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Berkshire Special Olympians Compete in Great Barrington
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:19PM / Wednesday, May 03, 2017
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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Hundreds of athletes from throughout Berkshire County converged at Monument Mountain Regional High School on Wednesday for the 38th annual Berkshire Area Special Olympics Track and Field Meet.   Participants competed in running, throwing and jumping events, thrilling to their own accomplishments and inspiring those lucky enough to witness the event.   The opening ceremony featured a torch run conducted by area law enforcement officers, a performance of the national anthem by the Monument Mountain marching band and a reading of the Special Olympic Oath by Kaitlyn Critchley.   "Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the

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Mount Greylock Prepping for Opening Day May 20
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:41AM / Wednesday, May 03, 2017
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LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The state is hiring a parks supervisor for Mount Greylock State Reservation but the individual will likely not be in place by the time the summit and Bascom Lodge open on May 20.    "That's good because in January, we got a letter saying we don't have any money," Mount Greylock Advisory Chairman Cosmo Catalano Jr. said. "It's a nice reversal of fortunes."   The advisory council has been advocating to replace the full-time, year-round supervisor who left last year — but the Department of Recreation and Conservation has been reducing its budget and its staffing.    There was no full-time staff on the

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Rovers, Runners Hit Streets in Williamstown for Humane Race
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05:22PM / Saturday, April 29, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Malcolm Moutenot won the Berkshire Humane Society's 15th annual Humane Race on Saturday morning.   Moutenot covered the 5-kilometer course in 18 minutes, 42 seconds, 36 seconds ahead of runner-up Ollie Swabey (19:18).   Swabey was one of two 10-year-olds in the top 10. He was joined by Declan Rogers, who placed sixth in 22:34.    The first woman across the finish line was April Varella, who finished in 22:02.   Berkshire Running Center clocked 146 official finishers, many of which posted times with their dogs.   The event drew hundreds more runners and walkers with canine partners who did not post an official time.   The

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'Baseball and the Berkshires' Moves to Berkshire Mall
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:17PM / Friday, April 28, 2017
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LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Right alongside an athletic shoe retailer where today's high school baseball stars would feel at home, the stars of Berkshire County's yesteryear have a new home.   "Baseball and the Berkshires: A County's Common Bond" holds its grand opening on Saturday and Sunday and will be open Friday through Sunday for the foreseeable future at its new digs at the Berkshire Mall.   After spending parts of the past two years at Arrowhead in Pittsfield, including last year's run as a traveling exhibit, curator Larry Moore hopes the mall location will be a permanent home for the exhibit, which features artifacts celebrating the game's

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Cages Baseball Club Offers Youth Camps
08:29AM / Wednesday, April 26, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The Cages at the Mill collegiate baseball team will hold four summer baseball camps in Williamstown and Bennington, Vt., this summer.   The morning camps are open to players ages 6 to 13 and will be taught by members of the Cages' under-22 collegiate team.   The fundamentals of the game will be covered, including throwing, hitting, fielding and bunting. Age groups will be split up during the camp for certain activities.   The dates are: July 3, 5 and 7 at the Bennington Little League Complex; July 17, 19 and 21 at the Williamstown Youth Center; July 31, Aug. 2 and 4 at the Bennington Little League Complex; and Aug. 14, 16 and 18 at the Williamstown

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Rabasco Leads County Contingent at Boston Marathon
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10:08PM / Monday, April 17, 2017
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BOSTON -- Pittsfield’s Matt Rabasco was Berkshire County’s top finisher on Monday at the Boston Marathon, clocking a time of 2 hours, 49 minutes, 17 seconds over the historic 26.2-mile course.   Rabasco was the only sub-three-hour finisher among 11 county residents registered for the race with official times listed on the Boston Athletic Association on Monday night.   The races top finishers were Kenyans Geoffrey Kirui (2:09:37) for the men and Edna Kiplagat (2:21:52) for the women.   Rabasco, 22, was listed in 532nd place overall, 399th in his division, after setting a mile pace of 6:28.   Berkshire County’s second-fastest time was turned in by Matt

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Area's Collegians Well into Spring While Fields Back Home Soak
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02:23AM / Friday, April 07, 2017
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While Berkshire County high school student-athletes spin their wheels in the gym and watch the rescheduled and postponed game count grow, area alumnae are well into their spring seasons, most of which started on spring break trips to warmer climes.   The Wesleyan University men’s lacrosse team started its season with a one-goal loss at Bates up in Maine back in early March but went on to play four games in Florida on its way to an 8-1 record.   Senior , a graduate of Mount Greylock, has appeared in three of them. The 13th-ranked Cardinals extended an eight-game winning streak with Wednesday’s 17-13 win over No. 11 Amherst and hosts Williams on Saturday

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Berkshire United High School Rugby Seeks Players
09:22AM / Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Berkshire United High School Rugby Club is seeking new players for the 2017 season.   No experience is necessary. Berkshire United practices Monday,Tuesday and Wednesday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Osceola Park in Pittsfield.   Berkshire United has both high school girls and boys teams and needs 15 new players for the each team this spring.   Players must be in high school grades 9-12. Berkshire United High School Rugby Club has been comprised of players from Monument Mountain, Taconic, Pittsfield High, Mount Everett, Wahconah, Mount Greylock, Drury and Hoosac Valley.   Players from all Berkshire County schools are welcome.   Berkshire United

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Spring Vacation Baseball Clinic Scheduled
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04:36PM / Sunday, March 26, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Berkshire Baseball Academy at The Infield invites players ages 6 to 12 to a Spring Training Baseball Clinic over April vacation.   The clinic will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., April 17 through 20 at Deming Park, 80 Meadow Lane.   The emphasis will be on position-specific training, team defense and game play under a competitive atmosphere. Campers are asked to bring lunch, water, sunscreen and baseball gear.   The cost is $120 per child.   For information, contact Shari Butler at butlershari@gmail.com.

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Berkshire Blizzard Host Inaugural Tournament
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
03:33PM / Sunday, March 26, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Two days of girls hockey action concluded Sunday afternoon with a victory for the home team.   But the Berkshire Blizzard was a winner in more ways than one.   “This is huge,” Blizzard coach Bill Rech said after the team wrapped up the inaugural Blizzard Bash at the Peter W. Foote Vietnam Veterans Memorial Rink. “This is so important because it's a chance for more and more families who couldn't travel with us to come and see them play.   “The different youth hockey programs had some people here and had a chance to see this is what this girls hockey thing is all about. They had a blast watching.”   And the girls

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