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Long Island's Nine Days Performing at Drury High
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
06:33PM / Wednesday, May 22, 2019
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Nine Days is probably best known for their 2000 hit single "Absolutely (Story of a Girl)." NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Nine Days, writers of the hit song "Absolutely (Story of a Girl)," will be performing at Drury High School on Thursday night.   The Drury Performing Arts Management class will bring Nine Days to the stage in a completely student-driven production that Nine Days lead singer John Hampson said is an exciting change of pace for the group.   "We will play some small clubs, small theaters, amphitheaters, casinos, you name it," Hampson said in an email exchange. "We basically pick and choose the gigs that we all want to do. This

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Mount Greylock Building Issues to Be Addressed this Summer
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:40PM / Monday, May 20, 2019
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Work at the new Mount Greylock Regional School will continue through the summer months, the School Committee learned last week.   During a brief early evening open session on Wednesday, Superintendent Kimberley Grady told the committee that the middle-high school will again be an "active work site" after the planned last day of classes on June 24.   The work will include taking care of some items still on the punch list since the school opened for classes in September, but it also includes the replacement of carpet tiles in several areas, including the band room, orchestra room, media center (library), main office, guidance suite and pupil

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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.

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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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