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MCLA Degree Completion Program to Hold Reunion Event
08:04AM / Monday, November 22, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will hold a reunion event for alumni and current students of its Degree Completion Program from 6-8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4, at the MCLA Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation.    All alumni of the College's Degree Completion Program are welcome to attend.    During the event, MCLA will formally celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2020 and Class of 2021, as well as honoring the five-year graduation anniversaries of two Early Childhood cohorts.      The College will also recognize the contributions of Professors Marianne Reiff, Deborah Foss, Lauren Goodman, Annie

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McCann Updates Admissions Policy with Equity in Mind
By Brian Rhodes, iBerkshires Staff
04:18AM / Monday, November 22, 2021

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — In response to state regulations, McCann Technical School has updated its admissions policy to be more equitable and unbiased for all potential students.

"We've gone through and, in an effort to make McCann more accessible, we've taken a look at our admissions policy and revised it," said McCann Principal Justin Kratz. "To both line up with what the state is saying we have to do, regulation wise, and also what we want to do as a school philosophically. We want to give vocational education to as many kids as we can."

Kratz detailed the changes at Thursday's Northern Berkshire Vocational Regional School Committee meeting. The board

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Christo's Famous Pizza Opens Under New Ownership
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:56AM / Monday, November 22, 2021

The pizzeria's dining room has been freshened to encourage patrons to set awhile. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Christo's Famous Pizza is under new management and new owner Duncan Russell hopes to improve a community favorite.    "This is one of those establishments. It is a staple in the community," Russell said. "The previous owners developed a very good clientele, and my goal now is to expand on that."   Russell, who was born in Boston but raised in Albany, N.Y., said he was visiting some family in the area and came upon Christo's.   "I met with the previous owner Mary [Giannaris], and she said the business was for sale,"

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SVMC's 'Green' Razing of Lodge Building Makes Way for New ER
By Brian Rhodes, iBerkshires Staff
01:28PM / Sunday, November 21, 2021

The Lodge building was most recently used for offices. 

BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Medical Center has begun the slow process of a "green demolition" of its Lodge building.

The building, which SVMC is demolishing to make way for its $28 million Kendall Emergency Department, was built in 1925 and initially acted as laundry and housekeeping facilities. In recent years, the Lodge has served primarily as an office building.

"This really is the culmination of probably the better part of 10 years of planning," said SMVC President and CEO Thomas Dee.

Rather than demolishing the Lodge and disposing of the materials, SMVC is doing a "green

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North Berkshire Neighborlies Recognize Acts of Kindness
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:26AM / Sunday, November 21, 2021

Police Officer Mitchell Miranti poses with his family after receiving a Neighborly 'for outstanding commitment to community and ensuring all communities had access to the supplies they needed to keep safe and healthy.' See more photos here. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Neighborlies celebrated good acts large and small on Wednesday that have made the community better.    The awards hosted by Northern Berkshire Community Coalition were held in person for the first time in two years after being disrupted by the pandemic. The crowd gathered at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' Church Street Center was smaller than usual but more than 40 people were recognized

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Bird Leads MCLA Men to Victory
MCLA Sports Information,
06:53PM / Saturday, November 20, 2021
AMHERST, Mass. -- The high scoring Trailblazer duo of Hayden Bird and Dylan Morris-Gray combined for 59 points to lead MCLA past Rutgers-Camden 78-57 Saturday afternoon in the consolation round of the Ken Wright Invitational hosted by Amherst College.   One week ago, Bird set a school record with 12 triples and almost matched it againt Camden with 11. He ended with a game-best 33 points while Morris-Gray added 26 for the Trailblazers.   MCLA improves to 2-4 overall while Rutgers-Camden is still searching for their first win at 0-5.   The Trailblazers trailed early in this one as they fell behind 10-6. They used a quick 8-0 spurt to take their first lead at 14-10. Later in the

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@theMarket: Market's Week of Indecision
By Bill Schmick,
11:51AM / Saturday, November 20, 2021
Stocks and bonds traded in a tight range for most of the week. Some stocks were rewarded, while others punished, based on their earnings results. The U.S. dollar hit a series of new yearly highs, and just about everyone is waiting for President Biden's pick to head the Federal Reserve Bank.   That announcement could come as early as this weekend. Chairman Jerome Powell's term will end in February 2022. He is a Republican, picked by former President Donald Trump. He had a somewhat rocky relationship with the ex-president but did manage to maintain the independence of the central bank despite Trump's attempted interference. His track record through the pandemic makes him a

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Amherst Men's Basketball Tops MCLA
10:35PM / Friday, November 19, 2021
AMHERST, Mass. -- Grant Robinson scored 21 points Friday to lead the Amherst men's basketball team to a 100-38 win over MCLA.   Hayden Bird led the Trailblazers with eight points.   MCLA (1-4) plays Saturday in the consolation game of the Amherst Tournament.

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The Retired Investor: The Teacher Shortage
By Bill Schmick,
11:46AM / Friday, November 19, 2021
The U.S. labor shortage is hitting the public education sector hard. Yes, COVID-19 and its mutations have had a lot to do with the lack of teachers, but the problem predates the pandemic. In just the last two months, 65,000 public education employees left the industry.   Across the United States, in October 2021, there were 575,000 fewer state and local education employees than in February 2020, according to the latest employment report of the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The pandemic, in some ways, was simply the straw that broke this camel's back.   Stagnant wages, or worse, falling wages, have beset the teaching industry for years. In 2018, for example, the wage gap between

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MCLA Community Members Recognized at North Adams Neighborly Awards
08:01AM / Friday, November 19, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition (nbCC) recognized several in MCLA's campus community during its annual Neighborlies awards ceremony on Nov. 17.    These MCLA community members, also members of the greater North Adams community, have been recognized for performing acts of kindness, supporting their families and communities, taking the lead on different initiatives, and otherwise making a positive difference in their lives, neighborhoods, or community:    Barbara Baker, TRiO Student Services Support Program Director  Sergeant Justin Biasin, MCLA Campus Safety   Miles Cigal, MCLA Student  Christopher

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SVMC Lab Receives National Accreditation
01:57PM / Thursday, November 18, 2021
BENNINGTON, Vt. — The Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) has awarded accreditation to the laboratory at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC).     The laboratory is staffed by a team of phlebotomists, technical laboratory technologists, medical technologist, cytologist, and pathologists who work 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to deliver laboratory results to the patients of SVMC.   "Laboratory accreditation ensures accuracy,” said Karen Bond, the department's director. "CAP's vigorous inspection confirms that SVMC is delivering high quality results

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Veteran Select Board Member on Clarksburg Special Election Ballot
03:18AM / Thursday, November 18, 2021
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The lone official at Town Hall is hoping to refill the largely vacant building next month.    The list of departures was lengthened this week with the resignation of Amy Cariddi, who had been on extended medical leave for the past month. Cariddi, the tax collector/treasurer, was the last of the "new" employees hired over the past year and a half to quit. Plus, two Select Board members have resigned in the past couple months.    Select Board Chairwoman Danielle Luchi has been holding down the fort but it is limited in the actions she can take because there is, essentially, no Select Board.    That's expected to change

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