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100K Gift Helps Brien Center Expand Youth Substance Abuse Program
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:23AM / Monday, February 29, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — B. John and Rosaleen Miller lost their son to a drug overdose.   Their response 20 year ago is helping prevent that tragedy occurring to other families. Jim Mucia of the Brien Center says, "if we can get one kid off of heroin it is worth it."   Mucia heads the Patrick Miller Youth Substance Abuse Program at the Brien Center. The program brings counselors into schools all over Berkshire County, provides intervention programs and holds forums and presentations, all with a focus of keeping students away from drugs and alcohol.   "The best way to reduce the opioid problem, which is obviously become huge, is to not start. Once an addict

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Mount Greylock Committee Talks Over Lanesborough Meeting
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:15AM / Monday, February 29, 2016
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Members of the Mount Greylock School Committee spent much of Thursday's 2 1/2-hour meeting discussing Lanesborough's special town meeting, at which residents debated the district's proposed $64.8 million addition and renovation project.

Lanesborough officials placed a question for discussion of the proposed Mount Greylock School project at the special town meeting. School Committee members noted that most of attendees seemed to be in favor of passing the debt exclusion vote the town will hold on March 15 (Williamstown's vote is Tuesday, March 1).

But there were a number of objections raised — both by town officials who reiterated

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Mount Greylock's Draft 2017 Budget Up 4%
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
09:07PM / Sunday, February 28, 2016
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee on Thursday discussed an evolving fiscal 2017 budget.

As presented by Superintendent Douglas Dias and Principal Mary MacDonald, the budget includes a 3.91 percent increase over FY16, from $10.6 million to just less than $11 million.

Much of the increase is attributable to a 14 percent hike in the cost of health insurance that is rippling through municipal and school budgets around the area.

At Mount Greylock, officials are projecting FY17 spending that includes two fewer teaching positions. One retiring teacher will not be replaced. Another will be subjected to a reduction in force.

"These two eliminations

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Pine Cobble Announces First Term Honors
03:40PM / Wednesday, February 24, 2016
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Pine Cobble School has announced its first term high honor, honor and effort/citizenship rolls for Upper School students.
 
The criteria for earning these honors are as follows: Honor Roll, all grades must be 80 or higher; High Honors; all grades must be 90 or higher; Effort/Citizenship, must receive all 1’s and 2’s for effort and citizenship.




Ninth Grade: Rachel Hemmer, Katrina Hotaling, Andrea Printz, Colette Stapp, Arianna Stetson

Eighth Grade: Katelyn Hemmer, Ethan Sheppard

Seventh Grade: Savannah Byrne, Sophie Schaeffer, Chloe Stitcher




Ninth Grade: Isla Lyons, Jeffrey Merselis, Grace Miller

Eighth Grade: Meredith Benjamin, Sarah

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Lanesborough Voters Debate Wisdom of High School Project
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:10AM / Wednesday, February 24, 2016
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LANES BOROUGH, Mass — A combative special town meeting on Tuesday rehashed decades-old animosities and looked ahead to a momentous vote scheduled for March 15 on the Mount Greylock Regional School building project.

With considerable aplomb, Moderator Robert Reilly shepherded a more than three-hour debate punctuated by conflicting sets of "facts," personal attacks, catcalls and bursts of applause.

And when it was over, no decision was made and no one on either side expressed an inclination to change their opinion on the $64.8 million addition/renovation project.

In two weeks, the town's voters will be asked to OK the approximate $10.6 million town share of the

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Mount Greylock, Wahconah Receive State Financial Literacy Program Grants
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:58PM / Tuesday, February 23, 2016
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Along with reading, 'riting and 'rithmetic, students at Mount Greylock and Wahconah regional high schools this spring are going to focus on a fourth "r": the real world.   Earlier this month, State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg announced 24 Financial Education Innovation Fund grants to schools around the commonwealth.   Wahconah and Mount Greylock are among the group that will share nearly $60,000 to hold "Credit for Life" fairs.   At Wahconah in Dalton, that means a second and expanded "Reality Day," an initiative created last spring by business teacher Jeffrey Pike.   At last year's event, students picked a career, received a

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Two Lanesborough Selectmen Publicly Oppose School Project
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:54AM / Tuesday, February 23, 2016
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LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Two Selectmen have come out in opposition to the Mount Greylock Regional School project.

The Selectmen voiced their opinions Monday on the $64.8 renovation and new construction project after survey of 900 voters found more asking the board to oppose it than support it.   A total of 894 voters responded to the survey; 435 urged the Selectmen to oppose it, 377 to support it, 80 said none of the above, and two didn't answer the question.   The board has been highly critical of the project and the survey results gave two of the town leaders reason to publicly align against it.   "I oppose the amount of money," Chairman John

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Mount Greylock Announces Second Quarter Honor Roll
01:46PM / Monday, February 22, 2016
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock Regional School District has announced its second quarter honor roll.

Out of a total school enrollment of 558, 280 students made the honor roll.
 
Grade 12: Elizabeth Bernardy, Bailee Duquette, Hannah Fein, Calvin Filson, Holly Fisher, Sophie Gerry, Blanca Hagstrom, Adam Hall, Mollyann Haskins, Noah Howard, Nicole Jones, Graham Kaegi, Sofia Lopez, Bernhardur Magnusson McComish, Nevin Nassar, Lucius Park, Adam Petricca, Amanda Quinn, Aaron Ronnow, Maggie Rorke, Noah Savage, Greta Savitsky, Tara Shastri, Anya Sheldon, Maeve Shine, Grace Smith, Justin Sousa, Melissa Swann, Samuel Swoap, James Thompson, Eleanor Williams, Hope Willis,  Molly

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