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MCLA Professor Begins 'The 50 Card Project'
12:12PM / Friday, February 24, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Every week since Inauguration Day and continuing through the end of 2017, Melanie Mowinski, an associate professor of visual arts at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will print a new letterpress card in a limited edition of 100, using vintage letterpress type, cuts and other printing matrixes.

After making a card of FDR's Four Freedoms on Inauguration day, Mowinski decided to make a card every week for the entire 2017 year. She calls this mission "The 50 Card Project." In total, she will create 50 different cards or 5,000 individual cards. As they are completed each week, she will send 15 to 20 to key players in Washington, D.C.

"The

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Berkshires Beat: Bad Weather Doesn't Stop Lenox Robotics Team
09:37AM / Monday, February 20, 2017
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When Lenox High School's robotics team, Team Enginuity, canceled its field trip to the First Technology Challenge qualifier in Dedham, Mass., on Feb. 11 because of bad weather, two students persevered.

Ella King, senior and founder of Team Enginuity, received a group text between runs at a FIS Giant Slalom Race at Sugarbush Mountain in Vermont that her team was not going to the robotics meet. She knew this qualifier was the last one before the state championship and it would be critical for the team to attend. She called her dad, who was still in Lenox, and asked him to pick up the robot from school. The family's plan was to meet on the eastern side of the state intersecting her

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Colegrove Park Classes Write Valentines for First-Responders
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:58PM / Tuesday, February 14, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Colegrove Park Elementary School children spent part of last week creating some big, colorful Valentine's Day cards.

Not for their families or classmates but to show their appreciation for the city's first-responders.

On Tuesday morning, three student representatives — Tyler Haskins, Nick Sacco and Stephen Cornell — and retired teacher Anna Saldo Burke delivered boxes of valentines to the police, firefighters and ambulance service.

"It's to thank the North Adams Police, and the firefighters and EMTs for their service to the city," said Nick, as the group waited for Sgt. James Burdick to accept the box of cards for a

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Drury Students to Present Comedy to Grade-Schoolers
04:04PM / Monday, February 13, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — On Feb. 15, the K-5 students in the North Adams School district will be entertained by Drury High School's comedy troupe for an interactive assembly program titled "Stand-up for Comedy."

Thanks to the initial support of Superintendent Dr. Barbara Malkas and Principal Tim Callahan, this comedy initiative will host its inaugural journey within the North Adams School community.

This C.A.S.T. (comedic arts service troupe) is an outgrowth of Drury Stage Company, the theater program that its director, Kate Caton, has spearheaded since 2013. This groundbreaking ensemble is designed for a two- fold purpose: first, a reach out to our elementary school

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BCC Announces Fall Semester Dean's List
02:55PM / Monday, February 13, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College has announced the Dean's List for the fall 2016 semester.

Dean's List status is awarded to full-time students who have declared a major; completed a minimum of 12 non-repeated, traditionally graded credit hours during the fall semester; and achieved a 3.250 to 3.749 grade point average for Honors, or a 3.750 to 4.000 grade point average for High Honors.

The following 80 students qualified for High Honors:

 

Connecticut

Jackson P. Karpicz

 

Massachusetts

Colleen M. Baker, Aaron R. Biros, Enrique F. Bouvier, and Jeremy R. Patterson      

Alexys J.

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Berkshire Community College Announces New Hires, Promotions
12:38PM / Friday, February 10, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College has announced new faculty and staff additions as well as recent promotions.

Julia Curletti of Richmond, Mass., has joined BCC as staff assistant to the dean of enrollment management and student success. She previously worked at Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston as a program coordinator. She garnered a bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and attended New England Law.

Alyssa Felver has been named assistant professor of practical nursing. A registered nurse in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, she previously worked at the Berkshire Medical Center. Prior to that, she was a critical care registered

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McCann Announces Second Quarter Honor Roll
03:53PM / Wednesday, February 08, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School has announced its second quarter honor roll for the 2016-17 school year.

 

High Honors

Boudreau, Brian; Cristofolini, Lorenzo; Dean, Ainsley; Denault, Angela; Field, Mallory; Galipeau, William; Gardner, Makenzie; Gifford-Blasi, Ivy; Gigliotti, Katie; Gigliotti, Madison; Guyette, Connor; Kipp, William; Lampro, Tyler; Milner, Erica; Moran, Jordan; Oakes, Jacob; Pandell, Blaize; Parada, Ryan; Pecor, Robert; Piaggi, Brenden; Senecal, Elise; Wojcik, Alexander.

Ames, Payton; Boucher, Mackenzie; Boucher, Noah; Charon, Ryan; Cote, Megan; Dix, James; Dowling, Aimee; Esoldi, Julia; Favre, Joshua; Fuller, Hannah; Gamari, Daniel; Ingalls,

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MCLA Announces Spring Preview Days
01:39PM / Wednesday, February 08, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Beginning on Saturday, Feb. 11, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will offer a series of Spring Preview Days to provide prospective students with opportunities to tour the campus, learn about the admission and financial aid processes, discover a wide variety of academic programs, and find out more about student life at MCLA.

Check in for each Spring Preview Day begins at 10:45 a.m. in the Center for Science and Innovation. The program will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

"Preview Days are a convenient way for prospective students to see campus for the first time and learn more about MCLA's academic programs and vibrant campus life. We encourage students

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North Adams Getting Back in Line for MSBA Project
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Wednesday, February 08, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The School Committee on Tuesday approved beginning the process toward renovating Greylock School.

A statement of interest detailing structural deficiencies of the nearly 60-year-old school and their impact on educational program will be submitted to the Massachusetts School Building Authority if the City Council also approves the action next week.

School officials were quick to point out that the application does not mean a school project anytime soon — nor does it obligate either the city or MSBA to anything.

"Greylock was potentially one of our projects," said Mayor Richard Alcombright, referring to Greylock having been a possible option in

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MCLA to Present Student Leadership Conference
02:13PM / Wednesday, February 01, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will present the 22nd annual Leadership Conference, "100 Yards of Leadership," on Sunday, Feb. 5, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Amsler Campus Center Gym, when MCLA will welcome AJ Adams, an award-winning speaker, author and entrepreneur, as the keynote speaker.

Registration for this event, open to college and high school students, will remain open through Thursday, Feb. 2. This event is free to all members of the MCLA community, and $40 for those from other campuses. The cost includes breakfast, lunch and a snack.

"This conference is a place where students – whether they are emerging leaders or

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