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Jay Gonzalez in Pittsfield during a recent campaign stump.

Farley-Bouvier Backs Gonzalez For Governor

By Andy McKeeveriBerkshires Staff
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier is backing Jay Gonzalez for governor.
On Wednesday, the Pittsfield Democrat endorsed the former secretary of administration and finance in under Gov. Deval Patrick's administration. Gonzalez is running in the Democratic primary against environmental and civic activist Bob Massie and former Newton Mayor Setti Warren.
"He is committed to being the governor of the whole state and we've lost that since Gov. Patrick," Farley-Bouvier said of Gonzalez. "He understands that the Berkshires have been left behind and he understands the details of economic development in Berkshire County."
In particulular, Farley-Bouvier said, Gonzalez's priority on early education stands out and the Pittsfield progressive Democrat likes that he is not only progressive but also pragmatic.
During Gonzalez's time with the Patrick administration, he chaired the Massachusetts Health Connector Board and later took a job with Celticare Health and New Hampshire Healthy Families. 
Farley-Bouvier said she decided to endorse early in the year because "I think 2018 is going to be an important one. I think it is important organization starts early." 
The Democratic winner of the primary is expected to take on Republican incumbent Charlie Baker.
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Pou's No-Hitter Lifts Force 12U to Dalton CRA Title

By Rick Sports
DALTON, Mass - Sunday’s performance was exactly the sort of thing that Berkshire Force 12U coach Jess Glebus hoped for, at exactly the right time. Just days ahead of a big trip to Florida to compete in the Babe Ruth World Series, the Force earned the Dalton CRA Softball Tournament title with a 10-0 win over the Saratoga Thunder, at Pine Grove Park.
Amanda Pou threw a no-hitter and every batter in the lineup reached base to contribute in the victory. Only one Thunder player reached base, and she was quickly thrown out by catcher Issabelle Macdonald and she attempted to steal second.
“We played Chatham yesterday and we didn’t play well, but we came out today and we were a totally different team and we were ready to play,” Coach Glebus said. “Our bats were alive, our defense was alive and our pitching was outstanding. I’m not complaining, but for some reason, on Sundays we come out alive. We really did play well today, and that’s when it counts.”
The Force won their Babe Ruth New England Regional earlier this summer to qualify for the World Series. The team heads down to Jensen Beach, Florida, on Thursday, and this tournament served as a nice dress rehearsal for the action ahead.
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