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Weekend Outlook: First Friday, Live Music, and More
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
12:49PM / Friday, February 02, 2024
Berkshire County is hosting a variety of events this weekend including First Friday festivities, comedy, live music, and more.   Editor's Pick    First Friday  Downtown North Adams Time: 5 to 9 p.m.    Downtown businesses will extend their hours and host art receptions, and other special events, focused on the theme "I love North Adams." Events include live music and mocktails, an opening for the "Glow Show," a First Friday After Party, and more.    Lineup here.    Friday   Dark and Light Installation Opening Reception Hotel on North, Pittsfield Time: 5 to 8 p.m.    Meet Clock Tower Artist Mark

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Clarksburg Finance Committee OK Accountant Funding
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:04PM / Thursday, February 01, 2024
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The town's closing in on getting its financial house in order with the first meeting of the newly organized Finance Committee.    Carla Fosser and Charles "Chuck" Lewitt were appointed earlier in January by Town Moderator Ronald Boucher, filling posts that had been vacant for at least two years.    "Speaking for the Select Board and town, we thank you for your time," said Select Board Chair Robert Norcross. "You're very important to the town."   Norcross and Town Administrator Carl McKinney attended the meeting on Tuesday night to familiarize the new committee members with town's budgeting

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McCann Tea Room Schedule 2024
08:00AM / Thursday, February 01, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The McCann Tea Room reopens in February and is open from 10:45 am to noon.   Buffet: Thursday, Feb. 8    Wednesday, Feb 14 and Thursday, Feb. 15   Buffet: Thursday, Feb. 29   Buffet: Thursday, March 7   Wednesday, March 14 and Thursday, March 15   Thursday, March 29   Buffet: Thursday, April 4  

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Drury First Quarter Honor Roll
10:59AM / Wednesday, January 31, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Drury High School honor roll for the first quarter of the 2023-2024 school year.   Grade 12    High Honors Bailey, Abigail Lyn Bishop, Brooke Yvonne Bordeau, Danni Mary Brothers, Marley Elizabeth Catelotti, Daphne Erin Herrmann, Rachael Lyn Klein, Mackenzie Elizabeth Liang, Jessalyn NMN Miksic, Ferris Alastair Moresi, Melanie Sage Patenaude, Olivia Marie Worthington, Chandler David   Honors  Brulé, Grace Margaret Ciempa, Tatum Leigh Dukes, Mearra Renee Goman, Camron Joseph Goodermote, Elijah Bowen Howard, Aiden Cole Hurlbut-Morgan, Emma Jo Kerkhoff, Elise Marie Kingsley, Hailey Patricia Kozik, Kaelyn Deanna Lesage, Logan

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MCLA, Habitat for Humanity Partner Offer Free Tax Assistance
08:00AM / Wednesday, January 31, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) and its Department of Business Administration are partnering with Habitat for Humanity to offer free tax preparation services to residents in need through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.    MCLA will offer in-person, drop-off, and virtual tax assistance to qualified taxpayers beginning Feb.12.   Habitat for Humanity administers VITA, a program of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), to assist taxpayers with disabilities, limited English-speaking skills, those 50 years of age or older, or individuals and families who earn $64,000 or less a year.?MCLA students will be available to

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How can business owners plan for an exit?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
11:55AM / Tuesday, January 30, 2024
If you're a business owner, you always have a lot to do and a lot to think about. But have you put much thought into how you'll eventually leave it all behind?    Even if you're a few years away from that day, it's a good idea to create an exit strategy. If you're like most other owners, most of your net worth may well be tied up in your business — so how you exit that business can have a big impact on your finances and your retirement.   As you begin the exit strategy process, you'll need to examine some basic questions, such as how much you want for your business and how much it's worth. But you'll especially need to plan for the

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North Adams Officials Mull School Closure
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:27AM / Tuesday, January 30, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — School officials are eyeing an accelerated closing of an elementary school as they prepare for the coming fiscal year's "fiscal cliff."   A draft budget for fiscal 2025 is up $2,430,054, a 12 percent increase over this year. This is largely being driven by three factors: contracted obligations, higher costs related to out-of-district placements and the loss of nearly $1 million in ESSER funds.   Administrators presented the initial figures to the Finance and Facilities subcommittee on Monday morning along with preliminary proposal to close Greylock School to offset costs.    The subcommittee wasn't ready to make any decisions,

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Berkshire Health Group Sets 7% Rate Hike for Fiscal 2025
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:19PM / Monday, January 29, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Municipal entities that use Berkshire Health Group will see a 7 percent increase in the cost of health insurance in fiscal year 2025.   That was the decision of the BHG board at a two-hour meeting Monday morning at the Charles H. McCann Technical School.   By a 6-1 vote with four voting units absent, the board decided on an increase that will maintain coverage for employees in the member units while drawing down the health group's roughly $16 million reserve by about $480,000.   The reserve is held by the joint purchase group in order to absorb higher than expected health insurance claims in any given year. In the current fiscal year that ends

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County Residents Earn Bay State Games Skating Medals
02:12PM / Monday, January 29, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Dozens of local figure skaters competed in Bay State Games USFS Figure Skating Competitions over the weekend at Williams College's Lansing Chapman Rink.   Nine athletes took home gold medals in their groups at the competition.   Among the local residents competing in the event were:   Basic 2 Girls Group A Samantha Anderson, Lanesborough, Christmas Brook, bronze   Aspire 3 Girls Free Skate Group C Amelia Art, Williamstown, Christmas Brook, bronze   Basic 3 Boys Lukas Benson, Adams, Christmas Brook, gold   Excel Preliminary Girls Free Skate Group D Madlyn Benson, Adams, Christmas Brook, gold   Basic 4 Girls  Group B Ava

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MountainOne Bank Hires AVP, Community Mortgage Lending Specialist
11:47AM / Monday, January 29, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — MountainOne hired Jason "Jay" Bianchi to join the residential lending team as AVP, Community Mortgage Lending Specialist.    Reporting directly to the Head of Residential Lending, Bianchi will work out of the Berkshires, and serve as a member of the Bank's Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) Committee.   Bianchi's primary job responsibilities will include promoting the Bank's overall CRA efforts through customer outreach, assisting potential borrowers with residential mortgages in underserved areas, enhancing community engagement through a series of financial literacy programs, and partnering with federal, state, and local

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MCLA Professor's Research Featured in Top 10 Physics Breakthroughs of 2023
08:01AM / Monday, January 29, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — MCLA Physics Professor Dr. Emily Maher, one of 65 scientists in the MINERvA collaboration at Fermi National Accelerator Lab (Fermilab), has published work that has been chosen as one of the Top 10 Physics Breakthroughs of 2023 in Physics World.     Over a 10-year span, the MINERvA detector recorded the interactions of neutrinos and antineutrinos, the antimatter partners of the neutrino. The physicists working on the MINERvA experiment used the data to make a ground-breaking new measurement which was published last February in Nature titled "Measurement of the axial vector form factor from antineutrino–proton

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Clarksburg Officials Want to Study School Regionalization
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:12PM / Sunday, January 28, 2024
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Town officials are asking the school superintendency union to consider regionalization as a way to reduce education costs.    The Select Board met with school officials during a joint meeting on Wednesday night at Town Hall.    Select Board member Daniel Haskins said he and John Franzoni, superintendent of Northern Berkshire School Union, had "spoken briefly about the possibility of moving forward with investigating the advantages and disadvantages."   Franzoni pointed to the study that had been done with Clarksburg and Stamford, Vt., a few years ago for an interstate school merger and recommended a similar

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