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Scientific Evidence Unclear on Risk of Artificial Turf Fields
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Thursday, August 01, 2019

Justin Robertshaw of Traverse Landscape Architects tells the School Committee the reasons why its subcommittee decided to recommend an artificial turf field.   WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — From excessive heat to scrapes to cancer, the latest generation of artificial turf has been accused of being a safety risk that is unacceptable for use on athletic fields like the one being contemplated at Mount Greylock Regional School.   Even proponents of the turf will concede the first two points, admitting that "turf burn" abrasions are a real and that synthetic surfaces do get hotter than natural grass.   But reports of higher cancer incidences among athletes with


Clarksburg Town Meeting OKs Further School Merger Study
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
10:00PM / Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Town Clerk Carol Jammalo swears in Ray Moulthrop as temporary town moderator for the special town meeting.  CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Clarksburg voters clear the way on Wednesday for the next step in the proposed school district merger with Stamford, Vt.    Of the 78 voters who attended the special town meeting at Clarksburg School, only about a half-dozen voted against further research on the merger.    "It's going to involve more studying and more exploration, because one of the things we discovered was, there's so many things that we are not able to answer on a local level that we need a lot of state help with," explained Principal Tara


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

Cross Leads Team to Double OT Win in Giorgi League
09:12PM / Wednesday, July 31, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Keiland Cross scored 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds Wednesday to lead Lifting Standards to a 67-61, double-overtime win over Flynn & Dagnoli/Kingsbread in the John Giorgi Summer Basketball League.   Quentin Gittens scored 19 points with eight boards, and Mitch Scace scored seven in the win.   For Kingsbread, Lawrence Carrier had a double-double with 19 points and 13 rebounds, and Joe Wiggins had 13.   Wednesday's other scheduled game, between Pizza House and RJ's Taxi, ended in a forfeit win for Pizza House.   On Thursday at Noel Field, it will be two games in the high school division starting at 6:30: Hoosac Valley vs. Mount Greylock


Great Music at Tanglewood, Sevenars, Close Encounters
By Stephen Dankner, Guest Column
12:12PM / Wednesday, July 31, 2019

With the arrival of August, we are at the pinnacle of the music festival season. Concerts at Tanglewood traverse a wide range of musical genres and styles, from baritone Thomas Hampson exploring the Great American Songbook in a program titled "Song of America: Beyond Liberty," to the National Youth Orchestra performing virtuoso symphonic masterworks by Richard Strauss and Hector Berlioz - the magical "Les Nuits d’eté," led by Sir Antonio Pappano accompanying the stellar Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard, and much more.

Read below for the details, including Tanglewood Learning Institute presentations.



• Wednesday, July


Bang + Train + Shrek = Varied Berkshire Pops Week
By Grace Lichtenstein, Guest Column
11:36AM / Wednesday, July 31, 2019

This is the weekend that Bang on a Can, the pioneering new-music collaborative from New York City, brings its imagination to Mass MoCA. Meanwhile, Train makes a stop at Tanglewood, and the musical "Shrek" bounds joyfully into Pittsfield.


Mass MoCA

Since 1987, Bang on a Can, the New York collaborative, has offered its followers all manner of cutting-edge contemporary music. Since 2002, Mass MoCA, itself a cutting edge museum and events venue, has been a Bang summer home. This weekend, Aug. 2-4, the group ups the ante. The weekend is dubbed "LOUD," and its schedule includes the Sun Ra Arkestra, Philip Glass's "Dracula" with film, Brian Eno's


Berkshires Beat: Pittsfield Library Given 'Literary Landmark' Status in Honor of Melville
10:49AM / Wednesday, July 31, 2019
'Literary Landmark'

United for Libraries will designate The Berkshire Athenaeum, 1 Wendell Ave., a Literary Landmark  in honor of Herman Melville's 200th birthday on Aug. 1. The Literary Landmark program was spearheaded by Rocco Staino, director of the Empire State Center for the Book.

The dedication ceremony will take place as part of The Berkshire County Historical Society's third annual Moby-Dick Marathon, a four-day event at Herman Melville's Arrowhead, 780 Holmes Road, Pittsfield, in the historic red barn where he often met with Nathanial Hawthorne.

