Ckahlysia Walker's grandmother was pretty much destined to fail.
It was some 60 years old in South Carolina when she found out she was pregnant in an environment rigged against her. She hadn't finished high school. She moved to New Jersey, started her family there, and ultimately got a job she could work at for 30 years.
During Monday's annual town meeting, the 104 present members out 150 passed the bulk of the 25 articles in the first few minutes of the meeting that lasted just over an hour. However, they pumped the brakes on Article 6, the town administrator salary, which narrowly passed with 17 votes.
Berkshire Country Day School, an independent school for students in preschool through ninth grade, celebrated its seventh- and eighth-graders at an awards and end-of-year closing ceremony held Wednesday, June 13.
H.4559 allocates $1 million for the removal of hazardous materials and cleanup at the old Dalton High School site; $500,000 for flood and drainage improvements surrounding the Skyline Trail in the town of Hinsdale; and $500,000 for pond dredging and safety improvements at Highland Park in the city of Greenfield.
H.3915, An Act to establish estate tax valuation for farms, would change the method for assessment of the estate tax valuation for agricultural land. Pignatelli, of Lenox, worked with Hogan to include the agricultural estate tax reform bill as part of a larger environmental bond bill that seeks to address the commonwealth's climate change preparedness and response plans.
To be eligible for the list, full-time students must have declared a major; completed a minimum of 12 non-repeated, traditionally graded credit hours during the spring semester; and achieved a 3.250 to 3.749 grade point average for honors, or a 3.750 to 4.000 grade point average for high honors
Students who earned 80 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "Honors." Students who earned 90 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "High Honors."
"It's important for everyone to realize that warm weather can be dangerous," said Holly Grant, regional chief executive officer of the American Red Cross of Massachusetts. "The Red Cross has steps you can follow to make sure you and your loved ones are protected when hot weather hits your area."
The most recent high water mark for enrollment in the Pittsfield Public Schools was 7,000 students in 1996.
That number is down to 5,491. Schools like Morningside had 658 students then and now have just 374. Conte had 540 and now has 367. Reid Middle School had 803 students compared to 552 today.
The department has been ramping up a public education campaign to help inform people the best ways to protect themselves. The effort is in response to an increasing number of tick-borne illnesses being reported.
A Huffington Post article from 2012 tells a similar story of when residents of Hudson, N.Y., were up in arms when flags were disappearing from one of their cemeteries. However, after setting up some surveillance gear, they found a groundhog was the thief.
The 10-week exhibit will have a grand opening on July 5 but there will be a soft opening on Sunday, Father's Day, for a sneak peek with a ribbon cutting at 2:30 p.m. On July 17, one of the Boston Red Sox World Series trophies will be on display.
But the attendees were also taking away more than just food and conversation. This first annual picnic was offering a "goodie bag" of wellness supplies and a gift certificate for each veteran who attended.
Educators in the regional school district are asking the Transition Committee to honor existing contractual wage increase, which officials have decided not to honor as three separate contracts are merged into one.
Mount Greylock Educators Association Vice President Marty Walter said the teacher's unions feel it is "unacceptable" not to honor those wages and accused school administrators of being unwilling to negotiate.