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News and events in North Adams, Mass.

DiGennaro Leads MCLA Women to Home Win
MCLA Sports Information,
09:24PM / Sunday, November 13, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- MCLA senior Brooke DiGennaro erupted for 16 second quarter points on her way to a game high 23 to help MCLA defeat Maine Presque Isle 66-58 this afternoon at the Amsler Campus Center.   The win marked the first home victory for the Trailblazers in nearly three years and moved MCLA to 2-1 on the season.   The Owls (1-2) jumped out early in this one taking an 8-1 lead that forced an MCLA timeout just more than two minutes into the game. That lead extended to as many as nine and the visitors took a 21-13 lead into the second quarter.   With 6:45 remaining in the half, and UMPI leading 23-15, Drury graduate DiGennaro and MCLA flipped the script in just two


North Adams Runners, Walkers Remember SPC DeMarsico
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:36PM / Sunday, November 13, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass.— Nearly 60 runners and walkers lined up on Eagle Street to participate in the returning Up Front for DeMar 5k Run and 1 Mile Walk Sunday.   "We are so grateful that people came back out to remember Michael and make sure his name is never forgotten," event organizer Eileen Sullivan said to the runners and walkers gathered at the Veterans Memorial before the race. "Remember him, tell his story, remember the soldiers that are still out there, because there are so many."   This annual event raises funds for the SPC Michael R DeMarsico II Scholarship Fund and honors DeMarsico who was killed in action on Aug. 16, 2012, while serving in


Elms Fells MCLA Women
07:00PM / Saturday, November 12, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The visiting Elms College women's basketball team outscored MCLA 9-2 over the final minute as the Blazers pulled away from the hosts for a hard fought 68-58 win in non conference action.   With the win, Elms improves to 2-0 on the early season.  MCLA evens its mark at 1-1.   Elms (2-0) placed three players in double figures. Kayla Jackson was outstanding as she collected a team best 18 points and a game-high 16 boards. Rahmia Johnston matched her 18 points as she drilled four three pointers on the afternoon. Mikayler Patch added 14 points in the win.   Zaylee Ramos scored a game high 20 points for MCLA (1-1). She added eight rebounds and three


North Adams, Pittsfield Observes Veterans Day
By Tammy Daniels & Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:54PM / Friday, November 11, 2022

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Residents in North Adams and Pittsfield gathered at memorials under cloudy skies on Friday to commemorate Veterans Day. 

Originally established to mark the end of the "war to end all wars" on Nov. 11, 1918, at 11 a.m., the day has come to symbolize the service of all the nation's veterans. 

There are about 19 million veterans, many of whom still serve as first-responders, teachers, and health-care workers, said Louis Brault, past commander of the state American Legion, Navy veteran, retired major of the Army National Guard and chairman of the American Legion Riders.   "Veterans are a unique group represented by men and women


Holiday Hours: Veterans Day
09:01AM / Friday, November 11, 2022

An image of the 353rd Infantry in France taken two minutes before the armistice ending World War I went into effect.

Veterans Day falls on Friday, Nov. 11, and will be observed as a state and federal holiday.

The federal holiday is to commemorate the service of the nation's military veterans in ensuring peace.

It was first known as Armistice Day to mark the end of World War I at the 11th hour, on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. In recognition of the efforts of World War II veterans, President Eisenhower in 1954 signed legislation creating Veterans Day with the goal of honoring all American veterans.

The Veterans Day National Committee choses a commemorative poster

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SVMC to Close Connector Between Hospital and Medical Office Building
02:40PM / Thursday, November 10, 2022

BENNINGTON, Vt. — Patients who use the connector between the hospital and Medical Office Building will be asked to take an alternate route starting Monday, Nov.14, 2022, when the connector will be closed for construction.

Patients are encouraged to use the Canopy Entrance for all entrances and exits of the hospital. This may require that patients repark between appointments in these two buildings. The closure is a necessary part of a significant renovation and expansion of the main entrance and Emergency Department. The connector is expected to remain closed until May 2023.

"Very few patients—only those who have two appointments, one each in the hospital and medical office


Diabetes Management Class Forming Now
02:09PM / Thursday, November 10, 2022
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Type 2 diabetes is a serious disease that causes painful and debilitating complications like nerve damage, kidney disease, heart failure, and eye problems, to name a few.    Learning more about diabetes and how to make important changes can help prevent these serious problems. The Diabetes Education department at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center and the Vermont Blueprint for Health have teamed up to provide a Diabetes Self-Management Workshop starting at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022, virtually via Zoom.   The workshop offered to small groups by a specially trained leader. It is for people with type 2 diabetes. Classes meet once a week for 6


Eddie Glaude Jr., Author, Commentator and Professor, Speaks at MCLA
11:04AM / Thursday, November 10, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Eddie Glaude Jr. will be joining Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts to present the 2022 Michael S. and Kitty Dukakis Public Policy Lecture.    Glaude, a New York Times best-selling author and the chair of Princeton's Department of African Studies, will be speaking about "Race & Democracy: America is Always Changing, But America Never Changes" on Thursday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. in the Church Street Center Auditorium.     According to a press release, Glaude is an author, political commentator, public intellectual, and passionate educator who examines the complex dynamics of the American experience. His writings, including


nbCC's 2022 Community Resource Guides Available in Spanish
08:25AM / Thursday, November 10, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Physical copies of this free community resource guide are now available in Spanish.   This past July, the 2022 Edition of the Northern Berkshire Community Resource Guide (CRG) went to print and over 17,000 copies landed in mailboxes throughout north Berkshire County. Since then the Coalition has distributed an additional 775 guides to local residents and organizations.    The guide offers contact information of local resources covering everything from food access and meal sites, education services, financial and family support, immigrant services, mental health and counseling services, in addition to dozens of others. The guide is updated digitally


Hoosac Valley Elementary School in Need of Maintenance
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
05:12AM / Thursday, November 10, 2022
CHESHIRE, Mass. — Superintendent Aaron Dean informed the Hoosac Valley Regional School Committee during a meeting Tuesday night that Hoosac Valley Elementary School in Adams is in need of maintenance.   The school's brickwork, gutters, sidewalks, and water diversion were assessed to determine what maintenance needed to be done.    "And a lot of the issues that we're dealing with in that building has to do with water, and diversion of water or something to do with drainage," Dean said.    The maintenance projects would deal with the school's gutter and water diversion system. This would be funded using the district's Elementary and


North Adams Council Pauses Tax Rate Decision
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:56AM / Thursday, November 10, 2022

Assessor Jessica Lincourt goes over valuations at Wednesday's tax classification hearing. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council balked at putting the maximum tax burden on businesses at Wednesday's tax classification hearing.   Mayor Jennifer Macksey had recommended a 1.75 shift differential to the commercial side as a way to relieve pressure on homeowners.   The councilors, however, described the jump from last year's 1.68 to the max shift as "whiplash," especially after spending years trying to gradually shift toward residential to find some equity between the rates.   The council briefly considered setting it as 1.72 as a compromise


Social Work Professor Clarke-Mitchell Appointed to MCLA Board
03:54PM / Wednesday, November 09, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Jean Clarke-Mitchell, assistant professor of social work at Lesley University, has been nominated to the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts'  board of trustees. She is also in her second term on the MCLA Foundation Board.    Clarke-Mitchell, a 2000 graduate of MCLA, is a licensed clinical social worker (LICSW) and holds a doctorate in social work from Smith College School of Social Work. She was the clinical director of the Elizabeth Freeman Center and an outpatient clinician at the Brien Center for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. With more than 20 years of experience in the clinical field and more than 10 years in academia,


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