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  • August 16, 2012Volume III, Issue 13

    www.berkshirebeacon.comLenox, MA 01240


    Kameron Z. SpauldingBeacon Staff Writer

    LENOX The Town of Lenox is continuing to work to fix the public perception that it is hard to start a busi-ness there.

    We want to make it as easy as possible for people to come here and do business, said Se-lectman David Roche during a joint meeting of the select and planning boards to dis-cuss economic development.

    Yet not all members of the board felt the goal of making things easy has been met.

    The truth is people think it is impossible to get anything done here, said Selectman John McNinch. And that reputation is still strong and

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    Kameron Z. SpauldingBeacon Staff Writer

    GREAT BARRINGTON Even the price of trash is on the rise.

    The town has been looking to increase the hours the trans-fer station and to do that they are looking for ways to in-crease income and cut cost.

    Currently the center is only open one day a week and they would like to increase the open days to two or three days.

    Currently the changes would take place in July 2014, unless the town can come up with the nearly $4,000 needed to cover additional salaries to start the program in January 2014.

    The first idea the town is discussing is an increase to the cost per bag and the addition of an unlimited dumping tag for local residents.

    The increase per bag would be 25 cents, to $3.25. A price

    is not yet set for an annual sticker but the board has been discussing a price of $200.

    One additional solution may be the removal of the two bulk waste days.

    On those days residents can deposit furniture, mattresses and other large items for no cost.

    The town then pays to have the items handled.

    Sister City connectionIngersoll, Ontario, and

    Great Barrington were formal-ly joined as sister cities last weekend.

    The weekend was centered on a series of events celebrat-ing the combined history of the two towns and was attend-ed by Great Barrington Town Manager Kevin ODonnell.

    In a word it was simply amazing, said Town Manager ODonnell.

    Ingersoll is home to a fa-

    GB looks to expand transfer station hours

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    Jobs wantedLenox looks to spur economic development

    Kameron Z. Spailding / BerKShire Beacon The town of Lenox is looking for ways to keep down-town vibrant all year like it is in the summer.

    Kameron Z. Spailding / BerKShire BeaconGreat Barrington is looking to add more open days at the transfer station.

    George C. Jordan IIIBeacon Editor

    LENOX Attorney Gen-eral Martha Coakleys office will hold four educational fo-rums on the Open Meeting Law throughout the com-monwealth, including one in Lenox on Sept. 12 at Town Hall at 8 p.m.

    On July 1, 2010, the attor-ney generals office assumed responsibility for enforce-ment of the Open Meeting Law from the states district attorneys, who previously had the power to enforce the law as it pertains to munici-pal and regional public bodies.

    Meanwhile, the editor of The Berkshire Beacon filed a

    complaint, prior to Oct. 5, 2011, with the attorney gen-erals office that was later de-nied due to the 30-day limit for filing.

    The complaint was filed against the Lenox Board of Selectmen and the Kennedy Park Committee for their combined failure to post no-tices of their respective meet-ings and their respective agendas with reference to the Belvedere that was ultimately built in Kennedy Park.

    They each failed to publish a legal notice in a newspaper of the said hearings.

    There appeared to be a tac-it attempt to deny the public from participating in the dis-cussion. There was no effort to publicize their respective

    hearings either by the propo-nent or his clerk of the works, Robert T. Akroyd of Lenox.

    The difference between the Berkshire District Attorneys office and the AGs office is that the county attorney ig-nored prior complaints and the AGs office acknowledged them in correspondence, but found a convenient way not to hold either members of the board of selectmen or the park committee in violation.

    They used the excuse that I did not file timely.

    If it were my call, I would have fined each member $100 and ordered each of them to write a letter of apol-ogy to the community.

    Fact is, had the two boards


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    Susan M. Wicker GuerreroBeacon Staff Writer

    LENOX When a community pulls together, good things happen.

    Take, for example, two new benches, valued at a total of $3,100, that have been installed along the side of Kemble Street near Shakespeare and Company.

