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Westfield State Honors Monterey's Gilderdale

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WESTFIELD, Mass. -– Senior track and field athlete Lauren Gilderdale (Monterey, Mass./Housatonic, Conn., High) and senior volleyball middle hitter Brianna Starkey (Rockland, Mass.) have been honored as the Westfield State University Female Athletes of the Year for the 2019-20 academic year. 
 
Gilderdale has been a key component of the women’s track and field team as the Owls have won four-straight MASCAC women's indoor track and field championships. She won the weight throw event with a college-best throw of 17.25 meters, or 56’ 7.25” at the 2020 MASCAC indoor championships. Gilderdale also qualified for the NCAA Championships 2020 indoor meet, but the championship was canceled a day before it was to start due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 
 
Gilderdale has also won a total of six MASCAC individual titles over the past three years in the indoor and outdoor throwing events, including the shot put event at the 2020 indoor championship with a distance of 12.94 meters.
 
Starkey served as co-captain of the women’s volleyball team, leading the Owls to the number one seed in the MASCAC playoffs this past season thanks to a perfect 7-0 MASCAC record.
 
Starkey finished the 2019 season leading the Owls with 348 points, 279 kills and 82 blocks. She was named to the MASCAC All-Conference team for a third straight season.
 
The Owls won the MASCAC title with a 3-1 win over Framingham State in the championship match, earning the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament, where the Westfield lost to eventual Elite Eight participant Clarkson in the opening round.
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The Berkshire Museum Will Reopen Saturday, Aug. 1

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — After being closed for more than four months, the Berkshire Museum will once again welcome visitors through its doors in downtown Pittsfield. 

The museum, which will open in phases, plans to open exclusively to its members for two weeks during its first phase beginning Saturday, Aug. 1, before inviting the whole community in phase 2 starting Monday, Aug. 17. The reopening of the Berkshire Museum comes as part of Phase 3 of the state's four-phase Reopening Massachusetts plan, which began Monday, July 6, as announced on July 2.

The museum intends to meet or exceed all state-mandated health and safety guidelines through each reopening phase. Beginning Aug. 1, guests will be welcomed back to the museum with a series of new health and safety protocols in place, including new and improved cleaning procedures, time-based advance ticketing that reserves each exhibition for one "family unit" - a group that has been quarantining together - at a time, mandatory face coverings, social distancing between visitors and staff, and more.

"Throughout the pandemic, the Berkshire Museum has prioritized the health and safety of our guests and staff," said Jeff Rodgers, executive director. "This remains our primary concern, especially as we watch states across the nation suffer rising rates of infection. To ensure that we are acting responsibly, we're taking a phased approach to reopening that will allow us to adjust to changing conditions."

From Aug. 115, the Aquarium will open for Berkshire Museum members with timed reservations. Members can enjoy private, 45-minute, self-led explorations of the Aquarium on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. The museum will close from 1 to 2 p.m. daily for cleaning.

The same operating hours will continue during phase 2 from Aug. 17-31, with timed reservations available to the public. In this phase visits will expand to include both the Aquarium and a last chance to see the Art of Warner Bros. Cartoons for all visitors.

Timed tickets must be reserved in advance at berkshiremuseum.org or by calling 413-443-7171, ext. 360. Berkshire Museum members, children under 18, and EBT cardholders always visit free. During phase 2, adult regular admission will be $5. Reservations can be made starting July 23 for dates between Aug. 1 and 31.

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