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North Adams Kicks Off Annual Fireworks Donation Drive
01:33PM / Friday, June 19, 2015

The city of North Adams needs financial support for its annual 4th of July fireworks show. Donate here.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city of North Adams is calling on local businesses and members of the community to help support this year’s fireworks display, which is again scheduled to take place at Noel Filed Athletic Complex after the SteepleCats’ home game on Saturday, July 4.

The show in North Adams is one of the largest in Berkshire County, drawing thousands of viewers from the capital region of New York State, southern Vermont and all of Berkshire County.

“Fireworks are a quintessential part of this nation and our community’s 4th of


Coalition Celebration Tinged With Sadness
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:33AM / Friday, June 19, 2015
Outgoing Northern Berkshire Community Coalition Executive Director Alan Bashevkin introduces the winner of this year's Northern Berkshire Hero Award, Dr. Thomas Hyde, far right.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Alan Bashevkin admitted he likely has learned more than 29 lessons during his 29 years as executive director of the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition. 

On Wednesday during the organization's annual meeting, he shared three of those lessons in his final remarks, the last he will give as the head of the nonprofit agency.

The first two lessons reference back to the creation of the Coalition 29 years ago.

One, "never underestimate what an established organization can

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Feeding the hungry
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Williamstown Community Preschool Installs New Signage
by Billsville 02:46PM / Tuesday, February 26, 2013

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Community Preschool began sprucing up its new home by hiring local sign maker Lindsay Neathawk,

Lanesborough Considering Additional Kindergarten Class
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:37AM / Friday, June 19, 2015
Principal Ellen Boshe was given flowers and a certificate of appreciation from the School Committee on Thursday. She is retiring and her last day is on June 30.

LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The first decision the new School Committee faces will be what to do with the kindergarten class.

Principal Ellen Boshe said she was concerned with the size of the kindergarten class and that any additions during the summer could pose a problem. She is asking the School Committee to break the one class of 25 students into two.

"That's huge," Boshe said of the class. "I'm really concerned with the kindergarten at 25 ... my recommendation would be to split that into

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New Lebanon Site of 'Living Museum'
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:31AM / Friday, June 19, 2015
Behold! New Lebanon is about connecting with the mostly town's rural roots by approaching New Lebanon as a living museum. NEW LEBANON, N.Y. — Rural living and racing cars shared the spotlight on Thursday at a media event to mark the inaugural season of "Behold! New Lebanon."   BNL is billed as a one-of-a-kind "living museum of contemporary life" set in the bucolic New York town that borders Berkshire County.   From July 4 to Sept. 26, visitors are invited to a summer long series of workshops and tours at various farms and other businesses in the town.   "We are doing this together because we understand what our homesteaders know,"

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Buffis Earns Win on Mound for SteepleCats
09:54PM / Thursday, June 18, 2015
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Mount Greylock Regional School graduate Rob Buffis pitched two innings of relief to earn the victory in an 8-4 win for the North Adams SteepleCats on Thursday night at Joe Wolfe Field.   Buffs struck out one without allowing a hit or a walk as the ‘Cats improved to 6-4 with the win over the Vermont Mountaineers.   Jim Haley went 2-for-4 with a double, and Michael Babb drove in two runs for North Adams, which cashed in on four Vermont errors.   The SteepleCats jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the bottom of the first and went ahead 8-2 in the fifth before Vermont scored three in the last three innings.   North Adams hosts Keene, N.H., on Friday

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Mount Greylock Trail Race Sunday
By Shannon Boyer, Sports
08:39PM / Thursday, June 18, 2015
On Sunday, the 31st annual Mount Greylock Trail Races will be held by the Western Massachusetts Athletic Club.   The race started back in 1984 with a group of local road runners who decided to put together a trail race and  has grown and drawn participation from all over New England and New York.   WMAC President Ed Saharczewsk started getting involved with the Greylock Trail Race back in 1999 and said he has seen tremendous growth since he started.   "It's grown a lot, actually in the last couple of years," Saharczewski said. "We probably used to get maybe 100 people in the long race, then they had construction on Greylock and we couldn't go all

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Grandchamp, Local Boxing Legend, Ready to Film Life Story
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
08:33PM / Thursday, June 18, 2015
Gail 'Champ' Grandchamp is finally ready to begin shooting the story of her struggle to become a boxer. She expects filming to begin in and around the city this summer.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Gail Grandchamp can't sit still.

