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North Adams Public Schools, nbCC Walk to School Day
04:01PM / Monday, June 03, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — North Adams Public Schools will celebrate "Walk to School Day," with students, parents, teachers, administrators and local "celebrities," on Wednesday, June 5.    According to a press release, "Walk to School" events work to create safer routes for walking and bicycling and emphasize the importance of increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, alleviating traffic congestion, concern for the environment and building connections between families, schools and the broader community.   There will be opportunities to walk with "walking school buses." There will also be "park and walk"

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Nearly 100 Compete in Berkshire Pride 5K
08:28AM / Monday, June 03, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Jay Santangelo of Lenox was the top nonbinary runner at the Berkshire Pride 5K on Sunday.   Santangelo covered the 5-kilometer course in 27 minutes, 14.53 seconds to place 16th overall among 94 finishers.   Pittsfield's Cam LaFerriere was the overall winner in 22.45.72, a 7:19 mile pace.   LaFerriere finished 24 seconds ahead of Canaan, N.Y.'s, Thomas Salaatte in second place (23:09.52).   The top woman in the field was Williamstown's Maya Filson, who placed seventh overall with a time of 24:09.06.   Full results are available on the Berkshire Running Center's website.

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North Adams Native Wins Sports Emmy for 'Toy Story' Production
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
05:19AM / Monday, June 03, 2024

Allison Cellana, a Drury High graduate, says the Emmy was heavier than she expected. Cellana is an animator at ESPN.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass.— North Adams native Alison Cellana was part of an ESPN team that produced "Toy Story Funday Football," a production that clinched three Emmys at the 2024 Sports Emmys Awards.    "Honestly, it was a bit of a dream come true for me," Cellana said about the award ceremony that took place on May 21. "I've always sort of wanted to walk the red carpet and go to a big event like this. So finding out that my team was nominated for some awards was awesome."   Cellana, a 2014 graduate of Drury High

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MCLA's Gallery 51 to Debut 'MIGRITUDE' Exhibition
02:11PM / Sunday, June 02, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — In collaboration with the Studios at MASS MoCA and The Berkshire Immigrant Center's Iris Residency, MCLA's Gallery 51 will open the "MIGRITUDE" exhibition next month.   "MIGRITUDE" will be on view from June 7 to July 14 with an opening reception on June 7 from 5 to 8 p.m. featuring live music and refreshments.   In 2023, the Studios at MASS MoCA and The Berkshire Immigrant Center started the Iris Residency to support artists in Western or Central Massachusetts who are born outside the U.S. or identify as first or second-generation Americans. The exhibition, "MIGRITUDE" (a word coined by featured artist Shailja Patel)

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Valedictorian, Salutatorian Named for McCann Class of 2024
11:50AM / Saturday, June 01, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School Principal Justin Kratz announces Amy Lynn Harrington as valedictorian and Svea-Marie Meaghan Lawson as salutatorian for the graduating class of 2024.   Both students will graduate from McCann with high honors on Wednesday, June 5, at 7 p.m. in the Amsler Campus Center at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.    Harrington, daughter of Leigh Ugdah, is a senior in the Information Technology program. She is the recipient of the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendent's Award for Academic Excellence, a John and Abigail Adams Scholarship, numerous undergraduate awards and is first in her class with a 4.42

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Tamarack Hollow Annual Boreal Forest Bird Walk
08:01AM / Friday, May 31, 2024
WINDSOR, Mass. — Join master birder John Green Jr. for the annual spring breeding bird survey/census at Tamarack Hollow.   The walk will be held on Wednesday June 5 from 7am-9:00am.    Learn how to identify birds found at higher elevations by sight and sound.   This project has been supported by a grant from the Berkshire Environmental Endowment Fund, a fund of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.   $20 per person. To register (required) email: full_circle_o@yahoo.com. 

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Clarksburg OKs $5.1M Budget; Moves CPA Adoption Forward
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
08:44PM / Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Newly elected Moderator Seth Alexander kept the meeting moving.  CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The annual town meeting sped through most of the warrant on Wednesday night, swiftly passing a total budget of $5.1 million for fiscal 2025 with no comments.    Close to 70 voters at Clarksburg School also moved adoption of the state's Community Preservation Act to the November ballot after a lot of questions in trying to understand the scope of the act.    The town operating budget is $1,767,759, down $113,995 largely because of debt falling off. Major increases include insurance, utilities and supplies; the addition of a full-time laborer in the Department of

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North Adams Councilor Presses for City Planner
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:39AM / Wednesday, May 29, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — City Councilor Andrew Fitch urged his colleagues on Tuesday to press the need for a city planner on the mayor.   The councilor had voted against recommending the Compensation & Classification plan presented to the Finance Committee because he felt it didn't beef up the Community Development Office enough.    "We have had a city planner in the past, we don't have a city planner now," he said. "I'm not trying to say that the city planner is the only solution to all of our problems. However, I do believe that if we invest a little bit more in our Community Development Office that we'll be able to take on some of these

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North Adams Eagle's Bingo Fundraiser
08:15AM / Tuesday, May 28, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — North Adams Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary #310 to Host Basket Bingo Fundraiser on June 1   On Saturday, June 1, the North Adams Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary #310 will be hosting a fundraising event at the American Legion Hall in North Adams. The doors will open at noon, with bingo games starting promptly at 1 PM.   Admission to the event is set at $20, which can be purchased in advance or at the door. Attendees must be 18 years or older to participate. The admission fee includes 18 rounds of bingo. Additionally, extra packs containing 9 additional games can be purchased for $15.   The event will benifit charities.   During the

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Clarksburg Town Meeting to Decide CPA Adoption, Spending Articles
05:30PM / Monday, May 27, 2024
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Voters will decide spending items and if the town should adopt the Community Preservation Act at Wednesday's town meeting.    Voters will also decide whether to extend the terms for town moderator and tree warden from one year to three years.   The annual town meeting will take place at 6 p.m. in the gym at Clarksburg School. The warrant can be found here.   The town operating budget is $1,767,759, down $113,995 largely because of debt falling off. Major increases include insurance, utilities and supplies; the addition of a full-time laborer in the Department of Public Works and an additional eight hours a week for the accountant.   The

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Clarksburg World War II Casualty Coming Home; Towns Hold Memorial Services
By Tammy Daniels & Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:14PM / Sunday, May 26, 2024

Clarksburg holds memorial service with students from Clarksburg School reading the Gettysburg Address and 'In Flanders Fields.' See more photos here.  CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Erwin Shaftsbury King's ambition was to join the Marines and six weeks after Pearl Harbor, he was on his way to Parris Island.   King was a graduate of the town's old Center School and Drury High in North Adams. He'd seemed to have an affinity for adventure and difficulty — not only his desire to rush to arms for his country but his unexpected arrival when the family car broke down on Aug. 11, 1924, in the Vermont town that gave him his middle name.   He apparently

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North Adams High School Athletes Place Flags on Veterans Graves
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
11:33AM / Friday, May 24, 2024

Raegan Keil, daughter of VSO Mitchell Keil, participates in placing the American Flag on veterans' graves. The first flag she placed was in the marker of Michael Kline, her grandfather. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Athletes from Drury High School and McCann Technical School gave up the rare free Saturday morning to place flags on veterans graves in Southview Cemetery.   "I was very humbled when I saw the cars coming in, and I actually had to go over to the corner and put my sunglasses down and hide my tears, because it was very, very humbling to see everybody show up," said Travys Rivers, the city's veterans grave officer.   Rivers, a firefighter and veteran,

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