|Adams Prudential Committee Says No Issues With Water
Although there have been recent complaints about town water, clerk and treasurer of the Adams Prudential Committee Richard Kleiner said all is well.
Our Lady of Fatima Statue Stopping in Berkshires; Vigil Set at St. Elizabeth's
St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church will host the National Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima for an overnight vigil on Sept. 10-11.
The statue will be at churches within the Diocese of Springfield from Sept. 8 through Sept. 28 as part of a two-year tour.
End of Session Review: Paul Mark
The state passed an economic development bill, which Rep. Paul Mark says will benefit his district particularly with bridge repairs and allocation for the MassWorks program.
Mark said the bill includes $50 million for bridge repairs, which is a fund small towns previously didn't have access to. His district of 16 towns spreading throughout the hill towns features many rural areas with a tax bases that couldn't afford to foot the bill for bridges.
Motorama 2016 Fills Downtown North Adams With Classic Cars
Well more than 400 cars and other engine-equipped items packed into the city's downtown on Sunday for the 6th annual Motorama.
The blue skies were a far cry from torrential rains that hit the city five years ago to the day when Tropical Storm Irene roared through. Instead, hundreds of people wandered along Main Street and Monument Square, and through the Steeple City Plaza admiring the shiny automobiles.
North Adams Barber Still Cutting Hair After 60 Years
Gus' Barbershop has been a North Adams fixture for decades. Generations of locals and out-of-towners have stopped in to get a trim and experience the authentic barbershop experience.
"I love cutting hair, and I am good at it. I have been doing it all my life," Jammalo said. "I like people so much. I can afford to retire but I like people coming in to talk and I love being barber.
"I am not quitting until I get sick or die."
Warren Delivers Economic Policy Presentation To Hundreds At BCC
When U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren's father couldn't work, her mother took a job working minimum wage to pay the mortgage and put food on the table.
"We were one of those families that were always hanging onto our place pretty much by our fingernails," Warren said. "It was a minimum wage job so she could pay the mortgage and put food on the table. She saved our family."
Coffee Liberation Front Patrons Donate to Animals
Alison and Christopher Cuff, owners of Coffee Liberation Front, believe in two things: good coffee and happy animals.
And as the Park Street cafe has fast become a popular spot for coffee and salads, it's also making an impact on animals' lives through the kindness of patrons.
Adams Conservation Commission Approve Gas Main Improvements
The Conservation Commission approved Berkshire Gas' request to make improvements to a Commercial Street gas main.
Travis McCarthy, representing Berkshire Gas, asked the commission Thursday to approve a notice of intent to make improvements to a bridge-mounted gas main on Commercial Street.
Glow Ball Mini Golf Fundraiser For Special Olympics Planned For Sept.
A new fundraiser for the Special Olympics is teeing off next month.
Market 32 and Baker's Golf have teamed up to put on a special glow ball night with the benefits going to the Law Enforcement Torch Run, which will supply Special Olympic athletes from Berkshire County with equipment, uniforms, and transportation to the games.
Designer Selection Next Step in Clarksburg School Project
The School Building Committee is anticipating voting on a school project next spring.
But first it has to get a design team on board.
Some 27 companies have indicated interest in the school district's request for services, said Brian Laroche of Potomac Capital Advisors, the school district's owner's project manager.
Williamstown Con Comm Seeks Specifics on Spruces Plantings
The Conservation Commission on Thursday evening reiterated its request for a detailed list of the plants that a local nonprofit hopes to put on town-owned land on Sept. 1.
And the commissioners expressed some dismay about having to ask twice.
Baker Highlights Craft Industry With Trip to Berkshire Mountain Distillers
Twelve years ago Chris Weld had grown tired of his work in emergency rooms. So, he moved back to Massachusetts and bought an apple farm.
With all of the products he needed right on sight, Weld started to distill. He makes whiskeys, gins, vodkas and other spirits. In 2007, he turned it into a business - Berkshire Mountain Disillers. The company began to grow and two years ago he opened a tasting room and store along with a new distillery. He now employees eight people and ships his products t
North Adams Airport May Try New Management Style
The Airport Commission may look at a new management model that could possibly generate revenue and sustain staff.
