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Biz Briefs: Berkshire East Opens New Children's Aerial Adventure Park
03:42PM / Monday, August 29, 2016

Up in the trees: Berkshire East has expanded its outdoor adventures with the building of the Berkshire East Children's Aerial Adventure Park .

Seeing the need to provide an exciting and green recreational activity for younger children, Berkshire East hired Tree-Mendous Forest Adventure Parks, an industry leader, to design and build two separate parks for various ages and abilities.

For children 3 years of age and older, the Tree House Park features a maze of trails that are fully protected by netting. This is a wonderful opportunity for parents and grandparents to share the joys of a forest adventure with their children and grandchildren. Trained guides will be present at all


Our Lady of Fatima Statue Stopping in Berkshires; Vigil Set at St. Elizabeth's
03:35PM / Monday, August 29, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church will host the National Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima for an overnight vigil on Sept. 10-11.

The statue will be at churches within the Diocese of Springfield from Sept. 8 through Sept. 28 as part of a two-year tour.

The procession at St. Elizabeth's begins Saturday, Sept. 10, after the 4 p.m. Mass and the vigil continues through the night until the 8:30 Mass on Sunday morning, Sept. 11.

After Mass at 10:45 a.m. on that Sunday, around noontime, the statue will be carried by firefighters to the city's Veterans Memorial, where a bell will be run for each of the airplanes involved in the Sept. 11 terror attacks.


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Berkshires Beat: Youth Works Summer Program Recognizes Teens
02:43PM / Monday, August 29, 2016

Congrats: The 12th annual Youth Works Summer Program held its closing ceremony on Aug. 26 at Pittsfield City Hall with the city’s director of Administrative Services, Roberta McCulloch-Dews,  recognizing the achievements of youth workers who successfully completed a summer of employment throughout Berkshire County.

Event speakers included Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier, current youth participants Raven Basinger, Garrett Haywood, Gabe Shultheis, and Youth Works alum Nolan Stout. They praised the 35 program graduates for their diligence and presented them with certificates.

Youth Works participants included: Zaniyah Adams; Trisann Alexander; Emma Borden; Tylor Bourne; Roy Brauski;


North Berkshire Goes Back to School
02:37PM / Monday, August 29, 2016

School bus routes will be added in and linked to as they are submitted. Lunch menus can be found here.

School opens Wednesday, Aug. 31
Bus Routes
BArT Charter School
School opens Monday, Aug. 22
Bus Routes North Adams Public Schools
School begins Friday, Sept. 2
Bus Routes McCann Technical
School begins Tuesday, Sept. 6
Bus Routes
Mount Greylock Regional
School opens Tuesday, Sept. 6
Bus Routes

Williamstown Elementary School
School opens Tuesday, Sept. 6
Bus Routes

Lanesborough Elementary School
School opens


Letter: Adam Hinds: Our Next Step Forward
Letters to the Editor,
01:00PM / Monday, August 29, 2016

To the Editor:

Rarely in this region do we find ourselves at such an important change in our regional leaders as we look to elect our next state senator. Challenges, successes, and dreams alike all speak to a need for strong, knowledgeable leadership and advocacy both locally and in Boston.

Locally we are faced with challenges impacting many places: decreasing population, needed infrastructure improvements, challenges with opioid addiction and abuse, and gaps in our economy that magnify socioeconomic difficulties and unemployment rates. These issues are ones that permeate the lives of everyone in the region. To tackle these issues, we need someone with a strong voice and significant,


End of Session Review: Paul Mark
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:43AM / Monday, August 29, 2016

DALTON, Mass. — The state passed an economic development bill this session that Rep. Paul Mark says will benefit his district through bridge repairs and allocation for the MassWorks program.

The Peru Democrat said the bill includes $50 million set aside for bridge repairs, which is funding small towns previously didn't have access to. His district of 16 mostly hilltowns spreading throughout the most rural areas doesn't have the tax base to foot the bill for pricey bridge work.

