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Morrison Pitches Berkshire Thunder to Another BABL Win
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10:30AM / Tuesday, August 03, 2021
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Seamus Morrison set a Berkshire Adult Baseball League record with his eighth win on the mound as the Berkshire Thunder topped Tunnel City Freight, 11-1, to improve to 10-2 this summer.   Morrison, Jake Barbarotta and Jesus Lay held Tunnel City to just one hit in the 35-year-old division win.   Kevin Robison went 2-for-2 with three RBIs, and Matt Marquis drove in three runs to lead the Thunder's offense.   Dalton took a 6-0 lead after four innings before the Gremlins rallied to cut the margin to two runs.   Kyle Heilbourne went 3-for-3 with a pair of RBIs, including an RBI double in the bottom of the sixth to push Dalton's lead to 7-4.   Graham Moriarty went

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Inspect Boxwood Shrubs for Invasive Box Tree Moths
04:11PM / Wednesday, July 28, 2021
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BOSTON — The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) and U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) urge anyone in Massachusetts who may have purchased boxwood shrubs this spring to check the plants for signs of box tree moths.   MDAR has received notification from APHIS that a number of nurseries within the Commonwealth received Canadian boxwood plants that were potentially infested with box tree moths.    Box tree moths are an invasive pest that feed on the leaves of boxwood shrubs and can cause complete defoliation, eventually killing the plant. While state and federal inspectors have not found any signs

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Berkshire County Communities Receive Trail Project Funding
04:00PM / Tuesday, July 27, 2021
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BOSTON — The Baker-Polito Administration announced nearly $4 million in grant funding to support 52 trail projects across the Commonwealth as part of the MassTrails Grant Program.    The grants will assist the construction, maintenance, and improvements for a variety of public trails across the Commonwealth, including hiking trails, bikeways, and shared-use paths.    "Massachusetts has a vast network of public trails which connect communities and regions together, providing recreation, exercise, and tremendous access to the natural world, and this funding offers an excellent opportunity to continue building and expanding that network and support new

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Devoti Leads Liberty to Win in Dalton Tourney Opener
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
10:35PM / Saturday, July 24, 2021
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DALTON, Mass. -- Julia Devoti struck out six and scattered three hits Saturday to lead the Berkshire Liberty travel softball team to a 7-0 win over the Greylock Thunder Saturday in the first game of the 16-and-under division at the Dalton CRA Invitational Softball Tournament.   The Liberty got all the offense it needed in the bottom of the second, when Emily Steurernagle drew a leadoff walk, went to third on a dropped third strike and scored on another dropped third strike to make it 1-0.   That set a tone for the game that saw the Liberty take advantage of pitches to the backstop and errors to score all of its runs.   Steuernagle sscored twice in the win. Katie Gappa and

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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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