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MCLA Announces Summer Camps
09:40AM / Tuesday, April 08, 2014
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will offer two science-based camps for youth this summer – one in computer programming and the other in science and robotics.

The three-day computer programming camp, for youths in grades 5-7, will be held July 29-31, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In addition to teaching programming skills, the computer programming camp will build on the campers’ general teamwork and problem solving skills. Camp activities will include team building exercises, problem solving activities and programming lessons. Some activities will be held outside, weather permitting.

Campers will be introduced to computer programming using Scratch,

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Women’s Lacrosse Moves Into National Top 10
By Dick Quinn, Williams Sports Info
09:28AM / Tuesday, April 08, 2014
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williams college women's lacrosse team (9-1/5-1 NESCAC), winners of seven straight, continues its climb in the national poll , where the Ephs are now 10th in the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Association (IWLCA) rankings.

Considering that the Ephs did not receive a single vote in the IWLCA pre-season poll, their climb in the national poll this spring is dramatic.

The Ephs did not even crack the top 20 in the first poll during the regular season, but in the second poll on March 10 and the third poll on March 17 the Ephs were ranked 19th. In the last three weeks the Ephs have climbed nine spots going from 19th to 15th and then 12th last week, and

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Williams Tennis Defeats Middlebury 7-2
By Andrée Heller, Williams Sports Info
10:11AM / Monday, April 07, 2014
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MIDDLEBURY, Vt. — Williams returned to conference play today, facing Middlebury after an undefeated West Coast spring break trip. The team extended their perfect record to 12-0, winning 7-2.

Williams got out to an early lead, winning two out of the three doubles matches. The top two pairs played with confidence that has been the story throughout this season. Shoemaker/Curran took won their match 8-4, while Pylypiv/Elkins won 8-1.

The depth of this team is evident, as Coach Swain emphasized their “competitive composure across the board.” The top two Ephs players faced tough competition, with both matches needing three sets to decide a winner. Despite losing her first set

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Rhody Invitational Final Round
By Michael Stone, Williams Sports Info
09:58AM / Monday, April 07, 2014
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PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — Amid tough conditions and strong opponents, Williams golf team concluded Sunday’s challenging final round with a fourth place finish (305-311=616). University of Rhode Island (309-288=597), the host school, clinched the tournament title over Sacred Heart (303-298=601) with an outstanding final round, in which four URI players carded scores at or below 73. Pete Ballo of Sacred Heart continued his stellar play today with a 74 that helped him attain a one-shot victory over URI’s Joseph Leavitt (74-72=146).

Senior captain Dylan Dethier anchored today’s action for the Ephs. His 74 provided the team’s low score and, along with his first round

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Shamrocks Take Bay State Games Gold
Stephen Dravis, iBerkhires.com Sports
06:15PM / Sunday, March 23, 2014
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Berkshire Shamrocks hockey team took home the gold medal in the 30-plus division of the Bay State Winter Games on Sunday afternoon.

The Shamrocks defeated the Braves, 9-4, in the championship game to complete a 4-0 weekend for the team at the Peter W. Foote Vietnam Veterans Memorial Rink.   The Shamrocks opened the tournament on Friday with a 7-2 win over Realestategoalie.com and picked up two more wins on Saturday by scores of 11-1 and 9-0 heading into Sunday's championship game.   In the final game of the three-day competition, the Shamrocks' 50-plus team dropped a 5-2 decision to Chicopee's Teddy Bear Pools and Spas in their

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Pittsfield Skater Savors Bay State Games Experience
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:45PM / Friday, March 21, 2014
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Figure skating has taken Pittsfield's Julie Boulais across the country to compete.

On Friday, she was happy to make a much shorter trip up Route 7 to compete at the 2014 Bay State Winter Games.

Boulais, 17, a senior at Pittsfield High School, skates for the Pittsfield Figure Skating Club.

For one weekend each winter — or, this year, spring — Williams College's Lansing Chapman Rink is home to one of her favorite events.

"I just like going there and competing," she said on Thursday before heading to the rink for a practice session. "It's really fun for me. I like Bay State Games more than other competitions because a lot of

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Bay State Games Figure Skating, Hockey This Weekend
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Sports
11:56AM / Thursday, March 20, 2014
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Pittsfield's Joe Skutnik has been working with the Winter Bay State Games half a dozen years.   This weekend, he will get to enjoy some of the event as a spectator.   Skutnik has coordinated the alpine skiing competition for the winter sports festival since it moved to Bousquet Ski Area, where he is race coordinator.   This year, the Bay State Games are honoring Skutnik as one of the program's Berkshire Heroes, along with Bousquet ski instructor and coach Jill Johnson of Dalton and the Orchards Hotel in Williamstown.   Skutnik said he and Johnson are the tip of the iceberg when it comes to putting on a downhill event at

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Local Businessman Planning Purchase of Waubeeka
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:44PM / Tuesday, March 11, 2014
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Waubeeka Golf Links should have a new owner Friday.

Michael Deep of North Adams confirmed on Tuesday that he has signed a purchase-and-sales agreement for the 18-hole golf course.

"I'm excited," he said. "I'm very, very excited and happy. Now I'm just waiting for Friday."

Several local names had surfaced as interested buyers in the last few weeks as the deadline loomed for whether the course would open this spring. Deep said he had been interested but backed off when another potential buyer began serious talks with owners James and Jody Goff so as not to get in the way.

"When it didn't happen, Jim called me,"

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North Adams Sends Youth Hockey Team To State Tournament With Pep Rally
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
08:23PM / Thursday, March 06, 2014
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — For the first time in more than 10 years, the Northern Berkshire Youth Hockey League is sending a team to the state championship tournament.

On Thursday, supporters held a pep rally to kick off the Squirt level team as it heads to Quincy this weekend for the tournament. According to coach Guy Cariddi, in the league's 46 years of existence, only a few Northern Berkshire teams have won the state tournament.

"The kids worked really hard to get there," Cariddi said.

The U10 team went undefeated in league play, finishing at 15-0. They then went onto the playoffs, going 2-0 to win the championship in Troy, N.Y. Now they face

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Ramblewild Aerial Adventure Park Eyes May Opening
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
09:27AM / Thursday, March 06, 2014
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LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The new aerial adventure park is set to open this spring.

Tree-Mendous has had workers building the 150 elements over the winter and management has set a Memorial Day weekend grand opening for their newest company, Ramblewild.

The park, on Brodie Mountain Road, features eight courses of varying difficulty.

The courses are nearly completed — a suspension bridge has yet to be built — and the company is awaiting the completion of a lodge for ticketing and souvenirs.

"The park is 96 percent complete," said Michael Duffy, who has been hired to be the Ramblewild's general manager. "They didn't take a single day off."

The

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