"In some of my smaller, rural hilltowns, you have bridges under 20 feet and they aren't eligible for state or federal money normally. Now we set up a special fund," Mark said.



Motorama 2016 Fills Downtown North Adams With Classic Cars
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:10AM / Monday, August 29, 2016

See more photos from this year's Motorama here.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Well more than 400 cars and other engine-equipped items packed into the city's downtown on Sunday for the 6th annual Motorama.

The blue skies were a far cry from torrential rains that hit the city five years ago to the day when Tropical Storm Irene roared through. Instead, hundreds of people wandered along Main Street and Monument Square, and through the Steeple City Plaza admiring the shiny automobiles.

Pegged as an event that welcomes anything with an engine, Motorama offered a wide range of  vehicles — from classic fire engines and police cruisers to muscle cars to vintage creations from


North Adams Barber Still Cutting Hair After 60 Years
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
05:48AM / Sunday, August 28, 2016

Jammalo's been cutting hair for 60 years. More than half that time has been spent operating out of his shop on Union Street.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — After 60 years of cutting hair, barber Augustine "Gus" Jammalo has no interest in hanging up his shears.

Frank Sinatra echoes throughout the small Union Street barbershop, while the 82-year-old Jammalo putters around sipping coffee.

The shop is empty on a breezy summer afternoon, but Jammalo's been at this long enough to know there is always someone out there who needs a trim.

The creak of the shop door opening gets his attention.

"Hey Gus, I'm here for my yearly haircut. I brought you coffeecake. You're


Coffee Liberation Front Patrons Donate to Animals
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
06:23AM / Saturday, August 27, 2016
ADAMS, Mass. — Alison and Christopher Cuff, owners of Coffee Liberation Front, believe in two things: good coffee and happy animals.   And as the Park Street cafe has fast become a popular spot for coffee and salads, it's also making an impact on animals' lives through the kindness of patrons.   Since their opening this spring, the Cuffs have stayed true to their focus by refusing tips, instead accepting donations for pet shelters and animal rescues.   "This is more than a coffeehouse this has to raise awareness for something that we feel strongly about and that is animals," Alison Cuff said. "It is much more important to raise community awareness


Stamford School Bus Routes 2016
04:54PM / Friday, August 26, 2016

STAMFORD, Vt. — Stamford School has released its school bus routes for the 2016-2017 school year.

School begins this year on Thursday, Sept. 1. McCann Technical School opens Tuesday, Sept. 6, and Drury High School on Friday, Sept. 2.

Lunch menus can be found here. Cost is $2.75 for students; milk only is 40 cents.

Like the Stamford School, all buses transporting Stamford elementary and high school students are considered to be nut-free zones.

High School Bus Route
6:40      50 East Road
6:42      333 East Road
6:43      East Road at top of The Lane
6:43      799 East Road
6:44      1002 East Road


McCann Tech Opening Day 2016
03:30PM / Friday, August 26, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School will open at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 6, for Grades 9 through 12 .

Grade 9 students will report to the cafeteria for orientation. Students in Grades 10 and 11 should report to their respective technical areas. Grade 12 students will report to the gymnasium for attendance and pertinent senior information.

Bus routes

School lunches

Postsecondary students will also report to their respective technical areas at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 6.

School will be dismissed at 2:45 p.m. McCann school buses will run their regular route schedules. The


Naloxone, Rescue Breathing and CPR Training Series Scheduled
01:26PM / Friday, August 26, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A series of community naloxone (also commonly referred to as Narcan) trainings have been scheduled for all residents of Northern Berkshire.

Naloxone is an opioid overdose reversal drug that can be administered to someone experiencing an overdose from heroin or prescription opioid pain medication. Those who attend the training will learn to identify the signs of an overdose, determine if an overdose victim needs rescue breathing or CPR, perform rescue breathing and CPR, administer naloxone, and how to obtain low cost or no cost naloxone.

The trainings ensure that those who may witness an overdose will have adequate training to administer naloxone properly. In


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