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Hoosac, Mount Greyock, Wahconah Student-Athletes Sign College Letters of Intent
By Stephen Dravis & Shannon Boyer, iBerkshires Staff
10:23PM / Wednesday, February 04, 2015
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Wahconah's Kevin Boino signs his National Letter of Intent to play soccer for the University of Massachusetts. DALTON, Mass. — No dramatic reveals, no packed gymnasiums, no live cut-ins from ESPN.   But for three Berkshire County high school seniors, Wednesday was a pretty big day.   Hoosac Valley's Megan Richardson, Mount Greylock's Jake Benzinger and Wahconah's Kevin Boino each signed a National Letter of Intent on Wednesday to attend the NCAA Division I school of their choice and play a varsity sport.   For Richardson and Boino, it's soccer at Southern Connecticut State and the University of Massachusetts, respectively. For Benzinger, it is

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State Senate Panels Hears Struggles and Successes of Western Mass
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:36PM / Wednesday, February 04, 2015
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State Senate President Stan Rosenberg, D-Amherst, is leading a 'Commonwealth Conversation Tour' across the state as he begin his leadership term. The town hall forums kicked off in Great Barrington. GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Patricia Begrowicz received a $2.4 million electric bill in 2014 for her business, Onyx Specialty Papers Inc.    "The cost of electricity puts us at a competitive disadvantage," she told eight state senators Wednesday morning at the Berkshire South Community Center.   Onyx exports half its paper products produced in Lee overseas and its competing with companies around the world — with lower electric rates. Contributing

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Williamstown Community Preschool Installs New Signage
by Billsville 02:46PM / Tuesday, February 26, 2013


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Williams College Expands Development Grants for Local School Districts
03:23PM / Wednesday, February 04, 2015
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College will increase from three to seven the number of local school districts that benefit from its Bicentennial Olmsted Awards.

Each year the program awards $5,000 per district to support teacher and administrator projects aimed at professional or curricular development. Since the program’s launch in the college’s bicentennial year of 1993, the Olmsted Awards have been given to McCann Technical, Mount Greylock Regional and Williamstown Elementary.

With the expansion of the program, Adams-Cheshire Regional, Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter, Lanesborough Elementary, and North Adams Public Schools will be added.

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BART Announces February Information Sessions, 'Shadow Days'
12:28PM / Wednesday, February 04, 2015
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ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School will host information sessions and “shadow days” for students interested in enrolling at BART.

Grades six, seven and eight can be shadowed from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24. Grade six can be shadowed from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday,, Feb. 24. And grade nine can be shadowed from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25.
    
Shadow days provide students with an opportunity to experience classes alongside current BART students. Advance registration is required and can be completed by calling Monique Nottke at 413-743-7311 x132 or e-mailing monique.nottke@bartcharter.org.

Families interested in learning

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Mount Greylock Committee Talks Potential Budget Cuts
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:08AM / Wednesday, February 04, 2015
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Mount Greylock interim Superintendent Gordon Noseworthy addresses the School Committee on the state of the upcoming budget. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee on Tuesday got a first look at the potential impacts on school programming if it is forced to trim its assessments to the towns of Williamstown and Lanesborough.   Everything from larger class sizes to fewer course choices to the elimination of some co-curricular activities is on the table as the district develops the budget it hopes will be approved by voters in both towns this spring.   Last month, Chairwoman Carolyn Greene told her colleagues that town officials in Lanesborough

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Williamstown Fire Committee Discusses Rising Maintenance Costs
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:18PM / Tuesday, February 03, 2015
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Williamstown Prudential Committee members Ed Briggs, left, and Ed McGowan participate in last week's meeting.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Fire District is in good financial shape but officials want a better handle on escalating maintenance costs.

The elected Prudential Committee, which oversees the Fire District, heard last week a report from its auditor and discussed the toll that maintenance costs are taking on the district's budget.

Auditor Billie Jo Sawyer of North Adams' Sawyer LLC told the committee, "Overall, you're in a really good financial position."

For fiscal 2014, which ended June 30 last year, the district had revenue totaling $537,452 and

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School Officials Trying To Close Gap In Lanesborough Budget
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:59AM / Tuesday, February 03, 2015
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The school budget for fiscal 2015 is running $33,000 short. LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — School officials are still trying to close a budget gap caused by miscalculating staffing costs.   The school's budget is currently negative $33,594 as Business Manager Lynn Bassett continues to find ways to break even.   "We are reducing that quarter by quarter," Bassett told the School Committee last week.   Bassett said the deficit was caused by changes in staffing that weren't calculated into the budget. A .6 full-time equivalent was moved to 1 and a .4 was moved to .6.   "We are closely monitoring the FY15 budget and as employees are making changes

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Pittsfield Suns' Hot Stove Features Red Sox GM Cherington
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:41AM / Saturday, January 31, 2015
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Red Sox General Manager Ben Cherington has been active this off-season and next week, city residents can hear all about it.   Cherington is the headlining the Pittsfield Suns' second annual Hot Stove on Friday when he'll field questions about an array of topics at the Colonial Theatre.   "It's more of a very relaxed question and answer," said Suns General Manager Kevin McGuire.    The events starts with a VIP cocktail hour during which Cherington will be signing baseballs for attendees and hors d’oeuvres will be served by Mazzeo's Ristorante. Afterward, the audience will move to the theater where the conversation

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Senator Downing Hosts Town Hall Forum on Wednesday
02:49PM / Friday, January 30, 2015
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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Representatives from the State Senate will kickoff a series of community conversations across the state beginning on Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 10 a.m. at Berkshire South Regional Community Center.

State Sen. Benjamin B. Downing, D-Pittsfield, and his Western Massachusetts colleagues Sens. Donald Humason, James Welch and Eric Lesser have arranged for a full day of events on Wednesday, starting with the Celebrate the Berkshires Town Hall Forum before they travel east into the other western counties.

Senate President Stan Rosenberg, D-Amherst, and Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr, R-Gloucester, tasked Senate members with assembling regional days to highlight and

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Williamstown's Spruces Reuse Committee Seeking Input, Funds
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:35AM / Friday, January 30, 2015
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Spruces Land Use Committee members Selectman Andrew Hogeland, left, and Chairman Dr. Thomas Hyde at Wednesday's meeting. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Spruces Land Use Committee on Wednesday began making plans to ask the town for money to fund a conceptual study of what can be developed on the site of the soon-to-be-closed mobile home park.   The ad hoc committee is charged with coming up for a plan to reuse the 115-acre parcel, which will come into the town's possession in early 2016, after the mobile home park closes for good under the terms of a federal Hazard Mitigation Grant.   Nearly a third of that site — 41 acres — is currently developed and in

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