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Mount Greylock Grads Reminded to Stay True to Themselves
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
10:01PM / Saturday, June 04, 2016

Benjamin G. Hynes told his classmates to be true to themselves. See more photos here. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Before Mount Greylock Regional School bid adieu to the the class of 2016, those grads had a chance to say goodbye to one of the school's most popular teachers.   Retiring physical education teacher and coach Raymond Miro was recognized by the graduating seniors as the school's Teacher of the Year during Saturday's commencement exercises.   Miro offered two last lessons.   "The first is, 'Treat all people well,' " he said. "I give my parents a lot of credit. It doesn't matter what side of the tracks you live on or how

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BArT 'Harvests' Hundredth Graduate
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:12PM / Saturday, June 04, 2016
ADAMS, Mass. — The "A" in BArT stands for "Arts."   But for a few moments at Saturday morning's commencement exercises, it sounded like the charter public school was an aggie school.   Assistant Principal and science teacher Miles Wheat picked just the right metaphor for the day.   "Gardening," Wheat said to the crowd gathered in the gymnasium at Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School. "There is something magical to me about watching a garden grow. I never get over the wonder of the harvest. It amazes me and humbles me every time."   Even though, as a biology teacher, he can explain to his students how plants

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Feeding the hungry
by buddy 04:12PM / Friday, February 21, 2014

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


WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Community Preschool began sprucing up its new home by hiring local sign maker Lindsay Neathawk,

Williamstown Youth Center Thanks Bedard Bros.
by Billsville 02:13PM / Friday, June 22, 2012
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BCC Grads Told Future May Be Murky But to Keep Moving
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
09:56PM / Friday, June 03, 2016

Sen. Benjamin Downing gives the commencement address at Tanglewood. More photos can be found here. LENOX, Mass. — Laura Forero thought she wanted to go into computer programming.   But one semester in at Berkshire Community College, she realized it wasn't for her. She finished up her classes and tried to figure out what to do instead.    "I realized that I did not see programming in my future. I realized this was not after all something I wanted to do. However, I did not see my decision as a failure. Instead I learned that I did not want to do something so it was kind of a success," Forero said.    The next semester she changed majors to

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Williams College Junior Awarded Beinecke Scholarship
03:56PM / Friday, June 03, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Chelsea Thomeer, a junior at Williams College, has been awarded a Beinecke Scholarship in support of her graduate education.

The scholarship grants $4,000 immediately prior to entering graduate school and an additional $30,000 during graduate school. She is one of 20 students in the United States to receive the award this year.

Thomeer, an English and political science major from Williamsville, N.Y., plans to pursue a Ph.D. in English literature. Next year, she will write a senior thesis exploring the ways that ideas of power and revolution are presented in early 20th century literature.

“I’m very grateful to have been selected,” Thomeer

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Williams College History Professor Awarded Mellon Fellowship
01:39PM / Friday, June 03, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded Williams College history professor Jessica Chapman a three-year, $240,000 New Directions Fellowship to pursue substantive and methodological training in the field of anthropology.

Once that training is completed, Chapman will embark on anthropological research related to the economic and cultural significance of Kenya’s running industry.

Mellon New Directions Fellowships assist faculty members in the humanities who seek supplemental education outside their formal areas of study. The program enables selected scholars to work on interdisciplinary projects or on problems beyond their expertise at a level of

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Greylock Awards $6,500 in Scholarships to College-Bound Seniors
11:17AM / Friday, June 03, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Greylock Federal Credit Union has named 13 area college-bound high school students who each received $500 from the credit union’s “Treat Everyone Better Than They Expect” scholarship program.

The scholarships are presented to one community-minded senior class member from each Berkshire County high school.

“Greylock recognizes the importance of supporting the academic advancement and community involvement of Berkshire County students," Greylock President John L. Bissell said. "This year’s scholarship recipients exhibited admirable dedication to our community through volunteer service to their Berkshire County neighbors.

