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After Leaving Their Mark on Monument, Class of 2018 Graduates
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:44PM / Sunday, June 03, 2018
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Throughout the ceremony, beach balls were being batted around. More photos of the ceremony are available here. LENOX, Mass. — For half a century students were asked to leave their mark on Monument Mountain High School.   Salutatorian Emily Martsen remembers clearly the day she was asked the consider the same questions, "How will I leave your mark on the world? and How will I leave my mark on Monument?"   It was freshman orientation. She remembers the prior year's graduation video playing. She remembers names being mispronounced. She remembers being greeted by Assistant  Principal Scott Annand. And she remembers those questions.   "By now,

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Legendary Newsman Schieffer Tells Williams Grads to Think About Public Service
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:49PM / Sunday, June 03, 2018
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Newsman Bob Schieffer urges the graduates to put their talents to good use by becoming involved in politics for altruistic reasons. See more photos here.  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College's Class of 2018 Sunday was encouraged to make the world their classroom and use the ideals that they learn in service to the world.   Commencement speaker Bob Schieffer exhorted the grads to dive into public service and reverse what he described as a troubling trend of professionalization in the political class.   After telling the story of his first brush with politicians in his Texas hometown in 1948, Schieffer explained that the Lyndon B. Johnson rally he attended as

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Lee Graduates Look Forward to Great Accomplishments
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:46PM / Saturday, June 02, 2018
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LENOX, Mass. — Lee High School graduate Shane Cloutier is not looking forward to that day, 20 years from now, when he sees one of his high school classmates in the dairy aisle of the grocery store and holds that awkward conversation catching up. Nor is he looking forward to his next dentist appointment.   He is looking forward to the mornings when he wakes up one morning and reads the news about one of his classmates heroically landed a crashing plane. Or, another classmate inventing new technology. He is looking forward to watching documentaries on his classmates solving criminal cases.   "I look forward to any day that I will be able to witness you guys use the

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Star Power: BArT Graduates Class of 2018
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:33PM / Saturday, June 02, 2018
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ADAMS, Mass. — For years, the members of Berkshire Arts & Technology Public Charter School's Class of 2018 walked into school across a sidewalk emblazoned with the school's ubiquitous star-shaped logo.   Before walking out of the school one last time on Saturday morning, the graduates heard just how appropriate that logo really is.   "Many other elements are inside of us," the school's Executive Director James White told the graduates at the start of Saturday's commencement. "They're in the food that we eat. They're in the drinks that we have. They're in the air that we breathe.   "As the years advanced,

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Lee High School Class of 2018 Names Val & Sal
11:49AM / Thursday, May 31, 2018
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LEE, Mass. — Will R. McKeon and Lydia F. Morawiec have been named valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, of Lee High School's class of 2018.    Commencement ceremonies will take place on Saturday, June 2, at 1:30 p.m. at the Koussevitzky Music Shed at Tanglewood in Lenox.   McKeon is the son of Karen Rutschmann and Jack McKeon of Lee. He is a member of the National Honor Society, band, the Gay-Straight Alliance, and many theater productions. He's an Eagle Scout and a taekwondo instructor. McKeon was the recipient of the Dartmouth College Book Award and the Elmira College Key Award.    He will be attending Clark University in Worcester in the

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College Notes: May 2018
05:01PM / Wednesday, May 23, 2018
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Graduations Lauren Levardi from Pittsfield was awarded a bachelor of science in exercise and sports science from in Conway, S.C., during commencement exercises on May 4-5. She was one of 1,183 students who walked during commencement, which had head football coach Joe Moglia as the speaker.   awarded 617 degrees during its 101st commencement exercises on Sunday, May 13, held at the DCU Center in downtown Worcester, including to Taylor Kline of Adams and Sarah Morley of Pittsfield. The speaker was the Most Rev. Robert E. Barron, S.T.D., auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.   in Milton awarded degrees on Sunday, May 20, to the following

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MCLA Announces Recipients of Berkshire County Educator Recognition Awards
08:38PM / Thursday, May 17, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has announced the recipients of the eighth annual Berkshire County Educator Recognition Award. This award, presented by MCLA in collaboration with Berkshire County K-12 superintendents and Berkshire Community College, was created to honor the region’s exceptional teachers.

The recipients, all of whom recently were recognized at an MCLA ceremony, are Deborah Hartwig (Early Childhood – Community Setting), a Head Start teacher at Berkshire Head Start in Adams; April Mazzeo (Pre-K-Grade 2), a first-grade teacher at Hoosac Valley Elementary School in the Adams-Cheshire School District; Kimberly Comier (Grades 3-6), a

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Norman Rockwell Museum Names Chief Educator
08:08PM / Thursday, May 17, 2018
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STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — The Norman Rockwell Museum has appointed Mary A. Berle, a Harvard-trained educator who is the current Principal of Muddy Brook Elementary School in Great Barrington, as the museum’s new chief educator. 

Berle will officially join the museum on September 1, 2018, assuming a newly created senior-level position to lead the museum’s education vision at a pivotal time of growth. In this position, she will build on the strengths of the museum’s robust education program currently led by Chief Curator Stephanie Plunkett and Digital Learning Director Rich Bradway.

As a member of the museum’s strategic leadership team, Berle will oversee all

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Southern Vermont College Holds 91st Commencement
02:56PM / Tuesday, May 15, 2018
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BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southern Vermont College recognized 84 degree candidates and 2 certificate recipients at its 91st commencement exercises on Saturday, May 12, on the Greystone Lawn of the Everett Mansion.    An honorary degree of humane letters was awarded to Nicholas T. Pinchuk, chairman and chief executive officer of Snap-on Inc. and formerly president of global refrigeration operations for Carrier Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp.    Pinchuk is a leader on workforce development and technical education and careers. Recognizing his role in the formation of the nation's technical education agenda, the Career and Technical Education

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BCC Rededicates Theater to the Late Robert Boland
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
08:24PM / Saturday, May 12, 2018
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Jonathan Daube was one of three former college presidents to join for the event. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — When Catherine Addy was hired to become Berkshire Community College's second president, Robert Boland was nearing retirement.   "I was completely intimidated by him. I thought the best I could do was stay out of his way, let him do his magic, and then kind of step in and take some of the credit because he worked at BCC and so did I. That seemed like a good plan at the time," Addy said.   Boland joined the new Berkshire Community College in 1961. A theater professional, he was chairman of the Theater and Fine Arts Department, overseeing more than 60

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