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'Augmented Reality' Works Debut at This Week's First Friday
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:24PM / Thursday, October 06, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — This month's First Friday event will offer a different way to engage with art: through augmented reality.    The Public Arts Commission on Monday approved the installation of signage with QR codes that will give viewers the ability to see artwork overlays by John Craig Freeman and Michael Lewy on local venues. The works will go live Friday night during the Night Market on Eagle Street.    "The art is augmented reality art. It exists in the virtual world, you cannot see it," said Anna Farrington, owner of Installation Space on Eagle Street that is hosting the exhibit. "The signs will communicate to viewers the QR codes that

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Holiday Hours: Indigenous Peoples Day / Columbus Day
03:18PM / Thursday, October 06, 2022

Dióscoro Teófilo Puebla Tolín's 'First landing of Columbus on the Shores of the New World,' at San Salvador, W.I., Oct. 12, 1492, from 1862.

Indigenous Peoples Day and Columbus Day is being observed Monday, Oct. 10. As Columbus Day, it commemorates Christopher Columbus' arrival in the Americas on Oct. 12, 1492. As Indigenous Peoples Day, it commemorates the harm to their cultures and communities that followed Columbus' arrival. 

Columbus' voyage had been celebrated on significant anniversaries but did not become an official holiday until being recognized by Colorado in 1905. It was declared a federal holiday in 1937.

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Mass MoCA, North Adams Seek Study on Downtown Connections
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:51AM / Tuesday, October 04, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Getting people from Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art to the downtown has been a goal since the museum opened more than two decades ago.    But despite bringing in millions of dollars every year, the massive museum's ability to revive Main Street has been tepid at best.    Now the city and museum are "thinking big" on a federal grant to see if they can make a connection that's frustrated past arts and community leaders for years.    "I think you all are aware that it's not enough to just put up a sign that says downtown's that way in the hopes that a global audience will find their way

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Fall Foliage Festival Leaf Hunt Second Clues 2022
03:53PM / Monday, October 03, 2022
The following leaves have not been returned — 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 13 and 14 — and redeemed for prizes during the first week of the annual hunt. Keep in mind the holiday theme with Labor Day stressed this year.    The towns given in the first set of clues now have initials added as new hints. Under "Where We Labored" and "More Mills": 4. Adams P-SM, 13. Adams DA-WRG, 14. Adams BW-CP. Under "Railroad": 6. North Adams NT-HT, 7. Williamstown D-CB, 8. Cheshire RRST and 9. Florida ES-HTS.     Please return all orange or yellow winning leaves to the North Adams City Hall Tourism Office by Oct. 11. Thanks and congratulations to

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Tiny Town of Monroe Celebrates 200 Years
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02:41PM / Monday, October 03, 2022
MONROE, Mass. — The town celebrated its 200th anniversary with a special day of festivities on Sept. 17 this year.    Visitors came from as far away as Connecticut, Maryland, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island and Vermont to help mark the occasion and share in the celebration.   The Franklin County town was named for President James Monroe and incorporated during his second term in 1822, years after it was first settled in the early 1800s. With 118 residents, it's the smallest town on the mainland and the second smallest in the state after Gosnold, population 70.   The day began with a prayer given by the Rev. Rick Gramlin of First Baptist Church in

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Winners of 2022 Fall Foliage Children's Parade
12:55PM / Sunday, October 02, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Fall Foliage Children's Parade on Friday evening attracted 72 participants in individual, group and float categories.    The parade stepped off from Monument Square, accompanied by police and the Drury High marching band, and ended at City Hall for awards presented by longtime organizer Kathy Keeser, Mayor Jennifer Macksey and 2022 Grand Marshals Leon and MaryAnn King.    Pictures of the parade are available here and a livestream on Facebook here.    The winners were invited to march in Sunday's Fall Foliage Parade. They are as follows:    Individual Costumes    ? First place: Benjamin Wiessner for

