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Monument Students Reminded to 'Maintain Balance'
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
05:14PM / Sunday, June 05, 2022

The class of bid farewell to Monument Mountain on Sunday. See more photos here. LENOX, Mass. — Maya Isabelle Velasco put a lot of effort into earning the grades that earned her the title of valedictorian at Monument Mountain Regional High School.   Perhaps, she reflected on Sunday, at times a little too hard.   "I sacrificed balance in my life to get the best grades," Velasco said during her valedictory address in Tanglewood's Koussevitzky Music Shed. "I prioritized school over everything: relationships, sports, sleep, my health. I should've stopped working on that paper to go to my friend's birthday party or finished some assignments another

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Lee High Class of 2022 Lovingly Referred to as 'Looney Tunes'
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
06:30PM / Saturday, June 04, 2022

Lee high graduated 57 seniors on Saturday. See more photos here.

LENOX, Mass. — Lee High valedictorian Emma Puleri was at a loss for words while writing her commencement speech and consulted her peers. They suggested that she rap her remarks, walk up to the podium and say nothing, and pass the microphone to several other students.

This led Puleri to the conclusion that the class of 2022 is the Looney Tunes.

"Each one of us is different and unique. We all are total goofballs in our own way, yet we still accept each other for who we are as individuals," she said during Saturday's graduation under the Koussevitzky Music Shed at Tanglewood.

"And I think that this

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Mount Everett Grads Reminded to 'Stay Gold'
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
03:30PM / Saturday, June 04, 2022
LENOX, Mass. — Mount Everett Valedictorian Nadia Makuc instructed her classmates to be a person that their younger selves would be proud of at the high school's commencement.   "As we grow to be productive members of our communities, let us stay young in spirit.  Stay fun, stay humble, stay silly.  We have the rest of our lives for the world to challenge us, but in the meantime drink the Dr. Pepper, sign your name with a smiley face, wear the Pokémon converse – don't be afraid to keep piglet in your backpack," she said during the sunny morning ceremony at Tanglewood Saturday.   "Make your inner first-grade self happy.  More

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Lee High School Scholarships & Awards 2022
12:53PM / Saturday, June 04, 2022
LEE, Mass. — The following awards and scholarships were presented to the Lee High School class of 2022.    Marjorie Wickham Memorial Scholarships: Madison LaRock, Caroline Maloney, Emma Puleri, Emma Puntin, Emilie Resca, Evan Trombley   Henry T. Zukowski Memorial Scholarships: Carina Brown, Elizabeth Brown, Dylan Ely, Ariana Hall, Joshua Hartman, Brianna Kelly, Matthew Kinney, Mason Mihlek, Kyle Morandi   BRP Scholarship: Donnalee D’Ambrosi   Drs. Charles & James Stratton Memorial Scholarship: Aiden Blackedge Hawley   Allan Wurtzbach Prize: Brandon Bartkus, Paige Plankey   Eugenio Bonafin Award: Wilder

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Monument Mountain Regional Names Val & Sal for 2022
10:09AM / Saturday, June 04, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Maya Velasco and Bailey Carlson have been named valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, of Monument Mountain Regional High School's class of 2022.   Graduation will take place at 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 5, at Tanglewood in Lenox.    Velasco is the daughter of Zhivago and Marcie Skowron Velasco of Lee. She is a member of National Honor Society, PATHways Community Service Organization, Project Sprout and the Varsity Basketball and Lacrosse teams.   She is the recipient of the University of Rochester (N.Y.) Bausch and Lomb Science Award, the National School Development Council of Academic Growth and Leadership, the

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Mount Everett's Top Students Announced
04:58PM / Friday, June 03, 2022
SHEFFIELD, Mass. — Mount Everett Regional School is proud to announce that Nadia Makuc has been named valedictorian and Grace Makuc has been named salutatorian of the class of 2022. They will graduate at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 4, during ceremonies at Tanglewood in Lenox.   Nadia Makuc has completed a rigorous course of study during her years at Mount Everett that included five Advanced Placement courses, 12 honors courses, and four early college courses. She has demonstrated leadership with her involvement in the following groups: Interact Club, National Honor Society, Model United Nations, Competitive Vex Robotics, and Student Council. She has received many accolades,

