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Hinds Secures Funding For Rural School Aid In State Budget
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:07AM / Tuesday, July 24, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Nine rural Berkshire County schools will get a little extra state aid this year because of a new program introduced by state Sen. Adam Hinds.   Hinds secured $1.5 million to start a rural sparsity aid program in the state budget. For schools in towns with less than 10 students per square mile and a per capita income below the state average, the state will give an additional $100 per student. The Pittsfield Democrat sees that as only a start and hopes to expand the program next year.   "The overall line item is $1.5 million and we view that as a starting point because we are introducing the concept. We truly hope that it will expand to an amount so we

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Pittsfield 14-Year-Old Babe Ruth Battles Back, Falls Short at Regional
08:42PM / Monday, July 23, 2018
NORWALK, Conn. -- The Pittsfield Babe Ruth 14-year-old all-stars battled back from a five-run deficit to tie it in the top of the seventh but dropped a 7-6 decision to Rhode Island on Monday at the New England Regional.   The loss drops Pittsfield from the eight-team regional, but it did not go down without a fight.   "I couldn't be prouder of how they battled back," Pittsfield coach Bryon Sherman said. "We fell down early and could have given up. I'm proud of the boys for their effort."   Sherman said starting pitcher Shane Bernardo deserved a better fate on the mound, but North Providence, R.I., jumpe out to an early lead with four unearned runs

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Authorities Say Police Service Weapon Used In Cromwell Ave Shooting
By Andy McKeever,
05:38PM / Monday, July 23, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police say the gun used in the shooting on Cromwell Avenue was a Police issued service weapon.   A woman, whom authorities continue to refuse to identify, was shot at the home of Officer Miles Barber last Wednesday. She was transported to Berkshire Medical Center following surgery and airlifted to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield.    The District Attorney's office has said that the preliminary investigation appears that the wound was self-inflicted. Pittsfield Police released a statement on Monday saying that the weapon used was the Glock Model 22, .40 caliber pistol that was issued to the 18-year veteran of the

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Berkshires Beat: Disability Innovator to Give Jacob's Pillow Performance
02:50PM / Monday, July 23, 2018
Wheeled away

Following a sold-out run at New York Live Arts and performances at San Francisco's Fresh Meat Festival, choreographer and disability arts innovator Alice Sheppard and the Kinetic Light collaborative will give a debut appearance at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival’s Inside/Out series on Wednesday, Aug. 1, from 6:15 to 7 p.m.

They will present a mixed program of solo and duet works celebrating wheeled movement, using wooden ramp wedges designed by Massachusetts artist and design researcher Sara Hendren. The program includes a restaged duet from "Descent," the evening-length work that celebrated a sold-out run at New York Live Arts in March 2018. Inside/Out

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Lee Selectman Wickham Making Bid For State Senate
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:30AM / Monday, July 23, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Thomas Wickham describes himself as a "realist" and a "moderate" and is looking for a seat in the state Senate.   Eleven years ago he received a tax bill that frustrated him. But instead of just getting mad and complaining about it, he got involved.    "After I got my taxes, I was kind of mad. I figured I wanted to get involved and figure out what is going on," Wickham said. "I started on the Planning Board 10, 11 years ago learning how zoning goes and how we zone businesses in town, whether we are friendly or not."   That experience led him to get involved with the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission.

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Soccer Referee Class Offered in Lenox
10:29PM / Sunday, July 22, 2018
LENOX, Mass. -- The Massachusetts State Referee Committee will host a course next month in Lenox for anyone interested in being a USSF Soccer Official.   The course will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 5, at the Hampton Inn.   Prepayment of $115 is required with a check made out to MSRC.   To register, visit  https://www.massref.net/Central/courseofferings.cfm and click on the class for Lenox.

