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Tony Stewart to Bring His Tour to Lebanon Valley in August
03:31PM / Wednesday, March 23, 2016
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WEST LEBANON, N.Y. - For more than 30 years, fans have seen some of the best 410 Sprint Car drivers race around the high banks of Lebanon Valley Speedway with blistering speeds. In 2016, fans are encouraged to purchase tickets early to witness the first ever appearance of Tony Stewart’s All-Star Circuit Of Champions on Aug. 21.


Lebanon Valley Speedway has offered race fans a major 410 sprint car race each year going back many years. Typically, those events ran under the (World Of Outlaws) Sprint banner. In the summer of 2016, sanction names may change for the event, but action will remain red hot with a breath of fresh air courtesy of the Arctic Cat All-Star Circuit Of

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YMCA Ofers Free Adult Swim Lessons
02:16PM / Monday, March 21, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Family YMCA’s Pittsfield Branch will offer free adult swim lessons, ssponsored by the Sponsored by the Swimming Saves Lives Foundation/U.S. Masters Swimming.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 37 percent of American adults cannot swim the length of a pool. If you never learned how to swim or are afraid of the water or want to improve your strokes or breathing technique, this session is for you. Instruction will be provided by the Y’s Polar Bears Masters Swim Club participants.

Free lessons will be offered on Thursdays from April 7-28, with one session from 5:30-6:15 p.m. and a second session from 6:15-7 p.m. There is no cost

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Pittsfield Softball Holds Sign-ups, Tryouts
03:12PM / Friday, March 18, 2016
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PITTSFIELD – Pittsfield Girls Softball has some important dates coming up.

Thursday, March 17 – Online registration will end for the Rookie (10U, DOB 2005-2007) and Minor (12U, DOB 2003-2004) divisions.

 

Online registration will be open for the instructional division (date of birth 2008-11) and the Major Division (DOB 1997-2002) lasts until April 15. You can register online at www.pittsfieldgirlssoftball.com.
 

On Saturday, March 19, the league will hold house league evaluation at Miss Hall’s School. This is for Rookie and Minor divisions. Only players that are new to the league, or those players moving up to a new division need to attend. Registrations will

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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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