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Rooted in Responsibility, Mount Greylock Grads Go Forth
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:42PM / Saturday, June 09, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. —  Before they branched out into the "real world," Mount Greylock's graduating seniors were reminded of just how treelike they really are.   "When a tree is just beginning to grow, it's just a seedling," Daniel K. "Hoby" MacWhinnie told his classmates. "Seedlings need a good environment to grow, just like ourselves.   "As the years move along, we start to grow and develop good roots."   Grounded in their education from Mount Greylock Regional School, the 80 members of the Class of 2018 received their diplomas on Saturday morning at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' Amsler Campus

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Mount Greylock to Take Budget Request Directly to Lanesborough Voters
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:46PM / Saturday, June 09, 2018
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  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Transition Committee on Thursday decided to take its case to the floor of Lanesborough's town meeting in order to secure the funding it requested from the town.   At issue is about $112,000, the figure that Lanesborough's Finance Committee decided to unilaterally cut from the assessment the regional school district made to the town.   The committee, which governs the recently expanded PreK-12 district until a new school committee is elected in November, reacted to the decision of the Finance Committee and the tone of that board's most recent meeting.   Town officials decided to send a

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McCann Graduates Prepared For The World
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
08:55PM / Wednesday, June 06, 2018
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Valedictorian Aimee Dowling recalls the good times and the bad at McCann Tech's graduation ceremony on Wednesday night. See more photos here.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The McCann Technical School class of 2018 reflected on memories of the past and were told to go forward with grit and determination.   Just over 100 graduates moved across the stage Wednesday during the school's graduation ceremony held in the Amsler Campus Center at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and valedictorian Aimee Dowling felt it was a good time if any to reminisce.   "Remember those nights where you were up until 2 a.m. cramming for a project and remember the days sitting

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Mount Greylock Building Timeline, Demolition on Track
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:30PM / Wednesday, June 06, 2018
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School building project is meeting its revised schedule and is on track to welcome students to the new middle-high school in September.   On Tuesday, the School Building Committee heard a confident update from the district's construction manager, Turner Construction.   "We're hopeful that with the work we've done over the last couple of months we've built up the confidence of the community to move forward with the plan," project manager Mike Giso said.   Giso walked the committee through an activities report that shows that the project is proceeding at a rate that allows Turner to move up

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Five Area Students Graduate From Williams College
05:10PM / Tuesday, June 05, 2018
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Evelyn B. Mahon WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College interim President Protik "Tiku" Majumder on Sunday conferred bachelor of arts degrees to five local graduates at the college's 229th Commencement. Bob Schieffer, former CBS News reporter and award-winning journalist, was the principal speaker.

The local graduates are: 

Keiana Ruby West of Pittsfield, daughter of Yvonne West and Mitchell West, majored in psychology and concentrated in Africana studies. West was co-president of the student group Converging Worlds and

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Mount Greylock Faculty, Seniors Name Graduation Speakers
04:22PM / Tuesday, June 05, 2018
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Seniors Richard K. "Ric" Donati and Daniel K. "Hoby" MacWhinnie have been selected to speak at the Mount Greylock Regional High School graduation on Saturday, June 9, at 11 a.m. in Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' Amsler Campus Center in North Adams.    Donati, the son of Martino and Anne Donati of Williamstown, was chosen to speak by the high school faculty. While at Mount Greylock, he was recognized for excellent work in English, wellness, and science and technology. He is a three-sport athlete, an excellent leader, and a member of the National Honor Society. He also served as a delegate to Boys State.    He

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Miss Hall's School Graduates 56 in Class of 2018
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03:28PM / Monday, June 04, 2018
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The private girls' high school included 18 area students in this year's graduating class.  PITTSFIELD, Mass.  — Fifty-six students, including 18 from Berkshire County and nearby communities, graduated on Sunday, June 3, during Miss Hall's School's 120th commencement.   Ceremonies took place under a large tent on the front lawn of the school's Holmes Road campus. Vanessa Stair, corporate relations officer for Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and a member of the Miss Hall's School Class of 2006, delivered this year's commencement address.   Among the Class of 2018 graduates are the following local

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Williams College Students Inducted Into Phi Beta Kappa
02:34PM / Monday, June 04, 2018
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williams College chapter of Phi Beta Kappa (PBK) held its induction ceremony for the Class of 2018 on Saturday, June 2. Professor Julie Blackwood was faculty speaker and Professor Stephen Fix, the PBK historian, gave a brief history of PBK at Williams.

Natasha T. Baranow, Stephanie I. Boulger, Daniel S. Brandes, Adam A. Calogeras, Erica K. Chang, Michael L. Chen, Natalie M. DiNenno, Krista Y. Gelev, Rebecca A. Gorelov, Danielle A. Grier, Helene N. Hall, Heidi P. Halvorsen, Isabella Huang, Gabrielle S. Ilagan, Charles C. Jersey, Alexander R. Kilman, Molly R. Knoedler, Elizaveta Lavrova, Calvin G. Ludwig, Christopher S. McLaughlin, Tobias D. Muellers, Eric

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Legendary Newsman Schieffer Tells Williams Grads to Think About Public Service
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:49PM / Sunday, June 03, 2018
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Newsman Bob Schieffer urges the graduates to put their talents to good use by becoming involved in politics for altruistic reasons. See more photos here.  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College's Class of 2018 Sunday was encouraged to make the world their classroom and use the ideals that they learn in service to the world.   Commencement speaker Bob Schieffer exhorted the grads to dive into public service and reverse what he described as a troubling trend of professionalization in the political class.   After telling the story of his first brush with politicians in his Texas hometown in 1948, Schieffer explained that the Lyndon B. Johnson rally he attended as

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Star Power: BArT Graduates Class of 2018
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:33PM / Saturday, June 02, 2018
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ADAMS, Mass. — For years, the members of Berkshire Arts & Technology Public Charter School's Class of 2018 walked into school across a sidewalk emblazoned with the school's ubiquitous star-shaped logo.   Before walking out of the school one last time on Saturday morning, the graduates heard just how appropriate that logo really is.   "Many other elements are inside of us," the school's Executive Director James White told the graduates at the start of Saturday's commencement. "They're in the food that we eat. They're in the drinks that we have. They're in the air that we breathe.   "As the years advanced,

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