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McCann Tech Hires New Football Coach
02:59PM / Tuesday, June 11, 2024
NORTH ADAMS,  Mass. — McCann Technical School announced that they have appointed new football Jon Rochelo.
"As a former player of mine in high school, basketball, I'm excited to see Jon returning to the school in a coaching role," said Principal Justin Kratz. "I think he's got the right mindset and perspective to work well with our players and am really looking forward to seeing him on the sidelines.  I know he's invested in the school and seeing the program succeed."  
Rochelo takes over for former coach John LeClair
Rochelo, a McCann graduate and football player, graduated in 2007 and earned All Berkshire honors in 2004,

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MountainOne Donates $10K to Berkshire Community Action Council
08:00AM / Tuesday, June 11, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — MountainOne announced that it has donated $10,000 to the Berkshire Community Action Council (BCAC) as part of its 2024 Community Dividend Program.
The BCAC is a non-profit human service organization that assists low-income residents of Berkshire County towards achieving sustainability and self-sufficiency. Working with the community to find solutions that promote economic stability and alleviate the destabilizing effects of poverty for those in Berkshire County, the BCAC has had "self-sufficiency and dignity for all" as its vision since incorporating in 1966.
MountainOne's donation is earmarked specifically for the BCAC's Warm Winter

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North Adams Planners OK Starbucks Development on Problem Corner
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:19AM / Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Peter LaPointe of Colvest Group reviews aspects of the development plan at Monday's Planning Board hearing.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Planning Board on Monday approved a multi-tenant redevelopment of the former St. Francis property that will include a long-rumored Starbucks.   The special permit includes the site plan, a variance to the 35-foot setback and, as a condition, the addition of curbing to restrict driveway access on Eagle Street to right-turns only.   Colvest Group of Springfield plans to construct three buildings with four to six retail spaces, two drive-throughs and parking for 57 vehicles at the corner of Union and Eagle

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Berkshire Fire Departments Awarded Fire Safety Grants
03:26PM / Monday, June 10, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The state awarded Pittsfield, North Adams, and Lanesborough Fire Safety Grants to support fire and life safety education for school-age children and older adults.
Since 1995, the Department of Fire Services' Student Awareness of Fire Education (SAFE) grant program has supported firefighter-educators who deliver age-appropriate fire safety education to kids and teens across Massachusetts. In that time, the number of children who die in fires has dropped to historically low levels, from two dozen or more per year to zero for nearly three consecutive years.  
In 2014, DFS launched the Senior SAFE program, which is geared toward another vulnerable

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Misfits, Saboteurs Win NBSA Spring Titles
11:42AM / Monday, June 10, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Quentin Gittens scored 36 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the Misfits to the championship of the Northern Berkshire Sports Academy Spring League's A Division.   Carter Mungin scored 17 points, and Tayvon Sandifer and Deonte Sandifer each had a double-double in the title game win.   The Misfits qualified for the league playoffs as the No. 4 seed and knocked off the regular season's top squad to reach the title game.   The Saboteurs also qualified as the four seed for the tournament in the B Division. They went on to win the championship behind 20 points from Sam Larabee in the final game.   Nick Waterman had a double-double with 15

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North Adams Schools Awarded Literacy Grant
08:08AM / Monday, June 10, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — North Adams Public Schools received a $8,652 state grant to implement Appleseeds, a package of materials for teaching foundational reading skills in kindergarten through second grade.
While Appleseeds is free for download to all Massachusetts school districts, the grant will fund professional printing of the materials, plus professional development for educators.
Appleseeds is a free, evidence-based reading foundational skills program for students in grades K-2. Districts can use it to supplement existing curriculum that does not have a strong foundational skill component.
"This Appleseeds grant is an important part of our administration's

