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Holiday Hours: Columbus Day
10:18AM / Friday, October 08, 2021

Dióscoro Teófilo Puebla Tolín's 'First landing of Columbus on the Shores of the New World,' at San Salvador, W.I., Oct. 12, 1492, from 1862.

Columbus Day is a state holiday being observed Monday, Oct. 11, to commemorate Christopher Columbus' arrival in the Americas on Oct. 12, 1492.

Columbus' voyage had been celebrated on significant anniversaries but did not become an official holiday until being recognized by Colorado in 1905. It was declared a federal holiday in 1937.

Not all states recognize Columbus Day. Some local and state governments, including now the city of Boston, have alternative Native American or indigenous peoples' days to

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BCC Announces Application Deadline for Nursing Program
08:00AM / Friday, October 08, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass — Berkshire Community College (BCC) announces a deadline of Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022 to apply to its Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program for the fall 2022 semester.    Admissions into the nursing program are based on space availability and follow a competitive process.   The BCC nursing program, which is approved by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, is a sequence of lectures, skills training, laboratory and clinical courses. Graduates are eligible to take the licensing examination to become registered nurses (RNs).   For more information, visit

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Colorful Bus Stop Installed on Main Street
by TunnelVision 01:33PM / Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Jobs
by bananas2 10:53AM / Sunday, April 01, 2012
Instead of bickering about parking get a industry in North Adams with higher paying jobs than all the service jobs we have now. Is anyone on the commitee out there looking for any industries to come
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by TunnelVision 10:44PM / Monday, January 30, 2012

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Poet to Speak at MCLA Lavender Voices Lecture
12:56PM / Thursday, October 07, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass.—Award-winning poet Meg Day will speak at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 20, in Murdock Hall Room 218, as part of the College's Lavender Voices Lecture Series.     A remote viewing option is also available. Both options are free and open to the public. This lecture is also the closing event of MCLA's annual Day of Dialogue, a campus-wide day of workshops and discussions that focus on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion.    To register for the in-person event or virtual option, visit https://mcla.edu/mcla-in-the-community/events/notable-speakers/lavender-fund.php.    Deaf,

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The Retried Investor: Golf Continues to Grow
By Bill Schmick,
04:40AM / Thursday, October 07, 2021
In 2020, during the midst of the pandemic, golf made a comeback. More than 24.8 million people discovered outdoor refuge on the links, last year and the popularity of the sport continues to grow.   Golf, as many have discovered, is an outdoor activity that has proven to be an almost perfect answer to the limitations of the pandemic. Players can get outside, exercise, and at the same time, socially distance themselves from one another. Last year the U.S. saw the largest increase in golfers (2 percent) in 17 years. This year, the number of rounds played was up 16.1 percent, compared to the same period in 2020, according to the National Golf Foundation. And with this increase has come an

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North Adams Mayoral Candidates to Meet in Second Debate
03:30PM / Wednesday, October 06, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The two final candidates running to be the first woman mayor of North Adams will debate on Thursday, Oct. 21, at 6:30 p.m. at the MCLA Church Street Center.   The event is open to the public; face coverings are required.    This debate is being sponsored by iBerkshires.com and the MCLA Political Science Club, and hosted by Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. Northern Berkshire Community Television will be recording the event for later broadcast. It will also be uploaded to iBerkshires' YouTube channel.    The two candidates, Lynette Bond and Jennifer Macksey, will be asked questions by a panel of journalists from iBerkshires, The

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North Adams Seeking Christmas Trees for 2021 Holiday
01:15PM / Wednesday, October 06, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city is seeking two Christmas trees to decorate for the downtown this holiday season.    The trees should 25 to 30 feet in height and will be placed at the top of Main Street at Monument Square and near City Hall in Dr. Arthur O. Rosenthal Square.   Trees are sought from the Northern Berkshire area from now until the first week of November. Anyone wishing to donate trees is asked to contact the North Adams Fire Department at 413-662-3102. If calling after hours, leave a message and someone will return your call.    The tree lighting is traditionally held on Thanksgiving Eve, which this year is Wednesday, Nov. 24.

