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Berkshire Money Management Pays For BCC Nursing Exams, Licensing
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:16PM / Monday, March 27, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The times when Bill Schmick of Berkshire Money Management was in the hospital, it was BCC graduates who helped him.   For that he is grateful. So grateful that he's helping Berkshire Community College nursing students with their licensing and exam fees. Berkshire Money Management on Monday donated $7,740 to the 18 students currently enrolled in the college's nursing program. The money will pay for the exam and licensing costs for when the students graduate and enter the field.   "We're just happy to give back after all you've given me," said Schmick, who also write money columns that appear on iBerkshires.   One of those

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North Adams Team Wins 18th Annual Robotics Challenge
11:39AM / Monday, March 27, 2017
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LENOX, Mass. — North Adams 4-H Students Winning at Technology (SWAT) defeated Herberg High Brain Power (HBP) from Herberg Middle School in Pittsfield, 79-65, in the finals to win the championship of "Animal Allies," the 18th annual Berkshire Robotics Challenge, conducted Saturday, March 25, at Lenox Memorial Middle and High School.

The competition involved 26 Berkshire County teams comprising more than 180 students ages 8 to 14 using programmable robots built from LEGO kits to complete a variety of missions involving hypothetical scenarios that focused on improving interactions between people and animals. The event was sponsored by Berkshire Community College and the

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Brayton Students Play Bingo For Books
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:05AM / Monday, March 27, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — More than 50 students and their parents participated in the first "Bingo for Books" event last week at Brayton Elementary school during which students showcased their literary skills.   Fourth-grade teacher Marie McCarron said she and fellow teacher Karen Cellana brought the event to Brayton because they wanted to get parents more involved in the classroom.   "We were trying to come up with ideas to involve our parents in what our students were learning in the classroom and make it fun at the same time," she said. "We had also heard that this type of event was successful in another school from one of our other

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North Adams Preschoolers Now Brushing Their Teeth in School
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:02PM / Wednesday, March 15, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — In a football game, the two-minute warning signals that the end of the game is near. In reality, two minutes is a really, really, REALLY long time.

Just ask the preschoolers in the North Adams Public Schools Prekindergarten Program, who are the first to begin a new initiative in which kids brush their teeth after breakfast and lunch right at school.

"That's been the hardest thing," admitted preschool teacher Michelle Nicholas, who twice daily shepherds pairs of tots into the bathroom, asks them if they can remember which color toothbrush belongs to them, lets them choose between pink and blue toothpaste, and helps them through the two-minute

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Stamford Residents Leery of Act 46 Governance Changes
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:33PM / Tuesday, March 14, 2017
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STAMFORD, Vt. — Residents in Stamford are wary of plans that would force their small school into a new governance structure with Readsboro and Halifax.    The state's Act 46, passed in 2015, was designed to encourage consolidations between the state's more than 270 school districts as a way to streamline governance and find cost savings.    "This is not about closing schools, this is about governance structures," said Act 46 consultant Steve Sanborn to a crowded auditorium of skeptical residents on Thursday night. "It can be school union, it can be school boards but it doesn't mean schools."   Sanborn said he'd heard

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Drury Announces Second Quarter Honor Roll
01:38PM / Monday, March 13, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Drury High School has announced its honor rolls for the second quarter of the 2016-17 school year.

Grade 12

Bernard, Alexandra; Bona, Elizabeth; Carpinello, Michael; Cellana, Julia; Christopher, Chase; De Laurentiis, Alexander; Ellis, Nathan; Girard, Allison; Giron, Taylor; Goyette, Ashton; Harpin, Hunter; Howland, Maya; Lamarre, Sarah; Miles, Jonah; Rockenfield, Tyler; Rumbolt, Aubrey; St. Pierre, Noah; Superneau, William; Therrien, Kelly; Wissman, Miranda; Wood, John; Wright, Makenzie.

Brassard, Allison; Christian, Brian; Griffis, Alex; Harrison, Thaylen; Powell, Teven; Robinson, Brooks; Suters, Ella; Volff, Shane; Webb, Bryce; Wolfrum, Christopher; Yeaton,

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North County Fifth Graders Create Art To Inspire
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:44AM / Saturday, March 11, 2017
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Sally Taylor's project engaged elementary school students through art. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — With the help of Sally Taylor, Brayton, Colegrove and Greylock fifth graders tapped into their inner artist and created paintings which will act as the first dispatch in a multi-medium game of telephone.   Kidspace, located in the upper levels of Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, was alive with creation Friday morning as Taylor, artist, musician and daughter of singer-songwriters James Taylor and Carly Simon, asked students to simply react to the words fear, joy and freedom.   "I hope that they recognize that art is more than just painting. It’s everything

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MCLA Appoints Two to Board of Trustees
12:59PM / Friday, March 10, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has announced that Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker approved the appointment of Kathleen Therrien, Class of 97, as the alumni trustee and has appointed Dr. Robert Reilly as a trustee.

Therrien has served in this capacity since August 2016 when she was first elected to serve the remainder of the term of that vacant seat. Therrien is the director of trust and estate administration at Williams College.

Reilly is president emeritus of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Education Society and a school committee member of the Northern Berkshire Regional Vocational Technical High School (McCann

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North Adams School Committee Votes to Reconfigure District
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:22AM / Wednesday, March 08, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The School Committee on Tuesday approved a grade reconfiguration that will move Grade 7 to Drury High School.

The changes will also allow the school district to move the pre-kindergarten program out of Johnson School and into the three elementary schools.

"I really like the idea that they said it would be a team environment and that staff and faculty will be involved in how this shapes up," Mayor Richard Alcombright said of bringing of Grades 7 and 8 together. "I think what I'm most pleased about ... I think this gives us the opportunity to eliminate a waiting list for preK and it will allow all the kids that really want to come into preK

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McCann School Budget Reflects Hikes in Fixed Costs, Health Insurance
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Monday, February 27, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The McCann Technical School budget for fiscal 2018 is up 2.7 percent over this year, largely reflecting increasing fixed costs and level state funding.    The school's budget is up about $250,000, from $9.09 million to $9,340,159, and includes $88,000 in cuts. Some $3.7 million of the spending plan will be covered by assessments to its nine districts for operations, transportation and capital projects. The total assessments are up less than one percent.    "The problem we run into when you look at the budget itself, the state Chapter 70 money is pretty much level, the numbers that are municipal assessments ... are fairly level for all

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