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Volunteers Clean Up at North Adams' First Annual Appalachian Trail Day
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
12:02PM / Sunday, August 02, 2015
Common Folk play at a picnic for trail cleanup volunteers on Saturday.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — After cleaning up parts of the Appalachian Trail that run through the city, volunteers enjoyed food and music at the first annual North Adams Appalachian Trail Celebration.

City Councilor Joshua Moran, who spearheaded the project, said the group of nine started early at 9:30 and later met at Greylock School for a cookout with volunteers and hikers coming down from the trail.

"There has been a lot of work going on ... We did some cleanup this morning and now we are here to do a little celebrating," Moran said. "We have music from Common Folk, it's a super nice day, and we

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SteepleCats Win Regular Season Finale
10:08PM / Saturday, August 01, 2015
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Michael Babb hit a two-run home run to lead the North Adams SteepleCats to a 4-0 win over Newport in New England Collegiate Baseball League on Saturday at Joe Wolfe Field.   With the win and a loss by Laconia, the SteepleCats (21-21) clinched third place in the NECBL Northern Division. North Adams will face second place Sanford, Maine, this week in the first round of the playoffs.   Jim Haley went 2-for-3 with an RBI in an eight-hit attack for North Adams, which won its second straight to close the regular season.   Matthew Kostalos earned the win with three innings on the mound. Mount Greylock graduate Rob Buffis pitched two innings of one-hit relief as

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

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First Responders Receive Tactical Training at Drury High School
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:02PM / Saturday, August 01, 2015
EMTs treat a patient in live shooter exercise held for Berkshire County first responders at Drury High School. Participants ran through a number of scenarios to practice how police, fire and EMS would respond in a crisis.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Dozens of police, fire and emergency medical services personnel from around the county were at Drury High School on Saturday morning for an emergency response training exercise.

Trooper Sean C. Barry, a member of the state police STOP Team conducted the "Tactical EMS" exercise along with Amalio Jusino of North Adams Ambulance Service, the vice chairman of the Northern Berkshire Regional Emergency Planning Committee.

Barry led the

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Our Neighbors: The Teacher
By Paul W. Marino, iBerkshires Columnist
03:45PM / Saturday, August 01, 2015
Sarah T. Haskins' name continues on at the former public school, which now houses Child Care of the Berkshires.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — An unhappy fact about history is that women tend to be written out of it. So while we hear all about the Fathers of our country, our community, etc., we almost never hear about the Mothers.

This is bizarre, since we all know that no father is capable of becoming one on his own. And while they are usually unsung, the contributions of women are many and varied. So in this essay I've chosen to take a look at one of the few historical women of North Adams we actually have detailed information on: Sarah T. Haskins.

Haskins was a teacher, all of

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@theMarket: Month-End Musings
By Bill Schmick,
03:36PM / Saturday, August 01, 2015

While the summer months are usually the slowest season on Wall Street, July has proven to be anything but. As we enter the month of August, can we expect the same?

Whether we focus on overseas markets or review our own, it is clear that volatility remained and will remain elevated. Overseas markets in Asia took it on the chin, while the United States was trapped in a trading range that will continue in the month ahead. The good news is that this range appears to have an upward bias, so we can expect some minor new highs as time passes.

For the month, the S&P 500 Index managed to stay above water with a 2.2 percent gain bringing the year's total to an unsatisfying 2.4 percent.

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Fall Foliage Festival Calling on All Grand Marshals
03:52AM / Saturday, August 01, 2015
This year's Fall Foliage Parade will celebrate the parade's 60-year history.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The annual Fall Foliage Festival Parade will celebrate its own history as the theme of its 60th anniversary.

The festival, the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce and the city of North Adams are celebrating the hard work that has gone into the parade over the years by inviting all past parade grand marshals to lead the parade on Sunday, Oct. 4.

The 60th anniversary theme will emphasize the rich history of the parade and focus on the amazing community that continues to be dedicated to the success of the annual event.

