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Drury High School Honor Roll
08:00AM / Monday, March 11, 2024
Drury High School's honor roll for the second 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 Cohn, Anthony Isaac Lee Herrmann, Rachael Lyn Klein, Mackenzie Elizabeth Liang, Jessalyn NMN Merrick, Abigail Rose Miksic, Ferris Alastair Mongeon, Kaitlyn Emily Moresi, Melanie Sage Patenaude, Olivia Marie Wood, Michelle Lynne Worthington, Chandler David   Honors Beagle, Jasmine Jade Brulé, Grace Margaret Ciempa, Tatum Leigh Dukes, Mearra Renee Goodermote, Elijah Bowen Hurlbut-Morgan, Emma Jo Kerkhoff, Elise Marie Kingsley, Hailey Patricia Kozik,

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Veteran Spotlight: Army Spc. Robert Dutra
By Wayne Soares, Special to iBerkshires
04:48PM / Sunday, March 10, 2024
FALMOUTH, Mass. — Robert Dutra served his country in the Army in the Vietnam War as a specialist E-4.    He would do a 10-month tour as a combat soldier, from February to December of 1969.    A graduate of Lawrence High School, he initially joined the Army National Guard. His basic training would take him to Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.    "It was OK, I was 18. I didn't have anything. I was young, in shape and got to meet a few people," he recalled.    While at Fort Leonard Wood, he would also be assigned to four months of Advanced Infantry Training then sent to Fort Benning (now Fort Moore), Ga., and then, overseas to Vietnam at the end

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MCLA Baseball, Softball Fall on Florida Trip
08:13PM / Saturday, March 09, 2024
NAPLES, Fla. -- Hoosac Valley graduate Abby Bird drove in a pair of runs for MCLA Saturday in a 4-2 loss to St. Joseph of Connecticut.   MCLA's Lora Woyton went 5-2/3 innings in the circule, striking out five and allowing no runs.   Earlier in the day, MCLA dropped a 6-2 decision to Western Connecticut.   Ella Staffier went 2-for-3 with a double, and Sarah Williams went seven innings in the circle.   The Trailblaazers (0-2) plays Alfred State and the University of Pittsburgh-Bradford on Sunday.   Baseball SANFORD, Fla. -- Ty Mazzeo went 2-for-3 for MCLA in a 9-6 loss to Maine-Farmington.   MCLA (2-3) plays Webster on Monday.

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Daniel Pearl Scholarship Open for Applications
08:00AM / Friday, March 08, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Applications are available for the 22nd annual Daniel Pearl Berkshire Scholarship.    The $2,000 award is given in memory of Daniel Pearl, the Wall Street Journal reporter kidnapped and killed in Pakistan early in 2002. Pearl earlier worked in the Berkshires at The North Adams Transcript and The Berkshire Eagle.   While Pearl's career was in journalism, he was also a gifted musician, trained as a classical violinist. He played guitar and mandolin as well, and while living in the Berkshires he performed in a bluegrass band. For this reason, the award is given to a student who intends to study and pursue a career in either journalism or

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North Adams Hospital's Revamped 2 North Welcomes Community
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:40AM / Friday, March 08, 2024

BHS President Darlene Rodowicz, left, and Lou Ann Quinn, nursing director of surgical services, the 'face of NARH.' NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The community turned out in force on Thursday night to see the changes made for the rebirth of North Adams Regional Hospital.    "Absolutely beautiful. Absolutely beautiful. We've needed it for a long time. I'm happy to see it here," said Patricia Clairmont of Adams. "We used this hospital a lot for our X-rays and things like that."   Clairmont, who grew up on North Adams, was born in the "old" hospital and her children in this one.    Her comments were echoed throughout 2