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Pittsfield's Babineau Leads MCLA Men to Second-Place
10:51AM / Sunday, October 02, 2022
GUILDERLAND, N.Y. -- The MCLA men's cross country team competed Saturday at the Panther Open hosted by the Albany College of Pharmacy Health and Sciences at Tawasentha Park.   Saint Rose won the team competition with 33 points; MCLA placed second with 58 points and Vermont Tech finished third with 59 points.   Saint Rose sophomore Matthew Waruch won the individual title with an 8k time of 32:00.0 edging out the next four finishers by less than 5 seconds. MCLA sophomore David Babineau of Pittsfield led the way for the Trailblazers finish in sixth place with a time of 32:51.3.   MCLA will next race in a dual meet at the James Early Invitational hosted by Westfield State

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Fall Foliage Children's Race Winners Announced
05:03PM / Saturday, October 01, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — This year's Children's Fair & Races were moved to the North Adams Armory on Saturday because of the potential for rain.    The fair offered a variety of activities and informational booths and was sponsored by the Northern Berkshire United Way and Youth Center Inc. in Cheshire.    The races were run in age divisions of 9 or younger. The winners are:    Tots: Age 3 and Younger   First place: Vivienne Greene; second place: Liam Brown; third place: Atticus Newell.   Preschool: Ages 4-5   First place: Jared Brown; second place: Dante Maselli; third place: Noah Bouthillette.   Peewee: Ages 6-7   First

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MCLA Alumni Recognized for 'Outstanding' Service to Community, College
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:24PM / Saturday, October 01, 2022

The awardees were presented with engraved clocks.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts on Saturday took time to recognize six of its alumni who have made their mark on their communities and their fields of study.    "You're a beacon for our alumni to follow and an aspirational model for our current students," said President Jamie Birge in welcoming the honorees for this year's Alumni Association Awards.   Juwonni Cottle, class of 2013; Stephen Simo, class of 2013; Shaniqua Choice, class of 2013; Claire Shea, class of 1965; Mikaelle Olivier, class of 2015, and Rebbecca Cohen, class of 2004, were feted at a brunch in the

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Adams Community Bank Hires Branch Officers for Lenox, Lee
06:50AM / Saturday, October 01, 2022

ADAMS, Mass. — Charles P. O’Brien, President, and CEO of Adams Community Bank, announces a new branch hire and a recent promotion.

Kara Clark has been promoted to Branch Officer of the Lenox branch. Clark began with Adams Community Bank five years ago as a Customer Service Representative in Williamstown. After only two years of customer service and extensive ACB product and service knowledge, she was promoted to Assistant Branch Manager at our Park Street location.


Don Disbrow joins Adams Community Bank as the Branch Officer at the bank's Lee location. Don comes to us from CARR Hardware, where he worked as the General Manager for multiple locations, including the Lee

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North Adams Needs Christmas Trees
03:16PM / Friday, September 30, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city is seeking two large fir trees to decorate the downtown for the holiday season.    They should be 25 to 30 feet in height. One will be placed at Monument Square and the other one at Rosenthal Square to be lighted this November.   Trees will be sought from the Northern Berkshire area from now until the first week of November. Anyone wishing to donate trees is asked to contact the Wire & Alarm Department at 413-662-3155. If calling after hours, please leave a message and someone will return your call as soon as possible.

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Weekend Outlook: Fall Foliage Week
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
04:36PM / Thursday, September 29, 2022
Berkshire County will be kicking off the glorious fall season with a variety of events including a parade, pumpkin shows, car shows, and more.    66th Annual Fall Foliage Parade Main Street, North Adams    The 66th annual Northern Berkshire Fall Foliage Parade, sponsored by 1Berkshire, begins on Sunday, Oct. 2, at 1 p.m.   This year's theme is "Holidays on Parade" and the 2022 grand marshals are the Arnolds and the Kings, two families who have brought good cheer and a festive spirit to the city of North Adams for decades.   Be a spectator along the 1.2-mile parade route from the intersection of State Street and Old State Street, along Main Street,

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