Area Notes: Adams Lassie League honors `Peg' Leavitt; final Post 68 Legion tryouts

On June 2, the Adams Lassie League has planned to honor and place a memorial plaque at Russell Field in Adams for Margaret "Peg" Leavitt, who passed away last year.

The event will be held at noon.

Peg was one of the founders of the Adams Lassie League; she excelled in school, was a terrific athlete and blazed a trail for future generations of female athletes. Peg played a wide range of sports throughout her life, including semi-professional basketball and softball (even batting once against the famous pitcher, Joan Joyce, who later struck out Ted Williams). She was also on the national field hockey team in the '60s. Graduating from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst with a degree in physical education, she went on to teach physical education and coach women's basketball, soccer, track & field and cheerleading for over twenty years at South Hadley High School as well as Hoosac Valley High School. She mentored and coached scores of young women, many of whom went on to become college athletes and coaches themselves.

The plaque installation is open to the public, the softball and women in sports community, as well as any who knew Leavitt.

For more information, contact administrative direcotr Corey Bishop at

American Legion Baseball

PITTSFIELD — The final tryouts for American Legion baseball this summer will be held this weekend. Pittsfield Post 68 is hosting tryouts on May 19 and 20 at Clapp Park. Both days will run 4:30 to 7 p.m. Tryouts are open to all Berkshire County high school players between the ages of 16 and 19. All prospective players must show up to finish paperwork and hand in original birth certificates. For more information, call Pat Bassi 413-347-2393, Jim Mazzer 413 446-6465 or Gildo Desanctis 413-441-6669.

Lee CTA hosts tennis open

LEE — Join the Lee Community Tennis Associated at the 2nd annual Berkshire County Tennis Open.

On May 26, the CTA will host an event at both the Lenox Community Center and the Lee High School tennis courts for adult and youth groups in a family-friendly tennis tournament.

The tournament is free for children and $35 for adults, which includes lunch, donated by Guidos

This is a benefit for Berkshire County Youth Tennis and is supported by The Berkshire eagle, Lee Bank, New View Tours, Guidos, Adams Bank, British American, Henry's Electric, Natalya Yankovsky, DMD, Michal J Considine and Shawn P Kelly Attorneys at Law, Piretti Tennis, Ray Murray Inc., USTA/New England and Zabian's Jewelers.

The schedule runs from 9 to 11:30 a.m. with adult doubles divisions for men's, women's and mixed at various levels.

From 4 to 6 p.m., the Adult/Child Divisions, 8-and-Under, 10U, 12U are free.

From 7 to 9 p.m., the Adult/Teen Divisions, 18U, 16U, 14U are free.

In the case of bad weather, registrants will be notified to show up at the backup location of Berkshire West Athletic Club.

Register online at and.

Purple Valley hosts meet

With 21 outstanding athletes in attendance, Purple Valley Aquatics hosted its second home meet of the long course season at Williams College. Among those participating were first time competitors Zamir Ashraf, Josie Howe and Lillian Howe, who all showed inspiring excitement and had amazing swims. PVA hosted the Schenectady Sharks and Springfield-based PVAA at the meet. The team's next home meet is scheduled for June 9 and 10 at Williams.

Golf tournament to benefit Habitat for Humanity

CLAVERACK, NY — Peter Budelman, President of Columbia Golf & Country Club, has announced that the 2018 beneficiary of CG&CC's President's Charity Golf Tournament on May 26 will

be Columbia County Habitat for Humanity. With a proud heritage of 20 years, the tournament is always the unofficial kick off of the golf season for the Club's membership.

"CG&CC's Membership has been supportive of Habitat over the years in so many ways including: Board service, volunteering for "builds" and attending fundraising events. Adding the Charity Golf Tournament is just terrific," said Brenda Adams, Executive Director of Columbia County Habitat for Humanity.

Dover Drags at Lebanon Valley

WEST LEBANON, NY — The 10th annual Dover Drag Strip Nostalgia Drags will be held Sept. 21-23 at Lebanon Valley Dragway.

Sixties & seventies is the featured theme, showcasing the "Dover Era." The now three-day nostalgia weekend will have the 200 mph period correct Mohegan Sun Funny Car' Shootout', The Return of the Hot Rods From Hell extreme altereds, Blown Gassers from Jim Oddys Supercharged AA/Gassers of America, the East Coast Fuelers, Altered Wheelbase A/FX Match Racers, seven Nostalgia Eliminators and more.

There will be a Saturday night "Flashback Party" with The HotRod Band preceded by a the Mallory `CackleFest', a Rockin Sunday Rod & Custom show, presented by, plus the S&W Race Cars `Drag Alley' Nostalgic Race Car Display and the `Dover Originals' race car display.

Participating groups include NETO Northeast Timing Organization ,East Coast Fuelers , East Coast Gassers and the Super Car Shootout Series.

The 2017 race drew over 575 entries. To follow news and updates, see the Dover Drag Strip Facebook page.


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