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North Adams Finance Committee Finalizing New Fee Schedule
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:02PM / Thursday, March 07, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Finance Committee is hoping to finally complete a years-long effort to consolidate and update fees and fines that have been scattered throughout the city's ordinances.    Department heads have been consulted and ordinances scoured to pull out fees and list them in an appendix. This will allow the amounts to be updated without having to change an ordinance and will clarify the correct fee when in some cases it was not updated or found in more than one place in the ordinances.   "This is probably in the 30 years I've sat on council, definitely this is the biggest ordinance project the council has worked on," said Chair Keith

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Weekend Outlook: Maple Sugaring Season, Live Music, and More
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
11:32AM / Thursday, March 07, 2024
There are a variety of events this weekend in the Berkshires including a sugaring season celebration, International Women's Day community celebration dinner, live music, and more.    Editor's Pick    Maple Sugaring Season Celebration Holiday Brook Farm, Dalton Time: Sunday, 9:30 to 11 a.m.    Berkshire Natural Resources Council and Berkshire Family Hikes will be celebrating maple sugaring season at Holiday Brook Farm.    The family-friendly event will include a short hike on the farm, activities, and an opportunity to visit the farm’s animals, including emus. At the end of the event families will bring home a maple sugar

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NAHA Chosen for Apartment Wi-Fi Program
10:43AM / Thursday, March 07, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The North Adams Housing Authority (NAHA) announced that it has been selected as a recipient of funds for the Apartment Wi-Fi Program.    This initiative aims to enhance digital equity and connectivity for residents, ensuring that everyone has equal access to high-quality internet services.   The Apartment Wi-Fi Program is a collaborative effort by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) and the Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI).  It is funded by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), and covers equipment purchases, project logistics assistance, and procurement support to construct Wi-Fi networks within the residential communities. It

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Public Encouraged to Nominate a Crossing Guard to be Honored
10:51AM / Wednesday, March 06, 2024

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), through its Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program, is encouraging the public to nominate a crossing guard for recognition for the 2024 Crossing Guard Appreciation Campaign. 

The campaign begins with a Crossing Guard of the Year nomination period, followed by Crossing Guard Appreciation Day on March 20, 2024, and culminates with announcing the Crossing Guard of the Year award winner(s). The winner(s) will also be recognized at the Annual Safe Routes to School Awards Ceremony in June. The overall goal is to draw attention to and honor the hard work of Crossing Guards across Massachusetts and to recognize those

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North Adams Schools Plan Forum on Grade Configuration
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:38AM / Wednesday, March 06, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — School officials are planning a forum for parents on the proposed accelerated reconfiguration of the grades in the elementary schools.    The School Department is looking at a $2.2 million deficit in the fiscal 2025 budget, driven largely by contractual obligations, out-of-district special education and the loss of of federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief funds provided during the pandemic.    "Both [Business Administrator Nancy Rauscher] and I have been participating in a number of state level meetings regarding the governor's budget because our state aid is determined through the governor's budget,"

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Emergency Demo Called for Collapsing North Adams Building
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
11:33PM / Tuesday, March 05, 2024

Firefighters were called to the rear of 19 Eagle after calls about bricks falling from the building.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — By the end of the Wednesday, Moderne Studios may be just a memory.    The rear of the three-story brick building collapsed Tuesday night and officials have deemed it a public hazard that needed an emergency demolition.    "We're very sad that the back of the Moderne Studio building has fallen down despite our efforts to work with the landlord," said Mayor Jennifer Macksey. "I think we're beyond that. Hopefully, by tomorrow morning, he will secure a demo company or we will."   The building at 19 Eagle

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Mass MoCA Workers Announce March 6 Strike
04:48PM / Tuesday, March 05, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass — Unionized employees at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art say they will go on strike starting Wednesday, March 6, if no agreement on wages is reached by then.   Employees will begin picketing the museum starting 8 a.m. and will picket daily until an agreement is reached.     The employees' union, part of Local 2110 UAW, was formed in April 2021. After a one-day strike in August 2022, employees reached an agreement on a first contract that allowed them to re-open the agreement the following October to negotiate further wage increases. Negotiations on the wage reopener have been ongoing for four months but no agreement has been

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