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Clarksburg Still Hoping for State Funds Toward School Repairs
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:27PM / Monday, June 17, 2019
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CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Officials are still hoping that funding will come through to help with repairs at Clarksburg School.    The town's state officials have not been optimistic about the chances of the governor releasing a $500,000 earmark placed in a bond by state Sen. Adam Hinds to redo the school's roof — even with the town meeting's passage of a $1 million borrowing to help address building issues.    "I'm kind of disappointed that our local officials and people have sort of given up and even our state rep," said Robert Norcross, one of the leads of the volunteer renovation committee trying to undertake repairs at the

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Berkshires' Summer Jazz Camp Enrollment Open
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:15PM / Sunday, June 16, 2019
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CHESHIRE, Mass. — The Berkshires' Summer Jazz Camp returns this August and sign-ups are open now.    In mid-August, high school and middle school students throughout the county will get a chance to sit in with a group of master jazz musicians at Hoosac Valley High School.     "The students will be able to hear and play with some of the top musicians in the world today," professional trumpeter and North Adams native Richard Boulger said. "It is a real pleasure to see how the students are inspired by hearing our faculty. Not to mention, hearing how much the students progress in just a matter of days."   This is the second Jazz Camp

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North Adams Schools to Tout Opportunities at Drury High
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:41AM / Saturday, June 15, 2019
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Stephanie Kopala designed the brochure and a postcard.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Declining enrollment and school choice options are lending some competitive overtones to local school districts and Drury High School to make sure parents understand what it has to offer.    The School Committee recently authorized the use of up to $5,000 to print a brochure and postcard to get the word out about the opportunities available at the high school.    "I see this as an investment. This is an investment it to do some outreach to our school community," Superintendent Barbara Malkas said at the June 4 meeting. "That will hopefully maintain the level of

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MCLA Launches Institute of Arts and Humanities
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:00PM / Wednesday, June 12, 2019
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Professor Lisa Donovan, director other institute, center, speaks with attendees before symposium begins.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is partnering with the area's myriad cultural entities to further its mission as an inclusive educational institution.   The college launched its new Institute for Arts and Humanities on Wednesday morning with a three-day conference on diversity, equity and inclusion that included an address that night by activist and commentator Nikki Giovanni and a lunchtime talk by Mathew Knowles, father of Beyonce, on Thursday.   The institute was made possible by a three-year $360,000 grant from The

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McCann Postsecondary Graduates Ready to 'Reap Rewards'
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:04PM / Tuesday, June 11, 2019
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The pinning ceremony was held in the high school gym. See more photos here.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A change in career, a chance to do something interesting, a desire to follow a passion.    The 14 graduates of McCann Technical School's postsecondary program had a variety of reasons for entering the nearly yearlong program. And at Monday night pinning, they celebrated their successful completion in the fields of cosmetology, dental assisting, medical assisting and surgical assisting.    "I like working with people. I worked at the nursing home for eight years now. I really enjoyed it so I wanted to pursue something a little bit more

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Miss Hall's School Graduates 47 Students
02:18PM / Monday, June 10, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Forty-seven students, including 14 from Berkshire County and nearby communities, graduated on Sunday, June 2, during Miss Hall's School's 121st commencement.   Ceremonies took place under a large tent on the front lawn of the school's Holmes Road campus. Kristina Delgado, a social impact strategist and the founder of Hearts on Fleek, a social change consultancy, as well as a member of the class of 2009, delivered the address.   Among the graduates were the following local students: Charlotte Adelson, of Lee; Elizabeth Cachat, Dalton; Samantha Elliott, Pittsfield; Trudy Fadding, Glendale; Haylee Gleason, Pittsfield; Emily Grady, Pittsfield;

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North Adams Superintendent Honored by Peers
09:28PM / Friday, June 07, 2019
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Barbara Malkas is honored with the MASS President's Award.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Superintendent of Schools Barbara Malkas has been recognized by her peers for her professional accomplishment and her advocacy for students.    Malkas was presented with the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents' 2019 President's Award at the association's May conference.    A member of the MASS executive committee, she has been an educator for more than 32 years in the roles of science teacher, school administrator, district administrator, deputy superintendent, and superintendent. She has been superintendent of the North Adams Public Schools

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Drury High Class of 2019 Offers Inspiration to Future Classes
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:10AM / Friday, June 07, 2019
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Vincienza Alicandri in her valedictory address on Thursday night lauded Drury High School and its teachers for setting the class of 2019 on the road to success.    "Drury is an excellent school. We have a great community here," she told the gathering of family and friends in the high school gym. "I believe Drury has all the tools to push out good students for competitive colleges. It's all up to us to use those tools."   Alicandri recalled the craziness of junior year testing and the worry about trying to impress people they didn't know — college admissions. Senior year was "revolutionary" with

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Drury High School Scholarships & Awards for 2019
04:50PM / Thursday, June 06, 2019
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The following awards and scholarships were presented during Awards Night at Drury High School on Wednesday, June 5.    Vincienza Alicandri   Kelby LeSage   Jenah Janz   Maya Giron, Laura Thomas, Hayley Shook and Obilio Rodriguez   Jude Collins, Helen Lawson and Reece Racette   Kelsey Haley   Erin Marceau   : Yvonne Koperek;Hayley Shook   Reece Racette, Laura Thomas, TJ Koloc, Obilio Rodriguez, Jude Collins, Lauren Piekos and Hayley Shook   Laura Thomas, Hayley Shook, Anna Dix and Brooke DiGennero   Reece Racette   Leigha DeMarsico   Haylie Morehouse   Sabrina Holland   Jude

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McCann Tech Class of 2019 Holds 'Golden Key' to Unlock Future
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
09:38PM / Wednesday, June 05, 2019
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The McCann Technical School's class of 2019 is filled with firsts and achievements: state vocational championships in baseball and softball, the first individual gold medal for carpentry in SkillsUSA, gold for 3D animation. The first student in 30 years to win a state Herter Memorial Scholarship. Second place in TIG welding from among 75 competitors from all over New England. And the best youth oxen driver at the 2017 Cummington Fair.    Not to mention all the other gold, silver and bronze medals in business and skills competitions, scholarships and awards.    "They go on and on and I could list many, many more and if I left you out

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