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Mount Greylock School District Seeks Williamstown Resident to Fill Vacant Committee Seat
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:01AM / Tuesday, June 11, 2019
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School District has a vacancy on its School Committee and less than a month to fill the position.   School Committee Vice Chairman Dan Caplinger informed the Williamstown Select Board on Monday that Joe Bergeron, one of four Williamstown residents on and chairman of the seven-person committee, has resigned.   The committee is seeking applicants for another Williamstown resident to fill out the remainder of Bergeron's term, which expires with the November 2020 biennial election.   The regional agreement that binds Williamstown and Lanesborough, last approved by the voters two years ago, spells out the procedure for

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BCAC Celebrates Accomplishments at Annual Meeting
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:45AM / Tuesday, June 11, 2019

State Sen. Adam Hinds speaks to the BCAC annual meeting on Friday after being presented with the Community Hero Award.  (Photo courtesy Angela Dimock Photography)

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Community Action Council annual meeting aimed to showcase what has been done over the past year, but this year's keynote speech highlighted just how much work there is to do moving forward.

Nancy Wagman, the Kids Count director of the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, gave a presentation to the more than 150 guests gathered at Berkshire Hills Country Club on Friday that went back in time to show when and how poverty started winning the war that President Lyndon Johnson

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Pittsfield Board Pulls Back Permitting Restrictions On Proprietor's Lodge
Staff Reports,
01:20AM / Tuesday, June 11, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Community Development Board is temporarily halting its request that city officials suspend all permitting for additions to Proprietor's Lodge but will be keeping a close eye on the operations.   The lodge received a special permit earlier this year from parking requirements after it had presented a parking management plan. The permit was needed because of additional space being created but Proprietor's was not expanding its occupancy. The lodge was given a special permit to add a deck, ceremony room and a breakout space to the building to serve the same capacity of people it had before.   That permit came with a condition that the

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Miss Hall's School Graduates 47 Students
02:18PM / Monday, June 10, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Forty-seven students, including 14 from Berkshire County and nearby communities, graduated on Sunday, June 2, during Miss Hall's School's 121st commencement.   Ceremonies took place under a large tent on the front lawn of the school's Holmes Road campus. Kristina Delgado, a social impact strategist and the founder of Hearts on Fleek, a social change consultancy, as well as a member of the class of 2009, delivered the address.   Among the graduates were the following local students: Charlotte Adelson, of Lee; Elizabeth Cachat, Dalton; Samantha Elliott, Pittsfield; Trudy Fadding, Glendale; Haylee Gleason, Pittsfield; Emily Grady, Pittsfield;

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Pittsfield Councilor Rivers Opts Out of Re-election Bid
Staff Reports,
12:40PM / Monday, June 10, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Ward 5 Councilor Donna Todd Rivers will not seek re-election.   Rivers served two terms on the council after barely squeaking by Rick Scapin in 2015 to fill the seat vacated by Jonathan Lothrop. She was unopposed in 2017 and had taken out nomination papers to run again in 2019 but this weekend opted to bow out.   "It is with much thought and soul searching that has led me to make the decision to announce that I will not be seeking re-election as your Ward 5 City Councilor," Rivers wrote announcing her decision on Facebook.   "As I begin to experience an increase in demand for my time and energy addressing family concerns and

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Berkshires Beat: South Church Raising Money for Solar Panels
12:07PM / Monday, June 10, 2019
Solar project

To offset the growing cost of electricity required to sustain its much-needed community missions, South Congregational Church in Pittsfield has embarked upon a solar energy project. Vivint Solar is installing 100 solar panels on the church roof this summer, at a cost of $103,500. The church is seeking to raise funds to pay for the cost of this energy-saving solar project.

South Congregational Church's historical downtown Pittsfield building is a welcoming complex that serves as a meeting house for many groups in our community. Community organizations such as Alcoholics and Narcotics Anonymous, Al-Anon, Pittsfield Squares, Music Together, and the Pembury Bridge Club meet

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Hinds Sets Community Outreach Events for June
12:00PM / Monday, June 10, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The staff of state Sen. Adam G. Hinds, D-Pittsfield, will host two community outreach events during January.   The senator's staff will be available to meet with constituents in the communities of Plainfield and Alford for this month's staff office hours on Wednesday, June 19, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Cummington Community House, at 33 Main St. Peru Town Hall, at 7 East Main Road

Appointments are not necessary but can be booked in advance by calling the Pittsfield office at 413-344-4561 or the Williamsburg office at 413-768-2373. These office hours provide an opportunity for those seeking assistance with state agencies or

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Weekly Berkshire County Junior Golf Schedule Set
Community submission,
10:19AM / Monday, June 10, 2019
The Berkshire County Junior Golf Program is open to boys and girls who are members of an Allied Golf Club and between the ages of 11‑18.   The participants compete in divisions determined by their age. Categories include 13 and under, 14 and 15, and 16 and over. There are six events to be held on Mondays throughout the summer with registration at the host club scheduled from 8 to 8:30 a.m. and a shotgun start at 9. There will be optional tee times starting at 8:30 .   The host club will provide a short clinic on either the rules of golf or golf etiquette before players begin, providing there is time. The fee is $10 to 15 per player, which covers prizes and lunch. The field

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Anti-Bias Training Program Seeks to Create Leaders in Berkshire Schools
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:05AM / Monday, June 10, 2019

At Wednesday's ceremony, the audience and students took part in one of the interactive sessions focusing on identity. 

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — It takes confidence for a student to speak out and interfere when another is being harassed or bullied.

It takes confidence and skill to step in when somebody is being targeting other students with hateful words.

Schools traditionally would bring in a speaker or hold an assembly and adults would preach to the students when something bad like bullying happened.   And then the assembly would end and there wouldn't be anything until it happened again.   Phil Fogelman, director of the Anti-Defamation League's World

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Pittsfield Hosting Firefighter Challenge Race This Weekend
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:13AM / Monday, June 10, 2019

Teams from all over the world compete in the challenge. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Firefighters from all over will swarm Pittsfield next weekend to test their skills against each other.   The Firefighter Combat Challenge is an obstacle course that designed to test firefighters on different tasks they've had to accomplish immediately on the scene of a fire — whether than be rolling out a hose or carrying a victim.   Wearing full gear the firefighters will race each other up a five-story tower with a hose, hoist hoses from the ground, chop I-beams, drag hoses, and carry a 175-pound "victim" 100 feet.    "It's a really good test of fitness

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PHS Students Ready to Be Accountable Adults
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
09:18PM / Sunday, June 09, 2019

Class President Trista Dearstyne says the class of 2019 is ready to enter the adult world. See more photos here.  LENOX, Mass. — Pittsfield High School's class of 2019 is ready to be held accountable.   That's what Superintendent Jason McCandless wants from the students -- to hold themselves accountable. That means being reflective about their words or actions, looking at themselves before blaming others, fix what they've broken, be true to their work, keep promises, show gratitude, ask for help when needed and return the favor, and be kind.   "We do want you to leave the world better than you found it but to do this you must leave here today with

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Taconic Graduates 'Class of Change'
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
08:19PM / Sunday, June 09, 2019

For some it was a time to dance across the stage. More photos can be found here. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The seniors at Taconic were known as the "class of change" and lead the way to break in the new school.   The new Taconic was opened for classes for the first time this year and the nickname "class of change" was given to the seniors. They were the ones to break in the new structure while watching the school that had spent the previous three years be torn down.   "If I went back in time and told my freshman self that she'd come to miss all of that, she probably would have slapped me. But, falling ceiling tiles and antifreeze smelling

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