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Hot Weather Brings T-Storms for the Weekend

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The sun will be shining over the Berkshires most of the weeked but be prepared for possible thunderstorms on Saturday.

The National Weather Service is forecasting scattered storms late in the afternoon and into evening Saturday but only slight risk of severe weather.  The primary threat will be damaging wind gusts, however, large hail is also possible.

Temperatures will stay in the 80s on Friday but dip slightly on Saturday into the high 70s and drop into the 60s to provide some relief on Sunday -- but also bring in more rain and possible lightning storms.

The thousands attending the Solid Sound Festival in North Adams should prepare for some rain over the weekend but hopefully not a deluge.

Accuweather is recommending keeping a close eye on the sky as these storms may move in quickly -- listen for the rumble of thunder and get inside. Sunday's cooler temperatures maybe be accompanied by gusty winds and localized severe weather could occur.

Check out the iBerkshires events calendar and Family time page to find out what you can do outside this weekend -- or inside if the weather turns bad.
 


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To the Editor:

During this time in which many of our day to day activities have been affected by Covid-19, one thing has not changed: the value of our public higher education institutions. Here in Berkshire County, MCLA and Berkshire Community College continue to serve our students, many of them local residents and the majority residents of this Commonwealth. While the modalities we are using to teach, counsel, advise, and provide all types services have widened to include more online and hybrid as well as in person delivery when it can be safely done, BCC and MCLA are open to our students. We remain the most affordable and accessible institutions in the county. Together with our colleagues at the University of Massachusetts campuses, we continue to educate our citizens.

It is for these reasons that we wish to express our opinion that public higher education campuses deserve level funding at the very least. Our students deserve and should have access to the range of programs, courses, and support services of all kinds; during this pandemic, students have more needs to be met, not fewer. Public higher education has suffered through many years of underfunding. Although the work done at public institutions of higher education is often praised, such lip service doesn’t pay the salaries and other fixed costs on our campuses. Praise has never funded a scholarship or kept tuition and fees from the increases necessary when state aid is insufficient. If ever there was a time to turn praise into line items of the budget, this is that time.

Our public colleges and universities provide the workers that are needed in our communities. From nurses to teachers, from scientists to computer specialists, from professors to hospitality workers, from writers to public servants of all kinds, how many of us were educated at least in part at our public colleges? Workforce development and adult basic education also takes place on our campuses. We provide those who cannot or choose not to leave the area with quality education that is relatively affordable. Those employed by the colleges are able to invest in the community as well, buying homes, raising families, and supporting local businesses.

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