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529 Plans: Underused But Valuable
Submitted by Edward Jones,
07:48AM / Tuesday, August 02, 2022

In just a few weeks, students will be heading off to college – and parents will be getting out their checkbooks. Without a college-bound student in your home right now, you might not be thinking much about tuition and other higher education expenses, but if you have young children, these costs may eventually be of concern – so how should you prepare for them?

It’s never too soon to start saving and investing. Unfortunately, many people think that they have a lot of “catching up” to do. In fact, nearly half of Americans say they don’t feel like they’re saving enough to cover future education expenses, according to a 2022 survey conducted by


SteepleCats Finish Season with a Win
09:30PM / Saturday, July 30, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Andrew Neff struck out seven and allowed no hits in six innings Saturday as the SteepleCats finished their season with a 10-3 win over the Valley Blue Sox.   Ryan Galanie went 4-for-5 with a home run and a double.   Taconic High graduate Cedric Rose was 2-for-5 at the plate and finished his summer with a .304 batting average.   North Adams finished the summer with a record of 11-33.


Bristol Rallies Past SteepleCats in Ninth
09:40PM / Friday, July 29, 2022
BRISTOL, Conn. -- The Bristol Blues scored three times in the bottom of the ninth to take a 6-5 win from the North Adams SteepleCats on Friday night.   Vincent Bianchina had a pair of hits, and Carson Dunkle doubled for the SteepleCats.   North Adams (10-33) hosts the Valley Blue Sox on Saturday at 6:30 in the Cats' season finale.


Weekend Outlook: Festivals, Concerts, and More
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
11:59AM / Friday, July 29, 2022
Berkshire County is offering a variety of indoor and outdoor events this warm cloudy weekend including music festivals, hikes, and farmer’s markets.    Mountain Day  Bousquet, Pittsfield  Saturday, July 30    This daylong family-friendly also includes vendors, food trucks, beer tastings, outdoor crafts, demonstrations, and athletic trainings beginning at 1 p.m.   From 11 to 1, the Berkshire County Outdoor Recreation Summit will feature conversations about the Berkshires outdoor economy, mountain biking and cycling, and new initiatives celebrating outdoor recreation. The afternoon will offer a guided hike to the summit, yoga, a cornhole tournament,


North Adams Women's Bowling League Seeks Players
Community submission,
09:24AM / Friday, July 29, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- A women's bowling league in the city is looking for players and teams interested in competing this fall.   The league, which will feature three-woman teams, is having an informational meeting at Greylock Bowl and Golf on Thursday, Aug. 25, at 6:30 p.m.   For information, contact Rosetta Sherman at 413-652-4553 or email


Home Runs Plentiful as SteepleCats Drop Twinbill
09:17AM / Friday, July 29, 2022
DANBURY, Conn. -- Joseph Skarad went 3-for-4 with a pair of home runs, and the Danbury Westerners hit six home runs in five innings to complete a double-header sweep of the North Adams SteepleCats on Thursday night.   The Westerners exploded for 16 hits in a 16-9 win in the nightcap, which also saw Ryan Galanie and William Binder homer for North Adams.   In Game 1, Danbury won, 13-11, Hank Thomas, who went 4-for-4 with a pair of homers and six RBIs en route to a three home run night.   Dixon Black and Trey Ciulia-Hall each homered for the SteepleCats in that loss.   North Adams (10-32) finishes the regular season in Bristol on Friday night and at home against the Valley


Fall Foliage Parade Theme Is 'Home for the Holidays'
03:17PM / Thursday, July 28, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Northern Berkshire Fall Foliage Parade returns for its 66th year with the theme of "Holidays on Parade."   The parade steps off on Sunday, Oct 2, at 1 p.m. from the corner of State and Old State streets and travels to Main Street. It's hosted by 1Berkshire and the city of North Adams.   Groups, businesses and individuals can participate through donations, sponsorships, marching and making floats.    Anyone or group can create a float for the parade around the holiday theme -- Valentine's Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc. Any platform that can be pulled or driven can be made into a float; it


ACS Swat 10U Team Wins County Title in Walkoff
Community submission,
12:04PM / Thursday, July 28, 2022
ADAMS, Mass. -- Victoria Blanchard singled in the bottom of the fourth Wednesday to give the Adams-Cheshire-Savoy Swat 10-and-under softball team a 21-20 win over the Greylock Thunder in the Championship Game of the Berkshire County Softball League.   After ACS jumped out to a 17-3 lead, the Thunder roared back to tie the game.   The Swat tallied 11 hits in the gamewith multiple hits from Blanchard, Liana Steiner and Olivia Archembault, who also had a home run in the second inning.   Genna Greene stole five bases to lead the ACS attack on the basepaths.   Tenley Biros struck out nine for ACS to earn the win in the circle.   The Thunder scored 17 runs in the top of


Clarksburg Hoping for MassWorks Grant to Fix Middle Road
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
11:42AM / Thursday, July 28, 2022
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The town's again applied for a MassWorks grant to address the crumbling section of Middle Road.   Town Administrator Carl McKinney told the Select Board on Wednesday that the application for a $1 million grant was submitted prior to July 6 and the town should hear if it's been accepted by the end of August.   The section targeted is just over a mile from River Road to Wood Road and would include repairs, paving, updated guardrails near the state park and some culvert work.    "That's really a tough road," McKinney said.   He anticipated they may need to use "a little bit" of the $400,000 the town has saved in


SteepleCats Win Second Straight
09:09PM / Wednesday, July 27, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Nate Beal allowed two hits in five and one-third innings Wednesday to lead the North Adams SteepleCats to a 3-0 win over Danbury.   With the victory, North Adams (10-30) won two in a row for the first time since June 17.   Gerry Peacock struck out one in a perfect ninth inning to earn the save.   Cedric Rose went 2-for-3, and Ryan Galanie drove in a pair of runs to lead the SteepleCats' offense.   North Adams finishes a home-and-home series against the Westerners in Danbury on Friday night.


Tribute to Fallen Soliders Honors Michael DeMarsico II
By Brian Rhodes, iBerkshires Staff
05:37PM / Wednesday, July 27, 2022

The family was also able to write a message on an American flag, which the group will put on display at Arlington National Cemetery at the end of the ride.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Police Department escorted Tribute to Fallen Soldiers Northwest, which travels across the country to honor veterans, to Southview Cemetery on Wednesday morning in memory of Army Spc. Michael R. DeMarsico II.


"It was Michael's dream to serve his country and he did it admirably," said Warren Williamson, executive director for group. "He was extremely proud to wear the uniform of the United States Army ... We as everyday Americans will always be grateful for your fallen hero's


Letter: Letter Writer Has Confidence in Restaurant Architect
Letter to the Editor,
05:00PM / Wednesday, July 27, 2022

To the Editor:

In your article, "Porches Inn Gets OK to Proceed With River Street Demolition, New Restaurant," I was pleased to see that the project will be designed by the firm MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple, a Canadian firm.

I have crossed paths with Brian MacKay-Lyons over a period of more than 40 years. His award-winning work has consistently been of the highest quality and especially responsive to its setting. I have complete confidence that the Porches is doing North Adams a great service.


Howard Itzkowitz

Architect (retired), Professor Emeritus, Southern Polytechnic State University





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