    Residents and business owners in Lenox donated all of the mon-ey for the benches, thanks to the fundraising efforts of one resi-dent, Dr. Elizabeth Tierney.

    Dr. Tierney walked into dozens of businesses in town and asked for donations for the bench proj-ect. She also approached resi-dents in town. Everyone came through with flying colors.

    Hopefully people will park or leave their cars in town and walk to and from the Farmers Market, Shakespeare and Company, Can-yon Ranch, car shows and all other events that abound or just for the sheer joy of walking to and from downtown and having a place to sit on the way back, she said.

    Dedicated to veterans and volunteers

    One of the benches has been dedicated to veterans and the other one to volunteers. Hand-some plaques with inscriptions to veterans and volunteers have been placed along the backs of the benches.

    The benches were ordered from Kenneth Lynch and Sons of Connecticut. They match all other benches found throughout Lenox.

    Getting the bench project un-derway was no easy task. Dr. Tierney had to write a proposal to the Lenox Board of Selectmen. She let them know people might like to walk from the downtown to the Shakespeare and Compa-ny. A farmers market is held on that campus every Friday after-noon during the warmer months.

    She noted that benches along the road where people could rest would encourage them to walk.

    The Lenox Board of Selectmen approved the project.

    Funds needed for benchesThen, funding to pay for the

    benches had to be secured. Dr. Tierney asked the town manager if she could raise the money and her request was approved.

    She also had to talk with Jeff Vincent, manager of the Depart-

    ment of Public Works. He had to discuss the project with the Mas-sachusetts Department of Transportation.

    Mr. Vincent measured the dis-tance from Trinity Church to Shakespeare and Company and on aerial photographs, he marked where the benches could be installed.

    Then came the actual requests for money.

    When people found out what the donations were for, they seemed happy to donate.

    Bench project took effortStill, it took a lot of effort on

    the part of Dr. Tierney to go from business to business to collect donations.

    Despite the rain and wind, two of the three benches are in on

    Kemble Street, Dr. Tierney told The Beacon. She thanked the board of selectmen for support-ing the proposal and Gregory Federspiel, town manager, for ex-plaining the process.

    Also, she said she appreciated Mr. Vincents assistance and Mary Ellen Deming, director of administration services for the town, for keeping track of all the money collected.

    Special thanks to Ken Fowler, Arthur Oliver, Billy Soto and Mike Coggins for the large dona-tions that saved me using all my shoe leather, Dr. Tierney said.

    A third bench is also set to be installed, closer to Walker Street, but it has been paid for by one private donor in honor of her son, Dr. Tierney said.

    New benches on Kemble St.

    Bera B. DunauBeacon Staff Writer

    LENOX The Lenox Board of Selectmen is offering up the Lenoxology marketing campaign to the general public, but even some of its most ardent support-ers may no longer be interested.

    Instead of keeping the slogan the board will look at developing closer cooperation with the Lenox Chamber of Commerce on marketing.

    Also renaming the marketing and events committee the events committee, changing its focus to developing new events and im-proving existing ones and making a concerted effort to get all busi-nesses in Lenox, chamber and non-chamber members alike, list-ed on the chambers website.

    These proposals werent univer-sally embraced by the rest of the committee (in particular Select-man John McNinch took issue with putting so much trust in the chamber), and the only action taken at the meeting on market-ing was to instruct Town Manag-er Gregory Federspiel to find someone to maintain the Discov-er Lenox website.

    It was clear that the Lenoxolgy marketing campaign was no lon-ger being pursued by the town.

    This was criticized by market-ing and events committee mem-ber and owner of The Gateways Inn Eiran Gazit, who asked that the board make a definitive state-ment on the future of the cam-paign and offered to buy the Lenoxology brand from the town and promote it himself.

    Mr. Gazits offer was rejected by the select board, but it served to inspire their actions at the Aug. 8 meeting.

