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Berkshires Beat: Adaptive Water Program to Hold Clinic at Camp Russell
02:12PM / Monday, July 16, 2018
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LOF, headquartered in Sandy Hook, Conn., will be holding two day long, specialized, skiing clinics for disabled and special needs children at the Boys and Girls Club's Camp Russell located on Richmond Pond in Richmond on Wednesday, July, and Wednesday July 25. This is the first time for such a program will take place in the Berkshires.

Founded in 1991 by Joel Zeisler, LOF is one of the largest and safest adaptive water ski programs in the country and helps participants develop skills, experience physical freedom and enjoy the sports of water skiing and water boarding utilizing special adaptive equipment such as the "sit ski." LOF is partnering with the

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Area Wrestlers Post Strong Showings at Bay State Games
12:01PM / Monday, July 16, 2018
BOSTON -- Three members of the Berkshire Wrestling Club earned bronze medals over the weekend at the Bay State Games.   Isiaha Hartman-Caesar, Zabion Powell and Michael LaFreniere each finished his competition with a win in the third-place match at the tournament.   A fourth competitor from the club, Deven Pekosz, also competed, wrestling in the 113-pound weight class.   At 120, LaFreniere went 4-0 in the wrestlebacks after losing his initial match in the main draw. He pinnned Samuel Wagner of the New Hampshire Lightning Wrestling Club at 1 minute, 43 seconds of their third-place bout.   At 145, Powell won twice in the main draw before dropping a decision in the

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Area Youngsters Earn Pistol Medals at Bay State Games
11:58AM / Monday, July 16, 2018
WOBURN, Mass. -- Jacob Stokes and Kate-Lynn Johnson of the American Legion Post 152 shooting team took home gold medals from the pistol competition at the Bay State Games over the weekend.   The team sent several competitors to the event.   Stokes won the in the basic supported position competition, where Lyla Kocsis took home a silver medal.   Johnson won gold in the standing supported position division.

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Lee Community Tennis Still Has Openings for Youth Camps
11:57AM / Monday, July 16, 2018
LEE, Mass. -- The Lee Community Tennis Association is offering an extended sign-up period for its team tennis programs for children ages 5 to 18.   All programs run through mid-August. Enrollments are open to all children in Berkshire County, and scholarships are available.   The USTA Junior Team Tennis camp runs for four more weeks. Players aged 18 and under practice Monday nights from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Lee High School. The 14U and 10U practices are Tuesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. Practices are organized by the Lee CTA, which works with coaches from around Berkshire County, including girls Coach of the Year Norma Comalli and Miss Hall’s School coach Rich Butler.   Youth

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Elementary School Science Camp Held at Williams College
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:53AM / Monday, July 16, 2018

The professors keep things light and entertaining.  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — It was storytime this past week at Williams College.   But the rising fifth- and sixth-graders at the college's Summer Science Lab were not being told stories. They were challenged to make up stories.   As part of the weeklong day camp, campers were assigned each night to think about a phenomenon observed in class and develop a "story" that might explain it.   On Thursday morning, the observation involved the mixing of a yellow liquid and a blue liquid to make a green one.   After talking with the three dozen youngsters sitting at lab tables in the college's

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DiGenarro's Late Heroics Lift Bay State Girls Basketball Team to Gold Medal
10:03PM / Sunday, July 15, 2018
ROXBURY CROSSING, Mass. -- Drury's Brook DiGennaro scored her team's final five points in overtime, including a long 3-pointer with 4 seconds left, to lift the West girls basketball team to an 84-81 win over Metro in the gold medal game of the Bay State Games on Sunday.   DiGennaro, who scored seven of her team-high 27 in the last minute of OT, hit a late layup to tie the game, 81-81.   Then Wilbraham and Monson's A.J. Washington stole the ball and got it to Hampshire's Maddie Pond, who set up DiGennaro above the top of the key for an NBA-range 3-pointer.   Washingto finished with 16 points, and Pond scored 15.   The West squad had 15 3-pointers,

