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Pignatelli Takes Over Cariddi's Chairmanship of Environment Committee
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:15PM / Tuesday, July 18, 2017
BOSTON, Mass. — State Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli is taking over the House chairmanship of the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture for the late Rep. Gailanne Cariddi.   Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo appointed Pignatelli to the seat that was previously chaired by his former Berkshire delegation colleague, Cariddi, who died earlier this year. The dean of the Berkshire delegation will likely be removed from his current committees to focus solely on the chairmanship.   "Clearly, I am very honored. This is a key legislative position in leadership," Pignatelli said. "It bodes really well to have the chairman be from

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Lanesborough FinCom Looks to State For Help With Retiree Health Care
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:44AM / Tuesday, July 18, 2017
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — With support from the last election, Finance Committee Chairman Ray Jones is now calling on the state Legislature to allow the town to increase the percentage retirees pay for health insurance.   Jones had requested a ballot question on the town election to "change the health insurance premium contribution rate for eligible town retirees from town's share 85 percent and retirees' share 15 percent to town's share 70 percent and retirees share 30 percent."   The non-binding questioned was approved by voters at the election by a 138-71 margin — which with 2,286 total registered voters translates to about 6 percent of townspeople

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Berkshire Girls Lacrosse Squad Competes at Bay State Games
10:18PM / Monday, July 17, 2017
WALTHAM, Mass. — The first-ever group of Berkshire area lacrosse players recently competed in the seven-vs-seven tournament at the Bay State Games at the Veterans Memorial Complex on July 11-12.   Three years ago, coaches Jeff Murray and Larry Sheedy started a club team for girls to learn and play lacrosse. This initial group of 17 players from Grades 6-8 has now blossomed to three teams with one each for players in Grades 3-6, 7-8 and 9-11.   The 12 players who played six games at the Bay State Games were from six different area schools and were by far the youngest team in the competition. They came from Hoosac Valley High School, Pittsfield High School, Pine Cobble,

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Bulldogs Win Western Mass State Tourney
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
09:53PM / Monday, July 17, 2017
GREENFIELD, Mass. -- The Lanesborough Bulldogs 11-and-under Cal Ripken Baseball team Monday rallied from a 10-5 deficit to earn an 11-10 win over Ashburnham-Westborough in the Western Mass State Tournament championship game.   The Bulldogs scored three runs without the benefit of a hit in the bottom of the fifth and Kyle Kelly pitched a scoreless fifth to send the team on to the New England Regional later this month in Waterville, Maine.   On Monday, Lanesborough needed to win twice against Ash-West, a team that took a 6-4 decision from the Bulldogs earlier in the double-elimination tournament.   The Bulldogs also needed to bounce back after blowing a 5-0 lead when Ash-West

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Traversa Throws No-Hitter for Post 68 Juniors
09:02PM / Monday, July 17, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Joe Traversa threw a no-hitter Monday to lead the Post 68 Juniors to a 4-0 win over Longmeadow in the American Legion Baseball district playoffs.   On Tuesday at Clapp Park, Post 68 plays the winner of Wilbraham and Greenfield for the title. If Post 68 loses on Tuesday, it will play the same team again on Wednesday to decide the double-elimination tournament.   Seniors   PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- On Monday at Clapp Park, East Springfield defeated Post 68, 5-4, to win their bracket in the district tournament.   East Springfield advances to a best-of-three series with Northampton to decide the district title. That gets under way on Tuesday.  

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Biz Briefs: Bank Donation to SVMC Funds Child-Friendly Waiting Areas
02:48PM / Monday, July 17, 2017

For the kids: The Bank of Bennington presented a $25,000 donation to Southwestern Vermont Health Care earlier this month at the bank's flagship location at 155 North S. in Bennington, Vt. The funds, given in celebration of the bank's centennial year, are dedicated to the creation of several interactive, child-friendly waiting areas within the health system.

Dubbed Kids Korner, the first two interactive play waiting areas will be developed at the pediatrics practice and on the Women's and Children's unit at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington.

