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Bottom row, from left: Ayva Schiff, Hailey Patel, Bridget Collins, and Bridget Nicotra. Second row from left: Conor Prince, Jimmy Jay Chassi, Luis Herrara-Gomez, and Piero Merino.

Berkshires Beat: Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants Hosts Lenox Students

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Accounting on it

The Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants, the professional association of CPAs for the commonwealth of Massachusetts, previewed what an accounting career future would look like for students from Lenox Memorial High School at its "Is Accounting for Me?" conference at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst on April 27. The conference included interactive accounting exercises and workshops, discussions about accounting careers and CPA services, information about college programs and student life, and a networking lunch with college students, faculty and CPA practitioners.
Students got the chance to hear from professional CPAs about their jobs and to talk to college accounting students about their coursework and experience. Students also took part in an accounting based case study competition focusing on personal finances. UMass Amherst professor Cathy Lowry led a breakout session specifically for community college students looking to make the transition into a four-year school. Students were informed on what they need to focus on while in community college and how to successfully transfer into a four-year program.
Teachers selected the students in attendance based on their aptitude for accounting. The MSCPA also has a membership option for high school students. The free membership allows young people access to the 11,000-member organization and offers career counseling, scholarship opportunities and summer programs.

The following Lenox Memorial High School students attended the event: Jimmy Chassi, junior; Bridget Collins, senior; Luis Herrera Gomez, senior; Bridget Nicotra, senior; Conor Prince, senior; Avya Schiff, senior; Hailey Patel, junior; and Piero Merino, junior.


Preschool art

The Dalton Preschool will host its third annual Spring Art Walk display in the windows of hosting local business,  including Union Block Bakery, Academy Mortgage and Hot Harry's, all located at 395-403 Main St., opposite the Dalton CRA, through May 6. The display includes sample works and descriptions of preschoolers' art work, including watercolors, easel paintings and magnet paintings.

Dalton Preschool (known formerly as Dalton Co-op Nursery School) is an independent, non-profit preschool that has been a community institution committed to providing quality Early Educational Programming for young children in the greater Dalton area since 1969. Fully licensed through the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care as a group preschool program, the preschool serves to enhance the natural growth and development of children from 2 years, 9 months old to 5 years old.

Enrollment is now open for the 2018-19 academic year. Applications are available upon request at the front desk of the Dalton CRA.


Aging gracefully

The Pittsfield Council on Aging and the Friends of the Pittsfield Council on Aging will be hosting a series of events, beginning Tuesday, May 1, in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the opening of the Ralph J. Froio Senior Center at 330 North St. The anniversary celebration, themed "Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow," will include the following events and activities:

May 1: Ribbon-cutting ceremony in recognition of the marquee's revitalization starts at 10 a.m. Immediately following, there will be an open house and guided tours of the senior center, highlighting the center’s various programs.

May 2: Free luncheon for seniors; reservations are suggested.

May 3, 4, 7 and 8: Tours of the senior center will be available throughout each day.

May 8: Ice cream social for seniors, 1-3 p.m.

May 10: The anniversary celebration will culminate with a reception 5 to 7 p.m. at the Colonial Theatre. The event will include hors d’oeuvres and cash bar; there is a suggested donation of $25 per person.

To schedule a tour of the center, make a reservation for an event, or obtain tickets for the anniversary celebration, call 413-499-9346.


How about a haiku

The Hoosic River Watershed Association invites everyone in North Adams and Williamstown to celebrate the Hoosic River by writing haiku inspired by the river and its surroundings. The haiku will hang for a week on the new trail and suspension bridge in back of Tourists (access from Ashton Avenue) in North Adams. On May 5, the event will open with music, refreshments and readings.

Residents can write your haiku on paper about two-and-a-half inches by eight inches. Paper and pens will be available at the North Adams and the Milne Public Libraries. Illustrations are welcome. Residents can leave poems at the libraries or email them. A collection of the poems will be displayed in both libraries.


Earth Day at BArT

In an effort spearheaded by sophomore Kylie Taylor, the BArT Student Ambassadors partnered with the Adams Department of Public Works to tackle trash pick-up on Monday, April 23, in observance of the first annual BArT Earth Day. The Ambassadors and the entire BArT ninth-grade met in front of the Adams Town Hall to pick up tools and coordinate with the DPW workers. They picked up trash and raked at the Town Commons, raked leaves on the Town Hall lawn, and gathered trash along part of the Ashuwillticook Trail and nearby Russell Field.

"The Earth is important, our community is important, thank you for making this morning's clean-up a success," Kylie said to her classmates at a rally following the 45-minute cleanup. She expects the event is the beginning of a long-standing BArT tradition.

The BArT Student Ambassadors serve as BArT representatives and liaisons both on and off campus. As a part of representing BArT in the surrounding towns and cities they find different ways to give back through volunteering and taking part in community events.


MassParks Parking Passes

The City of Pittsfield's Recreation Program has received a 2018 MassParks Pass from the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, which will be available at the Berkshire Athenaeum. There are now two MassParks passes on file at the library. The MassParks Pass provides residents with free parking for one vehicle (excluding buses or vans) to visit any of the more than 50 facilities in the Massachusetts state parks system that charge a day-use parking fee.

The day passes can be picked up between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and noon Monday through Friday, and must be returned before 9:30 a.m. the following day. On Saturdays, pick up is between 10:30 a.m. and noon. The library is located at 1 Wendell Ave.


Building bridges

The Pembury Bridge Club in Pittsfield is offering free lessons. Eight weekly sessions are available to beginners or returning players and social players who want to learn modern bridge.

Lessons will begin Wednesday, May 2, from 12:45 to 3:30 p.m. through June 20. Each session includes the lesson, followed by a guided novice game. Lessons, handouts and refreshments are free.  

Pembury Bridge Club is located at the South Congregational Church at 110 South St.; free parking is in the rear. For more information, call 413-655-2416 or send an email.

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