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Front row, from left: Harolyn Castillo, Bre’Jai Ellerbee and Alivia Mauer. Back row: coach Bryant Mauer, Charlie Keator, Tora Thoresen, Madi McCarthy, Madison Stetz, Kyana Summers and coach Kristy Conyers. Team members not pictured: Jasmine Small, Anna Doyle, Caroline Sherman, Dezerea Powell, Claire O’Brien, Chloe Parsenios, Jaelyn Walker and Caprese Conyers.

Berkshire Reign Basketball Team Undefeated

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Berkshire Reign travel basketball team has competed in five tournaments this fall with their most recent win at the Zero Gravity Grand Opener in Albany on Oct. 23 and 24.
The team remain undefeated. Berkshire Reign Basketball was created to allow local youth basketball players the opportunity to continue to play competitive basketball throughout the summer and fall and is managed and coached by Bryant Mauer and Kristy Conyers.
Berkshire Reign would like to thank John Felix of Northern Oak Tree Service for sponsoring uniforms for the team. For further information or interest in being a sponsor, please contact Berkshire Reign at
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Pittsfield Picks Veteran Employees as ARPA Fund Managers

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Two familiar faces will be serving as the city's special projects managers for the $41 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds.

Director of Community Development Deanna Ruffer and former Director of Public Health Gina Armstrong will share the one full-time position as co-managers.

Mayor Linda Tyer on Monday informed the City Council by email that Ruffer would be resigning from her current post in early to mid-February to take on this new role.

Rather than a resignation, Ruffer sees this as a transition. Armstrong resigned from her position in September, citing a need for more balance in her life and to spend more time with her family.

In the fall, the special projects manager position was created to oversee the city's allocation of ARPA funding. It will likely only be in place over the next five years, until the spending deadline in 2026, and will be paid in full through the ARPA funds.

"I am very excited to transition from the city's Community Development Director Position to co-special project manager for the City's American Rescue Plan program. This opportunity coincides with a personal desire to adjust my work-life balance to allow me to spend more time with family and pursuing personal interests," Ruffer wrote to iBerkshires in an email.

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