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Whiskey Treaty Roadshow to Play at Drury High
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
06:12PM / Wednesday, January 31, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Drury Performing Arts Center will bring the band Whiskey Treaty Roadshow to the high school this Thursday night.   Drury performing arts management teacher Jamie Choquette said this semester the DPAM class decided to contact the Western Mass band after seeing a video of them playing James Taylor's "Fire & Rain" on Taylor's official website.   "They loved it and immediately contacted them to book the band at Drury," he said.   The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow is a collaborative band that brings together five Massachusetts singer-songwriters. They play a mixture of Americana, rock and roots-folk music.   The group

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BArT Announces Second Quarter Honor Roll
11:40AM / Friday, January 26, 2018
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ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School has announced the students who made honor roll for the second quarter of the 2017-2018 school year.

Students who earned 80 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "honors." Students who earned 90 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "high honors."

Academic courses at BArT are aligned with the Massachusetts State Curriculum Frameworks for the appropriate grade level and include all standards deemed necessary for a complete, college-preparatory, middle and high school education.

are Abreyana Avila, Tiana Carver, Addison Chen, Gianna

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North Adams School Department May Move to City Hall
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:56AM / Thursday, January 25, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The School Department's Central Office may be taking over the second floor of City Hall.   Mayor Thomas Bernard said the discussions are still in the early stages but his administration is working with Superintendent of Schools Barbara Malkas to see if the co-habitation is a suitable option.    "We're at a moment now that they have a lease that's coming due, so, it's do we up for another cycle?" he said on Wednesday. "The more I thought about it, the more I see the savings on the school side that can be put toward a different use ... and the efficiencies you get bringing all of city government

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MCLA Adds New Minor in Entrepreneurship
01:21PM / Monday, January 22, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts recently approved a new minor in entrepreneurship within the Department of Business Administration and Economics. Although many of the classes required for this new minor already are offered at the college, new courses will be added when the program is officially offered in January 2018.

According to Dr. Thomas Whalen, associate professor of business, the entrepreneurship minor may be added to most – if not all – of the majors MCLA offers.

"I cannot think of a single major that cannot be brought into some sort of entrepreneurial endeavor," Whalen said. "For example, someone in education might

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McCann Junior To Compete Nationally in Office Competition
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:33PM / Saturday, January 20, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Junior Justin Perry will compete in the Microsoft Office Specialist National Competition in Atlanta, Ga. this summer.   Perry, a business tech student, will represent Massachusetts in June and compete against the best from each state in Microsoft Word.   "I am looking forward to the competition," he said. "I have ever been to Atlanta before and I have never been on a plane either."   Perry is going to Atlanta because he scored so highly on his Microsoft Office Certification Exam in November. Perry scored  982 out of 1,000.   "It is a pretty basic exam; everyone in my grade takes them. We get a little project

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College Notes: January 2018
06:30PM / Thursday, January 18, 2018
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Christine Kiernan of Lanesborough, a registered nurse who graduated last year from the ' School of Nursing, was elected to Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing as a nurse leader. She was chosen to be inducted into the honor society as recognition of outstanding achievements and contributions to the community.   Also inducted into the Beta Zeta at-Large Chapter on Dec. 7, 2017, at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst were Elms nursing students and seniors Tracey J. Fletcher of Adams, Jessica Lescarbeau of Clarksburg, Melanie Robins of Hinsdale and Martha J. Rodriguez of North Adams.   Membership to Sigma Theta Tau is by invitation to nursing students who

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Williams College Seeks 'Books' for Human Library Project
03:01PM / Monday, January 15, 2018
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College is seeking volunteers for its seventh annual Human Library, which will be held on Friday, Feb. 9, and Saturday, Feb. 10, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Paresky student center.

Founded in 2001 in Denmark, the Human Library seeks to promote human rights and social cohesion by creating greater understanding between people. It provides an opportunity for people to learn more about each other while working through stereotypes and discrimination. The event has been held at Williams annually since 2012.

A Human Library consists of volunteers who act as "books" that can be "checked out" by "readers." Each book decides on a title

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Clarksburg School Officials Vote to Continue Talks With Stamford
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:56AM / Friday, January 12, 2018
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The School Committee on Thursday voted to continue talks with Stamford and use the $25,000 obtained by the late state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi toward a feasibility study.  CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Six months after her death, state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi continues to fulfill promises to her constituents.    Superintendent Jon Lev was informed just hours before Thursday's meeting that $25,000 was available to pursue research on merging or aligning with Stamford School.    With that information, the School Committee formally voted to continue discussions and to use the $25,000 toward a study of a possible merger with the Vermont school.    Both school

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MCLA Announces New Performing Arts Programs
02:31PM / Wednesday, January 10, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts announces the addition of five new programs to its Department of Fine and Performing Arts, as two concentrations, in design and studio art, and three minors in dance, design, and music production, recently were added.

"The design concentration prepares students for traditional graphic design careers, web design, animation, concept, as well as character development for films, graphic novels or video games. It’s also great for illustrators and public relations professionals, and for self-promotion," said Melanie Mowinski, associate professor of visual art. "We imagine that students who are choosing the

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BCC Offers Variety of Courses at McCann Tech
02:02PM / Wednesday, January 10, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. —Berkshire Community College is offering a number of courses that are being held at Charles H. McCann Technical High School in North Adams to make it easier for students in North County to get the education they need to succeed.

Spring classes begin on January 22. Some of the courses being offered at McCann include a free course called "Money Management for Life," which will assist students in better understanding how to become financially independent. The course is offered for free thanks to a grant from Guardian Life Insurance Company of America. Ashton Darrett will teach this class at McCann on Monday evenings from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

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