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Veterans Day Observed in Berkshire County
Staff Reports, iBerkshires Staff
02:32PM / Monday, November 11, 2019

James Brehio in North Adams recites the oath he took when joining the Air Force as a young man. See more photos here. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — On the 100th anniversary of the first Veterans Day, Air Force veteran James Brehio ordered the veterans in attendance at North Adams' observances to stand front and center.    "Turn around and face the audience and let them see you," said the National Executive Committeeman for the Massachusetts American Legion and keynote speaker at the city's annual ceremony.    Brehio said it takes a special kind of person to enter the service and to recite the 72 words of the oath pledging their commitment to defend


Congressman Kennedy Speaks With Needle Exchange, Gang Prevention Agencies
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:09AM / Monday, November 11, 2019

Congressman Kennedy visits 18 Degrees, which is operating a gang prevention program. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Congressman Joseph Kennedy III's campaign tour of the commonwealth brought him to the city on Saturday morning to hear about the work being done on substance abuse issues and youth diversion in North Adams.    The 4th District Democrat later in the morning was endorsed for his run for Senate by Berkshire District Attorney Andrea Harrington at an event in Pittsfield. He has launched a primary challenge against U.S. Edward Markey.   He was hosted by Harrington and Mayor Thomas Bernard as he spoke with clinicians at Tapestry Health and the program

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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 Has Buyers for Old Schools, Vermont Land
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:09AM / Monday, November 11, 2019

Two bids were received for Sullivan School; the mayor is recommending a proposal to turn it into an advanced manufacturing center and business incubator.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Two vacant school buildings could become high-end apartments and an advanced manufacturing training center if the City Council signs off on their sale.    The council on Tuesday night will be asked to approve the sale three city properties — Johnson School, Sullivan School and undeveloped land in Vermont — for prices below their assessed values.   The city's been trying to sell off properties over the last few years with mixed results. But Mayor Thomas Bernard has said

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Harrington Endorses Kennedy Run for U.S. Senate
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:51PM / Sunday, November 10, 2019

Kennedy was later endorses for U.S. Senate by Harrington at an event in Pittsfield.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — District Attorney Andrea Harrington became the latest Berkshire political leader to endorse U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III for Senate.    Kennedy announced in September his decision to primary U.S. Sen. Edward Markey. The 39-year-old Democrat and grandson of Robert F. Kennedy said on Saturday morning that we're at "a moment of reckoning" in the country and his campaign will shine a spotlight on the things "we haven't done as well as we could  have or should have."   The 4th District Democrat was in North Adams early on


MCLA Men's, Women's Basketball Fall on Road
08:04PM / Saturday, November 09, 2019
JOHNSON, Vt. -- Damon Denteh scored 19 points to lead the Lyndon State men's basketball team to a 95-88 win over MCLA on Saturday afternoon.   Ki-Shawn Monroe scored 18 to lead the Trailblazers (0-2), who got eight rebounds off the bench from Marius Turner.   MCLA travels to Western New England on Friday.   Women's Basketball SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Emily Jacques scored 16 to lead four players in double figures as Springfield beat MCLA, 74-37, in the season-opener for both teams.   Kylah Langston scored 14, and Hayley Jones pulled down seven rebounds to lead MCLA.   The Trailblazers host SUNY Cobleskill on Wednesday.


