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Member of Williams Community — Now in Another State — Tests Positive for COVID-19
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:05PM / Friday, March 20, 2020
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College on Friday notified its community that a member of the college community who was on campus as recently as Sunday has tested positive for COVID-19.   The person, who was not named, is self-isolating at home in another state, the email said.   "This is the first confirmed case within the Williams community," the email read. "We are notifying you all because this person was on campus from Saturday, March 14, through Sunday, March 15, and interacted with people, especially students, during that time.   "Out of an abundance of caution, we are notifying all of you and using this moment to remind everyone of the need to

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Mount Greylock Sends Budget With Slightly Smaller Ask to Member Towns
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:40AM / Thursday, March 19, 2020
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — In the midst of an uncertain season for local schools, the Mount Greylock Regional School District offered a bit of good news to taxpayers at its fiscal year 2021 budget hearing: a spending plan that meets the district's needs, provides for a slight increase in staffing … and delivers a smaller hit to local budgets.   Just days before the district was forced to close its schools' doors to students because of concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, school officials presented the budget at a lightly attended hearing in the meeting room of the middle-high school.   The bottom line for member towns Lanesborough and Williamstown is that voters at

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Mount Greylock Schools Working to Keep Kids Fed During Closure
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:34AM / Wednesday, March 18, 2020
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Dozens of youngsters in the Mount Greylock Regional School District were brown bagging it on Tuesday.   But instead of bringing their lunch to school, they were getting a "grab-and-go" lunch from school courtesy of the district's food service staff.   At 7 on Tuesday morning, cafeteria personnel Tammy Jennings and Laurie Meehan were joined by acting Director of Special Education Patrick Priester and Superintendent Kimberley Grady in the cafeteria at the middle-high school.   The quartet prepared bags with a turkey and cheese sandwich, mayonnaise and mustard packets, an apple or orange, celery sticks, a granola bar a fruit snack

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Berkshire County Schools Closing for Two Weeks
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02:52PM / Friday, March 13, 2020
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Schools across Berkshire County will be closed for the next two weeks in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.    The decision follows teleconference meetings held on Friday with the state Departments of Elementary and Secondary Education and of Public Health, as well as between the Berkshire County Superintendents Roundtable.    DESE left much of the decisionmaking up to local authorities but there was a recommendation that communities seeing an increase in community transmission of the novel coronavirus should consider closing for 14 days. Community transmission means that there are patients who are diagnosed or presumptive for the coronavirus

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Mount Greylock Building Project Achieves LEED Certification
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:02AM / Friday, March 13, 2020
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School this week learned that the $64 million adddition/renovation project at the middle-high school achieved LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.   The council's approval of the project's sustainable elements ensures the district 2 percentage points on its reimbursement from the Massachusetts School Building Authority.   That should translate to about $1 million of the total share the state authority will contribute to the project when all is said and done, said Hugh Daley, a Williamstown Select Board member and part of the finance working group of the district's School Building

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Mount Greylock Announces Second Quarter Honor Roll
07:42PM / Thursday, March 12, 2020
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock Regional School has announced its honor rolls for the second quarter of the 2019-20 school years.

Students are placed on the honor roll when their quarterly letter grades average a B or better, and when the student receives no grade lower than a B minue in all graded classes.

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Gabriella Alvarez, Madeline Art, Miriam Bakija, Brody Baumgartner, Taylor Cornell, Khushi Devre, Julia Donati, Lily Edge, Sarah Egan, Brandon Fahlenkamp, Alexander Falk, Toby Foehl, Lucas Forman, Tarryn Gaherty, Brandi Gill, Logan Gould, Noah Greenfield, James Hetherington, Molly Howard, Julia Jammalo, Mitchell Jezouit, Saville Keyes, Aaron McKeon, Amelia Murphy, Eva

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Local Colleges Make Changes to Address Coronavirus Concerns
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11:18AM / Wednesday, March 11, 2020
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Citing similar actions by 70 colleges and universities around the country, Williams College President Maud Mandel on Wednesday announced that the school is effectively closing the campus to students and going to remote instruction after Friday, March 13.    Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is canceling classes for a week following next week's spring break but anticipates resuming a regular schedule on March 30.   In a communitywide email, Mandel announced that the liberal arts college will dismiss students for spring break after Friday's classes, one week earlier than planned, and that the remote learning will begin on Monday,

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Pipe Failure Causes 'Significant Flooding' in Mount Greylock School
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09:13PM / Saturday, March 07, 2020
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A portion of the newly renovated Mount Greylock Regional School sustained significant water damage after a joint on a water main pipe failed on Friday, Superintendent Kimberley Grady said in an email to the school community on Saturday evening.


 

A "T-joint" failed in the wall between the Guidance Suite and first-floor bathrooms located near the gymnasium, causing the water to flow upward and shower through the ceiling tiles into the Guidance Suite and bathrooms.

According to the email, the water was quickly turned off, but "significant flooding" did occur in the Guidance Suite, bathroom and hallway leading to the gym. In the

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Williams Physics Professor Named a 2020 Cottrell Scholar
04:23PM / Friday, March 06, 2020
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Catherine Kealhofer, assistant professor of physics at Williams College, has been selected by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement as one of 25 new Cottrell Scholars for 2020.

This three-year, $100,000 award will enable Kealhofer to further her lab's research on phonon dynamics in two-dimensional materials and to integrate primary literature into the first-year physics curriculum.

The Research Corporation for Science Advancement is America's first foundation dedicated wholly to science. Cottrell Scholar Award recipients are early-career scholars in chemistry, physics, and astronomy. Chosen through a rigorous peer-review process, the diverse

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McCann Announces Second Quarter Honor Roll
03:05PM / Friday, March 06, 2020
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School has announced its honor roll for the second quarter of the 2019-20 school year.

High honors

Blevins, Macie; Canales, Dana; Carpenter, Emma; Carpenter, John; Charron, Jessica; Daigneault, Mya; DeBlois, Morgan; Delmolino, Braedon; Gazaille, Bree; Goodell, Madison; Hardee, Dylynn; Harrington, Vanessa; Hartley, Jadon; Kupiec, Kiera; LeSage, Vanessa; Levesque, Andrew; Loughman, Alicia; Mahar, Nathan; McLain, Emily; Mitchell, Madison; Rose, Christopher; Shepard, Nicholas; Tovani, Darius; Traversa, Vanessa; Williams, Hailey; Williams, Hanna; Yeaton, Aleasia.

Bailey, Matthew; Burdick, Allie; Champney, Molly; Cirullo, Connor; Dean, Kaeli;

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