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North Adams, MA - Volunteers are needed to help with the 2010 Bay State Winter Games January 22-24. Call Dale Waterman at 413.663.8111 or Brittany Rheault at 781.932.6555 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
North Adams, MA - Mail-in registrations for the figure skating portion of the 2010 Bay State Games must be postmarked by December 11, 2009. On line registration will also close at 11:59 pm on December 11th. The figure skating competition will be held January 22-24, 2010. email@example.com
The inductees include local residents Bill Caprari ’75, M.Ed. ’82 (baseball), Sam Gomez (cross country coach, a posthumous inductee) and Sue Plankey LeClair ’01 (softball), as well as Laurie Pecoraro ’00 (soccer), Steve Swail ’89 (baseball), Jim Hachey ’86 (soccer), Andy Marhoffer ’83 (ice hockey), and Tom Cronin ’87 (basketball).
Bill Caprari was a standout athlete and educator at MCLA for over 30 years. He starred as a member of the baseball team, winning MASCAC championships in 1972 and 1974. He was the captain of the 1974 team and presented the prestigious Louis Parisien Award in 1975. Following his playing career, Caprari became a staff member at the College, working in the Athletic Department for over 20 years.
Sam Gomez founded the cross country program while working as a professor at MCLA. He served as the first coach in program history. The Sam Gomez road race has been run in his honor for the last 32 years.
Sue Plankey LeClair was the only four-time MVP in softball history, winning the award from 1998 to 2001. She was a three-time All Conference performer and earned All New England honors those same years. Her teams won over 20 games in three of her four seasons, and she was recognized by the ECAC and the NFCA for her accomplishments.
Soccer player Laurie Pecoraro was a two-time Sue Getchell Award winner at MCLA. She was voted team MVP on three different occasions and was twice named to the All Conference team. Pecoraro was named captain for the 1999 season.
Steve Swail was a member of two MASCAC championship baseball teams. In 1989, he was named captain and led his team to a 19-9 record. Swail was also awarded the Parisien Award in 1989. During his career, the baseball team won 66 games in three seasons.
Jim Hachey was a two-time MVP during his soccer career. His teams won 46 games in his four seasons. He was a two-time all conference performer in goals and a member of the 1983 team that advanced to the ECAC playoffs.
Andy Marhoffer was the MVP of the hockey team in 1983.
Tom Cronin was the two-time basketball MVP. He was a captain of the 1987 championship team that advanced to the NCAA tournament, and he was twice named to the MASCAC all conference team for his efforts.
For more information on the Hall of Fame and the induction ceremony, please contact the MCLA Athletic Office at (413) 662-5411.
North Adams, MA - Berkshire Family and Individual Resources (BFAIR) invites you to the Mini Golf Tournament and Community day fundraiser at the Range on the Curran Highway, Saturday, September 12 with a shotgun start at 1 pm. For more information or to register call Carol Fox at 413.664.9382 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
North Adams, MA -The Neighborhood Summer Basketball League is in its final week. On Thursday, July 29, games will be played at the court behind Berkshire Landing. For more information, call 413.663.7588.
NORTH ADAMS, MA—The Leadership Academy at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) hosts presentations this month by several guest speakers, including the author of Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls, the executive director of Northern Berkshire United Way, experts on sports and gender, and a national commentator on the role of the media in politics and culture.
These presentations are free and open to the public.
Opening the series Friday, July 24, Patricia Griffin, director of It Takes a Team! Education Campaign for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Issues in Sport, an initiative of the Women’s Sports Foundation, speaks about her work in a day-long program beginning at 8 a.m. at the College’s Church Street Center. She retired as a professor in the Social Justice Education Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Joining Griffin July 24 is MCLA faculty member Patricia Sullivan, a former Division I volleyball coach who teaches courses on coaching and helped develop the College’s coaching minor. She will speak about Title IX, the federal law forbidding exclusion from college sports on the basis of sex. Griffin and Sullivan speak from 8 to 11:45 a.m. and continue from 1:30 to 5:15 p.m.
Author Rachel Simmons speaks Monday, July 27, from 3:30 to 5:45 p.m. in room 218 of Murdock Hall on the MCLA campus. Simmons wrote the bestseller Odd Girl Out, studied female aggression as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, and founded the Girls Leadership Institute. She appeared on numerous television programs, including “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” and served as an Urban Fellow in New York City.
The Leadership Academy welcomes media commentator Sut Jhally Wednesday, July 29, from 1:15 to 5 p.m. in room 218 of Murdock Hall. Jhally is a communications professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the founder and executive director of the Media Education Foundation. His comments on the role of the media in politics and culture have appeared in publications ranging from the LA Times to the London Observer.
Jim Canavan, executive director of Northern Berkshire United Way, concludes the series Friday, July 31, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. in room 218 of Murdock Hall. Canavan earned a master’s degree in public policy at the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Public Policy and a certificate in executive leadership at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Under his leadership, Northern Berkshire United Way provides funding for more than 50 programs that serve 11,500 people each year at 23 local health and human service agencies.
MCLA’s innovative Leadership Academy offers intensive study in educational administration. This program allows education professionals to complete graduate credits in just over two weeks during the summer. Leadership Academy sessions can be applied toward MCLA's certificate of advanced graduate study. For more information visit www.mcla.edu.
North Adams, MA -Boys and girls from 9-12 and 13-17 years of age are invited to sign up for the Summer Neighborhood Basketball League. Games will be played outdoors at neighborhood courts in the city during the month of July. Call Tim Briggs at 413.663.7588.