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Adams-Cheshire Makes High School Pitch to Lanesborough
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:38AM / Friday, August 28, 2015
Town Adminstrator Tony Mazzucco looks at the numbers on Thursday at Hoosac Valley High School during a presentation to Lanesborough.

CHESHIRE, Mass. — Adams and Cheshire touted the school district's benefits to an audience of nearly 80 on Thursday night.

The presentation by Adams and Adams-Cheshire Regional staff and officials was an attempt to sway Lanesborough residents in considering to send high school students their way.

Mount Greylock Regional held a similar demonstration on Wednesday to remind Lanesborough of the advantages of being educated at the Williamstown school.

But whereas Mount Greylock focused on academics, Adams went straight for the pocketbook.

The town could


Mount Greylock Officials Make Case for School District
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:20AM / Thursday, August 27, 2015
Mount Greylock Principal Mary MacDonald emphasized the school's diverse academic program and the success of its students at Wednesday's forum. LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Mount Greylock officials on Wednesday made their pitch to Lanesborough residents being courted by a neighboring school district.   In a nearly hourlong presentation in the Lanesborough Elementary School cafeteria, Mount Greylock's superintendent, principal, assistant principal and director of pupil services explained the things that they say make Mount Greylock a school worth preserving.   "What attracted me to Mount Greylock was, first, its reputation," said Doug Dias, who was hired


Feeding the hungry
by buddy 04:12PM / Friday, February 21, 2014

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,

Williamstown Youth Center Thanks Bedard Bros.
by Billsville 02:13PM / Friday, June 22, 2012
Bedard Brothers Chevrolet, through the Chevrolet Youth Soccer Program, has helped sponsor the Williamstown Youth Center's Soccer Program for the 2012 season. In addition to soccer equipment, this

Economist Urges Berkshires To Build Around Strong Non-Profit Economy
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:05AM / Thursday, August 27, 2015
Steven Sheppard outlined the state of the Berkshires economy at Wednesday's Good New Business Salute.   LENOX, Mass. — Following a shock to the economic eco-system, economist Steven Sheppard says an area needs to mitigate the negative fallout, understand the changes, and then focus on rebuilding on the strengths.   The Williams College professor said the Berkshires had multiple "shocks" to its economy and still hasn't fully recovered.   Since the 1970s, population has been dropping and, in 2010, the county's gross domestic product "hit bottom" from


Williamstown Selectmen Debate Cost Saving Vs. 'Green' Action
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:32PM / Wednesday, August 26, 2015
The Board of Selectmen are choosing an electrical aggregation plan that balances cost with environmentally sound generation. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Board of Selectmen on Monday debated how the town should strike the balance between environmentalism and frugality.   At issue was Williamstown's participation in a year-old Municipal Electric Aggregation Program. Specifically, the board was asked to authorize interim Town Manager Peter Fohlin to again act on the town's behalf when new contracts from electricity suppliers are received this week.   Fohlin told the board that Mark Cappadona of Marlborough's Colonial Power Group was negotiating with


The Classical Beat: Chamber Concerts Blossom Throughout Region
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires
01:21PM / Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Kalichstein, Laredo, Robinson Piano Trio will perform as part of the South Mountain Concerts series on Sunday, Sept. 6.

Labor Day marks the conclusion of the summer music festival season, and so the local classical music scene coalesces, as presenters favor intimate spaces for chamber music.

This will become the dominant genre of music making to be found until next June, when the warm late spring weather invites us to share massed performances outdoors at Tanglewood and other venues, large and small.

Looking ahead, you’ll find a variety of concerts presented in churches, chapels, small auditoriums, halls and the like throughout the region. Even


MCLA Holds School Supply Drive to Benefit Local Students
11:42AM / Wednesday, August 26, 2015

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will continue its tradition of giving back during the First Days of the academic year when the MCLA Center for Service and Citizenship hosts a “School Supply Drive” to benefit local elementary school students.