This is the first of several donations the bank plans to make to celebrate its centennial year. The Bank of

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Pittsfield Man Drowns At Vermont Marina
Staff Reports,
02:09PM / Monday, July 17, 2017
CHARLOTTE, Vt. — A Pittsfield, Mass. man apparently drowned Saturday at the Point Bay Marina.   Vermont State Police said the body of David Clement, 64, of Pittsfield, Mass. was found some 30 feet from shore, where his boat was idling near the docks. Police say Clement was returning to his slip at the marina when he fell into the water and drowned. Police responded to the scene after a report that his boat was abandoned near the docks.   Police say the investigation remains open is asking for anyone with information or was in contact with Clement that day to contact Vermont State Police.

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Berkshire Force 14U Squad Finishes Second
12:43PM / Monday, July 17, 2017
GREENFIELD, Mass. -- After a great weekend of softball, the Berkshire Force 14-and-under softball team entered the final game as the undefeated No. 1 seed but took a 13-5 loss against New Hampshire's EFC Elite in the Coaches Classic Tournament on Sunday.   The Force  knotted the game up at 2-2 in the bottom of the first inning. Addison Lyon had an RBI single in the rally.   ECF Elite took the lead for good with five runs in the second inning.   The Force collected eight hits. Jordyn Lummus and Kirstyn Carrigan each collected multiple hits Lummus went 3-for-3 to lead the way.   ECF Elite had 14 hits in the game.

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Berkshire Force 10U Wins Tournament
12:26PM / Monday, July 17, 2017
GRAFTON, Mass. -- The Berkshire Force 10-and-under softball team proved to be the best team out of 11 at the Grafton Invitational over the weekend, beating the Nos. 1 and 2 seeds en route to the championship.   After finishing 2-1 in pool play, the Force entered the tournament as the fifth seed. Behind a dominant two-hitter from starting pitcher Mia Arpante, they beat the fourth seed Grafton Diamonds, 11-0, in quarter-finals.   In the semi-finals, Amanda Pou mowed down the No. 1 seed Northeast Hurricanes, allowing one run on no hits and 12 strikeouts in seven innings as the Force won, 3-1.   The Force scored its first run against the Hurricanes when Michaela Hinckley raced

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Berkshires Beat: Brain Injury Group Raises Awareness at Pittsfield Suns Game
11:52AM / Monday, July 17, 2017

Brain game: The Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts held a Brain Injury Awareness Night with the Pittsfield Suns on Sunday, July 16.

There was a table for the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts, and to share brain injury knowledge and help raise awareness, the Pittsfield Suns hosted a trivia game.

Rebecca Gleason, a brain injury survivor from North Adams and Northern Berkshire Brain Injury Support Group Facilitator for the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts, prepared for months before singing the National Anthem at the Pittsfield Suns game.

Scott Steves, also a brain injury survivor from North Adams, threw out the first pitch.



How wonderful: Two New York-based

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Field, Mercier Lead West to Bay State Games Gold
07:52PM / Sunday, July 16, 2017
BOSTON — Despite trailing 44-36 at halftime, the West was able to rally back and win the Bay State Games Girls Basketball Showcase Gold Medal by a score of 73-69 on Sunday at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center in Roxbury Crossing.   The West had three players score over 10 points in the finale, including Hoosc Valley's Lexi Mercer who scored 16, and Fallon Field (Adams) and Katy O’Connor each finishing with 14 points.   Metro played well despite taking the loss, as they had three players score in double digits as well, led by Erin Donlon (Medford) who finished with 18 points. Makayla Graves (Topsfield) scored 13, and Olivia Dziadyk scored 11.   Field

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Post 68 Juniors Outlast Greenfield on Pellerin Field
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
07:38PM / Sunday, July 16, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The bottom third of the Post 68 Juniors’ lineup had just one hit to show for nine at-bats going into the bottom of the seventh on Sunday at Buddy Pellerin Field.   But No. 8 hitter Joe Cracolici and No. 9 Zach Hall each earned a walk to spark a two-run rally that gave Post 68 a wild 11-10 win over Greenfield in the district tournament.   Leadoff man Carter Matthews followed the free passes with a bunt single to load the bases, and Joe Traversa reached on an infield error that allowed Hall to scamper all the way around from second base with the winning run.   “Being selective and patient,” Post 68 coach Eric Stone said of walks that got

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