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MCLA to Host Graduate Programs Info Session at BIC
08:00AM / Thursday, May 09, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) will host information sessions for its graduate programs: Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Education (MEd) on Tuesday, May 14 at 5 p.m. at the Berkshire Innovation Center in Pittsfield.    A virtual session will be held on May 30 at noon.   Prospective students are invited to meet with faculty, students, and staff to learn more about how to continue their education in two of MCLA's programs designed to support the rising workforce needs in the Berkshires and beyond.    According to a press release:    The MBA program is committed to redefining the educational

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Drury Revives Senior Citizens Prom
04:00PM / Wednesday, May 08, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The project-based learning Game of Life class at Drury High School announced the return of the Senior Citizens Prom.    Scheduled for May 14 from 5–7 p.m. in the Drury cafeteria, this event welcomes individuals of all ages to join in the festivities.   The Senior Citizens Prom promises an evening of dancing, camaraderie, and intergenerational connections.    "We are thrilled to bring back the Senior Citizens Prom," said Patrick Boulger, a co-teacher of the Game of Life class. "This event exemplifies our dedication to integrating Portrait of a Graduate competencies into our curriculum, promoting community engagement,

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1Berkshire Announces Technical Assistance Offerings
11:12AM / Wednesday, May 08, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — 1Berkshire, thanks in part to funding from the United States Department of Agriculture, announced their next slate of technical assistance offerings through the Berkshire Economic Recovery Program (BERP).   Through a series of three years of cohorts since 2021, the Berkshire Economic Recovery Program Technical Assistance series has been able to support more than 110 businesses through targeted training offerings, resulting in notable business improvements, and quantified by the over $2,000,000 in funding collectively accessed by businesses through their participation.    Going into the Spring/Summer of 2024, the series continues with the next two

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North Adams Schools Talk Final Budget Numbers for Public Hearing
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:15AM / Wednesday, May 08, 2024

The elementary schools will be phasing in a new math curriculum over the next two years.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The School Committee received the presentation given last week to the Finance & Facilities committee for the fiscal 2025 spending plan.   The subcommittee is recommending the budget of $20,357,096, up $302,744 or 1.51 percent over this year. This was expected to be funded by $16,418,826 in state Chapter 70 education funds, local funding of $3,938,270 (up $100,000 over this year) and a drawdown of school funds of $575,237. This will also include the closure of Greylock School at the end of this year and the reduction of 26 full-time

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DiLego Jewelry to Close After Nearly 100 Years in Business
By Daniel Matz, iBerkshires correspondent
05:28AM / Tuesday, May 07, 2024

Sisters Pamela Costine, left, and Cynthia Lamore have been operating the store since their aunts retired in 1987. Both started working in the business as teens.  Lamore's decided it's time to retire.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — DiLego Jewelery Store, the family-owned business that has been a staple of North Adams for nearly a century, will be closing this summer.    The closure was announced on the store's Facebook page late Sunday night, where it immediately drew comments of remembrance and well-wishing.   Cindy Lamore, whose great uncle Frank DiLego opened the store on Main Street in the late 1930s, said the shop will cease operations following

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Clark Art Hosts Williams College Chamber Music Gala
08:00AM / Monday, May 06, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Sunday, May 12 at 3 pm the Clark Art Institute hosts a concert by the Williams College Music Department.    The program of piano, string, and wind chamber music showcases Williams students performing selections from their spring semester chamber music collaborations.    This free concert takes place in the Clark's auditorium, located in the Manton Research Center.   Free. Accessible seats available; for information, call 413 458 0524.

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Amphibious Toads Procreate in Perplexing Amplexus
By Tor Hansen, iBerkshires columnist
08:09PM / Sunday, May 05, 2024
 
Toads lay their eggs in the spring along the edges of waterways. Photos by Tor Hansen. My first impressions of toads came about when my father Len Hansen rented a seaside house high on a sand dune in North Truro, Cape Cod back in 1954.    With Cape Cod Bay stretching out to the west, and Twinefield so abundant in wildflowers to the east, North Truro became a naturalist's dream, where I could search for sea shells at the seashore, or chase beetles and butterflies with my trusty green butterfly net.    Twinefield was a treasure trove for wildlife — a vast glacial rolling sandplain shaped by successive glaciers, its sandy soil rich in silicon,

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Drury Hosts Inaugural Government Appreciation Day
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:17PM / Sunday, May 05, 2024

State Rep. John Barrett III explains his role in the state Legislature to students during Government Appreciation Day at Drury on Friday. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Eighth-grade students learned about civics firsthand during the school's inaugural Massachusetts Government Appreciation Day.   "Government is strongest when every individual feels as though they are part of the process," said civics teacher Patrick Boulger, before introducing the Friday's guest speakers. "Today is the day when you have an opportunity to be part of this process and learn from individuals who have dedicated their lives to government service."   The event is a new

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Weekend Outlook: First Fridays, Record Show, and More
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
06:00PM / Thursday, May 02, 2024
There will be a variety of events in the Berkshires this weekend including First Friday Festivities, a record show, and more.   Editor's Pick   Pittsfield's Inaugural First Friday at Five Downtown Pittsfield Time: 5 p.m.    The city has combined Third Thursdays and the First Fridays Artswalks to establish First Fridays at Five.    Downtown Pittsfield will be alive with activities, including a maker's market on North Street, a Pop-Up Dance Zone in Persip Park with fire dancer Opal Raven Cirque, Art in the Park with Mike Carty at Sottile Park, live pottery in Palace Park with Jim Horsford, and a Family Fun Zone at Dunham Mall.    There will

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Drury Hosts Inaugural Government Appreciation Day
08:00AM / Thursday, May 02, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Drury High School will hold its inaugural Massachusetts Government Appreciation Day on Friday, May 3, from 8 to 9:30 a.m.   Lead by civics teacher Patrick Boulger, this event marks an addition to the 8th grade civics curriculum, aiming to equip students with practical insights into the intricacies of state and local governance ahead of the 8th grade civics Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System exam.    This initiative aligns with Drury High School's efforts to empower students with the knowledge and skills necessary to become active and informed citizens, and draws on the contributions, experience, and knowledge of invited speakers to

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North Adams Hopes to Transform Y Into Community Recreation Center
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:19AM / Thursday, May 02, 2024

Mayor Jennifer Macksey updates members of the former YMCA on the status of the roof project and plans for reopening.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city has plans to keep the former YMCA as a community center.   "The city of North Adams is very committed to having a recreation center not only for our youth but our young at heart," Mayor Jennifer Macksey said to the applause of some 50 or more YMCA members on Wednesday. "So we are really working hard and making sure we can have all those touch points."   The fate of the facility attached to Brayton School has been in limbo since the closure of the pool last year because of structural issues and the

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Adams Lions Club Golf Tourney Set for May 18
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04:57AM / Thursday, May 02, 2024
ADAMS, Mass. -- The Adams Lions Club’s annual golf tournament will be Saturday, May 18, at Forest Park Country Club.   Teams of four will compete in a 9-hole scramble format with tee times beginning at 8 a.m.   Proceeds will support Lions initiatives, including scholarships for local high school graduates and community events, such as a Halloween parade for local children and lunch for senior citizens. In addition, the club assists residents who need help with vision and hearing loss-related needs and supports research to cure eye diseases and diabetes.   The entry fee is $50 per player or $200 per team and includes nine holes of golf, carts, longest drive and

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