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Bulldogs Win Western Mass State Tourney
By Stephen Dravis, Sports
09:53PM / Monday, July 17, 2017
GREENFIELD, Mass. -- The Lanesborough Bulldogs 11-and-under Cal Ripken Baseball team Monday rallied from a 10-5 deficit to earn an 11-10 win over Ashburnham-Westborough in the Western Mass State Tournament championship game.   The Bulldogs scored three runs without the benefit of a hit in the bottom of the fifth and Kyle Kelly pitched a scoreless fifth to send the team on to the New England Regional later this month in Waterville, Maine.   On Monday, Lanesborough needed to win twice against Ash-West, a team that took a 6-4 decision from the Bulldogs earlier in the double-elimination tournament.   The Bulldogs also needed to bounce back after blowing a 5-0 lead when Ash-West

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Traversa Throws No-Hitter for Post 68 Juniors
09:02PM / Monday, July 17, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Joe Traversa threw a no-hitter Monday to lead the Post 68 Juniors to a 4-0 win over Longmeadow in the American Legion Baseball district playoffs.   On Tuesday at Clapp Park, Post 68 plays the winner of Wilbraham and Greenfield for the title. If Post 68 loses on Tuesday, it will play the same team again on Wednesday to decide the double-elimination tournament.   Seniors   PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- On Monday at Clapp Park, East Springfield defeated Post 68, 5-4, to win their bracket in the district tournament.   East Springfield advances to a best-of-three series with Northampton to decide the district title. That gets under way on Tuesday.  


Feeding the hungry
by buddy 04:12PM / Friday, February 21, 2014

Williamstown Community Preschool Installs New Signage
by Billsville 02:46PM / Tuesday, February 26, 2013

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Community Preschool began sprucing up its new home by hiring local sign maker Lindsay Neathawk,

Williamstown Youth Center Thanks Bedard Bros.
by Billsville 02:13PM / Friday, June 22, 2012
Bedard Brothers Chevrolet, through the Chevrolet Youth Soccer Program, has helped sponsor the Williamstown Youth Center's Soccer Program for the 2012 season. In addition to soccer equipment, this

BArT Enrolling New Students in Grades Six through 10
03:00PM / Monday, July 17, 2017

ADAMS, Mass. — The Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School, a tuition-free public school serving students in grades six through 12 from a number of Massachusetts communities within the Berkshires, is currently enrolling new students in grades six through 10 for the 2017-18 school year.

Recent action by BART's Board of Trustees and by the Massachusetts Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education resulted in a change in the school's enrollment policy. Previously, students new to BART could be admitted to grades six through nine. Now, however, students may be admitted into BArT to grade 10 as well.

"As a college preparatory charter public school, BArT


Biz Briefs: Bank Donation to SVMC Funds Child-Friendly Waiting Areas
02:48PM / Monday, July 17, 2017

For the kids: The Bank of Bennington presented a $25,000 donation to Southwestern Vermont Health Care earlier this month at the bank's flagship location at 155 North S. in Bennington, Vt. The funds, given in celebration of the bank's centennial year, are dedicated to the creation of several interactive, child-friendly waiting areas within the health system.

Dubbed Kids Korner, the first two interactive play waiting areas will be developed at the pediatrics practice and on the Women's and Children's unit at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington.

This is the first of several donations the bank plans to make to celebrate its centennial year. The Bank of


McCann Announces Fourth Quarter Honor Roll
01:48PM / Monday, July 17, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical high School has announced its fourth-quarter honor roll for the 2016-17 school year.

High Honors

Class of 2017: Alcala, Salvador; Banks, Matthew; Boudreau, Brian; Dean, Ainsley; Denault, Angela; Field, Mallory; Gardner, Makenzie; Gifford-Blasi, Ivy; Gigliotti, Madison; Gorman, Kayla; Guyette, Connor; Kaczowski, Kyla; Kendig, Caleb; Kipp, William; Lampro, Tyler; Pandell, Blaize; Wood, Elizabeth.

Class of 2018: Beany, Justin; Cahill, Alyssa; Cote, Megan; Diesz, Natalie; DiSanti, Bailey; Dix, James; Dowling, Aimee; Fuller, Hannah; Gamari, Daniel; Ingalls, Maisy; Kelly-Whitney, David; Kittler, Benn; Laprise, Dean; Lemaire, Jacqueline; McGrath,


Berkshire Force 14U Squad Finishes Second
12:43PM / Monday, July 17, 2017
GREENFIELD, Mass. -- After a great weekend of softball, the Berkshire Force 14-and-under softball team entered the final game as the undefeated No. 1 seed but took a 13-5 loss against New Hampshire's EFC Elite in the Coaches Classic Tournament on Sunday.   The Force  knotted the game up at 2-2 in the bottom of the first inning. Addison Lyon had an RBI single in the rally.   ECF Elite took the lead for good with five runs in the second inning.   The Force collected eight hits. Jordyn Lummus and Kirstyn Carrigan each collected multiple hits Lummus went 3-for-3 to lead the way.   ECF Elite had 14 hits in the game.


