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'Travel Photography for Everyone' Begins Jan. 25

Learn how to capture even better images next time you travel with award-winning photographer Thaddeus Kubis in OLLI: The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College's winter course, "Travel Photography for Everyone." No experience is necessary. click for more

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No Serious Injuries in Hoosac Valley Bus,...

No major injuries were reported after emergency services responded to an accident involving a school bus and a tractor-trailer truck on Route 116 on Wednesday morning "Essentially it was what it was but it could have been a lot worse," Police Chief Richard Tarsa said. "It had the potential to... click for more

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Neal: Democratic Party Needs a 'Reset'

The Democratic Party can't "sugarcoat" its disastrous results in November, says U.S. Rep. Richard Neal. And the pain lies deeper than the loss of the presidency and failure to make inroads in the Republican-controlled Congress. click for more

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Neal Visits Hoosac Valley, Says Will Attend...

U.S. Rep. Richard Neal says he will attend Friday's presidential inauguration of Republican Donald Trump. The Springfield Democrat and staunch Hillary Clinton supporter told students at Hoosac Valley High School on Tuesday morning that while disappointed with the results of the election, he felt... click for more

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Civil Rights Leader John Lewis Speaking at MCLA...

This year's keynote speaker will be U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Georgia, a leader of the Civil Rights Movement who, as chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, was one of the "Big Six" leaders of groups to organize the 1963 March on Washington. Lewis will receive an honorary doctor of... click for more

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North Adams Third-Graders Get Free Swimming...

All North Adams third-graders will be provided free swim lessons through a donation from All Saints Episcopal Church and the Northern Berkshire Family YMCA. According to the National Safe Kids Campaign, drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death to children ages 1... click for more

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BCC Enters Home Stretch Of Renovation Project

The state's oldest community college is starting to look more like the newest. Berkshire Community College is wrapping up renovations to two academic buildings. The $30 million renovations have been underway since the spring of 2015. The renovated Melville Hall was opened on June 1 and... click for more

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Mount Greylock Building Committee Hears Good News,...

The Mount Greylock Regional School Building Committee on Tuesday approved a series of potential cost reductions that officials hope never to implement. By a unanimous vote, the panel OK'd the recommendations of its value engineering working group, which was charged with evaluating design... click for more

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Clarksburg School Building Committee See Initial...

The School Building Committee got its first look at plans for a new or renovated school and the cost gave members pause. The initial project estimates range from $12 million to $24 million on the high side; most put the town's cost at about $8.75 million to $12 million. click for more

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Superstructure of New Taconic High Nearly Complete

The superstructure of the new Taconic High School is nearly completed. The city will hold a topping off ceremony next Friday, a tradition in construction projects to celebrate the final beam of the structure being placed. The completion of the superstructure is pretty much on schedule, the hope was to complete it by the start of 2017. A total of 10 subcontractors are currently on site working on the building now.

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Collins Center Initial Findings Say Adams-Cheshire...

Initial findings of the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District study are clear: Something has to change. The University of Massachusetts' Edward J. Collins Jr. Center for Public Management was commissioned to study the state of the school district and supply recommendations for its future.

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MCLA Recognized for Community Service

According to Spencer Moser, director of MCLA's Center for Service and Citizenship, the college's inclusion on the 2016 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll is a reflection of the thoughtful and strong partnerships that the campus has with organizations throughout the community.

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Miss Hall's Students Chosen for Music Festival

The girls successfully auditioned in early November to perform in the Senior Festival Concert, which will be held at 3 p.m., on Saturday, Jan. 14 (snow date Jan. 17), at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

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Clarksburg School Building Committee to See Plans

Design proposals for the school renovation project will be unveiled this week. Superintendent Jonathan Lev told the School Committee this past Thursday that he and Principal Tara Barnes were to meet with the project manager Friday and get a first look at some possible plans for the project.

