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Hoosac Valley's Larkin, Waterman Lead MCLA Men's Lax to Win in Opener
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06:50PM / Sunday, March 21, 2021
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. --  The MCLA men's lacrosse program waited well over a year for the start of its inaugural season.   And it made the most of that debut.   MCLA defeated the visiting Northern Vermont University-Lyndon Hornets 6-3 in the season opener for both schools Saturday afternoon at Shewcraft Field.   The win marked the first in MCLA's brief history. MCLA is now 1-0 overall and in North Atlatnic Conference play.   The Hornets kicked off the scoring in this one as they tallied just three minutes in to take an early 1-0 advantage. The Trailblazers answered, however, when Hoosac Valley Nicholas Waterman converted his first goal of the game just 18

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Youth Hockey Programs Join Forces in Pandemic
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:15AM / Saturday, March 20, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Next winter, the Black Bears, Rattlers and Bruins will use their skills to prove their superiority on the ice.   This winter, they have been happy to develop those skills — together.   "Together for Hockey" is the slogan that has united the county's three youth hockey programs as they made the most of a season delayed and shortened by the COVID-19 pandemic.   Since January, youngsters from all three groups, the Northern Berkshire Black Bears, South County Rattlers and Pittsfield-based Berkshire Bruins, have been practicing and, recently, playing modified games at the Boys and Girls Club of the

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Berkshire Adult Baseball League to Hold Tryouts
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10:21AM / Thursday, March 11, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Berkshire Adult Baseball League will hold tryouts for its 2021 season on Saturday, April 3, at 5 p.m. at the Berkshire Baseball Academy at 10 Lyman St.   The BABL welcomes players aged 20 to 50 to compete in two divisions, 20-and-over and 35-and-over.   The season starts May 2 and runs through Aug. 15. Teams will play one game per week on Saturday mornings.   To register for the tryouts or sign-up for the season, go to www.league.ineup.com/orazl or call Lou Orazio at 413-663-0741 for more information.

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Hancock Shaker Village Improves Internship Program With Donation
04:02PM / Thursday, February 25, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A grant from the Feigenbaum Foundation will allow Hancock Shaker Village to offer paid internships for up to ten people during the 2021 season.    Launched in 2017, the Village's internship program engages undergraduate students in a living history museum and farm to develop professional skills and connect to career opportunities. In addition to the gift from the Foundation, an anonymous donor in 2020 supported the creation of onsite intern housing, thereby also providing interns the option to live on campus beginning in the summer of 2021.    "We are grateful for the Feigenbaum Foundation's generosity and long-standing commitment

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Mathias Bartels Community Goes Virtual
04:23PM / Wednesday, February 10, 2021
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Due to COVID - 19, the 11th annual Mathias Bartels Community Nordic Ski event is going virtual and global.   Skiers will be able to participate anytime during the week of Feb 14 through the 21. Participants can ski, run or choose another outdoor activity.   Participants are asked to take a photo or video of themselves and to submit it no later than Feb 22.   On Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021, at 4:00 p.m. a virtual celebration will be held to share experiences and celebrate Bartels. Awards will also be announced.   There will be a local course option: A 6-kilometer course will be set up at Mt. Greylock Regional High School (weather

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Two BMC Employees Chosen for Super Bowl Trip
12:03PM / Friday, February 05, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Medical Center has announced that Dionne Hamilton, a housekeeper on BMC's Environmental Services Team and Kate Heath, an RN in the Critical Care Unit (CCU) have been invited to the Super Bowl.   "I keep waiting for it to disappear. It doesn't seem real," said Heath.   The Kraft Family and the New England Patriots organization have selected Berkshire Medical Center (BMC) among a select group of hospitals across Massachusetts to provide two employees with a free trip to Super Bowl LV in Tampa Bay, Fla.   In a press release earlier this week, the New England Patriots explained that this trip has two goals: "to recognize

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Mount Greylock Has Optimal Snow Conditions
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:11PM / Sunday, January 31, 2021
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LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Mount Greylock State Reservation staff last week reported a quiet late fall and winter on the mountain but noted currently snow conditions are perfect.   "There is great snow right now, and there are so many people up there loving the snow," Becky Barnes of the state Department of Conservation and Recreation told the Mount Greylock Advisory Council on Thursday. "We have a ton of snowmobiles on the trails and a ton of skiers using the Thunderbolt [trail]. It is packed down."   In the recent past, the mountain has gone some winters with spotty snow coverage. The Thunderbolt Ski Run has been consistently canceled over the past decade.

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BNRC Re-opens Access Trail to Mahanna Cobble
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:21AM / Friday, January 15, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass — Hikers can now enjoy a new access trail to Mahanna Cobble that is open during the winter.

Berkshire Natural Resources Council, Bousquet Mountain and Mill Town Capital on Wednesday re-opened the improved trail to  the cobble, a conservation reserve owned and managed by BNRC.

"BNRC appreciates a strong partner in Bousquet Mountain and Mill Town as we seek to offer improved hiking experiences close to community centers, year-round. We are thrilled to finally have four-season access to this beautiful new trail and destination in central Berkshire," BNRC President Jenny Hansell wrote in a press release. "Thanks to the generosity of Mill Town and

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Pittsfield Public Schools Extends Suspension of Sports
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
08:43PM / Monday, December 14, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield will not be seeing winter sports as long as students are learning remotely.

On Monday, the School Committee approved the extended suspension of all interscholastic athletic programming and traditionally offered winter sports to align with the extension of the district's current all-remote education model.

Winter athletic programming will remain suspended until at minimum in-person learning resumes, with the target start date for the programming to potentially begin following one week or five school days of in-person learning resuming successfully.

"As a mayor, as a person in this community, I cannot be in a position of setting up our community

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Bousquet Readying to Welcome Skiers Under New Ownership
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
06:55PM / Wednesday, December 02, 2020
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The lodge won't be utilized at present because of COVID-19 restrictions but Fresh Powder LLC was approved for a license transfer and for allowing serving outside.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Local investment group Mill Town Capital is making sure that Pittsfield's only ski area is open for businesses despite the pandemic.    At Monday's Licensing Board meeting, attorney Michael McDonald represented the investment group, notifying the board that Bousquet is anticipating the slopes being ready by Dec. 18.   Mill Town has made several improvements on the ski area. A new triple chairlift is in the process of being installed along with new water lines and

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