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Mount Greylock presents 'South Pacific'
05:41PM / Wednesday, March 04, 2015
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — War, romance, human frailty and some of the most memorable tunes in the American theater will be on display at Williams College's '62 Center for Theatre and Dance.

Mount Greylock Regional School's spring musical, "South Pacific: In Concert," will be staged at the venue on Friday and Saturday, March 6 and 7, at 7 p.m.   Set in an island paradise during World War II, two parallel love stories are threatened by the ugliness of prejudice and the perils of war.   Nellie, a spunky nurse from Arkansas, falls in love with a mature French plantation owner with a past, Emile de Becque. Nellie learns that the mother of

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Berkshire County Head Start Registering Children for 2015-16 School Year
11:59AM / Wednesday, March 04, 2015
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Children who will be 3 or 4 years old by their local elementary school cutoff date may be eligible for a free preschool program at one of the seven sites throughout Berkshire County.

If parents cannot attend any of the registrations, applications are always accepted and can be obtained by calling 413-499-0137 or downloading an application from www.berkhs.org.

Income verification is needed with a completed application and eligible children are accepted on a first come, first served basis.

Registrations will be held at the following locations:

March 4, 6-7 p.m.: Lee Elementary School, 1 Greylock St., Lee

March 11, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.: Muddy Brook School, 318 Monument Valley Road, Great

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Hancock School Committee Opens Conversation About Expansion
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:17AM / Tuesday, March 03, 2015
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HANCOCK, Mass. — The School Committee on Monday explained its rationale for investigating a possible expansion to the elementary school and sought public feedback on the initiative.   "Long-term, we need more instructional space and a couple of other spaces as well," Superintendent Barbara Ripa said.   "Some of you are saying, 'When I was a kid, I was in that building and there were 85 kids and we all fit.' Well, education has changed. The kinds of programs and services we need to provide our students so they have a quality education, that's changed, too.   "So we need these spaces."   The School Committee established a building

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McCann Tech Robotics Team Demonstrates for School Committee
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:20AM / Monday, March 02, 2015
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School's robotics team look to expand the program and come back even stronger next year.

The team, the Mad McCannics, ran a demonstration with their competition robot "Mac" at Thursday night's School Committee meeting.

They recently returned from a FIRST Tech Challenge qualifying competition for high school and middle school students.

"It was quite a day," said team adviser Erin Mucci. "The kids did a fabulous job and our robot competed admirably."

For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) is a 25-year-old nonprofit focused on providing programming for youth.

Team member Evan Delmolino

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Williamstown Fin Comm Talks Mount Greylock Budget, Historical Museum Move
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:39AM / Friday, February 27, 2015
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Little Red Schoolhouse and a larger than anticipated school budget were on the minds of the town's Finance Committee on Wednesday night.

The committee held its second round of detailed analysis of the town's proposed fiscal 2016 budget, and while the panel had a few questions about the cost centers under review, two items not on the agenda sparked the most discussion.   The first was the Mount Greylock Regional School budget request, which was approved by the School Committee on Tuesday but has yet to be delivered to the town.   Town Manager Peter Fohlin relayed to the Fin Comm that based on a news report from that Tuesday meeting, he

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Farley-Bouvier Files Bills To Combat Sexual Assault On Campus
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:02PM / Thursday, February 26, 2015
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier is focused on tackling the issue of sexual assault on campus.   The Pittsfield Democrat has sponsored two major bills aimed to ensure safety on private and public college campuses across the state.   One will treat sexual assault allegations under Title IX provisions and the other would create a "bill of rights" for victims.   "We do believe the federal level is the best place for these kind of reforms. However, this is going to be a companion bill with what is happening on the federal level to ensure that Title 9 provisions are being upheld," Farley-Bouvier said.   The federal provision

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Berkshire Arts & Tech School Unveils New Gym, Cafeteria
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:32PM / Wednesday, February 25, 2015
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ADAMS, Mass. — Jeannette Lambert of North Adams played a big part in Wednesday morning's ceremonies at the Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School.   Lambert did the honors of cutting the ceremonial ribbon as the school unveiled its $4.5 million, two-story addition to students, staff and invited guests.   But unlike most of the students shivering in the school's parking lot to watch the festivities, Lambert will not be spending a whole lot of time in that addition.   As a member of BArT's senior class, she'll be moving on in a few months. Still, Lambert had no mixed emotions about seeing her soon-to-be-alma-mater take a big step

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Mount Greylock Committee Sends Preliminary Budget to Towns
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:28PM / Wednesday, February 25, 2015
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee on Tuesday voted unanimously to send a budget to both its member towns with assessments that are higher than either town has signaled it wants to pay.   On a vote of 6-0, the committee agreed to submit a preliminary fiscal year 2016 budget with a 2.61 increase from the fiscal 2015 budget. That is the budget that will be considered at a pair of public hearings — at Lanesborough Elementary School on March 16 and at Mount Greylock in March 17.   The 2.61 percent increase is lower than 4.5 percent rise the MGRS Committee considered at its most recent meeting because of $150,000 gift from Williams College

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Lanesborough Says Override Only Option To Fund Mount Greylock Request
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:11AM / Tuesday, February 24, 2015
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LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Town Administrator Paul Sieloff says if Mount Greylock Regional School District wants to hike its assessment by 11 percent, it will need to convince voters of an override.   High School officials aren't backing down from asking for a 4.5 percent raise in the budget, which will result in $276,700 more in Lanesborough's assessment, or a 10.54 percent increase over this year.   Sieloff says the request is asking for every bit of new money Lanesborough will generate if the town raises taxes the full 2.5 percent allowed by law as well cutting $100,000 elsewhere.   A 2.5 percent increase in the budget generates $180,000 in new taxes, Sieloff

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Drury High Class Bringing Tony Winner to Perform at School
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:36AM / Friday, February 20, 2015
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Drury Performing Arts Management Class will bring in Grammy and Tony-winning artist Duncan Sheik to the high school this April.

Tucked away in the arts wing of Drury High School, you can find Jamie Choquette's Performing Arts Management (DPAM) class sitting around a table conference style and talk business.

At first glance, one would not think they were standing in a high school classroom as the students talk marketing, lighting specifics, ticket sales, and fog machines.

Many of these conversations are focused around Sheik, who rose to fame with his 1996 debut single "Barely Breathing" and continued his success on the Broadway stage with his

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