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Letter: North Adams Going to Pot
Letter to the Editor,
11:24AM / Monday, March 12, 2018

To the Editor:

Well, it looks like the city maybe close to accomplishing another nail in the moral structure of our society by possibly passing marijuana legislation allowing the sale of such an unhealthy product in the city and possible allowing sales to take place on our Main Street.

This writer is amazed that this legislation might pass and has, thus far, drawn little opposition. It is my belief that the sale of this drug is chiefly about money while disregarding the overall effects on the people who will use it for recreational purposes.

Certainly, the use for medical purposes should be allowed but, if those who feel that a more sophisticated group of people will be drawn to the


CHP Accepting New Primary Care Patients in Pittsfield
11:22AM / Monday, March 12, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Three primary care providers are now accepting new adult patients at CHP Neighborhood Health Center in Pittsfield.

Family nurse practitioner Rebecca Gamache is focused on health promotion and disease prevention, and she has a strong passion for holistic treatment options. Gamache received her undergraduate degree from UMass-Amherst and went on to earn her M.S. in nursing at Sage Graduate School in Troy, N.Y.  She is a Berkshire County native, and worked as a registered nurse at Berkshire Medical Center and Berkshire County ARC before becoming a primary care practitioner.

Dr. Richard Samale is board-certified in family medicine and brings a "whole


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

MCLA Baseball off to 2-2 Start
06:34PM / Sunday, March 11, 2018
AUBURNDALE, Fla.- MCLA's Brett LaBonte delivered a walk off single in the bottom of the eighth inning to score Brandon Condon (Mount Greylock) and lift the Trailblazers to a dramatic 5-4 comeback win over Illinois Tech on Sunday morning before the Scarlet Hawks held on for a 7-5 Game 2 victory.    MCLA is now 2-2 on the season while Illinois Tech is now 2-1 on the season with the split.  The Trailblazers will be back at it Monday morning when they challenge Cazenovia at 9:30 a.m.   Game One   The Trailblazers and Scarlet Hawks were tied 3-3 after three innings of play as both starting pitchers were removed. From there, the bullpens took over. Neither team gave


Three from County Win Age Groups at Regional Free Throw Contest
05:36PM / Sunday, March 11, 2018

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- On Saturday, nine Berkshire County competitors represented local councils from towns of Adams, Cheshire, Dalton, Pittsfield, Lenox and Lee competed at the Western Mass Regional Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship at St. Thomas the Apostle School.

Ahna Balcom of Council No. 103 from Pittsfield and Grace Julieano and Cliff Flynn of of Council 314 of Lenox each won their age group and will represent Berkshire County at the State Championship this year.

Emily Glasier of Cheshire, who represented Council No. 230 of Northern Berkshire, placed second in her division at the regional competition.

The state tournament will be held Saturday, April 14, at Anna Maria


Regional Science Fair Draws More Than 60 Budding Scientists
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:23PM / Saturday, March 10, 2018

Jeffrey Thomas of Lever shares his lab experience with the students on Friday. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — More than 60 students took part in the Region 1 High School Science & Engineering Fair held at MCLA and presented their findings to judges.   High school students from Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties gathered in the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts gymnasium Friday to vie for a spot in the state science fair and heard from keynote speaker Jeffrey Thomas, founder and executive director of Lever, a startup incubator.   "STEM was something that you just had to do, and we had to go to science class we had to go to math class," he said.


North Adams Veterans Services Now Offering City Hall Food Pantry
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:24AM / Saturday, March 10, 2018

'Scratch and dent' cans of fruit are among the donated items in the food pantry.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The jobs of local Veterans Agent Stephen Roy and his assistant, Tina Samson, just got a little bigger.

Lucky for them, so has the generosity of the Northern Berkshire community.

