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North Adams Pride Hosts Second Annual Northern Lights Ball
10:49AM / Friday, February 23, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — North Adams Pride will hold its second annual Northern Lights Ball on Saturday, March 9 for members of the regional LGBTQIA+ community and their allies.   The Ball will again be hosted at the North Adams Elks Lodge (100 Eagle Street); doors will open at 8:00 pm and festivities will conclude at midnight.   Tickets for the Northern Lights Ball can be purchased online via Eventbrite at https://northernlightsball2024.eventbrite.com, by using the QR code on posters throughout the region, or in person at the event. This event is open to all members of the public 21 years of age and older; a current ID will be required for entry. For more information about

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Gittens Records Double-Double in MCLA's Season Finale
09:30AM / Friday, February 23, 2024
WORCESTER, Mass. -- Aaron Nkrumah scored 15 points and pulled down 12 rebounds Thursday to lead the Worcester State men's basketball team to a 76-52 win over MCLA in the MASCAC tournament.   Taconic High graduate and MCLA senior Quentin Gittens had 23 points, 13 rebounds and four assists -- all game highs -- in his final collegiate outing.   The Trailblazers finish the season with a record of 14-12.

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Albany Firm Looks To Purchase Crane Stationery
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04:42AM / Friday, February 23, 2024
COHOES, N.Y. — According to an article from the Times Union, WP Strategic Holdings is reported to be purchasing Crane Stationery company that was formerly located in North Adams.   The article, that was published Feb, 20. 2024, stated that the holding company's owner Todd Kletter told the Albany Business Review that "In principle, we have a deal," in regard to the purchase.   The article continued that WP Strategic Holdings already listed Crane as one of its properties on its website, and Kletter told the Albany Business Review that he hoped to have Crane in operation this week.   He expects to close on the deal within 30 to 45 days.   Earlier this

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Waterfall, Boreal Forest Snowshoe at Tamarack Hollow
04:22PM / Wednesday, February 21, 2024
WINDSOR, Mass. — Snowshoe or hike in the Boreal forests of Windsor at the Tamarack Hollow Nature and Cultural Center.      The walk takes place on Sunday, Feb. 25 from 10 am to 12:30 pm   Join Director and Naturalist Aimee Gelinas M.Ed on a trek featuring our newly conserved land, a brand new trail and a cascading waterfall along with winter Boreal/Northern forest tree ID, wildlife tracking and forest ecology.  The walk is supported through the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation Berkshire Environmental Endowment Fund.   Registration required. Email: full_circle_o@yahoo.com.   Program fee $20 per person and a $5 snowshoe rental fee

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One Injured in Adams House Fire
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com
01:25PM / Wednesday, February 21, 2024
ADAMS, Mass. -- One person was injured in a house fire on East Jordan Street near the intersection with Hayer Street on Wednesday morning.   Adams Fire Chief John Pansecchi said the owner of the residence was taken to Berkshire Medical Center by Northern Berkshire EMS with burns from the blaze, which was reported at about 11:15 on Wednesday morning.   "He was able to get the dog and three kids out of the house," John Pansecchi said. "We were able to confirm everyone was out of the house."   The cause of the fire was still under investigation. Pansecchi said he believed it originated with either a wood stove or pellet stove at the

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McCann Passes $12.1M Budget for Fiscal 2025
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
12:37PM / Wednesday, February 21, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Northern Berkshire Regional School District is looking at a 5 percent increase for fiscal 2025.    The total budget is $12,092,886, up $593,820 over this year. Superintendent James Brosnan noted that the net school spending for the communities in the regional district has also increased, putting the total over minimum assessment at 1.9 percent.    "I want you to notice at the very bottom it says the budget is gone up $593,000, or it's up by 5.16 percent," Brosnan told the McCann School Committee on Thursday. "But I want you to look at the next one, the net school spending was up $340,331. The delta between those two is

