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Berkshire Education Task Force Developing Models for Collaboration
LEE, Mass. — The Berkshire County Education Task Force has completed its initial mission of determining options for local schools facing difficult economic and academic futures.    Now, it's hoping to offer pathways to school officials as they decide whether and how far to proceed toward the task force's solution
Clarksburg Principal Looks to Spend More Time in Classroom
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Principal Tara Barnes will be a little less available this school year.    Barnes told the School Committee she'd made a point of getting back as quickly as possible to parents and guardians when they've called. But after a recent coaching session, she's reorganizing her calendar to get
Area Teams Earn Titles at Dalton Youth Soccer Tournament
DALTON, Mass. -- Teams from Dalton, North Adams, Pittsfield and Williamstown picked up titles at the 22nd annual Dalton CRA Just for Kicks Socccer Tournament on Sunday.   Fifty-five teams of boys and girls in various age groups converged on Nessacus Middle School and Wahconah Regional High School for two days of games starting on
Parkington Standing Out on College Volleyball Team
Wahconah High graduate Emma Parkington is a two-time Rookie of the Week in the Empire 8 as a freshman on the Russell Sage College volleyball team this fall.   Parkington most recently earned the award on Sept. 24 after averaging 1.83 kills per set over 18 sets while hitting to a .310 percentage and recording a team-best 49 assists
Gabriel Abbott School Starts Off School Year With Anti-Bullying Blitz
Children in the kindergarten/accelerated preschool class make lion and mouse puppets to learn about kindness and friendship. FLORIDA, Mass. — The class of third-graders at Gabriel Abbott Memorial School were quick to raise their hands on Friday as their bingo square was called out.    This game
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New Leads MCLA Golfers at Elms Invitational
SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. -- The MCLA golf team Sunday finished 15th at the Elms Invitational.   The event was won by Husson University, and Husson's Gavin Dugas took home individual honors after shooting a 36 hole total of 143.   MCLA was paced by Pittsfield's Bobby New, who finished in 32nd place. He followed up
MCLA Volleyball Drops a Pair
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The MCLA volleyball team dropped a pair of games Saturday afternoon as they hosted a tri match with Norwich and Lebanon Valley.   The Trailblazers fell in five sets to the Cadets in the opening game, 3-2, before Lebanon Valley earned a 3-0 win in the nightcap. Lebanon Valley completed the sweep by defeating
@theMarket: Will China Be Next?
After this week's trade deal between the U.S., Mexico, and Canada, investors are waiting to see if China will now come to the table. What would it take for that to happen?   Mid-term elections could be the trigger. It wouldn't surprise me to see a deal before November — since the polls appear to favor the Democrats.
Berkshire Bank Promotes One to First Vice President
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Bank has promoted Deanna Markham to first vice president/retail distribution manager. In her new position, Markham will maintain a strong leadership presence and community involvement as she remains local to the Berkshires, working from the company's Pittsfield office.   Markham has held
Hinds Named Co-Chair of Committion on Public School Transportation
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — State Sen. Adam Hinds has been appointed to co-chair the Special Commission on Improving Efficiencies in Student Transportation by Senate President Karen E. Spilka.   "The method and formulas by which our public school districts are funded are flawed, and this impacts the budgets of all our schools,"
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