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Wahconah Graduation Dedicated To School's First Principal
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
07:39PM / Sunday, June 04, 2017
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Principal Aaron Robb dedicated Sunday's graduation exercises to Wahconah's first principal, Jack Franklin, who died a week ago at 98. See more photos here. DALTON, Mass. — Wahconah Regional High School graduated 134 seniors during exercises dedicated to the school's first principal: Jacob "Jack" Franklin.   Principal Aaron Robb asked the packed gymnasium on Sunday afternoon to take a moment to think of Franklin, who passed away May 28 at the age of 98.    "He was revered and, by all accounts, had lived a long and happy life. It just so happened that he left us as we were preparing to say goodbye to our own graduates, something that he

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BArT Charter School Sends Class of 2017 Off to College
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:19PM / Saturday, June 03, 2017
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ADAMS, Mass. — The 16 college-bound Berkshire Arts and Technology Public Charter School graduates were charged Saturday with taking control of their own narrative.   After reading the state's profile of the school's 10th graduating class, teacher Sean Johnson explained that in his opinion, this class was a group of survivors.   "That is the state of Massachusetts' story that is told by a spreadsheet but that is not your story. Let me tell you another story about the class of 2017," he told the graduates and their families during graduation exercises in the school's gym. "When I think of the class, I think of one word:

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BCC Grads Showed 'Grit' To Earn Degrees, Certificates
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
08:30PM / Friday, June 02, 2017
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LENOX, Mass. — Jeremy Patterson admires the traditional college graduate, the ones who had the foresight and commitment to delve right into higher education.   Patterson is not a traditional graduate. At age 26, neither he nor his wife had even graduated high school. He was out of work and trying to care for their three children. One day in 2007, they packed everything they owned into a 1992 Oldsmobile and left their rural home in Florida, driving to a new home in the Berkshires.   "We were petrified. While staying with a friend, I found work and in a month we had gathered enough money to rent the apartment below him," Patterson said.    The

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Miss Hall's Students Named Pickett Scholars
12:39PM / Friday, May 26, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Miss Hall's School senior Diamond Best of Danvers, Mass., and junior Izabella Nunes of Glen Gardner, N.J., have been named by the Lenox School Alumni Association as recipients of this year's Mansfield Pickett Scholarships.

The awards are named in memory of Mansfield E. (Peter) Pickett, who was a longtime teacher both at the former Lenox School and at Miss Hall's School. The scholarships are awarded annually to two students who exhibit outstanding performance in academics and extracurricular activities. This is the 14th year the association has honored Miss Hall's students.

Paul Denzel and Robert J. Sansone, representatives of the Lenox School

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Pittsfield Schools to Lease Space on Eagle For Off-Campus Program
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:25AM / Thursday, May 25, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The School Department is leaving St. Luke's Square for smaller rental space on Eagle Street.   The district ran the Student Resource Center out of leased space on Whipple Street. That lease expires at the end of June and the School Committee had previously voted to completely revamp the programs housed there, bringing nearly all of them into the schools themselves.   On Wednesday, the School Committee approved a lease with Scarafoni Associates to lease much smaller space at 53 Eagle St. for the one program at the center remaining off-site. The school will lease 2,045 square feet of space at $18 per square foot — for a total cost of

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Five Reid Students Honored For Building Positive School Community
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:43PM / Wednesday, May 24, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Five Reid Middle School students were honored for their community involvement on Wednesday.   The Say It Proud Awards, presented by the Berkshire United Way's Pittsfield Prevention Partnership, are given out to youth who make positive impacts. Three of the winning Reid students sit on the school council and two others on Students Against Destructive Decisions.   The partnership gives the awards to commend teens who make positive decisions and good choices as the organization strives toward creating a more positive and healthy environment for the city's youth. The organization says by honoring young people for their efforts, it helps further

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Clothing Sale, Now a Decade Old, Set for Saturday, May 20
08:44AM / Thursday, May 18, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Fresh off being named the "Best Annual Consignment Sale" in the Berkshires, the annual Williamstown Elementary School PTO clothing sale will be held Saturday, May, 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria.

The sale has been an annual or bi-annual event for more than 10 years and is the largest fundraiser for the school's PTO, raising approximately enough to cover the money the PTO annually gives to each classroom at the school to help with academic materials.

The sale features gently used clothing and shoes sized from infant to teen styles, including pajamas, swimwear and outerwear, as well as infant bedding/gear, sporting and

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Senior Citizens Prom Set for Tuesday, May 16
11:37AM / Monday, May 15, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Drury High School Current Events classes will host the annual Senior Citizens Prom from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 16, at the Drury High School gymnasium for an evening of fun.

The 2017 theme is "Bash on the Bayou” to help celebrate the southern carnival and Mardi Gras.  

For the past 23 years, the Drury High School History/Contemporary Issues/Sociology Classes have studied generational differences, sociological impact and ways to help bridge the generational divide. Their research and curriculum culminates with the planning and implementation of a service learning project – a prom for senior citizens – that engages elderly

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Civil Rights Icon John Lewis Tells MCLA Grads to 'Get in the Way'
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:19PM / Saturday, May 13, 2017
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—  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — An icon of Civil Rights Movement, U.S. Rep. John Lewis of Alanta, Ga., urged the class of 2017 to "be brave, be bold, be courageous" and turn the world upside down.   "There are forces in America today that want to take us back to another place, another time," he told the graduates at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts on Saturday morning. "We've come too far, we've made too much progress and we must not go back, we must go forward as a nation."   The Georgia Democrat was met with rounds of applause as he spoke from the stage at MCLA's 118th commencement exercises in the Amsler Campus

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Mildred Elley Graduates 100th Class, 25th From Pittsfield Campus
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:16AM / Thursday, May 11, 2017
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William Brown sang 'I'm Moving On' to the audience at Barrington Stage. More photos from the graduation ceremony can be found here. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — When Logan Adams-Malone entered Mildred Elley, she made a pact with her daughter that the two would be the best they could be.   "I wanted to bring a genuine compassion for the sick and sympathy for those who are or have been going down the wrong road, who just need to smile if only for a second," Adams-Malone said.   "But, I gained so much more."   Her daughter was entering the 8th grade and the two made the pact to do the best they could. When Adams-Malone made the president's

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