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North Adams School Committee Renews Contract With Superintendent
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:40PM / Wednesday, June 05, 2019
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MASC District VI Chairwoman Andrea Wadsworth of Lee talks with the School Committee on Tuesday about upcoming events.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The School Committee on Tuesday signed a new three-year contract with Superintendent of Schools Barbara Malkas.    Malkas was hired three years ago in May to take over the public school district after the retirement of longtime administrator James Montepare.    There was little discussion as the committee voted to approve the contract negotiated in executive session. The administrative letter of employment states Malkas will be paid a salary of $141,166 beginning July 1 and $143,283 in the second dependent on her

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Collaborative Program Provides on the Job Training in the Classroom
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:47AM / Wednesday, June 05, 2019
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Instructor Rick Bergendahl says the students went from learning about tools and fasteners to re-assembling an engine.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Seven people received certificates on Tuesday after completing a collaborative workforce development pilot training program at McCann Technical School.   They are ready to join the workforce after completing the pilot manufacturing training project through a joint MassHire Berkshire Career Center and McCann Technical program.   "We thought it would work and obviously you feel as though it did and this will prepare you for a job out there," state Rep. John Barrett III told the students. "There are a lot of jobs

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McCann Names Valedictorian, Salutatorian for 2019
10:09AM / Monday, June 03, 2019
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Emma Marino has been named this year's valedictorian and Megan Goyette the salutatorian for the McCann Technical School class of 2019, in an announcement by Principal Justin Kratz.   Marino, daughter of Joy Marino and Eric Marino is a senior in the Business Technology Program. She is the recipient of the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendent's Award for Academic Excellence, the Rensselaer (N.Y.) Polytechnic Institute Medal and the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship and ranks first in her class with a 4.28 grade-point average.   Her rigorous course of study includes three years of Project Lead the Way courses that are above and beyond

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Local Students Earn Williams College Degrees
02:03PM / Sunday, June 02, 2019
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College President Maud S. Mandel today conferred bachelor of arts degrees to local graduates at the college's 230th commencement. Mary-Claire King, an award-winning geneticist at the University of Washington who first discovered the breast and ovarian cancer gene, was the principal speaker.

Jonathan R. Hall, son of Mrs. Allison Hall and Mr. Brian Hall of Rockville Centre, N.Y., majored in chemistry and mathematics. Hall was the president of the Williams Outing Club and a Junior Advisor. He graduated with honors in chemistry, was a Fulbright Scholar, a Class of 1960s Scholar in Chemistry, Roche Fellowship recipient, Class of 1945 World

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Williams College Grads Gear Up for 'Everything Change'
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:25PM / Sunday, June 02, 2019
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Geneticist Mary-Claire  King tells the graduates not to narrow their focus but rather become immersed in society to use their abilities better.  See more photos of the event here. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On the day that brings one of the biggest changes to any individual's live, Williams College graduates Sunday were reminded that the biggest changes are yet to come.   And they're inevitable. And they're inescapable.   "Author and environmental activist Margaret Atwood wisely said that 'climate change' should be called 'everything change,' " Williams' Phi Beta Kappa speaker Ari R. Ball-Burack told his fellow members of

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BArT Graduates Told to Keep Trying
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:13PM / Saturday, June 01, 2019
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ADAMS, Mass. — In a graduation ceremony typically filled with pop culture references, charter school teacher Stephanie Watroba decided to turn one iconic movie moment on its head.   Its green, wrinkly head.   "A wise man once said ... it was Yoda," Watroba said, drawing a laugh at the reference to the Star Wars character. "A wise man once said, 'Do or do not. There is no try.'   "I don't know what that means.   "Try, please. Try all the time. Try all the things. Try new things. Try old things. Try trying things. Try trying not to try things. Let me know how that one goes. That one sounds interesting."   Watroba was the

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Heroes Unite to Graduate From Berkshire Community College
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:27PM / Friday, May 31, 2019
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LENOX, Mass. — Heroes unite.   Perhaps a hero is a Harvard graduate improving and changing the world of social work and policy or perhaps it is the two children sitting in the Shed at Tanglewood watching their mom delivering the valedictory address for Berkshire Community College's commencement.   But whomever it is, Soncere "Starr" Williams believes anybody can be a hero every day.   "Heroes can come in different forms. Each one of us can become a hero as we embark on the adventure of life. Being a hero does not necessarily mean you have super powers like the ability to fly or super strength although that would be amazing," Williams told

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McCann Advanced Manufacturing Students Get Accreditation
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires columnist
01:30PM / Friday, May 31, 2019
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Superintendent James Brosnan congratulates qualifying students. See student photos here.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Dozens of McCann Technical School students have received Manufacturing Advancement Center Workforce Innovative Collaborative certifications.   Members of the Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership and McCann community members attended a ceremony Thursday morning during which 38 students were awarded MACWIC levels one and two certifications.   "Congratulations to our students who have continue to work as hard as they can," Superintendent James Brosnan said. "This is not easy ... this is an incredible

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E3 Academy's Final Project Is Escape Puzzle 'Masterpiece'
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Saturday, May 25, 2019
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The children worked their way around the tented room figuring out how to open combination locks, find secret messages, and discover hidden puzzle pieces.    At the same time, they were learning to work together, solve problems, think creatively and logically, all while learning about the history of North Adams' largest mill — just as the high school students who put the whole escape room project together did as well.    The escape room set up at Greylock School on Thursday was the final project of the year for the E3 Academy, the North Adams Public Schools' alternative educational program. The academy students come up with

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Long Island's Nine Days Performing at Drury High
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
06:33PM / Wednesday, May 22, 2019
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Nine Days is probably best known for their 2000 hit single "Absolutely (Story of a Girl)." NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Nine Days, writers of the hit song "Absolutely (Story of a Girl)," will be performing at Drury High School on Thursday night.   The Drury Performing Arts Management class will bring Nine Days to the stage in a completely student-driven production that Nine Days lead singer John Hampson said is an exciting change of pace for the group.   "We will play some small clubs, small theaters, amphitheaters, casinos, you name it," Hampson said in an email exchange. "We basically pick and choose the gigs that we all want to do. This

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