    It occurred to me that exactly what that merchant [Mr. Gazit] was suggesting is how the viral component begins, said Chair-man Fowler, who suggested that those merchants in town who liked the Lenoxology campaign start promoting it themselves. If they like Lenoxology, use it.

    Its ours, people might as well use it if they like, said Selectman Roche, who has never been a fan of the concept, but has no prob-lem with others adopting it.

    This new arrangement doesnt seem to have galvanized some of Lenoxologys greatest boosters, however.

    Ive lost interest, said Mr. Ga-zit, who said that such a set up did not appeal to him.

    Without a coordinated ef-fortLenoxology may in fact not reach any heights, said mar-keting and events committee member and realtor Bob Romeo.

    Mr. Romeo has been a big booster of Lenoxology, and of marketing and branding the town in general.

    The town has spent probably a hundred thousand bucks on the launch of something (Lenoxolo-gy) so far and now abandoned it, said Mr. Romeo, who neverthe-less pointed out that the develop-ment of the concept and brand-ing of the term Lenoxology only cost the town $4,000.

    Like Mr. Gazit, Mr. Romeo has also offered to buy the term off the town.

    Still, when asked by The Bea-con whether he would promote Lenoxology independently, he said, Probably not.

    For Mr. Romeo, the strength of Lenoxology lies in an organized effort, either by the town or a group of private businesses, to promote it.

    I would be a part of any con-centrated strategy to put the term and meaning out to the world, said Mr. Romeo, who said that hed been planning on putting Lenoxology on all his advertise-ments when the town said that they would be supporting the campaign.

    Still, in the absence of a coordi-nated public or private effort, even as big a Lenoxolgy promoter as Mr. Romeo, who would like to see the term tied in with the brand of the town itself, the town appears to be giving the cam-paign a pass, at least for now.

    Lenoxology is not for sale to the

    highest bidder

    SuSan m. WicKer guerrero / BerKShire BeaconDr. Elizabeth Tierney led the charge to raise the money to add the two new benches.

    Lack of sale ends supporters interest in using the marketing slogan

    Michael Coggins, general manager of Berkshire Car Company, Haddad Subaru, at 652 East St. in Pittsfield, and Billy Soto, owner of Village Inn and Restaurant, at 16 Church St. in Lenox, were major donors of the towns two new benches, said Dr. Elizabeth Tierney, fundraising organizer.

    They, in effect, donated the bench for the veterans, she said.Two other large donors included Arthur Oliver, costume designer,

    and Ken Fowler, owner of Shear Design II at 25 Church St. in town.A total of 82 additional people donated between $5 and $60 each.In many cases, of the 82 others, some were for $20 for a husband

    and wife, some were from stores rather than from individuals, Dr. Tierney said.

    The benches cost $1,550 each, which includes permanent installation onto a concrete slab, the plaques on the benches.

    Big donors lead the way

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    LEE The town is pressing forward with efforts to determine the viability of its wind energy re-sources, but an answer wont be coming any time soon.

    At a recent meeting, the Lee Board of Selectmen approved a recommendation by the Lee En-ergy Efficiency Committee to se-lect The Cadmus Group Inc. to write and apply for a $95,750 Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (CEC) grant for the town in order to study Lees wind re-sources. Should this grant be ac-cepted, Cadmus, along with the energy efficiency committee, will spearhead the subsequent study.

    The energy efficiency commit-tee was in charge of selecting a company to recommend to the board, and they looked at eight different companies before vot-ing unanimously to recommend Cadmus.

    We liked Cadmus because they did the original [Lee wind] study in 2008, said Energy Effi-ciency Committee Chairman Tom Wickham, explaining that Cadmus was already familiar with the area, the site being stud-ied and some of the abutting homeowners.

    Another thing that recom-mended Cadmus to the commit-tee was that they didnt have a re-lationship with a wind developer and wouldnt be potentially bi-ased towards development.

    We just want somebody to study it [the wind resource], said Chairman Wickham.

