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North Adams Swears in New Firefighters
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:31AM / Wednesday, February 14, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Two new firefighters were sworn in on Tuesday night during City Council   Jeffrey Rodrigues and Jeffrey Tykot graduated Jan. 26 from the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy in Springfield having completed the 50-day Career Recruit Firefighting Training Program.   Mayor Jennifer Macksey introduced the firefighters, noting Rodrigues, of Dorchester, is a veteran of the Army Reserve and holds a bachelor of arts with a concentration in criminal justice from the University of Massachusetts at Boston.    Tykot, of Williamstown, was a member of the New Ashford Fire Department and is a licensed emergency medical technician with Northern Berkshire EMS. He

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BHS Receives Outpatient Joint Replacement Excellence Award
02:54PM / Tuesday, February 13, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Medical Center (BMC) announced that it has been recognized as a 2024 Outpatient Joint Replacement Excellence Award recipient by Healthgrades, the leading resource consumers use to find a hospital or doctor.    According to a press release, this achievement, along with being a 5-Star recipient for Outpatient Total Knee Replacement for 2 consecutive years (2023-2024), reflects the organization's dedication to clinical excellence and distinguishes Berkshire Medical Center as one of the nation's leading hospitals for outpatient joint replacement. BMC is one of 152 hospitals nationwide to receive the Joint Replacement Excellence

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Steeple City Plaza Sold for $1.75M; V&V Liquors Closes
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
09:05AM / Tuesday, February 13, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Steeple City Liquors, also known as V&V, closed abruptly Monday night two weeks after the plaza it's in was sold.    The store, which was promoting its products over the weekend for Super Bowl Sunday, made the announcement on Facebook on Tuesday morning and a sign on the door stated that it was "closed for good."   "The staff would like to thank each and every patron for the ever lasting memories that were created," read the post.   The new owner of the shopping center says the decision to close the business was made by First Hartford Realty, the former owner of the former Kmart plaza, which

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Berkshire Running Sets Full Year of Charity Runs
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06:42AM / Tuesday, February 13, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Berkshire Running Foundation has released the 2024 Race Calendar for the local nonprofit with several new events scheduled throughout the county.   Following its first official year operating as a nonprofit entity in 2023, the 501c3 organization, which has a mission of advancing and expanding on the positive impact the running community has on the neighborhoods we live, produced, and directed eight events in 2023. The Foundation donated just more than $48,000 to local nonprofit entities which benefit from each event.    The Foundation has also incorporated that all students in Berkshire County can run in these races for free. To encourage families to

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Taconic Grad Gittens Racks Up More Honors at MCLA
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04:35PM / Monday, February 12, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass.— MCLA senior guard and Taconic High School graduate Quentin Gittens has been named the MASCAC Player of the Week for the third time in four weeks.   Gittens averaged 30.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, four assists, 1.5 steals, and 1.5 blocks in a 2-0 week for the Trailblazers.   He Posted a double-double with 25 points and 12 rebounds, adding six assists, two blocks, and a steal in a 73-72 road victory at Salem State, where he sank a pair of free throws in the final seconds to secure the win. And he followed that up with a career-high 36-point performance in a 67-59 at Framingham State, adding five rebounds, four assists, two blocks, and a steal, leading the

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All Saints Episcopal Church 'Ashes-To-Go'
12:33PM / Monday, February 12, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Ashes-to-go will be distributed in front of All Saints Episcopal Church on Wednesday, Feb. 14 from 7 am to 11 am.   All Saints Episcopal Church is located at 59 Summer St.   Ash Wednesday service will be held from noon to 7pm.   Stations of the cross in Lent will be held at noon starting Friday, Feb. 16. Other dates are Feb. 23, March 1, March 8, March 15, and March 22.    

