BCC: Football Combine and Standardized Athletic Testing Day

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC), together with St. John's Lodge #10 of Pittsfield, invites area school athletes to participate in the second annual Berkshire County Football Combine & Athletic Testing Day on Saturday, June 8 from 9 am-3 pm. 
 
The free event will be held at BCC's Gene Dellea Turf Field, located at 1350 West Street. 
 
High school and college students are welcome to participate, as are younger students in grades 6 and up. To register, visit www.berkshirecc.edu/athletic-testing
 
Preregistration begins at 9 am, followed by combine and strength testing at 10 am and drills on the field at 12 pm. 
 
Marcus Coleman, an alum of the Syracuse University football team, will be the guest speaker at the event.  
 
Football combines provide athletes with the verified stats and measurements coaches review in a recruiting profile. The NFL-style drills are designed to test a player's speed, power, strength, and agility. Athletes will have the opportunity to participate in a series of events including a 40-yard dash, 5-10-5 shuffle, three-cone drill, broad jump, vertical jump, strength testing and more.  
 
Designed to give young football players a professional testing and competition experience, the event will incorporate laser timing equipment, which is the same equipment used by the NFL combine. College coaches will be invited to the event, and combine results can be shared with college coaches across the country. A scoring sheet will be emailed after the event with participants' times and measurements.  
 

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Pittsfield Firefighters Snuff Cellar Blaze

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Firefighters extinguished a fire in a West Housatonic Street in about 20 minutes. 
 
The blaze started near a dryer but the cause was being investigated.
 
The department responded to the call of smoke in a building at about 12:23 p.m. on Sunday. Upon arrival, firefighters found a light smoke showing from the front and back of the building. 
 
The found an active fire in the basement of the 2 1/2-story, wood-frame structure at 92 West Housatonic, which is being rented as a single-family occupancy.
 
Engine 1 crew advanced a 1 3/4-inch hose to the rear of the building, entered the bulkhead access to the cellar, and conducted suppression activities. Engine 3 crew conducted a primary search of the building. Engine 6 secured a water supply to E1 and Tower 1 ventilated the building. Engine 5 responded as the Rapid
Intervention Team for firefighter safety.
 
The fire was under control and extinguished in 20 minutes. At the time of this writing there were no civilian or firefighter injuries reported. 
 
Fire damage was confined to the laundry area in the cellar with the dryer unit, clothing, and household cleaning supplies sustaining damage. There was minimal smoke damage with the entire building being ventilated in short order.
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