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North Adams Man Pleads Guilty to Drug Charges
02:00PM / Friday, November 24, 2023
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — On Nov. 15 Marcus Johnson, age 23 of North Adams, pled guilty to Possession with the Intent to Distribute a Class A Substance, heroin and Possession with Intent to Distribute a Class B Substance, cocaine.    The Honorable Judge Agostini sentenced Johnson to 3.5 to 4 years on each charge, to be served concurrent. Additionally, there was a forfeiture of $3,530.00. Johnson pled guilty the day his trial was set to begin.   In 2019, the North Adams Police Department was investigating the supplying and dealing of drugs coming into the North Adams area. Marcus Johnson became an identified suspect during the investigation.     On Nov. 1, 2019,

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Thankful 5K Draws Hundreds
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
06:00AM / Friday, November 24, 2023
  PITTSFIELD, Mass. – Morgan Windram-Geddes said she was going to spend much of the holiday making food to bring to her brother’s house to celebrate Thanksgiving with family.   Her extended family got to eat with the fastest woman at the eighth annual Thankful 5K.   Windram-Geddes of Glendale, Mass., was the 10th racer overall to cross the finish line at Berkshire Community College among the hundreds of runners and walkers to set off on West Street at 9 a.m. Thursday morning.   The event, sponsored by MountainOne and organized by the Berkshire Running Center, helped more than 400 participants work up an appetite and helped raise money and generate

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Small Business Association Encourages Shopping Small
04:00PM / Thursday, November 23, 2023
WASHINGTON?— Small Business Association Administrator Isabel Casillas Guzman, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the voice in President Biden's Cabinet for America's 33 million small businesses, is encouraging the nation to shop, dine, and entertain at local small businesses on Nov. 25 in celebration of Small Business Saturday and throughout the holiday season.    Small Business Saturday is celebrated each year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.    "Small businesses are the heart and soul of our neighborhoods, powering local economies and strengthening communities," said Administrator Guzman. "The SBA encourages

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What should you do with 'side gig' money?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:15PM / Wednesday, November 22, 2023
As you know, the gig economy has been booming over the past several years. If you're thinking of using your skills to take on a side gig, what should you do with the money you'll make?   There's no one right answer for everyone, and the decisions you make should be based on your individual situation. And of course, you may simply need the extra income to support your lifestyle and pay the bills. But if you already have your cash flow in good shape, and you have some freedom with your gig money, consider these suggestions:   Contribute more to your IRA. If you couldn't afford to contribute the maximum amount to your IRA, you may find it easier to do so when you

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Zebra Mussel eDNA Detection in Onota Lake
11:30AM / Wednesday, November 22, 2023
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Zebra mussel eDNA has been detected at Onota Lake by the Commonwealth's Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR).    This discovery was made as part of regular monitoring of the lake for these types of invasive species. This detection only impacts boating operations at the lake and has no impact to other recreational uses of the lake.   Zebra mussels are invasive freshwater mollusks that present a variety of ecological, recreational, and economic concerns. In 2009, zebra mussels were detected in Laurel Lake and its outflow in the Housatonic River in Lee/Lenox. Since that time, the City of Pittsfield has actively worked with DCR to

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MCLA Men's Hockey Gets Home Win
09:24AM / Wednesday, November 22, 2023
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Landry Laird made 32 saves Tuesday to backstop the MCLA men's hockey team to a 5-1 win over Western New England.   Sean Schifferl, Luke Rhoss and Addam Brunner each had a goal and an assist for the Trailblazers (2-4-1), who go to Rutland, Vt., to play Castleton State on Friday.   Women's Hockey HARRISVILLE, R.I. -- Grace Wiggett scored early in the third period to give Nicholls a 2-1 win over MCLA.   Abby Pomajba scored a power play goal for the Trailblazers (2-7) who travel to play New England College on Dec. 1.

