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40th Josh Billings RunAground Triathlon in the Books
04:48PM / Sunday, September 18, 2016
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LENOX, Mass. -- The team from Allen Heights Veterinary Sunday won the 40th Great Josh Billings RunAground Triathlon with a time of 2 hours, 17 minutes, 21 seconds.   With Josh Lipka on the bicycle, Tom Keefe and Ben Pigot in the canoe and Steve Monsulick handling the running, Allen Heights clocked in nearly nine minutes ahead of the rest of the field.   The team of 3 Plus 1 was the runner-up, finishing in 2:26:06 to win its division, the males 39 and under class.   The top individual in the Ironman category was Pittsfield’s Kent Lemme, who soloed the three-stage event in 2:32:44 -- just more than 15 minutes behind the four-person winners. Lemme turned in the sixth

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County's Collegians Hit the Athletic Fields of Fall
12:55AM / Monday, September 12, 2016
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Mount Greylock Regional School alumnuswas credited with one tackle for Wake Forest Saturday in the Demon Deacons’ 24-14 win at Duke.   Benzinger, a 6-foot-7, 285-pound lineman and 2015 Mount Greylock graduate, is listed as a red-shirt freshman on the Wake Forest roster.   Saturday’s game was telecast on ESPNU. next week, Wake Forest hosts the University of Delaware in a game that will be seen on online on the ACCN Extra telecast.   In Division III, Lenox High graduate and Lee High football alumhas appeared in one game so far as a freshman defensive lineman at Macalaster College in Minnesota, which is 1-1 this fall.   The MCLA men’s soccer team is off to

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Local Environmentalist Updates Guide to Berkshire Trails
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
06:27AM / Sunday, September 04, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Lauren R. Stevens has been traipsing through the Berkshire mountains for more than 40 years.

And he wants others to find the same joy has in exploring the trails that weave throughout the county.

"I want people to gain an appreciation of the beautiful place we live in," the retired Williams College professor said. "There are benefits to just walking — physical and psychological. It has a way refueling."

Stevens recently published "50 Hikes In The Berkshire Hills," an updated guide to some favorite hikes, walks and climbs throughout the county. The guide, published by W.W. Norton's Countryman Press, came out in

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Centennial Hikes Across Massachusetts Celebrate 100th Anniversary of National Park Service
01:38PM / Wednesday, August 24, 2016
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BOSTON — The Department of Conservation and Recreation will lead park visitors on free "Centennial Hikes" at 12 parks across Massachusetts, including two in the Berkshires, on Thursday, Aug. 25, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.

The DCR-managed parks are part of the cherished and historic legacy of America’s state and national parks system, and serve as excellent examples of land conservation efforts that have been made across the country.

"I cannot think of a better way to celebrate 100 years of the National Park Service and their efforts of preserving this country’s natural resources, than going on a Centennial

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Race Honors Memory of Drury Grad’s Mother
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:50PM / Saturday, August 20, 2016
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STAMFORD, Vt. — Among Olivia Carlson’s many memories of her mother are the times the family would participate in 5-kilometer charity road races.

"Especially in the summers, we did 5Ks almost every weekend. I remember we would decide maybe Saturday morning, 'Oh, there's a 5K at 10,' and we’d run in, join the scramble, register day of and just hop in," Carlson said on Saturday morning outside Stamford Elementary School, site of the inaugural Train for Trish 5K Charity Run/Walk.

Reminded how much organizers of such events love a last-minute crush of entrants, Carlson laughed.   "Oh, I know," she said. "I hate those people now,

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Great Barrington Youth Soccer Tournament Seeks Teams
01:20PM / Wednesday, August 10, 2016
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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. -- Registration is under way for the 18th annual Monument Cup 3-on-3 Youth Soccer Tournament, Sept. 24 at Monument Mountain Regional High School.   The event features boys and girls divisions in three age groups: under-10, under-12 and under-14.   Teams can include three or four players, and each team is guaranteed at least three matches.   The top four teams in each division will play in the semi-finals with the finals played under the lights.   The entry fee is $80 per team. Each division is limited to 16 teams, so apply early.   For information and registration forms, visit www.monumentcup.org, or contact Matt Naventi at 413-243-1559 or

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UCP Golf Tournament Raises More Than $23,000
01:50PM / Monday, August 01, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of Berkshire County raised more than $23,000 to benefit more than 2,400 children and adults with physical and developmental disabilities throughout Berkshire County at its 18th annual golf tournament on July 18.

More than 136 golfers’ participated, and 18 volunteers assisted with everything from event preparation to providing entertainment.

Winning teams from the event are as follows:

First place, Brian Griffin, Joe Tosches, Bart Guistina, Samir Doshi; Second place, Corbin Brassard, Jeff Brassard, John Bresset, Leo Romanos; Third place, Bob Desanty, Bill Bryce Sr., Jamie Gaffey, John Vareschi; Fourth place, Jamie Zdon, Steve

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Berkshire 11-Year-Olds Third at Cal Ripken Tourney
03:15PM / Wednesday, July 20, 2016
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PEPPERELL, Mass. – Pepperell handed Berkshire a 12-6 loss on Monday in the semi-finals of the Western Massachusetts Cal Ripken 11-and-under State Championship.   After dropping a 4-0 loss to Pepperell on Sunday in pool play, Berkshire came out fired up and took a quick 3-0 lead after the top of the first inning on three walks and two Pepperell errors.   The score remained the same until the top of the fourth, when Brendan Armstrong scored his second run of the night on a double by Cliff Flynn, putting Berkshire ahead 4-0.   In the home half of the fourth, Pepperell finally broke through against starting pitcher Flynn with four consecutive singles and two walks. He was

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Berkshire Cal Ripken All-Stars Move on to Western Mass State Semis
09:31PM / Monday, July 18, 2016
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PEPPERELL, Mass. -- The Berkshire Cal Ripken 11U All-Stars split a pair on Sunday to finish pool play in the Western Massachusetts state tournament.   Dylan Ely got the call to pitch the opener against Frontier and didn't disappoint, throwing a complete game shutout and giving up one hit with six strikeouts.   Ely also helped out on the offensive side as well going 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Braxton Crandall was 2-for-3 with a run scored. Blake Cella and Nick Vaber also had strong games for Berkshire, each scoring a run in the process.   Berkshire took the shutout win by the score of 8-0.   Berkshire faced the undefeated host, Pepperell, in the pool play

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Competitive Course Record Set in Mass Am at Taconic Golf Club
Massachusetts Golf Association,
08:12PM / Monday, July 11, 2016
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.  — It didn’t take long for memories to be made and records to be broken at the 108th Massachusetts Amateur Championship.   During round one of the Massachusetts Golf Association’s marquee amateur event, Jake Shuman (Blue Hill CC) fired a competitive course record score of 7-under par 64 to set the pace at Taconic Golf Club.   Shuman, a rising junior at Duke University, carded seven birdies and zero bogies on Monday to post a score that is three strokes better than the course record previously held by Bill Hadden and set during the 2016 club championship.   “Controlling the trajectory and distance is huge on these greens,”

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