Ricci-Munn Wins Josh Billings Ironman Title

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LENOX, Mass. -- Janda Ricci-Munn Sunday was crowned the Ironman champion of the Josh Billings RunAground.
Ricci-Munn completed the 27-mile bicycle ride, 5-mile paddle and 6-mile run in 2 hours, 30 minutes and 4 seconds, beating runner-up Ben Lawry (2:36:05) for the individual crown.
The only faster time Sunday was turned in by the four-person team from Allen Heights Veterinary, which repeated as team champion.
Josh Lipka recorded the fast bicycle time of the day, 1:00:51. Tom Keefe and Ben Pigott completed a canoe leg at the Stockbridge Bowl in 45 minutes, 27 seconds. And Steve Monsulick was the first person to run from the Bowl to Tanglewood in 33:21 for a first-place team time of 2:19:38.
The Ironwoman Division title went to Amy Martin in a time of 3:17.54.
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Ventfort Hall: The Making of a Cosmopolitan Capital

LENOX, Mass.— Prof. Gary H. Darden returns to Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum to give a visual presentation on "The Making of a Cosmopolitan Capital:  Washington, D.C. from Frontier Town to Global Metropolis." 
His lecture is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 9 at 3:30 pm.
With the establishment of Washington, D.C. in 1790 as the site of a brand-new capital city, the once dirt-road frontier city of the fragile American Republic emerged from the ashes of the War of 1812 to become a political center for a burgeoning continental empire and eventually a global colossus by the Cold War era. According to Dardin, the scale and scope of its civic architecture and cultural assets soon matched its economic and political weight on par with its European counterparts.  
In 2016, Darden lectured at Ventfort Hall on the decline of the British aristocracy leading up to World War I and a year later presented a talk on the architectural rivalries within the Vanderbilt family. Thereafter he covered the White House from presidential palace to the people's palace. 
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