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MSBA Board Shifts Greylock School Project into Funding Phase
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
12:35PM / Wednesday, June 26, 2024
 NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The $65 million Greylock Elementary School project has moved another step forward with the Massachusetts School Building Authority's vote to enter into a funding agreement.   The MSBA Board of Directors, meeting remotely on Wednesday morning, unanimously authorized the executive director to enter into budget and funding agreements for facilities grants totaling $177,280,778 for North Adams, Agawam and Berkley.   The estimated cost for a new Greylock School is $65,362,859 with a maximum grant estimated at $41,557,218. This final figure was voted by the School Building Committee last week.    This agreement is dependent on the local

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North Adams Council Passes Years-Long Ordinance Project
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:47AM / Wednesday, June 26, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — It took years but the City Council on Tuesday night was successful in removing fees and fines from the city code and packaging them in a single appended document.   The ordinance changes also included updating fees, some of which have not changed in years, were varied within the city code or out of line with state laws.     Finance Committee Chair Keith Bona had described it previously as one of the biggest ordinance projects undertaken in years and one that pulled in officials across departments and required new language to comply with long-changed state laws.   "The papers that are in front of you tonight have been through

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Planned Electrical Interruptions Set in North Adams
07:45PM / Tuesday, June 25, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Certain areas of the downtown will have power interruptions overnight Tuesday so National Grid crews can work on the electrical system.    According to the utility, the interruptions will occur for approximately 8 hours, beginning at 10 p.m. on Tuesday until approximately 6 a.m. on Wednesday.    "We regret any inconvenience this may cause and recognize our customers are spending more time at home, but this work is necessary for the company to continue to deliver safe and reliable service to you and your neighbors," stated an announcement by National Grid.    The streets affected include: American Legion Drive from 0 to

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What to know before 'reversing' your retirement
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:24PM / Tuesday, June 25, 2024
If you've retired, you may have thought you closed the book on one chapter of your life. But what happens if you need to "reverse" your retirement?   Due to higher inflation and rising interest rates, many retirees are taking out more money from their retirement accounts than they had originally anticipated. As a result, some are headed back to the workforce. If you're thinking of joining them, you'll need to consider some factors that may affect your finances.   First, if you've been taking Social Security, be aware that you could lose some of your benefits if you earn over a certain level, at least until you reach your full retirement age, which is

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Grand Slam Highlights Home Win for SteepleCats
10:55AM / Tuesday, June 25, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Nathan Voss hit a third-inning grand slam on Monday to lead the North Adams SteepleCats to a 6-3 win over the Upper Valley Nighthawks at Joe Wolfe Field.   Jake Kulikowski went 3-for-4 with a triple, and Luke Mistone went 2-for-3 for North Adams.   J.D. Greeley earned the win on the mound with two innings of scoreless relief. The SteepleCats used five pitchers in the win.   North Adams (6-8) host Bristol, Conn., on Tuesday.

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Garceau Earns All-America Honors at UMass Boston
iBerkshires.com Sports,
06:08AM / Monday, June 24, 2024
Wahconah Regional High School graduate and UMass Boston sophomore Aryianna Garceau earned all-America honors in the 100-meter hurdles at May's NCAA Division III Championships.   Garceau took sixth in the finals with a time of 14.05 seconds after qualifying for the finals with a time of 13.97, which broke a 35-year school record.   In earning all-America honors, Garceau became the 20th Beacon to achieve that honor and the first since 2018.   Earlier in May, Garceau was named to the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Association's all-Region team. Garceau was second in the 100 hurdles at the Division III New England Championships and helped UMass Boston to a

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SteepleCats Fall at Holyoke
04:42PM / Sunday, June 23, 2024
HOLYOKE, Mass. -- Logan Hugo went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI Sunday to lead the Valley Blue Sox to a 6-2 win over the North Adams SteepleCats in New England Collegiate Baseball League action.   Luke Mistone went 3-for-5, and David McCann and Antonio Morales each had a pair of hits for the SteepleCats.   North Adams (5-8) hosts the Upper Valley Nighthawks on Monday.

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North Berkshire Veterans Enjoy Summer Barbecue
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
01:34PM / Sunday, June 23, 2024

The picnic includes food, beverages and gift cards and bags for local veterans and their families. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Friends, family, community organizers and leaders, and veterans from multiple generations gathered under the Greylock Club pavilion on Friday for the Veterans Summer Barbecue.    Even the nearly 90-degree heat didn't stop more than 50 people from attending the event to support the community's veterans and hear their stories.    "As we're here talking, you can hear the noise of people chatting. Sometimes, you go to these things, and it's a silent room. It's one way to beat the heat, for sure," Mitchell Keil,

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Greylock Thunder Drops Pair at Conn. Tourney
iBerkshires.com Sports,
01:42PM / Saturday, June 22, 2024
WINDSOR, Conn. -- The Greylock Thunder 14-and-under travel softball team went 0-2 on the second day of the Fastpitch Nation Cup tournament on Saturday, dropping games by scores of 4-0 and 10-0.   Against the Evolution of West Boylston, Mass., Marlee Arnhold struck out seven and allowed just two earned runs in a 4-0 loss.   Alana Olmedo and Kenadi Arnhold each had a hit for the Thunder.

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Sweet 16: Raumunto's Goes Undefeated, Wins League Title
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
01:29PM / Saturday, June 22, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. – The Northern Berkshire Youth Baseball League champions Saturday gave out two game balls after the title game.   One to the starting pitcher who threw 86 pitches in 5 and a third innings, striking out six and retiring the side in order three times.   And one to the guy who needed just one pitch to get the last two outs and earn the save.   Landon Garner nearly went the distance on the hill but welcomed an assist from Benny Tatro in a 7-4 win over Rotary that gave Ramunto’s Pizza a 16-0 record and an NYBYL Championship on Fallon Field.   Tatro also had a two-run single in a five-hit attack for Ramunto’s, which used a couple of web

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Blue Sox Hold Off SteepleCats in Ninth
10:47PM / Friday, June 21, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The North Adams SteepleCats scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth, but the Valley Blue Sox held on for a 7-5 win at Joe Wolfe Field in New England Collegiate Baseball League action on Friday.   Andrew Estrella went 2-for-5 with a home run and a double in an 11-hit attack for the visitors.   Darin Kuskie struck out four and allowed one run in five innings of work to earn the win on the mound.   For the SteepleCats, Monument Mountain graduate Jayder Raifstanger and Mount Greylock grad Derek Paris each doubled and drove in a run.   Taconic alum Sam Sherman went 2-for-3 and scored a pair of runs for North Adams.   And Pittsfield High grad Cam

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Drury High's Myers Named North Adams Teacher of the Year
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:35PM / Friday, June 21, 2024

Donna Myers started at Drury as a student teacher before joining the history department full time in 1998. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Drury High school year culminated on June 7 with an end-of-the-semester showcase, the presentation awards and the naming of this year's Marion B. Kelley Teacher of the Year.   Donna Myers, sitting in the front row of the auditorium, was shocked when her named was called to applause and cheers.   Superintendent Barbara Malkas described her as the epitome of the Teacher of the Year award, named for the principal of the former Sarah Haskins and Johnson schools who worked in the public schools for a total of 40 years (with a nine-year gap

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