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McCann School Committee Give Go-Ahead on New HVAC Program
By Brian Rhodes, iBerkshires Staff
05:04AM / Tuesday, December 20, 2022

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — After getting a grant from the state worth more than $3.1 million, McCann Technical School has already begun setting up its new heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration program. 


"There's a whole lot of fun parts of this, daunting yet it may be. But it's such an exciting thing to do," Superintendent James Brosnan told the school committee on Monday. 


The committee approved the program at its meeting Monday and authorized Brosnan to seek engineering help for the proposed 5,580 square-foot HVAC building. The program would provide training to an estimated 100 students each year. 



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North Adams Delivers Donations from Annual Food Drive
By Brian Rhodes, iBerkshires Staff
02:06PM / Monday, December 19, 2022

Collection boxes are put out in municipal buildings and facilities each year to gather goods for the annual holiday food drive.  Assistant to the Superintendent Bobbi Tassone, Assistant Superintendent Timothy Callahan and school facilities manager Robert Flaherty helped with the delivery. 

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city delivered several boxes filled with food, personal care and other essential items to Eagle Street on Monday, all of which were donated as part of this year's annual food drive. 


This year's drive worked to re-stock the shelves of the Northern Berkshire Interfaith Action Initiative's Al Nelson Friendship Center Food Pantry,

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MountainOne Bank Announces Community Banking Leadership Promotions
08:01AM / Monday, December 19, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — MountainOne, a full service financial institution headquartered in the Berkshires with offices on Boston's South Shore, announced a new leadership structure for its retail banking operation that includes the promotion of three employees.   "This enhanced leadership structure in Community Banking positions us to best support our customers, our employees, and our communities via our team's deep experience in banking, management and strategic growth," said Robert Fraser, MountainOne President and Chief Executive Officer.   MountainOne Bank Employee Promotions:   Lucille Weare has been promoted to Vice President, Branch Operations


North Berkshire Lights Menorahs to Mark Festival of Lights
By Tammy Daniels & Steve Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:48PM / Sunday, December 18, 2022

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The town marked the beginning of Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, on Sunday evening with the lighting of its first menorah.    Installed next to the Christmas tree on the lawn of the Williams Inn, the menorah was sponsored by the Williamstown Chamber of Commerce and celebrated by Rabbis Rachel Barenblat and Seth Wax, chaplain at Williams College. The Williams Inn offered hot cocoa to keep everyone warm.   Chamber President Richard Duncan said the chamber has heard requests in recent years to make the town's annual Holiday Walk celebration more inclusive.   "We had a little committee that was looking into it, and then I pretty much


Women and Minority Owned Business Certification Summit
11:49AM / Sunday, December 18, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — 1Berkshire, EforAll Berkshire County, the Berkshire Innovation Center, and Pittsfield Economic Revitalization Corporation, with support from Berkshire Regional Planning Commission and the United States Economic Development Administration are excited to announce their upcoming Women and Minority Owned Business Certification Summit.    This event, happening on Jan. 20, 2023, from 8am-1pm at the Berkshire Innovation Center, aims to bring together women and minority owned businesses in the Berkshires, resource providing partners, and educational presentations to support our women and minority owned business community through the process of becoming certified


National Grid Accepting Applications for Heating Assistance Programs
04:13PM / Saturday, December 17, 2022
WALTHAM, Mass. — As colder temperatures take hold, National Grid is reminding Massachusetts customers to take advantage of energy programs that can help them pay and manage their energy bills.   The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), commonly referred to as Fuel Assistance, provides eligible households with help in paying a portion of winter heating bills. Enrollment for LIHEAP is free and open through April 30, 2023, and covers energy usage from Nov. 1, 2022, to April 30, 2023.   LIHEAP is open to both homeowners and renters, including households whose cost of heat is included in rent, and eligibility is based on household size and the gross annual income


No Drought Conditions in Berkshire County
11:58AM / Saturday, December 17, 2022
BOSTON — The Drought Management Task Force announced that Berkshire County remains at level 0 or normal drought conditions.   This is not the case for the rest of the state.   "Even though the weather is getting colder and wetter, we can't lose sight of the fact that several regions within Massachusetts continue to be impacted by drought conditions," said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Beth Card. "It is important that everyone, especially those living and working in the Northeast, Cape Cod, and Islands Regions, continue to practice water conservation in order to ensure that our water resources fully rebound."   While some parts of


First Nor'easter of the Season Expected to Drop Foot of Snow
04:18PM / Thursday, December 15, 2022
There's a Nor'easter headed our way and cancellations and snow emergencies are piling up here at iBerkshires.    The latest weather report is forecasting 6 to 12 inches of snow falling across the region from around 7 p.m. on Thursday through Saturday at 10 a.m. The storm may also bring rain, sleet and strong winds into the region.    Closings and cancellations:  The Adams Free Library will be Friday and Saturday.  Art exhibit reception Friday at the Solomon Wright Public Library in Pownal, Vt., is postponed. McCann's Thursday night basketball game is canceled and all varsity, JV and hockey practice.  All South Berkshire Regional


SVMC Primary Care Practices Recognized for Patient-Centered Care
01:12PM / Thursday, December 15, 2022
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) and Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) announced that each of its five primary care practices in Vermont—SVMC Deerfield Valley Campus in Wilmington, SVMC Internal Medicine in Bennington, SVMC Northshire Campus in Manchester, SVMC Pediatrics in Bennington, and SVMC Pownal Campus in Pownal—have achieved recognition for providing personalized, effective, and efficient primary care.    The medical practices have been re-designated as Patient Centered Medical Homes by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).   "The Patient Centered Medical Home recognition is an outstanding


Weekend Outlook: Menorah Lighting, Discount Shopping, and More
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
12:52PM / Thursday, December 15, 2022

North Adams unveils a new menorah at the annual lighting on Sunday. The holiday season is just around the corner, or upon us for some, celebrate it with one or more of the many events happening this weekend in Berkshire County, including discount shopping, menorah lightings, play readings, and more.    Mingle and Jingle in Downtown Pittsfield  Downtown Pittsfield    Downtown Pittsfield Inc. will be hosting another discount shopping opportunity this Saturday beginning at 11 a.m.    Prepare for the holidays by shopping at the local businesses and get 10 percent off at participating retailers and restaurants when you pick up a jingle bell bracelet at


Add layers of protection to financial strategy
Submitted by Edward Jones,
08:14AM / Thursday, December 15, 2022
To achieve your financial security, and that of your family, you will need to create a comprehensive strategy. But for this strategy to succeed, you'll need to guard it from various challenges – and that means you'll need to build in different layers of protection.   What are these challenges – and what types of protection can be used to defend against them? Consider the following:   Challenge #1: Protecting your ability to reach your goals – To achieve your long-term goals, such as a comfortable retirement, you'll need to build adequate financial resources. And that means you'll need to create an investment portfolio that's suitable for


North Adams' Apkins Scrapyard to Close Dec. 23
By Brian Rhodes, iBerkshires Staff
05:18PM / Wednesday, December 14, 2022

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — After nearly seven decades in operation, George Apkin & Sons scrapyard on State Street will close on Dec. 23. 


The 5-acre scrapyard is situated between the railroad tracks to the east and the Hoosic River to the west and accepts a wide variety of scrap materials. William Apkins of George Apkin & Sons said, once closed, they will begin working on cleaning the site and getting it cleared of scrap and other materials. 


"Thank you to North Adams for 65 years we've been there now; my father opened in 1956," Apkins said. "We appreciate all of the local support that we've seen over the

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