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Bay State Games Girls Basketball Tryouts Set
02:31PM / Friday, May 20, 2016
WESTHAMPTON, Mass. -- Tryouts for the Bay State Games Western Massachusetts girls basketball team will begin on Thursday, May 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hampshire Regional High School.   The tryouts will be held over four dates, which include one at North Adams’ McCann Tech on Wednesday, June 22, from 6 to 8 p.m.   Interested players must participate in at least one tryout to be considered for the team, which will compete at the Bay State Games July 15-17 at the Reggie Lewis Center in the Boston neighborhood of Roxbury Crossing.   The team is open to all girls in ninth through 12th grades (2016 graduates welcome) who either live in Massachusetts or attend a Massachusetts


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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

Bishop to View St. Francis' Church Demolition
Staff Reports,
06:33PM / Thursday, May 19, 2016

St. Francis' height was low enough to allow the reoccupation of the Flatiron building and the reopening of Village Pizza.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Eagle Street was fully opened to pedestrian traffic on Thursday afternoon as another section of the steeple on St. Francis' Church was removed.

Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski will be in the city on Friday to review progress on the demolition and thank members of both the diocesan and city teams that have worked together responding to this emergency situation. The bishop will meet members of both teams starting at noon at the site of the demolition on Eagle Street.

The extent of the deterioration of the 150-year-old church became


North Adams Cemetery Commission To Review Regulations
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:18PM / Thursday, May 19, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Cemetery Commission is looking to revamp the city's outdated and often contradictory cemetery regulations.

Commissioner Roger Eurbin said last week that he has asked the city solicitor to review the rules and regulations, which he felt were littered with contradictions.  

"They don't agree," he said. "One says one thing and the other says something else."

He said the city should not be responsible for damages caused by "acts of God," however, the regulations state that the city must fix sunken lots. He said he was unsure who was responsible for fixing damages caused by frost heaves.

Nearly 25 monuments at Southview


Hinds Tours Local Businesses, Stumps On Economic Development
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Thursday, May 19, 2016

Fire Cider owner Dana St. Pierre said his company is in the market for a commercial kitchen in Pittsfield but the available real estate is making it difficult. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Seth Nash initially scoffed at the idea of paying a consultant to come in and look at his business operations to find more efficiencies.   The owner of Blue Q, which occupies most of a large warehouse on West Housatonic Street, was presented with the idea of hiring a lean consultant, a business process eyed to eliminate wasted time, space, and capacity.   He said no because of the cost. His wife, however, is a grant writer and — with his approval — submitted an application to the

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Berkshire Tidbits: Farmers Markets Opening
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
01:33PM / Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Manger! Boire! Eat! Drink! Thursday dining, cooking demo, wine pairing series at Chez Nous Bistro, 150 Main St. in Lee, 413 243-6397, is ending its run until the end of October and it is going out with a bang!

This last evening, chef-owners Franck Tessier and Rachel Portnoy are taking their guests on a culinary journey to New Caledonia, a French outpost in the South Pacific.

Dinner will start with coconut-marinated fish as an appetizer followed by pork with caramel and spring rolls. Franck will demonstrate these courses and Rachel will make a Pavlova/crisp meringue cake filled with housemade lychee sorbet for dessert and will create the recipe sheets for diners to take home. And, as


Northern Berkshire United Way Executive Director Leaving
11:34AM / Wednesday, May 18, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Northern Berkshire United Way Executive Director Joseph McGovern is leaving his post, effective June 10.

McGovern has accepted a new position as executive director of The Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford County in Aberdeen, Md.

“It’s with a mixture of respect, pride, sadness, and thanks, that we make this announcement,” says Amy Giroux, president of the Northern Berkshire United Way Board of Directors. “Joe has made a tremendous impact on our organization and leaves the Northern Berkshire United Way well-positioned to continue its mission.”

McGovern joined the Northern Berkshire United Way in May of 2010. Over the past six years


A 529 Plan Can Help with Those College Bills
Submitted by Edward Jones,
11:25AM / Wednesday, May 18, 2016

We’re near the end of another school year. If you have younger kids, you might be thinking about summer camps and other activities.

But in the not-too-distant future, your children will be facing a bigger transition as they head off to college. Will you be financially prepared for that day?

A college education is a good investment – college graduates earn, on average, $1 million more over their lifetimes than high school graduates, according to a study by Georgetown University. But a bachelor’s degree doesn’t come cheap. For the 2015–2016 school year, the average expense – tuition, fees, room and board – was $19,548 at a public four-year school


Weeklong Deconstruction Begins on St. Francis' Steeple
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:29PM / Monday, May 16, 2016

Brick facing on the bell tower's south side fell off on Thursday, damaging a roof below and landing in the street.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — It will take about week to "deconstruct" the steeple on St. Francis' Church.

Demolition on the decaying structure began first thing Monday morning with the removal of the gilded copper cross atop the spire.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield confirmed its removal will take the rest of the week, to be followed with demolition of the entire church structure. The rectory facing Union Street will not be touched.

A crane arrived on Sunday and a two-man crew spent hours in a bucket on Monday hanging over the 182-foot spire


Berkshires Beat: Seeing the Signs in North Adams
02:39PM / Monday, May 16, 2016

Signs of the time: MountainOne Bank has given $10,000 to North Adams Partnership in support of new welcome and wayfinding signage throughout North Adams.

“The North Adams Partnership has undertaken the responsibility of developing a new branding campaign for North Adams as part of its economic development program. MountainOne Bank is committed to supporting this initiative, especially given that we are headquartered in North Adams," said Robert Fraser, president and CEO of MountainOne Bank. "We are dedicated to the communities we serve through robust lending and community banking programs, further enhanced by our Community Dividend grant program and volunteer leadership

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Biz Briefs: Nonprofit Leaders Participate in Training
12:54PM / Monday, May 16, 2016

Leading the way: Four Berkshire County nonprofit leaders participated in Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation’s 2016 Nonprofit Leadership Institute, a collaborative and peer-learning program for executive directors across the region to strengthen their leadership and management skills.

Facilitated by veteran consultant Janet André Block, the program includes small group meetings for five full days, followed by two full days of personalized coaching and consulting for each participant.

The Nonprofit Leadership Institute is made possible through the generosity of individual donors and four Berkshire Taconic area funds.

Participating were Nick Pohl, Housatonic Youth Service


Windsor Lake Commission Making Trails Dog-Friendly
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:06AM / Monday, May 16, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Windsor Lake will become a little more dog friendly this summer.

The Windsor Lake Recreation Commission is recommending the city allow leashed dogs on the trails that circle Fish Pond.

The decision on Tuesday came after nearly a half-hour of discussion on how dogs could be allowed at the lake. Dogs are currently banned from the public beach and trails although campers are allowed to bring their pets, along with proof of vaccinations.

The request came from Christa Abel and Tara Jacobs, representing a group that's been trying to get a dog park in the city.

"We see ourselves as promoting dog friendliness for all of North Adams," Jacobs said, adding


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