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Northern Berkshire 12U Squad Wins Spring Fling Title

By Stephen DravisiBerkshires.com Sports
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Ashton Solomon recorded a hat trick and set up a goal Sunday to lead the Northern Berkshire Youth Hockey League 12U travel team to a 7-1 win over White Plains, N.Y., in the title game of the Spring Fling tournament.

The Black Bears finished the two-day tournament with a 3-0 record.
 
Northern Berkshire settled for just one banner in the first weekend of its home tourney.
 
In the 14U title game, Whitesboro, N.Y., held off a Black Bear comeback in the third period to earn a 3-2 win.
 
Next week, the NBYHL hosts 15 teams in three age groups – 8U, 10U and 18U – for three days of games from Friday through Sunday at the Peter W. Foote Vietnam Veterans Memorial Rink.
 
Northern Berkshire 12U 7, White Plains, N.Y., 1
Solomon got the scoring going in the third minute when he took a pass from Rhyse Hoyte, brought the puck in from the blue line and beat White Plains keeper Vincent Mignardi, who finished with 19 saves.
 
It stayed a 1-0 game until Tyler Kruszyna scored a power play goal with 2 minutes, 43 seconds left on the clock.
 
White Plains cut that 2-0 margin in half, but Solomon scored on the backhand 11 seconds later to send the Black Bears to the first intermission with a 3-1 lead.
 
Emily Onorato scored with an assist from Solomon to start the second period, which saw Solomon and Kaleb Munson light the lamp to give Northern Berkshire a 6-1 lead going to the third.
 
Early in the third, Kruszyna won an offensive zone faceoff and fed Munson, who went top shelf with a blast from the point to cap the scoring.
 
Benjamin Harrington made 11 saves to earn the win in goal.
 
Whitesboro, N.Y., 14U 3, Northern Berkshire 2
The Black Bears started the scoring when Dallas Ritcher converted an Ethan Wilson assist for a power play goal in the first three minutes of the game.
 
But Whitesboro, which earned a 1-1 tie against Northern Berkshire on Saturday night, led by the end of the first period, taking the lead when Christopher Jennings cashed in a rebound with just three seconds left in the stanza.
 
Kyle McReynolds converted another rebound midway through the second to extend the Wolfpack’s lead to 2-1.
 
Whitesboro outshot Northern Berkshire, 21-14, through the first two periods.
 
But the Black Bears turned the tables in the third, outshooting the visitors, 11-3.
 
Just one chance got past keeper Mason Stanton.
 
That came with 3:18 on the clock when John Stack tipped in a blast from Gabriel Lescarbeau for a power-play goal.
 
Northern Berkshire had one more power play opportunity in the last two minutes, but Whitesboro’s defense held up.
 
William Braman made 21 saves in Northern Berkshire’s goal.

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North Adams Taking Up Short-Term Rental Regs

By Tammy DanielsiBerkshires Staff
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The General Government Committee is recommending a revamped short-term rental ordinance that will target units being run primarily as a business.
 
It won't really affect homeowners who want to rent out a room or two in their primary residences or in a building that they live in, like a duplex. But it will require property owners who do not live on the same property or who live in a building with more than five units to have a permit.
 
"The people that want to run it as a business, we're going to treat you as a business so you're gonna have to get a special permit," said Chair Wayne Wilkinson said at Monday's meeting. "You're going have to do what all businesses and commercial properties in North Adams have to do."
 
This latest iteration of the draft ordinance was hammered out by an ad hoc group consisting of Wilkinson, Mayor Jennifer Macksey, Building Inspector William Meranti and Community Development Director Michael Nuvallie, with input from consultant Zachary Feury, who had developed the original ordinance while working for the city.  
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