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Blog Publicizes Private Personnel Letter of Williamstown Elementary Teacher
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
10:15PM / Thursday, June 02, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A blogger and frequent critic of the elementary school's administration may have violated the privacy of a teacher at the school by writing about her job status.   In a Wednesday blog post, Sam Crane wrote that Side-By-Side teacher Fern Murtagh had received a "letter [which] was, in effect, a notification of 'reduction in force.' "   Crane alleges the letter was in violation of the the Williamstown Elementary School's contract with its teachers union and argues it amounts to "harassment" and "retaliation" against Murtagh for her comments at May's annual town meeting in support of restoring a full-day

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'Love & Friendship': A Comedy of Manners & Manors
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
01:50PM / Thursday, June 02, 2016

I think it was because I was a sleepy little kid in grammar school who didn't appreciate the advantage of a good education that I didn't fully enjoy writer-director Whit Stillman's "Love & Friendship." I also blame that era, wherein I spent most of my classroom time drawing sketches of cars and baseball stadiums, for not really learning the times table past 8. Only the pocket calculator has saved me from financial ruin.

Yep, I hold that those years of foggy reverie, while doubtless a proving ground for creativity and idealistic wandering, denied me a certain cerebral software necessary to the conventional learning process. Hence, even though Stillman's

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Mount Greylock Regional Names Graduation Speakers
11:25PM / Wednesday, June 01, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Hannah P. Fein and Benjamin G. Hynes have been selected as the speakers at the Mount Greylock Regional School graduation exercises on Saturday, June 4, at 5 p.m.

Rather than a valedictorian or salutatorian, the speakers are chosen by the faculty and the graduating class.

Fein, chosen to speak by the faculty, is a National Merit Commended student and has earned top scholar in Grades 9-12. She is a recipient of the Smith College Book award.

While at Mount Greylock, she participated in the Spanish Club, GSA, the Youth Environmental Squad, Pep Club and was a member of the Peer Team for two years.

She took over as editor-in-chief of the school newspaper, The

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Williamstown Couple Arraigned in Hit-and-Run Incident
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04:15PM / Wednesday, June 01, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — An elderly Williamstown couple were arraigned Thursday afternoon in Berkshire Superior Court on charges of covering up a motor vehicle accident that severely injured their neighbor.

John T. Gould and Sally J. Gould of White Oaks Roads enter not-guilty pleas on a host of charges related to the Feb. 9 hit-and-run incident in which pedestrian Cheryl J. Leclaire, 54, was found injured on North Hoosac Road.

Leclaire was taken to Berkshire Medical Center with serious injuries after a passing motorist found her lying by the side of the road.

Sally Gould, 71, was allegedly driving the car that hit Leclaire and her husband allegedly aided her in covering up the

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Berkshire Tidbits: From the Top of Mount Greylock
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
03:32PM / Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Bascom Lodge, 413-743-1591, at the top of Mount Greylock in Adams will have its first musical evening of this year's season on Wednesday, June 1, at 6 in the Lodge lobby. This, as most events at the Lodge at the top of Mount Greylock, is free and open to the public. No reservations are necessary.

Quintessential, a local Berkshires all-male a cappella/without instrumental accompaniment quintet — tenors Al Thorp, Jay Wise and Jim McMenamy and bass/baritones Steve Dahlin and David Anderegg — will be new to the Lodge.

However, "the men are all veteran performers who have appeared with other local musical groups, including the Berkshire Bach Society, the Berkshire Concert

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Williamstown Fire District OKs Budget
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:23PM / Wednesday, June 01, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Fire District on Tuesday night approved a $582,000 tax bill that represents a 4.24 percent decrease from the fiscal year 2016 appropriation.   The three-person Prudential Committee that oversees the district faced a number of questions but no dissenting votes from the dozen or so residents who attended the annual Fire District meeting at the Water Street station.   Most of the questions centered on Article 5 of the eight-article warrant, the item that deals with the operations budget for the district.   The omnibus budget is up by about 3 percent for FY17, from $474,710 in the current fiscal year to $488,915 for the year that begins July

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