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Congressman Neal Stresses Free Speech at MCLA Commencement
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:30PM / Saturday, May 18, 2019
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More than 400 degrees and certificates were awarded.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — U.S. Rep. Richard Neal urged the new graduates of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts to not only hear, but to listen and not to be afraid of encountering alternative opinions.   Rather, he said, determine the facts before forming an opinion because that will make your argument "more clear and more crisp."   "It helps me to gain a fresh perspective and new ideas and to hear both sides of arguments and leads to, I hope, a new perspective," he said. "Despite the turmoil which we find the country in, and the incendiary nature of the public debate, democracy is

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Williams College Senior Named Saint Andrew's Society Scholar
10:46AM / Friday, May 17, 2019
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Quenton Hurst, a senior at Williams College, has been named a Scholar by the Saint Andrew's Society of the State of New York to pursue graduate studies in Scotland in the 2019-20 academic year. Hurst will receive $35,000 for his studies. He was one of three students chosen nationally to receive the scholarship.

A biology and religion double major from Rockport, Mass., Hurst plans to study molecular medicine at the University of St. Andrews, investigating a potential pathogenic mechanism of fatal arrhythmias and myocardial infarctions. He also hopes to gain a better understanding of Scottish views on nationalized healthcare system in that country as a means

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Preschool, Kindergarten Registrations Scheduled Around County
09:43AM / Wednesday, May 15, 2019
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Berkshire County schools are starting to schedule preschool and kindergarten registration dates for the 2019-20 school year. Schools can send their information to info@iberkshires.com to be included on this list.

All students, regardless of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or homelessness, have equal access to the general education program and the full range of any occupational, vocational programs offered by public school districts.

Adams/St. Stanislaus Kostka

Preschool open house and registration for 3- and 4-year-olds will be held on Tuesday, April 2, at 6 p.m. in the St. Stanislaus Kostka preschool building on

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Mount Greylock School District Developing Strategic Plan
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:19PM / Tuesday, May 14, 2019
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School District has identified five key goals to address in the district's first strategic plan since it fully regionalized to include its two elementary schools in November 2017.   Superintendent Kimberley Grady laid out the goals and discussed some of the steps the district can take to address them at last week's special meeting of the School Committee.   Grady said the plan is being developed by a committee of 15 to 20 people representing the three schools' principals, two members of the School Committee, staff and community members.   "It's important for us to really focus on our goals and

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Elms College to Hold 88th Commencement May 18
03:04PM / Monday, May 13, 2019
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Elms College will confer degrees on 536 degrees on Saturday, May 18, at the Mass Mutual Center.    The commencement speaker is health-care entrepreneur and philanthropist William Lyons III, who will receive an honorary degree. Also receiving honorary degrees will be Savina Martin, co-chair of the Massachusetts Poor People's Campaign, and Kathryn Buckley-Brawner, executive director of Catholic Charities Agency in the Diocese of Springfield, in recognition of their contributions to the world.   The 91-year-old Catholic liberal arts college will present 187 bachelor of arts degrees, 206 bachelor of science degrees, 116 master's degrees 20

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Mount Greylock Announces Third Quarter Honor Roll
10:46AM / Monday, May 13, 2019
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock Regional School has announced its honor roll for the third marking period of the 2018-19 school year.

Students are placed on the honor roll when their quarterly letter grades average a B or better, and when the student receives no grade lower than a B- in all graded classes.

The student must be carrying a minimum of four graded courses to be eligible. Students who withdraw from a course are not eligible for the honor roll for one semester.

Grade 12

Maddison Albert, Hallie Anderson, Mitchell Bath, Sage Bohl, Casey Bouchard, Daniel Buell, Marley Buffis, Anna Butcher, Hannah Byrnes, Taylor Callahan, Catherine Cangelosi, Sonya Carrizales, Giovanni

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Williamstown Elementary Pupils Given Reusable Water Bottles
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:18AM / Monday, May 13, 2019
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Two bottle filling stations were installed at drinking fountains in the school.  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williamstown Elementary School pupils learned Friday about where their tap water comes from and where their plastic water bottles go.   The latter is not a pretty picture, the children were told, as they saw photos of the 600,000-square-mile Great Pacific Garbage Patch and heard that an estimated 80 percent of single-use plastic water bottles end up in landfills, where they will take 450 years to break down.   But the message was not entirely bleak because the messengers — employees of the town's water department — came bearing gifts that will

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Williams College Junior Awarded Beinecke Scholarship
11:41AM / Friday, May 10, 2019
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Joseph Moore, a junior at Williams College, has been awarded a Beinecke Scholarship in support of his graduate education.

The scholarship grants $4,000 immediately prior to entering graduate school and an additional $30,000 during graduate school. He is one of 20 students in the United States to receive the award this year.

Moore, a comparative literature major from Stroudsburg, Pa., plans to pursue a Ph.D. in comparative literature, studying the political dimensions of English, Spanish and French language literatures of the 20th century in a comparative context.

"Specifically, I’m interested in the international character of a lot of this

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McCann Brings Home Gold From SkillsUSA
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:04AM / Wednesday, May 08, 2019
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School had another successful year at the SkillsUSA state competition, bringing home six gold medals.   Seven McCann students can now say they are the best in the state: Nate Myers, Aubrey Tetlow, Joe Vigiard, Ethan Walden, Kenzie Oblisk, Stephanie Shatford, and Cecilia Marszalek all came out on top in their trades.   "I don't think they understand the magnitude of what they have accomplished and to be able to graduate and say that you are the best in the state in your field is a huge thing," Principal Justin Kratz said on Tuesday morning. "With your gold medals, you put that on your resume and you hold the keys to a

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After-School Dance Program Culminates in '62 Center Performance
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:55PM / Monday, May 06, 2019
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The six little girls leaped, spun and fluttered across the floor in a dance they'd practiced for weeks.    The demonstration on Friday in the black box theater at the '62 Center for Theatre and Dance was a culmination of an after-school program at Brayton Elementary School in North Adams.    Alexis Clairmont, Meriah Delisle, Graci Garrison, Tessa Gonzalez, Yazmin Griffith and Madison Morgan finished to rousing ovation from their peers and relatives and celebrated with a pizza party hosted by Williams College.    Janine Parker, artist in residence at the '62 Center, has been working with the students twice a week

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