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Mount Greylock Regional Restores April Break to School Calendar
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Friday, June 15, 2018
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional Transition Committee has rejected the superintendent's recommendation to shorten the April vacation.   Superintendent Kimberley Grady proposed a school calendar for the 2018-19 school year that replaced the spring vacation week with two long weekends. Grady was worried that extra snow days could put the district in a position where it wouldn't have the required 185 days of school.   With the full April break and five snow days, the school year would end on June 25. Classes must be over by June 30 and in this case, with weekends, that would be the June 28.    "This was all we really had. There are not

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Lanesborough Sixth-Graders Have Plan For Berkshire Mall
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
11:02AM / Wednesday, June 13, 2018
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LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Sixth-graders Tyler Hynes-Drumm and Riley Babcock understand the impact the struggling Berkshire Mall has on the town.   "This issue is important because," Riley told the Board of Selectmen on Monday and Tyler finished the sentence, "our town income is lower because the mall had just a big impact on our community."   "When it is gone, we have to pay higher taxes and tourist may stop visiting," Riley said.   The pair had sat down with Assessor Kelly Tolisano, who explained to them that the mall is valued at $19.5 million, resulting in a tax bill of $417,000 — a number that is significantly down from the mall's

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College Notes: June 2018
03:37PM / Tuesday, June 12, 2018
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Student Emma Whittum of Williamstown, a junior atin Allentown, Pa., studied in Spain during spring 2018 semester. The program she participated in is one of 100 study-abroad programs offered to undergraduates.

 

Annie Wenger-Schulman of Pittsfield, a graduate of the Advanced Inquiry Program atin Oxford, Ohio, recently traveled to Mongolia with the program's Project Dragonfly. Wenger-Schulman studied the ecology of steppe ecosystems, with a focus on the Pallas' cat, Przewalski's horse and participatory conservation media. Project Dragonfly's Earth Expeditions graduate courses offers firsthand educational and scientific research at critical conservation field sites in

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Mount Greylock Weighs Dropping April Vacation Week from School Calendar
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Monday, June 11, 2018
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — April vacation will be a thing of the past — at least for one year — if the Mount Greylock Regional School Transition Committee approves a calendar proposal presented at Thursday's meeting.   Acting on direction from the committee to try to end the school year earlier than this year's snow day-induced June 25 release, Superintendent Kimberley Grady and her building principals developed a proposal that replaces the traditional week off in April with two long weekends.   By recovering the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday after Patriots Day, the district would have classes ending on Thursday, June 13 — or, with the state-mandated

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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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Geff Halligan Fisher
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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