Berkshire Force 10U Wins Tournament
12:26PM / Monday, July 17, 2017
GRAFTON, Mass. -- The Berkshire Force 10-and-under softball team proved to be the best team out of 11 at the Grafton Invitational over the weekend, beating the Nos. 1 and 2 seeds en route to the championship.   After finishing 2-1 in pool play, the Force entered the tournament as the fifth seed. Behind a dominant two-hitter from starting pitcher Mia Arpante, they beat the fourth seed Grafton Diamonds, 11-0, in quarter-finals.   In the semi-finals, Amanda Pou mowed down the No. 1 seed Northeast Hurricanes, allowing one run on no hits and 12 strikeouts in seven innings as the Force won, 3-1.   The Force scored its first run against the Hurricanes when Michaela Hinckley raced

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Berkshires Beat: Brain Injury Group Raises Awareness at Pittsfield Suns Game
11:52AM / Monday, July 17, 2017

Brain game: The Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts held a Brain Injury Awareness Night with the Pittsfield Suns on Sunday, July 16.

There was a table for the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts, and to share brain injury knowledge and help raise awareness, the Pittsfield Suns hosted a trivia game.

Rebecca Gleason, a brain injury survivor from North Adams and Northern Berkshire Brain Injury Support Group Facilitator for the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts, prepared for months before singing the National Anthem at the Pittsfield Suns game.

Scott Steves, also a brain injury survivor from North Adams, threw out the first pitch.

How wonderful: Two New York-based


Williamstown Conservation Commission Reviews Culvert Project
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:29AM / Monday, July 17, 2017

Christmas Brook enters the current undersized culvert below Latham Street across from Williams College's Towne Field House. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Conservation Commission on Thursday began its review of plans for a larger culvert to carry the Christmas Brook under downtown and into the Green River.   Williams College is proposing to replace the existing, undersized culvert with a precast box culvert that is at least 5 feet by 12 feet, the top of which will sit 5 to 7 feet below grade.   Representatives from the college and Manchester, Conn.,-based engineering firm Fuss & O'Neill laid out the project and took questions from the commission which the


Berkshire Force 14U Scores Early, Often in Win
04:28PM / Sunday, July 16, 2017
GREENFIELD, Mass. -- Jordyn Lummus’ triple helped get the Berkshire Force 14-and-under softball team off to a quick start in an 8-3 win over the Black Widows on Sunday in the Coaches Classic Tournament.   The Force scored on Lummus’ triple, a single by Addison Lyon, a single by Kirstyn Carrigan, a single by Ellianna Christopher, a single by Molly Sherman, a double by Lummus, and a walk by Szophia Lewis in the first inning.   Carrigan earned the win in the circle. She went  seven innings, giving up three runs, five hits, and striking out three.   The Force collected 11 hits. Lummus, Lexi Sondrini and Ellianna Christopher each collected multiple hits.  


Bulldogs Advance to Cal Ripken State Final
04:27PM / Sunday, July 16, 2017

GREENFIELD, Mass. -- Tyler Bartini and Tyler Carlson each hit a two-run home run to highlight the Lanesborough Bulldogs’ 11-1 win over Greenfield in the semi-finals of the Cal Ripken Baseball League 11-and-under Western Mass State Tournament.

The Bulldogs Monday at 3 face Ash/West in the finals of the double-elimination tournament, needing to win twice after falling to Ash/West earlier in the tournament.

Damon Pause and Bartini split time on the mound in the semi-final win.

Carlson also added an RBI double, and the Bulldogs got RBIs from Judge Martin and Mason Abdalla in the “mercy” rule, four-inning win.

Bulldogs 16, Ayer/Shirley 0

The  Bulldogs

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State Budget Funds Office to Increase Employee-Owned Businesses
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:40AM / Saturday, July 15, 2017

State Rep. Paul Mark filed a budget amendment to restore the funding for the Office of Employee Involvement and Ownership in past seven consecutive years. DALTON, Mass. — Adam Vartikar grew up in a family-owned business in Brookline and now his parents are looking to retire.   But neither he, nor any of his siblings, want to run it. Vartikar has a close relationship with the employees and doesn't want to see his parents close the doors or sell out to a company that will move it away.   So he thought he'd help sell the business to the workers. He found out it is not that easy.   "You have this great, elegant solution for business succession


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