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Berkshire Force Takes Two Titles at Dalton CRA Tourney
10:17PM / Sunday, July 22, 2018
DALTON, Mass. -- The Berkshire Force 16-year-olds and 14-year-olds earned titles on Sunday at the Dalton CRA Softball Invitational Tournament.   The other two age division titles were captured by squads from Guilderland, N.Y.   Guilderland defeated Berkshire Force squads in the 10-year-old and 12-year-old finals, winning by scores of 13-1 and 7-1, respectively.   In the 16-and-under division, the Force defeated Hudson Valley, N.Y., 13-9, in the the title game.   In the 14-and-under group, the Force defeated Dalton, 7-1, in the final.   "It was a great weekend, with lots of good softball and some exciting games," Dalton CRA Director of Recreation Dustin

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Rindfuss, Hall Lead Pittsfield Babe Ruth 14s in Must-Win Game
09:30PM / Sunday, July 22, 2018
NORWALK, Conn. -- Patrick Rindfuss threw 6-1/3 innings of one-hit ball, and the Pittsfield Babe Ruth 14-year-old all-stars Sunday edged Tri-County, Maine, 6-5, to stay alive at the New England Regional.   Rindfuss pitched around four errors before giving the ball to Steve Zuccolo, who picked up the last two outs to earn the save.   Nick Hall hit a go-ahead home run in the top of the fifth to lead Pittsfield's offense.   "It was not a pretty affair," Pittsfield coach Bryon Sherman said. "We need to play better defense, or we're going to have a short visit to the elimination round."   Sunday's win gave Pittsfield a 1-2 record in pool play.

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Hinds Backs Efforts to Bolster Mountain Biking Trails
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:08AM / Sunday, July 22, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — State Sen. Adam Hinds knows mountain biking is an emerging industry. But, he also knows people who drive through the Berkshires to get elsewhere for it.   "Mountain biking has been identified as an industry that is growing and we are well positioned for it," Hinds said.   According to New England Mountain Bike's Berkshire County Branch President Alison McGee, there are hundreds of great mountain biking trails throughout Berkshire County. But, most aren't mapped. Unless people are in certain Facebook groups or know others who can show them around, many don't know about them. She knows there are different levels of maintenance being

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Pittsfield 15s Stay Unbeaten at Babe Ruth New England Regional
08:18PM / Saturday, July 21, 2018

AUGUSTA, Maine — The Pittsfield 15-year-old Babe Ruth Baseball All-Stars defeated North Providence-Smithfield, 4-2, on Saturday in the New England Regional tournament.

Pittsfield takes a 2-0 record into Sunday's pool play finale, when it takes on Maine state champion, Tri-County, also 2-0.   14-Year-Olds NORWALK, Conn. — The Pittsfield Babe Ruth 14s left 11 men on base in a 6-4 loss to 2017 13-year-old champion Keene, N.H.   "We had our opportunities," Pittsfield coach Bryon Sherman said. We just couldn't get them in."   Sam Sherman had two hits for Pittsfield, which got a hit apiece from Steve Zuccolo, Nick Hall and Owen

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Dalton CRA Softball Tournament Draws Dozens of Teams to Town
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
09:43PM / Friday, July 20, 2018
DALTON, Mass. -- The Dalton CRA Invitational Softball Tournament has grown four-fold in nine years, and there is one reason why.   "The biggest thing is just the volunteers," CRA Director of Recreation Dustin Belcher said. "I have an incredible committee of people who really give so much time and effort -- most of them do not have kids playing this weekend, but they've been here since their kids started, and they've kind of stuck it out.   "They've focused on all the other stuff so I can focus on recruiting and getting teams here."   It is a 15-person committee that helps Belcher stage the event, which got under way on Friday night and

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Pittsfield Babe Ruth 14s Drop Regional Opener
09:41PM / Friday, July 20, 2018
NORWALK, Conn. -- Trumbull, Conn., took advantage of defensive miscues Friday morning to earn a 10-0, five-inning win over Pittsfield at the Babe Ruth Baseball 14-year-old New England Regionals.   "It wasn't our best game," Pittsfield coach Bryon Sherman said. "Actually, we only had two bad innings. They scored four in the third and six in the fourth. Between those two innings, we had six errors, which is uncharacteristic for our group."   Patrick Rindfuss and Shane Bernardo split time on the mound for Pittsfield, which got singles from Michael Grady, Michael Britten and Shane Zuccolo.   "It was not pleasant game this morning, but we expect to be

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