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News and events in North Adams, Mass.

Storm Bringing Upwards of Foot of Snow Over the Region
04:49PM / Sunday, January 22, 2023
Another storm moving through the region could mean up to a foot of snow over North Berkshire and the hilltowns through Monday.    The National Weather Service in Albany, N.Y., is forecasting anywhere from 2 to 8 inches across Berkshire County, eastern New York and Southern Vermont. Heavy bands of snow beginning around 4 p.m. are expected to drop 6 to 12 inches over Northern Berkshire.   Snowfall rates may reach a half inch up to one inch per hour at times this evening and tonight.   The NWS has issued a winter storm warning for Northern Berkshire and Southern Vermont and an advisory for Pittsfield south through Monday at 1 p.m.   Pittsfield declared a snow emergency

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Adams Community Bank Donates to Local Nonprofits
04:04PM / Sunday, January 22, 2023
ADAMS, Mass. — Adams Community Bank (ACB) ended 2022 with a donation of $75,000  to local food pantries, food banks, and fuel assistance programs.   ACB's Senior Vice President of Communications and Community Engagement Maureen Baran presented donations to several Berkshire County nonprofits.   Adams Community Bank began its December donation efforts by presenting BCAC's Fuel Assistance program with a $50,000 donation. This program is part of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), a federally funded program to help low-income households with their energy costs. The program runs from Nov. 1 to April 30 each year and covers the cost of various

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Adams' Mount Royal Inn Still Waiting on License
By Brian Rhodes, iBerkshires Staff
12:52PM / Sunday, January 22, 2023

ADAMS, Mass. — After extensive debate of the issue at its last several meetings, the town is still waiting to approve an inn holder license for the Mount Royal Inn. 

 

The board is waiting on a final inspection for the motel after discussing it again on Wednesday. Building Commissioner Gerald Garner said the building had been vacated, pending that inspection.  

 

"Once I do my final inspection, I can sign off, and we'll be OK. Mr. Bokhari is working with me, I just have not received any calls for inspection," he said. 

 

Among the issues Garner said he still has to check is the building's smoke detectors, as well as the repair

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1.5 Million Meals Donated to Food Banks from Big Y
08:00AM / Sunday, January 22, 2023
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Big Y's annual Sack Hunger campaign provides funds for the four food banks within their 2 state marketing area.    In turn, these food banks support local soup kitchens, food pantries, senior food programs, daycare centers and many others of the 2,100 member agencies that they help every day. Their goal is to maximize access to nutritious food and other resources that support food security for those at risk of hunger.   For $5, customers supported Sack Hunger at Big Y's 72 supermarkets or Table & Vine Fine Wines and Liquors. Every $5 donation brings 10 meals to those in need of support.   Big Y's Sack Hunger campaign started in

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County First Responders Receive ASHER Training
By Brian Rhodes, iBerkshires Staff
07:04AM / Sunday, January 22, 2023

More than 200 first responders attended Saturday's training. 

ADAMS, Mass. — Emergency responders and officials from across the county came to the former Memorial School building Saturday morning to participate in active shooter and hostile event response (ASHER) training.

More than 200 responders received training by Emergency Response Consultants in the last two weeks to prepare for the day's seven-hour session. Members of police, fire and ambulance agencies from North Adams, Adams, Williamstown, New Ashford, Savoy, Williams College and Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts were in attendance.

Amalio Jusino of the Berkshire Regional Emergency Planning Committee,

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Worcester State Tops MCLA Women, Men
05:48PM / Saturday, January 21, 2023
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Aaron Nkrumah scored 20 points Saturday to lead the Worcester State men's basketball team to a 76-56 win over MCLA.   Noah Yearlsey scored 11 points, and Mamadou Diallo had eight points and nine rebounds to lead MCLA (6-9, 2-3 MASCAC), which goes to Bridgewater State on Wednesday.   Women's Basketball NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Katie Hurynowicz scored 17 points to lead Worcester State to a 78-33 win over MCLA.   Ashlyn Bill came off the bench to score nine points and lead MCLA (3-14, 0-5), which goes to Bridgewater State on Wednesday.

