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Ericson Seeking Re-election to Lanesborough Board of Selectmen
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:46AM / Monday, June 13, 2016
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Robert Ericson hopes to finish up some of the projects he started three years ago when first elected to the Board of Selectmen.   The 74-year-old retired engineer is up for re-election to the board and is being challenged by Michelle Johnson.   Ericson says he is right in the midst of improving energy efficiency in town buildings, and is serving on the Mount Greylock School Building Committee, playing a role in helping save money on construction. He envisions this could be his last term and he hopes to finish what he started.   "I haven't been able to get the stuff done that I expected to get done in the first three years. It takes forever

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Lenox High Graduates Told Flow Free, And Take Time
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
09:24PM / Sunday, June 12, 2016

Valedictorian Grace Ellrodt urged her classmates to move along an 'unrestricted course.' See more photos here.

LENOX, Mass. — The "opinionated" Lenox Memorial High School class of 2016 did not disappoint at Sunday's graduation, with speakers addressing contemporary topics rather than future what-ifs.

Valedictorian Grace Ellrodt called on the school and community gathered under The Shed at Tanglewood to reverse the trend of increasingly protective, and restrictive, security policies at the middle and high school.

"Our school has been suspended between the opposing polls of regulation and risk," said Ellrodt, with each successive year seeing

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PHS Graduates Share Laughs, Stories at 85th Commencement
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:22PM / Sunday, June 12, 2016

PHS Class President Terrance Nykorchuck had two speeches prepared for graduation. See more photos here. LENOX, Mass. — PHS Class President Terrance Nykorchuck had two speeches prepared for graduation — a funny one and a serious one.   Both of them had the same theme: reflection on the class of 2016's time in high school, thanks to those who helped, and looking toward the future.   He chose the funny one, jokingly bringing up a boiler explosion, rowdy cheering sections at sports events, a Twitter rivalry with Wahconah, jaywalking at lunch, fooling around in the library, a semi-formal dance at the Itam "and so many other things both appropriate and

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Graduating Taconic High Class Told To Accept Adventures
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:27PM / Sunday, June 12, 2016

Valedictorian Ranjana Lingutla said "life is like a giant jigsaw puzzle, you don't know what the big picture is going to look like and sometimes your not even sure if you have all the pieces." More photos are available here. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Accept adventures.   That's Mayor Linda Tyer's advice to Taconic High School's graduating class. The school held its commencement Sunday, the last one in the current Taconic High School gymnasium.   There, the mayor told the graduates that she is living proof that accepting adventure will lead to a better life.    "I graduated from high school a long, long time ago. Since then I've

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Clark Welcomes Masterpieces from the Prado
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
08:58PM / Saturday, June 11, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — In 16th and 17th century Spain, many of the masterworks of Titian and Reubens were available only to the privileged few.

Starting Saturday, visitors to the Clark Art Institute have the privilege of seeing several of their important works, on loan for the summer from the Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid.

"Splendor, Myth, and Vision: Nudes from the Prado," on view through Oct. 10, explores the relationship between Flemish master Peter Paul Rubens, his predecessor, the Italian Tiziano Vecelli (Titian) and their respective patrons, Spanish monarchs Philip IV and Philip II.

The relationship between Rubens and Titian is obvious. The former emulated,

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McCann Technical School Scholarships & Awards 2016
07:36PM / Friday, June 10, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The following scholarships and awards were presented to the McCann Technical School graduating class of 2016 at awards night.

Adam Ziarnik Memorial Scholarship: Lukas Yelle

Adams Community Bank Scholarship: Amanda Vallone, Samantha Dorwin, Madison Vadnais, Lukas Yelle, Evan Delmolino and Jordan Reinhardt

Adams Lions Club Scholarship: Lukas Yelle

Adams Outdoorsmen For Youth Scholarship: Evan Delmolino, Abbigail Luczynski and Samantha Daniels

Alexander C. W. McNicol Memorial Award: Adam Rodriguez

Northern Berkshire Community Television's Alma L. Riello Scholarship: Samantha Daniels

American Culinary Federation Certified Junior Culinarians: Christopher

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@theMarket: The Only Game in Town
By Bill Schmick,
05:31PM / Friday, June 10, 2016

Investors are scratching their heads in confusion. How can U.S. stocks, bonds, commodities and the dollar all go up at the same time? It flies in the face of historical relationships that have been around for years. Thank the central banks of the world for the present situation.

