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Thunderfest To Go Virtual This Year
04:00PM / Monday, February 22, 2021
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ADAMS, Mass. — ProAdams has made the decision to hold the tenth annual Thunderfest virtually this year on March 6.   “Our sponsors contribute to ProAdams, in part, to support our events in Adams," said Raymond Gargan, co-chair of ProAdams. “But with the Coronavirus, our traditional gathering is just not possible. So, we've come up with an alternative idea. We're going virtual."    Thunderfest was held last year on March 7, six days before COVID-19 brought an end to large events in Massachusetts.   With this not being a possibility this year, ProAdams will stream Thunderfest via Facebook Live for free on Saturday, March 6 at 12

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BNRC Re-opens Access Trail to Mahanna Cobble
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:21AM / Friday, January 15, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass — Hikers can now enjoy a new access trail to Mahanna Cobble that is open during the winter.

Berkshire Natural Resources Council, Bousquet Mountain and Mill Town Capital on Wednesday re-opened the improved trail to  the cobble, a conservation reserve owned and managed by BNRC.

"BNRC appreciates a strong partner in Bousquet Mountain and Mill Town as we seek to offer improved hiking experiences close to community centers, year-round. We are thrilled to finally have four-season access to this beautiful new trail and destination in central Berkshire," BNRC President Jenny Hansell wrote in a press release. "Thanks to the generosity of Mill Town and

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MaSCAC Cancels Winter Sports
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09:47AM / Friday, November 13, 2020
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WESTFIELD, Mass.-- The Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference Friday announced that it will cancel all winter sports for the 2020-21 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.   The MaSCAC presidents, athletic directors and athletic trainers came to the conclusion after an exhaustive review of all possibilities to hold competitions within the guidelines set by the NCAA and the commonwealth of Massachusetts, according to a statement from the league on Friday morning.   Similar to the fall sports, the state universities are planning to provide winter sport student-athletes with on-campus, in-person practices, conditioning and training opportunities throughout their traditional

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New Trails Opened at Greylock Glen in Adams
03:30PM / Monday, November 09, 2020
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ADAMS, Mass. — The Thunderbolt Ski Runners opened new beginner-friendly recreational trails at the Greylock Glen.   The Thunderbolt Ski Runners announced Monday that they have completed two to three miles of new trails on Mount Greylock using a $50,000 MassTrails grant.   In all, the new trails include 1-mile connecting to the Gould Trailhead parking lot on West Mountain Road, and over a mile of resurfaced trail across the street from the Gould Trailhead. However, the new flow trail at Hemlock Brook Hollow is still under construction.   "Many of the existing trails in the Glen were built from old logging trails and can be too technical or difficult for

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State Urges Residents to Report Signs of Invasive Spotted Lanternfly
08:49AM / Monday, September 28, 2020
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BOSTON, Mass. — The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) announced that it has identified two dead specimens of the spotted lanternfly (SLF) in communities, and is urging residents to report any sign of the invasive pest.    The specimens were recovered in the towns of Milford and Norwood and were brought into Massachusetts on materials shipped from Pennsylvania counties currently under a spotted lanternfly quarantine.   Additionally, MDAR was recently notified that nursery stock with spotted lanternfly egg masses and adults may have been unintentionally imported and planted in several parts of Massachusetts.   MDAR is urging anyone who has

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Q&A: Pothier Tickled Pink To Still Be Wearing Blue
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
07:00PM / Saturday, September 19, 2020
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DALTON, Mass. — After 3,000 games and tens of thousands of judgment calls, Rich Pothier is a fixture on Berkshire County baseball diamonds and a walking advertisement for the recruitment of young umpires.   Moments before stepping behind the plate for his milestone 3,000th career game on Saturday, Pothier sounded as enthusiastic as ever and not the least surprised that career has lasted this long.   "Strangely enough, yes," Pothier said when asked whether he thought he would be umpiring well into his fifth decade. "Because I've loved it right from the first day I did it. I could envision myself doing it.   "I didn't have any talent as a

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State Awards Grants to Support Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership
02:06PM / Wednesday, September 16, 2020
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ROWE, Mass. — The Baker-Polito Administration announced $225,000 in grant funding to eight municipalities and a regional economic development organization to support forest stewardship and conservation, trail improvements, and nature-based tourism in the Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership region.     The funding builds upon the Commonwealth's Shared Stewardship Agreement with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service, which established a framework for partnerships between local governments and stakeholders to advance the goals of the Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership (MTWP) to conserve forests and enhance regional economic

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MaSCAC Moves Winter Sports to Spring Term at Earliest
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09:24AM / Friday, September 11, 2020
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WESTFIELD, Mass. – After on-going consultation with the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference Presidents, athletic directors, affiliates and athletic trainers while also aligning with the NCAA recommendations, the MaSCAC will suspend all winter sport contests until second semester. Winter sports are permitted to practice and train on campus during the fall semester.   In accordance with NCAA recommendations, winter practices will be permitted in the first semester and restart during second semester for men’s and women’s basketball, men’s ice hockey and men’s and women’s indoor track and field.    Although there won’t be

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Youth Soccer League Offering Competitive Opportunity for High Schoolers
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:52AM / Friday, September 11, 2020
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — As a dad, Stephen Nesbit knows how difficult the COVID-19 pandemic has been for youngsters.   As an officer in the North Adams Soccer Club, he can do something about it.   "I'm a father, I have a 9-year-old and a 16-year-old," Nesbit said on Thursday morning. "Kids have been trapped in the house since March. They want to get out and run around with their friends. We're giving them a responsible option for that."   The NASC and its corresponding youth groups throughout the county are working to put together competitive opportunities for players of all ages, up to and including high schoolers, who likely will not have the

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Bousquet Announces General Manager And Partnership With Olympic Skier
12:33PM / Friday, September 04, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass.— Bousquet Mountain announced the hiring of new General Manager Kevin McMillian and a partnership with Olympic Skier and Pittsfield native Krista Schmidinger.   General manager Kevin McMillian, currently general manager at Zoar Outdoor, will oversee the day to day operation of the mountain. He will be responsible for building out the Bousquet management team and staff and implementing an effective operating model to run the business.     McMillian has been with Zoar since 1992. He brings knowledge of the outdoors and background as an experiential educator with regional schools. He was the 1996 recipient of the Massachusetts Office of Travel &

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