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Lanesborough FinCom Will Support Mount Greylock Budget Request
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:48PM / Thursday, May 21, 2015
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LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The Finance Committee is supporting Mount Greylock High School's budget, to the chagrin of the Selectmen.   The Selectmen previously voted to short the Mount Greylock budget about $16,000 because those funds were added after the town agreed to a lower amount.   The Mount Greylock School Committee presented one budget at the public hearing and then later added an additional $42,100 for a late bus and middle school staff team meetings. School officials say they heard at the public hearing the desire for those items at the hearings and that's why the members voted it in.   The Selectmen, however, felt the town had already given enough of an

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Dr. Merselis Awarded Honorary Business Doctorate From Antioch
01:32PM / Thursday, May 21, 2015
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KEENE, N.H. — Antioch University New England bestowed longtime trustee Dr. John G. Merselis Jr. of Williamstown with an honorary doctorate degree in business at its commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 16, in Keene.

Merselis practiced internal medicine for nearly 30 years with Williamstown Medical Associates. He then enrolled as a graduate student at Antioch University New England and earned his master of science in management degree in 1996. Beginning in 1997, he served on the governance board of Antioch University for a dozen years. In 2009, he was named to AUNE's inaugural board of trustees, on which he continues to serve.

"I am very surprised by this great

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Williams Grant Recipients Show Off Fruits of Their Labor
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:47PM / Wednesday, May 20, 2015
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — What do robots, websites, books on bullying and youth choruses all have in common?

In North Berkshire, they were all projects able to be developed and presented to local public school students, thanks to Williams College's 2014 Bicentennial Olmsted Awards for Faculty Development.

At a Wednesday morning breakfast in the college's Faculty House, President Adam Falk announced the winners of the 2015 grants to Adams-Cheshire Regional School District, Berkshire Arts and Technology Public Charter School, Lanesborough Elementary School, McCann Technical School, North Adams Public Schools, Mount Greylock Regional School and Williamstown Elementary School. But

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McCann Electricity Students Get Crash Course In Solar
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:57PM / Tuesday, May 19, 2015
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical students in the electrical program partook in a solar installation training course.

David Lawless, a solar instructor from Kennebec Valley Community College in Maine, brought the school's "Solar Bus" to McCann last week to teach electrical and some carpentry students some tips and tricks from the field and actually install some panels on a practice ground-mounted "roof."

Electricity instructor Don Tatro said the program provides students with another venue in which they can take their McCann electrical education.

"It demonstrates how renewable energy works and, being in the electrical field how, it pertains to it

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MCLA Graduates Charged to Challenge the World
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
10:00PM / Saturday, May 16, 2015
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts awarded 417 degrees and certificates on Saturday at its 116th commencement.

The crowd in the Amsler Campus Center shouted and applauded as the graduates took to the stage to receive 366 bachelor's degrees, 26 masters of education, nine Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies and 16 Professional masters of business administration degrees.

Derrick Z. Jackson, award-winning Boston Globe columnist, photographer and Pulitzer Prize finalist, told the graduates they would join alumni who had found meaning in their careers in science, education, finance and public service.

MCLA graduates rank high in a survey asking if they

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Mount Greylock Building Committee Sees Potential Designs
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:13AM / Saturday, May 16, 2015
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Building Committee on Thursday looked at the pros and cons of nine different scenarios to create a more functional junior-senior high school.   As a June 4 deadline looms to submit a short list of finalists to the Massachusetts School Building Authority, the committee heard a presentation from its architect and received feedback from members of the community who attended the session in Mount Greylock's meeting room.   There will be at least two more formal opportunities for the public to weigh in on the design options. The committee plans another 7 p.m. input session after its meeting on Thursday, May 21, and it

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Lanesborough Elementary Asking Town To Help Fix Playground
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
12:57AM / Thursday, May 14, 2015
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LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The School Committee is going to ask the town to help with maintenance of the kindergarten playground.   Director of Pupil Services Kimberly Grady says the smaller of the two playgrounds at the Elementary School is under her purview but she has no budget to keep up with maintenance and replacing items damaged by the users.   "Right now things that have to be fixed comes out of my budget," Grady said.   She said she needs the playground to be up to snuff in order to receive her licensure to run the preschool program. Such things as the sanitization of the sandbox is inspected before the program can begin.   Grady had a $6,000

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Nobody Wants To Serve On Lanesborough School Committee
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
10:25AM / Wednesday, May 13, 2015
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LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Apparently only Chairwoman Regina DiLego is willing to serve on the School Committee.   The two other seats with her on the committee are up for election but no one took out nomination papers. The nominations to be placed on the annual election ballot were due Tuesday, leaving those seats to be filled by write-ins or future appointments.   Robert Barton, whose term doesn't expire until 2016,  said he is resigning from the committee and Jim Moriarty said he will not seek re-election. Whoever is appointed or elected via write-ins for Barton's seat will finish out the final year in his term before being back up for election. The other seat is

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Lanesborough Selectmen Vote To Short Mount Greylock Budget Request
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:41AM / Wednesday, May 13, 2015
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LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The Board of Selectmen will not support Mount Greylock Regional School District's decision to add $42,100 back into the budget for late buses and team meetings.   The Selectmen voted to recommend an appropriation of $2,710,155, which is just short of $16,000 from the school's request. The assessment is $86,974, or 3.32 percent, over last year and is the figure Town Administrator Paul Sieloff built his budget around when presented at the public hearing.   The budget process started with Sieloff telling school officials that the town wanted a 1 percent increase, or $26,000. Mount Greylock administrators, however, said they needed $200,000, or 7.63

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Neal Recognizes Mount Greylock Student Artist
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:24PM / Monday, May 11, 2015
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A veteran of elections for more than 30 years, U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal knows a lot about the art of politics.   But it is not the only art he likes to talk about.   "Back in the worst days of the Great Depression, Franklin Roosevelt insisted that artists be paid," Neal recalled on Monday during a tour of Mount Greylock Regional School.   Neal was at the school to pay tribute to one of its own, junior Anya Sheldon, whose acrylic painting "Quiet Ferocity" is this year's winner of the Congressional Art Competition for the First Congressional District.   Sheldon's work was chosen from among 111 entries from 16 high

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