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Snow, Sleet, Ice in the Forecast
05:08PM / Tuesday, November 21, 2023
The North Berkshires and Southern Vermont could see some snow overnight but probably not enough to take a sleigh to grandmother's house.    A winter weather advisory has been issued through 10 a.m. on Wednesday by the National Weather Service in Albany, N.Y., for North Berkshire and the Vermont counties of Bennington and Windham.    Snow will move in later Tuesday evening and mix with sleet and freezing rain prior to midnight. The snow, sleet and freezing rain will change to plain rain during the late-night hours and diminish prior to noontime on Wednesday.   The forecast is for gusts of up to 40 mph and 2 to 5 inches of snow, with the higher accumulations in

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Berkshire Food Project Serves Up Thanksgiving Dinner
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:50AM / Tuesday, November 21, 2023

First Congregational Church of Williamstown donated 60 pies.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — It was Thanksgiving on Monday at the Berkshire Food Project.    The free lunch program has for three decades made a point of ensuring anyone can get a turkey dinner with all trimmings — albeit a few days before the holiday.    "It's wonderful," said Arnold Hynes, sitting with friends in the dining room at First Congregational Church. "We're regulars here at every meal. It's really wonderful."   His friend Jim said it was "the first time I've had Thanksgiving in 2 1/2 years, I truly appreciate it." He's had a

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MCLA Hosts Celebration of Life for Steve Green
04:42PM / Monday, November 20, 2023
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — MCLA and the Green Family will host a celebration of life for professor Stephen A. "Steve" Green at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2, in MCLA's Amsler Campus Center Gymnasium and via Zoom.    Green, a community leader, passed away in September.   Green accomplished a 36-year career at the former North Adams State College (now MCLA). Steve served as a sociology professor, department chair, and vice president of academic affairs.   According to a press release, his passion for non-traditional students stemmed from his own educational struggles, making him a cherished mentor, friend, and advocate.     Outside academia,

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NBCC's Neighborlies Adds Steve Green Neighbor of the Year Award
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:53AM / Monday, November 20, 2023

Mayor Jennifer Macksey declared Wednesday as NBCC Neighborly Award Day. See more photos here.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — More than 100 people and organizations were recognized for acts of kindness and community — large and small — at Wednesday's Neighborlies Awards.    They delivered snacks to first responders, organized local events, planted trees, mentored teens, shoveled walks, invested in historic buildings, raised funds for charities, fed the hungry and went above and beyond in their jobs to serve their communities.   This year saw the presentation of a new honor by the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition: the Stephen Green Neighbor of the

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MCLA Women's Basketball Tops Lesley
08:24AM / Sunday, November 19, 2023
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Kristie Zator scored 29 points Saturday to lead the MCLA women's basketball team to a 65-51 over Lesley.   Hailey Peabody had a double-double with 18 points and 19 rebounds for MCLA (1-3), which goes to SUNY-Cobleskill on Monday.   Men's Basketball AMHERST, Mass. -- Will Scherer scored 10 points and grabbed 22 rebounds to lead Amherst to a 66-42 win over MCLA.   JoJo Garcia came off the bench to score a team-high 12 for MCLA (3-2), which goes to Williams on Tuesday.   Women's Hockey WORCESTER, Mass. -- Cassidhe Wizniak scored a pair of goals to lead Worcester State to a 6-3 win over MCLA.   Alexander Bednar scored a power-play goal

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Stamford Burglary Suspect Caught on Video
08:46PM / Saturday, November 18, 2023

An image of the suspect taken from security footage.  STAMFORD, Vt. — State Police are seeking information on a theft from Stamford School early Friday.    An individual wearing all black, a winter hat and facemask took off with a small safe containing money from the main office.    The entrance set off an alarm and troopers arrived shortly after midnight on Friday morning. They found an unlocked window with the screen pushed up; no one was in the building when they entered.   The school building on Main Road also contains the town offices and town library.   Anyone with information about the burglary is asked to contact Trooper Kyle Stevens at

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