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Higher Ed Commissioner Santiago to Speak at BCC Commencement
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02:47PM / Tuesday, April 04, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Commissioner of Higher Education Carlos Santiago will be the keynote speaker at Berkshire Community College's 57th commencement.   Santiago was appointed to his position by Gov. Charlie Baker in July 2015. Working with the Board of Higher Education, he is responsible for providing overall direction to public higher education in Massachusetts and helping shape state-level policies that maximize the benefits of higher education to the commonwealth and its citizens. Santiago joined the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education in April 2013 as the senior deputy commissioner for academic affairs.   "On behalf of the students, faculty, staff and

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Taconic Students Fix Historic Eagle Flag-Topper From Veterans Park
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:23PM / Monday, April 03, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The copper eagle that was perched on the top of the flag pole in Veterans Memorial Park on South Street lost a wing. But, thanks to Taconic High School students, it is ready to soar again.   It was at a Veterans Day ceremony two years ago when City Councilor Melissa Mazzeo looked up and saw something was off. Veterans Service Officer James Clark took out some binoculars and sure enough, the copper eagle only had one wing.    "I imagine what happened at that time was the way the flag whips, it got caught on one of the wings and overtime tore it off. It was completely missing. It wasn't even around," Clark said.    In the fall,

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Williamstown Teacher Honored by State Down Syndrome Congress
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:39PM / Friday, March 31, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A Williamstown Elementary School teacher has been named the Educator of the Year by the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress.

Fifth-grade teacher Frani Miceli was nominated for the award by Steve and Donna Narey, whose son Cole has Down syndrome and has been with Miceli for both fourth and fifth grades. Miceli joined other award recipients as well as Principal Joelle Brookner and paraprofessional Kelly Galusha at a ceremony in Worcester on March 25.

"One of the reasons the kids in Cole's class are so wonderful to him and want to include him is because Frani does," Donna Narey said. "She sets the tone for inclusion, not only for her class

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Berkshire Money Management Pays For BCC Nursing Exams, Licensing
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:16PM / Monday, March 27, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The times when Bill Schmick of Berkshire Money Management was in the hospital, it was BCC graduates who helped him.   For that he is grateful. So grateful that he's helping Berkshire Community College nursing students with their licensing and exam fees. Berkshire Money Management on Monday donated $7,740 to the 18 students currently enrolled in the college's nursing program. The money will pay for the exam and licensing costs for when the students graduate and enter the field.   "We're just happy to give back after all you've given me," said Schmick, who also write money columns that appear on iBerkshires.   One of those

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North Adams Team Wins 18th Annual Robotics Challenge
11:39AM / Monday, March 27, 2017
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LENOX, Mass. — North Adams 4-H Students Winning at Technology (SWAT) defeated Herberg High Brain Power (HBP) from Herberg Middle School in Pittsfield, 79-65, in the finals to win the championship of "Animal Allies," the 18th annual Berkshire Robotics Challenge, conducted Saturday, March 25, at Lenox Memorial Middle and High School.

The competition involved 26 Berkshire County teams comprising more than 180 students ages 8 to 14 using programmable robots built from LEGO kits to complete a variety of missions involving hypothetical scenarios that focused on improving interactions between people and animals. The event was sponsored by Berkshire Community College and the

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Lanesborough Elementary Weighs New Tuition Policy
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:30AM / Saturday, March 25, 2017
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LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The Lanesborough Elementary School Committee on Friday formally began the process of raising the tuition it charges New Ashford.   In response to longtime criticism from town officials about the difference between the negotiated salary tuition rate and the actual per-pupil cost of a Lanesborough education, the district has developed a policy that will peg that tuition to that average cost.   "Any tuition agreement entered into by the Committee to accept non-resident students will be set at the rate of the most recent [Department of Elementary and Secondary Education] published per-pupil rate for Lanesborough Public Schools," the policy

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Miss Hall's School Teacher Honored
12:19PM / Friday, March 24, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Miss Hall's School announces that Christopher Himes, the school's director of engineering and technology innovation/STEAM coordinator has been recognized as an honorable mention recipient of the 2017 NCWIT Educator Award for Aspirations in Computing.

Presented by the National Center for Women & Information Technology, the Educator Award is conferred upon educators who have demonstrated a commitment to encouraging young women's aspirations in computing. The NCWIT, located at the University of Colorado Boulder, seeks to increase the meaningful participation of women in the influential field of computing, particularly in terms of innovation and

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Lanesborough, Pittsfield Police Participate In 'High Five' Friday
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
10:24AM / Friday, March 24, 2017
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LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Happy High-Five Friday.   Police throughout Massachusetts on Friday stood outside of their local elementary schools waiting for children to arrive. Once the children piled off the bus, the officers were there greeting them with high-fives to start their day.    "It gives the community something. It lets them know we are interested in their kids and they can be comfortable with us," Chief Timothy Sorrell said, who was joined with four other officers are Lanesborough Elementary School on Friday morning.    "We try to be up here every morning when we can for the kids when they get off the school bus. It is just to let the kids

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Taconic High Student Arrested After Handgun Found in Backpack
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05:26PM / Monday, March 20, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A Taconic High School student is facing a raft of charges after allegedly shooting a man in the hand on Monday.

The student left school grounds without permission at noontime and later was arrested by police at the high school after being found with a handgun in his possession.

School officials released a statement to parents saying the unidentified juvenile was involved in a gun-related incident off-campus and that a search found a handgun in his backpack.

According to police, dispatch received a call reporting a disturbance at a residence on Danforth Avenue and a second call reported reported gunfire. Responding units encountered an adult man with a gunshot

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Mount Greylock's Operating Budget Flat, Building Project Drives Hike
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:29AM / Monday, March 20, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock Regional School officials Wednesday trumpeted a fiscal 2018 budget proposal that shows no increase in member towns' appropriations related to the school's operating costs.   Williamstown and Lanesborough will be delivered higher assessments, but the increase is due entirely to the bond payment on the addition/renovation project approved in debt exclusion votes in both towns in early 2016.   On Wednesday night, the Mount Greylock School Committee held its public hearing on the FY18 budget.   The bad news is that the district is assessing Lanesborough at $3.2 million and Williamstown at $6.4 million.   The former

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