Soldier On Permanent Women Veterans Housing to Open This Winter
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
06:17AM / Saturday, November 09, 2019

Katie Doherty said she did not think she deserved the dedication but was happy to accept it on behalf of the women who work for Soldier On and the women they serve. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Soldier On supporters and stakeholders toured the Katie Doherty Veterans Village on Friday afternoon that is slated to be move-in ready in early February.    Soldier On knows the importance of having a home and with the near completion of the village for women veterans this sentiment will be accessible to all who have served in the military, not just the men.   "I was so compelled by the women I met and so compelled by their stories and what had happened to them," Soldier


Gittens Scores 10 in Collegiate Debut for MCLA
10:07PM / Friday, November 08, 2019
JOHNSON, Vt. -- Noah Yearsley scored a game-high 21, and Taconic graduate Quentin Gittens scored 10 in his collegiate debut as the MCLA men's basketball team opened with a 77-63 win over Johnson State on Friday night.   Gittens tied with Mike Demartinis for the team-high with nine rebounds, and the Taconic grad had a couple of steals in the win.   Demartinis also scored 17, and Nick Escabi added eight for the Trailblazers.   MCLA (1-0) plays Lyndon State on Saturday afternoon.


@theMarket: Phase One Deal Keeps Markets Bullish
By Bill Schmick,
04:37PM / Friday, November 08, 2019
It was all about the trade deal this week. Both sides seem to want a resolution to the crippling tariffs that have sent the world's economies to the brink of recession. The relief that investors feel is reflected in the new highs we are enjoying at the moment.   I say "at the moment" because anything can change with a tweet. However, given the mounting problems of the Trump presidency, I believe he needs something positive (and fairly soon) to divert the nation's attention away from the impeachment hearings next week.   Trump appears willing to drop, or at least roll back, some (or all) of the tariffs he put in place, but he can't be seen as too


Holiday Hours: Veterans Day
03:01PM / Friday, November 08, 2019

An image of the 353rd Infantry in France taken two minutes before the armistice ending World War I went into effect.

Veterans Day falls on Monday, Nov. 11, and will be observed as a state and federal holiday.

The federal holiday is to commemorate the service of the nation's military veterans in ensuring peace.

It was first known as Armistice Day to mark the end of World War I at the 11th hour, on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. In recognition of the efforts of World War II veterans, President Eisenhower in 1954 signed legislation creating Veterans Day with the goal of honoring all American veterans.

Closed on Monday, Nov. 11:
Some federal and local offices

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Winter Makes A (Relatively Timid) Debut in the Berkshires
12:51PM / Friday, November 08, 2019

In case you've forgotten what winter feels like, step outside today.

The highs for Friday in the Berkshires will barely reach 30 degrees, with snow flurries possibly filling the air, too. Many of us woke up this morning to snow on the ground, too: The National Weather Service out of Albany, N.Y., reported .2 inches in Great Barrington.

This weekend will be chilly but slightly warmer than Friday, with Saturday's highs in the upper 30s and Sunday reaching into the 40s.

But everyone is looking at a potential snow event next Tuesday (see the AccuWeather map below), so we here at will keep our eyes on that.

Just to jog your memory, last week saw the first National


Harvest Festivals and Craft Fairs 2019
10:20AM / Friday, November 08, 2019

Fall has arrived, bringing with it many craft fairs and harvest festivals around the Berkshires. This list will be updated as we get more information. Have an event to add? Email us at


Saturday, Nov. 9

Great Barrington: Berkshire Waldorf School (formerly the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School) will host its 47th annual Holiday Handcraft Fair at the school, 35 West Plain Road, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. To kick off the holiday season, parents and faculty transform the school into a winter wonderland of family fun including puppet shows, horse drawn hayrides, face painting, jump rope making, candle dipping, and other gifts to make and give, celebrating the joys


Clarksburg School Pushing Aggressive Time Line for New Entryway
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:02AM / Friday, November 08, 2019

The  teachers are developing 'visible thinking' to engage students and visualize goals.  CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The School Committee is pushing to have a new secure entryway installed before the end of February -- the deadline to use a $35,000 state grant.   The aggressive time frame means that teachers will be asked in upcoming negotiations to agree to a two-week holiday break, starting with a half day on Friday, Dec. 20, and ending on Friday, Jan. 3.   "It would be ideal to be able to start that on that day, given our timeline and the aggressiveness of getting this project done while students are not in the building," said Principal Tara

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