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Berkshire County Officials to Work Friday Game at Gillette Stadium
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11:15AM / Thursday, December 01, 2022
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- A crew of eight Berkshire County high school football officials will take the field on Friday afternoon at Gillette Stadium to officiate the Division 7 State Championship Game.   Referee John Wellspeak will lead a crew that includes umpire Michael Lyon, line judge Marc Field, head linesman Mark Pompi, field judge Matt Conant, side judge John Ciliberti and back judge Gary Pemble. Peter Ochs will serve as the game's clock operator.   The Berkshire County officials will be in charge when West Boylston, which eliminated Wahconah in the state quarter-finals, takes on St. Bernard's for the D7 crown, one of eight state title games to be contested over the

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December is the Start of Bird Feeding Season
08:08AM / Friday, November 25, 2022
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The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department recommends Vermonters wait to put up bird feeders until Dec. 1 to avoid attracting bears.    "Winter bird feeding is a good way to attract birds arriving from Canada, including evening grosbeaks and purple finches, as well as resident birds including northern cardinals and black-capped chickadees," said Doug Morin, Vermont Fish and Wildlife's bird project leader.  "Black oil sunflower is a good seed choice that will attract a variety of birds.  Adding other seeds or suet can help to attract certain species.  Thistle, for example, attracts many of the finches.  Gardeners will find leaving late-blooming

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Baseball in the Berkshires, Infield Present Meet the Pros Day on Sunday
09:40PM / Monday, November 14, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Baseball in the Berkshires museum and The Infield will present a "Meet the Pros" event with six Berkshire County residents who have played in major and minor league professional baseball on Sunday, Nov. 20 from 1 to 3 p.m. at The Infield at 10 Lyman St.   Meet and greet former professional baseball players, get autographs and take photos.   The lineup includes:   John Raifstanger of Great Barrington, an infielder and outfielder in the Red Sox organization from 1994-98.   Rafel Luberes of Pittsfield, a pitcher in the Brewers organization from 2004-11.   Ryan Cameron of Williamstown, a pitcher in the Rockies, Red Sox and Phillies

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Rollerskiers Tackle Mount Greylock
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10:08PM / Sunday, November 06, 2022
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LANESBOROUGH, Mass. – Fin Bailey and Alexandra Lawson were the top finishers on Sunday at the Mount Greylock Hill Climb.   The rollerski race was conducted at Mount Greylock Reservation under the auspices of the New England Nordic Ski Association.   More than 100 athletes took on the challenge of racing to the top of the commonwealth’s highest peak.   Bailey and Lawson were the first finishers in the long course division for men and women respectively.   The long course ran for 8 miles from the visitor’s center to the top of the 3,500 foot mountain.   Bailey of Vermont’s Stratton Mountain School won the men’s race in 48 minutes, 59.4

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Run for the Hills Road Race set for Oct. 16
08:45AM / Wednesday, September 28, 2022
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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Run for the Hills, the Great Barrington Land Conservancy’s traditional road race is set for Oct. 16, where participants can run 10K and 5K routes through the Berkshire Hills. 

The event will take place at the site of the Kilpatrick Athletic Center at Bard College at Simon’s Rock. Runners and walkers of all ages and abilities are invited to enjoy the fall foliage and help GBLC to raise the funds needed to promote conservation, farm preservation, and community trails.  

Early registration is recommended, and the first 125 registrants will receive t-shirts. Register through the Berkshire Running Center.

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Fall Seniors Golf Tour Tees Off at Berkshire Hills
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11:39AM / Friday, September 23, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Ralph Distoli and Bob Linn had the low gross score at Berkshire Hills Country Club in the inaugural Berkshire County Fall Seniors Golf event.   The pair carded a 62 on their home course to edge runners-up Matt Ortega and George Candelet, who finished at 65.   The event on Wednesday was the first of a five-week series for golfers 50 and up to raise funds to support Berkshire County Junior Golf. Each year, the organization awards scholarships to young golfers to support junior memberships at their home club.   Dastoli and Linn won for gross score in the Blue Division, one of two groups based on the combined ages of the pairs.   In the Green Division,

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The Great British Walkoff: Koperniak Scores Game-Winner as Team GB Advances
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08:12PM / Tuesday, September 20, 2022
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REGENSBURG, Germany -- Hoosac Valley graduate Matt Koperniak Tuesday scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the 10th as Great Britain came from behind to beat Spain, 10-9, and advance from a qualifying tournament to play in March's World Baseball Classic.   Koperniak, a native of London, was the "ghost runner," starting the 10th inning on second base.   After a failed bunt attempt, Great Britain's Justin Wylie reached on a fielder's choice.   Koperniak was called out at third, but after a British challenge, the umpires ruled he was safe.   With runners at the corners and one out, Alex Crosby hit a sacrifice fly to left to drive in Koperniak

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Allen Heights Veterinary Repeats as Josh Billings Runaground Champ
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05:48PM / Sunday, September 18, 2022
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LENOX, Mass. -- Hundreds of amateur athletes Sunday won the 46th Josh Billings Runaground Triathlon where, as the motto goes, "To finish is to win."   The day's fastest finishers featured familiar names as the four-man team from Allen Heights Veterinary was the first across the finish line at Camp Mah-Kee-Nac, which took over this year from Tanglewood as the triathlon terminus.   As usual, teams headed out from downtown Great Barrington for a 27-mile bike ride to the boat launch at the Stockbridge Bowl, where pedalers gave way to paddlers for a 5-mile spring around the lake. The final leg of the event is a 6-mile run.   Athletes compete in teams of two, three or

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Fall Foliage 5K, Berkshire Half Marathon Set for Oct. 8-9
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10:24AM / Monday, August 29, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- One finisher of the inaugural Berkshire Half Marathon will win a  brand new 2023 Subaru.   The half marathon will be part of a two-race weekend that kicks off with the first Fall Foliage 5K on Saturday, Oct. 8. The 13.1-mile race will be Sunday.   Berkshire Running Center owners Kent and Shiobbean Lemme; Race Directors of the MountainOne Steel Rail Races; have once again brought another weekend of running events to the Berkshires and the newly expanded Ashuwillticook Rail Trail.     The event is co-sponsored by Haddad Subaru, MountainOne, John’s Ace Hardware and UNICO. The races will be newly structured renditions of the

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Sheffield's Harden Garners Medals
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07:33PM / Sunday, August 21, 2022
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EVANSTON, Ill. -- Sheffield resident John-Michael Harden this month earned a gold medal at the DuPage Open figure skating tournament.   Harden finished on top of a five-competitor field in the novice men combined division.   He posted a score of 39.67 with a one-point decduction after a program that included a triple lutz and a triple salchow with a triple toeloop.   Harden, who skates for the Connecticut-based Charter Oak Figure Skating Club, also took home a bronze medal in a 10-skater field in the novice men combined at the Cranberry Open in Norwood, Mass., this month.   Harden is ranked third in New England and seventh in the nation in his class by U.S. Figure

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