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Saturday Run/Walk to Raise Money for Cancer Research in Stamford, Vt.
01:53PM / Wednesday, August 17, 2016
STAMFORD, Vt. -- The inaugural Train for Trish Charity 5K Run/Walk is scheduled for Saturday at 10 a.m. at Stamford Elementary School.   The event honors the memory of Trisha Leblanc Carlson and is organized by her daughter, Olivia, a member of Drury High School’s Class of 2016 and Williams College’s Class of 2020.   Registration is $20, and all proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.   The 3.1-mile loop features rolling hills, mountain views and a halfway-point water station. Refreshments will be available at the finish line.   For information or to register, visit the Berkshire Running Center website or search for Train for Trish Charity 5K Run/Walk


Berkshire STEM Network Snags $65,000 State Grant
01:08PM / Wednesday, August 17, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Berkshire STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Network has received $65,000 from the Massachusetts STEM Pipeline Fund to promote STEM education in the region.

The funding is part of more than $250,000 in recent grant awards to support the commonwealth's regional STEM networks. This regional award will support Berkshire County and the Pioneer Valley. As the lead partner of the Berkshire STEM Network, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will continue to collaborate with education, community and industry partners across the region.

MCLA Dean of Academic Affairs Monica Joslin, who serves on the STEM Advisory Council, said an investment


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As Tanglewood Season Wanes, Music Still Fills the Mountains
By Stephen Dankner, Special to
12:39PM / Wednesday, August 17, 2016

During this penultimate week of the Tanglewood Festival, the spotlight will focus on a wide range of both standard and unusual fare in varied genres: from Stravinsky, Mozart and Verdi, to Berlioz, Saint-Saëns, Prokofiev and contemporary composer George Tsontakis (b. 1951).

Come late August, classical aficionados are saddened to acknowledge the waning Tanglewood season – a cornucopia of musical riches presented in an incomparably bucolic setting. Many of those superlative concerts will reside in our collective memory for a long time.

There's no cause, though, for dismay. Looking ahead, these last two months of magnificent music making are but a prelude to the fall array of


Consider All Aspects of College Savings Options
11:52AM / Wednesday, August 17, 2016

It's almost back-to-school time. If you have young children going to public schools, your biggest expenditures may be on pens, pencils and notebooks. But if you want those same kids to go to college someday, you'll eventually face considerably larger costs – so you may want to start preparing soon.

College is costly. For the 2015-16 school year, the average expense (including tuition, fees room and board) was nearly $20,000 at a public, four-year school, and more than twice that amount at a four-year private school, according to the College Board. Of course, cheaper alternatives are available – your children could go to a local community college for two years at a very


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Debates, Forums Slated for State House & Senate Candidates
01:55AM / Wednesday, August 17, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — There are several forums and debates being held over the next several weeks for candidates running for the state Legislature.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts hosts a debate at the Church Street Center beginning at 7 p.m. sharp on Wednesday for state Senate candidates.

The three candidates seeking the Democratic nomination — Rinaldo Del Gallo, Andrea Harrington and Adam Hinds — and the sole Republican candidate Christine Canning-Wilson have been invited to attend.

The moderator will be Margo Bowden, president of the Williamstown League of Women Voters, and questions will be asked by a panel of local journalists, including from,


Businesses, Residents Voice Opposition to Metering North Adams Parking Lot
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
12:04AM / Wednesday, August 17, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Downtown residents and businesses were loud and clear on the idea of metered parking in the Center Street lot: Just hold off.

Nearly two dozen people attended Tuesday's Public Safety Committee meeting to weigh in on an ordinance change that would end two-hour free parking and restore parking meters to some 60 parking spots in the Center Street lot.

They urged the city to do some research on how the lot is being used before instituting any changes.

"I'm not sure what it's about," said MountainOne President and Chief Operating Officer Robert Fraser. "I don't understand the haste with which we're moving forward to implement a


Giorgi League Women's Final Set
09:58PM / Tuesday, August 16, 2016
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Teddy’s and Tony’s will meet Thursday to decide the John Giorgi Summer Basketball League Women’s Division title.   Teddy’s Pizza and Tony’s Electric/At Home TLC/Flynn & Dagnoli each won in the semi-finals contested on Tuesday at Noel Field.   In the first game, Teddy’s beat Moulton’s Hearing Aids Inc., 40-31 behind 11 points and nine rebounds from Hollie Steinman.   Erika Lucia, Courtney McLaughlin and Erin Canlotto each scored nine in the win.   Catherine Coppinger scored 15, and Molly Moulton added nine for Moulton’s.   Tony’s got 15 points and nine rebounds from Jen Wehner in a 47-30


Organ Recipients Speak to Need for Donations of Life
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:18PM / Tuesday, August 16, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Denise Swistak owes her life to a man from Oklahoma whom she'd never met.

And it's all because he had checked off the box to be an organ donor on his driver's license application.

"A man from Oklahoma saved my life. I'll never know him, I thanked his family for his generosity and for the unselfish gift they decided to give to me," said Swistak, tearing up at the memory. "They gave me a new life. I will be forever connected to that family in Oklahoma. I'll probably never meet them, maybe, god willing someday, I will."

Swistak's message was delivered on Tuesday at City Hall to raise awareness of the ease of signing up


Hildabrand Leads Potent Attack for Whitman's in Torchia League Win
By Stephen Dravis, Sports
08:22PM / Monday, August 15, 2016
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Kristin (Paryzch) Hildabrand drove a three-run home run to left field to cap a 10-run second inning for Whitman’s Crystal Clean on Monday in the Pat Torchia Softball League playoffs at Disanti Field.   That big inning propelled Whitman’s to a 16-0 win over Pizza House and a berth in the league championship series that gets under way on Thursday night.   Pizza House stayed alive in the double-elimination tournament, dropping into Wednesday’s loser’s bracket final, where it will attempt to earn a rematch against Whitman’s.   On Monday, Whitman’s pitcher Sarah Sweet held Pizza House to just three hits in the five-inning


MCLA Summer Undergraduate Research Institute Underway
03:44PM / Monday, August 15, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' third annual Summer Undergraduate Research Institute is in full swing this month, as participants conduct experiments to hone their research skills and further their projects.

This year's participants include Andrea Fachini, Class of 2017, and Daniel Heinen, Class of 2018, both of whom are biology majors at MCLA. They are working on research related to endosymbiont bacteria from sea anemones and an augmented virtual reality laboratory simulation, respectively.

Under the direction of Dr. Ann Billetz, associate professor of biology, the Summer Undergraduate Research Institute provides students with an opportunity to


Students Join Berkshire Community College’s 2016 STEM Starter Academy
03:17PM / Monday, August 15, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Twenty-six Berkshire County students have joined the 2016 STEM Starter Academy at Berkshire Community College, a program geared toward high school students who are interested in attending BCC to study STEM fields.

Part of a statewide Massachusetts Community College initiative, the program features a three-week Summer STEM Success Academy and a year-long Support Academy at BCC. The program aims to provide students with the tools they need to be STEM ready in college and the workplace including: academic support, tutoring, special field trips, guest speakers and a STEM Academy Success Kit.

The following students applied and were accepted into the program:



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