    Chairman Wickham estimates it will take about a month for Cadmus to apply for the grant, and the town will know whether or not it has received it by mid-October. If the town gets the grant, Chairman Wickham esti-mates that the study will take about a year, after which the committee will probably spend another six months going over the study.

    Zoning laws keyThe study will examine every

    aspect of wind power in Lees zoning laws, in addition to mea-suring the towns wind resource on the ridge line near October Mountain, the only feasible site identified in Lee at this time,

    with SODAR. It will also include a $15,000 acoustics study.

    The earliest that wed come in front of the selectmen would be 2014, said Chairman Wickham, with February 2015 being the earliest date that he thinks the en-ergy efficiency committee could go before the selectmen with a recommendation on whether or not to proceed with a wind power project.

    Such a project wouldnt neces-sarily be wind turbines. Chair-man Wickham said that one of the advantages of measuring Lees wind resource was that, should it be viable, but turbines prove not to be a good fit for the town, the town would know that it had a good wind resource should new technology for harnessing wind become available.

    On the subject of turbines, however, Chairman Wickham says that the committee has a number of priorities.

    Wed like to push them back as far as possible [from residenc-es], at least a half a mile to three quarters of a mile, said Chair-man Wickham.

    He also said any turbines that might be built in Lee would have

    to be town-owned.Wed like to own our own sys-

    tem, otherwise were not interest-ed, he said.

    Goal to save moneyAs for the number, Chairman

    Wickham thinks that building more than two turbines on the ridge line near October Moun-tain would not be viable.

    In the end though, Chairman Wickham says the project is about saving the taxpayers money.

    Were not just in it for clean energy, were in it for tax dollars, said Chairman Wickham, who maintains a project wont go for-ward if its found not to be profit-able for Lees taxpayers.

    Chairman Wickham also said that committee intended to have an open process throughout the study, should it receive the grant needed for it to get off the ground.

    I think the public input is es-sential for a project like this, said Chairman Wickham, who would like to put the wind data online so the public can examine it for themselves, adding there will be multiple public hearings sur-rounding the study.

    Lee continues to look at alternative energy options

    mous theater, ITOPA, which puts on many shows each year as well as musical and comedy events.

    Also present is the Cheese and Agriculture Museum, which con-tains the history of Ingersoll in a few buildings.

    The connection will allow the towns to share cultural informa-tion and will work to establish economic growth in both towns.

    AppointmentsEd Abrams was appointed by

    the selectman by a unanimous vote to the library board of trust-ees to fill a vacancy on the board. The library board had already also unanimously backed Mr. Abrams appointment.

    The board is also looking to fill

    one more seat on the housing au-thority. The board meets the third Thursday of each month at 2:15 p.m.

    Approvals and licensesThe Guthrie Center was ap-

    proved for a one-day beer and wine license for a Sept. 23 fundraiser.

    The event will feature live mu-sic and art. Organizers expect the fundraiser to sell out with 125 tickets up for sale.

    The 36th Annual Great John Billings Triathalon was approved for road usage for the Sept. 16 race.

    The race begins in Great Bar-rington with a 27-mile scenic and challenging bike ride through five Berkshire County towns. The race ends in Lenox at Tanglewood.

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    Catherine M. KrummeyBeacon Staff Writer

    NEW MARLBOROUGH Members of the New Marlbor-ough Volunteer Fire Company will wrap up the 38th annual Eli-hu Burritt Day activities with a pig roast.

    Together with the Burritt Day festivities, it makes for a nice, day-long community celebra-tion, said Fire Company Presi-dent David Smith.

    The Burritt Day activities, put on by the towns cultural council, will take place from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday (Aug. 18) on the Village Green in the center of New Marlborough. The festivi-ties include an antique car show, a 5K fun run/walk, kids crafts, a petting zoo and a performance by the United Church of New Marl-borough Community Choir.

    The 19th annual pig roast fun-draiser will take place from 5-7 p.m. on Saturday at the fire sta-tion on Norfolk Road in Southfield.