Commissioner Trevor Gilman said Tuesday that with all of the improvements to Harriman & West, it may be beneficial for the city to work out a one-time lease agreement of the public ramp space to Teamflys, which provides various aviation-related services at the airport.
End of Session Review: Benjamin Downing
State Sen. Benjamin Downing is happy with the state's new energy bill but feels it doesn't go far enough.
Just before the July 31 end of the formal legislative session, the state passed an omnibus energy bill which increases hydro-electricity, off-shore wind, and raises the net metering cap for solar, among the many provisions.
Downing headed the state's Telecommunication, Utilities, and Energy Committee and spent a lot of time during the two-year session on it. He filed a bill which was
Williamstown's Highland Woods Fully Functional
After a five-month delay caused by a sprinkler system failure, the Highland Woods senior housing project is now fully operational.
Elton Ogden of Berkshire Housing Development Corporation on Monday gave the Board of Selectmen an update on the 40-unit apartment at the end of Southworth Street, adjacent to Proprietor's Field.
Doll Makers Donate Two 'Babies' to Williamstown Nursing Home
You see, Jenna and Angie are dolls, the extremely realistic hand-crafted creations of Kathi George and Julie Crosier. George and Crosier are sisters who create lifelike dolls for their company, Until Forever Nursery. The two donated the dolls to Williamstown Commons.
North Adams Councilors to Tour Public Services Buildings
City councilors will be touring the city's public service structures as the administration lays out the reasoning to spend some $1.5 million to consolidate everything at the former anodizing plant at Hodges Cross Road.
The City Council on Tuesday was presented with a purchase-and-sales agreement of $995,000 with 59 Hodges Cross Road LLC for the structure and its 30-some acres. Another half-million would go toward further updating and transforming the 85,000 square foot building to hold the se
St. Francis' Church Being Razed
Demolition began in earnest on Wednesday months after the deteriorating steeple on St. Francis' Church was removed.
A building connecting the 150-year-old church to the rectory on Union Street was razed late last week in preparation for the removal of the church proper. Interior work on hazardous waste abatement had been completed some weeks ago.
Lanesborough School Officials Look To Shorten Bus Ride Times
Bus routes can't be that much more efficient, but school officials are looking at small ways to reduce the time students spend traveling to and from school.
Elementary School Principal Martin McEvoy said on Tuesday that he traveled the three bus routes with a staff member from DuFour Bus Co. and found no one way to truly reduce the time students spend. Instead, he's looking to see if there could be more common bus stops, instead of always bringing students to their doors.
State Senate Candidates Focus On Economics In 5th Debate
As director of the Pittsfield Community Connection Adam Hinds reeled in a $5 million grant to fight crime an violence in the city.
Over the next 10 years the grant will supplement salaries to put at-risk youth in jobs, provide job training, get them counseling, and employed outreach workers who had been in gangs or jail and can show the youth that that lifestyle doesn't work. The crime numbers overlapped with the three most impoverished census blocks and targeted those areas.
Weeds in Cheshire Reservoir Cause Fire Hazard
Fire Chief Thomas Francesconi said because of the current weed issue in Cheshire lake, the fire trucks are unable to effectively pump water from the lake.
Francesconi came before the selectmen Tuesday and said the town fire trucks are unable to pump water from the lake to serve houses on Hutchinson Lane, Lanesboro Road and the coves because of recent tape grass activity that has clogged the boat lunch and the fire trucks’ pumps.
Williamstown Adopts Resolution on Opioid Addiction Services
The Board of Selectmen on Monday approved a resolution calling on Berkshire Health Systems and state officials to better serve North County residents suffering from opioid addiction.
North Adams Council Tosses Parking Ordinance
The City Council on Tuesday rejected a plan to put meters in the Central Street parking lot.
The vote was unanimous; Councilor Ronald Boucher was absent.
The ordinance, which would have made the Center Street parking fees the same as other spaces, had already been published and passed to a second reading on a vote of 7-2 two weeks.
North Adams Downtown Hosts Motorama This Weekend
The 6th annual Motorama will roar back into the city on Sunday, Aug. 28, from 9 to 3.