"Our special 60th anniversary parade will reflect on the

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SteepleCats Clinch Playoff Spot With Road Win
11:32PM / Friday, July 31, 2015
LACONIA, N.H. -- Joe Deluca went 2-for-5 with a double and three runs batted in to lead the North Adams SteepleCats to a 5-4 win over Laconia on Friday night in the New England Collegiate Baseball League.   The SteepleCats (20-21) had a 4-0 lead midway through the fifth and held off a ninth-inning rally, leaving the tying run at third base.   Hoosac Valley graduate Tanner Bird pitched two innings of one-hit relief, striking out two and lowering his earned run average for the season to 3.86.   Starter John Erhardt earned the win, going 5-2/3 and allowing two runs.   North Adams locked up fourth place and the final playoff spot in the NECBL Northern Division with the win.

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'Southpaw': Winner by a Split Decision
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
04:02PM / Friday, July 31, 2015
Popcorn Column
by Michael S. Goldberger  
Weinstein Co. Jake Gyllenhaal steps into the ring to punch out a story told many times before and still lands a KO.

The stark realism of director Antoine Fuqua's emotionally charged "Southpaw" belies the fact that you've seen this classic boxing saga at least a couple dozen times before, if not more. Oh, they get changed up a little bit, depending on the era from whence they emerge, but the plot is inevitably familiar.

The protagonist, usually of little intelligence and bereft of an upbringing that might have prepared him for a more traditional occupation, grapples his way to

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The Independent Investor: Supermarkets Evolve to Survive
By Bill Schmick,
03:29PM / Friday, July 31, 2015

We take our local supermarkets for granted. Like gas stations, there seems to one on almost every corner, at least in suburbia. With competition from a variety of sources, supermarkets have been forced to reinvent themselves and are doing a good job doing just that.

Historically, supermarkets are a low-margin business, barely eking out 1-2 percent profit margins annually. Even the "hot" areas of the grocery market, like natural. organic and gourmet food emporiums only command 3 percent to 6 percent margins but to the big store chains that's an attractive option.

In addition, the supermarkets industry is highly fragmented with the top 10 chains only accounting for 35 percent

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10th Annual Rock, Rattle & Drum Pow Wow Set for Aug. 8-9
12:43PM / Friday, July 31, 2015

BENNINGTON, Vt. — After 10 years of celebratory dance, song, and drumming, this year’s 10th annual Rock, Rattle & Drum Pow Wow will explode in another weekend of American Indian music, dance, education, entertainment, arts and crafts vendors and cultural festivities fun for the whole family.

The 10th Annual Rock, Rattle & Drum Pow Wow will be held on the grounds of the Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington on Saturday, Aug. 8, and Sunday, Aug. 9.

The theme of this year's pow wow is "Rise & Shine: Coming Together." The event is a unique celebration and sharing of native culture through traditional songs, dances and art. Traditionally pow wows are

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Northern Berkshire Community Coalition Names New Executive Director
12:03PM / Friday, July 31, 2015
Adam Hinds is leaving his position with the city of Pittsfield to take over as the new executive director of the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The board of the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition has named Adam Hinds as executive director of the coalition beginning Sept. 1.   Hinds brings a diverse background in community organizing, political campaigns and community dialogue in international settings to NBCC's mission of community support and action in northern Berkshire County.   He comes from the directorship of Pittsfield Community Connection. There he focused on positive development for high-risk youth and their families. At the

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Teddy's Tops WPT in Giorgi League
10:16AM / Friday, July 31, 2015
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Courtney McLaughlin scored 13 and Kristy Conyers added 10 to lead Teddy's Pizza to a 52-48 win over Williamstown Physical Therapy on Thursday night in the John Giorgi Summer Basketball League.   Aliah Curry scored a game-high 21, and meghan Vaughan scored 11 with nine rebounds for WPT.   Thursday's other games in the high school division saw Hoosac Valley defeat Drury and Bennington, Vt.'s, Mount Anthony down Berkshire Hoops.   For Hoosac Valley, Jameson Coughlan scored 22 points with eight rebounds in a 69-43 victory. Three other Hurricanes finished in double figures: Avery Hall with 18, J.P. Levesque with 15 and Matt Koperniak with

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