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Roots Teen Center Color Run
12:03PM / Wednesday, October 06, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The ROOTS Teen Center Youth Board is hosting a 5K Color Run/Walk on Saturday Oct. 9.   The run/walk will begin at 10 am at Uno Park, with same-day registration starting at 9am. Participants can register online, via http://rootsteencenter.org/fundraiser.    Registration is $30 for students and $35 for adults. Day-of registration is $40. Registration includes a ROOTS Teen Center white T-shirt, but T-shirts are limited. Register today to ensure we have your size available.   Participants will walk or run a plotted course with organizers safely tossing or spraying colored powder and water at them. Before and after pictures are

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Clarksburg, Town Administrator Agree to Separation
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
10:38AM / Wednesday, October 06, 2021
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The town administrator has come to an agreement with the town to leave with another year still on her contract.   Rebecca Stone of Halifax, Vt., hired in 2019, has not been in the office since a fiery Select Board meeting on Aug. 25 about problems in the treasurer's office. Stone walked out, saying she was going home sick when then Chairman Ronald Boucher told she was getting a verbal warning.   Since then, officials have described her absence as an "extended medical leave," and "extended medical" reasons were given for her permanent departure.   The separation agreement approved by the Select Board on Wednesday morning covers

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MCLA Arts and Culture Welcomes 2021-22 Artists in Residence
08:03AM / Wednesday, October 06, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — MCLA Arts and Culture, formerly the MCLA Berkshire Cultural Resource Center, will offer events and exhibitions from three visiting artists in 2021 and 2022: Conrad Egyir, Nathaniel Donnett, and Joshua Ross.     Upcoming Events    Ross will deliver his opening lecture as an artist in residence at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 5, in Murdock Hall Room 218 on the MCLA campus.     Egyir will give an opening lecture as the inaugural Benedetti Teaching Artist in Residence at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 19, in Murdock Hall Room 218 on the MCLA campus.     Both events are free and open to the public; email Gallery51@mcla.edu to

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Drury Mask Mandate Can Be Lifted If School Meets Vaccination Threshold
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:54AM / Wednesday, October 06, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The public schools will release a survey among Drury High School families and staff to poll vaccination rates in order to see if they meet the state's 80 percent vaccination rate threshold.   Superintendent Barbara Malkas gave her COVID-19 update at Tuesday's School Committee meeting and said according to the new state guidance a school must reach an 80 percent vaccination rate to lift the state mask mandate before Nov. 1.   "By Oct. 15, we need to attest to any school ... where all students and staff that lead to an 80 percent vaccination rate," Malkas said. "By having  an 80 percent vaccination rate, it lowers the risk to

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What does retirement security mean to you?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
08:54AM / Tuesday, October 05, 2021
October is National Retirement Security Month. But what does retirement security mean to you? And how can you work toward achieving it?   Here are some suggestions:   Build your resources. While you're working, save in tax-advantaged accounts such as your IRA and 401(k) or similar employer-sponsored retirement plan. In your 401(k), contribute at least enough to earn your employer's match, if one is offered, and increase your contributions whenever your salary goes up. Remember, especially early in your career, time is often your biggest asset. Be sure to save early, since the longer you wait, the more you'll need to save to help reach your goals. Look for ways to

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North Adams Planners OK Design Standards for Smart Growth
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:33AM / Tuesday, October 05, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Planning Board on Monday approved the design standards for the city's new Smart Growth overlay districts.    The City Council adopted the state's 40R zoning law last month to create two overlay districts — one in the downtown and the other along Union Street to the Eclipse Mill.    The state instituted so-called Smart Growth Zoning about 15 years ago to incentivize developers to largely utilize existing structures to create market-rate housing that also provided a percentage of affordable-housing units and space for retail or commerce.   Setting design standards for the two districts is under the authority of the Planning

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