    The pig roast is one of our major fundraisers of the year and an event we look forward to, said Mr. Smith.

    The dinner, which includes roast pork and turkey, will be fol-lowed by dancing to live music and a raffle with more than 60 prizes. Children can also get their faces painted.

    We always draw a nice crowd and appreciate the support we re-ceive from New Marlborough and beyond, Mr. Smith said.

    Tickets for the pig roast are $20 for adults and $7.50 for kids. Raffle and event tickets are avail-able at the Mill River General Store or from any New Marlbor-ough Fire and Rescue member.

    New Marlborough celebrates Elihu Burritt Day

    Kameron Z. SpauldingBeacon Staff Writer

    STOCKBRIDGE - In 1977, Norman Rockwell was ap-proached by the Franklin Mint to create a dozen designs for medal-lions depicting the ideals of the Girl Scouts of the United States of America on the occasion of the organizations 65th anniversary.

    The artist, a long-time support-er of scouting, created engaging scenes illustrating such tenets of the Girl Scout Law as respect-ful, resourceful, be prepared and on my honor.

    On Saturday, Sept. 22, Nor-man Rockwell Museum will cele-brate the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts with a special centen-nial celebration to be held at the Museum from 1 to 4 p.m.

    Attendees can discover Rock-wells ties to the Girl Scouts with gallery tours of a special exhibi-tion of related works, at 1 and 3 p.m.

    At 2 p.m., meet Girl Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Low as portrayed by actress Kate Carney; learn about the woman who chal-lenged girls to find their talents, and then discovered her own.

    Other activities include out-door watercolor painting sessions throughout the day and a demon-stration of basic horse grooming with a live horse on Museum grounds, courtesy of Ken Wheli-han of the Berkshire Equestrian Center.

    Admission to the Girl Scout Festival is $5 per scout or scout leader in uniform, or with an ac-tive Girl Scouts membership card; or free with regular Muse-um admission.

    Today, there are 3.2 million Girl Scouts2.3 million girl members and 890,000 adult members working primarily as volunteers.

    Other exhibitions During his career, Norman

    Rockwell occupied approximate-ly twenty studios, and each of them was arranged in a similar manner.

    Unlike the stereotypical dishev-eled artists studio, Rockwells were always neat and organized.

    One installation that is open through Oct. looks at one of the workspaces that Rockwell consid-ered his best studio yet invites viewers to enter into a day in his profoundly busy work life.

    Girl Scouts to be celebrated at Norman

    Rockwell Museum

    no one wants to come here be-cause of it.

    Before the town can look to add new businesses they decided they would look at their strengths and weaknesses as a community that could attract employers.

    Lenox is a great town, said Selectman Kenneth Fowler. It is beautiful and has great schools, we have some real strength.

    The boards also identified the historical nature of town and the central location between New York and Boston as strength.

    I just moved here and when we chose the area we did because we loved the sense if community, the historical nature and the top-level services the town can offer, said Selectman Channing Gibson.

    When the discussion moved to weaknesses, the issue of getting things approved, mainly signs, by

    the historic district commission arose.

    I can tell you one major weak-ness, the HDC, said Selectman Fowler.

    Town Planner Mary Albertson agreed the time frame to get items approved was a barrier.

    When you tell them they missed a filing and will have to wait another month and watch the color drain from their faces is tough, she said.

    To deal with these issues the town will look into how they in-form the public of the process to open a business in the town.

    We need the chamber to step up and do more of their responsi-bility, said Selectman Gibson. Right now theyre not doing that and that is a weakness we have.

    Outside of the historic district, a desire to expand growth on Route 7 was highlighted as an-other goal of the town. According to town administrators, the larg-

    est number of large scale inquiries in recent years has been along that corridor.

    Many of those inquiries have been for large retailers and big box stores. Yet businesses in those fields have chosen not to use the land after they discover the open land along Route 7 has a maxi-mum building size of 20,000 square feet.

