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Letter: Maria Ziemba for Register of Deeds
Letter to the Editor,
12:00PM / Friday, November 02, 2018

To the Editor:

I am writing in support of Maria Ziemba's candidacy for the Northern Berkshire Registry of Deeds. She would be an excellent person to fill this important position. Over the years, I have had many occasions to visit the registry in different capacities, both for buying and selling real estate personally and for transactions as a realtor in Northern Berkshire County. My real estate transactions have always been very smooth because of Maria's knowledge and experience. I have also heard the same said of her knowledge and experience from the lawyers I have worked with on the real estate closings.

Maria is always there with a friendly greeting as you come into the office


MassPIRG Pushing to Increase Voter Turnout at MCLA
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:27AM / Friday, November 02, 2018

MCLA student Ari Battaini, MassPIRG coordinator, speaks with Mayor Thomas Bernard and college President Jamie Birge after the presentation. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — It's a given that young people don't vote. Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is hoping to buck the trend.    In one good sign, the nearly two dozen students and others attending a voter information session on Wednesday, at least those of voting age, raised their hands to indicate they were registered and would be voting on Tuesday.    While turnout was low in the last mid-terms in 2014, only 16 percent, MCLA students turned out in numbers of 47 percent and 55 percent for the presidential


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

The Independent Investor: Time to Check Your Risk Tolerance
By Bill Schmick,
06:47PM / Thursday, November 01, 2018
It is a good time to take a reality check on how aggressively you are invested. The 6.9 percent decline in the S&P 500 Index over October was gut-wrenching. But entirely within the realm of probability given the historical data. Here are some questions to ask.   Did you find yourself checking your investment portfolios every day? How about every hour? Did you have trouble focusing on other, possibly more important, things like your job, or your family and friends? Was it more difficult to sleep at night, or did you lay awake worrying about the markets?   How much time did you spend checking the averages and listening to the talking heads on television or in the print media?


'The Old Man & the Gun': The Antihero & the Movie Star
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
01:31PM / Thursday, November 01, 2018
If movies were cherished trinkets, director David Lowery's "The Old Man & the Gun," based on a true story and starring Robert Redford as the gentlemanly, senior citizen bank robber, Forrest Tucker, would deserve a place of honor in your cigar box. It is at once a sympathetically laced portrait of the legendary stickup man/jail escapist extraordinaire and a nostalgia-evoking paean to one of the last great movie stars.    We are warmly invited to again marvel at how Redford's handsomeness and signature humanitarianism have always seemed so magically inseparable.    We hook up with Forrest just shortly after his astonishing, much heralded escape from


Ladley Remembered for Fight, Family, Fealty to Berkshire County Sports Community
By Stephen Dravis, Sports
10:08AM / Thursday, November 01, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Ed Ladley was remembered Wednesday evening as a giant of the Berkshire County sporting community.   The New England Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, legendary Wahconah boys basketball coach and educator died on Wednesday. And as word of his passing got around the county coaching fraternity, one word was on everyone's lips: competitor.   "Even when his son, Timmy, played for me my first year at Pittsfield, I remember him yelling at his players because Timmy had five 3s against Wahconah," said Ron Wojcik, now the girls basketball coach at Hoosac Valley.   "Timmy, at the time, was one of our best if not our best player, and [Ed


Berkshire Ambulance, Emergency Room Officials Oppose Question 1
Staff Reports, iBerkshires Staff
02:28AM / Thursday, November 01, 2018

Heads of local ambulance services and emergency department officials gathered at County Ambulance on Wednesday to express the reasons for the opposition to Question 1.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The phrase "holding the wall" hasn't really been used much in describing emergency medical services in Berkshire County. But, local EMS providers say that could be a real possibility if Question 1 is passed.   The term is used to describe the amount of time a patient is in an ambulance waiting to be ushered into the emergency department than is absolutely necessary. Ambulance companies don't want to be "holding the wall" but instead getting the rig back


North Adams Happenings: Oct. 31-Nov. 6
06:23PM / Wednesday, October 31, 2018


North Adams Happenings: Oct. 31 - Nov. 6 Brought to you by: MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center and the North Adams Office of Tourism & Community


Harrington Rallies Base to Start Final Week Of DA's Race
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:02PM / Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Harrington's husband Timothy Walsh reflected on the campaign and thanked the crowd for the support of Harrington and their entire family.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — It is the final week in the district attorney's race and those in Andrea Harrington's camp are as energetic as ever.   The campaign held a rally Tuesday exactly one week before the general election for a final push to get out the vote.   The event was part fundraiser -- goodwill donations were accepted -- and part organizing as campaigner staffers sorted out volunteers for sign holding on election day, and a part rally to energize those supporters.    "I did not run


Mount Greylock Regional High School Teacher Wins $10,000 Kapteyn Prize
01:38PM / Wednesday, October 31, 2018

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation announced today that

Jeffrey Welch, a social studies teacher at Mount Greylock Regional High School, has been awarded the 10th annual James C. Kapteyn Prize for excellence in teaching. He will receive a $10,000 award for study or travel to enrich his teaching, and the school will receive a $2,000 grant in his name.

In his 21 years at Mount Greylock, Welch's teaching assignments have ranged from core world and U.S. history classes to topics in a wide variety of disciplines, including conversational Italian, psychology and introduction to the law. He has directed the spring musical since 2000 and has served as the


Consolidating Accounts Leads to Clear Financial Strategy
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:12PM / Wednesday, October 31, 2018

None of us can completely control all the things that happen to us. Yet, when it comes to achieving your long-term financial goals, including a comfortable retirement, you do have a great deal of power – as long as you follow a clear, well-defined financial strategy. And one way to help build and maintain such a strategy is by consolidating your financial accounts.

Over the course of their lives, many people pick up a variety of financial accounts from multiple sources. They might have a few IRAs from different providers, a couple of old 401(k) plans from past employers, an insurance policy (or two) purchased many years ago, and a scattershot of stocks, bonds, certificates of


North Adams Councilors Demand Rights to Solicitor, Chambers
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:23AM / Wednesday, October 31, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — City councilors want their right to speak to their attorney.    Councilors have been grumbling for some time over having to go through the mayor's office to reach the city solicitor. The changes were implemented earlier this year when the city engaged KP Law of Boston, a firm specializing in municipal law.   Mayor Thomas Bernard's response to their concerns was "absolutely unacceptable," City Councilor Jason LaForest said at Monday's General Government Committee meeting.    "It is a violation of our charter and ordinances," he said.    In his communication to the committee, the mayor said city


MCLA Volleyball Falls in MASCAC Tournament
10:33PM / Tuesday, October 30, 2018
WESTFIELD, Mass. – The Westfield State volleyball team Tuesday advanced in the MASCAC tournament with a first round, 3-1 (26-24, 20-25, 25-12, 25-12), win over the visiting MCLA Trailblazers.   Brianna Starkey paved the way for the Owls with 18 kills and eight digs. Westfield setter, Ally Rega connected on 41 assists and picked up 11 digs in the victory.   The Trailblazers led wire-to-wire in the second set to even the match at 1-1. Lee High graduate Ahna Schlaefer and Wahconah grad Kelsey Lafreniere picked up the final point with a block. Schlaefer and Lafreniere each posted a team-high six kills on the night to lead MCLA. . Tessa Sestito and Celine Manigbas picked up 17


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