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High Demand Shown For Pittsfield's Needle Exchange Program
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:19AM / Sunday, July 15, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The needle exchange program has collected more than 15,000 dirty needles in the first five months of this year.    According to Berkshire Health Systems Director of Infection Prevention and Control Michael Perreault, that shows the need for the disease prevention program is there.   "Going into this, I don't think was sure what the need was in our community. When I share this with my team at the hospital, this demonstrates that BMC made the right choice by moving forward with the program. Fifteen thousand is a lot of needles to take in, however, if we didn't collect those dirty needles, you have to wonder where these needles would

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Rindfuss Pitches Pittsfield Babe Ruth 14s to New England Regional
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
07:18PM / Saturday, July 14, 2018
WESTFIELD, Mass. -- For four innings on Saturday afternoon at Bullens Field, Patrick Rindfuss was perfect.   But as a member of the Pittsfield Babe Ruth 14-year-olds, that just meant he was part of the crowd.   Rindfuss threw a complete game on-hitter, and Pittsfield pounded out 11 hits and played flawless defense en route to a 13-1 win over Westfield in the State Championship game.   Pittsfield will represent Western Massachusetts in the Babe Ruth New England Regional in Norwalk, Conn., starting Friday, July 20.   “Patrick told one of his teammates he planned on not letting anyone get on base today, and he just about did that throughout the game,” Pittsfield

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Berkshire Force 12U Team Wins Two at Babe Ruth Regional
07:16PM / Saturday, July 14, 2018
NEW MILFORD, Conn. -- Mia Arpante went 2-for-3 with a double at the plate and threw a complete game in the circle to lead the Berkshire Force 12-and-under softball team to an 8-3 win over the Londonderry (N.H.) Lightning at the Babe Ruth Softball New England Regional.   Bella MacDonald also doubled, and Julia Pierce went 2-for-2 at the plate in the win.   Arpante struck out six to earn the win.   The Force 12U squad then earned a 2-1, extra-innings win over host New Milford.   McDonald led off the eighth inning with a double and scored on Kami Sweet's single.   Sweet earned the win in the circle, striking out 12.

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West Girls Basketball Team Goes to 3-1 at Bay State Games
07:14PM / Saturday, July 14, 2018
ROXBURY CROSSING, Mass. -- The West girls basketball team split its games Saturday to go to 3-1 at the Bay State Games.   In the morning, the squad held off Coastal to earn a 71-66 win behind 17 points from Greenfield's Katie Haselton and 15 from Wilbraham and Monson's A.J. Washington.   Drury's Brook DiGennaro scored 11 in the win.   DiGennaro again put up double figures in an 83-72 loss to Central on Saturday afternoon.   Haselton and Chicopee Comp's Arianna Hasiuk led the way with 15 points apiece.   The West finsihes pool play on Sunday at noon against Metro before heading to the medal round.

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Save The Art Continues Opposition to Berkshire Museum Art Sale
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:18PM / Saturday, July 14, 2018

Some are calling for a whole new board of trustees to take over at the museum. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Tom Patti considered it a compliment to have his art in the same building as Norman Rockwell and Alexander Calder.   The Berkshire Museum had commissioned his work at the entrance, the foyer, and in three other locations. But now, Patti doesn't feel that the museum values local artists.   "I felt a part of the original mission of the museum and its responsibility to the community. I think that's changed dramatically. It was something very special to the region, not just in Pittsfield," Patti said. "It took over 100 years to invest in the museum and

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West Boys Lacrosse Wins Bay State Games Gold
11:29AM / Saturday, July 14, 2018
WALTHAM, Mass. -- Wahconah's Dart Jaggi scored a goal in the West team's 11-10, double-overtime win over Metro/Southeast in the Bay State Games boys lacrosse gold medal game.   The West went trough pool play with a 4-0 record before beating Metro/Southeast a second time in the tournament final.   The first time around, the West earned a 10-8 win.   Jaggi finished the tournament with eight goals. Hoosac Valley's Casey Meczywor scored six goals and added two assists.   The team also included Wahconah's Dayton Kozlowski and Monument Mountain's Walter Boyko.

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