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Pittsfield Little League Looks to Spruce Up Deming Park
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:23PM / Saturday, September 22, 2018
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Little League is looking to spruce up Deming Park.   Greg Coscia has begun conversations with the city to make a number of improvements to the park. First, the league wants to make railings leading to the scorekeeper's building permanent. Those were installed prior to the district tournament when stairs were replaced and repaired. Coscia hopes to put a taller fence behind it to make it more difficult for trespassers to get in.   "We are going to fund all of the materials and stuff," Coscia said. "We'd like to get to it before the winter but I'm not 100 percent sure if we can or not."   The Little League is also

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Pittsfield Finalizes Plans For Clapp Park Renovations
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:49AM / Tuesday, September 18, 2018
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Architects Rachel Loeffler, of Berkshire Design Group, and John Barry of Barry Architects presented the plans to the Parks Commission on Monday. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A final design for more than a half-million dollars worth of improvements to Clapp Park was finalized Monday.   The Parks Commission gave its stamp of approval on the design crafted by Berkshire Design Group. The design, however, isn't entirely what parks officials had been hoping for when first crafted. The full vision is now expected to be done in phases.   The city had worked with the designers on a fully re-envisioned park after receiving a $400,000 state grant but all of the elements wanted proved

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Lemme, Mumford Top Individuals at Josh Billings Triathlon
08:34PM / Sunday, September 16, 2018
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LENOX, Mass. -- Kent Lemme and Heather Mumford were the ironman and ironwoman champions Sunday at the 42nd Josh Billings Triathlon.   Lemme completed the run, boating, biking event in a time of 2 hours, 34 minutes, 38 seconds and placed fifth overall in the triathlon, which sees teams and indviduals competing together.   Mumford finished in 4:04:12.   The team from Allen Heights Veterinary (biker Josh Lipka, canoists Tom Keefe/Ben Pigott and runner Steve Monsulick) defended its overall title, finishing in 2:17:08 to edge runner-up Josh Itch (Brian Rabuse, Sue Purdy/Kurt Kuehnel and Stephen Foley). Josh Itch came across the line in 2:29:18.   The top all-female team once

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Tyer Shares Outdoor Recreation Vision With Environmental Chief
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:24PM / Thursday, September 13, 2018
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Eventually, the historic Springside House will serve as the hub for all of the activities that happen on the 300-plus acres of parkland that surrounds it. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The natural resources and scenic beauty of the Berkshires has always been a draw for those who enjoy hiking, camping, mountain biking, skiing, and the like.   But now officials are becoming a little more intentional about that. Both local and state officials are looking closely at the economic benefit that comes with building an outdoor recreational economy.   "They're going to eat in the restaurants. They are going to go to the fly shop. They are going to go to the bike shop. That's

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Pittsfield Honors Little League Team's World Series Run
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:36AM / Thursday, September 13, 2018
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The team was given a ride around the city's downtown on a fire truck. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city recognized the success of its Little League all-star team on Tuesday.   The team loaded onto the city's ladder truck that was driven around the downtown with them on the back, with sirens blaring and hands waving, led by a police escort, another fire engine, and the fire chief. The trip ended at City Hall where Mayor Linda Tyer was waiting to greet them all.   "We are all so proud of them," Tyer said.   One by one the players got off the truck, slapping hands with Fire Chief Robert Czerwinski and the mayor, while parents snapped photos and took

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Locals Have Springfield College Football in National Rankings
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
10:56AM / Tuesday, September 11, 2018
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A trio of Berkshire County football alumni have helped Springfield College to a 2-0 start and the No. 25 ranking in the country according to D3football.com.   Pittsfield High graduate , Pittsfield residentand Hoosac Valley graduate each is contributing for the Pride, who have outscored opponents by an average of 42-11.   Shade was recognized by the region’s college football writers after an eye-popping Week 1 performance against Western New England.   Shade was recognized with the New England Football Writers Association’s Gold Helmet Award after rushing for 247 yards and six touchdowns in a 42-21 win. Last week, the junior quarterback followed that up with 116

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Monument Mountain Cup Soccer Tourney Returns Sept. 22
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09:59PM / Saturday, September 08, 2018
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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. -- The Monument Mountain Cup Soccer Committee will host a 3-on-3 youth tournament on Saturday, Sept. 22, at Monument Mountain Regional High School.   Boys and girls divisions will be contested in the under-10, under-12 and under-14 age groups.   All teams of three to four players are guaranteed at least three matches with the top four teams in each division advancing to the semi-finals.   The final games for each division will be played under the lights.   The entry fee is $100 per team. Each division is limited to 16 teams.   Teams from around the region are expected to attend.   For information and registration forms, visit

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Zamore Wins Mount Greylock Road Race
07:46PM / Sunday, September 02, 2018
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ADAMS, Mass. -- Turner Zamore Sunday won the 43rd annual Mount Greylock Road Race, reaching the summit of the commonwealth’s highest peak in 53 minutes, 11.62 seconds.   Zamore, 34, set a pace of 6:39 per mile to lead a pack of 254 finishers.   He finished just more than three minutes ahead of runner-up Cameron Cogburn, 32, who clocked a time of 56:21.80.   The top female finisher in the race was Meghan Davis, 16, who placed 10th overall in 1:00:40.27.

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Shade Scores Six TDs in Springfield College's Opener
11:34PM / Friday, August 31, 2018
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Pittsfield High School graduate Chad Shade Friday ran for 247 yards and six touchdowns to lead the Springfield College football team to a 42-21 win over Western New England.   After WNE took an early lead, Shade scored from 5 yards out to tie the game midway through the first quarter.   He added two more TDs before half-time to make it 21-7.   Late in the third quarter, Shade broke off a 75-yard run for the longest play of the game.   Pittsfield's Jonny Bianchi, a graduate of Cushing Academy, recorded four tackles and broke up three passes for the Pride.   Springfield travels to New Jersey to face Kean College next Saturday.

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Dellea's 'Quiet' Service Trumpeted as BCC Turf Field Named in His Honor
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
10:19PM / Friday, August 31, 2018
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — On Friday afternoon, Berkshire Community College ushered in a new era in Berkshire County sports and recognized a longtime civic leader in the process.

The best part for honoree Gene Dellea? It just may be the fact that his part came at the end of a 45-minute dedication.   "For all of you who know this person, you will say to yourself, 'Of course, this should be dedicated to this person,' " Dellea's friend Emil George said moments before revealing the name of the long-awaited artificial turf field at BCC. "Because this field is important not just to Pittsfield but to Berkshire County, it should be dedicated to someone who has given

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