    We need to think are we look-ing to promote that, is that even something we want? asked Plan-ning Board Member Kathleen McNulty Vaughan.

    The other concern was expand-ing higher paying jobs that are not in the hospitality or retail field.

    We need jobs to keep people in town and working, said John McNinch.

    The kind of jobs that are kids would want to have so that they can start a family here.

    BUSINESS from page 1

    Catherine M. KrummeyBeacon Staff Writer

    LEE Lee Middle and High School Athletic Director Arthur Reilly officially has a new job ti-tle dean of students.

    He was the lone applicant, which I feel demonstrates the rest of the staff s confidence in him, said Lee Superintendent Jason P. McCandless.

    Both the job description for the role and his appointment as the dean were made official by the Lee School Committee.

    Sitting in the back of the room, Mr. Reilly simply said, Thank you.

    Athletic co-ops questionedThe future of athletic co-ops

    was also a topic for discussion. Athletic co-ops allow students from one school to participate in sports at another school.

    Currently, Lee allows students from other schools to come in for football, boys lacrosse and girls lacrosse. They send stu-dents out for track, swimming, skiing, wrestling and hockey.

    In two years, new divisions will be created in Massachusetts high school sports, including football, based on the school population size. In co-op situations, the stu-dent body size will combine both the home school and the popula-tion of the schools which have students who co-op onto the

    team.Superintendent McCandless

    and LMHS Vice Principal Jo-seph P. Turmel guided an initial discussion on the continuing participation in co-ops.

    I know how important foot-ball is to any community, espe-cially here in Lee, Mr. Turmel said. We need to come up with the best decision for Lee students and the Lee community.

    We have some things that were perhaps not willing to give away anymore, Superintendent McCandless added.

    Mr. Turmel said that the dis-trict would have about a year and a half to determine the future of the co-ops, which is why the ad-ministration wanted to start the discussion as soon as possible.

    We wanted to make sure all parties...have a say in what we decide, he said. I dont want to be sitting here two years from now facing having to make a rash decision.

    Also investigating school choice

    The discussion also veered slightly to include the issue of in-vestigating both what brings stu-dents in and what sends students out of Lee Public Schools through school choice. Current-ly, approximately 100 students are coming into the district and about 60 are going out.

    One of my goals for this year

    is to try to get a handle on why students are choicing out, Su-perintendent McCandless said.

    Its a complicated thing, said School Committee Member Thomas Consolati. Perhaps the school committee should also take a role in investigating this. We might find that its [getting rid of the athletic co-ops] not go-ing to help us that much.

    We could look at it sport-by-sport instead of all-or-nothing, School Committee Chair Susan Harding said. This didnt come from any problems the co-ops are a positive thing.

    A school our size will struggle to be all that it needs to be, Su-perintendent McCandless ad-mitted. Its not a matter of not working cant create a whole thats bigger than the sum of its parts.

    Other businessAfter some debate, the com-

    mittee also voted to raise meal prices at both Lee Elementary School and LMHS. At LES, lunches are now $2.15 per stu-dent over last years $2; LMHS lunches are up to $2.40 from $2.25. At both schools, breakfast is up from 85 cents to 95 cents.

    Adult breakfast is now $2.25 and lunch prices are $3.25, both an increase of 25 cents.

    The school committee also voted to endorse the Campaign for Communities.

    Art Reilly named dean of students

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    GREAT BARRINGTON - Next month the Souther Berk-shire Chamber will honor anoth-er local business person with their greatest award.

    Jane Iredale of Iredale Mineral Cosmetics has been named the recipient of the 2011 Southern Berkshire Chamber of Com-merces Business Person of the Year award.

    The award will be presented at a cocktail reception and tribute to Iredale on Wednesday, Sept. 14 from 5:30 to 7:30 at the Nor-man Rockwell Museum.

    The Business Person of the Year award is given annually to a chamber member who is a role model to other business people in the community, has strong leadership qualities and main-tains a positive work environment.

