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No Drought Conditions In Berkshire County
12:03PM / Tuesday, July 20, 2021
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BOSTON — With precipitation events occurring throughout Massachusetts over the course of the past several weeks, drought conditions in Berkshire County, along with the majority of regions in the Commonwealth, have improved.   Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides declared Level 0-Normal Conditions in all regions across the Commonwealth, except the Cape Cod region, which remains at a Level 1-Mild Drought.   "Following recent rainstorms throughout much of the state and continued water conservation efforts, most regions of the Commonwealth have made a strong recovery and are now under normal conditions," said Theoharides. "However, Cape

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MCLA Athletics Golf Classic Returns
04:04PM / Monday, July 19, 2021
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The MCLA Athletics Golf Classic will make its return Monday, Aug. 2 at Berkshire Hills Country Club in Pittsfield after a one year absence due to the pandemic.    The Golf Classic serves as a major fundraiser for the College's Athletics Department. Over the years, the Classic has netted more than $40,000 in funds to support the MCLA's student-athletes.    Jointly hosted by the offices of Institutional Advancement and Athletics, this year's event will honor 2020 and 2021 senior student-athletes, who either had significant portions of their season cut short or were unable to begin their season as a result of the

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Berkshire County Summer Camps Receive Funding Boost
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:11PM / Saturday, July 17, 2021
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BECKET, Mass. — Summer camps took a significant hit during the past year and the Massachusetts delegation has stepped up to support them as they welcome back eager campers.   State Senator Adam Hinds visited the Becket-Chimney Corners YMCA Friday with a giant check for $3,000,000 in hand for summer camps across the state - including $700,000 for camps in the Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin, and Hampden districts.   "This has been a rough year, as we all know. A year and a half with basically camps going more than a year without income, and we know very well that in Western Mass and in the Berkshires, especially, that camps play such a critical role for so many

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Berkshire County Historical Society Annual Hike
07:46AM / Friday, July 16, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire County Historical Society will celebrate Herman Melville's birthday Aug. 1 with a hike on Monument Mountain in Great Barrington at 9 am.    The hike takes approximately 2 ½ hours and is appropriate for families. Hikers should meet at the Monument Mountain Reservation Parking lot on Route 7 and should be prepared with their own water, proper footwear, hiking gear and bug repellent.   The hike commemorates the Aug. 5, 1850, first meeting of Melville and Nathaniel Hawthorne. At the time, Melville was working on his greatest novel, Moby-Dick, while Hawthorne was a literary sensation having just published The Scarlett Letter. The

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MassWildlife Advisory: Report Dead Birds and Remove Feeders
04:02PM / Thursday, July 15, 2021
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In late May, wildlife managers in Washington D.C., Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and Kentucky began receiving reports of sick and dying birds with eye swelling and crusty discharge, as well as neurological signs. More recently, additional reports have been received from Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Indiana.    While the majority of affected birds are reported to be fledgling common grackles, blue jays, European starlings, and American robins, other species of songbirds have been reported as well.    No definitive cause(s) of illness or death have been determined at this time.    While there is always an increase in reports of dead birds at

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Adams Aces Earn Walkoff Win, Stay Perfect in BABL
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01:37PM / Tuesday, July 13, 2021
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ADAMS, Mass. -- John Yetto delivered a walkoff single in the bottom of the seventh on Sunday as the Adams Aces came from behind to beat Dalton, 3-2, and stay unbeaten in the Berkshire Adult Baseball League's 35-year-old division.   Dalton took a lead in the top of the fourth with RBIs by Steve Kisiel and Jeff Aldrich.   In the bottom of the seventh, Matt Ziter started the winning rally with a one-out double. Gary Munson then walked.   Dan Corbett's double scored Ziter but Munson was thrown out on the play to give Dalton a 2-1 lead with two out.   An error scored Corbett to tie it and put one man on for Yetto, who drove in the winning run.   Cory Hillard

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Gritty Great Barrington Comes Back to Win District Title
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
06:41PM / Sunday, July 11, 2021
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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. -- Two games, two come-from-behind wins and one district championship for the 11-year-old all stars from the Great Barrington Little League.   Luke Fenig doubled in a run and went three innings on the mound as Great Barrington topped the Pittsfield Little League American Division, 5-3, in the rain-shortened championship game of the Don Gleason District 1 tournament at Olympian Meadows.   On Saturday, Fenig drove in the tying and winning runs of a 14-13 game against the Pittsfield Nationals that saw Great Barrington surrender three runs in the top of the sixth to fall behind, 13-10.   “We haven’t been together too long, and our first game

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Little League District Tourney Sets One Title Game Matchup
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09:47AM / Wednesday, July 07, 2021
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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. -- The Pittsfield American League and Dalton-Hinsdale have advanced to the title game of the Don Gleason District 1 Little League 8-to-10-year-old championships at Olympian Meadows.   The Pittsfield AL earned the top seed after a four-team round-robin with a record of 3-0. It will face Dalton-Hinsdale (2-1) on Saturday at 2 p.m. for the title.   On Tuesday, Dalton-Hinsdale earned its spot in the finals with a 4-2 win over the Pittsfield National League, which finished 0-3 in the round robin. Host Great Barrington ended up with a record of 1-2.   Also on Tuesday, Great Barrington’s 12-year-old team defeated the Pittsfield NL, 4-2. Earlier this

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County Little League Tourneys Underway
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02:17PM / Sunday, July 04, 2021
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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. -- The Don Gleason District 1 Little League 8- to 10-year-old Championship got underway last week with the Pittsfield American League jumping out to a pair of wins in pool play.   The 8-10 tournament took a day off on Sunday for the holiday but gets back underway on Friday with a modified schedule to allow families to get to Wahconah Park to see the Taconic High School baseball team play its Division 3 state title game at 3.   In fact, all three Little League age groups are set to play on Monday at Olympian Meadows, but the games will be held earlier due to the high school game in Pittsfield.   At 10 a.m., the 9-11 tournament gets going when the

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Housatonic Earns Upset Win; Adams Aces Stay Perfect
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11:17AM / Tuesday, June 29, 2021
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Ryan Shook threw three shutout innings Sunday to lead the Housatonic River Monsters to a 4-2 win over the Great Barrington Millers in the Berkshire Adult Baseball League.   Shook helped his cause with a double and a run batted in at the plate. Jake Simon also drove in a run for Housatonic.   Tyler Spofford went 1-for-3 with an RBI, and Spencer Cookson doubled in a run for Great Barrington.   Housatonic improved to 5-4 this summer.   Carter Matthews went 4-for-4, and Hunter Potash was 3-for-4 at the plate to lead BBA.   Christian Robitaille was 2-for-3 with three RBIs for BBA, which got eight strikeouts over four innings from pitcher Joe Gratton.   Jake Hall

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