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News and events in North Adams, Mass.

Do You Have a Business Succession Strategy?
10:34AM / Wednesday, June 05, 2019

If you own a business, you've always got plenty to think about: sales, marketing, employees, competition, industry trends, consumer preferences – the list goes on and on. It's easy to get so caught up in your work that you might not take time to think about retirement. But if and when that day arrives, you'll want to be prepared – which means you need a business succession plan.

And you will have to put considerable thought and effort in selecting such a plan, because you've got several choices. You could keep the business in your family. You could offer it to an employee or an outsider. You could design a plan that will take effect while you're alive or


Collaborative Program Provides on the Job Training in the Classroom
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:47AM / Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Instructor Rick Bergendahl says the students went from learning about tools and fasteners to re-assembling an engine.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Seven people received certificates on Tuesday after completing a collaborative workforce development pilot training program at McCann Technical School.   They are ready to join the workforce after completing the pilot manufacturing training project through a joint MassHire Berkshire Career Center and McCann Technical program.   "We thought it would work and obviously you feel as though it did and this will prepare you for a job out there," state Rep. John Barrett III told the students. "There are a lot of jobs


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

North Adams Council Election Garnering Interest
02:50PM / Tuesday, June 04, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Thirteen people have so far pulled nomination papers for City Council and Mayor Thomas Bernard has announced he will seek re-election.    Bernard will make a formal announcement on Thursday, June 13, at 5:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn. He pulled his nomination papers on Friday for second two-year term.    "I look forward to working with the residents of North Adams as we continue to build our shared future on a foundation of economic development, community revitalization, and sustainability," he said in a press release. "I look forward to building on the strong foundation my team and I established with the support of so many in our


Pittsfield Girls Softball Hosting Two Big Tourneys this Month
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11:38AM / Tuesday, June 04, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Pittsfield Girls’ Softball Leaguel once again will be very busy over the next few weeks as dozens of teams descend upon the Doyle Softball Complex on Benedict Road for two separate softball tournaments.     “Battle in the Berkshires III” will take place from Friday, June 21, through Sunday, June 23, for divisions U14, U12, and U10. Following that tournament, PGS and the Doyle Complex will be hosting the Babe Ruth New England Super Regional Tournament from Friday, June 28 through Sunday, June 30.  The tournament will feature all age divisions from U8 through U16.   In the “Battle of the Berkshires III”, the first


Biz Briefs: Carr Hardware Opens 'Store of the Future'
11:22AM / Tuesday, June 04, 2019
Carr Paint opens

Carr Hardware, a family-owned Western Massachusetts business for more than 90 years, in conjunction with Benjamin Moore, has opened an all-new paint and decorating showcase store located at 358 Cooley Street, Five Town Plaza, in Springfield. The new store, Carr Paint, is a state-of-the-art "Store of the Future" collaboration with Benjamin Moore and will exclusively carry an expanded line of premium and professional grade Benjamin Moore products.

"We are truly proud to partner with Benjamin Moore and bring to Springfield a paint decorating center like no other in the market today. The store is specifically designed to serve the needs of local municipalities,


North Adams Happenings June 5-11
10:55AM / Tuesday, June 04, 2019


SAVE THE DATE JUNE 15 - 4th Annual Berkshire Mountains Faerie Festival- In its 4th year, the festival will engage and entertain the whole family as we draw back the veil that separates the fairy realm from ours This family-oriented event celebrates creativity and Interactive Learning in an atmosphere of light-hearted Whimsy and enjoyment. There will be a creative activity tent where patrons of all ages can make dragon slime, dragon eggs, Is183 will have an activity table and you can embellish faerie wings. You can


Gray Raven Farm Moves to Center of Lanesborough
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:34AM / Tuesday, June 04, 2019

The couple was going to move the store to New Ashford but customers asked them to stay in town. The are now leasing a storefront near the center of town. LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Gray Raven Farm has moved its store to the center of town.    Dan and Sharon Bergeron have moved their store to 65 North Main St., filling a vacant storefront across the street from the police station. The two had been leasing the former Bradley Farm.   "We were going to go up to New Ashford but we had a lot of town people asking us if we'd look at other locations in town. They loved coming to us," Dan said.    The Bergerons said the new space helps reduce the


Public Meeting Set on Berkshire Transportation Plan
12:57PM / Monday, June 03, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A public meeting on the proposed 2020 Regional Transportation Plan will be held on Wednesday, June 12, at 4 p.m. at the Berkshire Regional Planning commission's offices at 1 Fenn St., Suite 201.   The draft update is a long-range comprehensive document for the next 25 years that will provide the basis for future transportation investment and planning in the region. The plan looks ahead at potential changes in modes of transportation such as the use of shared scooters and bicycles, walking paths and driverless vehicles.    "This RTP update focuses on providing a safe and efficient transportation system for Berkshire County that works in all


Summer Events Kick Off June 5 in North Adams
12:11PM / Monday, June 03, 2019

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Summer in North Adams means the beginning of a busy season of mostly free summertime entertainment for all ages.

The fun begins on Wednesday, June 5, with both the kickoff Common Folk Jam at Windsor Lake and the first home game of the North Adams SteepleCats.

The following city-run events are open to the public and free to attend. Smoking is prohibited on all city-owned property and city-sponsored events.

Concerts at Windsor Lake

A free concert series, presented by Greylock Federal Credit Union and the Office of Tourism and Community Events, takes place Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. starting June 5 at one of the most beautiful spots in the city and featuring


Free Fun Fridays Returns June 28 for 11th Year
11:04AM / Monday, June 03, 2019

One hundred cultural venues across Massachusetts will open their doors for free on Fridays this summer, marking the 11th anniversary of Free Fun Fridays, funded by the Highland Street Foundation to offer visitors no-cost access to museums, theaters, historic sites, zoos and treasured collections.

Free Fun Fridays 2019 will take place for 10 consecutive Fridays — beginning June 28 and continuing through Aug. 30 — with 100 venues welcoming visitors in a free-of-charge public celebration of culture and history that is unprecedented outside of the national museums in Washington, D.C.

This year's theme is "Your Ticket to Summer Fun" and participating venues include


McCann Names Valedictorian, Salutatorian for 2019
10:09AM / Monday, June 03, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Emma Marino has been named this year's valedictorian and Megan Goyette the salutatorian for the McCann Technical School class of 2019, in an announcement by Principal Justin Kratz.   Marino, daughter of Joy Marino and Eric Marino is a senior in the Business Technology Program. She is the recipient of the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendent's Award for Academic Excellence, the Rensselaer (N.Y.) Polytechnic Institute Medal and the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship and ranks first in her class with a 4.28 grade-point average.   Her rigorous course of study includes three years of Project Lead the Way courses that are above and beyond


Local Students Earn Williams College Degrees
02:03PM / Sunday, June 02, 2019

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College President Maud S. Mandel today conferred bachelor of arts degrees to local graduates at the college's 230th commencement. Mary-Claire King, an award-winning geneticist at the University of Washington who first discovered the breast and ovarian cancer gene, was the principal speaker.


Jonathan R. Hall, son of Mrs. Allison Hall and Mr. Brian Hall of Rockville Centre, N.Y., majored in chemistry and mathematics. Hall was the president of the Williams Outing Club and a Junior Advisor. He graduated with honors in chemistry, was a Fulbright Scholar, a Class of 1960s Scholar in Chemistry, Roche Fellowship recipient, Class of 1945 World


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