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Educators workshop on ‘The Mill Children’: Registration is still open for a May 9 workshop designed to allow educators to explore curricular connections with the upcoming exhibit "The Mill Children." The Friday afternoon program will be held from 12:30 to 2:30 at the Adams Free Library, 92 Park St., Adams.

In 1911 and 1916, Lewis Wickes Hine photographed child workers at the mills in Adams and North Adams; his photographs were a driving force in the social movement to reform laws for child and adult workers. Led by Anne Thidemann French, author of "A Teacher’s Guide to The Mill Children," workshop participants will get a virtual preview tour of the exhibit of paintings, historical photographs, music, film and narrative; learn how to incorporate the exhibit into curriculum using Common Core standards; receive a free copy of the teacher’s guide; explore opportunities for service-learning experiences using art and expression to impact social issues; and see examples of student work related to the exhibit from North Adams Public Schools. Registration is requested and can be done by contacting French at or (413) 662-3240, ext. 1204.

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Pearl Scholarship deadline: Applications are available for the 12th annual Daniel Pearl Berkshire Scholarship. The $1,000 award is given in memory of Daniel Pearl, the Wall Street Journal reporter kidnapped and killed in Pakistan early in 2002. Pearl previously worked in the Berkshires at the former North Adams Transcript and at The Berkshire Eagle.

While Pearl’s career was in journalism, he was also a gifted musician. For this reason, the award is given annually to a student who intends to study and pursue a career in either journalism or music.

Eligibility is limited to residents of Berkshire County and those living in areas where The Eagle is delivered. Applicants must plan to enter college in fall 2014. Applications must be returned or postmarked by Wednesday. Full guidelines and eligibility rules in PDF format may be found here:

Those interested in supporting the fund can send tax-deductible donations to the Daniel Pearl Berkshire Scholarship, c/o Martin Langeveld, 131 Woodland Road, Vernon, VT 05354.

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Celebrate trees: In continued celebration of Arbor Day, the Lanesborough Tree & Forest Committee will host an Arbor Day Celebration at 9 a.m. Friday at Lanesborough Elementary School. The event is free and open to the public, and will include tours of the school’s arboretum, the reading of a proclamation by Town Manager Paul Sieloff, songs sung by students and guitarist Robert Fraker and a distribution of seedlings to students.

At 1 p.m. Saturday, the committee will also host its Awesome Tree Contest awards ceremony at the Lanesborough Public Library. This event is also free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served.

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’Cry Innocent’: The Drury Drama Team will present Mark Stevick’s "Cry Innocent: The People vs. Bridget Bishop," at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday in the Drury High School auditorium in North Adams. The show is directed by Kate Caton.

The year is 1692. Bridget Bishop has been accused of witchcraft and the audience sits on the Puritan jury. They will hear historical testimonies, be able to interact with the actors and cross-examine the witnesses and decide Bishop’s fate.

Tickets are $8 for adults, and $5 for students and seniors. The playwright will also be in attendance at Friday’s show, and will give a post-show talk. Learn more at

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New degree completion programs at MCLA: This September, the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will launch two new degree completion programs, an option for adult learners interested in completing a degree in an accelerated time period. Applications are now being accepted for a bachelor of arts program for the completion of an early childhood studies degree, and a bachelor of science program for the completion of a business administration degree.

Classes will be offered in Pittsfield on evenings, and weekends, or can be accessed online. The classroom site has yet to be determined, but possible sites include the Conte Federal Building on Center Street, or the Intermodal Center on Columbus Avenue.

Applicants should either have an associate degree, or be nearing the completion of a program. They must also meet MCLA’s transfer admission requirements to be considered for admission. Priority will be given to students who have earned a minimum of 45 to 60 transferable credits. Financial aid is available for those who qualify.

For more information, contact Barbara Emanuel at (413) 662-5576 or, or visit

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