Main, Holden and Eagle streets will be closed to all but pedestrian traffic as downtown North Adams fills with cars, trucks, motorcycles, snowmobiles, tractors and more. Anything with a motor is welcome.
Q&A With MCLA President James Birge
Originally called the North Adams Normal School, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts was founded to train public school teachers.
True to that heritage, today's MCLA faculty members take seriously their role as educators. That is the message the college's 12th president received when he arrived on campus earlier this year.
Lanesborough, Berkshire Mall Getting Closer to Assessment Settlement
A settlement regarding the assessment of the Berkshire Mall may be near.
The Baker Hill Road District's Prudential Committee held an emergency meeting with the Board of Selectmen Monday night, in which both boards discussed the current Appellate Tax Board cases between Berkshire Mall LLC. and the town's Board of Assessors and the Baker Hill Road District as well as cases between those entities in the Massachusetts Appeals Court.
Local Author Unveils Real Magic on Mount Greylock
Local author Kristen Demeo has written "Shrouded in The Mist" to show kids the facts behind the fictional Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry located on the summit of Mount Greylock.
When Demeo heard that J.K. Rowling, the author of the "Harry Potter" book series, chose Mount Greylock to be the home of her fictional North American wizardry school, she felt she could harness a teachable moment.
Senator Warren Holding Presentation on 'America's Agenda'
U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren will be at Berkshire Community College on Saturday for a public forum on "America's Agenda."
Based on the PowerPoint presentation she made at the Democratic Convention last month in Philadelphia, the senator will look at "how the playing field got tilted against America’s middle class – and what we can do to fight back."
BHS to Close Walk-In Clinic at Pittsfield's Market 32
Berkshire Health Systems says its new Urgent Care Facility on East Street is working so well that it's closing Walk-In Care Clinic inside the Market 32.
The BHS Walk-In, located inside Market 32 near its Pharmacy, will close on Friday, Aug. 26, at 6 p.m. The clinic will remain open for its regular hours, Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. until the 26th.
Future of WTBR-FM Remains Uncertain
The radio station "Brave FM," stationed at Taconic High School, was once under threat of being silenced because of budget and interest. It is now facing the challenge of the new high school project's impacts on the tower location.
North Adams Council to Consider Buying Closed Plant for Public Works
The city is considering a $1.5 million investment in purchasing a former anodizing plant to house all of its public service departments and equipment.
The City Council on Tuesday will be presented with a request from the mayor to enter into a purchase-and-sales agreement for the former Aluminum Anodizing on Hodges Cross Road.
Adams Fire District in Need of New Committee Member
The Adams Fire District will hold a special election in October to fill an open Prudential Committee seat.
Clerk and treasurer of the Adams Fire District Richard Kleiner said because a member of the Prudential Committee resigned, the district is in need of a new member to fill out the three-member committee for the two-year term.
Women Team Up to Create Burial Gowns for Premature Babies
The wheels in her head turned, and using her own wedding gown to get started, she has teamed up with North Adams seamstress Tammy Lyn Annichiarico to begin “Peace by Piece Creations’ Angel Gowns of North Adams” to create free burial gowns for deceased premature infants.
End of Session Review: Tricia Farley-Bouvier
The formal legislative session came to a close at the end of July and 3rd Berkshire Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier says the highlights of the two-year session include a massive opioid bill and energy policy.
"Massachusetts will one again lead the nation when it comes to renewable energy with a requirement for procurement of big hydro, which will likely come from Canada or upstate New York, and excitingly off-shore wind which we will see being built out off the shores of southeastern Massachusetts
North Adams Historical Society Remembers The Siege Of Fort Massachusetts
Local history buffs gathered at St. the Francis Indian Ledge on Massachusetts Avenue Saturday in observation of the 1746 siege of Fort Massachusetts by 900 French and Indians of the St. François tribe during the French and Indian wars.
Race Honors Memory of Drury Grad’s Mother
For the record, Saturday’s race was won by Olivia’s cousin Jacob Leblanc, who covered the course in 17 minutes, 32 seconds, a 5:39 mile pace. The top woman in the field was 2016 Lenox High graduate and rising Williams College freshman Emily Tibbetts, who finished in 22:05.
