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McCann Senior Named U.S. Presidential Scholar
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:05AM / Thursday, May 26, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Tech senior Samantha Dorwin is going places.

Or, to be more accurate, she is going MORE places, as the 18-year-old already has logged 15,000 miles in the air in last two years participating in SkillsUSA conferences. This coming summer, while attending SkillsUSA's National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Ky., she will fly to Washington, D.C., for a couple days to be honored for receiving one most prestigious awards a graduating high school senior can earn: the U.S. Department of Education's Presidential Scholar award.

Appropriately for Dorwin, daughter of Daniel and Pamela Dorwin, she learned she was a finalist for the honor while on

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PHS Baseball Team Throws Cookout For Soldier On Veterans
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:58AM / Saturday, May 21, 2016
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The veterans were served hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and drinks. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Many young men have found themselves in the midst of battle at the age of 18.   They returned from overseas with limited support, post-traumatic stress and chronic illness, and often ended up living on the streets. But some found their way to Soldier On, which cares and helps pick homeless veterans back up and onto their feet.   Many of the 17- or 18-year-old young men on the Pittsfield High School baseball team aren't eyeing battlefields but rather college dorm rooms. But on Friday, they spent their practice time off the field and up at Soldier On, meeting, talking, and serving

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Graduates Leave MCLA Commencement 'One Degree Hotter'
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:53PM / Saturday, May 14, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts made 404 graduates "one degree hotter" on Saturday morning.

And it wasn't from the traditionally steamy Amsler Campus Center gymnasium, but the awarding of 369 bachelor's degrees and 35 master's degrees and certificates at the college's 117th commencement.

"You will leave this room one degree hotter, you will be leaving this room with the knowledge and skills to face any obstacle thrown your way," Kelsey McGonigle, president of the class of 2016, told the packed gymnasium. "Have confidence in what you've learned here."

Only about a third of Americans obtain four-year

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Ground Broken For New Taconic High School
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
08:20PM / Friday, May 13, 2016
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Treasurer Deborah Goldberg said the new building will reflect the educational excellence being taught by the teachers. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — There have been three mayors, five superintendents, 30 city councilors, 20 School Committee members, 50 School Building Needs Commission members, three state treasurers, and three directors of the MSBA involved in building a new high school over the last decade.   On Friday, that effort came to fruition as city and state officials gathered to celebrate the groundbreaking of the new Taconic High School.   The $120.8 million project is expected to be completed in 2018.   "We are embracing as a community this milestone

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Pittsfield School Committee Finalizes FY17 Budget Request
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:36AM / Thursday, May 12, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The School Committee finalized Wednesday a $60.94 million budget for fiscal 2017.    The School Committee adopted the proposal late last month, asking for some minor changes. The increase is some $1.7 million more than last year, or 2.91 percent, cutting about a half of a million from the previous version.   The city's appropriation is slightly less, at $60.3 million, $1,813,585 more than last year, which is 3.1 percent higher than this year.    Superintendent Jason McCandless had called for a 3.7 percent increase but Mayor Linda Tyer urged the staff to find a middle ground between that and a 2.5 percent increase. McCandless returned to

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Running With The Law 5K Race Planned For June
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:17PM / Monday, May 09, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — "Running with The Law" returned to the streets this past weekend with runs planned every Saturday up to a community road race planned for June.

Last fall, it was hard to miss North Adams Police officers running downtown with an entourage of nearly 20 elementary school students.

This same program, Running with The Law, returned Saturday for the spring session with a 5-kilometer road race planned for Saturday, June 11, to benefit Pop Cares, a non-profit organization that supports local cancer patients.

"We are kind of doing a spinoff of what we do with the Running with Law program. We are going to do a 5K and kind of get the whole community

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Lenox Students Get Taste of Accounting as a Career
11:07AM / Friday, May 06, 2016
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AMHERST, Mass. — The Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants (MSCPA), the professional association of CPAs for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, previewed what an accounting career future would look like for seven students from Lenox Memorial High School at its “Is Accounting for Me?” conference last month at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

The conference included interactive accounting exercises and workshops, discussions about accounting careers and CPA services, information about college programs and student life, and a networking lunch with college students, faculty and CPA practitioners.
 
The conference provided students with a chance

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Downing to Give Keynote Address at 56th BCC Commencement
04:46PM / Monday, May 02, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — State Sen. Benjamin Downing, D-Pittsfield, will be the keynote speaker at Berkshire Community College's 56th Commencement Exercises to be held June 3 at Tanglewood in Lenox.

Downing was first elected in 2006 at the age of 24. During his decade of service, Downing, who recently announced that he will not seek a sixth term, has represented 52 communities of the Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin and Hampden District, the largest Senate district in the commonwealth.

"Throughout his decade of service, Senator Downing has been a familiar face at our institution — always supportive and willing to help. He has been a true friend not only to BCC, but to so

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MCLA Signs Agreement with WNEU School of Law
01:28PM / Friday, April 29, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has signed a 3 + 3 articulation agreement with Western New England University School of Law to establish a joint program leading to a bachelor’s degree and a juris doctor degree.
 
With this agreement, signed Tuesday by MCLA President James F. Birge, WNEU Provost Linda Jones and WNEU School of Law Dean Eric Gouvin, qualified undergraduates at MCLA may substitute the first year at the law school for their senior year at MCLA. As a result, they may earn their bachelor’s degree and juris doctor degree in six years instead of the typical seven.

According to Birge, this new partnership allows both MCLA and WNEU

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Montessori School Kicks Off $2.95 Million 'Go Beyond' Capital Campaign
12:56PM / Friday, April 29, 2016
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LENOX, Mass. — The Montessori School of the Berkshires, a school that serves toddlers through grade 8 in Lenox Dale, has launched a $2.95 million capital campaign called “Go Beyond.”

The campaign kick-off, which took place at a school-wide event on April 15, is part of the school’s 10th anniversary celebration. The “Go Beyond” Campaign is raising funds for a 7,300-square-foot expansion to the existing 9,000-square-foot building. Students, families, teachers and MSB board members attended the event.

In addition to a large space for whole school gatherings and indoor sports, the campaign will fund MSB’s expansion, including a second elementary

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