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MCLA Announces Music, Gallery and Theater Performances for Winter, Spring Semester
08:00AM / Monday, February 12, 2024

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Department of Fine and Performing Arts at MCLA announced the Winter/Spring 2024 programming including cultural events, exhibitions, performances, workshops, and musical experiences.

According to a press release:

MCLA Gallery 51

The first exhibition of 2024 will examine the entangled histories of ecology and migration. "Unfortunately It Was Paradise" features three artists, Lorena Molina, Larissa Rogers, and Jumana Manna, who address how ecology surfaces in our memory, imagination, and present that are shaped by the legacies of slavery, war, and settler colonialism. The show is on view through March 29. To close the semester, the gallery will feature

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Teacher of the Month: Mary Quinto
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
06:28AM / Saturday, February 10, 2024

Mary Quinto has been teaching at Clarksburg School for 11 years.  CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Clarksburg School prekindergarten teacher Mary Quinto has been selected as the February Teacher of the Month.    The Teacher of the Month series runs for the next three months in partnership with Berkshire Community College.   Quinto has spent her entire career working at Clarksburg School. She started as a kindergarten teacher 11 years ago.    "I love everything about teaching. It's hard to name just one thing, but I think my favorite thing is just getting to spend my days with four year old kids who are so energetic, and so full of wonder and excitement

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DCR Closes Snowmobile Trails for Lack of Snow
04:07PM / Friday, February 09, 2024
ADAMS, Mass. —  A lack of snow has caused the state Department of Conservation to close snowmobile trails through the state forest system in Western Mass.    DCR sent notice of Friday effective immediately that the trails are closed on Mount Greylock and at Monroe, Savoy Mountain , Mohawk Trail, Windsor and Dubuque (Hawley) state forests.    Snowpack is below normal for the region, according to the National Weather Service, with the eastern slopes of the Berkshires having between 8 and 12 inches at the higher terrain.  The remainder of the area is either snow free or has so little snowpack — trace to 4 inches depth — as to be hydrologically

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Weekend Outlook: Festivals, Caberets and Toy Shows
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
11:53AM / Friday, February 09, 2024
There are a variety of events this weekend in or near the Berkshires including an old toy show, a Queering Perspective Festival, Valentine's Day themed events, and more.   Editor's Pick    Queering Perspectives Festival '62 Center for Theatre and Dance, Williamstown Dates: Feb. 9, 10, 22-24   Williams College's theater and dance center is hosting the festival to promote dialogue on sexualities, genders, bodies, races, ethnicities, abilities, and desires. It will interrogate conventional, culturally normative performance.    The goal is to establish a platform dedicated to supporting individuals who are often marginalized or

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YMCA Removing Services From North Adams Facility
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10:24AM / Friday, February 09, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Northern Berkshire YMCA branch posted on its website on Thursday that they plan to remove services and programming from the Northern Berkshire branch facility, effective March 29, 2024.     According to the statement:   "Our removal of services from this branch stems from various challenges, including the prolonged pool closure, childcare availability, staffing issues, and ongoing facility maintenance needs. Unfortunately, these factors have made it unsustainable to maintain the level of programming that the Y prides itself on and holds itself accountable to."   According to the message, the YMCA will continue to build its

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Vermont Police Identify Victim in Pownal Stabbing
01:53PM / Thursday, February 08, 2024
POWNAL, Vt. —  State Police are investigating a fatal stabbing in Pownal that occurred on Tuesday.    The victim was identified as Casey Gras, 36, of Bennington.    An autopsy at the Chief Medical Examiner's Office in Burlington on Wednesday determined the cause of death was multiple stab wounds of the abdomen and chest, and the manner of death is a homicide.   The investigation began at about 3 p.m. when police received a report of an altercation on Chickadee Drive in the Pownal Estates mobile home park. Responding troopers located an adult man deceased at the scene.   The State Police's Crime Scene Search Team is processing the scene where

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Softball, Baseball Winter Vacation Camps Offered
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11:39AM / Thursday, February 08, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Infield Berkshire Baseball Academy is offering winter vacation day camps for baseball and softball players aged 8 to 12.   The baseball camp will run from 9 a.m. to noon on Feb. 19 and 20. The softball camp is 9 a.m. to noon on Feb. 21 and 22.   The cost is $50 per day.   The camp will focus on basic offense and defense skills. Campers are asked to bring a snack, indoor shoes, glove and bat.   The Infield is located at 10 Lyman St.   To register, email theinfieldbba@gmai.com.

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Charter School Basketball Team Shows Improvement in Senior Day Loss
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
09:19PM / Wednesday, February 07, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Eathan Joseph had a double-double Wednesday for the Eagle Hill basketball team in a 60-45 win over Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter.   Joseph scored 19 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and blocked a couple of shots for Eagle Hill, which used a 26-6 third quarter to break open a five-point game.   The Wolf Pack got 17 points and 10 rebounds from Samseedy Touray and 15 points from Jsaun Griffin.   Touray scored four straight points late in the first quarter to give the hosts a 13-8 lead before Eagle Hill scored on back-to-back possessions to cut it to a one-point game at the end of the period.   Eagle Hill started the second quarter on an 8-0 run that

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North Adams School Committee Takes Slow Roll on Greylock Closure
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:33PM / Wednesday, February 07, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The School Committee delayed discussion Tuesday on closing Greylock School until more information could be provided by the administration.    The Finance & Facilities subcommittee is recommending closing the deteriorating building that is set to be replaced by a new school in 2027.    School officials say a number of factors are being considered in accelerating the closing — declining enrollment, the building's physical condition and, not least of all, a looming $2.4 million budget deficit. Closing Greylock is estimated to save around $1.2 million.    "We are presented with basically three scenarios. One was status

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MCLA Receives American Institute of Physics Grant
08:01AM / Tuesday, February 06, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass.—Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) announced it has received $110,351 from the American Institute of Physics (AIP) Foundation through its TEAM-UP Together Expanding Expertise, Championing Excellence & Leadership (TUT EXCEL) program.    Over the next two years, this funding will advance the College's efforts to increase its African American physics student enrollment, increase African American students' sense of department belonging, and introduce systemic changes to the physics bachelor of arts degree program to ensure positive outcomes for the department's African American students.    "The Physics Department is

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School Subcommittee Recommends Closure of Greylock School
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:27AM / Tuesday, February 06, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The schools' Facilities and Finance subcommittee is recommending that Greylock School close at the end of this school year.   School officials say a number of factors are being considered in accelerating the closing — declining enrollment, the building's physical condition and, not least of all, a looming $2.4 million budget deficit.    The city is currently pursuing a school building project to replace Greylock with a new $61 million structure at same location to open in fall 2027. At that time, Brayton Elementary will close.    The subcommittee began discussions last week as administrators laid out a preliminary proposal to

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McCann Second Quarter Honor Roll
11:15AM / Monday, February 05, 2024

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The following is the list of students for the Q2 McCann Honor Roll.

 

High Honors                     Name YOG   Name YOG   Name YOG   Name YOG Astorino, Shaun 2024   Boyer, Alexander 2025   Anderson, Abigail 2026   Boulger, Curtis 2027 Auger, Kelson 2024   Bressette Jr.,

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