EforAll Plans In-Person Pitch Contest

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Winner of first EforAll Pitch Contest, Kaitlyn Pierce
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll) Berkshire County is holding an "All Ideas Pitch Contest" on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021. 
The program will be held at Crissey Farm. 426 Stockbridge Road in Great Barrington from 5:30-8pm.   
The venue requires proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test within 72 hours of the event.
EforAll held two in-person Pitch Contests at the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield in October 2019 and at The Green in North Adams in February 2020, attracting over 100 community members for each event and dozens of participants.  (3 virtual Pitch Contests were also held during Covid.)
EforAll's family-friendly, free event features networking, a business showcase, a light dinner and then pitches from 8 contestants. 
Each participant is given 2.5 minutes to pitch a business or non-profit idea to a panel of judges and the audience. At the end of it, EforAll gives away seed money to help launch these ideas. The first place finisher wins $1,000; second place $750; third place $500; and audience favorite $500. 
Pre-registration is required at:  http://bit.ly/Attend_PitchContest
Business startups (whether or not they participate in the Pitch Contest) are encouraged to apply for Berkshire County's next Accelerator in Spring 2022. This free 12-week intensive training program is taught by community mentors and volunteers who lend their expertise and experience to these budding entrepreneurs. 

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Pittsfield to Unveil Plaque for Buddy Pellerin Ballfield

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A commemorative plaque will officially designate the Clapp Park ballfield for former coach George "Buddy" Pellerin.

The name change was approved about seven years ago after Pellerin passed away at the age of 77. The plaque's set be unveiled at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14.

"Chairman [Cliff] Nilan has been involved with this effort to site a permanent plaque at the Buddy Pellerin Field which is of course the main baseball field and Clapp Park where Buddy Pellerin coached and played for many, many years," Park, Open Space and Natural Resource Program Manager James McGrath explained to the Parks Commission on Monday.

"And this is a permanent recognition of his contribution to the city."

The plaque, currently covered up, is just behind home plate on the backstop behind the walking track.  It was pointed out that the public is welcome to join the unveiling to remember a "literal Pittsfield giant."

Pellerin was head coach of the Pittsfield High baseball team for 19 years, leading the team to the state title in 1966 and taking the team to the 1974 title game. He also served as athletic director and head softball coach during his time at PHS.
He handed over the reins of the baseball team in 1982 but remained active in the sport. He went on to coach softball at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and the former St. Joseph's High as well as the city's Babe Ruth League all-star team. He was inducted into the Massachusetts Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1988.
The park has seen major improvements after the city partnered with the Rotary Club and the Buddy Pellerin Field Committee on a state grant.

During the meeting, it was also reported that the Berkshire County Historical Society has been working with the city to plant a commemorative elm tree in Park Square. It will replace the iconic one that was planted in the 1990s to emulate an elm that was admired by Pittsfield residents in the city's early days.

There will be a dedication ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 28, at 5:30 p.m. The event will fall on Nation Plant a Tree Day.

"This year we have been working with [McGrath] to plan a special planting of an elm to commemorate the elm that was obviously very famous here in Pittsfield and was chopped down but was first saved by Lucretia Williams," Executive Director Lesley Herzberg explained.

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