It all comes down to negative interest rates. This year, both European and Japanese central banks have instituted this tactic in an effort to jump-start their economies, weaken their currencies, and offer lending institutions a disincentive to hoarding cash, rather than lend it out.

So far, this strategy has had dismal results.

Foreign institutions have flocked to the American financial markets where in our bond

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Superior Court Briefs: May 31 - June 9
Staff Reports,
03:46PM / Friday, June 10, 2016
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, May 31.   Ryan Garvey, 41, of Adams pleaded guilty to a single count of possession of heroin with intent to distribute.   Garvey was placed on one-year probation. The charge was in connection with the execution of a search warrant at his home on December 4, 2015.   Keith Larrabee, 22, of North Adams pleaded guilty to a single count of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon.   He was ordered to serve two and a half years at the Berkshire House of Correction. The charge stems from an incident in North Adams involving a 34-year-old man on April 24, 2015.   Shaun Letourneau, 34, of Dalton pleaded guilty to

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Berkshire County Arc Announces New Chief Operating Officer
11:52AM / Friday, June 10, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire County Arc announces the promotion of Maryann T. Hyatt to chief operating officer.

In this new role, Hyatt has overall strategic and operational responsibility for agency programs where individuals live, work and attend day habilitation programs. She also has overall management of the agency’s two pooled trusts and will provide leadership to the strategic planning process and implement new programmatic strategic initiatives. In addition, Hyatt is responsible for developing and managing annual budgets, evaluating services and reviewing programs for quality assurance.

Hyatt, who has held a variety of roles with the agency over the past 30 years,

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MCLA to Offer Violin Repair Workshops
11:46AM / Friday, June 10, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts  once again will welcome violin repair expert Hans J. Nebel to campus as he presents four week-long workshops in June.

The workshops will include “Introduction to Proper Violin Set-Up” June 6-10, “Tonal Improvements” June 13-17, “Fitting New Upper and Lower Block June 20-24, and “Crack Repair and Crack Reinforcements” June 27-July 1.

Nebel is the fourth generation of violin makers in his family, and a graduate of the Bavarian State School of Violinmaking in Mittenwald, Germany.

Nebel started his professional career at Rembert Wurlitzer, Inc., in New York City, where he worked

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Wahconah Juniors Heading to Boys' and Girls' State Event
11:28AM / Friday, June 10, 2016

DALTON, Mass. — Wahconah Regional High School principal Aaron Robb has announced that delegates from the junior class have been chosen to represent the school at Boys' and Girls' State, model legislatures sponsored by the American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary.

The following students will represent Wahconah at Massachusetts Boys'/Girls' State to be held June 11-17 at Stonehill College in North Easton. They were selected by balloting among faculty, administration and guidance personnel based on service, scholarship, citizenship, sportsmanship, character and leadership.

Boys' State is sponsored by the Benjamin F. Sullivan Post No. 155 of the American

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Wahconah Grad Earns Girl Scout Gold Award
10:35AM / Friday, June 10, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts will honor Colleen Kiely of Pittsfield for her demonstrated leadership ability and dedication to serving her community.

Kiely has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award and will be among the guests of honor at a celebration at Mill One at Open Square in Holyoke on Tuesday, June 14, at 5:30 p.m. Annaka Paradis, current Smith College Student and 2015 Recipient of the Girl Scout Gold Award, will give the keynote address.

Kiely just graduated with the Class of 2016 from Wahconah Regional High School in Dalton and plans to attend UMass-Amherst in the fall to study biochemistry and molecular biology.

Her Gold Award project

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