The Veterans Services office, located in North Adams City Hall, had been serving veterans in the towns of Williamstown, Adams, Clarksburg, Florida and Savoy in addition to vets living in the city itself. On March 1, the office's reach expanded to include the towns of Dalton, Lanesborough and Cheshire. That is why it has been a blessing for the office to be able to expand its cache of free

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Northern Berkshire Independent Baseball Holds Tryouts
Community submission,
05:54PM / Friday, March 09, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Northern Berkshire Independent Youth Baseball will hold tryouts for its major division for the  2018 season for new players   Tryouts will be held Thursday, March 15, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, March 17, from 3 to 5; and Sunday, March 18, from 5 to 7.   Tryout sessions will be held at the Amsler Campus Center Gymnasium on the MCLA campus.   New players are required to make one tryout session to be able to be placed in major division.   Players are asked to bring sneakers and a glove. New registration will be available through tryout dates.    For information, call Steve Phaneuf at 413-822-7790.


Mount Greylock Presents 'Once Upon a Mattress'
09:53AM / Friday, March 09, 2018

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock Regional School District will present its annual musical theater production on Friday and Saturday, March 9 and 10, at 7 p.m. at the ’62 Centre for Theatre and Dance at Williams College.

This year's presentation is "Once Upon a Mattress" by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller, and Marshall Barer with music by Mary Rodgers and lyrics by Marshall Barer. Based on the Hans Christian Anderson story of "The Princess and The Pea," "Once Upon a Mattress" takes place in a fictitious 15th century European kingdom. In this hilarious tweaking of the fairy tale, Queen Aggravain (MGRHS sophomore Ashtyn Faas) has ruled that none


North Adams to Try Again for Feasibility Study of Greylock School
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:24AM / Friday, March 09, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Greylock School fell out of the money — literally — last year but school officials will try again for a feasibility study to look into replacing or renovating the 60-year-old building.    The School Committee on Tuesday authorized Superintendent Barbara Malkas to submit a statement of interest detailing the educational and building needs of the elementary school to the Massachusetts School Building Authority. The City Council will also have to approve the submission prior to the April 6 deadline.    "Having a statement of interest doesn't mean we'll have a project next year," Malkas explained. "But that we

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'Death Wish': What this World Doesn't Need Now
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
03:19PM / Thursday, March 08, 2018
"Death Wish," essentially a reboot of its 1974 namesake starring Charles Bronson, is problematic at best. For gosh sakes, there's tons of fear, loathing and guns -- the deadly sum of which the world doesn't need, especially at this incendiary and anguishing juncture in our history.    But you can't blame MGM or director Eli Roth for the untimely release of this heir apparent to what became the standard of vigilante ethos. Considering the ceaseless conveyor belt of mass shootings bloodying our landscape, there is never a good time.   You watch and wince. The casual mention of an AR-15 when Bruce Willis' Dr. Paul Kersey makes inquiries at a gun shop


North Adams School Committee OKs Calendar
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:16AM / Thursday, March 08, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The North Adams Public Schools haven't completed this year but it does know when the next school year will begin.   The School Committee on Tuesday approved a school calendar for 2018-19 that begins after the Labory Day weekend, with a Sept. 4 start for kindergarten through Grade 8 and Sept. 5 for Grades 9-12. Drury High School graduation is June 6 and the last school day on Friday, June 21.    Teachers will start on Aug. 30 and 31 for professional development; the year will also have seven half-days, including the traditional Nov. 21, the day before Thanksgiving.    Superintendent Barbara Malkas said this model has two more half-days


Grant Funds Video Remote Medical Interpreter Equipment for CHP
06:30PM / Wednesday, March 07, 2018

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — With 41 different languages and 28 ethnic groups counted among Community Health Programs patients around Berkshire County, CHP is now equipped with on-demand, live medical translation technology at its 10 practice locations. The new technology has been acquired with a grant from Greylock Federal Credit Union.

The video remote interpretation monitors, from Stratus Video, include Wi-Fi-enabled iPads that connect patients to certified medical interpreters in real time. With quick access to translators, CHP doctors, nurse practitioners and other staff can have better medical discussions with patients, regardless of language barriers. The touch-screen monitors


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