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Drury Announces Fourth Quarter Honor Roll
01:45PM / Monday, July 20, 2015

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Drury High School has announced the honor roll for the fourth quarter of the 2014-2015 school year.

Grade 12 high honors go to: Candiloro, Alexander Josiah; Girard, Justin William; Giron, Joshua Dante; Goodermote, Brittany-Ann Sartori; Gray, Lindsey Taylor; Hebel, Austin James; Laikind, Cain Kirk; Lapine, Cameron Michael; Peterson, Daelyn Virginia; Preite, Thane John; Robinson, Schuyler Michael; Scanlon, Matthew John; Sherman-Gauthier, Renee Amore; Tatro, Jacob Michael; Therrien, Allison Lynn; Thomas, Monica Katherine; Trombley, Nicholas Stephens and Waryjasz, Emma Elizabeth.

Grade 12 honors go to: Birch, Meghan Marie; Blackmon, Indica Magohany-Tatalia; Bryce,

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Lenox National Bank Shareholders OK Deal With Adams Community Bank
10:42AM / Monday, July 20, 2015

ADAMS, Mass. — Shareholders of Lenox National Bank approved the merger agreement pursuant to which Adams Community Bank will acquire the Lenox National Bank.

Both Charles P. O’Brien, Adams Community Bank president and CEO, and Paul Merlino, president and CEO of Lenox National Bank, expressed sincere appreciation for the strong level of support shown by the shareholders.

The transaction will have a value of approximately $14.3 million upon consummation of the merger following regulatory approval and the satisfaction of the other conditions of the merger agreement.

The combined bank will have $465 million in assets and eight full-service offices serving Berkshire County in

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

Jobs
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
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by TunnelVision 10:44PM / Monday, January 30, 2012

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Bird Leads Mingo's to Win in Giorgi League
08:23AM / Monday, July 20, 2015
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Nolan Bird scored 20 points on Sunday night to lead Mingo's/Moresi Associates to a 61-57 win over North Adams Law in the John Giorgi Summer Basketball League.   Seth Shepard backed up Bird with 12 points at the North Adams Armory.   Brandon Hurst scored a game-high 25 points and grabbed eight rebounds, and Joe Moulton scored 10 for North Adams Law.   In Sunday's other game, Flynn and Dagnoli/JBC defeated Waubeeka Golf Links, 72-52.   Lawrence Carrier and Keiland Cross each had a double-double for Flynn and Dagnoli.   Carrier scored a team-high 22 with 10 boards. Cross scored 15 and grabbed 10 rebounds. Vern Cross chipped in with 11

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Mayor's Fitness Challenge Concludes With Achievement
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:09AM / Monday, July 20, 2015
Mayor Richard Alcombright welcomes participants to the Fitness Challenge conclusion at Saturday's Farmers Market.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Although losing to Pittsfield by nearly 100 points, the North Adams Mayor's Fitness Challenge was still deemed a success.

Mass in Motion Project Coordinator Amanda Chilson announced Saturday at the Farmers Market the results of the 10-week long fitness challenge in which residents competed individually or in teams to gain points for healthy eating and exercising.

In its second year, the challenge took on a bigger scope and Pittsfield joined in on the competition. Chilson said Pittsfield won with an average of 1,237 points, but North Adams

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Clarksburg Grappling With Compensation Plan
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
12:41AM / Monday, July 20, 2015
The board is revamping the town's compensation plan.

CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The Board of Selectmen are trudging through the complex issues of public employee wages.

The board had put a moratorium on step raises earlier this year in anticipation of refiguring the wage structure, specifically in how to bring the town's salaries more in line with other towns.

That decision has already cost the town one Department of Public Works employee from the three-man department, and possibly a second.

But officials hope to have a more competitive salary range, one that will reward longevity.

"We knew were going to have this discussion going forward," said Select Board member

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'Me and Earl and the Dying Girl': Growing Up, the Hard Way
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
02:36PM / Sunday, July 19, 2015
Popcorn Column
by Michael S. Goldberger  
Fox Searchlight Pictures Greg, Rachel and Earl face life and death in this Sundance-winning slice of modern teen angst.

I hope that, per J.D. Salinger's lifelong dictum, there is never a movie adaptation of "The Catcher in The Rye." However, should such sacrilege come to pass, Thomas Mann, the contemporary epitome of teenaged angst and alienation in Alfonso Gomez-Rejon's "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl," would be a perfect Holden Caulfield.

