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MCLA Professor Begins 'The 50 Card Project'
12:12PM / Friday, February 24, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Every week since Inauguration Day and continuing through the end of 2017, Melanie Mowinski, an associate professor of visual arts at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will print a new letterpress card in a limited edition of 100, using vintage letterpress type, cuts and other printing matrixes.

After making a card of FDR's Four Freedoms on Inauguration day, Mowinski decided to make a card every week for the entire 2017 year. She calls this mission "The 50 Card Project." In total, she will create 50 different cards or 5,000 individual cards. As they are completed each week, she will send 15 to 20 to key players in Washington, D.C.

"The

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Berkshires Beat: Bad Weather Doesn't Stop Lenox Robotics Team
09:37AM / Monday, February 20, 2017
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When Lenox High School's robotics team, Team Enginuity, canceled its field trip to the First Technology Challenge qualifier in Dedham, Mass., on Feb. 11 because of bad weather, two students persevered.

Ella King, senior and founder of Team Enginuity, received a group text between runs at a FIS Giant Slalom Race at Sugarbush Mountain in Vermont that her team was not going to the robotics meet. She knew this qualifier was the last one before the state championship and it would be critical for the team to attend. She called her dad, who was still in Lenox, and asked him to pick up the robot from school. The family's plan was to meet on the eastern side of the state intersecting her

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Williams College Art Professor Has Book on 'Choice' List
01:10PM / Friday, February 17, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College art professor Guy Hedreen's book on the persona of the artist in ancient Greek art and literature is among several titles on the prestigious 2016 Choice list for Outstanding Academic Titles.

Choice is a publication of the Association of College & Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association.

Hedreen's book, "The Image of the Artist in Archaic and Classical Greece" (Cambridge University Press, 2016), uses lyric poetry and pictorial art to explore the emergence of artistic subjectivity in early Greek culture.

Every year in the January issue, Choice publishes a list of Outstanding Academic Titles that

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Kindergarten Registration Dates Scheduled Around County
11:29AM / Friday, February 17, 2017
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Schools across Berkshire County are holding registration days for next year's kindergartners. Schools can submit their information to be added to this list to info@iberkshires.com.


C.T. Plunkett Elementary School will hold kindergartden registration on Friday, March 10, from 8:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the office at C.T. Plunkett Elementary School, 14 Commercial St. Adams.  

Incoming children must be5 years old by Aug. 31.  Parents registering their children must bring their child’s birth certificate, immunization records and proof of residence. Call the office at 413-743-0876 with any questions.


Williamstown Elementary School will hold kindergarten registration on March

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Mount Greylock Hires Architect to Look at Options for Capital Endowment
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:56AM / Friday, February 17, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee has decided to hire a Greenfield architect to help develop a plan to spend a $5 million capital endowment.   The school district received the gift from Williams College last year to help cover improvements not included in the $65 million addition/renovation project at the junior/senior high school.   The district received two responses to its requests for proposals to help determine cost projections for 10 potential projects ranging from a new parking lot to a home for the central administration offices shared by Williamstown's and Lanesborough's public schools to lighting and sound

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School Assessment Hike Draws Concern at Williamstown Town Hall
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
11:39AM / Thursday, February 16, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The town is projecting a 5.5 percent tax increase attributable entirely to its two largest cost centers: Williamstown Elementary School and Mount Greylock Regional High School.   Town Manager Jason Hoch in separate meetings Wednesday presented a fiscal 2018 budget overview to the Board of Selectmen and the Finance Committee.   Hoch's budget calls for a 1.98 percent increase in the town's operating budget — a hike of $151,310 that is offset by increased revenue and a reduction in the town's debt obligations.   On the other hand, the Mount Greylock budget is coming in just more than 5 percent above FY17 — an increase that

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Lanesborough-Williamstown Superintendent: Districts 'Not Dysfunctional'
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Wednesday, February 15, 2017
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  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The interim superintendent of the Lanesborough-Williamstown public schools sought Tuesday evening to allay concerns about the stability of the central administration.   "Through this process, I do need everyone to recognize there have been some constants," Kim Grady told a special meeting of the school committees that govern the Tri-District. "Our administrative assists at the building level have been constant, I've been a constant."   Grady spoke to the members of the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee and Superintendency Union 71, the joint committee of Williamstown's and Lanesborough's elementary school

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Lanesborough-Williamstown School's Business Manager Departs
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:26PM / Monday, February 13, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — For the second time in four months, the Lanesborough-Williamstown Tri-District is looking to fill one of its shared administrative positions.   On Feb. 4, Business Manager Nancy Rauscher announced her intention to leave the central office in an email to the chairs of the school committees at Mount Greylock Regional, Williamstown Elementary and Lanesborough Elementary.   Representatives from the three committees will discuss the turnover at the post at a special meeting on Tuesday at 5:30 at the junior-senior high school. In November, another special meeting was called to discuss the tenure of second-year Superintendent Douglas Dias, whose departure was

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BCC Announces Fall Semester Dean's List
02:55PM / Monday, February 13, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College has announced the Dean's List for the fall 2016 semester.

Dean's List status is awarded to full-time students who have declared a major; completed a minimum of 12 non-repeated, traditionally graded credit hours during the fall semester; and achieved a 3.250 to 3.749 grade point average for Honors, or a 3.750 to 4.000 grade point average for High Honors.

The following 80 students qualified for High Honors:

 

Connecticut

Jackson P. Karpicz

 

Massachusetts

Colleen M. Baker, Aaron R. Biros, Enrique F. Bouvier, and Jeremy R. Patterson      

Alexys J.

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Building Project Drives 5 Percent Hike in Mount Greylock Budget
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:06AM / Saturday, February 11, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School District is looking at a 5 percent budget increase despite cost-cutting moves that slightly reduce its regular operating costs from a year ago.

On Wednesday morning, the School Committee's Finance Subcommittee took a look at a draft budget that will be reviewed by the full committee next week and presented to the public next month.

The nearly $613,000 increase to the $12.8 million budget is being driven entirely by school building project approved by voters in Lanesborough and Williamstown last year.

The district paid $1.1 million toward the project in fiscal year 2017. In FY18, it is scheduled to pay about $1.8 million,

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