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Williams Senior Wins Cambridge Scholarship
12:23PM / Friday, April 13, 2018
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College senior Cynthia Okoye has been awarded the prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship to pursue a Ph.D. in chemistry.

With the help of the Gates Cambridge Scholarship, Okoye hopes to continue studying the mechanisms that allow diseases to thrive in the human body and use this knowledge to inform rational drug and therapy design. Okoye is passionate about Africa's development and views her scholarship as an opportunity to combine her scientific expertise and leadership skills to improve Africa's place in the scientific world. After she completes her Ph.D., she plans to pursue a postdoctoral fellowship at the Africa Health Research

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Mount Greylock to Retain Counsel on Building Scheduling Issue
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:37AM / Monday, April 09, 2018
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School District Transition Committee on Thursday decided to retain a Boston attorney to help the district protect its rights in regard to the $64 million addition/renovation project.   At issue currently is a change in the phasing of the project, which originally planned to have classes move into the new three-story academic wing during this month's vacation week.   This winter, it became apparent to the district that due in part to shortages of skilled tradespeople, that timeline would be impossible to keep. While the project remains on target for completion — including demolition of the existing academic

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Mount Greylock Committee Offers Interim Super Full-Time Post
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
11:03PM / Thursday, April 05, 2018
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School District's Transition Committee Thursday voted to offer its superintendent position to interim Superintendent Kimberly Grady.   On a vote of 6-0-1 with committee member Steven Miller abstaining, the panel chose Grady from among two finalists for the position.   Thursday's special meeting of the Transition Committee kicked off with two hour-long interviews of Grady and Taconic High School Principal John Vosburgh, and the vote was preceded by a 45-minute discussion in which the committee members reflected on the answers they heard in the interview and discussed the extent to which each candidate would be a good

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Berkshire County Sixth-Graders 'Go to College'
03:41PM / Wednesday, April 04, 2018
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — More than 1,000 sixth-grade students from around Berkshire County are visiting college campuses this month for the 12th annual Berkshire County Goes to College Day, sponsored by the Berkshire Compact for Education and Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

MCLA, Berkshire Community College, Williams College and Simon's Rock College of Bard all will host students for sessions on college life and planning for the future. On Wednesday, students from Williamstown Elementary, Hoosac Valley and Undermountain Elementary visited Berkshire Community College, rotated through three sessions and enjoyed a free pizza lunch.

Denise Richardello, executive vice

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Wahconah to Present 'Mary Poppins'
02:34PM / Wednesday, April 04, 2018
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DALTON, Mass. — The Wahconah Regional High School Apollonian Players will present the Broadway musical version of "Mary Poppins" on Friday, April 6, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 7, at 1 and 7 p.m.

This "practically perfect" musical is based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film.

The jack-of-all trades, Bert (Anthony Coviello), introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. George Banks (Joe Willson) and his wife Winnifred (Julia Drury) are at a loss as to how to properly raise their children in a society that expects them to live up to a particular status. Young Jane (Anna Duquette) and Michael (Aiden Betit) have sent

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Williams College Appoints New Chaplain
11:24AM / Friday, March 30, 2018
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College has appointed the Rev. Valerie Bailey Fischer as the next chaplain to the college. She will begin her position in July.  

As chaplain to the college, Bailey Fischer will support the vitality of the many religious, spiritual and intellectual traditions at Williams through dialogue, outreach and advocacy. In addition, she will provide counseling and spiritual guidance for undergraduates and foster community between students and their neighbors in Williamstown and the wider world.

Bailey Fischer comes to Williams from Calvary Episcopal Church in Summit, N.J., where she currently serves as priest associate. She brings to Williams more than 11

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Berkshire County Resident Awarded Hart Scholarship
11:19AM / Friday, March 30, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts senior Brittney White recently was awarded the 2017-18 Margaret A. Hart '35 Scholarship.

This scholarship honors Margaret A. Hart, Class of 1935, the first student of color to graduate from the former State Teachers College at North Adams. Her distinguished career in teaching and community service spanned more than five decades. The award is in recognition of Hart's outstanding contributions to the College and to Berkshire County.

A resident of Berkshire County for the past 16 years, White is a transfer student from Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield. She is completing her undergraduate degree in biology at

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Williamstown Finance Committee Reviews School Spending Proposal
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:45AM / Friday, March 30, 2018
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  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Finance Committee on Wednesday reviewed the fiscal 2019 spending plan for the Mount Greylock Regional School District, and its members were pleased to hear that the district plans to maintain or add to its programs with only a modest impact on the town's assessment.   The newly expanded region benefited from no increase in health insurance rates from FY18, as did the town.   For Williamstown's taxpayers, who will see a single assessment for preK-12 education on this May's town meeting warrant, the middle-high school portion of the bill is up by $226,521, a 3.54 percent increase from $6.4 million in FY18 to $6.6 million

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Mount Greylock Confident of Keeping Timeline, Planning for the Worst
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:07AM / Thursday, March 29, 2018
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  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The construction manager for the $64 million addition/renovation project at Mount Greylock Regional School expressed confidence Tuesday that the building will be ready in time for the start of the 2018-19 academic year.   The elected and appointed residents who serve as committee members in the district still want to start planning ahead for what happens if it is not.   Mike Giso of Turner Construction addressed a joint meeting of the school district's Transition Committee and the Mount Greylock School Building Committee to explain the revised phasing plan for the building project.   As discussed by the School Building

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Mount Greylock Agrees to Elementary Tuition Compromise with New Ashford
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:29PM / Wednesday, March 28, 2018
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School District Transition Committee on Tuesday voted unanimously to accept the gradual elementary school tuition increase negotiated between the district and the New Ashford School Committee.   In a 6-0 vote, all the committee members in attendance agreed to bring the tuition rate at Lanesborough Elementary School in line with the per-pupil cost at the school as published by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education over the course of three years.   For fiscal 2019, that means an increase from $8,977 per pupil to $12,477, a hike of 39 percent. Next year, the rate goes to $14,442. In the final year of the

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