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North Adams Councilor Presses for City Planner
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:39AM / Wednesday, May 29, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — City Councilor Andrew Fitch urged his colleagues on Tuesday to press the need for a city planner on the mayor.   The councilor had voted against recommending the Compensation & Classification plan presented to the Finance Committee because he felt it didn't beef up the Community Development Office enough.    "We have had a city planner in the past, we don't have a city planner now," he said. "I'm not trying to say that the city planner is the only solution to all of our problems. However, I do believe that if we invest a little bit more in our Community Development Office that we'll be able to take on some of these

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North Adams Eagle's Bingo Fundraiser
08:15AM / Tuesday, May 28, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — North Adams Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary #310 to Host Basket Bingo Fundraiser on June 1   On Saturday, June 1, the North Adams Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary #310 will be hosting a fundraising event at the American Legion Hall in North Adams. The doors will open at noon, with bingo games starting promptly at 1 PM.   Admission to the event is set at $20, which can be purchased in advance or at the door. Attendees must be 18 years or older to participate. The admission fee includes 18 rounds of bingo. Additionally, extra packs containing 9 additional games can be purchased for $15.   The event will benifit charities.   During the

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Clarksburg Town Meeting to Decide CPA Adoption, Spending Articles
05:30PM / Monday, May 27, 2024
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Voters will decide spending items and if the town should adopt the Community Preservation Act at Wednesday's town meeting.    Voters will also decide whether to extend the terms for town moderator and tree warden from one year to three years.   The annual town meeting will take place at 6 p.m. in the gym at Clarksburg School. The warrant can be found here.   The town operating budget is $1,767,759, down $113,995 largely because of debt falling off. Major increases include insurance, utilities and supplies; the addition of a full-time laborer in the Department of Public Works and an additional eight hours a week for the accountant.   The

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Clarksburg World War II Casualty Coming Home; Towns Hold Memorial Services
By Tammy Daniels & Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:14PM / Sunday, May 26, 2024

Clarksburg holds memorial service with students from Clarksburg School reading the Gettysburg Address and 'In Flanders Fields.' See more photos here.  CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Erwin Shaftsbury King's ambition was to join the Marines and six weeks after Pearl Harbor, he was on his way to Parris Island.   King was a graduate of the town's old Center School and Drury High in North Adams. He'd seemed to have an affinity for adventure and difficulty — not only his desire to rush to arms for his country but his unexpected arrival when the family car broke down on Aug. 11, 1924, in the Vermont town that gave him his middle name.   He apparently

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North Adams High School Athletes Place Flags on Veterans Graves
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
11:33AM / Friday, May 24, 2024

Raegan Keil, daughter of VSO Mitchell Keil, participates in placing the American Flag on veterans' graves. The first flag she placed was in the marker of Michael Kline, her grandfather. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Athletes from Drury High School and McCann Technical School gave up the rare free Saturday morning to place flags on veterans graves in Southview Cemetery.   "I was very humbled when I saw the cars coming in, and I actually had to go over to the corner and put my sunglasses down and hide my tears, because it was very, very humbling to see everybody show up," said Travys Rivers, the city's veterans grave officer.   Rivers, a firefighter and veteran,

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Weekend Outlook: Spring Fling, Anniversary Celebrations & More
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
05:16PM / Thursday, May 23, 2024
The Berkshires and surrounding areas will have various events this weekend, including anniversary celebrations, a spring fling, a comedy festival, and more. Memorial Day times and events here.    Editor's Picks   25th Anniversary Community Celebration Mass MoCA, North Adams  Time: Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.   The contemporary art museum will celebrates its 25th anniversary with free admission, featuring live performances and family activities. More information here.    During the celebration, get to know the current artists-in-residence during the Open Studios event in Building 13 and Building 34.    37th Annual Mayfest Downtown,

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How is your retirement income taxed?
03:55PM / Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Once you're retired, you will likely need to draw on several types of income for your living expenses. You'll need to know where these funds are coming from and how much you can count on, but you should also be aware of how this money is taxed — because this knowledge can help you plan and budget for your retirement years.  

Here's the basic tax information on some key sources of retirement income:

Social Security – Many people don't realize they may have to pay taxes on their Social Security benefits. Whether your benefits will be taxed depends on how much other taxable income you receive from various sources, such as self-employment, stock

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Haiku on the Hoosic Celebration
11:10AM / Tuesday, May 21, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Join the Hoosic River Watershed Association (HooRWA) for Haiku on the Hoosic Celebration on Saturday, May 25, 10am-12noon at Tourists.   This program is supported by HooRWA, Tourists, and by a grant from the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council.

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Clarksburg Officials Keep PreK Program Free
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:18AM / Tuesday, May 21, 2024
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Town and school officials came together on Monday in hopes of compromising over a tight budget.    Instead, they ended up agreeing to dip into their reserves to ensure that prekindergarten program will continue free for town residents.    The Select Board had been pushing for the school budget to come in at a 2 percent increase. The School Committee on Monday was prepared to vote a budget up by $128,454, or 4.53 percent.   After an hour and a half of discussion, the school budget had gone up $1,000 to $2,967,609.58 and town officials agreed to commit $72,000 in free cash they'd wanted to set aside for the school

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Hoosac Harvest Annual Seedling Swap Returns
10:57AM / Monday, May 20, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Hoosac Harvest's Annual Seedling Swap returns to downtown this year on Saturday, May 25 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the North Adams Farmers Market in its new location on Main Street.   All seedlings are available at no cost; there's no requirement to bring any in order to take some home. Whether individuals are dropping off seedlings for exchange or visiting to browse, it's advisable to bring a tray for collecting new plants. Shared seedlings may include surplus vegetables or flowers purchased or cultivated, as well as cuttings or excess plants from personal yards. Participants are encouraged to bring and exchange whatever they can.   All

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More than 600 Participate in Steel Rail Races
iBerkshires.com Sports,
06:02PM / Sunday, May 19, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Matthew Ferraro was the first runner across the finish line at the MountainOne Steel Rail Marathon.   Ferraro clocked a time of 2 hours, 41 minutes flat on the Ashuwilticook Rail Trail course.   He finished a little more than five minutes ahead of runner-up Nick Reid (2:46:15).   Simone Veale won the race's women's division in a time of 3:18:42. She beat out Jill Hussain, who covered the course in 3:27:23.   The fastest marathoner on Sunday was Stephen Gulley, a hand cyclist, who clocked a time of 2:15:03.   The 26.2-mile circuit was covered by 150 finishers ranging in age from 18 (William Hanley in 14th place) to 72 (Ric Nudell, who

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Veteran Spotlight: Air Force Staff Sgt. Cory Ahonen
By Wayne Soares, Special to iBerkshires
04:46PM / Sunday, May 19, 2024
EASTON, Mass. — Cory Ahonen, chief engagement officer for the state's Executive Office of Veterans Services, served his country in the Air Force from 2008 to 2014 as a staff sergeant.    He grew up in Sandwich, graduated from Sandwich High School and did his basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.    "I joined to get out of a dead-end path," he said. "It was my second time in my life on a plane. I was excited and grateful to be here. I knew I needed to make the most of this opportunity. This was my big move, to make something of myself."   His first assignment would take him to F.E. Warren AFB in Cheyenne, Wyo.,

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