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Twenty Williams Students, Alumni Awarded Fulbright Grants
08:21PM / Thursday, May 17, 2018
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Eighteen Williams College students and two graduates have been offered Fulbright grants for 2018-19, matching the college's record set last year for the number of Fulbright recipients in one year.

Six of the honorees will receive one-year grants to study or conduct research in their academic fields, and 14 will receive English Teaching Assistantships for teaching abroad. English Teaching Assistants help local students increase their English language skills and their knowledge of the United States. 

All Fulbrighters work, live with and learn from the people of their host country, sharing daily experiences and working to develop academic and professional

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Williamstown Elementary School Honors Library Volunteer, Patron
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:11AM / Thursday, May 17, 2018
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Peter Mehlin is depicted reading a book to a child on a park bench in the mural. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Peter Mehlin has been impacting children’s lives as long as the current Williamstown Elementary School has been educating the town’s youngsters.   Now Mehlin’s impact will be remembered for as long as there is a Williamstown Elementary School.   At Wednesday’s School Committee meeting, the longtime volunteer and library patron was recognized with a mural adorning the wall in one of the library’s reading areas.   Librarian Susan Lynch told the committee that Mehlin was recruited to work at the school in 2002 by former

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New Ashford Town Meeting OKs School Budget
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
11:28PM / Tuesday, May 15, 2018
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  NEW ASHFORD, Mass. — Throughout the winter and spring, the school budget has been a sticky issue.   On Tuesday night, it was decided with sticky notes.   On consecutive paper ballot votes, town meeting voted by a 35-31 margin to keep the school line item in the town budget at the level recommended by the School Committee and, by a 13-vote margin, approved the total $870,054.61 spending plan.   Sixty-nine residents — or 35 percent of the town's 196 registered voters — crammed the Town Hall meeting room to do the town's business.   The most discussed item of business: whether to pay an increased tuition rate to send the

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Southern Vermont College Holds 91st Commencement
02:56PM / Tuesday, May 15, 2018
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BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southern Vermont College recognized 84 degree candidates and 2 certificate recipients at its 91st commencement exercises on Saturday, May 12, on the Greystone Lawn of the Everett Mansion.    An honorary degree of humane letters was awarded to Nicholas T. Pinchuk, chairman and chief executive officer of Snap-on Inc. and formerly president of global refrigeration operations for Carrier Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp.    Pinchuk is a leader on workforce development and technical education and careers. Recognizing his role in the formation of the nation's technical education agenda, the Career and Technical Education

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BCC Rededicates Theater to the Late Robert Boland
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
08:24PM / Saturday, May 12, 2018
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Jonathan Daube was one of three former college presidents to join for the event. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — When Catherine Addy was hired to become Berkshire Community College's second president, Robert Boland was nearing retirement.   "I was completely intimidated by him. I thought the best I could do was stay out of his way, let him do his magic, and then kind of step in and take some of the credit because he worked at BCC and so did I. That seemed like a good plan at the time," Addy said.   Boland joined the new Berkshire Community College in 1961. A theater professional, he was chairman of the Theater and Fine Arts Department, overseeing more than 60

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MCLA Graduates Told to Find a Career that Captures Heart, Mind
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:04PM / Saturday, May 12, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — College graduates are frequently sent off with a charge of doing their best and making the world a better place. But on Saturday, they were also reminded to reach behind them to help others along the path.    Stephanie Wilson, a member of a select group of humans who have rocketed into space, told the graduating class of 2018 at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts that she hoped that her generation has done its job correctly serving as mentors to their generation.   "Hopefully, we have taught you how to establish a support network, which advice to heed and which advice to discard," said the astronaut and aeronautical engineer,

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BCC, MCLA Agreement Creates Pathway to Physical Therapy Doctorate
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:55PM / Friday, May 11, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The county's two public colleges are teaming up to create a pathway for physical therapy assistants to continue their education.    Berkshire Community College and Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts signed an articulation agreement on Thursday that opens the opportunity for a four-year degree in health sciences with a concentration in pre-physical therapy to BCC graduates.   The health sciences and community health education were added to the degrees offered by MCLA last year. The concentration in pre-physical therapy will now allow BCC students who have earned their associate's degree as a physical therapy assistant to matriculate

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Mount Greylock Committee Presses for Guidance on OK'ing Demolition
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Friday, May 11, 2018
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Laying tile in the new school addition. See more photos here. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock School Building Committee on Tuesday discussed a looming decision point at which the district will have to decide whether to tear down the current middle/high school or keep it for the start of the 2018-19 school year.   Committee members gave the district's construction team a deadline of June 5, the committee's next scheduled meeting, to come with a recommendation and a realistic assessment of any potential issues that could jeopardize the availability of the school's new spaces on or about Sept. 1.   "You guys are going to have to guide us through

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'Show {Your School} Love Campaign and Contest’ Runs Through May 22
02:14PM / Wednesday, May 09, 2018
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In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week this month (May 7-11), Berkshires MacKid will celebrate Berkshire County K-12 private and public schools and their teachers throughout the month of May in partnership with Realty Street, Mazzeo's Ristorante, Dalton General Store, Tyler and Pine Bakery, Pittsfield Cooperative Bank, and the Pittsfield Suns.

Through May 22, individuals will be able to submit one vote per day per email address for the school of their choice online and then answer a few super quick questions to "show your school love."

The wining school will receive a luncheon in June for its staff courtesy of Realty Street, Mazzeo's Ristorante, Dalton General Store, and

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Local Schools Receive Olmsted Awards from Williams College
12:58PM / Monday, May 07, 2018
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College has announced its 2018 Bicentennial Olmsted Awards for Faculty and Curricular Development to the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District, Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School, Lanesborough Elementary School, McCann Technical School, Mount Greylock Regional School, North Adams Public Schools and Williamstown Elementary School.

Each entity will receive $5,000 for professional and curricular development projects.

Adams-Cheshire will fund the implementation of Project Lead the Way at Hoosac Valley Middle School. PLTW will help teachers engage in student-centered instruction and improve student learning through increased engagement

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