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Berkshire County Baseball Umpires Offer Training for New Officials
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11:35AM / Tuesday, January 18, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Berkshire County Baseball Umpires will offer an initial class for prospective candidates on Thursday, Feb. 3.   The class will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Italian American Club on Newell St.   The exam fee is $45. Prospective candidates should contact Don Singleton at 413-884-4353 or rainier@bcn.net  

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Bidwell House Property Preserved With Conservation Restriction
04:01AM / Monday, January 03, 2022
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MONTEREY, Mass. — The Bidwell House Museum announced the preservation of about 180 acres of its property.     Berkshire Natural Resources Council and the Monterey Preservation Land Trust (MPLT) will co-hold the Conservation Restriction. The CR was signed and made official on Dec. 15, 2021.    "The Museum is deeply indebted to Lew and Joyce Scheffey, whose Turkeybush Foundation provided $300,000 for the preservation; and to BNRC and MPLT, whose resources and assistance helped to make this happen," Museum Director Heather Kowalski said. "The funds received as part of the new conservation restriction will help provide financial security to the

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First Day Hike on the Mount Greylock Reservation
08:55AM / Friday, December 31, 2021
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LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The Department of Conservation and recreation will host a First Day Hike on the Bradley Farm Trail, part of the Mount Greylock State Reservation.    "The Baker-Polito Administration is thrilled to continue the tradition of offering First Day hikes at state parks throughout the Commonwealth again this year," said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides. "There is nothing more invigorating than hiking through one of our beautiful parks with family and friends, and we're pleased to offer the opportunity kick off the New Year by getting outside and exploring the wonderful natural resources we have here in

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Berkshire High School Athletics 2021: A Year In Review
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
04:52PM / Thursday, December 30, 2021
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"Normal" may still be a long way off.   But some of the usual suspects were back in their normal positions, at the top of the heap, during 2021's sports seasons.   The state's high school athletics governing body went 14 months without awarding a state championship. And once it did, a Berkshire County dynasty claimed another one.   The trend continued in the fall when one perennial power defended its state title and another earned a return trip to the biggest sports venue in New England.   Here is a look back at some of the athletes and teams making headlines in 2021.   Taconic baseball Coach Kevin Stannard's program earned its fourth straight

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Sotek Swims at Regional Meet
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01:23PM / Monday, December 20, 2021
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- South Berkshire's Alex Sotek competed in the New England Swimming Seniors Meet held at Brown University last weekend.   Sotek, who swims for the Snapper Swim Club and trains in the Kilpatrick Athletic Center at Simon's Rock, competed in three events.   The competition gave Sotek an opportunity to swim with competitors from all over New England, some of whom competed in Olympic swimming trials last summer.   Sotek achieved personal best times in all three events entered. She raced 100 backstroke with a time of 1 minute, .79 seconds, 50 freestyle with a time :25.07 and 100 butterfly with a time of :59.41.   Feeling that she could achieve a

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Cove Lanes in Great Barrington Sold in Foreclosure Auction
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:45PM / Wednesday, December 15, 2021
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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — A Sheffield man Wednesday morning bought the Cove Lanes bowling alley in an on-site foreclosure auction held in the parking lot of the recreation center.   Craig Barnum was the lone bidder against an attorney for the business's mortgagee.   He won the brief auction with a purchase price of $981,000.   Afterward, Barnum declined to discuss specifics of his plans for the business with reporters but said he would be prepared to do so in a day or two.   The 11 a.m. auction drew a crowd of about three dozen people, including multiple qualified bidders.   Marianne Sullivan of Sandwich's Sullivan and Sullivan Auctioneers refused to

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State Parks Parking Fees Waived in Honor of Veteran's Day
12:01PM / Thursday, November 11, 2021
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BOSTON — In honor of Veteran's Day, the Baker-Polito Administration will once again waive parking fees at all Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) state parks throughout the state on Thursday, November 11, 2021.    Additionally, interpretive programming will also be offered at state parks during the upcoming holiday weekend. Furthermore, visitors are encouraged to participate in self-guided walks and hikes within the state parks system, where there are numerous veterans memorials, military forts, and other notable sites. The fee waiver falls in line with a National Park Service initiative that also provides free admission at federal parks nationwide on

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Pittsfield Speedskating Club Welcome New Members
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09:38AM / Thursday, October 21, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Pittsfield Parks Speed Skating Club will begin skating Oct. 31 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club on Melville Street.   Beginners, people interested in good exercise and those interested in racing will join people of all ages for this fun activity.   The club offers a free trial session. Then, you have the option to pay as you go for $25 a session for adults and $15 for children under  18.   Seasonal  memberships are  $350 adults, $150 children and $500 for families.    Skate rentals are available.   New skaters will be required to make a reservation by calling Arthur Milano at 413-441-2691. Boys and Girls

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MFBF Names Sunderland Cat Barn Cat of the Year
12:07PM / Monday, October 18, 2021
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MARLBOROUGH, Mass. — The Farm Bureau Federation named Thomas Farm & Dairy's Sophie-Jane as Barn Cat of the year.   “Sophie-Jane exhibited the qualities of an excellent barn cat," said MFBF Promotion and Education Chair Meg Gennings. “Not only does she keep rodents and birds out of the barn at Thomas Farm and Dairy but she also is extremely affectionate and an excellent napper. Those qualities are what make barn cats popular."    Sophie-Jane was adopted through Dakin Humane Society's barn cat program, which pairs cats who are either too feisty or too shy to live in traditional homes with working barns. These cats are spayed or neutered,

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Berkshire County Senior Golf Awards Scholarship
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08:58AM / Thursday, October 14, 2021
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DALTON, Mass. -- Pairs of golfers in four divisions took home honors at Wednesday's Berkshire County Fall Senior Golf event at Wahconah Country Club.   Paul Briggs and Ron Carver won the Blue Gross Division with a score of 67. The Blue Net Division went to Dennis Boldyga and Robert Smith with a 59.   In the Green Division, the gross title went to Bill Gates and Paul Traversa. Jim Crews and Roger Prevy won the Green Net with a 58.   The Senior Golf program contiued Wednesday to recognize and award scholarships to junior golf players throughout the area.   On Wednesday, a $500 scholarship was presented to Wahconah Regional High School golfer Nicholas

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