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Temescal Cuts Ribbon on $20M Cannabis Cultivation Facility
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:24PM / Wednesday, September 14, 2022

A number of local officials and city employees as well as Temescal workers attended the event that included a tour of the facility.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Temescal Wellness is ready to start production in a few weeks and anticipates some "really top-notch weed" available by late fall.    CEO Alex Hardy and Mayor Jennifer Macksey cut the ribbon on the 72,000-square-foot, more than $20 million, state-of-the-art cannabis cultivation facility on Wednesday morning even as National Grid was out back making sure that the power will be there when operations begin.   "We actually were one of the first 10 companies to become fully operational in the

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North Adams Council Hires Clerk, OKs Event Parking Fee
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:36AM / Wednesday, September 14, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council on Tuesday confirmed the hiring of an assistant city clerk, bringing the clerk's office to its full complement for the first time since June.   Tina-Marie Leonesio is an office manager and facilities coordinator at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.   "Tina is the candidate I feel very strongly in," said City Clerk Joshua Vallieres. "She has experience with Pittsfield Housing, MCLA facilities management, worked with data analysis, project planning and has 30-plus years of office work."   Vallieres has been operating with some part-time help for nearly four months, including through the last week's

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Recovery Month Standout Planned in North Adams
01:19PM / Monday, September 12, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Wear purple and bring a sign to recognize Recovery Month on Tuesday at City Hall.    The stand out begins at 6:30 p.m. on the front lawn at City Hall and the Rev. David Anderson of First Baptist Church will give a prayer of remembrance and thanks.    The event is part of an ongoing effort to mourn losses to substance abuse and celebrate those who have overcome it. Recovery Month has been variously honored in North Adams through vigils, speakers and marches over the years.    Mayor Jennifer Macksey will read a proclamation recognizing Recovery Month at Tuesday's City Council meeting.   The standout will be approximately an

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Florida Man Killed in Saturday Motorcycle Crash
05:54PM / Sunday, September 11, 2022
FLORIDA, Mass. — A Florida man was killed in a motorcycle crash Saturday night.    State Police say the 44-year-old man, who was not identified, was operating his 2007 Harley-Davidson in River Road when it crashed at about 8:11.    Troopers from the Cheshire barracks, Florida Fire Department and Northern Berkshire EMS responded and the operator was taken to Berkshire Medical Center's satellite emergency facility in North Adams, where he was pronounced dead.    The driver apparently lost control of the bike; no other vehicle was involved. The crash remains under investigation with assistance from State Police Collision Analysis Reconstruction and Crime

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MCLA Volleyball Splits on Road
MCLA Sports Information,
05:09PM / Saturday, September 10, 2022
NORTHFIELD, Vt.- The MCLA volleyball team Saturday played a tri-match with host Norwich University and the Wentworth Institute of Technology. The Trailblazers took the opener 3-1 over Norwich but were swept by Wentworth 3-0 in the neutral game.   MCLA 3, Norwich 1   MCLA got off to a quick start never trailing in the 1st set, taking it 25-20. The Trailblazers were the beneficiaries of 5 first set service aces from five different players and would also take advantage of seven Cadet attack errors as well as five service errors enroute to the early 1-0 set lead.   The second set was nip and tuck throughout with neither team able to pull away. Eventually it was the efficient and

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King & Arnold Family Grand Marshals for Fall Foliage Parade
03:00PM / Friday, September 09, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Arnolds and the Kings have been selected as grand marshals for the upcoming 66th annual Northern Berkshire Fall Foliage parade presented by 1Berkshire.    The parade will be held in downtown North Adams on Sunday, Oct. 2, at 1 p.m. This year's parade theme is "Holidays on Parade," a celebration of all holidays and festivities throughout the calendar year.   More than 30 years ago, Wayne Arnold began decorating his house on East Main Street with just a few sets of lights on his porch; now that tradition has grown to include thousands of lights. Just as the display has grown, so has the family has grown: now, the fourth generation of

