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Berkshire Baseball Artifact Heads to Hall of Fame
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:14PM / Tuesday, February 06, 2018
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LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — For four years, the "Baseball in the Berkshires" exhibit has chronicled, preserved and displayed local artifacts of America's pastime.   This month, one of those artifacts is getting the call up to "the show."   Since 2016, the exhibit, now housed at the Berkshire Mall, has displayed a 1957 Brooklyn Dodgers jacket worn by Dalton's Ed Ladley during his playing days.   On Feb. 13, Ladley will donate that piece of history to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y.   "Two months ago, the Hall of Fame came out with an article talking about the rookie teams the New York teams had in

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Bay State Games Return Feb. 10
05:39AM / Friday, February 02, 2018
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WOBURN, Mass. – The 2018 Bay State Winter Games Figure Skating competition will take place on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 10 and 11, at the Williams College’s Lansing Chapman Rink in Williamstown.   This marks the 33rd year of the event and features nearly 450 performances from skaters representing Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. Skaters ranging in age from 5 to over 65 represent the United State Figure Skating Association or the International Skating Institute.   Local skaters scheduled to compete include:   From the Pittsfield Figure Skating Club: Daniella Santamarina, Rebecca Drager, Aimee Boulais, Katie Malone, Dakota Marquis,

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Greylock Thunder Travel Softball Sets Tryouts
10:58AM / Thursday, February 01, 2018
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Greylock Thunder Travel Softball program will hold tryouts Feb. 11 for its under-14 and under-16 squads.   Any player from any town is welcome to try out for the squad. Players who participated in the fall tryouts are encouraged to attend.   The Feb. 11 tryouts will be at Williams College's Towne Field House, 82 Latham St., Williamstown, from 9 a.m. to noon. Sneakers are required.   The program will hold tryouts for its under-12 team at a later date.   For information, email greylockthunder17@gmail.com.

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Jackson Leads CYC Boys Past Greylock
02:21PM / Sunday, January 28, 2018
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Keon Jackson scored 12 points to lead the CYC seventh- and eighth-grade travel boys basketball team to a 45-39 win over Greylock on Saturday.   Mello Southard and Tymair Scott each scored nine points for CYC, which jumped out to a 32-17 lead at half-time.   "We were able to regroup and put a nice run together in the third to outscore them 18-3 to tie the game at 35," Greylock coach Rick Paris said. "But in the fourth, we missed six of seven from the line ... So we absolutely lost this one at the line.   "Hats off to the CYC boys. They played a physical tough game and just converted there free-throws today, making 10 of 16."   Chase Doyle scored

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County Alums Posting Solid Indoor Track Times
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01:58PM / Sunday, January 28, 2018
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Berkshire County was well represented at Saturday’s Massasoit Classic indoor track and field meet at Springfield College.   Trinity College sophomore (Monument Mountain) won the mile run, clocking a time of 4 minutes, 33.52 seconds, to win by more than two seconds. Earlier this month, he opened the 2018 with a fourth-place finish in the 3,000 meters at the Embry-Riddle University 2018 Indoor-Outdoor Challenge in Florida.   Springfield College’s and Taconic High School’s own won the 60-meter dash in a time 7.87 seconds.   Two more Taconic alumni were busy representing UMass Boston at this weekend’s Terrier Classic and Wheaton College

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Mount Greylock State Reservation Facing Staffing Issues
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:53AM / Friday, January 26, 2018
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LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The park containing the state's highest peak is facing a significant staffing shortfall in the weeks leading up to its opening. 

With winter staffing being reduced, and summer workers not coming on until late April, there will be only two park employees to prepare the state reservation for the coming summer season.

The Mount Greylock Advisory Council voted Thursday at its quarterly meeting to send a letter to the state Department of Conservation and Recreation and state representatives requesting more staffing to keep the Visitors Center open during the staffing gap.

The council is requesting either an extension of seasonal help for a six-week period or

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New 'Winter Carnival' Planned at Springside Park
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:09AM / Friday, January 19, 2018
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A new version of the winter carnival is set for Springside Park.   The Springside Conservancy is hosting an array of children's activities — from ice skating to sledding to snowshoeing — at the park on Saturday, Feb. 17, from noon until 4. The goal is to get families back into the park for a few hours of winter outdoor recreation.   "We want to bring the concept of families and kids being outdoors," said conservancy President Lisa Tully. "Our big thing is to just get families together at the park."   The Fire Department has agreed to create an ice skating rink near the pond at Springside Park and the conservancy

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Berkshire Bruins Bantams, Squirts Win Gib Kittredge Titles
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
11:03PM / Sunday, January 14, 2018
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: The Berkshire Bruins Bantams earned a 4-3 overtime win in the title game of the Gib Kittredge Tournament on Sunday night at the Boys & Girls Club.   Stop us because you won’t be able to stop the killer B’s.   Joshua Hunter put back the rebound of his own shot in the first minute of the second OT to give the hosts their second divisional crown of the night at the 47th annual event with a comeback win over Bethlehem, N.Y.   A year ago, it was Hunter’s teammate Caleb Kollmer scoring to give the Bruins a 4-3 win over Avon, Conn.   On Sunday, Kollmer was on the ice for the 3-on-3 second

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Berkshire Lacrosse Club Offers Youth Instructional Program
05:34PM / Monday, January 08, 2018
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Berkshire Lacrosse Club is hosting a four-day instructional program at The Infield (10 Lyman St.) starting Feb. 3.   The program will focus on skill development, the rules of lacrosse, and organized game play. All equipment will be provided.   The dates are Feb. 3 and 10 and March 3 and 10.   The program will run in two sessions. Grades 3 to 5 from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. and grades 6-8 from 4:15 to 5 p.m.   The cost is $35 through Jan. 21 and $45 after Jan. 21.   Register at www.berkshirelacrosse.com   For information, contact Jeff Murray at jrmurray11@yahoo.com.

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Westfield State Women, Men Sweep MCLA
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
07:15PM / Saturday, January 06, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- With eight former Berkshire County high school athletes on the court at MCLA on Saturday, there were a number of local families in the stands for the Trailblazers’ MASCAC-opening double-header against Westfield State.   At least one family got to go home happy.   Westfield State junior Lucy Barrett scored 11 points and passed out four assists to help the Owls defeat MCLA, 101-62, in the opener.   In the nightcap, the Westfield State men earned a 104-87 win over the ‘Blazers despite a team-high 17 points from MCLA’s Joseph Wiggins.   In the first game, Westfield State’s women used their platoon-style substitution pattern and

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