The event will begin at noon on Aug. 1 at The Berkshire Athenaeum in downtown Pittsfield, with tours of the


Breastfeeding Awareness Celebrated in Bennington
10:39AM / Wednesday, July 31, 2019

BENNINGTON, Vt. — Local family-focused nonprofits, governmental groups and businesses are coming together to raise awareness and community support for breastfeeding during the Bennington County Breastfeeding Celebration Week 2019.

The week consists of two events: The Global Big Latch On and a Breastfeeding Celebration Luncheon. This is the sixth year Bennington organizations have presented breastfeeding awareness events.

The Global Big Latch on is a worldwide event. Participants can register online or in person starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Bennington Farmers Market on Depot Street in Bennington. The Global Latch On, where communities from around the world nurse


Welcoming a New Child? Consider These Financial Moves
Submitted by Edward Jones,
10:16AM / Wednesday, July 31, 2019

If a new child has entered your life, you are no doubt full of joy today and hopes for the future. And you can help make that future a brighter one for your child and your family by taking some important steps in these areas:

College: Given the consistently rising costs of higher education, the earlier you start your savings and investment plans, the better off you will likely be. While it may be difficult to set aside money for education when you're still a young family, planning to cram at the last minute is not a good idea. Time is one of your biggest assets, and delaying even a few years can have a big effect on your portfolio's value.

In addition, just like regular


SteepleCats Slip to Second Place
10:32PM / Tuesday, July 30, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- David Bedgood hit is ninth home run of the summer on Tuesday to lead the Keene Swamp Bats to a 5-1 win over the North Adams SteepleCats as Keene took over the lead in the NECBL Northern Division.   Hoosac Valley High School graduate Matt Koperniak went 3-for-4 and scored the lone run for North Adams, which fell to a half game behind the Swamp Bats in the divisional standings with three games left in the regular season.   North Adams (24-17) will play those three games on the road, starting with a double-header on Wednesday in Holyoke against a Valley Blue Sox team that starts the day in fourth place -- two games behind Keene and just 1-1/2 games in back of


North Adams Happenings July 31-Aug. 6
08:32PM / Tuesday, July 30, 2019
SAVE THE DATE AUGUST 14th - 23rd Annual Downtown Celebration
JOIN US! The  23rd Annual Downtown Celebration will take over downtown North Adams on Wednesday, August 14 from 5:30 – 9 PM.  
RAIN DATE: Thursday, August 15th
BUSINESSES AND VENDORS: Application still available.
More information.

AUGUST 24th - Motorama Presents Whiskey City
Noel Field, 310 State Street 2:00 – 6:00 PM. First band is Live Wire, second band Whiskey City! 
More information.

AUGUST 25th - Motorama Car


Clarksburg Voters to Decide School Merger Option
Staff Reports,
04:34PM / Tuesday, July 30, 2019
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — A special town meeting on Wednesday will determine if the town will continue planning a school district merger with neighboring Stamford, Vt.    The special town meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Clarksburg Elementary School and will include a review of the three possible options, and the recommendation for Option 3 from Public Consulting Group, the merger committee, and school officials.   Option 3 would create one unified school district straddling the Vermont/Massachusetts border and reconfigure the use of the two small-town schools, both of which are currently Grades kindergarten through 8. Stamford School, which also has a preschool, would

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SteepleCats Fall Ahead of Tuesday's Regular Season Home Finale
07:30AM / Tuesday, July 30, 2019
HOLYOKE, Mass. -- Isaac Alexander went 2-for-5 with a home run Monday to lead the Valley Blue Sox to an 8-1 win over the North Adams SteepleCats in New England Collegiate Baseball League action.   The 'Cats collected eight hits but stranded eight runners on base.   Brian Picone led North Adams with a 3-for-4 night at the plate. Matt Koperniak hit a solo home run, his fourth of the summer, to account for the lone SteepleCats' run.   North Adams (24-16) has a half-game lead for first place in the NECBL Northern Division heading into Tuesday's 6:30 p.m. home finale against Keene at Joe Wolfe Field.   The SteepleCats finish the regular season with a double-header


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