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MCLA Women's Basketball Loses Heart-Breaker on Road
12:23PM / Sunday, December 03, 2023
SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. -- Taryn White scored 17 points Saturday to lead the Mount Holyoke women's basketball team to a 54-53 win over MCLA.   The Trailblazers overcame a seven-point deficit with four minutes left to take a 53-51 lead on Kristie Zator's 3-pointer with 43 seconds left.   But Mount Holyoke's Libby Harris hit a 3 13 seconds later to give her team the lead for good.   Harris finished with 16 points.   Zator led MCLA with 16. Wahconah graduate Eva Eberwein scored 10 points in the loss.   MCLA (1-6) hosts Anna Maria on Monday.   Women's Hockey NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Alex Hornsby scored twice and assisted on a goal to lead New England

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BMC North Adams Campus Honors Retired Director
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
07:51AM / Sunday, December 03, 2023

Lou Ann Quinn, who was described as a perfectionist, noticed that her plaque was slightly off-kilter.   NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Medical Center colleagues took a moment in the emergency room to honor Lou Ann Quinn and her 47-year career caring for North County.   Quinn, a registered nurse and director of operations for the North Adams Campus, recently retired but visited the hospital Monday as friends and colleagues unveiled a plaque memorializing her permanently in the emergency room.   "You have been incredibly important to each of us at the hospital here and now, when anyone shows up, they will always see you and know that you were such a

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PopCares Christmas Tree Sale
10:38AM / Saturday, December 02, 2023
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — PopCares is selling Christmas trees to benefit local cancer patients.   Trees can be purchases at Duke's Lumber Hardware and at Church Street Lights, located at 1356 Church St.   Trees start at $40.

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North Adams Veterans Memorial Bridge Deemed 'Structurally Deficient'
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:44PM / Friday, December 01, 2023

Jersey barriers and barrels were put up this week to limit a section of the roadway to two lanes. Plans are to soon prohibit large trucks from the bridge. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The 61-year-old Veterans Memorial Bridge has been declared "structurally deficient" after the most recent inspection by the state Department of Transportation.    The city's Department of Public Services in a Facebook post on Thursday said the state has issued weight limit restrictions and lane closures.    "These restrictions are due to structural deficiencies found during a recent inspection and are necessary to keep the bridge open until a repair plan can be

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MCLA to Host Information Session for Graduate Programs
04:08PM / Friday, December 01, 2023

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) will host a virtual information session for graduate programs – Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Education (MEd) on Dec. 5 at noon. 

Prospective students can meet with faculty and staff to learn more about continuing education in three of MCLA's programs that are designed to support the rising workforce needs both in the Berkshires and beyond. 

The MBA program offers a broad-based, multidisciplinary education that combines the strengths of MCLA business faculty with those of practicing managers actively involved in day-to-day decision-making in the field. It is a

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Peacemaker Award Nominations Sought
08:00AM / Friday, December 01, 2023
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Peacemaker Award is given annually to an individual or group in Northern Berkshire.   The award, which originated as part of the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, is made to persons who have contributed substantially to peace in our region. In general, the Peacemaker Award recognizes persons who have a history of working with people and/or neighborhoods and communities to provide for greater tolerance, understanding, and caring. While the award may be made to a person or group well known in the region, those making nominations are particularly urged to consider those who have worked hard and have made contributions without much

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Community Hero of the Month: McCann Carpentry Program
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
12:06PM / Thursday, November 30, 2023

Students at McCann get real-world experience working on projects for towns and organizations, which in turn benefits the community. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The students and faculty of McCann Technical School's carpentry program have been selected for the November Community Hero of the Month.    The Community Hero of the Month series runs for the next 12 months in partnership with Haddad Auto. Nominated community members and organizations have gone above and beyond to make a positive impact on their community.    Principal Justin Kratz said the school is proud of the instructors who work very hard to have the program benefit the community while teaching the

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MCLA to Host Community Panel 'How to Speak About Peace'
10:32AM / Wednesday, November 29, 2023
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — MCLA faculty and staff invite the campus and North Adams community to a panel discussion "How to Speak About Peace" to discuss urgent calls for a permanent ceasefire in Palestine on Thursday, Nov. 30.     The discussion will start at 7 p.m. in Murdock Hall Room 218.    Panelists include Associate Professor of Anthropology Dr. Mohamad Junaid, Associate Professor of English & Communications Dr. Victoria Papa, Assistant Professor of Art History and Museum Studies Dr. Eunice Uhm, Associate Professor of Modern Language Dr. Mariana Bolivar, and Assistant Professor of Psychology Dr. Carter Carter. The discussion will be moderated by

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North Adams City Council Sets Fiscal 2024 Tax Rate
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:26AM / Wednesday, November 29, 2023
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The average residential property tax bill will go up by $103.85 for fiscal year 2024 under a tax distribution plan OK'd by the City Council on Tuesday.   On a vote of 6-2, the eight members in attendance chose to follow the path recommended by the Board of Assessors and use a 1.715 shift differential from the residential to the commercial class of real estate.   That is the same differential the council authorized last year for FY23 after lengthy debate that stretched over two meetings and a 5-4 vote.   This time around, Councilors Marie T. Harpin and Peter Oleskiewicz, who voted in the minority a year ago, joined four of the councilors who

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Clarksburg VFW Welcomes Santa, Presents Donations
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:34PM / Tuesday, November 28, 2023

The VFW gave out donations to local groups including the Clarksburg Fire Department. See more photos here.  CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9144 played Santa Claus on Sunday (with a little help from the jolly old elf) at the town's tree lighting.    The post handed out nearly $10,000 in donations to worthy organizations.    Santa arrived on a fire truck with the Clarksburg Volunteer Fire Department and was greeted with cheers but a large crowd of children. He helped VFW members Joseph Bushika and Edward Denault in lighting the young tree, which replaced an older permanent tree.   The crowd headed to the pavilion for

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BHS Announces North Adams Regional Hospital Leadership
02:00PM / Tuesday, November 28, 2023
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. Berkshire Health Systems (BHS) has recently announced the newly appointed leadership team of North Adams Regional Hospital (NARH).   Long-time BHS employee Laurie Lamarre, MHA, will lead the team in the role of Vice President of NARH. Lamarre will be joined by fellow members of the NARH leadership team: Senior Director of Clinical Operations Robert Boebert, MBA, BSN RN, Operational Manager of the Emergency Room and Medical/Surgical Inpatient Care Jennifer Dowling, BSN, RN, and Operational Manager for Perioperative Services Lynsey Wilk, DPN, RN.   "I'm thrilled that Laurie, Bob, Jennifer, and Lynsey have accepted these new roles, knowing they are

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Can You Make Charitable Giving Less 'Taxing?'
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:15PM / Tuesday, November 28, 2023
Once again, it's the season of generosity. In addition to considering gifts for your loved ones, you might want to think about charitable gifts as well. But what should you know before making gifts to charities? And what impact might these gifts have on your financial and tax situation?   First, you may want to create a gift budget by deciding just how much you will give to charitable organizations over the rest of the year.   Next, look closely at the groups to whom you wish to contribute. You can find many reputable charities, but some others may be less worthy of your support. One of the red flags of a questionable organization is the amount of money it spends on

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