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News and events in North Adams, Mass.

Foehl Leads Mount Greylock Boys to Giorgi League Win
08:52AM / Saturday, June 23, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Toby Foehl scored 16 points Thursday to lead the Mount Greylock boys basketball team to a 55-50 win over McCann Tech in the John Giorgi Summer Basketball League.      Evan Sheridan chipped in with 10 points for the Mounties.      McCann Tech was led by Keeghan Vidal with 19 and Bruce Davis with 15.      Drury defeated Hoosac Valley in Thursday's other game, 68-47.      Scott McGuire led the way with 17 points and eight rebounds, and Reece Racette had a double-double with 14 points and 15 boards. Hunter Sarkis scored 13, and Max Daugherty added 10 for the Blue Devils.      Hoosac Valley's


Pilgrims Top SteepleCats In Pitcher's Duel
By John Wood, North Adams SteepleCats
11:30PM / Friday, June 22, 2018

PLYMOUTH, Mass. — Just 398 years after the original Pilgrims were able to claim a victory over finding a new homeland, the 2018 Pilgrims of New England Collegiate Baseball League were able to claim a different type of victory over their in-state rival North Adams SteepleCats.

Still searching for their fifth win, the SteepleCats headed to the South Shore Friday night to take on the Plymouth Pilgrims. After amazing performances by both starting pitchers and a home run by each side, the Pilgrims squeezed by North Adams with a 4-3 victory.

Chris Cepeda made his fourth start of the year for the SteepleCats, going deep into the game and not allowing much action on the base paths until


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

@theMarket: Ignore the Noise and Profit
By Bill Schmick,
03:51PM / Friday, June 22, 2018
The world is in turmoil. The news is all bad. Trump is threatening to up the ante on tariffs. NAFTA is kaput. Our trade partners hate us. China won't back down and, if you have time to spare, you are reading about immigrant kids locked in Texas dog cages by order of the president. So why is the stock market holding up?   The fundamental reason remains the same. Under all the muck, there is and will continue to be a bid under the stock market. In past columns, I have explained why — corporate stock buybacks, M&A, higher dividends coupled with a strong economy and low-interest rates.   If you look at the technicals, which I do, every sell-off seems to stop at a


McCann Receives Almost $200,000 in Grant Funds
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:30AM / Friday, June 22, 2018

Superintendent James Brosnan, center, poses with Gov. Charlie Baker and North Adams Mayor Thomas Bernard at Wednesday's grant presentation at Salem High School. 

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School has received a $195,873 in state Skills Capital Grant funds to purchase new advanced manufacturing equipment.

Superintendent James Brosnan was happy to tell the School Committee on Thursday that he recently visited Salem High School, where Gov. Charlie Baker awarded grant. 

"Had a great day today," he said. "This is really exciting we are flying high."

Some $10.9 million was given out to 33 high schools and educational institutions on Wednesday.


TurboProp Owner Pulls Donation Over 'Turmoil' at North Adams Airport
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
08:59PM / Thursday, June 21, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The airport's largest business is threatening to pull funding for a planned administrative building and file suit against the city over "turmoil" caused by convicted rapist Alex Kelly.   In a letter sent to the Airport Commission, Harry S. Patten Jr., owner of Turboprop East, expressed frustration that the fuel-farm lease for his company still had not been signed because the commission was "embroiled with an individual of dubious character and this is preventing them from properly functioning."   "Due to this turmoil, I am withdrawing my donation to fund the new FBO," he wrote. "Furthermore, if the Commission cannot


'First Reformed': An Inconvenient Proof
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
08:21PM / Thursday, June 21, 2018
It is unfortunate. But it only makes complete sense that Paul Schrader's dark and starkly truthful "First Reformed" will be one of 2018's most important movies. Whether or not you like its profoundly intense take on current events and how that intersects with the crisis of conscience Ethan Hawke's Reverend Ernst Toller is experiencing, the film is representative of its time.   Unlike in the Great Depression, when cheerful movies tried to paste things over until happy times were here again, this intense, artistic muckrake dives headlong into the tribulation. But expect no answers as we witness Reverend Toller navigate the whims, wiles and sometimes disingenuous