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Update: North Adams Liquor Store to Refund Gift Cards after Closure
iBerkshires.com,
11:06AM / Wednesday, February 21, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Steeple City Liquors announced via social media on Tuesday how customers holding gift cards can obtain refunds.   Last week, the store, also known as V&V, closed when the downtown plaza it occupies was sold.   Many holders of gift cards took to Facebook to ask how they could be compensated for the now unusable cards.   According to the store's Tuesday Facebook post, gift card holders will need to send an email a photo of the card and the name and address where they want the refund sent to Steeple City's corporate office at giftcards@firsthartford.com.   "We truly appreciate the patience and understanding of everyone involved,"

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North Adams Man Sentenced on Illegal Firearm Charge
Staff Reports ,
04:21AM / Wednesday, February 21, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass.— On Feb. 6, Varian Lefebvre, 30 of North Adams, pleaded guilty to three charges in Berkshire Superior Court.    The Defendant pleaded guilty to, and was sentenced on, the following charges:  

Count

Charge

Sentence

1

Possession of Ammunition Without a Firearm Identification Card

2 years in the House of Corrections, concurrent with count 3

2

Possession of a Firearm without and Firearm Identification Card

2 years in the House of Corrections, concurrent with count

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Clarksburg Select Board OKs Municipal Proposals, Paint Stewardship Bill
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
12:21PM / Tuesday, February 20, 2024
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The Select Board last week endorsed several proposals by the Small Town Administrators of Massachusetts and a paint stewardship program making its way through the Legislature.    STAM is part of the Massachusetts Municipal Association, which shares many of its priorities.    "We're hoping to lobby, the Legislature for legislation promoting the the agenda of small and rural communities," said Town Administrator Carl McKinney, a member of STAM. "So like the Chapter 90 formula, which  gives us currently about $75,000 per year for road repairs, that we adjust it in favor of rural communities."   The formula for the

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Youth Baseball Registration Underway for 2024 Season
iBerkshires.com Sports,
10:20AM / Tuesday, February 20, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Registration is underway for the newly restructured Pittsfield Little League for the 2024 season.   In the offseason, the Pittsfield Little League National Division and American Division merged to form a single league.   The youth program is encouraging all returning and new players eligible for the 2024 campaign to register at www.pittsfieldll.com.   Registration for the Adams-Cheshire Little League is available here. Dalton-Hinsdale Little League registration is here. Sign up for the Great Barrington Little League here.   Northern Berkshire NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The Northern Berkshire Youth Baseball League is looking for players aged 7 to 16 to

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MCLA Professor Releases Book On African Concept of Justice: 'Ubuntu'
08:05AM / Tuesday, February 20, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. Massachusetts College Of Liberal Arts (MCLA) Philosophy Professor Paul Nnodim has released his sixth book, "Ubuntu," A Comparative Study of an African Concept, with co-editor Austin Okigbo, associate professor of ethnomusicology, African Studies, and global health at the University of Colorado Boulder.   The book was published by Leuven University Press earlier this month and contains contributions from other scholars. "Ubuntu" will be made open access within three years of publication thanks to Path to Open, a program developed in partnership between JSTOR, the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), the University of Michigan Press, and

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BAAMS Presents Live at Studio 9
11:58AM / Monday, February 19, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Feb. 24 is the second in a series of monthly live music concerts at Studio 9 from Richard Boulger and the BAAMS' Faculty Band.   Doors open: 6:30pm. The actual show will run from 7 to 9 pm.   Studio 9 is located at the Porches Inn located at 231 River St.   All proceeds will help support music education at BAAMS, which provides after-school and Saturday music study, as well as a summer jazz-band day camp for students ages 10-18, of all experience levels.    The performance will feature: Richard Boulger, trumpet and flugelhorn, with Alex Blake, bass, Dario Boente, piano and keyboards, and Tony Lewis, drums and percussion, along with

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