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Bernard, Moulton Move Forward to General Election for Mayor
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:22PM / Tuesday, September 19, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass.— Thomas Bernard and Robert Moulton Jr. took top votes in Tuesday's preliminary election for mayor.

Bernard, the favorite going into the election, smoked his competition by racking up 1,009 votes in sparse voting to Moulton's 431.

None of the other three candidates —Rachel Branch,Robert Martelle and Peter Oleskiewicz — broke 100 votes.

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Democratic Candidates for State House Discuss Issues in Lanesborough
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:40PM / Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Paul Mark, who represented Lanesborough when it was part of the 2nd Berkshire, moderated the 90-minute panel.  LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Education and transportation were among the chief topics of conversation at a Monday forum for Democrats running to fill the unexpired term of deceased state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi.   The four candidates on the ballot in the Oct. 10 Democratic primary discussed their platforms and qualifications to represent the 1st Berkshire District on Beacon Hill in a 90-minute forum hosted by the town's Democratic Committee and moderated by state Rep. Paul Mark, D-Peru.   North Adams' John Barrett III, Lisa Blackmer and Stephanie Bosley

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

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Education Task Force Keeps Focus on Creating Opportunities for Students
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:54AM / Tuesday, September 19, 2017
DALTON, Mass. — The Berkshire County Education Task Force on Saturday pressed forward less than 48 hours after one school district voted to step back from its participation in the effort.   The committee had a full agenda for its regularly scheduled meeting at Nessacus Middle School, but Thursday's decision from the Berkshire Hills Regional School Committee to withdraw from the task force colored the conversation.   Chairman John Hockridge opened the meeting by addressing the vote head on.   "I just wished they'd put off the discussion for one more meeting to give us the opportunity to tell them where we're coming from," Hockridge said of the

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North Adams Tiny House Builders See Growth in Affordable, Custom Housing
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:22AM / Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Healey talks with Jason Koperniak, Mitch Bresett and Chris St. Cyr in the workshop.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Tiny houses are making a big impact on the state's smallest city.    On Monday, Attorney General Maura Healey was the latest elected official to take a tour of B&B Micro Manufacturing's workshop in the Windsor Mill, where six tiny houses at various stages of completion were lined up in a row. Healey was in the city to meet with community leaders on the opioid epidemic.   Mayor Richard Alcombright said the company's growth has been a bright spot in reviving the city's manufacturing base, an integral part of its creative

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Tuesday Election to Narrow Down North Adams Mayoral Candidates
Staff Reports,
09:20PM / Monday, September 18, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Five entered the mayoral race but only two will survive Tuesday's preliminary to face off in November's general election.    Polls open for voters in North Adams at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, and close at 7 p.m. All five wards will be voting at St. Elizabeth's Parish Center this year. The City Council voted earlier this year to move the Ward 4 polling location to the parish center, where the other four wards have been for a number of years.    No incumbent is on the ballot for the first time in 34 years. Vying for the corner office are Thomas Bernard, Rachel Branch, Robert M. Martelle, Robert R. Moulton Jr. and Peter

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Healey Told Resources Lacking to Combat Opioid Epidemic
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:20PM / Monday, September 18, 2017

Paul Hickling of the Brien Center talks about his organization's initiatives, including a new recovery center for new mothers. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Northern Berkshire has been knitting together a wide array of agencies and organizations to combat an opioid epidemic that's devastated communities. Its leaders, including Mayor Richard Alcombright, have played a prominent role in working groups both regionally and statewide addressing addiction and recovery.    But while the partnerships are strong, a lack of resources has left this fragile safety net overwhelmed and with too many gaps for those seeking help to fall through.    "You need help and

