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Bidwell House Museum Offers High School Summer Internships
11:17AM / Friday, April 22, 2016
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MONTEREY, Mass. — The Bidwell House Museum, a colonial historic house museum in Monterey, is offering high school students with an interest in history, particularly local Berkshire colonial history, the opportunity to become a Young History Scholar Intern this summer.

The museum will offer eight to 10 students the chance to get an inside view of the historic house and the operations of a nonprofit.

The Bidwell House Museum is a 1750s New England heritage site providing through its land, house and collection a personal encounter with frontier life in early America. The museum includes the fully furnished colonial homestead, several outbuildings and 192 acres of grounds with gardens,

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Krugman Commencement Speaker at Bard College at Simon's Rock
05:52PM / Tuesday, April 12, 2016
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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Paul Krugman, winner of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Economics, will address graduates at the 47th commencement ceremony of Bard College at Simon's Rock, The Early College, on Saturday, May 21, at 11 a.m.

The ceremony is free and open to the public; priority seating given to the families of graduates.

Krugman was the sole recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his work on international trade theory. As one of the founders of the "New Trade Theory"— economic models that focus on the role of increasing returns to scale, among others — he was awarded the John Bates Clark medal by the American Economic Association

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St. Joe High Accredited, Approves Strategic Plan
02:54PM / Tuesday, April 12, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — St. Joseph Central High School has been accredited for 10 years by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

The recent acknowledgment by NEASC affirms the academic excellence of the diocesan high school's programs and offerings, said school officials. The self-evaluation process, which is also extended to public schools, sets specific criteria as it reviews all aspects of a school.

School Board President John O'Brien applauded the many individuals and their countless meetings involved in the accreditation process, stating that it was "no small undertaking. We are extremely pleased with the NEASC commendations and have incorporated all of

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United Way Installing 50 Bookhouses Across County to Improve Literacy
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:52PM / Monday, March 28, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Half the county's third-graders are not proficient at reading.   The Berkshire United Way is continuing its efforts to change that percentage.   For the last five or so years, the organization has run a number of programs and projects aimed to bring that percentage close to 90 percent proficient by 2020 and this year the efforts are ramping up even more.    "This year, because that is how we are, we are going bigger and we're going better," CEO Kristine Hazzard said on Monday when the organization announced details on the installation of 50 "bookhouses" throughout the county.   Employees at Saudi Arabia

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Arbor Day Poetry Contest Open to Berkshire County Students
02:53PM / Friday, March 25, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Conservation District is hosting a poetry contest in honor of National Arbor Day with the theme “We All Need Trees” open to students in Berkshire County in grades K through 12.

Poems should be no longer than one page and can be printed or hand written (if legible). Include the student’s name, school name, grade, mailing address, and phone number on the back of the poem.

Entries must be received by Friday, April 8. Mail or drop off at the office: Berkshire Conservation District, 78 Center St., Ste. 206, Pittsfield, MA 01201.

Winners will receive a free gift on Seedling Sale Day, Saturay, May 7, at Springside Park in Pittsfield. For

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Lola Greene Legacy Scholarship Applications Being Accepted
01:44PM / Monday, March 21, 2016
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Applications are now being accepted for the Lola Greene Legacy Scholarship.

A one-time grant of $250 to $500 will be awarded to a graduating high school senior from Berkshire County who is planning to continue to study Latin and/or the Classics in college. The scholarship will be awarded based on scholastic achievement with emphasis on Latin study and related activities, future plans to continue Latin and Classics studies, and demonstrated leadership and good moral character.

Lola Greene taught at Mount Greylock Regional High School from 1984 through 2000. During this time she developed the school’s Latin program and Junior Classical League into one of

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Zonta Club Award Applications Available
02:22PM / Monday, March 14, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Applications for the 2016 Young Women in Public Affairs Award are now available from the Zonta Club of Berkshire County.

The goal of the Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) Program is to encourage more young women to participate in public affairs by recognizing a young woman’s commitment to the volunteer sector, evidence of volunteer leadership achievements, and a dedication to the advancement of the status of women.

Applicants are asked to reflect on their voluntary commitment to their school and to their community and the problems limiting the advancement of the status of women in their own country and worldwide. The Zonta International Young Women in

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Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School Hires New First Grade Teacher
12:39PM / Friday, March 04, 2016
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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School welcomes Renée Far as first grade teacher for the 2016-2017 school year.

At the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School, as at many Waldorf schools all over the world, the class teacher stays with students from first through eighth grade. The class grows academically, artistically and socially in a progressively deepening relationship that builds on each child’s natural curiosity and the unfolding of each child’s capacities.

The Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School is now accepting applications for fall, and will hold a “Meet the Teacher” event Saturday, March 12, from 10:30 a.m. to

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100K Gift Helps Brien Center Expand Youth Substance Abuse Program
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:23AM / Monday, February 29, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — B. John and Rosaleen Miller lost their son to a drug overdose.   Their response 20 year ago is helping prevent that tragedy occurring to other families. Jim Mucia of the Brien Center says, "if we can get one kid off of heroin it is worth it."   Mucia heads the Patrick Miller Youth Substance Abuse Program at the Brien Center. The program brings counselors into schools all over Berkshire County, provides intervention programs and holds forums and presentations, all with a focus of keeping students away from drugs and alcohol.   "The best way to reduce the opioid problem, which is obviously become huge, is to not start. Once an addict

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Simon Youth Foundation Seeks Applicants for Scholarships Across New England
03:07PM / Wednesday, January 27, 2016
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LEE, Mass. — Living near a Simon Malls or Simon Premium Outlets property - like the Lee Premium Outlets - could help a graduating senior pay for college.  Simon Youth Foundation, a national nonprofit that provides educational opportunities for at-risk high school students, has begun looking for a graduating senior who live within 50 miles of a Simon property.

Each year, Simon Youth Community Scholarships are awarded in every community across the country that is home to Simon Malls, Mills or Premium Outlets. The application period has begun and ends on March 1, 2016.

Students can apply online by visiting syf.org/scholarships.

Any student who will be graduating in the class of

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