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Clarksburg Students Give Back To The Community

The School Committee on Thursday heard reports from pupils on fundraising efforts they are involved in to help the community. Second-graders at Clarksburg School used a school project to lead an effort to help local food pantries and Grade 8 is planning another fundraiser for Soldier On.

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North Adams Schools Preparing for Standardized...

While they might not know the name, educators are preparing for a version of the 20-year-old Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System that will be more in-depth and more complex than ever before. "Sometimes the upgrades are really minor, and you as a user might not even notice what has actually changed," Superintendent Barbara Malkas told the School Committee on Tuesday. "This is not one of those situations."

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Wahconah School Building Committee Sets Guided...

A guided tour of Wahconah Regional High School is being set for this Saturday morning, Jan. 7, to give the community an understanding of the needs and limitations of the 55-year-old building. The school was invited by the Massachusetts School Building Authority in July to enter the agency's eligibility phase. During this phase, the Central Berkshire Regional School District will vote on funding a feasibility study that will recommend a long-term solution for the school building.

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McCann Tech Sees 29 Adams Scholarship Winners

The John and Abigail Adams Scholarship provides a tuition waiver for up to eight semesters of undergraduate education at a Massachusetts state college or university.

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North Adams School District Completing Repairs on...

The school district has nearly completed repairs and replacement to water fixtures that showed elevated levels of lead and copper. All but six water faucets remain to be replaced.

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Drury Announces First Quarter Honor Roll

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MCLA Students Elected to Lead Commonwealth Honors...

Junior Jackie Ordway, an English/communications major from Lunenburg, is the committee's president. In addition, junior Nicole Hastry of North Attleboro, who majors in business administration, was selected as the group's vice president.

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Eleven BArT Scholars Receive John and Abigail...

Recipients of these scholarships, upon acceptance, are entitled to attend any Massachusetts state school tuition free.

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Williams Promotes Four to Tenured Positions

The vote will be ratified by the full board in January, and the promotions will take effect July 1, 2017, for Rashida Braggs, Africana studies; Nicolas Howe, environmental studies; Timothy Lebestky, biology; and Catherine Stroud, psychology.

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Richmond Students Donate to Those In Need

Giving is not a seasonal thing at Richmond School the school community makes a point to help those in need all year round. But the holiday season is a special time and this year the school community participated in two holiday drives among its other charitable initiatives.

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Brayton Students Make Wreaths For North Adams...

Sixth-grader Skyler Sprague, whom Holmes said was integral in organizing the project, said he felt it was important just to visit the residents at North Adams Commons. "On Christmas, we are always with our families and there are people that aren't with their families," Sprague said. "I can't imagine what my holiday would be like without my family because friends and family are what makes you happy."

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Educational Task Force 2/3 Way Through...

The Berkshire County Educational Task Force has had a busy month presenting at 30 or so public meetings and still has more than a dozen to go. The task force is rolling out its plans for Phase 2 of a study looking at the future of Berkshire County's school systems. The next phase will dive deep into various options - from leaving things as it is to creating super-regional school districts - and is funded with $150,000 from the state. The efforts are to explore ways to counter declining enroll

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Williamstown Selectmen Mull Donation of Photech...

The Board of Selectmen last week heard a request to essentially waive the anticipated purchase price of the property at 330 Cole Ave., in order to facilitate the creation of affordable housing there. In 2014, the board selected a partnership of Pittsfield's Berkshire Housing and Boston's Women's Institute for Housing and Economic Development to build 46 units on the 5-acre site.

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Mount Greylock School Committee Considers Health...

This winter, the Mount Greylock School Committee likely will be asked to support a budget that adds a full-time position to the school's wellness department.

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Superintendent's Award Goes to Top McCann Student

William Kipp had just entered his freshman year at McCann Tech when he sent the principal and superintendent an e-mail, introducing himself, outlining his plan for after graduation, and asking for their help to prepare him. "We knew right from the get-go that this was a student with ambition, with drive, with focus, and he's coming in with a gameplan. We don't get many e-mails like that or any e-mails like that from freshmen. That was a good way to set the tone. We knew we had someone special

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