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SteepleCats Earn First Win of Season
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07:18AM / Sunday, June 09, 2024
DANBURY, Conn. -- Caden Dulin doubled twice, and Elijah Lambros homered Saturday to lead the North Adams SteepleCats to their first win of the season, a 10-3 victory over the Danbury Westerners, in New England Collegiate Baseball League action.   Warren Holzemer and Joey Pagano each had a pair of hits in an eight-hit attack for North Adams.   The SteepleCats (1-1) used five different pitchers in the game.   Starter Tanner Duke struck out four and allowed one run in four innings of work. Jerome Manarchuck picked up the win with two innings of scoreless relief.   North Adams is scheduled to host Ocean State on Sunday afternoon at 4 at Joe Wolfe Field.

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North Adams Schools Preparing for Big Move, Greylock Closure
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:14AM / Sunday, June 09, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The North Adams Public Schools is already preparing for its big move this summer.    The closure of Greylock School at the end of the school year and the reconfiguring of grades between Brayton and Colegrove Park means relocating classrooms, teachers and students.   Superintendent Barbara Malkas told the School Committee on Tuesday that the goal is to have everything moved by Aug. 15; all packing will be completed by June 14.   "We expect that we will be vacating all classrooms and moving packing materials to staging areas located at each building," she said. Staff will be working around the summer program being held at Greylock so

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Weekend Outlook: Pride Festivals, Carnivals & More
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
01:50PM / Friday, June 07, 2024
There are a variety of events this weekend, including a carnival, Pride celebrations, live music, and more.     Editor’s Pick    Berkshire Pride Festival and Parade The Common Park, Pittsfield Time: Saturday, 11 to 4 p.m.    Pittsfield will celebrate Pride with the Berkshire Pride Festival and Parade.    Participants are encouraged to bring their friends and family, that includes pets, to watch Pittsfield’s pride parade, which will start at 11 a.m. from North Street, down Eagle Street, ending at the Common.    The event also includes vendors, drag performers, musical artists, and more. More information

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Fire Service Leaders Urge Summer Fire Safety
10:41AM / Friday, June 07, 2024
STOW, Mass. — State Fire Marshal Jon M. Davine and Foxborough Fire Chief Michael Kelleher, president of the Fire Chiefs Association of Massachusetts, are reminding residents to practice fire safety this season.   "Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer, and we want to remind everyone to play it safe as they enjoy the warm weather," said State Fire Marshal Davine. "Don't let a fire or serious burn ruin your summer.   "As we spend more time outside with friends and family, firefighters start to see more outdoor fires," said Chief Kelleher. "Sadly, many of these fires cause serious injuries and property damage – but almost all of

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Drury High Graduates Told Challenges Prepared Them for Future
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
10:14PM / Thursday, June 06, 2024

Graduates in the School of Rock prepare to serenade the gathering. See more photos here. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Drury High School graduates on Thursday were told they will face challenges but also have the determination to achieve their dreams.    "As we look back at our time in high school, we're reminded of the goals we set and the ones we actually reached," valedictorian Brooke Bishop said. "Whether you were going to have academic achievement, greatness in sports or even being on time for class, every goal was important."   Her own goals, which she'd written to herself, was "you better have a best friend and be

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Drury High School Scholarships & Awards for 2024
09:06PM / Thursday, June 06, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Members of the Drury High School class of 2024 was presented with the following scholarships and awards.    Abigail Bailey Class of 1941; Gov. Phil Hoff Vermont Honor Scholarship; Sean Busbee Williams Memorial Scholarship; Drury Softball Scholarship; Harry J. Bontempi Scholarship   Brooke Bishop Billy Evans Memorial Scholarship; Peter Foote Memorial Scholarship; Spc. Michael DeMarsico Memorial Scholarship; Richard "Buckwheat" Lefave Memorial Scholarship; John Paul Breen Memorial Scholarship; Berkshire Health Systems Nursing Scholarship; Sean Busbee Williams Memorial Scholarship; Crew of 02 CMD Scholarship; Coach Herb Johnson Memorial

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