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Bricks Falling from North Adams Mill Causes Sidewalk Closure
Staff Reports, iBerkshires
04:23PM / Friday, February 03, 2023

This drone image taken by Nick Mantello in 2017 shows how the interior of the mill is gone. A concrete pad was poured along the north side and steel struts put in place to stabilize the wall.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The sidewalk is once again closed on the south side of Union Street along the historic Hoosac Mill because of falling bricks.    The century-old mill had a catastrophic roof collapse more than a decade ago, caused by excessive snow load, and the interior had to be gutted and the walls fortified.    The nearly 200 yards of sidewalk was closed off for months and years at a time after the collapse and again several years ago as owner Ariel Sutain

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Northern Berkshire United Way Annual Chicken Dinner
12:34PM / Friday, February 03, 2023
ADAMS, Mass. — This year the Bounti-Fare will host the benefit dinner and provide both in-person dining and takeout.   The dinner is Thursday, Feb. 9 at 5 pm.   Tickets are $25 per person and sales close on Feb. 6   Register here    The Bounti-Fare is located at 200 Howland Avenue.   If you have any questions or wish to register over the phone, contact: Patti Messina at 413-663-9062 or pmessina@nbunitedway.org

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Weekend Outlook: Art Openings, Celebrations, and More
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
12:15PM / Friday, February 03, 2023
Berkshire County is hosting a variety of events this chilly weekend including art openings, winter jam celebrations, musical performances, and more. 
Erin Rae performs at Tourists on Sunday.  Friday, Feb. 3 Rev Tor's 11th Annual Dead of Winter Jam Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield   Berkshire Theatre Group is hosting a mid-winter celebration to honor 58 years of Grateful Dead music beginning at 7:30 at the Colonial Theatre.    Performances include Rev Tor's Dead Man's Waltz (formerly Steal Your Peach), Mark Mericer (Max Creek), Jen Durkin (Deep Banana Blackout), Mark Paradis (The Marks Brothers/Lobsters From Mars), and more.    Tickets for the

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Western Mass Gets $13M in Federal Funding
10:07AM / Friday, February 03, 2023
BOSTON — The state's federal representatives were able to secure $13 million in federal funding for Western Massachusetts in the end-of-year omnibus spending package.   U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey, and U.S. Reps. Richard Neal and James McGovern announced on Thursday the funding for 16 community-based projects across Western Massachusetts.   "I am proud to have procured this funding for communities across the First District of Massachusetts," said Neal, who was chairman of the Ways & Means Committee when the spending package passed in December. "In partnering with community leaders, I believe we have identified several projects that

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BArT Second Quarter Honor Roll
08:20AM / Friday, February 03, 2023
ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology (BArT) Charter Public School announced the students who made the honor roll for the second quarter of the 2022-2023 school year.    Students who earned 80 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "Honors". Students who earned 90 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "High Honors."   Academic courses at BART are aligned with the Massachusetts State Curriculum Frameworks for the appropriate grade level and include all standards deemed necessary for a complete, college-preparatory, middle and high school education.   Students in Grade 6 who

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Adams OKs Final $2.3M Borrowing for Wastewater Treatment Plant
By Brian Rhodes, iBerkshires Staff
04:56AM / Friday, February 03, 2023

ADAMS, Mass. — The Board of Selectmen has approved the final loan notes and other conditions for borrowing for the wastewater treatment plant project. 

 

The board's vote authorizes Treasurer/Collector Kelly Rice to work with bond counsel to issue loan documents. The loan is from the Massachusetts Clean Water Trust, which the board approved $5.49 million of borrowing from for the project in November last year. 

 

Town Administrator Jay Green said another vote was necessary for borrowing the remaining funds. Town meeting gave the OK to the $5.49 million for the plant in 2021 and approved the additional funds in November. 

 

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Berkshires Heading Into a Deep Freeze
04:06PM / Thursday, February 02, 2023
Enjoy the "warmer" weather while it lasts because towards the end of the week temperatures will be in the single digits in the Berkshires.   Thursday will be the nicest day of the week with partly sunny skies and a high of 36.   Overnight into Friday, there is a chance of some snow flurries. Accuweather predicts little to no accumulation. The National Weather Service in Albany, N.Y., is predicting snow squalls, gusty winds, and plummeting temperatures expected late Thursday night into the wee hours for Northern Berkshire and Southern Vermont.    The NWS has set a wind chill warning from Friday, Feb. 3, starting at 1 a.m. through Saturday at 1 p.m.   Expect

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MCLA Green Living Seminar Presents 'Doughnut Economics'
03:27PM / Thursday, February 02, 2023
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Della Duncan, economist, Host of the "Upstream Podcast," and Co-Founder of the California Doughnut Economics Coalition, will give a talk titled "Doughnut Economics" at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 8 at the MCLA Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation, Room 121.    The presenter will attend via zoom.      As part of MCLA's Green Living Seminar series, this event is free and open to the public.    About Della Duncan  According to a press release, Della Z Duncan is an economist who offers consulting to organizations contributing to equitable and sustainable economic systems change, facilitates

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State Fire Marshal: Keep Warm, Keep Safe During Cold Snap
01:44PM / Thursday, February 02, 2023
STOW, Mass. — With bitter cold temperatures heading our way this weekend, State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey is reminding residents to "Keep Warm, Keep Safe" and avoid fire and carbon monoxide (CO) hazards while heating their homes.   "Home heating equipment is the second-leading cause of residential fires and the main source of carbon monoxide at home," Ostroskey said. "Working smoke and CO alarms are your first line of defense against these hazards. With furnaces, fireplaces, and space heaters working overtime this weekend, be sure they're installed on every floor of your home and test them to be sure you and your family are

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Funding Secured for North Adams Flood Chute Study
01:26PM / Thursday, February 02, 2023
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The federal government has committed to funding half the $3 million needed for a feasibility study of the city's 70-year-old flood control chutes.    The city of North Adams and the Hoosac River Revival, which has been working to transform parts of the deteriorating concrete chutes, made the announcement in a press release on Thursday. The study would be undertaken by the Army Corps of Engineers, which constructed the flood control system to contain the Hoosic River.   "I look forward to working with the Corps and community stakeholders to plan for a modern flood control system that will protect the community from floods and enhance the

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BArT Educator Named Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction
12:10PM / Thursday, February 02, 2023
ADAMS, Mass. — Alex Chautin, an English Language Arts teacher at Berkshire Arts & Technology (BArT) Charter Public School was recently selected as a Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction by The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS).    Chautin was nominated by a student for outstanding dedication and commitment to excellence in the profession, said a press release.     Each year student members of NSHSS are invited to nominate the educator who has made the most significant contribution to their academic career for the Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction award.    "Dedicated educators who exhibit a commitment to excellence deserve

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BHS Alters Days and Hours for COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics
08:00AM / Thursday, February 02, 2023
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In the wake of a significant reduction in demand for the COVID-19 vaccine, Berkshire Health Systems has adjusted its availability for its vaccine centers in Pittsfield and North Adams.    Effective on Monday, Feb. 6, COVID vaccination will be available only two days per week in Pittsfield and one day per week in North Adams for adults, and a Pediatric vaccine clinic will be held on a Friday once each month in Pittsfield.   The altered days and hours of operation for the vaccine centers is as follows: Pittsfield Vaccine & Testing Center, 505 East St.: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30 am to 4 pm, accepting appointments and walk-ins. North Adams

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