Two Pittsfield Teens Honored For Dedication To Youth Alive
But they are important and the Pittsfield Prevention Partnerships wants them to know that. At Third Thursday, the organization presented two such youth with Say It Proud Awards, highlighting the accomplishments they have made through the Youth Alive drum corp.
School Committee Gives Pittsfield Superintendent Rave Review
The School Committee presented Superintendent Jason McCandless with his review on Wednesday, rating him exceptional and praising his leadership and work in the district.
West Nile Virus Found In Mosquito Sample Collected In Pittsfield
West Nile Virus has been found in a mosquitoes collected in the city.
The Berkshire County Mosquito Control Project regularly monitors mosquito populations and tests for West Nile Virus or Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus. The state Department of Public Health has confirmed that one sample found the presence of West Nile.
Mass Dairy Farmers Honor Rep. Mark As Legislator of the Year
State Rep. Paul Mark was honored by the Massachusetts Association of Dairy Farmers as legislator of the year.
At a picnic in Sunderland, Mark was given the award by MADF President Dave Shepard.
Clark Art Institute Acquires Emile Bernard Painting
The painting was once owned by noted collector Samuel Josefowitz, who was among the most important 20th-century collectors of the works of Paul Gauguin and of the wider Pont-Aven School.
Adams Residents Brainstorm Fictional Wizardry School's Possibilities
BRPC To Towns: Consider Long-term Sustainability of Broadband Choices
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Regional Planning Commission is warning towns not to settle for internet which may not be fast enough in a few years.
The relaunching of the Massachusetts Broadband Initiative comes with changes to the program which allows towns to craft individual plans for expanding broadband into unserved areas. That includes grants for cable companies to expand - such as Lanesborough, West Stockbridge, and Hinsdale - opted to do or expansion of a wireless system - like Middle
Drury, Colegrove Principals Take New Roles
There are some staffing changes ahead for the North Adams Public Schools — including the search for a new principal for Drury High School.
Colegrove Park Elementary School Principal Shelley Fachini is moving to special education, and Drury High Principal Amy Meehan will be replacing her at "Old Drury."
Country-Rap Artist's Promoters Cause Complaints
A CD sales group notorious for its aggressive pitches raised eyebrows Wednesday when its bus entered town.
Police were called Wednesday afternoon to tell the "Maverick Dirt Road Street Team" to stay out of the roundabout.
Democratic State Rep Candidates Debate Issues on GMP
The two candidates for the Democratic nomination for state representative clashed in the second debate before the primary Thursday morning during an hourlong debate on WTBR.
John Krol, host of Good Morning Pittsfield, moderated the debate on his show in the Taconic High School studio Thursday morning between incumbent Tricia Farley-Bouvier and challenger Michael Bloomberg.
Adams Emergency Responders Say Dispatch Has Improved
Emergency responders agree that the outsourced dispatching service has improved after initial complaints about communication and procedure.
Adams Ambulance Service Manager Michael Gleason and Fire Chief Paul Goyette told the Selectmen on Wednesday during public comment that after a few meetings and tweaks to the system, the new dispatch service through the Berkshire County sheriff's office has improved.
McCandless: Contamination at Taconic Site Mostly Cleaned
The contaminated material found at Taconic High School is mostly cleaned up, according to Superintendent Jason McCandless.
McCandless told the School Committee on Wednesday that about 80 percent of the material pulled from the site of the new school has been trucked off to a landfill in Syracuse, N.Y. During the site work at the site of the new high school three types of soil which could not be reused or contaminated was discovered.
North Adams Historical Society Observing Siege of Fort Massachusetts
The 270th anniversary of the siege of Fort Massachusetts will be celebrated this year on the ledge that overlooks where the fort had been built.
The event will be at 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 20, at what is called St. Francis Indian Ledge, 799 Massachusetts Ave. Free parking is available at Renee's Diner across the street.
Guest Column: Shared Services Are the Future
After nearly a year of preparation, and just a few short months since 17 South Berkshire communities came together in a historic Community Compact signing, we are starting to see the successful work of so many coming together.