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BRPC Supports Efforts to Designate 'Bicycle Route 7' Through Berkshires
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:46AM / Friday, March 18, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Long-distance cyclists may soon be directed to bike through the Berkshires.

The American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials are developing a massive highway system designation throughout the country for long-distance bicyclists to map out routes. What is eyed as US Bicycle Route 7 would connect Connecticut with Vermont through the Berkshires.

"It's connecting regions and states much like the highway system," said Berkshire Regional Planning Commission Senior Planner Emily Lindsey.

BRPC is supportive of the agreement but the effort to get the designation will need the backing of the eight Berkshire communities whose local roads

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Boys and Girls Club Squad Posts 41-4 Record
03:12PM / Wednesday, March 16, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Pittsfield Boys and Girls Club seventh- and eighth-grade girls “Black” Team wrapped up the 2015-16 season with an overall record of 41-4, including six tournament championships throughout the state.

 

The team won the Sharon Eagles’ Pre-Season Tournament in Foxboro, the West Side Tournament in West Springfield, the Golden Bears Holiday Classic at WNE in Springfield, the Boys and Girls Club Tournament in Pittsfield, the Don Gleason Memorial Tournament in Pittsfield, and, finally, the A Division of the Ed Slatz Memorial Tournament in Chicopee,winning the championship on March 13, 2016.

During this run, the team averaged 44 points per game while

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Girls Lacrosse Youth Programs Offered
07:43PM / Wednesday, March 02, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Two Pittsfield-based youth girls lacrosse programs are available for players in grades 3 and up this spring.

Pittsfield’s Boys and Girls Club offers programs in two age groups: juniors (grades 3 to 6) and seniors (grades 7 and 8). New players are welcome and no experience is required.

 

The Berkshire Attack girls lacrosse club is an elite program for girls entering grades 6 to 12 and offering summer and fall playing opportunities.

 

The Attack will hold an informational meeting on Thursday, March 31, at 6 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club’s Lighthouse Cafe.

 

Players can register for the Boys and Girls Club’s beginners program by

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Greylock, Boys Club Win Youth Basketball County Titles
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07:36PM / Sunday, February 28, 2016
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Cole Wojtkowski scored 28 points on Sunday afternoon to lead Greylock to a 53-42 win over the Boys Club Black team in the Berkshire County Youth Basketball seventh- and eighth-grade championship game.

Toby Foehl scored 13, and Mitchell Jezouit added six for Greylock, which topped the Boys Club Black squad for the second time in 10-team double-elimination tournament.

Boys Club hung tough early, using 3-pointers by Nick Taylor, Laqeuin Brown and Zak Bernardo to take a 13-10 lead after one quarter.

But Greylock used its transition game — often with Wojtkowski on the finishing end — to take a 25-19 half-time lead.

Luke Hescock scored 14 — 10 in the

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Pittsfield, Hoosac Valley Win Cheer Championships
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07:12PM / Sunday, February 28, 2016
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CHESHIRE, Mass. — Pittsfield and Hoosac Valley earned divisional titles at Sunday's Berkshire County-PVIAC cheerleading championships at Hoosac Valley Middle and High School. 

Pittsfield captured the Division 3 crown, and Hoosac finished first in Division 4.

Five Berkshire County teams competed, and all but one qualified for next week's regionals in central Massachusetts.

In addition to Hoosac and Pittsfield, the regional qualifiers were Drury, which finished fourth in the co-ed division but first in the county in that class, and Mount Everett, which placed second in the Game Day division.

Wahconah’s squad also competed at the regional qualifier.

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Governor Appoints Michael Case to DCR Regional Director Post
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:09AM / Saturday, February 20, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The governor has tapped Michael Case to head the Western Regional office of the Department of Conservation and Recreation.   Case took over the job on Feb. 1 and now oversees 39 parks from Mount Holyoke west, including Pittsfield State Forest, Mount Tom, and Mount Greylock.    "I've been a Berkshires guy all my life. I'm an outdoors guy. I couldn't say no," Case said on Friday.    The position is administrative and manages all of the state parks in the region. He oversees a team of district managers. The goal under Commissioner Leo Roy is to encourage usage of the state parks and "open up opportunities",

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Pittsfield Parks Commission Considering Trespass Policy For All Parks
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:51AM / Wednesday, February 17, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Parks Commission is considering a policy to ban those who have been arrested inside a city park from city parks.   Parks and Open Spaces Manager James McGrath presented the idea on Tuesday to issue no-trespass orders to those arrested. The plan stems from a working group looking to improve safety at the skate park on Appleton Avenue.   "Sometimes it is for just that one park but oftentimes it is trespassed for all city parks," McGrath said.   School officials previously asked for the ability to issue trespass orders on the skate park. But, in meeting with City Solicitor Richard Dohoney and Police Chief Michael Wynn, McGrath said a more

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Roberson Returns to Berkshires, Scores 36 in Win Over MCLA
11:20PM / Tuesday, February 16, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Former St. Joseph Central School standout Taverick "Tank" Roberson scored 36 points, including 26 in the second half, to lead Pine Manor to a 107-102 win over MCLA on Tuesday night.

Roberson, who last month was named the Association of Division III Independents men's basketball Player of the Week, went 14-for-22 from the field, passed out five assists and had three steals.   His St. Joe teammate Joe Wiggins scored 24 poins to lead the Trailblazers (6-18). Paul Maurice scored 19, including five 3-pointers, for

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Greylock Youth Basketball Team Shows Heart in N.A. Tourney
01:11PM / Monday, February 15, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Housatonic defeated Greylock, 46-41, on Sunday to end Greylock's run in this weekend's fifth- and sixth-grade youth basketball tournament.   Derek Paris and Thomas martin scored 12 points apiece to lead Greylock.   Earlier in the tournament, Greylock picked up a 45-29 win over Dalton that saw Tate Kuster lead the way with 17 points. Brody Culvert and Max Tablor each scored eight for Dalton.   Adams handed Greylock a 45-34 loss behind Carson Meczywor's 14 points.   Paris scored 14 points, and Max McAlister added five for Greylock in that loss, which saw Adams jump out to a 17-0 lead.   "I was very proud of how they kept playing

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Boulais, Coleman Win Bay State Games Gold
12:54PM / Monday, February 15, 2016
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. Pittsfield's Aimee Boulais and Williamstown's Abby Coleman earned gold medals in figure skating at the Bay State Winter Games this weekend at Lansing Chapman Rink.   Boulais won the juvenile girls test track group 2 division of the U.S. Figure Skating-sanctioned competition, defeating seven other girls in her class.   Coleman won the five-competitor novice ladies test track group.   Pownal, Vt.'s, Lara Shore-Sheppard tied for first place in the adult silver ladies free skating competition.   The skating component of the games took place over the course of three days starting Friday morning.   Other area competitors to medal included:

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