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Clarksburg Elementary Holocaust Exhibit Set Monday
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
05:09PM / Sunday, May 14, 2017
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CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Clarksburg Elementary eighth-graders will host the school's 13th annual Holocaust Exhibit featuring Auschwitz survivor Magda Brown on Monday night.   English teacher and exhibit organizer Michael Little said the exhibit this year will focus on anti-Jewish legislation in Nazi Germany.   "This exhibit features 18 different [display] boards of Nazi laws from from 1933 to 1939, and the purpose was to show what happened through the legal system, the coming of the Holocaust and the routes of it," Little said. "The boards accumulate on your consciousness and some stuff is unbelievable that was passed."    Little said the

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Civil Rights Icon John Lewis Tells MCLA Grads to 'Get in the Way'
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:19PM / Saturday, May 13, 2017
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—  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — An icon of Civil Rights Movement, U.S. Rep. John Lewis of Alanta, Ga., urged the class of 2017 to "be brave, be bold, be courageous" and turn the world upside down.   "There are forces in America today that want to take us back to another place, another time," he told the graduates at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts on Saturday morning. "We've come too far, we've made too much progress and we must not go back, we must go forward as a nation."   The Georgia Democrat was met with rounds of applause as he spoke from the stage at MCLA's 118th commencement exercises in the Amsler Campus

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Williams Professor Snags Science Foundation Grant
03:17PM / Friday, May 12, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Matt Carter, assistant professor of biology at Williams College, has been awarded a prestigious CAREER grant from the National Science Foundation.

The five-year, $586,000 grant, awarded to junior faculty, will support Carter’s research into sleep and wakefulness.

"I am so thrilled to receive the CAREER award. This grant will create so many great research opportunities with students over the next several years," Carter said. "The NSF recognizes the high quality of the preliminary work that Williams students have already performed in my lab. All of the preliminary data in this proposal came from the excellent students who have worked

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Williams Seniors Awarded Florence Chandler Memorial Fellowships
02:08PM / Friday, May 12, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College seniors Sarah Cooperman and Ananya Mayukha have been awarded Class of 1945 Florence Chandler Memorial Fellowships, awards that provide a $30,000 grant to support a year of purposeful, independent study outside the United States.

Cooperman, a biology and environmental studies double major from Westport, Conn., developed a deep interest in bats after she took classes in ecology at Williams. During the summer of 2015, she studied the field ecology of little brown bats in Alaska under a National Science Foundation grant. As a part of her work, Cooperman helped researchers set up ultrasonic bat recorders and operate bat nets in the Chugach National

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Letter: BAtT Fundraiser Success Because of Community Support
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01:00PM / Wednesday, May 10, 2017
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On Saturday, April 8, Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School hosted our 10th annual "Get BART Smart" fundraiser – and raised $27,843 (net) for the school's college preparatory programs. Over 130 people attended – and re-lived their high school years through our team trivia game. A huge "thank you" to all who played and made it a great evening!

This night would not have been possible without the support of over a hundred local organizations and businesses.

Our High Honor Roll sponsors: Aladco Linen Services; Berkshire Bank; Cord Master Engineering; Primary Venture Partners; Shine Wire Products Inc.; Smith Watson & Company, LLP; and

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Lanesborough Opposes Adding Parking Lot, Amphitheater To School Project
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:11AM / Tuesday, May 09, 2017
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LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The Selectmen are opposed to adding a parking lot and amphitheater to the Mount Greylock Regional School building project.   The Mount Greylock Building Committee says the project has been trending under budget, with both bids and interest rates coming in low. The committee is considering using some of that expected savings on both a parking lot renovation and the construction of an outdoor amphitheater, two projects that had previously been pulled from the project to trim the budget.   "It looks like because so many of the trades had come in below where we expected them, there is room to put the parking lot back into the project," said School

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Mount Greylock Building Project Continues to See Favorable Bid Numbers
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:06AM / Monday, May 08, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Members of the Mount Greylock Regional School Building Committee again counseled cautious optimism on Thursday about the positive numbers it is seeing as the project continues to be bid.   The district's owner's project manager reported that as of now, the construction budget is running about half-million dollars below the budget agreed to with the Massachusetts School Building Authority.   But there still a lot of costs out there to be determined, and even if that underage holds up, it does not mean any money will be "going back" to the regional school district's member towns.   It could, however, mean that the

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Williams College Senior Named Saint Andrew's Society Scholar
12:02PM / Friday, May 05, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College senior Michael Q. May III has received a scholarship from the Saint Andrew's Society of the State of New York to pursue graduate studies in Scotland in the 2017-18 academic year. May will receive $30,000 for his studies. May was one of two students chosen nationally to receive the scholarship.

A physics and religion double major from Crockett, Texas, May plans to pursue a master's in theoretical physics at the University of Edinburgh. He says he hopes to broaden his physics research in Scotland and that the experience helps him choose his specialty in the field. May previously studied particle physics at the University of Geneva while

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Williams Professor Wins Award for Short Story
11:25AM / Friday, May 05, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Jim Shepard, the J. Leland Miller professor of American History, Literature and Eloquence in the Department of English at Williams College, has won the 2016 Rea Award for the Short Story.

This is the second consecutive year a member of the Williams English department has won the award. Last year, Andrea Barrett, senior lecturer in English, won the award.

Shepard is the author of five short story collections and seven novels. His most recent collection is "The World to Come" (2017, Knopf), about which The Daily Beast wrote, "Without a doubt the most ambitious story writer in America, Jim Shepard spans borders and centuries with unrivaled mastery

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Williams College Celebrates Staff Members on Appreciation Day
11:02AM / Friday, May 05, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College hosted its annual Appreciation Day, which honors staff members who have reached milestones in their service to the college.

The celebration included a luncheon for employees completing their 5th, 10th, 15th, or 20th year of service, and a dinner for employees celebrating their 25th, 30th, 35th, 40th, and 45th year of service, as well as those who are newly retired.

This year's retirees are Carol Allard, Nancy Bellows, Linda Burke, Jean Caprari, Diana Elvin, Margy Gwozdz, Wayne Haskins, Samuel Hurlbut, Patricia Hurlbut, Stephen Jones, Christine Maher, Alberta McCarthy, Jane Nicholls, Rebecca Ohm, Hideyo Okamura, Robert Scherr, James

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