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Lee High Names Valedictorian, Salutatorian for 2022
02:24PM / Friday, June 03, 2022
LEE, Mass. — Emma N. Puleri and Emma S. Puntin have been named valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, of Lee High School's class of 2022.     Graduation ceremonies will take place at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 4, at the Koussevitzky Music Shed at Tanglewood.   Puleri is the daughter of Richard and Michele Puleri of Lee. She is a member of the National Honor Society, student government, class steering committee, and the soccer and basketball teams. She is a recipient of the George Eastman Young Leaders Award and the Cornell University Award.     Puleri will be attending Utica College in New York State, majoring in exercise science and

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Berkshire Bounty Hires First Executive Director
08:31AM / Friday, June 03, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Berkshire Bounty announce the hiring of Morgan Ovitsky as their first Executive Director.    Ovitsky comes to Berkshire Bounty from Be Well Berkshires, a Mass in Motion funded initiative that supports equitable access to healthy food and opportunities for physical activity.    As the Project Coordinator, she facilitated the Berkshire County Food Access Collaborative, a multi-sector collaborative platform to examine the regionally specific assets and challenges as it relates to local food access.    Ovitsky steps into leadership of the Berkshires nonprofit with a deep knowledge of the food and nutrition-related challenges facing

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Berkshire Farmers Markets Receive Grants
04:00PM / Thursday, June 02, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Berkshire Agricultural Ventures (BAV) has awarded $100,000 in grants to nine Berkshire area farmers markets to support SNAP matching programs.    In Berkshire County North Adams Farmers Market, Pittsfield Farmers Market, West Stockbridge Farmers Market, Lee Farmers Market, Great Barrington Farmers Market and Sheffield Farmers Market received grants.   "When we started farming, it was important for us to be able to produce great food for more than just a narrow segment of our community," said Michael Gallagher of Square Roots Farm (Lanesborough). "The market match programs at our markets in Pittsfield and North Adams have been a

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Berkshire South Welcome Summer Festival
12:12PM / Thursday, June 02, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Berkshire South Regional Community Center's (BSRCC) second annual Welcome Summer Festival will be held at the community center on Saturday, June 4, from 11am to 4pm, rain or shine.    The outdoor event (indoors, if the weather is inclement) is free to attend and meant for the whole family. Additional activities will be available for a small charge, and all income earned will support Berkshire South's Community Programming.   "The festival is an opportunity for the community to come together to ring in the summer season," according to Jenise Lucey, Executive Director of Berkshire South. The day's events include a bounce

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Rain, Thunderstorms on the Horizon This Week
Staff Reports ,
12:00PM / Wednesday, June 01, 2022
Temperatures Today, Wednesday, June 1 should top out in the low 70s. Skies will be cloudy throughout the afternoon, and Accuweather predicts some rain this afternoon starting around 1 pm.   The Weather Channel predicts that about a quarter of an inch of rain could fall.   Possible thunderstorms with heavy winds in the afternoon are expected to begin around 6 pm.   Temperatures will be in the low 80s Thursday with cloudy skies. Expect some rain in the afternoon.    The Weather Channel predicts heavier rainfall overnight.   There should be more of the same Friday, June 3. Temperatures will be lower in the low 70s but showers can be expected earlier in the

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Fairview Hospital Named Among Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals in the U.S.
11:19AM / Wednesday, June 01, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Fairview Hospital, an affiliate of Berkshire Health Systems (BHS) in Great Barrington, has been named one of the 20 highest-ranked critical access hospitals (CAHs) in the country as determined by the Chartis Center for Rural Health and announced by the National Rural Health Association (NRHA).    Fairview achieved two Top 20 recognition awards, the first for Overall Hospital Performance based on the results of the Chartis Rural Hospital Performance INDEX and its eight indices: inpatient market share, outpatient market share, quality outcomes, patient perspective, cost, charge, and finance. The second award was for Best Practice Achievement for

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