    The recipient is also honored for personal contributions to the economic, social and cultural needs of the Southern Berkshire community.

    Jane is the perfect choice for this award because of her integ-rity, entrepreneurial spirit and numerous personal contributions to the Southern Berkshire com-munity that go well beyond her immediate business interests," said Chamber President Kate McCormick of McCormick, Murtagh and Marcus.

    Iredale is the president and founder of Iredale Mineral Cos-metics. The company was found-ed in 1994 in Austerlitz, N.Y. and moved to the building it ren-ovated at 28 Church St. in 2000.

    IMC currently employs 90 people in the Great Barrington office and 60 in the field. The company distributes into 47 countries. Its international pres-ence is so strong that Iredale Mineral Cosmetics was recently awarded the Diplomats Award from the State of Massachusetts.

    Iredale was the first to supply the aesthetics industry with a full line of makeup based on minerals and the first to see the potential of offering physicians a makeup that was good for the skin.

    In addition to her success with Iredale Mineral Cosmetics, Ire-dale is a philanthropic leader in the community. She serves on the board of The Mahaiwe Perform-ing Arts and Shakespeare and Company. She is a member of the Creative Economy and Berk-shire Green. She and her com-pany have renovated four build-ings on Church Street and are in the process of renovating Bryant School to serve as IMCs world headquarters.

    Three years ago, she led a vol-unteer effort to restore the band stand and has just put the finish-ing touches to Giggle Park, the new childrens playground be-hind town hall. I had the idea and chose the pieces but it was my husband, Bob Montgomery,

    and Craig Okerstrom Lang who made it happen, she said.

    The Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce is hon-ored to name Jane Iredale as the 2011 Business Person of the Year. The policies and projects she has fostered have had such a positive impact on the overall economy of south county. Her corporate headquarters has brought renewal to part of our downtown core and she has been a generous sup-porter of the local creative econo-my and other women business owners," said Chamber Executive Director Christine Ludwiszewski.

    Tickets to the Business Person of the Year cocktail reception and tribute can be purchased through the Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce for $50 per person; a Business Leaders package costs $250, which includes two tickets and event recognition.

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    View From the TowerGeorge C. Jordan III

    Sometimes one wonders, as they watch the Lenox Selectmen in action, if they are indeed circus performers or are in fact trying to do the peoples work and at-tempting to make sense out of their own commitment to im-prove the community-at-large?

    Yes, tourism is our industry. It is the reason that commercial es-tablishments locate here. It is also a benefit to the community that helps generate revenue from res-taurants and bed and breakfast establishments (B&Bs) to reduce our taxes.

    Yet when the selectmen claimed that they owned Lenoxology when they were asked, and re-plied: We want to know who is using it. We want to know that it is being used in good taste.

    Therefore those who plan to use it should submit a note/letter to the town manager for tacit approval.

    Wait a minute. The selectmen hired a firm based on their mar-keting committee recommenda-tion to come up with a slogan. They did: Lenoxology. After it was bantered around for about six months, it has been put on hold or, as they say in the service, mothballed.

    However, some local business-men would like to use it and thus

    A wave or no wave?The first lady, Michelle

    Obama, was in Pittsfield and Richmond on a political junket that went from the State of New Hampshire to the borders of western Massachusetts on behalf of her husbands (President Barack Obama) re-election cam-paign last week.

    The entourage was running about one and a half hours late on a Friday afternoon from her Springfield visit to The Berk-shires Colonial Theater and onto Gov. Deval L. Patricks farm in Richmond for a $20,000-a-plate dinner.

    The Berkshire Beacon had a reporter and a staff correspon-dent at the theater and at the Sweet P Farm.

    This reporter decided to go to a rest stop on routes 7 and 20 be-tween Hubbard Avenue and Housatonic Street to await the passing of the first lady and her supporters.

    A number of Massachusetts State Troopers preceded her con-voy on their respective motorcy-cles in the 90-degree sun-soaked

    weather as they whipped by with blue lights flashing.