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All That Snow Expected to Fall Southward
12:22PM / Monday, February 12, 2024

The Nor'easter will feature heavy, wet snow and gusty winds. Power outages and some tree damage expected. Snowfall rates could exceed 2"/hr tomorrow. Coastal flooding is likely especially with high tide on Tuesday. Here is the latest snowfall total forecast ranges. pic.twitter.com/Du9AenQqEq

— Jacqui Jeras (@JacquiJerasTV) February 12, 2024   NEVERMIND:  The National Weather Service has canceled its Winter Storm Warning and has a Winter Weather Advisory only in place for the Berkshires from 1 a.m. Monday to 7 p.m. Tuesday.    Total snow expected: 2 to 4 inches. South County could get up to 6.    This fast-moving storm is heading

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The Third Annual 'Share the Love' Challenge
10:41AM / Monday, February 12, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — This Valentine's Day, and throughout the month of February, the First Congregational Church North Adams (FCCNA) invites Berkshire County residents and friends to contribute to its "Share the Love" challenge.    For every dollar received, FCCNA will donate 50 cents to help three local institutions—Berkshire Food Project, Louison House, and the Al Nelson Friendship Center Food Pantry.   All proceeds from the campaign will be split evenly among the three recipient organizations.   In February 2022, FCCNA raised $5,100 for its challenge; the next year, it raised $5,550. This year the church is setting an ambitious goal of $7,500

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MCLA Announces Music, Gallery and Theater Performances for Winter, Spring Semester
08:00AM / Monday, February 12, 2024

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Department of Fine and Performing Arts at MCLA announced the Winter/Spring 2024 programming including cultural events, exhibitions, performances, workshops, and musical experiences.

According to a press release:

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The first exhibition of 2024 will examine the entangled histories of ecology and migration. "Unfortunately It Was Paradise" features three artists, Lorena Molina, Larissa Rogers, and Jumana Manna, who address how ecology surfaces in our memory, imagination, and present that are shaped by the legacies of slavery, war, and settler colonialism. The show is on view through March 29. To close the semester, the gallery will feature

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Teacher of the Month: Mary Quinto
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
06:28AM / Saturday, February 10, 2024

Mary Quinto has been teaching at Clarksburg School for 11 years.  CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Clarksburg School prekindergarten teacher Mary Quinto has been selected as the February Teacher of the Month.    The Teacher of the Month series runs for the next three months in partnership with Berkshire Community College.   Quinto has spent her entire career working at Clarksburg School. She started as a kindergarten teacher 11 years ago.    "I love everything about teaching. It's hard to name just one thing, but I think my favorite thing is just getting to spend my days with four year old kids who are so energetic, and so full of wonder and excitement

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DCR Closes Snowmobile Trails for Lack of Snow
04:07PM / Friday, February 09, 2024
ADAMS, Mass. —  A lack of snow has caused the state Department of Conservation to close snowmobile trails through the state forest system in Western Mass.    DCR sent notice of Friday effective immediately that the trails are closed on Mount Greylock and at Monroe, Savoy Mountain , Mohawk Trail, Windsor and Dubuque (Hawley) state forests.    Snowpack is below normal for the region, according to the National Weather Service, with the eastern slopes of the Berkshires having between 8 and 12 inches at the higher terrain.  The remainder of the area is either snow free or has so little snowpack — trace to 4 inches depth — as to be hydrologically

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Weekend Outlook: Festivals, Caberets and Toy Shows
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
11:53AM / Friday, February 09, 2024
There are a variety of events this weekend in or near the Berkshires including an old toy show, a Queering Perspective Festival, Valentine's Day themed events, and more.   Editor's Pick    Queering Perspectives Festival '62 Center for Theatre and Dance, Williamstown Dates: Feb. 9, 10, 22-24   Williams College's theater and dance center is hosting the festival to promote dialogue on sexualities, genders, bodies, races, ethnicities, abilities, and desires. It will interrogate conventional, culturally normative performance.    The goal is to establish a platform dedicated to supporting individuals who are often marginalized or

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