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Cages Baseball Club Offers Youth Camps
08:29AM / Wednesday, April 26, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The Cages at the Mill collegiate baseball team will hold four summer baseball camps in Williamstown and Bennington, Vt., this summer.   The morning camps are open to players ages 6 to 13 and will be taught by members of the Cages' under-22 collegiate team.   The fundamentals of the game will be covered, including throwing, hitting, fielding and bunting. Age groups will be split up during the camp for certain activities.   The dates are: July 3, 5 and 7 at the Bennington Little League Complex; July 17, 19 and 21 at the Williamstown Youth Center; July 31, Aug. 2 and 4 at the Bennington Little League Complex; and Aug. 14, 16 and 18 at the Williamstown

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North Adams City Council Refers Zoning Proposal, Adopts Resolution
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:05AM / Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Map showing the Veazie properties to the left in the R3 zone.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council on Tuesday night referred a proposed zoning change that would allow the Porches Inn to expand northward along Veazie Street.    The petition, submitted on behalf of Berkshire Hills Development LLC by City Council President Benjamin Lamb, asks that four parcels on the south end of Veazie to be rezoned as CC2, heavy business district. The properties are currently in a Residental 3 zone.    "We respectfully request the City Council and the Planning Board hold their required meetings on this Petition togetehr so as to expedite action on the

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

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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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North Adams Eyes Tax Title Sales For Tax Relief, Engineering
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:29AM / Tuesday, April 25, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city has a fairly good idea what the increase in its fiscal 2018 budget will be: 1.12 percent, largely driven by health insurance increases, pensions, the school budget and two new positions.    But it doesn't yet know how much revenue will come in this year as it pursues some $2.6 million in liens, taxes and interest outstanding. The hope is to use some of those gains to offset taxes and prepare engineering for projects in anticipation of a debt drop-off in 2020.   "The budget is balanced that you received ... it will remain balanced," Mayor Richard Alcombright said at Thursday's Finance Committee meeting, in reviewing what

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Compass Rose to Be Painted at North Adams Airport In May
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
05:54PM / Monday, April 24, 2017

A compass rose marking directions.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Ninety-Nines, an international women's pilot group, will be flying in next month to paint a rose compass on the tarmac of Harriman & West Airport.    Airport Manager Bill Greenwald told the Airport Commission last week that volunteers with the Ninety-Nines group are set to start painting on Saturday, May 20.   "That is going to happen and, hopefully, we can get people to help us out," he said. "We are going to get the crew out there and the Ninety-Nines are in the process of organizing the paint."    The Ninety-Nines were scheduled to paint the compass last year

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BCC Students to be Inducted Into National Honor Society
01:42PM / Monday, April 24, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. mdash; Berkshire Community College will hold an induction ceremony for students joining the Xi Alpha Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa on Thursday, April 27, at 12:30 p.m. in the Boland Theatre of the Koussevitzky Arts Center on the college's main campus in Pittsfield.

Phi Theta Kappa is the national honor society of junior and community colleges in the United States. The purpose of the society is to recognize and encourage scholarship among students.

To be eligible for membership, students with freshman standing (12 to 29 credits) must have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.8 or better. Students with a sophomore standing (30 or more credits) must have

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Local Schools Receive Olmsted Awards from Williams College
01:17PM / Monday, April 24, 2017

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College has announced its 2017 Bicentennial Olmsted Awards for Faculty Development to Adams-Cheshire, Berkshire Arts and Technology (BART), Lanesborough Elementary, McCann Technical, Mount Greylock Regional, North Adams and Williamstown Elementary. Each district will receive $5,000 for professional and curricular development projects.

Adams-Cheshire will continue last year's efforts to transform C. T. Plunkett Elementary School into a full-service school, using the Olmsted Award to hire two consultants who will assist with the process. Citing Eric Jenson's book "Teaching with Poverty in Mind" as a guiding influence, the school will

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Berkshires Beat: Humane Race Kicks Off Spring
12:31PM / Monday, April 24, 2017

The humane thing: It is officially spring, and one of the hallmarks of spring in the Berkshires is the Berkshire Humane Society's Humane Race, a 1-mile fun walk or a 5K run with or without a dog. Dog are not mandatory, only dog lovers! Scheduled for Saturday, April 29, in Williamstown, this year's 15th Humane Race promises a fun morning for people and their dogs with one small but exciting change: The run will be a timed race with the help of Berkshire Running Center.

Register ahead of time online for $20 for children under 12 and $25 for adults. Registration the morning of is an additional $5 for adults, but the same for children under 12. The first 150 runners and walkers to

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BMC Achieves Straight A's for Patient Safety
10:33AM / Monday, April 24, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Leapfrog Group, the nation's leading nonprofit watchdog on hospital quality and safety, has announced new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, and Berkshire Medical Center once again earned an "A."

BMC has achieved straight A's since the inception of the Safety Grade in 2012, and is one of only 63 hospitals nationwide to attain this honor.

"Berkshire Medical Center has been, and continues to be a national leader in providing the safest environment for our patients," said David Phelps, president and CEO of Berkshire Health Systems. "I congratulate our entire team of caregivers on this recognition, which again validates that BMC

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Substance Abuse Prevention Part 2: The Efforts
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:56AM / Monday, April 24, 2017
Part 1 reviewed the results of a countywide survey related to teen drug and alcohol use. The article and survey results can be found here.   LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The Berkshire district attorney's office is now training educators on a specific curriculum to prevent drug use.   The office's grant-funded Community Outreach and Education Program is now teaching "Life Skills," a three-pronged approach to help students make better decisions when presented with drug use. The curriculum is eyed to be rolled out into all schools and help prevent students from going down the path of drug use.   "The Life Skills Program in itself has three components,

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Substance Abuse Prevention Part 1: The Data
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:46AM / Sunday, April 23, 2017
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Prevention is just one aspect of tackling drug abuse issues in Berkshire County. So far, signs show local efforts are working, but there is still a lot more to be done.   Over the last 10 years, data collected from the Berkshire United Way is showing a decreasing percentage of county students using alcohol, marijuana, and tobacco products. However, compared to the national average, Berkshire students are still using those substances at a greater frequency than national averages.   The data is pulled from the biannual prevention needs assessment, which polls students with pointed questions designed to shed light on issues.    Since 2006, the

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New Gallery Drawn by North Adams' Air of Contemporary Art
by John Seven, iBerkshires Contributor
05:58AM / Saturday, April 22, 2017

The gallery is located at 44 Eagle, in the Flatiron Block.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A new art gallery in downtown North Adams is the result of the city's unique relationship with contemporary art as a lure to artists from other places.

Gravity Gallery co-owners Lynn Richardson and Paul McMullan first became acquainted with the city in 2012 when both artists displayed work in Downstreet Art.

  Richardson's installation, "Arctic Garden," addressed climate change in context of Richardson's hometown, Winnipeg. McMullen's work was also featured in a pop-up gallery from Gallery 107, ceramic work that functioned as the "guardians of the

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MCLA Makes It Official With Inauguration of President Birge
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
08:33PM / Friday, April 21, 2017

Birge takes the oath of his office from Susan Gold, chairman of the board of trustees. See more photos here. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — James F. "Jamie" Birge hadn't intended to become a college president.    After interviewing dozens of presidents of colleges large and small, private and public, for his dissertation in leadership studies, he came away with the impression it was too difficult, too demanding and fraught with financial pressures.   "Why would anyone want to do that job?" he joked on Friday afternoon as he gave his inaugural address as the 12th president of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. "After finishing my dissertation

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