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Do you have enough emergency savings?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
09:43AM / Tuesday, March 14, 2023
Many people would agree that preparation is the key to success in many areas of life. Yet, when it comes to being ready for a financial emergency, a sizable percentage of Americans are feeling distinctly unprepared — and that can lead to problems.   Consider these survey findings from financial services provider Edward Jones and Morning Consult:   Nearly two in five Americans expect that their emergency savings would last no more than a month. Less than 40 percent of respondents consider their emergency savings account to be fully funded.   It's important to have adequate emergency savings for two key reasons. First, when an unexpected financial need arises,


North Adams Planners OK 11-Room Addition to Porches
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:15AM / Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Berkshire Hills Development purchased to the two houses more than a decade go. They were approved for demolition last year. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Planning Board on Monday gave the go-ahead for Porches to add 11 rooms to the downtown hotel.   The hotel on River Street is planning to knock down two adjacent buildings at 22-28 Veazie St. and replace them with a new structure that will contain 11 rooms and four studios, and will allow for seven underground parking spaces.   The hotel is allowed by right in the B-2 zone and has owned the two Veazie Street two-family homes for more than a decade. Their demolition was approved by the Historical Commission back in July


Rachiele Homers for MCLA in Win Over Colby-Sawyer
10:56PM / Monday, March 13, 2023
DAVNEPORT, Fla. -- Taconic graduate Austin Rachiele went 3-for-4 with a home run, a double and four RBIs Monday to lead the MCLA baseball team to a 13-7 win over Colby-Sawyer.   Nate Morse went 5-1/3 innings, allowing three earned runs, to lead seven Trailblazers pitchers.   MCLA (5-2) plays Maine-Presque Isle on Wednesady.   Softball NAPLES, Fla. -- Lidia Flores went 3-for-4 with a double and six RBIs to lead MCLA to a 12-4 win over Alfred State.   Flores also earned the win in the circle, going the distance with three strikeouts.   MCLA (1-5) also dropped a 10-8 decision to Wilmington, Ohio, on Monday. it continues its spring trip against St. Joseph's of


Nor'easter Could Drop Up to 2 Feet of Snow Across the Berkshires
05:43PM / Monday, March 13, 2023
Winter's come late to the Berkshires. A third significant storm in as many weeks  is forecast to drop a foot or more of snow overnight Monday and through Tuesday.    This Nor'easter arrives barely a week before the first day of spring and some local meteorologists are already comparing to the "Storm of the Century" of 1993 that occurred 30 years ago on March 12-14.    The National Weather Service in Albany, N.Y., has issued a winter storm warning beginning at 8 p.m. on Monday through Wednesday 8 a.m. Snow accumulations of 12 to 18 inches can be expected across the Berkshires, Southern Vermont and Western Mass., and 20 inches or more in the higher


MCLA Steam Line Project Improves HVAC Costs
04:45PM / Monday, March 13, 2023
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — As part of a critical infrastructure upgrade, MCLA looks to start Phase 2 of a steam/water line replacement project this spring with $11 million allocated by the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM).     The construction began late last summer in front of Murdock Hall and behind Bowman Hall and will continue this spring between blocks A and B in the Flagg Townhouses. The improvements will aid in conserving water and heat.     Since Joseph DaSilva became the new vice president of administration and finance in 2021, his goal has been to address structural problems on the exterior of campus buildings as well as


McCann School Committee Approves $11.5M Fiscal 2024 Budget
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:21PM / Monday, March 13, 2023
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The McCann Technical School budget is up just under 8 percent for the coming year largely because of contractual salary obligations, vocational and educational supplies, utilities and the addition of two more instructors.    The School Committee on Thursday approved the $11.5 million fiscal 2024 budget, of which about $4 million will be raised through assessments on its nine member communities. That's up about $320,502, or 8 percent, over this year.   Daniel Maloney Jr., chair of the Finance Committee, said the $842,575 increase was also driven by inflation and increases for health insurance, as well as an additional 15 students next year for a


SVHC Weekly Health Update: March 10
08:52AM / Monday, March 13, 2023

March 10, 2023

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Veteran Spotlight: Airman 1st Class Tim Flynn
By Wayne Soares, Special to iBerkshires
03:56PM / Sunday, March 12, 2023
FALMOUTH, Mass. — Tim Flynn served his country in the Air Force as an airman first class from 1963 to 1967 and is a Vietnam veteran.    Born in Newport, Ky., he enlisted at the age of 17 with his dad co-signing for him.    "Had a couple friends that were going in so I decided I wanted to as well," he remembered. His basic training took him to Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. "It was hot as hell as it was in the summer and they gave us salt pills — guys were dropping like flies from heat exhaustion.   "I wanted to be a pilot, but they gave me a test and found out I was color blind. That killed any desire I had."   Airman


Black Bears Reach Final of Spring Fling Tourney Sports,
02:23PM / Sunday, March 12, 2023
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The Hartford Junior Wolfpack scored four straight goals to earn a 4-1 win over the Northern Berkshire Black Bears in the 14-and-under A Division final at the 2023 Spring Fling.   Four different players scored a goal, and Jack Almon backstopped the Connecticut squad to a team title in the three-day tournament at the Peter W. Foote Vietnam Veterans Memoral Rink.   The host Black Bears struck first when Hayden Bona set up Nolan Booth on the doorstep in the second minute of the game.   But that was all Almon allowed despite solid pressure from Northern Berkshire throughout the game and five power play chances for the Bears.   It took his offense less

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MCLA Baseball Splits on Florida Trip Sports,
08:20PM / Saturday, March 11, 2023
DAVENPORT, Fla. -- The MCLA baseball team Saturday split a double-header with Maine-Farmington, winning the first game, 9-7, and falling in the nightcap, 5-4.   Michael Wormuth went 2-for-5 with a home run and five RBIs in the win. Rob Correia got the victory on the mound, going 3-1/3 innings and allowing six earned runs.   MCLA (4-2) plays Colby-Sawyer on Monday.   Softball NAPLES, Fla. -- MCLA dropped a pair of games on opening day on Saturday, falling 8-6 to Wisconsin-Superior and 16-5 to Crown College of Minnesota.   In the season opener against Wisconsin-Superior, Madyson Torres and Kristie Zator each went 2-for-3 with a double.   In the nightcap, Lidia Flores


Eagle Street Gallery a Portal to Immersive Experiences
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
12:21PM / Friday, March 10, 2023

Graphic designer Anna Farrington bought the old Army-Navy store building as a way to help reinvigorate the city's downtown. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — For the past five years, graphic designer Anna Farrington has hosted a free installation art experience with her gallery Installation Space, located at 49 Eagle St.   A lot of work she does professionally involves creating an environment, something Farrington said has always been an attraction to her.    "For me, installation art provides this sense of sort of transporting you to a different place. It's coming into a space that's out of the ordinary. It's coming into a space that's presenting


Youth Health Collaborative Takes Lead on March nbCC Forum
11:07AM / Friday, March 10, 2023
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Join Northern Berkshire Community Coalition for this month's special forum, facilitated by local youth members of the Youth Health Collaborative.    The Youth Health Collaborative will provide their answers to the question "What is it like being a young person in Northern Berkshire County?"   The group will explore what is unique about growing up in the Northern Berkshires, from the experience of attending a northern Berkshire school, to the activities and opportunities that are available to them. Community members will be invited to explore solutions to challenges within the community, and to learn what it is that youth experience on


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