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Legendary Newsman Schieffer Tells Williams Grads to Think About Public Service
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:49PM / Sunday, June 03, 2018
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Newsman Bob Schieffer urges the graduates to put their talents to good use by becoming involved in politics for altruistic reasons. See more photos here.  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College's Class of 2018 Sunday was encouraged to make the world their classroom and use the ideals that they learn in service to the world.   Commencement speaker Bob Schieffer exhorted the grads to dive into public service and reverse what he described as a troubling trend of professionalization in the political class.   After telling the story of his first brush with politicians in his Texas hometown in 1948, Schieffer explained that the Lyndon B. Johnson rally he attended as

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Star Power: BArT Graduates Class of 2018
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:33PM / Saturday, June 02, 2018
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ADAMS, Mass. — For years, the members of Berkshire Arts & Technology Public Charter School's Class of 2018 walked into school across a sidewalk emblazoned with the school's ubiquitous star-shaped logo.   Before walking out of the school one last time on Saturday morning, the graduates heard just how appropriate that logo really is.   "Many other elements are inside of us," the school's Executive Director James White told the graduates at the start of Saturday's commencement. "They're in the food that we eat. They're in the drinks that we have. They're in the air that we breathe.   "As the years advanced,

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McCann Announces Valedictorian, Salutatorian
10:39AM / Friday, June 01, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School has named Aimee Louise Dowling and Daniel Joseph Gamari as the valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, for the class of 2018, according to Principal Justin Kratz.    Dowling, daughter of Michael and Jennifer Dowling, is a senior in the Business Technology Program. She is the recipient of the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendent's Award for Academic Excellence and ranks first in her class with a 4.29 grade-point average. Her course of study included four Project Lead the Way courses that are above and beyond the required course load, as well AP Calculus and AP Physics and she is a member of the National

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Elementary, Secondary Teachers Highlighted at Williams College's Olmsted Breakfast
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:56PM / Tuesday, May 29, 2018
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — As a Harvard Ph.D. in atomic physics, a fellow in the American Physical Society and, currently, interim president of arguably the nation's top liberal arts college, Tiku Majumder has accomplished a lot.   But at some level, he is still trying to satisfy his high school English teacher.   "For me, as totally a math/science kid from fairly early on, admittedly, surprisingly the teacher I think about more than any other is my high school English teacher," Majumder said Tuesday morning at the annual William College breakfast honoring recipients of the college's Olmsted Awards for Faculty and Curricular Development. "Mrs. Soffer taught

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Drury Announces Third Quarter Honor Roll
02:40PM / Friday, May 25, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Drury High School has announced its honor roll for the third quarter of the 2017-18 school year.

Grade 12

Brayman, Jacob Richard; Clements, Ashley Elizabeth; Copeland, Mackenzie Marie; Crosier, Cassandra Champagne; Eastwood, Serena Marie; Moon, Amanda Marie; Wright, Kevin Robert.

Boillat, Taylor Nicole; Davis, Isaiah Julien; Denning, Cady Aileen; Dubie, Ryan David; Flynn, Trinity Marie; Lessard, Matthew Ryan; Middleton, Joseph James; Neff, Anthony John; Therrien, Brianna Marie; Therrien, Jordyn Renee; Zoito, Allison Elizabeth.

Grade 11

Alicandri, Vincienza Mai; Bergendahl, Nea Helena; Bohl, Natasha Irene; Bolte, Cynthia Ann; Callahan, Andrew Chan; Cartmill,

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College Notes: May 2018
05:01PM / Wednesday, May 23, 2018
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Graduations Lauren Levardi from Pittsfield was awarded a bachelor of science in exercise and sports science from in Conway, S.C., during commencement exercises on May 4-5. She was one of 1,183 students who walked during commencement, which had head football coach Joe Moglia as the speaker.   awarded 617 degrees during its 101st commencement exercises on Sunday, May 13, held at the DCU Center in downtown Worcester, including to Taylor Kline of Adams and Sarah Morley of Pittsfield. The speaker was the Most Rev. Robert E. Barron, S.T.D., auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.   in Milton awarded degrees on Sunday, May 20, to the following

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McCann Announces Third Quarter Honor Roll
03:32PM / Monday, May 21, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School has announced its honor roll for the third quarter of the 2017-18 school year.

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Boucher, Noah; Chesbro, Benjamin; Dix, James; Dowling, Aimee; Fuller, Hannah; Gallagher, Teyah; Gamari, Daniel; Ingalls, Maisy; Kittler, Benn; Lemaire, Jacqueline; Reinhardt, Javen; Sartori, Nathan; Serrano, Joseph; Shepard, Paige; Smith, Zachary; Wojtaszek, Michael.

Bednarz, Ryan; Blake, Hannah; Blake, Hope; Bostwick, Christopher; Daniels, Millard; Daub, John; Devito, Cortney; Dolle, James; Fink, Elissa; Furlon, Krista; Glidden, Nicholas; Goyette, Megan; Harrington, Madison; Koch, Andrew; Marino, Emma; Parks, Samuel; Romaniak, Drew; Rondeau, Caleb;

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MCLA Announces Recipients of Berkshire County Educator Recognition Awards
08:38PM / Thursday, May 17, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has announced the recipients of the eighth annual Berkshire County Educator Recognition Award. This award, presented by MCLA in collaboration with Berkshire County K-12 superintendents and Berkshire Community College, was created to honor the region’s exceptional teachers.

The recipients, all of whom recently were recognized at an MCLA ceremony, are Deborah Hartwig (Early Childhood – Community Setting), a Head Start teacher at Berkshire Head Start in Adams; April Mazzeo (Pre-K-Grade 2), a first-grade teacher at Hoosac Valley Elementary School in the Adams-Cheshire School District; Kimberly Comier (Grades 3-6), a

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Southern Vermont College Holds 91st Commencement
02:56PM / Tuesday, May 15, 2018
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BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southern Vermont College recognized 84 degree candidates and 2 certificate recipients at its 91st commencement exercises on Saturday, May 12, on the Greystone Lawn of the Everett Mansion.    An honorary degree of humane letters was awarded to Nicholas T. Pinchuk, chairman and chief executive officer of Snap-on Inc. and formerly president of global refrigeration operations for Carrier Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp.    Pinchuk is a leader on workforce development and technical education and careers. Recognizing his role in the formation of the nation's technical education agenda, the Career and Technical Education

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BCC Rededicates Theater to the Late Robert Boland
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
08:24PM / Saturday, May 12, 2018
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Jonathan Daube was one of three former college presidents to join for the event. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — When Catherine Addy was hired to become Berkshire Community College's second president, Robert Boland was nearing retirement.   "I was completely intimidated by him. I thought the best I could do was stay out of his way, let him do his magic, and then kind of step in and take some of the credit because he worked at BCC and so did I. That seemed like a good plan at the time," Addy said.   Boland joined the new Berkshire Community College in 1961. A theater professional, he was chairman of the Theater and Fine Arts Department, overseeing more than 60

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