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Boino, UMass Home Thursday in NCAA Tourney
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03:37AM / Thursday, November 16, 2017
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Kevin Boino and the University of Massachusetts men’s soccer team completed a rare Atlantic 10 double last weekend and will look to extend their season on Thursday in the first round of the NCAA Division I Championship.   The Minutemen defeated Virginia Commonwealth to win the A10 tournament, becoming the first team to win the regular season outright and the conference tournament in the league since 1991.   Thursday at 1 p.m., UMass will host Colgate in a rematch from the teams’ Sept. 16 meeting in Amherst. Boino had a shot on goal in that 2-1 UMass win.   On the season, Boino has a goal and an assist in 19 starts for the Minutemen (15-3-3).   He is not the

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Momentum Growing Locally Behind Outdoor Recreation Economy
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:41AM / Monday, November 13, 2017
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Skiing has always been part of the Berkshire's winter season but ski areas are now improving their winter sports options and becoming year-round attractions.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshires recently hosted a meeting with the Legislature's Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts, and Cultural Development.    1Berkshire Director of Marketing Lindsey Schmid stood up before the group and began to tell the story about the importance of tourism in the Berkshires. But she didn't start with Tanglewood. Nor did she start with the Clark Art Institute or Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. She started with mountain biking, hiking, and

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Pittsfield Councilors Want More Details For West Side Youth Center Project
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:33AM / Thursday, November 09, 2017
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Officials from the Christian Center say they already have plans for a new building and new programming on the West Side.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city is set to ask the West Side Neighborhood Initiative to flesh out the details of possibly building a new youth center.

The City Council's Economic and Community Development Subcommittee is recommending that a petition from Valerie Hamilton to construct the new center on Dewey Avenue be sent to the initiative. Hamilton is asking for the city to use property currently eyed for a park.   City officials say there is very little possibility of building on that land so a new location needs to be found. And that there are other

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Berkshire Attack Lacrosse Competes at New England Showcase
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11:29AM / Tuesday, November 07, 2017
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LONGMEADOW, Mass. -- Players from schools throughout Berkshire County and beyond competed on Sunday at the New England Lacrosse Showcase with Berkshire Attack, a local lacrosse club.   Club teams from seven states competed in front of nearly 100 college lacrosse programs at this annual event.   Berkshire Lacrosse Club offers opportunities to learn and play lacrosse for those in grades 3-5, 6-8 and high school.   For more information about joining the program, contact Jeff Murray at jrmurray11@yahoo.com or Larry Sheedy larrysheedy@gmail.com.  

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Richmond Celebrates Renovation of Town Beach, Boat Dock
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:02AM / Tuesday, November 07, 2017
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The work included a new station to place a boarding dock for easier access to kayaks and other boats. RICHMOND, Mass. — The state completed a $95,000 renovation of the town beach and boat dock.   The Department of Fish and Game's Office of Fishing and Boating Access spent this summer improving drainage, adding handicap access, creating fishing stations, and building a new dock for easy access into kayaks and other boats.    "It is a heck of an upgrade. It is nice to have the platform that allows folks on and off the water in a safe fashion," Department of Fish and Game Commissioner Ron Amidon said on a rainy Monday when state officials celebrated the

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Pittsfield Suns Make Off-Season Support Staff Moves
01:25PM / Friday, November 03, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Pittsfield Suns and the Goldklang Group have announced the promotion of Brian Flagg to assistant general manager and the hiring of Courtney Lewis to take over as the director of ticket sales and marketing.  

Flagg has functioned as the director of food and beverage and the director of corporate sales for the past two years. Lewis has previously served as a full-time intern for the Suns.  

"We are very excited for the promotion of Brian Flagg and the addition of Courtney Lewis. Brian has proven himself to be a dedicated leader in the Suns organization and is committed to the community," said Suns General Manager Kristen Huss.

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Berkshire Curling Club Hopes to Ride Olympic Wave of Popularity
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:43AM / Monday, October 30, 2017
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Organizers of the year-old Curl Berkshires says interest in the 600-year-old sport tends to peak during the Winter Olympics. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — You don't need blades to hit the ice.   "I can't skate, but I can curl," says Gerrit Blauvelt. "It's not a requirement that you have any physical ability. Curlers come as young as 5 or 6, and there are people curling into their 90s.   "If you want to do more competitive levels, there are those opportunities."   For the uninitiated, there is the Curling Club of the Berkshires.   Blauvelt is the vice president of the year-old non-profit, which will offer an open house for would-be

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'Baseball and the Berkshires' Offers Special Events this Weekend
12:27PM / Thursday, October 26, 2017
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LANESBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Baseball in the Berkshires exhibit at the Berkshire Mall will hold its next “Talkin’ Baseball” presentation on Saturday from noon to 1, when former minor league pitcher Peter Greenbush will be the guest speaker.   A North Adams native and former Colorado Rockies farm hand, Greenbush will be in the Baseball in the Berkshires Exhibit to meet, greet, sign autographs and talk baseball with all attendees.   Baseball in the Berkshires, in conjunction with the Berkshire Mall’s Malloween event, is presenting "Batmania: A History of Baseball Bats," presented by Larry Moore, outreach educator from the National Baseball Hall of

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'Gold Rush' Captures Fall Ball Tournament
08:39AM / Wednesday, October 25, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Gold Rush fall ball baseball team recently won the Papa Gino’s Championship at Springside Park.   The league consists of 15 teams of Little League-aged players from throughout the county.   Team members, seen here, include: coach Kurt Lazits, Ben Jacob, Cameron Blake, Nick Lefebvre, Gavin O’Donnell, Keegan Aldan, Cayman Flint, Evan Blake, Brayden Gutzmer, Manager Kevin O’Donnell, Ethan O’Donnell, coach Alan Gutzmer,  Ayden Anderson, and Papa Gino’s Regional Manager Chris Post. Not pictured: Juleyen Laughren and Jacob Cooper.

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Youth Lacrosse Team Wins Fall Tournament in N.Y.
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06:45AM / Tuesday, October 24, 2017
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CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. -- The 1X Lacrosse seventh- and eighth-grade travel team recently went 3-0 at the Shenendehowa Fall Brawl Lacrosse Tournament.   More than 85 players competed for the 1X program this fall.   "Our model is flexible, and just this past weekend we had players show up whose soccer or football season just ended," 1X director Jeff Stripp said. "We welcome those players with open arms as their fall season winds down."   Among the players from Berkshire County who competed at the Shenendehowa tournament are: Mount Greylock's Tate Kuster and Cam Taylor, Wahconah's Max Bolland and Sky Patti, Pittsfield's James Kastrinakis and Jack

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