Adams, MA

Pittsfield Fourth of July parade returns to downtown for first time in three years

PITTSFIELD, Mass. - For the first time since 2019, thousands of people packed downtown Pittsfield to watch and cheer on the city’s annual Fourth of July parade. “This parade is part of the fabric of this city,” said Time Coe, a Pittsfield resident. “I’ve been going to this parade since I was born and I’m super excited that we’re back and able to all be together as a community.”
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North Greenbush Police Department blotter

Warrant: On June 15, at 11:14 a.m., Kenneth Devoe, of North Greenbush, was arrested on an outstanding arrest. warrant stemming from an incident reported on June 13, 2022. In that case, it was reported that Devoe had struck the victim in the head with a closed fist while the victim was engaged in a verbal argument with another person. Devoe was charged with second-degree harassment and was released to return to court at a later date.

MassDOT to host a public meeting for the Northern Tier Passenger Rail Study

BOSTON – The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has announced it will host a virtual public information meeting for the Northern Tier Passenger Rail Study. The study is examining the potential benefits, costs, and investments necessary to implement passenger rail service from North Adams to Greenfield and Boston. The meeting is scheduled to be held on Thursday, July 14, at 6:00 p.m. via Zoom.

United Way gets pair of donations totaling $176K

United Way of the Franklin and Hampshire Region recently received two large donations totaling $176,000, enhancing its ability to provide financial support to social service agencies across the two counties. A donation of $100,000 came from an anonymous donor from Franklin County. The other donation was a bequest of $76,000...

Westside Legends Hosts Annual All Roads Lead Home Event

PITTSFIELD, Mass. —The non-profit Westside Legends are hosting its annual All Roads Lead Home event to. celebrate and thank Pittsfield’s Westside neighborhoods. The party starts at 6 p.m. Sunday, July 3rd, at Bousquet, located at 101 Dan Fox Drive, featuring entertainment for all ages. The party includes food...

Pittsfield Fourth of July Parade Coming 'Back With a Bang!'

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city's historic Fourth of July Parade will return on Monday for the first time since 2019. Themed "Back With a Bang," the procession will have 164 units. "We have an arrangement of community groups, floats, fire departments, musical units, veterans organizations," parade Committee President Peter...

Williams College Museum of Art Summer Program Series 'Immersions'

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) invites visitors to immerse themselves in a summer program series titled Immersions. Each program is inspired by the themes, histories, and practices that weave through the museum's summer exhibitions, such as healing, folklore, the five senses, and migration. Programs...

$41.2M to help provide affordable housing in Sunderland

SUNDERLAND — A recently purchased mixed-income apartment complex off of Route 116 has received more than $41 million in financing from MassHousing to help subsidize the costs of affordable housing. The independent, quasi-public agency has granted a $41.2 million taxable permanent loan — to be amortized over 35 years...

THEN & NOW: Laurel Lake in Lee

The southeast side of Laurel Lake in Lee was once home to a giant stone “Sea Lion,” as shown the circa 1907 postcard above. Decades later the rock monster was decapitated and became known to locals as “Perch Rock” because of the good fishing found there.

Northampton VA medical center saved as senators dismantle closure commission

NORTHAMPTON — A bipartisan group of U.S. senators announced Monday the effective end of the federal commission that had proposed the closure of Veterans Affairs facilities including Northampton’s VA medical center. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., chairman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, and 11 other senators announced their...

Protest at Greenfield Fireworks

(Photo submitted by Ellie Richardson) (Greenfield, MA) – The Greenfield Recreation Department held its annual 4th of July fireworks display on Friday night. And people at Beacon Field were witness to a silent protest of the recent Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. During the national anthem, a group of women dressed in “Handmaid’s Tale” style robes lined up in front of the stage. The group that organized the protest submitted the following press release afterwards:

Williamstown Rural Lands Farm Visit

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williamstown Rural Lands (WRL) will tour and learn about micro-scale farming at Bigfoot Farm on Sunday, July 10, at 10 a.m. Learn how farmer Brian Cole produces a diversity of veggies using sustainable farming techniques. Now in his fifth year on one acre of leased farmland, Cole has made strides in learning what it takes to achieve economic success farming at a micro-scale.

Baseball community rallies behind local teen fighting cancer

The Pittsfield Suns and the Brockton Rox of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League of New England teamed up to give a local teen a day to remember at Wahconah Park on Sunday. 17-year-old Evan Franz was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2019, but hasn’t let surgery, chemotherapy or radiation dampen his spirits. The two teams invited Evan to the park to be part of warmups and batting practice, but also surprised him with a one-day contract to make him a member of the Rox for the day. He signed on the dotted line at home plate and then led off the game for Brockton wearing #34, the number of this favorite player David Ortiz. Franz hit the ball down the first base line and then hustled in for the single before leaving the field to a standing ovation. It was an emotional and special day for everyone involved.