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Clarksburg Hoping for MassWorks Grant to Fix Middle Road
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
11:42AM / Thursday, July 28, 2022
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The town's again applied for a MassWorks grant to address the crumbling section of Middle Road.   Town Administrator Carl McKinney told the Select Board on Wednesday that the application for a $1 million grant was submitted prior to July 6 and the town should hear if it's been accepted by the end of August.   The section targeted is just over a mile from River Road to Wood Road and would include repairs, paving, updated guardrails near the state park and some culvert work.    "That's really a tough road," McKinney said.   He anticipated they may need to use "a little bit" of the $400,000 the town has saved in


SteepleCats Win Second Straight
09:09PM / Wednesday, July 27, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Nate Beal allowed two hits in five and one-third innings Wednesday to lead the North Adams SteepleCats to a 3-0 win over Danbury.   With the victory, North Adams (10-30) won two in a row for the first time since June 17.   Gerry Peacock struck out one in a perfect ninth inning to earn the save.   Cedric Rose went 2-for-3, and Ryan Galanie drove in a pair of runs to lead the SteepleCats' offense.   North Adams finishes a home-and-home series against the Westerners in Danbury on Friday night.


Tribute to Fallen Soliders Honors Michael DeMarsico II
By Brian Rhodes, iBerkshires Staff
05:37PM / Wednesday, July 27, 2022

The family was also able to write a message on an American flag, which the group will put on display at Arlington National Cemetery at the end of the ride.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Police Department escorted Tribute to Fallen Soldiers Northwest, which travels across the country to honor veterans, to Southview Cemetery on Wednesday morning in memory of Army Spc. Michael R. DeMarsico II.


"It was Michael's dream to serve his country and he did it admirably," said Warren Williamson, executive director for group. "He was extremely proud to wear the uniform of the United States Army ... We as everyday Americans will always be grateful for your fallen hero's


Letter: Letter Writer Has Confidence in Restaurant Architect
Letter to the Editor,
05:00PM / Wednesday, July 27, 2022

To the Editor:

In your article, "Porches Inn Gets OK to Proceed With River Street Demolition, New Restaurant," I was pleased to see that the project will be designed by the firm MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple, a Canadian firm.

I have crossed paths with Brian MacKay-Lyons over a period of more than 40 years. His award-winning work has consistently been of the highest quality and especially responsive to its setting. I have complete confidence that the Porches is doing North Adams a great service.


Howard Itzkowitz

Architect (retired), Professor Emeritus, Southern Polytechnic State University





Mohawk Theater Fails to Attract Bidders
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:23PM / Wednesday, July 27, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Mohawk Theater failed to attract even a single bid in this last request for proposals.    Bids were initially due on July 1 but then extended to Tuesday, July 26. The RFP, the third for the 1938 moviehouse, has been issued in early June and an open house attracted a handful interested bidders.   "We're not totally discouraged," Mayor Jennifer Macksey told the City Council on Tuesday. "We're a little disappointed, but we're going to take a pulse on the people who did our tours and try to figure out why there weren't any applicants."   She speculated it might have been the asking price of $100,000 for what

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Take Steps Towards Financial Freedom
Submitted by Edward Jones,
08:30AM / Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Next week, we observe Independence Day, an opportunity to celebrate all the liberties we enjoy in this country. Of course, there are different types of freedoms – such as financial freedom, which can open the doors to many other opportunities. What steps can you take to gain your financial independence?

Here are a few suggestions:

Save, invest … and repeat. There’s really no shortcut to achieving financial freedom – you do have to save and invest for many years. And that means you should take full advantage of the opportunities available to you. If you have a 401(k) or similar retirement plan at work, try to put in as much as you can afford each year, and when


North Adams Council Appoints New City Clerk After Lengthy Debate
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:03AM / Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Vallieres, of North Adams, graduated from MCLA in the spring and won a seat on the School Committee last fall. He was hired as assistant clerk in May and became acting clerk on the departure of Marcus Lyon in mid-June.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city's third city clerk this year and the fifth in four years was sworn in on Tuesday.   Joshua Vallieres, who has been holding down the city clerk's office alone for more than a month, was promoted from assistant for a term to end on Jan. 28, 2025.   But his appointment wasn't unanimous, with two councilors objecting to his hiring and recommending reposting the position and another accusing them of putting up


Rose Homers in SteepleCats' Road Win
11:10PM / Tuesday, July 26, 2022
HOLYOKE, Mass. -- Cedric Rose went 2-for-4 with a home run and five RBIs Tuesday to lead the North Adams SteepleCats to a 16-5 win over the Valley Blue Sox in New England Collegiate Baseball League action.   The Taconic High graduate belted his sixth home run of the summer to drive in three runs in the seventh inning.   Brady Mutz went 3-for-6 with a triple and four RBIs in North Adams' 15-hit attack.   Randy Reyes earned the win on the mound, striking out six and allowing two runs in five innings.   North Adams (9-30) hosts Danbury on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Joe Wolfe Field.


Thunder 10U Team Edges Berkshire Force in Summer League Semis
By Stephen Dravis, Sports
09:27PM / Tuesday, July 26, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. – The Greylock Thunder 10-and-under softball team Tuesday outlasted the Berkshire Force for a 25-24 win in the semi-finals of the Berkshire County Softball playoffs at Alcombright Field.   Maliyah Todd came home on a pitch that got to the backstop in the bottom of the fourth to complete a nine-run rally that sent the Thunder into the championship round of the summer travel league’s season-ending tournament.   The Thunder Wednesday will visit the top-seeded Adams-Cheshire-Savoy Swat to decide the league crown.   Tuesday’s semi-final featured patience at the plate and opportunistic base-running as the teams combined for more than 40 walks


Porches Inn Gets OK to Proceed With River Street Demolition, New Restaurant
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:19PM / Tuesday, July 26, 2022

An illustration of the proposed restaurant on River Street. It was been approved by the Planning Board and ZBA. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A proposed new restaurant building on River Street is set to move forward after getting final approvals last week.    The project by Berkshire Hill Development Corp., parent company of Porches inn, had already been approved by the Planning Board in June. It received permits and variances (largely dealing with parking) from the Zoning Board of Appeals on Monday and the OK to demolish a building, reluctantly, from the Historical Commission on Friday.    Commissioners had initially opposed the demolition of 273-275 River St. to


SteepleCats Blanked on Road
09:31PM / Monday, July 25, 2022
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt. -- Clay Stearns went 2-for-3 with a triple and three RBIs Monday to lead the Upper Valley Nighthawks to an 8-0 win over the North Adams SteepleCats in New England Collegiate Baseball League action.   Chris Lotito went five innings to earn the win on the mound, striking out five, and teamed with two other Upper Valley pitchers on a three-hitter.   North Adams (8-30) travels to Holyoke on Tuesday to face the Valley Blue Sox.


Canales Family Generations Unite for Special Moment at La Festa Baseball Exchange
By Stephen Dravis, Sports
09:48AM / Sunday, July 24, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. – After more than three decades organizing the La Festa Baseball exchange, George Canales knows the event as well as anyone.   But he did not see this moment coming.   “They kept it a surprise on me,” Canales said. “I didn’t know about it.”   It was the moment during Saturday’s pregame ceremonies at Joe Wolfe Field when Canales was called onto the field to throw out one of the ceremonial first pitches to his grandson Brayden, the starting third baseman on the North Adams team.   Saturday marked the 31st time that a team of North County ballplayers has taken the field against a squad from Boston’s North


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