Likeable, aggravating, touching and emotionally informing, his Greg, who during senior year of high school forms a tender bond

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SteepleCats Slip Two Games Under .500
11:38PM / Saturday, July 18, 2015
HOLYOKE, Mass. -- The Valley Blue Sox scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth to earn a 7-3 win over the North Adams SteepleCats in the New England Collegiate Baseball League on Saturday night.   Logan Boyer hit a two-run double in the top of the eighth to erase a 3-1 deficit for the 'Cats (16-18).   But Dylan Delso hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the frame to highlight the four-run rally for the Sox (17-15).   Jared Habershaw took the loss on the mound in a relief appearance.   North Adams is off on Sunday for the NECBL All-Star Game. Its next action is Tuesday back at Valley.

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Our Neighbors: The Tragic Fall of Robert Hunter
By Paul W. Marino, iBerkshires Columnist
04:11PM / Saturday, July 18, 2015
A woman walks across the Natural Bridge ravine circa 1896.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The story of the Hunter family is largely one of triumph: circa 1842, Deacon James Hunter, with his son James Erwin Hunter, started James Hunter Machine Co.

Over its 130-year history, five generations of James Hunters ran the company (now Morrison Berkshire) and brought it into international prominence.

The Hunters themselves were known for their generosity, giving to the North Adams Hospital, the arts and their church. Go into First Congregational Church and you can see the Tiffany window given by the Hunters and hear the organ donated by James D. Hunter. Go in Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary

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@theMarket: O Ye of Little Faith
By Bill Schmick,
09:28AM / Saturday, July 18, 2015

What a difference two weeks make. Back then, if one took the warnings/advice of the media and much of Wall Street, we were facing financial Armageddon. Today, the markets are flirting with new highs. What lessons can we learn from that?

Number one: the media's first and foremost objective is to sell advertising, if that means scaring its target markets into staying tuned (or reading the next page) then so be it. And I'm not just talking about the fringe elements. Greece, China and Puerto Rico led the list of doomsday stories that littered the headlines of some of the top news organizations both here and abroad.

That's where Wall Street comes in. Reporters need sources and

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'Cats Rally in 10th, Make Winner of Tanner Bird
09:01AM / Saturday, July 18, 2015
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Parker Perez scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the bottom of the 10th to give the North Adams SteepleCats a 9-8 win over the Keene Swamp Bats on Friday night in the New England Collegiate Baseball League.   Hoosac Valley graduate Tanner Bird pitched a third of an inning of no-hit relief to earn his first win of the year for the 'Cats.   North Adams scored five in the bottom of the sixth to overcome an 8-3 deficit. Hunter Lee had an RBI double, and Victor Sorrento hit a two-run single in that rally.   Sorreno ended he night 3-for-5 with a triple, and Perez was 3-for-5 with two runs scored.   The SteepleCats (16-17) are in fifth place in the

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Kinder Morgan Shrinks Pipeline Size; Public Hearings Scheduled
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:12AM / Saturday, July 18, 2015
The state will be holding public hearings to determine the scope of environmental impact reports for the proposed natural gas pipeline. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Kinder Morgan is prepared to move forward with the proposed natural gas pipeline through the Berkshires, albeit the plan is for a somewhat smaller size.   On Thursday, Kinder Morgan announced it will continue with the permitting process for the Northeast Energy Direct Project, a 30-inch (down from 36 inches) pipeline from New York state through the Berkshires to Dracut. The project is a $3.3 billion investment in which the company says would cure a shortage of energy in New England.   "We are excited that

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North Adams Seeing Races for Mayor, Council
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:12PM / Friday, July 17, 2015

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Races are shaping up for mayor and City Council this election season.

Richard J. Alcombright will be seeking a fourth two-year term as mayor. The incumbent had not returned his nomination papers by Friday but did kick off his campaign last month.

He is being challenged by local artist and real estate developer Eric Rudd, who filed his signatures in June. A third possible candidate, Richard David Greene of State Road, took out papers a week ago but has not returned them.

Greene also pulled papers in 2013 but did not return them. Should he do so this time, or if another candidate steps forward, a preliminary election will be held Tuesday, Sept. 22.

Fifteen

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