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Berkshire Bank Honors Employees for Volunteerism
12:14PM / Friday, June 16, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Bank has recognized 31 employees for their volunteerism in the community and has named two "top volunteers" through their Volunteer Service X-ellence Awards Program. These annual awards celebrate bank employees who have made outstanding contributions to their communities.
 
The two award recipients were selected based on their strong record of volunteerism to non-profit organizations through both company-supported activities and for individual service to the broader community. Each of the award winners also received a $1,000 donation that will be made to the non-profit organization of their choice.
 
This year's Volunteer

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SteepleCats Rally But Fall By One at Keene
09:46PM / Thursday, June 15, 2017
The North Adams SteepleCats rallied from a 5-1 deficit, but eventually fell 7-6 to the Keene Swamp Bats at Alumni Field in New Hampshire on Thursday night   The loss dropped North Adams to .500 on the season at 4-4.   Keene took the initial lead in the bottom of the first inning, thanks to four Swamp Bat hits. Tucker Bradley (Georgia) led off with a double, and was brought home by Dean Lockery (Central Connecticut State). North Adams starter Braxton Wilks (Abilene Christian) worked out of further damage, stranding the bases loaded.   One swing of the bat got the SteepleCats on the board in the top of the third, tying the ballgame. After flying out to deep center in the first,

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

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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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The Independent Investor: A Tale of Two Charities
By Bill Schmick,
07:56PM / Thursday, June 15, 2017
We are a country divided. Washington is paralyzed. Half the country considers our president a joke and any and all legislation is dead on arrival, according to the TV talking heads. Social media is filled with outrage and despair. As a result, Americans are supposedly wringing their hands, or worse, hiding under the covers. Don't you believe it!   To hear the media tell it, on one side of this nation are the ultra-left, tree-hugging liberals, who want government to do everything by taking from the rich and giving to the poor. On the other side, are the red-necked conservatives, who despise government and its welfare programs. They want to whack the Muslims, build "the

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Berkshire Mountain Faerie Festival Returns This Saturday
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
07:28PM / Thursday, June 15, 2017
ADAMS, Mass. — The Berkshire Mountains Faerie Festival has grown beyond the town of Adams and is drawing magic from throughout Berkshire County.   And the festival set this Saturday, June 17, from 10 to 10 at Bowe Field is expected to double attendance.    "We have taken from last year what worked really well and went, poof!" Adams Arts Advisory Board member and organizer Gail Sellers said. "Last year, we had 2,000 people so we are hoping to double that and we are getting people from outside the immediate area and it is not just an Adams event."   The event features more than 40 artists, crafters, performers and vendors from Cheshire, North

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'My Cousin Rachel': Relatively Mysterious
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
05:21PM / Thursday, June 15, 2017

I kept thinking, "It can't be that ... it's too obvious." Thus were my incredulous musings while trying to figure if Rachel Weisz's title character in director Roger Michell's "My Cousin Rachel" was the husband-murderer her newest suitor initially thought she was. You see, I'm terrible at unraveling mysteries. I've been trying to solve the meaning of life for decades, and still nothing.

So I had to question my suspicion, which in turn became the main reason why this otherwise average motion picture held my interest. That said, Weisz sure can sow the doubt.

Granted, it's possible that, like Sam Claflin's 24-year- old Philip, the wealthy

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Letter: Help Dad Quit Smoking for a Happy Father's Day
Letters to the Editor,
05:00PM / Thursday, June 15, 2017

To the Editor:

Are you looking for an original, meaningful, and inexpensive Father's Day gift? If your dad smokes, show him your love by supporting him in quitting smoking. Quitting can take many tries and he doesn't have to do it alone!

If your father is thinking about quitting, start by telling him about the Massachusetts Smokers Helpline. By calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669), he can get free and confidential coaching 24 hours a day, as often as he wants.

Let your dad know you'll stand by him for as long as it takes. Even if he has tried to quit before, encourage him to keep trying – a smoker attempts to quit an average of seven times before quitting for good.

