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Berkshire County Resident Awarded Hart Scholarship
11:19AM / Friday, March 30, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts senior Brittney White recently was awarded the 2017-18 Margaret A. Hart '35 Scholarship.

This scholarship honors Margaret A. Hart, Class of 1935, the first student of color to graduate from the former State Teachers College at North Adams. Her distinguished career in teaching and community service spanned more than five decades. The award is in recognition of Hart's outstanding contributions to the College and to Berkshire County.

A resident of Berkshire County for the past 16 years, White is a transfer student from Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield. She is completing her undergraduate degree in biology at


The Independent Investor: Financial Planners Held to Higher Standard
By Bill Schmick,
04:13PM / Thursday, March 29, 2018
The Department of Labor's fiduciary rule looks "iffy" at best, thanks to a March court ruling. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals says the agency exceeded its authority in insisting that financial services firms act as fiduciaries when giving advice to most tax-deferred savings accounts. However, some financial advisers are ignoring the courts and are going the extra mile for their clients anyway.   Over the last couple of years, I have written several columns on this issue. A "fiduciary" is someone who puts your best interests above his own and that of his company's. It is a concept that the financial community does not want to see implemented and has gone to


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 Leisure Seeker': Two for the Road
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
03:09PM / Thursday, March 29, 2018
If you are of a certain age, which I am, then director Paolo Virzi's "The Leisure Seeker" is certain to resonate anywhere from sentimentally positive to depressingly negative, depending of course on how you view the last few chapters of the life experience. It is not an easy subject, especially in these overindulged times when even the closing of a favorite restaurant is reason enough for extended mourning.    Shrouded in mystery, hope, despair and every other word the poets have employed to describe the inevitable, it is, along with love, the ultimate inscrutability.   We don't even like to say it: Old Age. There, I did it. Yet the realization that it is


Letter: Bring Back the Mill Children
Letter to the Editor,
02:00PM / Thursday, March 29, 2018

To the Editor:

Well folks, this is the third communication that has been submitted raising the question of, why hasn't the return of the "Mill Children" depiction appearing on the pillars on Marshall been resurrected from the untimely paint over that was implemented by Mass MoCA?

We have been told a number of times that meetings and decisions were to occur in the attempt to bring the historic paintings back to life. Thus far, as this writer is concerned, no final meeting has taken place thus leaving the issue still unresolved. The city of North Adams needs to adopt the slogan "BRING OUR HISTORIC CHILDREN BACK, WE MISS THEM!"

PS: It would also be worthwhile for the


MCLA's Women's Lacrosse Team Falls at Mitchell
10:34PM / Wednesday, March 28, 2018
NEW LONDON, Conn. -- The Mitchell College women's lacrosse program outscored visiting MCLA 7-0 in the second half as they broke open a tie game at halftime to earn a 14-7 win over the Trailblazers Wednesday afternoon.   The Trailblazers fell behind early as Mitchell took a 4-0 lead out of the gates just three minutes into the game. Rachel Green ignited a run for the Trailblazers tallying three goals while Brianna Morris added another to slice the deficit to just 5-4 with 8:31 left until halftime.   MCLA (1-1 eventually tied the game when Morris scored back to back goals with three minutes left tying it up at 6-6. The teams would trade markers late in the half and when Andrea


Hospital Advocacy Group Marks Closure Anniversary
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
08:54PM / Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Martin Greenstein, an employee and later volunteer at NARH, recalls how well everyone was treated there. 'The care that was given was beyond anything I had observed in some major New York hospitals that I worked at.' NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — It hit Cindy Bird when she looked into a mirror in the ladies' room at the former North Adams Regional Hospital.    The local union representative for SEIU1199 had just walked down a hallway lined with law enforcement officers bent on preventing a sit-in to stop the hospital from locking the doors. Up until then, employees were still clinging to the hope that something, or someone, would stop the looming


Newer Investors: Don't Panic if Bear Market Returns
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:16PM / Wednesday, March 28, 2018

If you're in your 20s or 30s, you might be starting to focus more on investing to reach your financial goals. Because of this, you also may be more attuned to moves in the financial markets.

Depending on your age, you may have only experienced the bull market of the past nine years, so you might not know what to expect – or how to respond – whenever the next bear market strikes.

Of course, just recently, you've witnessed a market correction – a drop of at least 10 percent in the major stock market indices, such as the S&P 500. This sudden plunge made big news and reminded many investors of how volatile the financial markets can be. But a full-fledged bear


North Adams Happenings: March 28-April 3
11:55AM / Wednesday, March 28, 2018
North Adams Happenings: March 28th - April 3rd   Save the


Easter Events in the Berkshires
11:00AM / Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Hippity, hoppity, Easter's on its way ... and so are lots of fun family events in the Berkshires. If you have one you want included on this list, just email us at


Saturday, March 24

Lenox: Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum will offer its annual Slavic Easter egg decorating demonstrations and instructional workshops from 10 a.m. to noon and again from 1 to 3 p.m. Lenox resident Tjasa Sprague, who will again lead the workshop, learned the technique many years ago from her Czechoslovakian mother, Maria Krofta. The fee for each workshop, which includes all materials, is $30 for advance reservations and $35 for day-of admission. Children should be at


North Adams Approves Marijuana Ordinances
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:05AM / Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Councilors Eric Buddington and Benjamin Lamb as Lamb reads into the record the Public Safety Committee's language for regulating public consumption for marijuana.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council gave final approval on Tuesday to the retail marijuana ordinance and to two related ordinances, with the caveat that at least two of these may see some amendments in the near future.    The process took over an hour as the council tried — but somewhat failed — to stay out the "quagmire" as it again debated amendments of amendments and briefly mulled reopening the lengthy full ordinance passed two weeks ago to consider medical


North Berkshire School Union to Begin Search for Superintendent
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:30PM / Tuesday, March 27, 2018
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The North Berkshire School Union will be looking for a replacement for Superintendent of Schools Jonathan Lev.    Lev, who has led the five-town school union for a decade, recently announced his retirement after 10 years with the district.    He said last week that it was time to retire, noting he was now 67.    The school union committee will meet on April 12 with Patricia Correira, a field director for the Massachusetts Association of School Committees.    "She will present the process for the superintendent's search and go from there," he told the Clarksburg School Committee last week. "I've agreed


Clarksburg School Holding Information Meeting on Interstate District
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
08:47PM / Monday, March 26, 2018
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — An informational forum will be held on Thursday at Clarksburg School at 6:30 to answer questions about the upcoming vote on taking action toward a proposed merger with the Stamford, Vt., school district.   The special town meeting is set for April 5 at the school.    The school has mailed out a brochure explaining the reasons for exploring an interstate school district, including providing more educational opportunities, access to a full-day preschool and expanded space.    The wording of the warrant will be the same as that tabled at December's special town meeting because of objections by the School Committee over the language. The


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