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Mildred Elley Opens Admissions Office in North Adams
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
05:11PM / Wednesday, October 25, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — With a new admissions office on Main Street, Mildred Elley is ready to connect Northern Berkshire residents with career training and education opportunities.   Director of Admissions Jennifer Bushika said 20 percent of Mildred Elley's student population comes from Northern Berkshire and Southern Vermont and that opening up a satellite facility in North Adams will make it easier for current and potential students to connect with the Pittsfield school.     "We really just wanted to make it easier…because when you are thinking about education sometimes getting your foot in the door is the hardest hurdle to get over," she said

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Pittsfield School Committee Candidates Discuss Future
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:39AM / Wednesday, October 25, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The School Committee is going to have to consider closing a school.   At least five of the six candidates for the committee believe that has to be on the table. Six candidates are on the ballot for six seats. On Monday, five of those candidates gathered for a conversation at Berkshire Community College.   "There has been over a 50 percent decline in school-aged population in the city of Pittsfield of a period of time close to 40 years," William Cameron said. "The issue of declining enrollment is something Pittsfield is going to have to deal with."   Cameron is one of two, barring an unforeseen write-in campaign by somebody else,

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How Big Was a T-Rex? Dalton Preschoolers Know!
03:21PM / Wednesday, October 18, 2017
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DALTON, Mass. — Dalton Preschool is installing a "Dinosaur Lengths Project" as part of their current curriculum, "Exploring Dinosaurs."

The installation will be on view on the side-lawn of the Dalton CRA, 400 Main St., through Sunday, Oct. 22. The project was made possible with support from Hill Engineers, Architects & Planners.

The Dinosaurs Lengths Project installation contains basic information cards and length measurements for five different dinosaurs, including: Tyrannosaurus rex, Triceratops, Apatosaurus (a k a Brontosaurus), Lambeosaurus and Velociraptor. The dinosaurs will be visually represented by different colored survey tapes strung in-between

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Education Task Force Panel Answers Questions at NBCC Forum
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:28AM / Wednesday, October 18, 2017
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Panelists Jake Eberwein, left, Paul Butler, Douglas McNally, Robert Putnam and Tony Mazzucco, all members of the task force. 

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The vision of the Berkshire County Education Task Force is a single, countywide school district that would create sustainable educational opportunities and academic support to a dwindling student population.

The controversial recommendation, made in July after two years of study and modeling, hasn't been an easy sell in the small towns fearing that consolidation means school closings and loss of local control.   But task force members are hoping that officials, parents and community members will see the benefits of at least

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Taconic Contruction: 58 Percent Complete; Focused On Enclosing Building
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
11:46AM / Tuesday, October 17, 2017
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The construction managers want to have the building fully enclosed by the first week in November to provide warmth for the workers during the winter. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Construction managers expect to complete $4 million worth of construction per month to keep on schedule with the building of the new Taconic High School.   The building is currently 58 percent complete, according to James Moran, a program manager with the city's project managers Skanska.   Through September, a total of $55.4 million of the $120.8 million project had been invoiced, which is 56 percent. The project managers have used only 38.7 percent of the owner's contingency, and 49.1 percent

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School Officials Answer Regionalization Questions in Lanesborough
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:49AM / Tuesday, October 17, 2017
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LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — School officials behind the regionalization vote have been around town answering questions about it. But they still don't have a final draft of the proposal.   The long talked about full regionalization of Williamstown Elementary School, Lanesborough Elementary School, and Mount Greylock Regional School goes to voters on Nov. 14. The move is seen as a natural progression after sharing administration for nearly a decade.   "This is a regional agreement that tries to follow what we have been doing, but making it easier to do it," Williamstown School Committee Chairman Joe Bergeron told the Board of Selectmen on Monday.   Bergeron was

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BCC Honors Academic Achievement at Convocation
12:29PM / Monday, October 16, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College will recognize the academic achievements of 109 students during an Honors Convocation Program that will take place on Thursday, October 19, at 12:15 p.m. in the Boland Theater at BCC's main campus on West Street.

Each honored student ranks in the top five percent of the college with a grade point average of 3.75 or better in courses totaling at least 12 credits.

Honored students (and hometowns) include:

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Michael A. Corkins, Kayla J. Doyle

Leah E. Brooks, Rebecca J. Simmons

Shannon M. Gwozdz, Dudley R. Johnson

Alexander F. Griffith

Shaina R. Benham, Magdelin C. Bennett, Oksana O. Dix, Whitney N. Eastland, John

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Reid Students Raise $1,500 For Red Cross Disaster Relief
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:40AM / Sunday, October 15, 2017
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The students presented local Red Cross volunteers the donation on Friday. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — It started as a simple homework assignment.   Debra Guachione's 7th-grade students at Reid were asked to write an essay answering the question, "If you could change places with anyone in the world who would it be and why?"   Ella Ives went home and thought about it. She watched the news coming in about devastating hurricanes in Texas, Florida, and the Virgin Islands and found her answer.    "I am worried about how badly the state of Texas has been hit by Hurricane Harvey. I wish I could trade places with the Red Cross volunteers who are there

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BRPC Considering Expanding Role In Education Task Force
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:14AM / Friday, October 13, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Education Task Force has asked BRPC to take an expanded role in helping school districts regionalize.   The task force had already released its recommendation that eventually the county should have a single school district. That process will take years and have many challenging steps. The group has now asked the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission to serve as the "backbone" to support any consolidation efforts county school district undertake.   "We're not setting policy direction for them, we are providing administrative support," said Executive Director Nathaniel Karns.   BRPC already serves as the fiscal

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Williamstown Elementary Holds Fall Children's Clothing Sale on Oct. 14
02:09PM / Wednesday, October 11, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Elementary School PTO's annual clothing sale enters its second decade on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. As an added bonus, items will be half-price for customers receiving a hand stamp and entering after 1:30 p.m.

The WES cafeteria will be packed with gently used, nearly new and brand new quality children's clothing and accessories, including dressy styles, swim and athletic wear, foot wear, costumes and pajamas. Shoppers will find all types of bargains for all types of weather for all four seasons - especially the seasons coming up.

“The clothing sale will feature great cold-weather clothing, costume

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