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MCLA Sees Upward Trend in Enrollment, Return to Campus Living
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:02AM / Thursday, September 08, 2022

New Trustees Chair Brenda Burdick speaks about the incoming class of MCLA students.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is hoping an upward trend in enrollment will continue as the fall semester begins this week.    The college's numbers have dipped precipitously over the years. But the latest figures see a slight bump in freshman and transfers, and a return to campus living.   "As with many colleges across the U.S., MCLA's enrollment continues to feel the impact of the pandemic," said President Jamie Birge at Tuesday's convocation breakfast. "We anticipate 260 new students this fall, up from 223. ... This is

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Brown, MCLA Volleyball Win in Five Sets
MCLA Sports Information,
11:23PM / Wednesday, September 07, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- It took five sets and a couple of match points, but the MCLA volleyball team Wednesday held off a gritty Mount Holyoke squad at the Amsler Campus Center 19-25, 25-21, 25-19, 18-25, 17-15.   Tied at 15 all, the Lyons (1-2) used a 10-4 run to close out the first set and jump out to a 1-0 lead. The Trailblazers (3-1) bounced back to take the next two sets, never trailing in the third and finishing on a strong 8-2 run to go ahead 2 sets to 1.   After a pair of Mount Holyoke errors midway through the 4th set, MCLA took a 14-8 lead and was seemingly in control of the set and match. But the Lyons refused to quit catching the Trailblazers at 16-all on a kill by

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Tara Jacobs Wins Nomination for Governor's Council
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:37PM / Wednesday, September 07, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Tara Jacobs is poised to become the first Berkshire County representative on the Governor's Council.    The School Committee member stunned the powers that be with an upset win over three attorneys for the Democratic nomination for the 8th District.    "It's amazing ... It was a nail-biter to the end," said Jacobs after her closest opponent, Michael Fenton, a Springfield city councilor, conceded the race around noon. "I'm riding on a cloud today. I really was the underdog that no one saw coming. I think it upset a lot of expectations on how a race should be run."   She was sitting at 33.1 percent of the vote

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Polling Stations in Berkshire County
11:30AM / Tuesday, September 06, 2022

Polls are open in Massachusetts from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. for state & federal elections, including primaries; municipal election times vary.

Where to vote:

Adams: Memorial Building, Valley Street
Becket: Town Hall, Main Street
Cheshire: Cheshire School cafeteria, 191 Church St. 
Clarksburg: Community Center, Cross Road
Dalton: Community Center, Main Street
Egremont: Fire station, Egremont Plain Road
Florida: Town Office, 379 Mohawk Trail
Great Barrington:

Precincts A, C, D: Fire Station, 37 State Road Precinct B: Housatonic Community Center, Main Street

Hancock: Hancock School, Route 43
Hinsdale: Town Hall, South Street
Lanesborough: Town Hall, 83 North Main St.
Lee:

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Nichols College Men's Soccer Edges MCLA
08:27PM / Sunday, September 04, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The Nichols men's soccer team scored midway through the second half to earn a 1-0 win over MCLA on Sunday.   Hoosac Valley graduate Jacob Richardson had a pair of shots on goal for the Trailblazers, who got eight saves from Mount Greylock grad Sam Edge.   MCLA (1-2) hosts Lesley on Friday.

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Letter: Harrington Deserves Another Term
Letter to the Editor,
07:00PM / Sunday, September 04, 2022

To the Editor:

I'm writing to express my wholehearted endorsement of Andrea Harrington — we have been friends for many years, through thick and thin. I look at the criminal justice system through the lens of our community's most marginalized neighbors. Andrea walks the walk on showing up to make change.

She understands the value of harm reduction better than any other politician I’ve worked with. She has been a champion for keeping drug use in the realm of public health where it belongs. She has focused the arm of justice on where it belongs — domestic violence and murder.

She has faced extremely biased reporting by our local paper of record. It has been

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