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College Notes: April & May 2019
01:10PM / Tuesday, April 16, 2019
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Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College Grace Ellrodt of Lenox, a junior atin Lewiston, Maine, recently presented the results of her environmental studies capstone project titled "Insulating Window Insert Interventions in Energy Injustice: Incentives, Barriers, & Strategies."    Ellrodt, the daughter of Dr. and Ms. Anthony G. Ellrodt and a 2016 graduate of Lenox Memorial High School, worked with two other students, Newell Woodworth of Lambertville, N.J., and Griff Golden of Riverside, Conn., on the project in collaboration with Window Dressers, a nonprofit working to help insulate homes.    As part of their environmental studies major, Ellrodt,

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Wahconah & Mount Greylock to Match Wits on WGBY
02:48PM / Monday, April 15, 2019
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WESTFIELD, MASS. — Two Berkshire high school teams will match wits next weekend in a quiz show competition broadcast on public television.   The two teams, Wahconah Regional High School and Mount Greylock Regional School, will spar on "As Schools Match Wits," airing on WGBY public television Saturday, April 20, at 7 p.m., rebroadcast Sunday, April 21 at 10:30 a.m. and available for subsequent online streaming.   The show pits teams of western New England high schoolers against each other in a fun, but competitive game of academic performance. The competition is open to both public and private high schools throughout western New England.   Each season, up to 50

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McCandless Shrinks Pittsfield School Budget Request
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:03AM / Monday, April 15, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Superintendent Jason McCandless is scaling back his budget request by about a half-million dollars.   McCandless said he had a meeting with Mayor Linda Tyer and Director of Finance Matthew Kerwood since revealing his initial request for a $3.4 million increase to the budget and the three agreed to a lesser number. Particularly, McCandless said the number of new positions, mostly new paraprofessionals, is being scaled back.   "The number of new employees will be between 14 and 20. It will not be in the upper 20s or low 30s like it was last time," McCandless said.   Tyer said she had a couple of particular concerns with the

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Pittsfield Councilor Reignites School Buildings Discussion
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:28AM / Sunday, April 14, 2019
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Mayor Linda Tyer responds that she wants the focus to be on the elementary schools. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — City Council Vice President John Krol is pushing for the consolidation of the city's two high schools to be a top talking point in the upcoming election.   Krol, who has said he is not seeking re-election, is pushing for the School Building Needs Commission to began looking at what to do with the city's school buildings. He also is glad to hear that school administrators are starting to take a closer look at the elementary schools.   "Let's have a convo during the election season when people are more engaged," Krol said on Tuesday.   Krol

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BCC's Coordinator of Multicultural Center Recognized as 2019 Latina Leader
12:25PM / Wednesday, April 10, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College's coordinator of the Multicultural Center, Eleanore Velez, has been recognized by Amplify Latinx as a 2019 Latina Leader.

Amplify Latinx is a Boston-based, non-partisan, collaborative movement whose mission is to build Latinx economic and political power by significantly increasing Latinx civic engagement and representation in leadership position across sectors.

In celebration of Women's History Month, Amplify Latinx launched a campaign to identify 11 outstanding Latina leaders who exemplify the best in their professions and who are lifting others as they climb. Amplify Latinx received 45 nominations from corporate, civic,

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Wahconah Building Project Passes by Narrow Margin
Staff Reports, iBerkshires Staff
07:02PM / Saturday, April 06, 2019
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DALTON, Mass. — With just more than 51 percent of the vote, the Wahconah Regional High School building project was approved by the voters of the Central Regional Berkshire School District on Saturday.   Superintendent Laurie Casna reported Saturday evening that 1,785 of the 3,483 voters districtwide (51.2 percent) voted in favor of the $72 million project.   "We are very pleased to share that the vote for a new Wahconah Regional High School anticipated to open in the fall of 2021 passed today," Casna wrote in an email to the media.   The turnout of 3,483 voters in district's seven towns was just fewer than twice the number (1,761) who turned out for an

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Wahconah Regional School Project Goes to Voters Saturday
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:02AM / Friday, April 05, 2019
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DALTON, Mass. — The co-chairman of the Central Berkshire Regional School District said this week that he believes voters in the seven-town district will back a proposal to build a new Wahconah Regional High School.   "My level of confidence on the Saturday vote is more positive than not," Tom Callahan, a Dalton resident, said. "Our committee understands the differing opinions and financial capabilities in the CBRSD. When all is said and done, speaking for myself, I believe the voters will opt for a new high school."   Voters in all seven Central Berkshire towns head to the polls on Saturday to decide whether to embark on a $72 million project.   The

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National Guard Brings Robotics, STEM Education to Pittsfield High School
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:30AM / Saturday, March 30, 2019
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Shannon Kennedy, Elise Wellman, and Kendra Castagna built the winning robot. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — As a child, Elise Wellman played with Lego robotics.    But on Friday, it was a whole lot different game.   National Guardsmen dropped a box full of parts with a manual. She and her fellow Pittsfield High School students were told to open to a page that just had pictures.   Now build a remote-controlled robot that will open a mailbox, pull a block out, and then transport it to another location, they were told.   "This is really tricky but we figured it out. It can be challenging but we overcame the challenge," Wellman said.   In fact,

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Senator Markey Speaking at BCC's 59th Commencement
02:23PM / Wednesday, March 27, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — U.S. Senator Edward J. Markey will be the keynote speaker at Berkshire Community College's 59th commencement exercises to be held May 31 at Tanglewood in Lenox.

Markey, the state's junior senator, is a consumer champion and national leader on energy, environmental protection and telecommunications policy.

"On behalf of the students, faculty, staff and board of trustees at Berkshire Community College, we are so thrilled to have Senator Ed Markey as our 2019 commencement speaker," said Ellen Kennedy, president of BCC. "Markey visited our newly reimagined campus in the fall last year and got to tour the new buildings and classrooms and the

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Congressman Neal to Speak at MCLA 120th Commencement
04:02PM / Monday, March 25, 2019
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will celebrate its 120th commencement exercises on Saturday, May 18, beginning at 11 a.m., in the Amsler Campus Center Gymnasium.   This year's commencement speaker will be U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, who represents the First Congressional District of Massachusetts in Congress and who chairs the House Ways and Means Committee. Neal will receive an honorary doctor of public service degree.   In addition, Richard Alcombright, vice president of local business and the customer relations manager at MountainOne and who served as the mayor of North Adams for four terms, will receive an honorary doctor of public service

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