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Mount Greylock Grads Told: Go Balls to the Wall
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:22PM / Saturday, June 03, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Some will tell you that you learned everything you needed to know in kindergarten, but Mount Greylock Regional School's 2017 class speaker had a different idea.   "When we were younger, most of us read Aesop's fable about the tortoise and the hare," Josh Narey reminded his classmates at Saturday morning's graduation. "The moral of the story is: ‘Slow and steady wins the race.'   "And it's a load of crap.   "That guy Aesop was a complete clown. Slow and steady does not win the race. It loses it. Best wins the race. You have to put everything you've got into everything you

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BCC Grads Showed 'Grit' To Earn Degrees, Certificates
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
08:30PM / Friday, June 02, 2017
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LENOX, Mass. — Jeremy Patterson admires the traditional college graduate, the ones who had the foresight and commitment to delve right into higher education.   Patterson is not a traditional graduate. At age 26, neither he nor his wife had even graduated high school. He was out of work and trying to care for their three children. One day in 2007, they packed everything they owned into a 1992 Oldsmobile and left their rural home in Florida, driving to a new home in the Berkshires.   "We were petrified. While staying with a friend, I found work and in a month we had gathered enough money to rent the apartment below him," Patterson said.    The

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Five Williams Seniors Awarded Hubbard Hutchinson Fellowships
01:14PM / Friday, June 02, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williams College Office of Fellowships has awarded Hubbard Hutchinson Memorial Fellowships to five graduating seniors pursuing careers in the arts: Ariel Chu (creative writing), Mia Hull (theater), Samantha Stone (music), Brian Trelegan (art), and Maria Vicent (dance).

The Hubbard Hutchinson Memorial Fellowship is a cash award established in 1940 that is granted to a member or members of the graduating class to support their continued work in the creative and performing arts. Prizes of $22,000 are awarded in the categories of writing, art, dance, theater and music.

Chu is an English major from Corona, Calif. Knowing that she wanted to be a professional

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Mount Greylock Regional Selects 2017 Graduation Speakers
04:20PM / Thursday, June 01, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Dagny Albano was chosen by the faculty at Mount Greylock Regional School and Joshua B. Narey by the senior class to speak at the 2017 graduation to be held at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts on Saturday, June 3, at 11 a.m.   Dagny has been a member of the Student Council for four years. She served as parliamentarian in her junior year and was elected president in her senior year. As a sophomore, Dagny was able to participate in the Rotary Youth Leadership program. She was also selected for the National Honor Society in her junior year.   She has participated in junior varsity basketball and lacrosse. She was a star athlete on the volleyball team

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Fourteen Williams Seniors Win Fellowships for Post-Grad Study at Cambridge
12:55PM / Friday, May 26, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College has announced the winners of the Dr. Herchel Smith Fellowship for graduate study at Cambridge University's Emmanuel College.

The 14 seniors awarded the fellowship are Megumi Asada, Osama Brosh, David Burt, Nikolaus Howe, Emily Hoyt, Alexander Kastner, Fernanda Lai, Terrance Mensah, Christian Ruhl, Aaditya Sharma, Vidya Venkatesh, Nathaniel Vilas, Caroline White-Nockleby and Daniel Wong.

Three of the students — Asada, Venkatesh and White-Nockleby — have decided to defer their enrollment at Cambridge until the 2018-19 academic year.

Asada, a math major from Westport, Conn., will pursue a third year of undergraduate course work

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November Date Set for Mount Greylock Regionalization Question
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Thursday, May 25, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — As the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee moves forward with its efforts to invite its "feeder" elementary schools to join the district, it is getting some indirect encouragement from the countywide task force looking at challenges facing public education.

"We are the poster child for regionalization," committee member Carolyn Greene told her colleagues at Tuesday's meeting.

Greene represents Mount Greylock on the Berkshire County Education Task Force, which is trying to find ways to create efficiency to maintain the level of educational opportunity in the county in a time of declining population, rising costs and taxpayer

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Three Williams Seniors Win Oxford Fellowships
01:38PM / Friday, May 19, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Three Williams College seniors have won fellowships for two years of post-graduate study at Oxford University.

Allison Holle and Gordon Wilford have won the Donovan-Moody Memorial Fellowship for study at Exeter College at Oxford. Jeffrey Sload has won the Martin-Wilson Fellowship for study at Worcester College at Oxford.

Holle is an Arabic studies major from Baltimore, Md., who plans to pursue a master's of philosophy in Islamic art and archaeology. She wants to focus her studies at the Khalili Research Centre for the Art and Material Culture of the Middle East, and to specialize in the material culture of medieval Egypt.

Holle has studied abroad in Egypt

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Clothing Sale, Now a Decade Old, Set for Saturday, May 20
08:44AM / Thursday, May 18, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Fresh off being named the "Best Annual Consignment Sale" in the Berkshires, the annual Williamstown Elementary School PTO clothing sale will be held Saturday, May, 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria.

The sale has been an annual or bi-annual event for more than 10 years and is the largest fundraiser for the school's PTO, raising approximately enough to cover the money the PTO annually gives to each classroom at the school to help with academic materials.

The sale features gently used clothing and shoes sized from infant to teen styles, including pajamas, swimwear and outerwear, as well as infant bedding/gear, sporting and

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Williams Announces National Olmsted Award Recipients
03:34PM / Monday, May 15, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College will award the annual George Olmsted Jr. Class of 1924 Prize for Excellence in Secondary School Teaching to four outstanding high school teachers on Saturday, June 3, at its annual Ivy Exercises.

The recipients are Cindy Bohland, a biology teacher at Roanoke Valley Governor's School in Roanoke, Va.; Shannon O'Bryan, a theater teacher at Lawton Chiles High School in Tallahassee, Fla.; Brittany Reeser, a math teacher at Math and Science College Preparatory in Los Angeles, Calif.; and Robert Sandler, a history teacher at Stuyvesant High School in New York, N.Y.

Each year, Williams seniors nominate high school teachers who played

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Senior Citizens Prom Set for Tuesday, May 16
11:37AM / Monday, May 15, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Drury High School Current Events classes will host the annual Senior Citizens Prom from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 16, at the Drury High School gymnasium for an evening of fun.

The 2017 theme is "Bash on the Bayou” to help celebrate the southern carnival and Mardi Gras.  

For the past 23 years, the Drury High School History/Contemporary Issues/Sociology Classes have studied generational differences, sociological impact and ways to help bridge the generational divide. Their research and curriculum culminates with the planning and implementation of a service learning project – a prom for senior citizens – that engages elderly

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