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DownStreet Art Prepping for 10th Season in North Adams
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:32PM / Thursday, June 15, 2017

BCRC's Michelle Daly explains the upcoming events for the 10th season of DownStreet Art.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — DownStreet Art launched in the summer of 2008 with the goal of bringing people back to a deserted downtown with offerings of art, music and celebration.    In the decade since, the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts-sponsored program has drawn more than 150,000 people to Main Street for the once a month receptions and performances and has supported the work of 237 artists. The number of empty storefronts has dropped, forcing the project, in a good way, to utilize more outdoor and public space.    MCLA President Jamie Birge said at

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Current, Former SteepleCats Chosen in Major League Baseball Draft
11:04AM / Thursday, June 15, 2017
Five former and one current North Adams SteepleCats were selected by Major League Baseball franchises in the 2017 entry draft.   These six players add to an already lenghty list of drafted SteepleCats, including nine who have advanced to the Big Leagues.   The first former SteepleCat to come off the board was 2015 catcher Rob Calabrese, who was drafted in the tenth round by the San Francisco Giants out of Illinois-Chicago. Calabrese, who hit .353 with eight home runs for UIC this season, played 35 games for the SteepleCats during the 2015 NECBL season. He scored 15 runs, clubbed eight doubles, and drove in nine runs. He was the highest drafted SteepleCat since JC Cardenas, who was

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Monroe Double-Double Helps Lift Team to Giorgi League Win
08:00AM / Thursday, June 15, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Keshaun Monroe scored 14 points and grabbed 14 rebounds Wednesday to help Timeless Training to a 57-42 win over Lifting Standards in the John Giorgi Summer Basketball League.   Dahndray Sistrunk scored a game-high 17 points, and Travis rice scored 13 to go with eight boards in the win.   Robert Jutras scored 10 point, and Brett Denning had nine for Lifting Standards.   Central Radio defeated the North Adams Celtics, 54-26, in Wednesday's other game.   Jeff Braim led Central radio with 16 points while Todd Hunt added eight points and grabbed five rebounds.   Sam Jelmolino scored six, and Jake Ostrobinski added five for the

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North Adams Pursues Grant to Complete Noel Field Upgrade
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:14AM / Thursday, June 15, 2017

The city is pursuing a grant for Phase II of improvements at Noel Field Athletic Complex.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city is pursuing a state grant to complete renovations at Noel Park Athletic Field to include a splash pad.    The City Council on Tuesday approved the application for a $400,000 grant from the Parkland Acquisitions and Renovation for Communities Program, or PARC, through the Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs and authorized Mayor Richard Alcombright to borrow in anticipation of the project.    If granted, the funds would help complete a plan designed several years ago by Julie Sniezek of Guntlow & Associates to

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'Cat Bats Shut Down by Muskrats
10:19PM / Wednesday, June 14, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The North Adams SteepleCats were stymied by the pitching of the Winnipesaukee Muskrats on Wednesday night, losing 9-0 to the division rivals at Joe Wolfe Field.   The SteepleCats managed just four singles in the losing effort- one each from JJ Shimko (South Carolina Upstate), Eddie Haus (St. Mary's), Bryce Peterson (UCF) and Tyler Walters (Slippery Rock).   Winnipesaukee took the lead initially in the top of the second inning, thanks to a three-run home run from JD Andreessen (Monmouth). Tyler Bielamowicz (Houston) and Greg Ludwig reached on a single and a walk before the Muskrat catcher cleared the left field fence.   Sean Mazzio (Wagner) scored the

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Murder-Mystery Dinner to Benefit Louison House Education Programs
10:02PM / Wednesday, June 14, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Pull out your scrunchies and lace gloves and don't cut that mullet — you'll need to be totally rad if you want to solve a murder in a hair band.    "Totally '80s, Totally Murder Mystery Dinner" this Friday at 6 p.m. at Mingo's Sports Bar and Grill will dip into 1980s nostalgia for an evening of entertainment that will also help fund educational programs at Louison House.   Michael Goodwin, a member of the homeless shelter's board of directors, said, "goal is to dress up in your best '80s garb and enjoy good music and good food" while participating in a professionally produced dinner

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