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American Legion Post 125 Honors the Four Chaplains
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
12:08PM / Monday, February 06, 2023
NORTH ADAMS Mass. — The Northern Berkshire veteran community acknowledged the "Four Chaplains," marking the 80th anniversary of their heroics and sacrifice during the sinking of the SS Dorchester during World War II.   Dozens gathered in the American Legion ON Sunday to pay tribute to the four Army chaplains who who died rescuing civilian and military personnel as SS Dorchester, an American troop ship, sank on Feb. 3, 1943   "This service is a tribute to those courageous chaplains and the 672 brave young men who lost their lives on that fateful night," said American Legion Post 125 Commander Mitchell Kiel. "Further, this ceremony honors all those who

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SVHC Weekly Health Update: Feb. 3
08:25AM / Monday, February 06, 2023

February 3, 2023

Taking a Stand Against Workplace Violence

Every day, hundreds of thousands of healthcare workers across the country go to work with the goal of helping others. Due to a growing disturbing trend, far too many of them have a question on their mind: will I be

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Clarksburg Elementary Working on Student Opportunity Act Plan
By Brian Rhodes, iBerkshires Staff
04:30AM / Monday, February 06, 2023

CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Clarksburg Elementary School hopes to provide more student intervention with the district's Student Opportunity Act plan. 

 

Tara Barnes, director of pupil services for the Northern Berkshire School Union, spoke with the committee about the plan, which the department of elementary and secondary education requires each district to do. The goal is for districts to provide evidence-based programming for struggling student groups. 

 

"Ultimately, you have to approve the plan that we submit as a district in an official meeting. So I hope by the next meeting that we have a plan for you to review," she said. 

 

Barnes said the

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Winterfest Seeking Participants for Chowder Cook-off and Artisan Market
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
12:09PM / Sunday, February 05, 2023
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — North Adams Tourism is bringing back a community favorite — the Chowder Cook-off — for this years Winterfest on Saturday, Feb. 18.    Only two contestants had signed up for cook off when iBerkshires spoke with organizers last week: Italian restaurant Grazie and Clarksburg Elementary School. The cookoff has featured a dozen or more in the past so businesses and organizations are encouraged to participate.    Interested in showing off your chowder recipe? Sign up for the competition by Monday here.    Festivalgoers will be able sample these recipes from noon until 2 p.m. at Terra Nova Church's The

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Mural Honoring Community Contributors Unveiled at North Adams Armory
By Brian Rhodes, iBerkshires Staff
06:06PM / Saturday, February 04, 2023

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Well over a hundred people filled the basketball court at the Armory on Saturday to see the unveiling of a mural commissioned by the North Adams Youth Basketball League, honoring the history of the community and the building itself.

"This has morphed into something way bigger than the initial thought," said NAYBL board member Mark Moulton, who presented the finished mural to the crowd Saturday afternoon.

The mural honors six people whom Moulton said contributed to the league and youth sports in North Adams: state Rep. and former Mayor John Barrett III, Bernard "Bucky" Bullett, John Gaudreau, Caleb Jacobbe, Jim Shaker and Gene Wein. Local

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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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