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PREVIEW: Aston Magna Family Day at Saint James Place, Saturday, May 25

It is commonplace for children to experience private epiphanies simply by holding a musical instrument in their hands for the first time.

Georgiana C. O’Connell, 93, formerly of Monterey, teacher at Monterey School

She served on various boards within the Town of Monterey. She was the first woman elected to the select board where she served for almost 10 years.

Egremont’s ‘flying school’ to land next week, open its doors to students in August

"We're moving forward and expect to be ready for children well before the school year, if not sooner." -- Bruce Turner, chair, Egremont Board of Selectmen

Funding restored for Egremont School, but the future of the district is anyone’s guess

"It's time we start talking with our neighbors. I'm certainly willing to talk to anyone who wants to talk about moving forward with Berkshire Hills or even Farmington River and Richmond." -- Egremont Selectboard Chairman Bruce Turner

News Briefs: Grant for Richmond to help fire department; SBRSD superintendent to visit Monterey

The pumper truck will be primarily used as a first-due attack vehicle and will allow for rapid response to homes and brush fires in areas that the town’s current apparatus cannot access.

At issue in Southern Berkshire: Are small schools worth keeping?

The superior experience most parents say their kids have in the very small schools has less to do with scale, and more to do with quality teaching and the right kind of leadership. -- Susan Engel, director of the Program in Teaching at Williams College, and a resident of New Marlborough

SBRSD budget in limbo: Egremonters want their school back

If district taxpayers refuse to authorize spending for the school district, the state has an elaborate system to ensure the district's continued operation.

Closing Egremont School is an educational, financial mistake

Clearly, consolidation did nothing to control taxes in Great Barrington. And, based on the Egremont In her letter to the editor, Susan Bachelder writes: "Finance Committee's evaluation of the SBRSD budget, closing the Egremont village school will have no effect at all on SBRSD escalating school taxes either."

With school districts, towns create uncontrollable entities

In her letter to the editor, Susan Bachelder of Egremont writes: “It is up to the Towns to re-establish that legal premise and assert its rights to determine the course of education in their respective Towns.” 

Elaine Marie Bertoli, 55, of Mill River

For 10 years Elaine was Mrs. Andersen’s sidekick at Monterey School kindergarten. In the end it will be Elaine’s family, the friends she made and the children she taught who will remain her living legacy.
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