Two alumnae of Berkshire School in Sheffield, Kacey Bellamy (Class of 2005) and Kendall Coyne (Class of 2011), have been named to the U.S. Women's Olympic hockey team, which will participate in Sochi, Russia, in February.
Bellamy, 26, is from Westfield. A defenseman, Bellamy is a member of the Boston Blades of the professional Canadian Women's Hockey League. She played in college at the University of New Hampshire.
Bellamy, who lettered in ice hockey, field hockey and softball at Berkshire School, won a silver medal as a member of the U.S. team in the 2010 Winter Olympics. She also served as the alternate captain for the U.S. at the 2013 International Hockey Federation Women's World Championships.
Coyne, 21, is from Palos Heights, Ill. A forward, she scored 63 goals in her first two seasons at Northeastern University. She is skipping this year at Northeastern to represent the U.S. in Sochi.
Coyne has played for the U.S. in three IHF world championship tournaments and had second-best plus-minus rating (+10) in 2012.
Watch the team announcement via YouTube here: http://bit.ly/19Q7vlp
Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, is off to a fit start to 2014, thank to the help of Pittsfield native Josh Salzmann.
Salzmann, a high-profile personal trainer, is the son of Rabbi Emeritus Harold I. Salzmann of Temple Anshe Amunim and his wife, Audrey.
According to a Dec. 29 article in the British tabloid The Mirror, the duchess has been on "a relentless regime in the Swiss Alps" with Josh Salzmann since October.
It is reported that with Salzmann's help and a strict diet, Ferguson shed more than "two stone," about 28 pounds, in 12 weeks. The royal's regimen includes blended foods and intensive workouts, including daily running and mountain hikes, developed by Salzmann.
The 1974 Pittsfield High School graduate and former football and wrestling star has been the duchess' trainer for more than 20 years. She even wrote a forward for his 1992 book, "Bodyfit, Energy for Life."
The Mirror also reported that the two were accompanied by a television crew filming Ferguson for a documentary to be screened in the United States next year.
Read more of the Mirror's report here: http://bit.ly/1cgRv9q
Director Regis Tremblay will attend Thursday's screening of his film, "The Ghosts of Jeju," to be shown at 7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church at 175 Wendell Ave. in Pittsfield. The showing is free and open to the public.
The documentary addresses the struggle of the people of Jeju Island, South Korea, and the small village of Gangjeong.
"Set in the context of the American presence in Korea after World War II, the film reveals horrible atrocities at the hands of the U.S. Military Government of Korea," reads a description on the film's website.
"Using previously secret and classified photos, film and documents, this is the first English-language documentary about the struggle of the brave people of Gangjeong Village who are opposing the military advance of the United States, just as their parents and relatives did in 1947. As then, they are being arrested, jailed, fined, and hospitalized for resisting the construction of a massive naval base that will accommodate America's ‘pivot to Asia,' and will destroy their 400-year-old village and their UNESCO protected environment."
Tremblay will be on hand to answer questions after the film about the subject and his travels to Jeju in 2012.
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