The community is invited to participate in this effort, which will begin as the Class of 2019 moves in on Sunday, Aug. 30. Items needed include pencils and erasers, mechanical pencils, notebooks and journals, folders and binders, notebook paper, rulers, calculators, markers and crayons.

Collection boxes will be available as the new students check in to campus. Locations include the Campus Center


North County School Finance Forum: State Aid Lacking
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:27AM / Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Members of the Adams Finance Committee participate in Tuesday's school funding forum at BArT. ADAMS, Mass. — Three school districts with different financial models had a common message for attendees at Tuesday's forum at Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School: The commonwealth should do more to fund education.   Administrators from the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District, McCann Technical School and BArT gave a slide presentation to talk about how each of their budgets are funded at a joint meeting/workshop of the Adams Board of Selectmen and Adams Finance Committee.   Although each of the schools is funded differently and each has unique


Mount Greylock Regional Bus Routes 2015-16
02:30PM / Tuesday, August 25, 2015

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock Regional School opens Wednesday, Sept. 2. Students should arrive at their designated bus stops at least five minutes prior to the time indicated. (Allow 10 minutes the first week of school.)

Afternoon dismissal is 2:25; buses leave at 2:30.


Williamstown Routes

Lanesborough Routes


7:10  Sloan Road at Oblong Road
7:13  Oblong Road at Hancock Road Route 43
7:19  Hancock Town Line at Burdicks
7:29  Arrival


7:03  Cole Avenue at School Street
7:05  Southworth at School Street
7:09  Main Street at Water Street
7:11  Water


North Berkshire School Bus Routes 2015-16
09:37AM / Tuesday, August 25, 2015

School bus routes will be added in as they are submitted.

School opens Monday, Aug. 31
Bus Routes
BArT Charter School
School opens Monday, Aug. 24.
Bus Routes North Adams Public Schools
School begins Wednesday, Sept. 2
Bus Routes McCann Technical
School begins Thursday, Sept. 3
Bus Routes
Mount Greylock Regional
School opens Wednesday, Sept. 2
Bus Routes

Williamstown Elementary School
School opens Wednesday, Sept. 2.
Bus Routes

Stamford Elementary School
School opens Monday, Aug. 31.
Bus Routes


Adams, Mount Greylock District Taxpayers Invited to Three School Forums
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:26AM / Monday, August 24, 2015
The decision of Adams and Cheshire officials to reach out to Lanesborough has resulted in two other meetings on local school funding and Mount Greylock Regional's offerings. ADAMS, Mass. — It is back to school week ... for North County taxpayers.   While most of the kids may have another week to enjoy the waning days of summer vacation, their parents and other voters are invited to three public forums focused on the present and possible future state of education in North Berkshire.   The first forum is Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School in Adams.   BArT, which frequently draws fire as an alleged drain on resources

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@theMarket: Markets Are Supposed to Pullback
By Bill Schmick,
04:57PM / Friday, August 21, 2015

It was a sea of red for stocks this week. Global markets broke a seven-month trading range and the rest is history. Consider this week's decline a positive development. Here's why.

Over the last seven months, the S&P 500 Index has traded in a narrow range between a gain of 3.5 percent and a loss of minus-3.2 percent. That hasn't happened in almost 50 years. As markets go, this was a highly abnormal development. Something had to give and I have been writing for months that at some point we could expect a larger, more "normal" sell-off in the market. Well, now we are returning to normalcy. It isn't pleasant, because losses make us feel worse than gains make us


Berkshire Arts & Technology Bus Route 2015
01:07PM / Friday, August 21, 2015

ADAMS, Mass. — The first day of school for Berkshire Arts & Technology Public Charter School is Monday, Aug. 24. The doors open to students at 7:45 a.m. and dismissal is at 3:40 p.m. the first day.

Students should be waiting at their bus stop 10 minutes before the scheduled time in a location visible to the driver (not sitting in a car); all times are advisory. No food or drink allowed on the buses and students may only ride on assigned buses. Bus routes are subject to change and the most current versions can always be found on the "For Parents" page of school's website,

Morning bus service will not be available for Savoy, Florida or


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