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Taconic Construction: Final Month Before 'Substantially Complete'
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:30AM / Monday, June 04, 2018
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Equipment in the shops is being installed. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In one month, a certification of occupancy will be issued and staff will be allowed into the new $120.8 million to start setting up their offices.   Before then, more than 100 tradesmen remain on site putting together the final pieces. Work is expected to continue for a few months after June as workers complete punch list items.   The next milestone is at the end of June when the building hits the "substantially complete" mark.    The newest development is the gymnasium floor. The space had been built out early and then used mostly for storage. In the last few months, workers completed

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Wahconah's 118 Graduates Urged to Follow What They Love
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
06:44PM / Sunday, June 03, 2018
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The class quote 'define yourself' was a theme in many of the speakers' addresses to the graduates. See more photos here.

DALTON, Mass. — The Wahconah Regional High School Class of 2018 was asked to follow what they love and continue to define themselves.

The class motto that was hung above the 118 graduates in the school's gym was a present theme throughout Sunday's graduation ceremony and instead of defining the legacy of the class, Principal Aaron Robb asked the class members to define themselves

"The quote is quite fitting in spite of the finality of graduation and the end of your public schooling career you remain unfinished with 90 percent of your life

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Legendary Newsman Schieffer Tells Williams Grads to Think About Public Service
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:49PM / Sunday, June 03, 2018
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Newsman Bob Schieffer urges the graduates to put their talents to good use by becoming involved in politics for altruistic reasons. See more photos here.  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College's Class of 2018 Sunday was encouraged to make the world their classroom and use the ideals that they learn in service to the world.   Commencement speaker Bob Schieffer exhorted the grads to dive into public service and reverse what he described as a troubling trend of professionalization in the political class.   After telling the story of his first brush with politicians in his Texas hometown in 1948, Schieffer explained that the Lyndon B. Johnson rally he attended as

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Star Power: BArT Graduates Class of 2018
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:33PM / Saturday, June 02, 2018
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ADAMS, Mass. — For years, the members of Berkshire Arts & Technology Public Charter School's Class of 2018 walked into school across a sidewalk emblazoned with the school's ubiquitous star-shaped logo.   Before walking out of the school one last time on Saturday morning, the graduates heard just how appropriate that logo really is.   "Many other elements are inside of us," the school's Executive Director James White told the graduates at the start of Saturday's commencement. "They're in the food that we eat. They're in the drinks that we have. They're in the air that we breathe.   "As the years advanced,

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BCC Graduates Told To 'Do More Of What Works'
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
09:00PM / Friday, June 01, 2018
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Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash provided the commencement address. See more photos here. LENOX, Mass. — Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash turned his back on the crowd on the stage at Tanglewood Friday night, pulled out his phone, and snapped a selfie.   Behind him sat 271 soon to be college graduates with hands in the air, looking up at the camera, cheering and laughing at the selfie. It worked. It lightened up the crowd. It was a fan favorite.   But Ash already knew it would be. He's done the same things in a number of settings across the Commonwealth. And he freely admitted that wasn't the first time because it is a

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Traffic Commission Endorses Plan to Ease Traffic at Herberg School
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:29AM / Tuesday, May 29, 2018
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The plan calls for no parking on the non-school side of the streets. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Traffic Commission is recommending a new plan to ease congestion at Herberg Middle School.   The commission endorsed a plan on Thursday that calls for no parking on the non-school sides of Pomeroy Avenue and Marshall Street. It will also extend no parking on the school side of Pomeroy from Beverly to the school, where the road bends.   The particular focus is to avoid safety hazards of children crossing the streets during the busy times when school starts and ends.    "The most worrisome times of the year for me is in the deep winter months when it is still

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Pittsfield School Committee to Reconsider Indigenous Peoples Day
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:58PM / Saturday, May 26, 2018
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Rudy Sacco was one of many who opposed the name change. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The School Committee will reconsider its decision to rename Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day after the Italian-American community voiced outrage at the decision.   The School Committee in January voted to make the change on the school calendar. But, that brought out the ire of the Italian-American community who showed up in numbers at both this week's City Council meeting and School Committee meeting.    Local Italian groups agree that Columbus was a controversial figure but they also said he was accomplished and made a huge impact on the world. They feel eliminating the

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College Notes: May 2018
05:01PM / Wednesday, May 23, 2018
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Graduations Lauren Levardi from Pittsfield was awarded a bachelor of science in exercise and sports science from in Conway, S.C., during commencement exercises on May 4-5. She was one of 1,183 students who walked during commencement, which had head football coach Joe Moglia as the speaker.   awarded 617 degrees during its 101st commencement exercises on Sunday, May 13, held at the DCU Center in downtown Worcester, including to Taylor Kline of Adams and Sarah Morley of Pittsfield. The speaker was the Most Rev. Robert E. Barron, S.T.D., auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.   in Milton awarded degrees on Sunday, May 20, to the following

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Mildred Elley Graduates Ready To Achieve
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:55AM / Saturday, May 19, 2018
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Jennifer Linscott has presented the presidential achievement award. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — More than 100 students became Mildred Elley alumni after crossing the Barrington Stage during Thursday's graduation ceremony.   First to address the graduates was Pittsfield Campus President Annette Jeffes, who asked the graduates to reflect on their time at Mildred Elley.   "Graduation is one of the greatest times in our lives, and it gives you the opportunity to stop and celebrate the culmination of all of your efforts and to truly absorb your new status and start with a new chapter in your life," Jeffes said.   Students graduated with certificates in massage

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MCLA Announces Recipients of Berkshire County Educator Recognition Awards
08:38PM / Thursday, May 17, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has announced the recipients of the eighth annual Berkshire County Educator Recognition Award. This award, presented by MCLA in collaboration with Berkshire County K-12 superintendents and Berkshire Community College, was created to honor the region’s exceptional teachers.

The recipients, all of whom recently were recognized at an MCLA ceremony, are Deborah Hartwig (Early Childhood – Community Setting), a Head Start teacher at Berkshire Head Start in Adams; April Mazzeo (Pre-K-Grade 2), a first-grade teacher at Hoosac Valley Elementary School in the Adams-Cheshire School District; Kimberly Comier (Grades 3-6), a

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