The Independent Investor: The Next Recession
By Bill Schmick,
05:27PM / Thursday, June 21, 2018
Over half the economists on Wall Street believe that by the end of 2020, we will experience our first economic downturn in years. If so, when might you begin to prepare for a rocky two-year period for all of us?   The good news is that we still have another year or so of stock market gains, job growth and more importantly, wage growth. As it stands, the U.S. is currently enjoying its second-longest economic expansion in history with an unemployment rate that hasn't been this low in decades. Wage growth, after languishing for years, is expected to top 3 percent by the end of 2018, while GDP could achieve greater than 3 percent this year and a further 2.5 percent next year.   So


Eagle Street Initiative Work Begins With Delivery of Parked Pocket Park
Staff Reports,
04:49PM / Thursday, June 21, 2018

Across from the manufactured park, the little pocket park on Eagle is getting a makeover. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Work is beginning on the NAMAzing Eagle Street Initiative with the delivery of an extended park structure right on the street.   The manufactured pocket park built by B&B Micro-Manufacturing, a local tiny house construction company, takes up about two parking spots on the west side of the one-way street. It offers plenty of seating and counter space for eating and solar lighting for the evening.    The structure is part of a rejuvenation plan for the historic street that is being funded with $35,871 in donations and a $25,000 matching MassDevelopment


Four Berkshire Women Celebrated as Unsung Heroines
10:51AM / Thursday, June 21, 2018

Sen. Adam Hinds welcomes Great Barrington's Unsung Heroine Gwendolyn VanSant and her husband, Sam VanSant, at the State House.   BOSTON – Four Berkshire County women were honored as members of the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women's 2018 class of Unsung Heroines during a State House ceremony on Wednesday.    Gwendolyn VanSant of Great Barrington, Sabrina Tan of Lee, Pauline Wheeler of Hinsdale, and Judy Grinnell of North Adams were among the 130 women from across that state were welcomed were welcomed by state officials.    Wheeler was nominated by state Rep. Paul Mark, D-Peru, and Grinnell, founder of the Hoosic River


Anthony's 16 Points Lead Team to Giorgi League Win Sports,
09:13AM / Thursday, June 21, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Mose Anthony scored 16 points Wednesday to lead Yard Work by Dan to a 69-58 win over Brick Squad in the John Giorgi Summer Basketball League.   Tank Roberson added 14, and Keiland Cross had 14 in the victory.   Brandon Davis scored a game-high 20, and Mitch Scace had 16 points and nine rebounds for Brick Squad.   In Wednesday’s other game, Brendan Kordana scored 22 points with seven boards for Outlook Builders/Pizza House in a 70-45 win over the Celtics.   Clayton Palmer and David Vidal backed up Kordana with 12 and 11, respectively.   The Celtics got 15 points from Keith Czubryt.   League play continues Thursday night at Noel Field


Mainers Secure Walk Off Win Over SteepleCats
By John Wood, North Adams SteepleCats
11:10PM / Wednesday, June 20, 2018

SANFORD, Maine. —As the old Yogi Berra saying goes, “It ain’t over till it’s over”

That proved to be true in Sanford, Maine Wednesday night, as a 2 RBI double for the Sanford Mainers in the bottom of the 9th secured a walk-off win over the North Adams SteepleCats 4-3.

The first six innings of the contest proved to be a pitcher’s duel. Andrew DiPiazza made his first NECBL start in Sanford after appearing in two games prior for the SteepleCats. The 6’7” senior had the Mainers almost under complete control, only allowing one run off of three hits with striking out six in his impressive outing. Mainers Ed Baram and and Ryan Twitchell manned


Cecropia, Our Sylvan King
By Tor Hansen, Guest Column
07:15PM / Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Soleil Osprey Cole, taken some years ago in Wellfleet, who found a rainbow larvae and cared for it until it emerged as a cecropia moth the following year. Below, a watercolor by Hansen of 'Cecropia Moth Lifecycle with Blackburnian and Wilson's Warblers.'  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — So majestic is Hyalophora cecropia in appearance and biology that our sylvan king of the realm is a fitting title.   Just how this regal silk moth can engineer survival despite an inborn handicap is to its credit all the more remarkable. That such a resourceful creature can change form, starting with a tiny egg advancing to an enticing armored caterpillar, to a


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