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It was a mixed bag of news for the University of Massachusetts men’s basketball team Tuesday morning. One of its players was named to the All-Atlantic 10 Conference first team, while the Minutemen landed in the top 10.

Welcome back, frosty folks. It is good to see you once again. It appears Mother Nature heard our cries, for following a gray and rainy week in the midst of a mind-numbing pandemic, she saw fit to bless the Berkshires with a powdery dusting at the tail end of October.

In truth, the Powder Report was set to return this Halloweekend regardless of Friday's — pardon the charged expression — October surprise.

Earlier this week, Carrie Holland and Mill Town Capital, proud new parents of a currently-gestating Bousquet, called together a conclave of winter outdoor recreation specialists for a webinar Zoom conference to preview what is sure to be a strange ski season in the Berkshires and beyond.

The Mount Greylock boys and the Lenox girls will get a chance to hold onto their Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association state Nordic Skiing championships for another year, while four county basketball teams will be reigning Western Massachusetts champions for a second year. That’…

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