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Clarksburg Closes Public Buildings in Wake of COVID-19 Diagnosis
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:45PM / Sunday, March 08, 2020
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CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Town officials are closing down its public buildings — including the school — after a resident was found presumptive positive for the novel coronavirus.    The decision was made Sunday during an emergency meeting of the Board of Health, Select Board and School Committee members, said Select Board Chairman Ronald Boucher.    "We're really doing this out of an abundance of caution," said Boucher. "We have a large senior citizen population and we want to be aware of that."   Gem Environmental has contracted to come in and disinfect Town Hall, the library, the senior center, and the school.    The

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McCann Announces Second Quarter Honor Roll
03:05PM / Friday, March 06, 2020
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School has announced its honor roll for the second quarter of the 2019-20 school year.

High honors

Blevins, Macie; Canales, Dana; Carpenter, Emma; Carpenter, John; Charron, Jessica; Daigneault, Mya; DeBlois, Morgan; Delmolino, Braedon; Gazaille, Bree; Goodell, Madison; Hardee, Dylynn; Harrington, Vanessa; Hartley, Jadon; Kupiec, Kiera; LeSage, Vanessa; Levesque, Andrew; Loughman, Alicia; Mahar, Nathan; McLain, Emily; Mitchell, Madison; Rose, Christopher; Shepard, Nicholas; Tovani, Darius; Traversa, Vanessa; Williams, Hailey; Williams, Hanna; Yeaton, Aleasia.

Bailey, Matthew; Burdick, Allie; Champney, Molly; Cirullo, Connor; Dean, Kaeli;

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Drury High Seeing Increased Participation in Advanced Courses
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:01AM / Wednesday, March 04, 2020
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Alicandri, right, talks about his experience in the courses. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Drury High School has seen a "seismic shift" in the number of students taking one or more high-level courses over the past decade.   Drury has gone from offering four Advanced Placement courses to 13 and added on two college-level courses; from 35 seats in these courses filled in 2010 to 276 seats in 2020.   "We have fewer students now than we did in 2010 with the declining enrollment in the public schools," high school Principal Timothy Callahan told the School Committee on Tuesday. "That is a seismic shift in how we've decided to do school at Drury, and

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MCLA Spring Theatre Season Kicks Off With 'Topdog/Underdog'
05:01PM / Monday, March 02, 2020
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts theater program kicks off its spring season with Suzan-Lori Parks' "Topdog/Underdog."

The play will be directed by visiting guest artist Rodney Creech, with student John Archer-Harvey serving as assistant director.

"Topdog/Underdog" opens on Friday, March 6, with additional shows on March 7, 10, 11, and 12. All performances begin at 8 p.m. There will be additional matinee performances at 2 p.m. on March 7 and 8. A talk-back with Creech and the cast will be held after the March 8 matinee performance. General admission tickets are $15.

The play explores the lives of two brothers, Lincoln and

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Mt. Greylock Regional School to Present 'Anything Goes'
08:55PM / Wednesday, February 26, 2020
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock Regional School students in grades seven through 12 will perform the musical comedy "Anything Goes' on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 27, 28 and 29, at 7 p.m. in the school’s auditorium at 1781 Cold Spring Road.

"Anything Goes" takes place in the mid-1930s onboard the luxury liner SS American between New York Harbor and London, England. Billy Crocker (ninth-grader Sam Tucker-Smith), a young assistant to Wall Street tycoon Elisha J. Whitney (10th-grader Jonah Hane), a passenger on the ship, decides to stow away in hopes of wooing his long-lost love and wealthy debutante, Hope Harcourt (12-grader Ashtyn Faas), who is

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College Notes: January & February 2020
04:19PM / Tuesday, February 18, 2020
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Seniors in the shared self-designed research components with the Newton campus community at a recent showcase, including two local students.   Allison Wheeler of Adams shared "Plastic Planet: Combating Global Pollution Through Politics and Personal Accountability."    "Plastic bag bans are being instituted across the state, the country, and the world, and the grocery store I work at is located in a city with a plastic bag ban," she said. "As an environmental studies student, I am always asking myself, 'How do you influence the average person to adapt environmentally-friendly habits?' The second part of my componetn study

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McCann Budget Benefits From Increase in State Aid
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:12AM / Tuesday, February 18, 2020
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The McCann Technical School's $10 million fiscal 2021 budget represents an almost 5 percent increase.   The School Committee approved the $10,038,602 budget on Thursday that although is almost 5 percent more than the fiscal 2020 budget of $9,564,727 reflects a near $331,000 increase in state aid.   "There are a lot of positive things going on and you need money to make positive things work," School Committee member Daniel Maloney Jr. said. "It is not a windfall by any means at all but allows us to put some things back in the budget that we took out in years past."    Maloney said the increase in state aid stems from the

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Drury High School Announces First Quarter Honor Roll
04:22PM / Tuesday, February 11, 2020
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Drury High School has announced its honor roll for the first quarter of the 2019-2020 school year.

Grade 12

Alicandri, Francisco Joseph; Boudreau, Holly Jean; DelRatez, Ashley Rose; Demarsico, Quintin Curtis; Felix, Alison Marie Moulton; Guyette, Megan Kathleen; Kalamaja, Darby Ann; Lefaver, Jared Christopher; Lemaire, Noah Ryan; Lescarbeau, Isabel Marie; Morrison, Abigail Grace; Moulton, Jacqueline Maria; Neff, Stefanie Noel; Peters, Hailey Marie; Sarkis, Hunter James; Sroka, Emily Anne; Sullivan, Julianne Catherine; Tatro, Madison Quin; Wojnicki, Molly Rose.

Czarnecki, Brian Richard; Daugherty, Zoe Diane; Honig, Carter Alan; McDonald, Braxton Alexander-Reed;

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Williams College, North Adams Public Schools Present 'Let's Dance!' Performance
03:20PM / Thursday, February 06, 2020
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The '62 Center for Theatre and Dance, in collaboration with the Dance Department, the Center for Learning in Action and the North Adams Public Schools, has expanded its dance program "Let's Dance!"

Piloted last spring, "Let's Dance!" brings NAPS students from the 21st Century Afterschool program to Williams for a multi-week learning experience, offering students in grades three through five an introduction to the basic concepts of ballet and modern dance. After the success of the spring 2019 program, Let's Dance! has been expanded, with the generous support of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, to a full-year program

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Drury Students Compete in Math Counts Chapter Competition
03:05PM / Thursday, February 06, 2020
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Drury High School students placed six out of 11 teams at Math Counts competition at Deerfield Academy on Feb. 1.

Math Counts Foundation is a nonprofit organization that reaches students in grades six through eight in all U.S. states and territories with three extra-curricular programs. More than a quarter million students participate in Math Counts programs or use their resources each year.

This year, for the first time, North Adams students are participating through the Math Counts Club after school and the competition series.

Melissa Cairns, seventh grade math teacher at Drury and Math Counts coach, said she was excited about the opportunity.

"This

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