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Mount Greylock Building Committee Applauds Staff's Efforts
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:52PM / Wednesday, January 18, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Building Committee last week took a break from talking about the district's future to recognize how its present staff is working diligently to help move the project forward.   Robert Ericson, a Lanesborough selectman and former member of the School Committee who serves on the SBC's facilities working group, told his colleagues that he did not think people realized how much work Jesse Wirtes and the custodial crew do.   "Not only do they have to keep the school going on a day-to-day basis, but they have to attend to Turner [Construction] and the architects and all the work that is going on in the background

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Fifth Grade Arbor Day Poster Contest Theme: 'Trees are Terrific'
12:56PM / Wednesday, January 18, 2017
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BOSTON — The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation has announced the theme of 2017's fifth grade Arbor Day Poster Contest: "Trees are Terrific … from Berkshires to Bay!"

Fifth grade classes from both public and private schools across the commonwealth are encouraged to participate in the annual Arbor Day Poster Contest by having the students create posters highlighting this year's theme, and then hosting a school poster contest. The winning poster from each school can then be submitted to the agency for review.

"I am delighted that students from across the Commonwealth continue to participate in the Department of Conservation and

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Williams Brings 'BioEyes' Back To Lanesborough Elementary
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:50AM / Wednesday, January 18, 2017
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The students are learning genetics through the process of watching zebrafish development. LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — It starts with a question: what do baby zebrafish look like?   Then observation, noting what adult zebrafish look like and how they act. Then a hypothesis, an educated guess on what the babies will look like. And finally, an experiment, breed the fish and see.   That's the scientific process third-graders are going through at Lanesborough Elementary School. The lesson is part of the BioEyes program ran by Williams College.   The college sends students into the classroom with the fish over a period of a week to run the

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Neal: Democratic Party Needs a 'Reset'
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
09:26PM / Tuesday, January 17, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Democratic Party can't "sugarcoat" its disastrous situation, says U.S. Rep. Richard Neal.

And the pain lies deeper than the loss of the presidency and failure to make inroads in the Republican-controlled Congress.

"Time for a reset," he said, pointing out that "the people we're losing used to be for us."

Nearly a third of House Democrats come from three states: Massachusetts, New York and California.

"In the last eight years, all election cycles for Congress, we have lost 62 House seats, 15 Senate seats," Neal said at a session at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts on Tuesday. "Two-thirds of the

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Neal Visits Hoosac Valley, Says Will Attend Inauguration
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
05:34PM / Tuesday, January 17, 2017
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CHESHIRE, Mass. — U.S. Rep. Richard Neal says he will attend Friday's presidential inauguration of Republican Donald Trump.

The Springfield Democrat and staunch Hillary Clinton supporter told students at Hoosac Valley High School on Tuesday morning that while disappointed with the results of the election, he felt it important to be at the transition of power.

"What the inauguration represents is the peaceful transition of power and as much as I was for Secretary Clinton, as much as I campaigned for her in New Hampshire and in Pennsylvania … and as much as I was disappointed in the outcome I am going to be there," Neal said. "I will be there with a lot

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BCC Enters Home Stretch Of Renovation Project
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:23AM / Sunday, January 15, 2017
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The classroom spaces have have much more natural light with the renovations. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The state's oldest community college is starting to look more like the newest.   Berkshire Community College is wrapping up renovations to two academic buildings. The $30 million renovations have been under way since the spring 2015.   The renovated Hawthorne Hall was opened on June 1 and construction workers are putting the final touches and equipment is being moved into Melville Hall in anticipation for an opening later this month.   "We're looking late spring or early summer," Director of Facilities David Moran said of the entire project, which

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Mount Greylock Building Committee Hears Good News, Prepares for Worst
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:56AM / Friday, January 13, 2017
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WLLLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Building Committee on Tuesday approved a series of potential cost reductions that officials hope never to implement.   By a unanimous vote, the panel OK'd the recommendations of its value engineering working group, which was charged with evaluating design elements that could be modified or eliminated if bids on the project come in over budget.   That has not happened to date. On the contrary, the committee received some good news Tuesday night regarding the bids received for structural steel.   But the committee nevertheless has more than $600,000 in pre-approved potential cuts "in its back

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MCLA Recognized for Community Service
02:29PM / Monday, January 09, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — In recognition of its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts recently was named to the 2016 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

MCLA President James F. Birge said the college is pleased to be recognized for the community service that students, faculty and staff engage in throughout the year.

"MCLA has a long history of volunteer service," Birge said. "Whether it's volunteer work, civic engagement or service-learning in the community, or even beyond the Berkshires, these efforts prepare our students

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Eleven BArT Scholars Receive John and Abigail Adams Scholarship
12:48PM / Tuesday, December 27, 2016
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ADAMS, Mass. — Berskhire Arts & Technology Charter Public School has announced that 11 members of the senior class are recipients of the John and Abigail Adams scholarship.

Recipients of these scholarships, upon acceptance, are entitled to attend any Massachusetts state school tuition free.  

Kaitlyn Anderson, Christopher DiCarlo, Christopher Doubiago, Peter Elliott, Emily Failla, Tessa Langsdale, Emma Madden, Jason Mills, Alain Morrissette, Dean Parise, and Kelsey Rod all received this award.

In order for a student to qualify, he or she must score "advanced" on the Grade 10 Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System tests in English/language arts,

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Williams Promotes Four to Tenured Positions
12:45PM / Tuesday, December 27, 2016
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Following the recommendation of the Committee on Appointments and Promotions, the Williams College Board of Trustees Executive Committee has voted to promote four faculty to the position of associate professor with tenure.

The vote will be ratified by the full board in January, and the promotions will take effect July 1, 2017, for Rashida Braggs, Africana studies; Nicolas Howe, environmental studies; Timothy Lebestky, biology; and Catherine Stroud, psychology.
 

Rashida Braggs, Africana studies

Braggs earned a B.A. from Yale University, an M.S. from Boston University, and a Ph.D. from Northwestern University, and she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at

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