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Early Hairstreak Brings Eureka Moments
By Tor Hansen, iBerkshires columnist
06:05PM / Sunday, September 04, 2022

Dr. Kim Plofkin holds the paints while Susan Beckhardt paints in her sketch book on Mount Greylock. At right, an early hairstreak imbibing moisture from muddy trail at Stoney Ledge      To find an evasive early hairstreak takes some planning and alert eyes willing to scan the trail out to Stoney Ledge, a lengthy hike on the extended slopes of Mount Greylock.   By no means abundant throughout New England, this tiny butterfly is no larger than one's two thumbnails, and blends in with pebbles and stones that litter the trail. When they are roosting with wings folded, look for a pretty turquoise blue accented with small orange spots. The only


Cardinals Honor Koperniak
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04:45PM / Sunday, September 04, 2022
ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- The St. Louis Cardinals announced Sunday their selections for Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Month for August, with Springfield Cardinals (AA) outfielder Matt Koperniak and Palm Beach Cardinals (A) right-handed reliever Andrew Marrero receiving the honors.   Koperniak, 24, led all qualified Cardinals minor leaguers with a .371 average (33-for-89), a 1.091 OPS and ranked first for the month in hits, home runs (six), RBIs (22), extra-base hits (13) and total bases (60) across 22 games.   The Hoosac Valley High School graduate became the third player in Springfield’s history to hit for the cycle, while tying a career-high with four RBIs on Aug. 9


MCLA Volleyball Takes First Loss on Road
08:53PM / Saturday, September 03, 2022
CAZENOVIA, N.Y. --Chloie Garber recorded 17 kills for the MCLA volleyball team on Saturday in a four-set loss to Alfred State.   Shannon O'Brien had 23 assists for the Trailblazers in the 18-25, 25-22, 25-19, 25-12 decision.   MCLA (1-1) hosts Mount Holyoke on Wednesday.   Women's Soccer NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Emmanuel scored seven times in the second half to take a 10-0 win over MCLA.   Jillian Currier stopped 13 shots for the Trailblazers (0-2), who go to Russell Sage on Saturday.   Men's Soccer NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Eastern Nazarene scored twice in the second half en route to a 2-0 win over MCLA.   Sam Edge made six saves for MCLA (1-1), which


Berkshire Adventures Guild Opens in North Adams
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
06:36AM / Saturday, September 03, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The community welcomed a new hobby game store, Berkshire Adventures Guild, to Eagle Street on Friday morning.   The hobby that was once limited to tabletops has grown in popularity over the years due to the increased accessibility digital platforms like YouTube and Twitch have provided.   "I think it's exposure. I think in general, there's been a nerd culture is chic, and has been for 15 to 20 years now. So that's a big part of it is that gaming is part of your culture and your culture is acceptable,"  owner Christopher Schroeder said.   "A lot of that is driven by online and not just YouTube. But people being able to

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Weekend Outlook: Artwalks, Concerts, and More.
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
10:46AM / Friday, September 02, 2022
Berkshire County and areas surrounding are hosting a variety of events this warm Labor Day Weekend, including artwalks, concerts, ghost tours, and more   FIRST Friday Community Picnic on Eagle Street Eagle Street, North Adams    Historic Eagle Street will be closed to traffic from 5 to 9 on Friday for music, food and events.    Beer and wine will be served by Desperado's Mexican Restaurant on the sidewalk next to the Eagle Street parklet, galleries and businesses will be open late, and DJ DUBTC will be spinning tunes all night. The evening will also launch and digital and physical scavenger hunt that will run through First Friday in October.    The


First Friday Features Light & Sound Art in Former Bank
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
05:47PM / Thursday, September 01, 2022

'Exponential' is comprised of 2,400 pixel ball lights that are choreographed to sound.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A new installation to open at 90 Main St. during First Friday seeks to bring new life to a former bank building.   This light and sound installation, "Exponential," will be on view this fall and winter in an effort to think about the future of the space and contribute to the atmosphere of the city's downtown, said architect and designer Karla Rothstein.   "'Exponential' is both a mathematical function of positive change — it's about things becoming more or, and happening more rapidly — and it's


