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Local Skiers Compete in Quebec
08:52PM / Sunday, April 02, 2017
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MONT-TREMBLANT, Quebec -- Two local junior skiers Sunday wrapped up a successful weekend at the Can-Am Under-14 event at Mont-Tremblant Ski Resort.   Tait Kline, who skis for Jiminy Peak, and Michael Mansfield-Allessio, who attends Pittsfield High and skis for Berkshire East, represented their respective clubs at the event, which drew more than 70 skiers from both sides of the border.   On Sunday, Mansfield placed 28th in the slalom competition with a two-run time of 1 minute, 41.33 seconds. Kline was 39th in 1?46.19.   Sunday's winner, Mathis Lafond of Quebec, finished his two runs in 1:35.81.   In Saturday's giant slalom competition, won by Stratton

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Why I Run: Pittsfield Woman Raising Money For Rare Genetic Disorder
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
08:14AM / Sunday, April 02, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — When Meaghan Rogers wakes up in the morning she has to take 20 pills. Then 20 more at lunch. And 20 more at dinner.   She's on a strict diet, has to purchase specific foods, and has to drive to Albany, N.Y., to consult with doctors every couple of months. The Pittsfield resident was born with the rare genetic condition phenylketonuria, known more commonly as PKU, in which the body cannot metabolize proteins.    "PKU has a lot of serious side effects if it is left untreated. Epilepsy is a big one, ADHD is a big one, microcephaly, severe developmental delays. Even if you stop treatment as an adult all of those things are still at risk of

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Berkshire United High School Rugby Seeks Players
09:22AM / Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Berkshire United High School Rugby Club is seeking new players for the 2017 season.   No experience is necessary. Berkshire United practices Monday,Tuesday and Wednesday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Osceola Park in Pittsfield.   Berkshire United has both high school girls and boys teams and needs 15 new players for the each team this spring.   Players must be in high school grades 9-12. Berkshire United High School Rugby Club has been comprised of players from Monument Mountain, Taconic, Pittsfield High, Mount Everett, Wahconah, Mount Greylock, Drury and Hoosac Valley.   Players from all Berkshire County schools are welcome.   Berkshire United

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Spring Vacation Baseball Clinic Scheduled
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04:36PM / Sunday, March 26, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Berkshire Baseball Academy at The Infield invites players ages 6 to 12 to a Spring Training Baseball Clinic over April vacation.   The clinic will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., April 17 through 20 at Deming Park, 80 Meadow Lane.   The emphasis will be on position-specific training, team defense and game play under a competitive atmosphere. Campers are asked to bring lunch, water, sunscreen and baseball gear.   The cost is $120 per child.   For information, contact Shari Butler at butlershari@gmail.com.

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Berkshire Blizzard Host Inaugural Tournament
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
03:33PM / Sunday, March 26, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Two days of girls hockey action concluded Sunday afternoon with a victory for the home team.   But the Berkshire Blizzard was a winner in more ways than one.   “This is huge,” Blizzard coach Bill Rech said after the team wrapped up the inaugural Blizzard Bash at the Peter W. Foote Vietnam Veterans Memorial Rink. “This is so important because it's a chance for more and more families who couldn't travel with us to come and see them play.   “The different youth hockey programs had some people here and had a chance to see this is what this girls hockey thing is all about. They had a blast watching.”   And the girls

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Pittsfield Brainstorms Future of Parks and Open Spaces
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:17AM / Wednesday, March 22, 2017
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BRPC Planner Lauren Gaherty outlined exactly how much open space and recreation space the city has and why it is important. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Expand the skate park. Add lights to Clapp Park. Fix the drainage at the old beach at Pontoosuc Lake. More benches at Burbank.    And the list goes on.   These are some of 43 ideas thrown out by more than 50 residents Tuesday night to help the city craft a new parks and open space plan.   The Parks Commission held a public hearing as it works toward the new plan. Those ideas will be consolidated and crafted into a bold vision to guide the next seven years.    "We are trying to be creative. We are trying

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Girls AAU Basketball Team Seeks Players
12:02PM / Thursday, March 09, 2017
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The Berkshire Mountaineers girls basketball team is looking for any girls interested in playing Spring AAU basketball.   Girls currently in the fifth thru 11th grade are eligible to participate. This is an advanced basketball program that will include weekend travel throughout New York and New England. The schedule has not yet been put together but is typically seven weekends beginning with the last weekend of April through June.  In addition, girls will practice two days a week.   For more information please contact Bill Robinson at 413-652-1055 or email samakenz@yahoo.com.     The Berkshire Mountaineers Girls Basketball Organization was established in 2009 by

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Youth Basketball Tournament Finals Held
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
07:39PM / Sunday, March 05, 2017
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Housatonic’s boys and Dalton’s and Mount Greylock’s girls won Berkshire County seventh- and eighth-grade travel basketball titles on Sunday afternoon.   The Housy boys defeated the Boys and Girls Club Black team, 57-47, in the all-county title game at Mount Greylock Regional School behind 17 points from Ty Higgins.   At McCann Tech, the Greylock girls defeated Lenox, 32-30, thanks to a nine-point performance from Abby Hugger to win the South Division title.   In the North Division final, Maria Gamberoni scored 13 points to lead Dalton to a 43-27 win over the Boys & Girls Club.   In the final game of a busy weekend in North County, Housatonic’s

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Girls Lacrosse Players Sought
09:20AM / Friday, March 03, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- There will be sign-ups for youth girls lacross from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 4, at Dick's Sporting Goods.   Girls in grades 3 through 8 are encouraged to sign up.

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Former Pittsfield American Defender to Play in World Baseball Clasic
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03:38PM / Thursday, March 02, 2017
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A former Pittsfield American Defender will be among the Major League Baseball prospects participating in the fourth World Baseball Classic next week.

John Andreoli, a prospect in the Chicago Cubs organization, will play for Italy, which opens Pool D play on March 9 in Jalisco, Mexico, against Mexico.   In 2009, Andreoli played for the now-defunct Defenders of the New England Collegiate Baseball League.   The former University of Connecticut Husky is one of 10 NECBL alumni who are scheduled to play in the WBC, which runs through March 22.   In 2009, he hit .261 with nine RBIs and seven runs scored for the Defenders.   At UConn, he was an all-Big East Second Team

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