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State Awards $400K For Major Renovation of Clapp Park
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:21AM / Saturday, January 06, 2018
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The state is investing $400,000 to renovate Clapp Park.   Gov. Charlie Baker announced on Friday some $6.3 million worth of grants statewide for park improvement projects. Pittsfield received the maximum amount through the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs project for a massive renovation to the West Housatonic Street Park.   The state's $400,000 is being coupled with a combined $210,000 from the Rotary Club of Pittsfield and the Buddy Pellerin Field Committee. The Rotary Club had committed $180,000 toward building a splash pad and upgrading the playground to be more handicapped accessible to celebrate its centennial year in

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Saturday Features Clash of Berkshire Alumnae at MCLA
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02:43AM / Friday, January 05, 2018
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Mount Greylock graduate is the leading scorer this winter on the Westfield State women’s basketball team.   Barrett, a junior, is averaging 16.5 points per game in 12 starts. Pittsfield High alumnahas appeared in eight games off the bench, averaging 6.4 minutes per game for the 6-6 Owls, who travel to North Adams to face the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts on Saturday.   That MCLA team features five area graduates from five different high schools.   Drury graduateand Hoosac Valley’shave started all 11 games for the Trailblazers (4-7).    Moulton is averaging 7.3 points per game and a team-high 7.5 rebounds per game. Robinson leads MCLA with 4.5

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Adams Youth Basketball Wins Boys & Girls Club Tourney
02:26PM / Monday, December 18, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Adams seventh- and eight-grade boys basketball travel team won the Pittsfield Boys & Girls Club Tournament with three hard fought victories   Adams defeated Housatonic in the championship game by a score of, 51-50.   Adams opened the tournament with a 48-46 win over North Adams. In the victory, Kobe Valois led the way with 18 points and Carson Meczywor had 16. Ben Moulton paced North Adams with 13.   In the most exciting game of the Tournament, Meczywor hit a 3-point shot at the buzzer as Adams defeated the host team Pittsfield Boys & Girls Club Black by a score of 51-48. Meczywor paced Adams with 19 points and Valois had 15.   Logan

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Boys & Girls Club Black Tops Greylock
01:34PM / Sunday, December 10, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Sean Harrigan scored 11 points to lead the Boys & Girls Club Black team to a 60-30 win over Greylock in seventh- and eighth-grade boys basketball travel league action.   Sam Sherman and Bo Bramer added 10 points apiece in the win.   “Boys Club Black is always a very tough matchup,” Greylock coach Rick Paris said. “They are very athletic with lots of speed and very deep with talent. We started slow and were down, 35-8, at the half. We didn’t hit an outside shot the entire first half. In the second half we started to hit some shots which included five 3-pointers.   “So even though we lost big, our boys showed some heart

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Wahconah Cheerleaders Earn Berth in National Championship
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:05PM / Friday, December 08, 2017
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  DALTON, Mass. — The Wahconah cheerleading team may not have had a chance to cheer at Gillette Stadium this year, but it still had a pretty good fall.   It's going to Disney World.   In addition to supporting their school's football team on a run to the Western Massachusetts championship and a narrow loss in the state semi-finals, Wahconah's cheerleaders last month earned a spot in the UCA National High School Cheerleading Championships with their performance at the Massachusetts fall state championships.   "It's very exciting to get this opportunity," Wahconah captain Kaylea Cornwell said. "Last fall season, we came in

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Wahconah Regional Earns MIAA Sportsmanship Award
05:42PM / Thursday, November 30, 2017
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DALTON, Mass. — Wahconah Regional High School's student-athletes have been presented with the Sportsmanship Award for District G from the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association.   The award was made at the MIAA's annual Sportsmanship Summit, held this year on Nov. 17, at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough. It was presented in conjunction with Friendly's Restaurants, which partnered with the student sports association as its official "family restaurant."   Awards are presented to one school chosen by member school athletic directors in each of MIAA's eight athletic districts. Wahconah was also named to the Sportsmanship Honor Roll for 2016-17

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SteepleCats Reveal New Look, New Logo
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
10:20AM / Tuesday, November 28, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The SteepleCats are relaunching with a new look, a new attitude and new leadership.   "We're changing the brand, and we're changing the look, and we're changing the feel," says new President Allen Hall. "A lot of things are going to change this year to be more North Adams-centered and focused in terms of its approach, its affordability, and our marketing and corporate packages."    The New England Collegiate Baseball League team is switching out its friendly fuzzy black and yellow cat for a leaner, meaner blue panther. The Drury blue logo and uniforms, with black, white and gray, is meant to evoke a more assertive,

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Curling Added to Bay State Winter Games
11:02PM / Tuesday, November 21, 2017
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WOBURN, Mass. –The Bay State Games has added curling to its 2018 winter program.   Curling has gained popularity since the sport was reestablished consistently in the Olympic Games in 1998, after being first debuted in the 1924 Olympics.   As an exhibition sport in 2018, the Bay State Winter Games competition will be comprised of eight teams from curling clubs across Massachusetts. When curling is incorporated into the regular Bay State Winter Games’ program in the 2019 games, the competition will be opened up to the general public as well as clubs from the Northeastern United States.   “We are extremely excited to add curling to the 2018 games,” said

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Boino, UMass Home Thursday in NCAA Tourney
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03:37AM / Thursday, November 16, 2017
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Kevin Boino and the University of Massachusetts men’s soccer team completed a rare Atlantic 10 double last weekend and will look to extend their season on Thursday in the first round of the NCAA Division I Championship.   The Minutemen defeated Virginia Commonwealth to win the A10 tournament, becoming the first team to win the regular season outright and the conference tournament in the league since 1991.   Thursday at 1 p.m., UMass will host Colgate in a rematch from the teams’ Sept. 16 meeting in Amherst. Boino had a shot on goal in that 2-1 UMass win.   On the season, Boino has a goal and an assist in 19 starts for the Minutemen (15-3-3).   He is not the

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Momentum Growing Locally Behind Outdoor Recreation Economy
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:41AM / Monday, November 13, 2017
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Skiing has always been part of the Berkshire's winter season but ski areas are now improving their winter sports options and becoming year-round attractions.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshires recently hosted a meeting with the Legislature's Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts, and Cultural Development.    1Berkshire Director of Marketing Lindsey Schmid stood up before the group and began to tell the story about the importance of tourism in the Berkshires. But she didn't start with Tanglewood. Nor did she start with the Clark Art Institute or Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. She started with mountain biking, hiking, and

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