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Snowfall Predictions: Did You Think It Was Spring? LOL
05:45PM / Wednesday, February 21, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The National Weather Service is predicting a wintry mix of precipitation beginning by Thursday and continuing into Saturday.    Tuesday and Wednesday were unseasonably warm and the temperature hit 76 on Main Street in North Adams in afternoon.   It was a mini summer vacation day and a couple cafes dug out their outdoor seating, coats and scarfs were tossed to the side, and motorcycles pulled out of garages. All with inches of dirty snow still lining parking lots and roadways.    It's all over by Thursday, though as temperatures are expected to drop back into the 30s (put away the tank tops and shorts for awhile.) There's potentical


Berkshire Athenaeum Collects PJs Through Boston Bruins Program
Staff Reports,
11:12AM / Wednesday, February 21, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Blades, the Boston Bruins mascot, made an appearance at the Berkshire Athenaeum on Tuesday.   Oh, and the commonwealth's first lady Lauren Baker was there too.   The pair came to the library to collect pajamas to give to the children in the care of the Department of Children and Families. The annual program collects pajamas throughout the state through libraries. It was formed by former Bruins Forward P.J. Axelsson and his wife Siw in 2007. This year's goal is collect 15,000 pairs statewide.   "It is a program in collaboration with the Boston Bruins and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners," said Samantha Cesario, the


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Conceptual Plans For Pittsfield Dog Park Created, City Seeks Design Funding
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:47AM / Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The park is eyed to be created on land inside Burbank Park. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city will apply for grant funds next month to design a dog park.   The Parks Commission gave its approval of a preliminary design crafted by Berkshire Design Group. The plans call for two areas — one for small dogs and one for all dogs — with walking paths, mounds for dogs to run up and down, shade, decorative fire hydrants, shade, water fountains for the dogs, and a 21-car parking lot.    Next, the city hopes to reel in a grant from the Stanton Foundation to finalize a design.   "You are looking anywhere for an acre, acre and a half of the all dog area and a


Pittsfield Considers Capping Marijuana Establishments at 10
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:29AM / Wednesday, February 21, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city is considering capping the number of marijuana retailers at 10.   The Department of Community Development has proposed zoning regulations to guide where an establishment can go. Those regulations would cap the number of retailers at 10, three more than the required minimum.   "The state licensing process will be measured at first so I don't think we'd be running into that cap too early," said Permitting Coordinator Nate Joyner.   Joyner said the state requires an equal number of retailers as the number of package store liquor licenses — which is seven in Pittsfield. He said there are already three medical marijuana


Yearsley Leads MCLA Men in MASCAC Playoff Win
08:53PM / Tuesday, February 20, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The MCLA men’s basketball team came into this year with just two conference wins in its last two season.   Tuesday night, that was all in the rear view mirror.   Freshman Noah Yearsley scored 19 points, and Pittsfield’s Keiland Cross had eight points and 12 rebounds in leading the Trailblazers to a 63-52 win over Framingham State in the quarter-finals of the Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference tournament.   Third-seeded MCLA (10-15) moves on to Thursday’s semi-finals at No. 2 Bridgewater State (16-9), which beat the Trailblazers by margins of 11 and 13 points in their regular season meetings.   “This is


Pignatelli: Use Volkswagen Settlement Money for Electric Car Infrastructure
02:26PM / Tuesday, February 20, 2018
BOSTON — State Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli, D-Lenox, joined 37 other legislators who weighed in last week on the allocation of $75 million that the state is scheduled to receive from the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust Fund.    Members urged the state Department of Environmental Protection, which is charged with dispensing the money, to invest in electric vehicle charging infrastructure and invest the balance of the funds in fully-electric transit and school buses.   The money will be received as part of a multi-state settlement with Volkswagen after it used a cheating computer system that ran emissions controls during testing but not during

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Biz Briefs: Pittsfield Chiropractor Sponsors Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity
01:53PM / Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Habitat Support

Dr. Kurt Schagen, owner of New Life Chiropractic, has once again chosen Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity to be the recipient of his annual philanthropic campaign. To support Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity, Schagen will donate all of the proceeds from new patient exams scheduled through his community outreach program.

During community events, as well as part of our Wellness at Work program, all participants have the opportunity to schedule an initial consultation and examination for only $25. All of the money raised is then donated directly to Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity. In 2017 Dr. Kurt Schagen of New Life Chiropractic donated $2,525 to Central


Miss Hall's School Announces Head's List, Honor Roll
01:36PM / Tuesday, February 20, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Miss Hall's School has announced 46 local students among the 140 girls schoolwide named to the Head's List and Honor Roll for the first semester, which ended Jan. 24.

For Head's List recognition, students must have taken five major, full-credit courses and must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 92, with no single grade below B-plus.

For Honor Roll recognition, students must have taken five major, full-credit courses and must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 86, with no single grade below B-minus.


Head's List

Grade 12: Kelsey Brown, of Lee; Lillian (Lilly) Climo, Great Barrington; Shae Daley, Pittsfield; Anouk Jolly, Lenox;


Berkshires Beat: Grazie, Mingo's Take Top Honors in Chowder Cook-off
12:39PM / Tuesday, February 20, 2018
The winners are

Hundreds of hungry WinterFest fans swarmed downtown to try samples of the nine fierce competitors at this year's annual Chowder Cook-off (find more photos here). Hundreds of ballots were cast for "People's Choice" favorites and write-ins for the "Only in North Adams" most unique chowder award. Voters were asked to rank their top three favorite, though many just picked one. Competitors were awarded three points for every first-place mark, two points for each second-place mark, and one point for every third-place mark.

In first place with 467 points was Grazie; a close second, Boston Seafood Restaurant snapped up second place with 460 points; and


North Adams First-Graders Send Textbooks to Kenya
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:50AM / Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Brayton Elementary School first-graders pose with the books they sent to students in Kenya.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — It takes a village to get a load of books from North Adams to an African village.

Brayton Elementary School first-grade teachers Elizabeth Patenaude and Jacqueline Thomas recently spearheaded an effort to send 60 reading textbooks to Chesegem Primary School in Eldoret South, Kenya. They were assisted by Leon Aalberts, a retired teach and minister from Williamstown, as well as Williams College student and Kenyan native Felix Biwott, and two classes of eager first-grade students who not only got to learn about geography but also about the joy of giving back.

The project


PCTV Submits Proposal To Manage WTBR, The Brave FM
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:14AM / Tuesday, February 20, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield Community Television wants to turn WTBR into a community radio station.   For nearly four years, school officials have been looking for partners to keep the The Brave FM alive after the demolition of the current Taconic High School building.   In the last few months, those talks led to the local public access television station. PCTV Executive Director Shawn Serre said the discussions are "in the initial phase" right now. But the organization sees great benefit in not only saving the radio station but enhancing its programming.   "If we end up managing the operations, we will look to increase community involvement,"


Pittsfield Police Seeking Information on Gas Station Robbery
11:17AM / Monday, February 19, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police are seeking information on an armed robbery that occurred at a Wahconah Street gas station on Saturday night.    The incident happened at about 10:30 p.m. at the Gulf Gas Station at 186 Wahconah St. When officers arrived at the location they learned that a masked man had entered the store, brandished a knife, and demanded money.    The clerk, who suffered a small cut to one of his fingers during the robbery, reported that the suspect took cash from the register and then fled the store. The robbery suspect was described as being a white or Hispanic male.    Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to contact the Pittsfield


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