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Habitat Breaks Ground on Long-awaited Gordon-Deming Project
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:26AM / Monday, June 03, 2019

Executive Director Carolyn Valli said the construction will feature a series of firsts. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — It'll be a series of firsts for Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity when it builds six net-zero energy use condominiums on land on Deming Street.    It is the first such project for the organization. It is the first time it had used a panel-build day. It is the first time a bank is financing the project. And it is the first for a "homebuilders blitz."   The project has been long-awaited but finally broke ground on Friday.    "Habitat brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope and nobody does that better than

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Class of 2019 Takes Memories of Old Wahconah With Them
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
06:20PM / Sunday, June 02, 2019

Class President Victoria Gamberoni said the class of 2019 has been putting together puzzles throughout their lives. See more photos here. DALTON, Mass. — With the impending renovation of Wahconah Regional High School, the 146 members of the class of 2019 were charged to keep the building's memory alive.   Valedictorian Anna Duquette told her fellow classmates Sunday during graduation exercises in the packed gym that the school has served them well and that despite the trials they faced in the aging building, it was still their own experience.   "I find it sad that as so many of us have worked so hard to make this building a better place that much of our work

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Local Students Earn Williams College Degrees
02:03PM / Sunday, June 02, 2019

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College President Maud S. Mandel today conferred bachelor of arts degrees to local graduates at the college's 230th commencement. Mary-Claire King, an award-winning geneticist at the University of Washington who first discovered the breast and ovarian cancer gene, was the principal speaker.

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Jonathan R. Hall, son of Mrs. Allison Hall and Mr. Brian Hall of Rockville Centre, N.Y., majored in chemistry and mathematics. Hall was the president of the Williams Outing Club and a Junior Advisor. He graduated with honors in chemistry, was a Fulbright Scholar, a Class of 1960s Scholar in Chemistry, Roche Fellowship recipient, Class of 1945 World

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Williams College Grads Gear Up for 'Everything Change'
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:25PM / Sunday, June 02, 2019

Geneticist Mary-Claire  King tells the graduates not to narrow their focus but rather become immersed in society to use their abilities better.  See more photos of the event here. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On the day that brings one of the biggest changes to any individual's live, Williams College graduates Sunday were reminded that the biggest changes are yet to come.   And they're inevitable. And they're inescapable.   "Author and environmental activist Margaret Atwood wisely said that 'climate change' should be called 'everything change,' " Williams' Phi Beta Kappa speaker Ari R. Ball-Burack told his fellow members of

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BArT Graduates Told to Keep Trying
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:13PM / Saturday, June 01, 2019
Graduate Shanique Maloney brings down the house with her rendition of the 'Star-Spangled Banner.' See more photos here.  ADAMS, Mass. — In a graduation ceremony typically filled with pop culture references, charter school teacher Stephanie Watroba decided to turn one iconic movie moment on its head.   Its green, wrinkly head.   "A wise man once said ... it was Yoda," Watroba said, drawing a laugh at the reference to the Star Wars character. "A wise man once said, 'Do or do not. There is no try.'   "I don't know what that means.   "Try, please. Try all the time. Try all the things. Try new things. Try old things.

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Hinds Secures Funds For Flyer, School Aid, in Senate Budget
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:48AM / Saturday, June 01, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — State Sen. Adam Hinds secured money for the Berkshire Flyer, his rural school aid, and for numerous local organizations in the Senate budget.   The Pittsfield Democrat said on Thursday his budget will help "get the fundamentals right" for Berkshire County. Those "fundamentals" this year, according to Hinds, is primarily education and transportation.   "This was a big budget for us especially when it came to transportation and education," Hinds said.   The Berkshire Flyer has been a project he's been working on for a few years. Last year, a Department of Transportation feasibility study determined that a train service

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Wahconah Regional High Names Top Students for 2019
01:37AM / Saturday, June 01, 2019
DALTON, Mass. — Anna E. Duquette and Holden M. Nelson have been named valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, for the 2019 graduating class at Wahconah Regional High School.   Both students will speak at graduation ceremonies on Sunday, June 2, at 1 p.m. in the school gymnasium. The valedictory speech is titled, "When an Opportunity Comes Knocking ... " and the salutatory address, "The Importance of Hard Work."   Duquette is the daughter of Dale and Lynn Duquette, both of Dalton. While at Wahconah, Duquette's academic program included Honors and Advanced Placement coursework. She is active in the many service projects sponsored by the National

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Heroes Unite to Graduate From Berkshire Community College
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:27PM / Friday, May 31, 2019

U.S. Sen. Edward Markey calls on the graduates to be the revolution. See more photos from commencement here.   LENOX, Mass. — Heroes unite.   Perhaps a hero is a Harvard graduate improving and changing the world of social work and policy or perhaps it is the two children sitting in the Shed at Tanglewood watching their mom delivering the valedictory address for Berkshire Community College's commencement.   But whomever it is, Soncere "Starr" Williams believes anybody can be a hero every day.   "Heroes can come in different forms. Each one of us can become a hero as we embark on the adventure of life. Being a hero does not necessarily

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@theMarket: Have the Wheels Come Off the Market?
By Bill Schmick,
04:09PM / Friday, May 31, 2019
No question about it, the president's decision to impose 5 percent tariffs on all Mexican imports by June 10 caught investors flat-footed. Combined with the on-going war of words with the Chinese on tariffs, markets worldwide fell sharply this week. Is a relief rally in the cards?   Chances are that next week, we should see a rebound. How much and over what period of time will largely depend on what happens next on the trade front. My thinking on the Mexican issue thus far is this: Trump is using trade with Mexico to force their government to turn back (instead of encouraging) Latin American refugees from our border.   You may disagree, but I believe President Trump's

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Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary Celebrates 90th Anniversary
12:06PM / Friday, May 31, 2019

LENOX, Mass. — This year marks the 90th anniversary of Mass Audubon’s Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, and the popular regional resource for outdoor exploration and nature connection is marking the milestone with a multi-event celebration extending from spring into fall.

The salute to the 1,400-acre-wildlife sanctuary — and how it has both engaged the Berkshires community while positively impacting residents and visitors — will focus on four major events:

* Family Fun Day, a free community event on June 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. that features nature exploration activities, live-animal presentations, music, and nature arts and crafts;

* Wild Thing Trail Race and

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Red Cross Urges Safety Measures Around Pools, Swimming Areas
10:37AM / Friday, May 31, 2019

As the weather warms, people begin to open their pools and visit swimming areas including beaches, lakes and rivers. The Red Cross urges Massachusetts residents to learn how to be safe around bodies of water.

First, residents should secure their pools when they are not in use. This includes:

* Completely surrounding the pool with four-sided isolation fencing with a self-closing and self-latching gate that is out of the reach of a child.

* Installing a four-sided isolation fence (separating the pool area from the house and yard), which reduces a child’s risk of drowning 83 percent compared to three-sided property-line fencing.

* For above-ground pools, securing, locking or

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: May 31-June 6
07:39PM / Thursday, May 30, 2019
SATURDAY Pride Month Kickoff at City Hall Berkshire Pride and Mayor Linda Tyer will host a Pride Month Kickoff at City Hall at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday. Tyer will issue a proclamation declaring June as Pride Month in Pittsfield, and Berkshire Pride will present the Community Change Maker Award to those who have been working towards equity and inclusion of sexual and gender identities in Berkshire County. The event concludes with the Pride flag being raised at City Hall, where it will fly for the month of June. FREE. Rain or

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