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Berkshires Beat: Berkshire County Arc's 23rd Annual Golf Classic Raises $43,000
02:05PM / Monday, June 26, 2017
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Berkshire County Arc raised $43,000 at its 23rd Annual Golf Classic at Berkshire Hills Country Club in Pittsfield on May 25.

Green stuff: Berkshire County Arc raised $43,000 at its 23rd Annual Golf Classic at Berkshire Hills Country Club in Pittsfield on May 25. More than 180 golfers on 45 teams participated in the tournament, which raised $43,000 to support individuals with developmental disabilities and brain injuries throughout Berkshire and Hampden Counties.

Approximately 100 organizations contributed sponsorships to the Golf Classic, including Corporate Sponsors Greylock Federal Credit Union and Greylock Insurance Agency. In addition, more than 50 volunteers and organizations donated time, raffle prizes and silent auction items. To date, the agency's annual Golf Classic has raised approximately $723,500 and awarded more than $93,000 in scholarships to graduating high school seniors who are pursuing careers in the human service field.

The tournament results are as follows:

1st Flight
1st Place ($200/Team)
: Neyman, Hadley, Griffin, Whitlock: 60
2nd Place ($140/Team): Krawczyk, Quinto, Harlow, Morin: 61*31
3rd Place ($100/Team): Caritey, Caritey, Stracuzzi, Guinan: 61*34

2nd Flight
1st Place ($200/Team):
Mangiardi, Mangiardi, Mazzeo, Sondrini: 63
2nd Place ($140/Team): Murphy, McDermott, Hyatt, Butler: 64
3rd Place ($100/Team): Craighead, Doyle, DiNicola, Ruberto: 67*10

3rd Flight
1st Place ($200/Team):
DiNicola, Paquette, Eseppi, Gonska: 63
2nd Place ($140/Team): Melski, Messana, Simmonds, Ameen: 66
3rd Place ($100/Team): Gable, Potluck, Horton, Gable: 69

4th Flight
1st Place ($200/Team):
Proskin, Wixsom, Brooking, Powers: 67
2nd Place ($140/Team): Tatro, Croshier, Consolini, Brodeur: 68
3rd Place ($100/Team): McNiche, Spence, Donhoney, McKenna: 69

Long Drive Men: Josh Pollander
Long Drive Women: Katie Phillips

Closest to the Pin #3: Pete Sondrini: 3'6"
Closest to the Pin #5: Paul Paquette: 7'’2"
Closest to the Pin #7: John Keegan: 11'’10"”
Closest to the Pin #13: Jim Boland: 9'2"
Closest to the Pin #17: Ron Pero: 6'1"


Popping up: The visual and performing arts find a summer home at the historic Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge with a new artist-in-residence program and pop-up music, dance and theater performances. Accomplished fashion illustrator and long-time Berkshires visitor Ryan McMenamy will capture the spirit of the Red Lion Inn through weekly sketch sessions open to public viewing.

The Inn also will host three pop-up performances in partnership with some of the Berkshires' leading musical and theatrical organizations, the Berkshire Theater Group, Shakespeare and Co., and Jacob's Pillow. Although based in New York City, McMenamy considers the Berkshires and the Red Lion Inn a second home. McMenamy will sketch various aspects of the property from which a selection of his work will find a permanent home at the Inn for future guests to enjoy. Before ending his residence at the Inn on Labor Day, Monday, September 4, the Inn will hold a show of his original art work. A graduate of the Parsons School of Design Illustration, McMenamy has built a renowned reputation in the world of fashion, with clients include Calvin Klein, Bergdorf Goodman, and H&M, among others.

Guests and visitors are encouraged to follow along on The Red Lion Inn's Facebook page for weekly updates on McMenamy's sketching schedule.

Read up on it: The Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield's public library, will again be offering a Summer Reading Program to patrons of all ages. The purpose of the Summer Reading Program is to encourage continued reading throughout the busy days of summer.

Readers of all ages are encouraged to register for Summer Reading at the library on or after June 26 and set personal reading goals. The Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum, perennial supporters of the Children's Summer Reading Club, are providing Friends memberships as raffle prizes for adult readers. The raffle prizes for teens are gift baskets containing movie tickets to the Beacon Cinema and other small prizes.

To qualify for the raffle, registered readers should pick up a BINGO style card at the Athenaeum, customized separately for teens and adults, with suggested reading genres. Completed cards are dropped off at a library service desk; each completed card qualifies as a raffle entry. Participating readers have the option of tracking their reading progress through the online program; access to the online program will be through the website. The Summer Reading Programs will run June 26 through Aug. 19.

More reading: Youths ages 3 to 14 can now sign up for North Adams Public Library's Summer Reading Program. Participants will receive a reading journal to record the titles of books read during the summer.  Families can decide any reading goals for the summer.  

Youth can have their reading journals signed by a librarian as often as once a week. When the journal is signed, youth will get a ticket to put in one of the prize buckets for a chance to win at the end of the summer. A variety of programs, storytimes, and prizes will be offered all summer, so pick up a list of events and drop in as often as possible.  Everyone who participates in the program will be invited to the end of the summer wrap up party with certificates, pulling of the names from the prize buckets, and every reader goes home with a book.

Girls With Grit: Adams Free Library will host a book club presented by Michelle Gajda and Mary Boehmer called "Girls With Grit." The Book Club will focus on groundbreaking women from many different areas, in both the past and present: adventure, sports, science, arts and culture, literature and education, civil rights and environmental.  This program includes craft activities, journal writing and discussion, research and a visit from author, Heather Lang.

Students entering grades three through six are welcome to attend and should be able to attend each session in order to get the most out of the book club. The sessions will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursdays July 6, 20 and 27 and Aug. 3 and 10.

Parents need not stay for the weekly sessions but will need to be available by phone.  Space is limited and registration is required at 413-662-3133, ext. 14.


Building the future: The North Berkshire Habitat for Humanity needs volunteers for the Brooklyn Street Neighborhood Renovation Project. Work begins Wednesday, June 28, from 9 a.m. to noon at 121 Brooklyn St. in North Adams. Call 413-664-4440 for more information.


Guarding lives: The Pittsfield Department of Community Development Recreation Program has announced that lifeguards will be on duty at the public beach within Burbank Park beginning July 1.

The lifeguards will be present Saturday, July 1, Sunday, July 2, the 4th of July and then Wednesdays through Sundays until Aug. 20.  Lifeguards will provide beach supervision from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on those days.

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