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MCLA to Present Student Leadership Conference
02:13PM / Wednesday, February 01, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will present the 22nd annual Leadership Conference, "100 Yards of Leadership," on Sunday, Feb. 5, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Amsler Campus Center Gym, when MCLA will welcome AJ Adams, an award-winning speaker, author and entrepreneur, as the keynote speaker.

Registration for this event, open to college and high school students, will remain open through Thursday, Feb. 2. This event is free to all members of the MCLA community, and $40 for those from other campuses. The cost includes breakfast, lunch and a snack.

"This conference is a place where students – whether they are emerging leaders or

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'Chefs In Schools' Brings Healthy Eating to Pittsfield Children
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:15PM / Thursday, January 26, 2017
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The students get a taste test from chef Guy Koppe to help determine if the meal should be on the lunch menu in the future. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Eat well, sleep well, and exercise are the keys to a healthy life. Thanks to Blue Cross Blue Shield, the first of which is being instilled in young children throughout the city schools through Project Bread's "Chefs in Schools" program.   One of the Boston-based Project Bread's initiatives, it brings chefs into schools to help train cafeteria staff, test out new recipes, and teach children about healthy eating — even getting the picky eaters to try new things.   The overall goal is to teach the importance

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Pittsfield Schools Preparing For Layoffs In Next Budget Cycle
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:49AM / Thursday, January 26, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — School officials are preparing for layoffs as the budget process begins.   Superintendent Jason McCandless said the budget development has just begun and with the city's tax levy situation, there may be very little room to maneuver. That could mean coming in with a level-funded budget, which would likely mean reductions in personnel to offset contractual and other obligations.    He said he's asked all of the school principals to find 3 to 5 percent to cut out of their school budgets should that be needed.   "It is a very real scenario where we have level-funded, which means we actually need to come up with $2.5 million cuts. This

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Berkshire Country Day School Students Win Classics Day Awards
12:13PM / Monday, January 23, 2017
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STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Berkshire Country Day School's Upper School Latin students (grades seven to nine) joined the Pioneer Valley Classical Association annual Classics Day at Mount Holyoke College on Jan. 20.

BCD's Latin students enjoyed participating in workshops and contests with their peers from Academy Hill, Amherst Middle School, Belchertown, Herberg, Lenox Memorial High, MacDuffie, Pittsfield, Taconic and Williston. The BCD students were accompanied by teachers Eugénie and James Fawcett, Associate Head of School Leigh Doherty, and Head of School Paul Lindenmaier.

BCD students received the following awards:

 

Art contest

First Place: ninth grader Lanna Knoll

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Final Steel Beam Placed On New Taconic High School Structure
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
12:35PM / Friday, January 20, 2017
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City Councilor Kathleen Amuso, a former School Committee member, has been working on this project for more than a decade. Her signature joined hundreds including students, construction workers, and staff. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The $120.8 million Taconic High School construction project hit another milestone Friday when workers placed the final steel beam on the structure.   In a topping-off ceremony, a construction tradition signifying the completion of the structure of a building, school and construction officials celebrated the milestone with a speaking program, signing of the beams, and of course, watching the workers place it.   "While they hoist the beam that

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'Travel Photography for Everyone' Begins Jan. 25
11:37AM / Friday, January 20, 2017
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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — One of the joys of traveling is creating enduring photographic images of the sights that fill you with wonder, delight, and surprise.

Learn how to capture even better images next time you travel with award-winning photographer Thaddeus Kubis in OLLI: The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College's winter course, "Travel Photography for Everyone." No experience is necessary.

The class begins Wednesday, Jan. 25, and runs for four weekly sessions from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at Berkshire Community College's South county Center, located at 343 Main St. in downtown Great Barrington.

Whichever media you use — film, digital,

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Fifth Grade Arbor Day Poster Contest Theme: 'Trees are Terrific'
12:56PM / Wednesday, January 18, 2017
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BOSTON — The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation has announced the theme of 2017's fifth grade Arbor Day Poster Contest: "Trees are Terrific … from Berkshires to Bay!"

Fifth grade classes from both public and private schools across the commonwealth are encouraged to participate in the annual Arbor Day Poster Contest by having the students create posters highlighting this year's theme, and then hosting a school poster contest. The winning poster from each school can then be submitted to the agency for review.

"I am delighted that students from across the Commonwealth continue to participate in the Department of Conservation and

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Williams Brings 'BioEyes' Back To Lanesborough Elementary
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:50AM / Wednesday, January 18, 2017
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The students are learning genetics through the process of watching zebrafish development. LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — It starts with a question: what do baby zebrafish look like?   Then observation, noting what adult zebrafish look like and how they act. Then a hypothesis, an educated guess on what the babies will look like. And finally, an experiment, breed the fish and see.   That's the scientific process third-graders are going through at Lanesborough Elementary School. The lesson is part of the BioEyes program ran by Williams College.   The college sends students into the classroom with the fish over a period of a week to run the

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Neal: Democratic Party Needs a 'Reset'
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
09:26PM / Tuesday, January 17, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Democratic Party can't "sugarcoat" its disastrous situation, says U.S. Rep. Richard Neal.

And the pain lies deeper than the loss of the presidency and failure to make inroads in the Republican-controlled Congress.

"Time for a reset," he said, pointing out that "the people we're losing used to be for us."

Nearly a third of House Democrats come from three states: Massachusetts, New York and California.

"In the last eight years, all election cycles for Congress, we have lost 62 House seats, 15 Senate seats," Neal said at a session at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts on Tuesday. "Two-thirds of the

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Neal Visits Hoosac Valley, Says Will Attend Inauguration
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
05:34PM / Tuesday, January 17, 2017
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CHESHIRE, Mass. — U.S. Rep. Richard Neal says he will attend Friday's presidential inauguration of Republican Donald Trump.

The Springfield Democrat and staunch Hillary Clinton supporter told students at Hoosac Valley High School on Tuesday morning that while disappointed with the results of the election, he felt it important to be at the transition of power.

"What the inauguration represents is the peaceful transition of power and as much as I was for Secretary Clinton, as much as I campaigned for her in New Hampshire and in Pennsylvania … and as much as I was disappointed in the outcome I am going to be there," Neal said. "I will be there with a lot

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