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McCandless: Contamination at Taconic Site Mostly Cleaned
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:26AM / Thursday, August 18, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The contaminated material found at Taconic High School is mostly cleaned up, according to Superintendent Jason McCandless.   McCandless told the School Committee on Wednesday that about 80 percent of the material pulled from the site of the new school has been trucked off to a landfill in Syracuse, N.Y. During site work, three types of soil that could not be reused or contaminated was discovered.   "The removal of those piles began on Aug. 10 and as of today, 80 percent done," McCandless said.   The soils are categorized in three types: unsuitable, construction debris, and contaminated. It cost a total of $700,000 of unexpected costs to

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Berkshire STEM Network Snags $65,000 State Grant
01:08PM / Wednesday, August 17, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Berkshire STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Network has received $65,000 from the Massachusetts STEM Pipeline Fund to promote STEM education in the region.

The funding is part of more than $250,000 in recent grant awards to support the commonwealth's regional STEM networks. This regional award will support Berkshire County and the Pioneer Valley. As the lead partner of the Berkshire STEM Network, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will continue to collaborate with education, community and industry partners across the region.

MCLA Dean of Academic Affairs Monica Joslin, who serves on the STEM Advisory Council, said an investment

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Students Join Berkshire Community College’s 2016 STEM Starter Academy
03:17PM / Monday, August 15, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Twenty-six Berkshire County students have joined the 2016 STEM Starter Academy at Berkshire Community College, a program geared toward high school students who are interested in attending BCC to study STEM fields.

Part of a statewide Massachusetts Community College initiative, the program features a three-week Summer STEM Success Academy and a year-long Support Academy at BCC. The program aims to provide students with the tools they need to be STEM ready in college and the workplace including: academic support, tutoring, special field trips, guest speakers and a STEM Academy Success Kit.

Colleen Baker

Ajejandro Cermeno

Anthony Hover-Williams and Alexi

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Pittsfield Co-op Awards $7,000 in Scholarships to Area Students
12:49PM / Monday, August 15, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Pittsfield Cooperative Bank has announced that 14 area students have received awards from the bank's Centennial Scholarship Fund.  Each recipient received $500.

Created in 1989 in celebration of the co-op’s 100th anniversary, the Centennial Scholarship Fund has provided more than $295,000 in aid to local students seeking to further their education.  

Richard Garwood, Nicholas Gingras        

Hailey Graham, Allison Hunt         

Michael Peplowski, Nicholas Terpak

Kayla Kowalczyk, Erica Perrea, Colleen Kiely     

Jesse Rogers, Meryl Phair

Morgan DeGrenier

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MCLA Admissions to Offer Information Sessions
03:23PM / Monday, August 08, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will offer three information sessions this month, including one in Pittsfield, in the Silvio O. Conte Federal Building. Two additional information sessions, which also will include tours of the campus, will be held at MCLA.

The next information session will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 10, at 5 p.m. in the Silvio O. Conte Federal Building, 78 Center St., Pittsfield. Information sessions and opportunities to tour the MCLA campus also will be held on Saturday, Aug. 13, and Saturday, Aug. 27, beginning at 11 a.m. in Murdock Hall room 218 on the MCLA campus.

Those interested in enrolling this fall as incoming freshmen or transfer

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Pittsfield UNICO Chapter Awards Scholarships
03:36PM / Monday, August 01, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Pittsfield Chapter of UNICO held their scholarship awards ceremony at the Italian American Club in June inin conjunction with the Paul J. Capitanio Jr. Memorial Football Scholarship award ceremony.

Since 1987 the Pittsfield UNICO chapter has given out over $285,000 in scholarships throughout Berkshire County. The ceremony was the culmination of the chapter’s fundraising efforts throughout the year which included a wine tasting, a golf tournament and other events.

The UNICO Scholarship Committee, chaired by Julie Salatino, awarded 16 scholarships totaling $15,000 dollars. The Paul J. Capitanio Jr. Memorial Football Scholarship committee, chaired by past

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Contaminated Soil Adds to Cost of Taconic High Site Work
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:56AM / Tuesday, July 26, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Getting rid of construction debris found in the soil at the site of the new Taconic High School will require construction managers to dip into contingency funds for the first time.   John Benzinger of consulting firm Skanska USA said three types of materials were found in the soil: contamination, construction debris, and unusable soils. He estimates more than a half-million dollars will be needed to dispose and replace the materials found.   "Someone obviously dumped some stuff they shouldn't have when they built that soccer field," Benzinger said. "This material needs to be sent to a disposal facility."   The contamination is

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