the next few hours, as snowfall intensity increases.*

There is snow in the forecast for this Sunday, but it won't be much more than a couple inches.   Accuweather is calling the precipitation one of two "mini-storms" moving east from the midwest. The first isn't going to touch us but the second, arriving over Saturday

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North Adams Superintendent's Award Presented to Evan-Quin Goodermote
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
12:48PM / Friday, December 09, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Drury High School senior Evan-Quin May-Sims Goodermote is this year's recipient of the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents Certificate of Academic Excellence.    The award is presented annually by the superintendent to the highest-ranking Drury senior who has distinguished themselves in the pursuit of academic excellence.    "Evan-Quinn has taken a challenging course load during their time at Drury High School, including Advanced Placement courses and dual enrollment courses in conjunction with Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts," said Superintendent Barbara Malkas at Tuesday's School Committee meeting.

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The BArT Theatre Department Presents 'Something's Afoot'
08:30AM / Thursday, December 08, 2022
ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology (BArT) Charter Public School's Theatre Department is presenting "Something's Afoot," a murder mystery, and musical comedy on Dec. 9 and 10, at 7:00 pm and Dec. 11, at 2:00 pm at the School, 1 Commercial Street.    Tickets are on sale at https://somethingsafoot.brownpapertickets.com/ or may be purchased at the door. They are $10 for adults and $5 for students.    According to a press release:   "Ten people are stranded in an isolated English country house during a raging thunderstorm. Suddenly, one by one they're picked off by cleverly fiendish devices. As the bodies pile up in the

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