Defendants in Delacruz-Batista, Tatro Homicides Arraigned
04:42PM / Thursday, September 01, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Superior Court on Monday arraigned the third of four defendants charged with murder in the homicide of Reymon Delacruz-Batista.   Naquan Miller, 43, faces charges of murder, armed kidnapping with serious bodily injury, accessory before the fact, accessory after the fact, and description of documents and objects. The court ordered that Miller be held without the right to bail.   He is one of four co-defendants, all of whom are currently detained without the right to bail and charged with murder in the case.    The court has also arraigned:   • Jamel Nicholson on Aug. 16 on charges of murder, armed kidnapping with serious


North Adams Students Return to School with Minimal COVID Restrictions
By Brian Rhodes, iBerkshires Staff
03:49PM / Wednesday, August 31, 2022

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Students in the North Adams Public Schools return to classes this week with minimal COVID-19 restrictions in place, as the district continues to follow public health guidance on the virus.  

Superintendent Barbara Malkas said students will only be required to wear a mask when in the nurse's office or when returning from COVID-19 quarantine. K-through-8th-grade students returned to classes on Tuesday while Drury High School students began on Wednesday.   "Right now, both DESE and the Department of Public Health, in keeping with the guidance from the CDC, is recommending vaccination as a primary personal mitigation strategy," Malkas


District Attorney Candidates Meet in Final Debate
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
05:50PM / Tuesday, August 30, 2022
LENOX, Mass. — With one week to go until the Democratic primary, incumbent Andrea Harrington and challenger Timothy Shugrue participated in the final debate for Berkshire County district attorney at The Mount on Tuesday.    Berkshire Democratic Brigades sponsored the debate and BDB Chair Michael Wise moderated.   Shugrue began by arguing that he has more experience as a former assistant district attorney and 36 years of experience as a prosecutor and defense attorney. He described himself as a "smart progressive ... who advocates for and actually achieves progress."    He said he wants to hold people accountable for breaking the law and argued that


Images Released of Suspect in Lynn Burdick's Disappearance
01:05PM / Tuesday, August 30, 2022

The artist was working off a sketch of a man who attempted to grab a woman  in Williamstown less than an hour before Burdick went missing.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Law enforcement has renewed its search for a suspect in the 1982 disappearance of Lynn Burdick from the town of Florida.   The Berkshire District Attorney's Office and the State Police Berkshire Detective Unit are releasing a new forensic sketch and four age-progressed variations of a suspect.   State Police began investigating the disappearance of then 18-year-old Burdick on April 17, 1982, when she went missing at some point between 8 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. while working alone at the Barefoot

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Fall Foliage 5K, Berkshire Half Marathon Set for Oct. 8-9
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10:24AM / Monday, August 29, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- One finisher of the inaugural Berkshire Half Marathon will win a  brand new 2023 Subaru.   The half marathon will be part of a two-race weekend that kicks off with the first Fall Foliage 5K on Saturday, Oct. 8. The 13.1-mile race will be Sunday.   Berkshire Running Center owners Kent and Shiobbean Lemme; Race Directors of the MountainOne Steel Rail Races; have once again brought another weekend of running events to the Berkshires and the newly expanded Ashuwillticook Rail Trail.     The event is co-sponsored by Haddad Subaru, MountainOne, John’s Ace Hardware and UNICO. The races will be newly structured renditions of the


Warren Sees Urgency for North Adams Flood Control Repair, Restoration
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:26PM / Friday, August 26, 2022

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren meets with local officials and Hoosic River Revival representatives at City Hall.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren got a closeup view the "concrete scar" that runs through the center of North Adams. After standing in the rain to observe the collapsed panel at Willow Dell, she said she understood the need repairing or replacing the 70-year-old flood chutes.    That will likely need Congress to "nudge" the Army Corps of Engineers, the senator said on Friday.   "I really appreciate the mayor and rep, and senator emphasizing the urgency of getting a plan in place that will make the Hoosic River


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