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Healey Pledges Berkshires Investment During Gubernatorial Campaign Swing
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:17PM / Thursday, July 21, 2022

The Democratic candidate was greeted by a crowd of supporters at 413 Bistro on Main Street.   NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Maura Healey pledged to be a governor who will listen to Berkshire County's needs during a campaign sweep on Thursday.   "I appreciate the lived experience here and know that I will be a governor who will see Berkshire County who will listen to Berkshire County. I will show up for Berkshire County," said the Democratic candidate at a crowded "coffee hour" at 413 Bistro on Thursday morning.    She later pointed to current efforts from her position as attorney general to provide support for the county,

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Weekend Outlook: Festivals, Plays & More
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
12:25PM / Thursday, July 21, 2022
Berkshire County is offering a variety of events this rainy weekend from festivals and plays to concerts and movies.    Third Thursday  The Common, Pittsfield Thursday, July 21   July's Third Thursday runs from 5 to 8 p.m. on the Common and will feature performances by Jacob's Pillow On The Road and Berkshire Bateria   Lenco Armored Vehicles will be showcasing three vehicles alongside the city of Pittsfield and County Ambulance as part of a Touch-a-Truck event.    More information here.      'Hymn' Shakespeare & Company, Lenox July 22 until Aug.

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Berkshire Humane Society 'Dreams Big' With Service Expansion
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:33AM / Thursday, July 21, 2022

A new addition on the lower level will house the Edda Hyde Community Cat Center for treating feral felines. 

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Humane Society has launched a "Forever Family" campaign to expand its space at 214 Barker Road and its service to animals.

The initiative aims to raise $3.5 million for three key priorities: to create an endowment to serve the community, to expand and update the facility, and invest in programs for furry friends.  

So far, about $2.2 million has been raised.

Executive Director John Perreault said the shelter's staff and board a few years ago were looking at how animal welfare was changing and started a conversation

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North Adams Traffic Commission Advises Parking Fees After Solid Sound Success
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:32AM / Wednesday, July 20, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Traffic Commission is recommending a parking event fee of $40 a day after Solid Sound Weekend in May pulled in some $11,000 for the city.    Chair MaryAnn King said the focus would be on St. Anthony's Municipal Parking Lot and for events at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. But the ordinance can't single those out and has to be broader in terms language.    "I don't think you're going to see us do it for other events," she said at Tuesday's commission meeting. "It's unfortunate, I really think in the ordinance it's going to have to say events, but I don't foresee us charging for

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Vermont Drops SteepleCats
10:22PM / Tuesday, July 19, 2022
MONTPELIER, Vt. – Santino Rosso and Stephen Ditomaso each homered in a 16-hit attack for the Vermont Mountaineers as they beat the North Adams SteepleCats, 12-4, on Tuesday night.   Cedric Rose hit his fifth home run of the summer for the Cats, who got a double and a triple from Hunter Pasqualini.   North Adams (8-27) is back at Joe Wolfe Field on Wednesday against the Valley Blue Sox.  

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Strengthen Your ‘Three-legged Stool’ for Retirement
Submitted by Edward Jones,
06:20AM / Tuesday, July 19, 2022

For many years, Americans provided for their retirement needs through three sources: employer-sponsored pension plans, Social Security income, and savings and investments accumulated through employer plans or individual accounts – the so-called “three-legged stool.” But today, that stool is shakier than it used to be. What can you do to strengthen it?

To begin with, all three legs of the stool are facing challenges. Let’s consider them:

Employer pensions – A generation ago, workers employed in many companies could count on a set monthly pension income to help them through their retirement years. Today, pensions – also known as defined benefit

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Nies Pitches SteepleCats to Double-Header Split
09:36PM / Saturday, July 16, 2022
  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Cohen Nies struck out four in a seven-inning no-hitter as the North Adams SteepleCats beat the Bristol Blues to earn a double-header sweep at Joe Wolfe Field.   Alex Lane hit a three-run home run for the SteepleCats, who broke open a scoreless game with four runs in the sixth inning of the seven-inning game.   In Game 1 of the double-header, Bristol scored three runs in the top of the eighth to earn a 4-3, extra-inning win.   Randy Reyes struck out seven in six innings in a no decision for North Adams.   Vincent Bianchina went 2-for-3 with an RBI in the loss.   The SteepleCats (8-25) hosts Danbury on Sunday at 5.

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Swamp Bats Down SteepleCats
11:36PM / Friday, July 15, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Paxton Tomaini went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBIs Friday to lead the Keene Swamp Bats to a 9-4 win over the North Adams SteepleCats.   Dixon Black went 3-for-4 with a double and a triple for North Adams.   The SteepleCats (7-24) host Bristol at Joe Wolfe Field on Saturday at 4 p.m.

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Northern Tier Passenger Rail Study Garners Positive Feedback
By Brittany Polito,
09:03AM / Friday, July 15, 2022

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Northern Tier Passenger Rail Study will be released in less than one year and residents are supportive of a line that goes from North Adams to Boston.

The feedback given during a virtual public hearing for the study on Wednesday was largely positive.

“I’m very pleased with the way things are going with this and especially the timeline,” State Rep. for the 1st Berkshire District John Barrett said. “It seems to be right on target and I do believe that this rail will be an important part of the economy and future growth along the northern tier.”

Clarksburg Town Administrator Carl McKinney thanked the Massachusetts Department of

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SteepleCats Fall at Bristol
10:31PM / Thursday, July 14, 2022
BRISTOL, Conn. -- Derek Tenney went 4-for-4 with a home run and seven RBIs Thursday to lead the Bristol Blues to an 8-1 win over the North Adams SteepleCats.   Taconic High graduate Cedric Rose hit his fourth home run of the summer for the SteepleCats, who generated five hits.   North Adams (7-23) hosts the Keene Swamp Bats on Friday at Joe Wolfe Field.

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North Adams Council Gives More Time to File Meeting Minutes
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:38PM / Thursday, July 14, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council is giving boards and commissions more time to file meeting minutes.   Councilors spent some time Monday debating whether to amend an ordinance passed five years ago that required boards to provide meeting minutes within two weeks before passing it to a second reading 7-2 with Councilors Marie T. Harpin and Jennifer Barbeau voting against.   The General Government Committee on Monday had recommended returning to the state law standard of 30 days or within three meetings, whichever is longer.    Councilors have said the two-week deadline has been difficult, particularly when there have been multiple meetings within a short period

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Weekend Outlook: Beach Parties, Movie Nights, and More
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
01:30PM / Thursday, July 14, 2022
This warm cloudy weekend is offering an array of activities this weekend from museum activities, movie nights, and parties.    Eagle Street Beach Party & Fiesta Eagle Street, North Adams Saturday, July 16   The Eagle Street Beach Party returns on Saturday, July 16, after a two-year hiatus. The event brings more than 250,000 pounds of sand to the downtown for a block party of full of music, games and sand castles.   The family-friendly portion of the beach runs from 3:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. with the adult-oriented fiesta from 7 until 10 p.m. during which adults can enjoy margaritas and Coronas on the beach.    For more information check

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