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North County Emergency Responders Receive National Award
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:09AM / Thursday, October 01, 2015
Members of the Northern Berkshire Regional Emergency Management Committee pose with the award they received from FEMA for community preparedness.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Local emergency responders were presented with an award for community preparedness from FEMA earlier this month in Washington, D.C.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency awarded the Northern Berkshire Regional Emergency Management Committee the 2015 Individual and Community Preparedness Heroes Award.

North Adams Ambulance Assistant Manager Amalio Jusino said out of 138 applicants throughout the country, the NB-REPC received one of the 10 different awards available.

"You could say that we do it better than


Southwestern Vermont Medical Prepped for 'Active Shooter' Scenario
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
08:47PM / Wednesday, September 30, 2015
A 'victim' of Wednesday's active shooter drill is brought into the emergency department at Southern Vermont Medical Center.

BENNINGTON, Vt. — Patients and families expect to find safety and security in a hospital. It's a place of healing, after all.

But what if someone fractures the very well-being of a health center, intent on doing harm?

That was the ripped-from-the-headlines scenario at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center on a rainy Wednesday morning.

The two-part emergency drill was the first time the medical center had performed a "Code Silver," or active shooter situation.

Staff from Southwestern Vermont Health Care were joined by members of the

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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

North Adams Happenings: Sept. 30-Oct. 6
02:48PM / Wednesday, September 30, 2015
North Adams Happenings:
September 30 - October 6
Brought to you by the MCLA Berkshire Cultural Resource Center
and the North Adams Office of Tourism & Community Events   Save the

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Farmers' Skills Can Pay Off for Investors, Too
Submitted by Edward Jones,
02:31PM / Wednesday, September 30, 2015

In many parts of the country, it’s harvest season. As a consumer, you will certainly be affected by the labors of farmers — and their particular skill set can also teach you a lot in your role as investor.

Here are a few suggestions for putting farmers’ behaviors to work for you:

* Keep a cool head. Farmers have to cope with all sorts of challenges – bad weather, changing crop prices, availability and cost of land, global trade policies, etc. But the most successful farmers don’t panic, follow sound agricultural practices and adapt their work habits as necessary. As an investor, you, too, need to keep a cool head, especially in the face of volatile markets,

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Column: Five Years of Type One Diabetes Is Long Enough
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:38PM / Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Five years.

That's 1,825 days, 43,800 hours and 2,628,000 minutes since the most unwelcome guest entered my life.

On Oct. 1, 2010, I brought my 4-year-old daughter, Noelle, to the pediatrician. She had been drinking a lot and peeing a lot, and a co-worker told me those were signs of diabetes.

It can't possibly be diabetes, I thought as I watched my happy and healthy daughter breezily wave goodbye to her preschool friends. Had I known that I was witnessing the last carefree moment of her childhood, I would have tried to freeze time, wrap her in my arms and try with all my might to ward off what was coming next.

The pediatrician had her pee in a cup. Noelle thought that was

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Colegrove Park School Getting Closer to Completion
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:49AM / Tuesday, September 29, 2015
School and city officials tour the new Colegrove Park Elementary School recently.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Work on Colegrove Park Elementary School continues at a steady progress, with nearly 100 workers on the former middle school grounds.

Despite being several months late, the project is also doing well on the budget front.

"The numbers look good, financially you're in good shape," reported Andy Gentile, of owner's project manager Colliers International, who attended his first meeting with the School Building Committee on Monday.

Gentile is transitioning in as replacement for Daniel Daisy and has recently completed a $60 million multiphase school project in

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North Adams Housing Program's Transfer to City Tabled
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:41AM / Tuesday, September 29, 2015
The expected vote to dissolve Housing Opportunities Inc. was tabled by Chairman Christopher Tremblay over lingering questions he has.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The long-planned transfer of Housing Opportunities Inc. to the city was abruptly tabled by Chairman Christopher Tremblay on Monday because of lingering questions.

"I have questions related to this whole process that I would like answered before we move forward," he said.

HOI was established in 1988 to promote safe and affordable housing in the city; its board of directors is made up of sitting Housing Authority board members and its non-voting CEO is the authority's executive director.

The Housing Authority has


Berkshire Tidbits: Spanish Wine, Apple Butchers & Pies Galore
By Judith Lerner, iBerkshires Columnist
11:39PM / Monday, September 28, 2015
Bascom Lodge offers a spectacular view with its dining options at the top of Mount Greylock.

Bodega Mugas Spanish Wine Dinner

Spirited Wines of Lenox will present a five-course, six-Spanish wine pairing dinner at Café Adam in Great Barrington.

Spirited's wine merchant and owner Jim Nejaime said, "We'll showcase six great wines from one of Rioja's most iconic wineries, Bodegas Muga including Reserva and highly rated Grand Reservas. We have visited Muga multiple times to view their beautiful vineyards, natural winemaking techniques, their own fire-toasted barrel-making facility and to sample with Senor Muga their amazing wines."

Bodegas Muga was founded in


North Adams Teacher Writes Book On City's History
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:35PM / Monday, September 28, 2015
North Adams teacher Deborah Sala shows off the book she has just self-published on the history of North Adams.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Deborah Sala remembers the surprise on the face of the little boy who realized his current home at Brayton Hill Apartments sits on a historical site.

Sala, a reading specialist at Sullivan Elementary School, told the boy and his class that the housing development was built on a former brickyard in the manufacturing history of the city.

"The look of astonishment on his face! 'The history happened where I sleep?'" Sala recalled with a laugh. "He was somehow connected to what went on here."

That connection between kids and

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MCLA Men's Golf Competes at Elms Invitational
07:52AM / Monday, September 28, 2015
EAST LONGMEADOW, Mass. - The MCLA men's golf team wrapped up play this afternoon in the Elms Invitational hosted by Elmcrest Country Club in East Longmeadow.   The Trailblazers finished in 18th place. Occidental won the team competition.   The Trailblazers were paced once again by Nick Young who carded a second day score of 79. His two-day total was good enough for a 42nd place finish. Cooper Gavin was next for MCLA, while Sam Slocombe and James Clark each carded better final rounds for the Trailblazers besting their Saturday scores by a wide margin.   Occidental's Colton Bares and Will Mansfield tied for the medalist with a score of 146.   MCLA will be back in

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Sunday, Bloody Sunday
Staff Reports,
09:05AM / Sunday, September 27, 2015
It is going to be a late night for star-gazers.   The super rare "super blood moon" arrives Sunday night for the first time since 1982 and the last time until 2033.   According to various sources — we cribbed our information from NASA's website, — the annual harvest Moon will coincide with both a lunar eclipse and the occurrence of a "super moon," when Earth's nearest neighbor is as near as it gets.   It all should combine to make for a large, bright, orangy object that should be quite a show.   The harvest moon, which occurs on the first full Moon after the arrival of autumn (that arrival was Wednesday this past

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Fall Foliage Festival Leaf Hunt 2015
01:05AM / Saturday, September 26, 2015

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The annual Fall Foliage Leaf hunt has begun, and the committee has released the first set of clues.

Colored paper leaves are hidden throughout the area and participants must solve the clues in order to find the leaves and win a prize.

The leaves are well hidden and the committee suggests persons search thoroughly to find them. When a leaf is found the person must sign their name on it and return it to Pedrin's Dairy Bar on Curran Highway to claim the prize. One prize per household please.

There is also a phantom leaf hunt for homebound residents. Those participating in the phantom leaf hunt must send a postcard with their name address phone number and the

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