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Canning Announces State Senate Candidacy on Republican Ticket
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:38AM / Thursday, May 05, 2016

The announcement was made before the Veterans of Foreign Wars held its meeting. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Christine Canning describes herself as a "pit bull with lipstick" who will go to Boston and fight for Berkshire County.   The Lanesborough resident and educational consultant announced her candidacy for state Senate at the American Legion in Pittsfield Wednesday evening.   Canning is running as a Republican and will take on the winner of the Democratic primary, which features Adam Hinds, Andrea Harrington and Rinaldo Del Gallo. The Berkshire's seat is open because Sen. Benjamin Downing has opted not to run for


Clarksburg Planners Recommend Wind, Telecommunication Bylaws
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:20AM / Thursday, May 05, 2016

Only a handful of residents attended the public hearing.

CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The Planning Board voted Wednesday to recommend some updates to the town's zoning bylaws to cover wind energy generation facilities and wireless telecommunications.

Town meeting will take up the amendments on May 25.

The board held a brief public hearing on Wednesday at the Senior Center attended by a handful of people. The several amendments were considered priorities as the board reviews the town's zoning, which has changed little since 1993. The board also voted to recommend a few changes in the zoning use table.

The first amendment would cover the installation of wireless telecommunications


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

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
Super Bowl Pancake Breakfast
by TunnelVision 10:44PM / Monday, January 30, 2012

Senate Candidate Hinds Opens Pittsfield Headquarters
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:48PM / Wednesday, May 04, 2016

More than two dozen supporters stopped by to check out the new office space. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Senate Candidate Adam Hinds opened a downtown office on Tuesday.   Hinds is running against Andrea Harrington for the Democratic nomination for the Berkshire state Senate seat being left vacant by Benjamin Downing, who opted not to run for re-election.   Rindaldo Del Gallo has said he plans to run but has not yet jumped into the race.    The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition Executive Director Hinds held an open house at his new office on South Street — in the plaza at the Crowne Plaza — which had previously been used as the headquarters for the


SVMC Health Blog: Good News, Gone Bad
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03:15PM / Wednesday, May 04, 2016

One day several years ago, a national news broadcast reporter covered a scientific study that revealed the beneficial components of chocolate. "It's good for your heart," she proclaimed. "Eat more chocolate."

The 90-second news broadcast oversimplified the findings, and so did every other news source reporting the story in the wildfire of coverage that ensued. The "good news" of dark chocolate is still making headlines now, years later. Meanwhile millions are over-consuming chocolate and other foods that — while they may have some beneficial properties — have a lot of calories. Those calories are actually doing more harm than good.

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North Adams Seeking Public Input on Cultural District Application
02:11PM / Wednesday, May 04, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city of North Adams and Berkshire Cultural Resource Center, part of Massachusetts College Liberal Arts, will be hosting two public meetings regarding the application to designate the North Adams downtown area as a Cultural District.

This designation is awarded through the Massachusetts Cultural Council's Cultural District Initiative. The meetings will take place at on Tuesday, May 10, at 11 a.m. and Thursday, May 12, at 6 p.m. Both meetings will be open to the public and held at Gallery 51 on Main Street. The purpose is to have an open discussion with the community about the ins and outs of the application process as well as the impact this designation


Baseball Exhibit to Go Up at Country Club of Pittsfield Sports,
01:53PM / Wednesday, May 04, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- “Baseball in the Berkshires: A County’s Common Bond” will continue its 2016 season later this month at the Country Club of Pittsfield.

The historic exhibition that traces the game from its earliest beginnings through the career of contemporary local collegians was created last year and had its initial residence at Herman Melville’s Arrowhead.

It returned to the Holmes Road site this spring for a brief stay with plans to take it on the road to various sites around the county.

The first stop will be at the CC of Pittsfield from May 16 to 20.

No admission will be charged at the exhibit, which will be displayed Monday, May 16, from noon to 4 p.m.


Help Your Mother Prepare for Retirement
12:02PM / Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Mother’s Day is almost here, so start shopping for the flowers or candy for Mom. But this year, why not also go beyond the traditional?

Specifically, if your mother is still working but getting close to retirement, consider providing her with a gift that can help make her days as a retiree more pleasant.

Here are a few suggestions:

* Contribute to her IRA. As long as your mother is employed, she can contribute to an IRA, and she may already have one. If so, help her fund it for 2016. You can’t contribute directly to her IRA, but you can certainly write her a check for that purpose, and by doing so, you can make it easier for Mom to “max out” on her account this


North Adams Happenings: May 4-10
10:40AM / Wednesday, May 04, 2016
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Letter: Answers Needed on North Adams Health Department Backlog
Letters to the Editor,
02:00PM / Tuesday, May 03, 2016

To the Editor:

The recent revelation that the City of North Adams has fallen behind in its responsibility to provide its citizens of the most basic legally required Health Inspections demands a community announcement as compelling as Mayor Alcombright announcing his recision of the Winter Parking Ban sent to all citizens.

While this important and fundamental position has been neglected in our city it is an Indictment on the administration of Mayor Alcombright. As the chief executive officer of the city of North Adams it is the duty and responsibility to know and understand the day-to-day operations of our city.

What is more troubling is the response of our mayor. Mayor Alcombright, in


McCann Cutting Costs for Electrical & Solar Array Repairs
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:35PM / Tuesday, May 03, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School will receive $10,000 in repairs to its small roof-mounted solar array with a net-metering contract that will cut electricity costs.

The McCann School Committee voted Wednesday to enter into a 25-year solar net metering contract that should cut electricity costs by 25 percent.

"This is something municipalities and school districts are doing across the commonwealth," Superintendent James Brosnan said. "We are not the first we are in the middle of the pack."

He added that he was able to reach an agreement that the contractor would gift $10,000 to make repairs to the 15-year-old array that has been offline for eight


Berkshires Beat: Save Stockbridge Bowl Campaign Nears Goal
01:06PM / Monday, May 02, 2016

Close to the goal: The Stockbridge Bowl Association expects to complete its $2.8 million Save Stockbridge Bowl capital campaign in 2016, as the organization celebrates the 70th anniversary of its founding in 1946.

The SBA has raised more than $2.4 million of the estimated $2.8 million cost to pay for Phase 2 of the Town of Stockbridge Lake Management Plan. The work will include dredging to remove silt that has built up over many decades, and to permit a significant winter drawdown to kill the roots of invasive non-native plants clogging many areas of the lake.

"If the Town of Stockbridge cannot dredge decades of accumulated sediment and enable a winter drawdown to kill the invasive


Biz Briefs: Southwestern Vermont Medical Center Wins TV Award
12:05PM / Monday, May 02, 2016

SVMC patient John Kasper and Orion Howard, MD, pose with the 2015 Telly Award.

'Telly' It Like It Is: Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, with its agency Jennings, have received a 2015 Telly Award for its Partnership is Powerful Medicine campaign video featuring cancer patient John Kasper.

In the video, John, an auto detailer in Bennington, shares his emotional story about battling cancer with SVMC’s team. The video was part of a series of patient videos, all of which can be viewed online.

“We are pleased to win this award and grateful to the team of doctors and nurses at the Cancer Center for the inspirational work they do every day,” said Ray Smith,


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