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Long Island's Nine Days Performing at Drury High
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
06:33PM / Wednesday, May 22, 2019
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Nine Days is probably best known for their 2000 hit single "Absolutely (Story of a Girl)." NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Nine Days, writers of the hit song "Absolutely (Story of a Girl)," will be performing at Drury High School on Thursday night.   The Drury Performing Arts Management class will bring Nine Days to the stage in a completely student-driven production that Nine Days lead singer John Hampson said is an exciting change of pace for the group.   "We will play some small clubs, small theaters, amphitheaters, casinos, you name it," Hampson said in an email exchange. "We basically pick and choose the gigs that we all want to do. This

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Congressman Neal Stresses Free Speech at MCLA Commencement
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:30PM / Saturday, May 18, 2019
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More than 400 degrees and certificates were awarded.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — U.S. Rep. Richard Neal urged the new graduates of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts to not only hear, but to listen and not to be afraid of encountering alternative opinions.   Rather, he said, determine the facts before forming an opinion because that will make your argument "more clear and more crisp."   "It helps me to gain a fresh perspective and new ideas and to hear both sides of arguments and leads to, I hope, a new perspective," he said. "Despite the turmoil which we find the country in, and the incendiary nature of the public debate, democracy is

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Preschool, Kindergarten Registrations Scheduled Around County
09:43AM / Wednesday, May 15, 2019
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Berkshire County schools are starting to schedule preschool and kindergarten registration dates for the 2019-20 school year. Schools can send their information to info@iberkshires.com to be included on this list.

All students, regardless of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or homelessness, have equal access to the general education program and the full range of any occupational, vocational programs offered by public school districts.

Adams/St. Stanislaus Kostka

Preschool open house and registration for 3- and 4-year-olds will be held on Tuesday, April 2, at 6 p.m. in the St. Stanislaus Kostka preschool building on

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Clarksburg/Stamford Merger Study Presented on Wednesday
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:35PM / Tuesday, May 14, 2019
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CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The consultants hired by Clarksburg and Stamford, Vt., will lay out a proposed roadmap for the merger of the towns' elementary schools into a single, interstate district.   Public Consulting Group, hired earlier this year, will present the opportunities and challenges to such a merger on   The group was charged to look at three options for the towns: maintaining the status quo, merging but keeping the current grade configuration at each school, and merging and creating an early education school at Stamford and a Grade 3-8 school in Clarksburg.    Northern Berkshire School Union Superintendent John Franzoni and members of the merger

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Elms College to Hold 88th Commencement May 18
03:04PM / Monday, May 13, 2019
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Elms College will confer degrees on 536 degrees on Saturday, May 18, at the Mass Mutual Center.    The commencement speaker is health-care entrepreneur and philanthropist William Lyons III, who will receive an honorary degree. Also receiving honorary degrees will be Savina Martin, co-chair of the Massachusetts Poor People's Campaign, and Kathryn Buckley-Brawner, executive director of Catholic Charities Agency in the Diocese of Springfield, in recognition of their contributions to the world.   The 91-year-old Catholic liberal arts college will present 187 bachelor of arts degrees, 206 bachelor of science degrees, 116 master's degrees 20

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McCann Announces Third Quarter Honor Roll
11:24AM / Monday, May 13, 2019
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical High School has announced its honor roll for the third quarter of the 2018-19 school year.

High honors

Andrews, Colby; Bailey, Matthew; Beany, Jeremy; Belanger, Emily; Berger, Madison; Biagini, Elizabeth; Blake, Hannah; Blake, Hope; Blevins, Macie; Bushika, Jeramia; Canales, Dana; Caron, Cortney; Carpenter, Emma; Carpenter, John; Charron, Jessica; Chen, Justin; Clark, Madison; Daigneault, Casey; Daigneault, Mya; Daniels, Millard; Daub, John; DeBlois, Morgan; Delmolino, Braedon; Demers, Brandon; Devito, Cortney; Dolle, Allison; Dolle, James; Dufur, Paige; Duquette, Makayla; Farnsworth, Seth; Fink, Elissa; Fortin, Lily; Furlon, Krista; Gagne, Owen;

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Drury Announces Third Quarter Honor Roll
11:03AM / Monday, May 13, 2019
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Drury High School has announced its honor roll for the third quarter of the 2018-2019 school year.

Grade 12

Alicandri, Vincienza Mai; Alvarez, Casey Anne; Bolte, Cynthia Ann; Callahan, Andrew Chan; Caproni, Abby Kate; DeMarsico, Leigha Renae; Dix, Anna Belle; Giron, Maya Jocelyn; Haley, Kelsey Helen; Koperek, Yvonne Lee; LeSage, Kelby Berk; Macksey, Ashley Lynn; Marceau, Erin Elizabeth; Piekos, Lauren Elizabeth; Scrivens, Nicole Elizabeth; Tatro, Caitlin Rose; Thibert, Jamie Lee; Thomas, Laura Lynn.

Beebe, Daniel Edward, Bohl; Natasha Irene; Boucher, Sydney Patricia; Callander, Corey Joseph; Cartmill, Hali Dawn; DiGennaro, McKensie Brooke; Gardner, Alana

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Clarksburg School Declines North Adams Food Service Proposal
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:37AM / Friday, May 10, 2019
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The School Committee, seen on television last week, voted against a shared food service agreement with the North Adams schools. CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The School Committee voted 2-1 last week to decline an offer from the North Adams Public Schools' Food Service Department to take over the cafeteria.    School officials said they were  impressed by the quality of the food and the performance of the staff after visiting the two off-site schools it serves — Emma Miller School in Savoy and Berkshire Arts & Technology Public Charter School in Adams — but decided to put off for at least a year a decision on entering a shared service

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Drury Band to March in Washington Fourth of July Parade
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:18PM / Wednesday, May 08, 2019
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Video capture of Drury students marching in 2016. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Drury High School band will again represent Massachusetts marching in the National Independence Day Parade in Washington, D.C.   The four-day trip from July 2-5 will take a busload of students and chaperones to the nation's capital to perform in the parade for the third time and to visit historic sites and museums. The band will march down Constitution Avenue for one mile between 7th and 17th streets. The parade organizers try to have at least one band or unit represent each of the 50 states.   "I'm very proud to have our students representing North Adams and Drury High

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McCann Brings Home Gold From SkillsUSA
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:04AM / Wednesday, May 08, 2019
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School had another successful year at the SkillsUSA state competition, bringing home six gold medals.   Seven McCann students can now say they are the best in the state: Nate Myers, Aubrey Tetlow, Joe Vigiard, Ethan Walden, Kenzie Oblisk, Stephanie Shatford, and Cecilia Marszalek all came out on top in their trades.   "I don't think they understand the magnitude of what they have accomplished and to be able to graduate and say that you are the best in the state in your field is a huge thing," Principal Justin Kratz said on Tuesday morning. "With your gold medals, you put that on your resume and you hold the keys to a

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