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North Adams Mayor Candidates Fined for Missing Filing Deadline
Staff Reports,
06:11PM / Monday, September 18, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Two mayoral candidates have been fined for not filing their preliminary reports on time.    Robert R. Moulton Jr. and Peter Oleskiewicz failed to file campaign reports with the Office of Campaign and Political Finance by the Sept. 11 filing date. Each was being fined $25 a day until their report is filed. This is a personal fine and committee funds may not be used.    Election candidates were required to submit all campaign donations and expenditures between Jan. 1 and Sept. 1, 2017.    As of Monday afternoon, Sept. 18, Moulton had not filed any reports. Oleskiewicz on Sunday filed a report showing no donations and no

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Biz Briefs: Wild Oats Introduces Co-op Cash for Class Program
02:21PM / Monday, September 18, 2017

Cashing in: Wild Oats Market, a cooperatively owned natural foods grocery store, bakery and cafe in Williamstown, has unveiled Co-op Cash for Class, a new program aimed at raising money for local schools. To participate in the program, schools must register online. They can then download a customizable flyer to share with parents and students encouraging them to enroll.

It is even easier for parents to participate. Families simply register online and designate up to two schools. As soon as they sign up they will immediately begin to earn points each time they shop. There are no receipts to deal with and every purchase counts. The more families that participate and shop, the more money

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Berkshires Beat: CATA Artists on Display at Pittsfield Guido's
12:23PM / Monday, September 18, 2017

Touring art: Community Access to the Arts will exhibit at Guido's Fresh Marketplace in Pittsfield as part of ​CATA's "Art on Tour" gallery series. The exhibit, featuring artwork created by Pittsfield-based CATA artists with disabilities, runs through Oct. 31, with a public reception on Friday, Sept. 22, from 5 to 7 p.m.

The curated exhibit includes a variety of stylistic expression and techniques in water-based media, such as watercolor, tempera and ink, and feature both abstract and representational work. All works in the exhibit are professionally matted and framed, and all pieces are for sale, with proceeds supporting commissions for individual artists. The

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SBA Honors Red Apple Butchers And Yummy Treasures
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:55AM / Monday, September 18, 2017

Red Apple Butchers is a nose-to-tail shop that opens its expanded location this week. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — It was about 10 years ago when Beth Carpenter wanted to get rid of some excess jewelry making supplies.   She sold them online and turned a decent income. Sales grew and eventually took over her living room. It got so large of an operation she brought her husband, Greg, on to help run the business.   Yummy Treasures continued to grow from there.   Two years ago, she opened a storefront on Commercial Street.   Now, Yummy Treasures is the No. 1 shop on Etsy for jewelry and crafting supplies and the winner of the Massachusetts Small Business

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Course Record Set at Josh Billings RunAground Triathlon
07:55PM / Sunday, September 17, 2017
LENOX, Mass. -- The Allen Heights Veterinary team won Sunday's Josh Billings RunAground Triathlon in record time.   Biker Josh Lipka, kayakers Tom Keefe and Ben Pigott and runner Steve Monsulick combined to cover the course in 2 hours, 15 minutes, 28 seconds.   The old record, set by a team from High Lawn Farm, was 2:15:55.   On Sunday, Allen Heights finished 11 minutes ahead of runner-up You Doin' the Josh, which finished in 2:26:32 with Jonathan Molk biking, Tim Hudyncia paddling a canoe and Scott Carpenter running.   The event sends bikers over a 27-mile course, includes a 5-mile canoe, kayak or paddleboard leg and ends with a 6-mile run.   The top

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North Adams Library Mulls Restoration of Landmark Cupola
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
06:30AM / Sunday, September 17, 2017

The trustees meet on the renovated third floor of the building.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city may be known for its soaring steeples, but it also has an underused feature whose views easily rival those of its neighboring spires.    The Blackinton Mansion's two-story cupola offers an expansive panorama of the city's downtown and its circling mountain range. It's a sight that few have seen in the 120 years since the private residence became the North Adams Public Library.    Tara Jacobs is hoping to change that.    The city resident and School Committee member wants to see this long unused section of the historic mansion brought back

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