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Sledding Destinations in Berkshire County
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
09:48AM / Saturday, January 21, 2023

There's snow this weekend! It might be slushy but there's enough to pull out those sleds you got over the holidays. Head for the hills before it disappears again. Here is our list of sledding destinations: 

  Clapp Park Pittsfield   Every year Berkshire County residents can be seen flocking to Clapp Park, sleds in hand, to experience the thrill of sliding down the hill.    It’s no surprise children drift to this park in the winter and many can be seen sliding down the hill with cardboard during the other seasons.    The packing snow adds the perfect amount of slippery to slide down the bumpy hill and the right amount of soft to catch riders

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2nd Street Secures Additional Office Space in North Adams
06:03PM / Friday, January 20, 2023
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — 2nd Street, an organization supporting formerly incarcerated men and women in Berkshire County, has partnered with Community Legal Aid (CLA) to open additional office space in North Adams.    Located at 33 Main Street, North Adams, the office suite will be shared with CLA, which currently uses the space as a satellite office.   Beginning Feb. 1, 2023, 2nd Street will meet with clients by appointment only. Clients wishing to schedule an appointment may call (413) 443-7220, ext. 1275.   The intent behind offering space beyond the Pittsfield office is to bring services closer to where clients live, explained Jason Cuyler, 2nd Street Executive

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Adams Officials Conflicted on Future of Coal and Grain Building
By Brian Rhodes, iBerkshires Staff
12:45PM / Friday, January 20, 2023

ADAMS, Mass. — The Board of Selectmen and town staff are conflicted on what to do with the coal and grain building off Columbia Street that will need significant funding for restoration.

 

Community Development Director Eammon Coughlin came before the board on Wednesday to discuss the cost associated with a restoration. He said design work for stabilizing the building at 1 Cook St. would cost about $100,000, and going through with a stabilization project would cost significantly more. 

 

"The architect's current estimate for, essentially, just stabilizing the highest portion of the tower, the grain tower itself, is currently at around $700,000. And if we want

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Lee Bank Foundation Distributes Final Grant Funding Round of 2022
10:41AM / Friday, January 20, 2023
LEE, Mass. — Lee Bank Foundation has awarded $45,670 to ten Berkshire area organizations for their fourth-round of 2022 community funding.   Recipients were awarded grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 to support their local programming. Included in the awards are a series of Arts Access Grants for arts and culture organizations to expand access to programming for underserved audiences.   The following organizations received funding from Lee Bank Foundation: 18 Degrees Berkshire Community Action Council Berkshire County Head Start Berkshire Grown Berkshire Immigrant Center Berkshire Pulse Business Professionals of America, Massachusetts Association Extra

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Healey Makes Trip to Greylock Works to Announce $987M Bond Bill
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:02PM / Thursday, January 19, 2023
 
Mayor Jennifer Macksey introduces the governor. With her are state Rep. John Barrett III, left, state Sen. Paul Mark, Lt. Gov. Kim Driscoll and Housing and Economic Development Secretary Yvonne Hao.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The redevelopment of the massive Greylock mill into retail, artisan and living space has been boosted by millions in state and federal funding.    And it was at Greylock Works, that Gov. Maura Healey chose to announce one of her first priorities — the filing of a $987 million bond authorization targeting housing and economic development.    "We're here at Greylock Works because it's a prime example of the

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Incoming Storm to Bring Snow And Ice to the Berkshires
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12:13PM / Thursday, January 19, 2023
The National Weather Service has declared a winter weather advisory for Berkshire County beginning Thursday, Jan. 19, from 11 am to Friday, Jan. 20, at 7 pm.   Accuweather predicts that snow should begin around 5 pm on Thursday, and it will continue throughout the day Saturday. Snow is predicted to continue through the weekend into Monday, Jan. 23.   Expect mixed precipitation with a total snow accumulation of 3 to 7 inches. Ice accumulation could be up to an inch.   Plan for slippery roads and hazardous conditions.   The state Department of Transportation has issued a winter storm advisory advising motorists to practice caution.   Drivers should allow extra travel

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