The professional boxer turned personal trainer has about dozen ideas floating above her head at all times.

When she's not riffing on the people she's met in the boxing world, she's talking branding or healthy living, or waxing rhapsodic about the beauty of the Berkshires.

All those aspects of her life are about to come together in one grand venture: A film about her struggles for the right to step into the boxing ring.

"I'm so


Mount Greylock Committee Says Farewell to Interim Superintendent
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:34PM / Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Interim Superintendent Gordon Noseworthy is bidding goodbye to the Wililamstown-Lanesborough schools after leading the districts for nearly seven months. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Ten days after the high school held its commencement, the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee said its goodbyes to a couple of "graduating" professionals on Tuesday night.   Interim Superintendent Gordon Noseworthy and Business Manager Lynn Bassett attended their last committee meeting in those capacities, and Chairwoman Carolyn Greene took advantage of the opportunity to thank each for serving the district.   Noseworthy, who was brought in this winter to replace recently retired


The Classical Beat: String Quartets Fill the Region With Music
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires
03:01PM / Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Calidore String Quartet will play a Father's Day concert at Music Mountain in Falls Village, Conn., a lovely place to listen to music.

In my two preceding columns, I previewed the musical offerings at Tanglewood in Lenox, Tannery Pond in New Lebanon, N.Y., and the Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown, N.Y.

This week, I’ll turn the spotlight on South Mountain Concerts in Pittsfield and Music Mountain in Falls Village, Conn.

If, like me, you’re a devotee of the string quartet, and music for solo strings generally, you will want to attend programs at the two venues in the region that specialize in this repertoire. The quartet medium is, to my mind, the


Williamstown Police Go Worst to First in Cal Ripken League
09:03AM / Wednesday, June 17, 2015
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- With a 5-3 victory over Adams Community Bank on Monday night and an 8-1 victory over Pownal Carbone Auto on Tuesday, Williamstown Police completed a turnaround season and went from last to first in winning the North County Cal Ripken Championship.   In the 5-3 victory over ACB, Oscar Low got the win pitching, five innings and striking out seven while playing tremendous defense to lead Police to the victory and into the North County Championship. Jack Cangelosi and Joshua Polumbo had RBI singles to lead the offensive effort for Police.   In the North County Championship game victory over Pownal, Cangelosi pitched five sterling innings to get the win while


Rookies Finish Strong Season in Williamstown Cal Ripken Leae
08:34AM / Wednesday, June 17, 2015
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Williamstown Cal Ripken Rookie Team had a strong  finish to their season, which included two of three innings with three  defensive outs against a strong Pownal team.   Continuing a team tradition going back several years, coaches Steve Miller and Bernie Rhie presented players with certificates highlighting their contributions.   Krishiv Malhotra: Bert "Campy" Campaneris award for his incredible versatility in playing strong defense in every position.   Akosh Olchvary: Ozzie Smith award for wizardly defense in the field.   Kayla Miller: Cy Young award for great defensive plays from the pitcher's mound


Williamstown Con Comm Clears Way for Solar Project
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:14AM / Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Steven Wiehe of Peabody's Weston and Sampson addresses Williamstown's Conservation Commission about the landfill solar project. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Conservation Commission on Thursday OK'd plans for a 1.9-megawatt solar project on the town's capped landfill.   The commission reviewed plans for the project with engineer Steven Wiehe of Peabody's Weston and Sampson.   Wiehe explained that the project will include about 6,000 solar photovoltaic panels on about 7 acres of the 12-acre site.   In order to avoid harming the liner that covers the landfill, the work will be done above ground, and the area with the panels will be covered by 4


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