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Weekend Outlook: Ringing in the New Year
11:57AM / Friday, December 29, 2023
Ring in the New Year with activities and events around Berkshire County this weekend.    Friday, Dec. 29   Kwanzaa Celebration Tyler Street Lab, Pittsfield Time: 6 p.m.   The Women of Color Given Circlehttps://www.facebook.com/wocgc1/ hosts this annaul Kwanzaa event celebrating the seven principles of Kwanzaa and African American culture. Well-known singer and lead vocalist Wanda Houston will be this year's special guest.   Saturday, Dec. 30   Nearly New Year Karoke at the Mountain Club 6 Anthony St., Adams Time: 7 to 10 p.m.   A wide variety of songs to choose from, so everyone can find something to sing their heart out to with DJ

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Taconic Boys Basketball Was Top Story of '23
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
06:04AM / Friday, December 29, 2023
The year started with one high school state championship on the show and ended with another on the hardwood.     In between, there were plenty of team titles, tournament runs and individual accomplishments to keep Berkshire County high school and youth sports fans in the seats and on the sidelines.   Although not every successful season ended in the ultimate prize, there was plenty to be proud of along the way. And here is a look back at some of the biggest stories we covered in 2023:   No. 1 Taconic Boys Basketball Of all the state championships won this year – and there were several – perhaps none was sweeter than that of the Thunder in the Division 5 State

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Clarksburg Tax Delinquents Strongly Urged to Arrange Payment Plans
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:27PM / Wednesday, December 27, 2023
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The town's recent attempt to recover delinquent tax payments may have seemed like hard ball but no one was evicted from their home on Wednesday.    Town Treasurer/Tax Collector Kelly Ryan thought a report in a local newspaper two weeks ago had misconstrued the tax title process by using the word "seized" in the headline and referring to an auction in the article.    "A tax taking is a pre-foreclosure measure and it's considered a serious delinquency," she said at Wednesday's Select Board meeting. "So in an effort to collect the back taxes, the town has a right to file a lien against these properties and the

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Tire Company's Annual Drive Delivers Gifts to North County Teens
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
05:34PM / Tuesday, December 26, 2023
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Through community contributions, Gills Point S Tire raised more than $5,000 to make local teens' holidays a little brighter.   "Supporting programs and fundraisers for our children shows that, although we all have our own issues and lives, at the end of the day our community truly cares about each other and the future," store manager Jessica Perin said.   Perin said the program is in its third year, and the Curran Highway tire specialists decided to help teens because they felt they were an underserved group during the holidays.   "It is important to band together to support our teens who are the next generation who will be

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Berkshire Bounty Opens North County Cold Storage at BMC North
12:50PM / Tuesday, December 26, 2023
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Bounty opened new cold storage units at the North Adams Campus of Berkshire Medical Center in a collaboration with Berkshire Health Systems.   This project, funded by the state through the Food Security Infrastructure Grant (FSIG) program, is part of a countywide effort to strengthen the local and regional food system through a collaborative effort, which will expand local food production, storage and delivery systems that bring fresh and healthy locally grown food to the food insecure community.   "Berkshire Bounty works closely with Berkshire Grown and several other community organizations to implement a robust, resilient layer within

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Merry Christmas from iBerkshires
10:46AM / Monday, December 25, 2023

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Christmas Eve Poem
06:07PM / Sunday, December 24, 2023

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Veteran Spotlight: Army Staff Sgt. Arthur Wiknik Jr.
By Wayne Soares, Special to iBerkshires
12:24PM / Sunday, December 24, 2023
HIGGANUM, Conn. — Arthur Wiknik Jr. served his country in the Army's 101st Airborne as a staff sergeant from 1968 to 1970.   Born in Higganum, he was drafted at the age of 19 and did his basic training at Fort Dix, NJ.    "Didn't want to go in. I just got a big job at Pratt-Whitney, bought a '68 Camaro and had a girlfriend that I was crazy about," he said. "But I went in."   His first assignment was to Fort Polk, La., for Advanced Infantry Training.   "Much like basic but a lot more intense," he recalled. "I had lots of aptitude tests. I scored well on the app tests and weapons training." He was then sent to

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BAAMS Presents Live at Studio 9
12:37PM / Saturday, December 23, 2023
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Berkshires Academy for Advanced Musical Studies, Inc. (BAAMS) announced a monthly residency at Studio 9 at the Porches' Inn in North Adams beginning in January 2024.   Led by BAAMS' founder and Executive Director Richard Boulger, the monthly concerts will feature faculty from the Berkshires' Academy for Advanced Musical Studies, students, and special guests.   The first concert, scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 20, features Richard Boulger on trumpet flugelhorn, Dario Boente pn piano/keyboards, Tony Lewis on drums and Alex Blake on bass.   The monthly concerts will be highlighted by live performances of original jazz, funk, world music,

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Thousands of Veterans Honored With Wreath-Laying at Southview Cemetery
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:40PM / Thursday, December 21, 2023

A ceremonial wreath laying for each branch of the armed forces is held in the Drury High auditorium on Saturday. See more photos here. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — More than 3,000 wreaths with bright red bows and one rock were laid on the graves of veterans in Southview Cemetery on Saturday.    The local Wreaths Across America effort is in its sixth year honoring the city's veterans. Donations are raised to purchase the wreaths that will stay at Southview until mid-January.   "My father was a World War Two vet and my brother-in-law was in the Army as well. My brother served with the National Guard for six years," said Nancy Lescarbeau as she searched out

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Holiday Hours: Christmas & New Year's
01:02PM / Thursday, December 21, 2023

You once could be fined for celebrating Christmas in Massachusetts. (Massachusetts State Library)

Businesses, schools and government offices will be taking breaks next week as the nation celebrates Christmas and New Year's. Christmas falls on Monday, Dec. 25, 2023, and New Year's Day on Monday, Jan. 1, 2024. 

Christmas is now a state holiday but it wasn't always. The General Court under the control of the Puritans outlawed the holiday in 1659.

There was too much eating, drinking, wassailing and other festiveness for the colony's righteous rulers. Even after the ban was lifted, Christmas was treated as a regular day until its popularization during the Victorian era.

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NBSU Super Retiring at End of 3-Year Contract
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:42AM / Thursday, December 21, 2023
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — John Franzoni will stay superintendent of the Northern Berkshire School Union for the next three years.    The union's School Committee agreed on Monday to a contract that will see the Franzoni through June 30, 2027, when he plans to retire.    He was hired by the school union in 2018 to replace the retiring Jon Lev. Franzoni was principal of Brayton Elementary School in North Adams, and had been an administrator at both Greylock and the former Sullivan schools and athletic director at Drury High School.   Franzoni requested a 3 percent raise in each of the next three years, the same as his current contract, along with a four-week

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