    This was my signal to disem-bark from the vehicle with a business card in hand in case the group decided to slow down and/or stop for a brief moment.

    When I saw the caravan, I ex-tended my arms and waved. This was not a pep-rally wave but one of welcome to The Berkshires.

    It is difficult to determine if First Lady Michelle Obama saw the wave or acknowledged it with a returned wave since the vehicles were traveling at a fast clip and the windows appeared to be darkened in color.

    The question: Was the wave or acknowledgement returned or not?

    Well never know. But the truth remains that this reporter made the kind gesture of wel-come from the heart without any expectations of how it would be received or acknowledged.

    The gesture hopefully con-veyed, Welcome to The Berkshires!


    The Middle District race for Register of Deeds is virtually the only contested race for voters in Pittsfield, Richmond, Lenox and Dalton, along with a few hill towns.

    The Congressional race for the retiring John W. Olver, D-Am-herst, has all but been decided.

    U.S. Congressmen Richard E. Neal, D- Springfield, presum-ably will succeed Rep. Olver in the newly-formulated first district.

    His opponents, Andrea F. Nu-ciforo, Jr. and Bill Shein, D-Al-ford, appear committed against the population odds of the Pio-neer Valley.

    Meanwhile, Patsy Harris of Hinsdale, Jody Phillips of Pitts-field and Scott M. Pignatelli of Lenox are battling for the $90,000-a-year job.

    The primary election will be Sept. 6, a Thursday.

    Interviews with the Register candidates appear on page 8.

    Whomever can draw the most votes wins the seat and the purse strings.

    Interestingly all are in their 40s. The job will pay from a high of 21 years before retire-ment to a low of 16 years from $1.89 million to a low of $1.53 million plus benefits to the winner.

    Voters should weigh each can-didate by experience in the job and promises to retain the staff to the probability of making the office productive and efficient.

    Each candidate has offered their own assessments in inter-views with the editorial board of The Berkshire Beacon.

    Each candidate has his or her share of supporters.

    Reportedly in conversations there has been some defections in the ranks of some groups.

    Like the winds that blow through The Berkshire Hills, there could be a winner by a small margin of victory.

    A Berkshire wave

    The race for deeds raise questions

    the question was raised and answered.

    The last time I looked at the town government, they work for us, the voters. We dont work for them.

    Thus, when the selectmen said they own it, this is not true. It was not their money to hire the New York firm, it was our money that funded it.

    In my view, there is no need for permission, acknowledgement or for that matter any communiqu.

    Hopefully the parties have good intentions and thus will note that what may be good for one, will be good for all. Isnt this what a community is about?

    Lenoxology is a good idea and it should be broadcast universally

    by each businessman or woman and generate as much publicity as possible.

    Fact is, we should retain Bod-den Hamilton of New York City and complete their public rela-tions, marketing and advertising efforts on our behalf.

    Meanwhile, the selectmen should review items before taking a vote at the same meeting. The selectmen would become more knowledgeable by allowing a two-week interval from discussion to vote and allow for some feedback and information to process before shooting themselves in the foot.

    Good government is a learning process. The selectmen should learn by their mistakes and deci-sions that what may appear to be true isnt necessarily so.

    The taxpayers own Lenoxology

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    What matters more?Knowledge of deeds office pitted against managerial experience in local race

    Jody L. Phillips is hoping that her extensive record of public ser-vice will help her get elected as the Berkshire County Middle District Register of Deeds.

    I really saw it as a good fit and thought I would be an asset in the office, said Ms. Phillips in an in-terview with The Beacons edito-rial board.

    Pittsfields City Clerk for 10 years (serving from Dec. 1998 to Jan. 2009), Ms. Phillips sees the seat as her next challange.

    Before becoming city clerk, Ms. Phillips served six years as an assistant to Pittsfield Mayor Ed-ward Riley. Previous to this she was a legal secretary, where she had her first interactions with the registry of deeds.

    Ms. Phillips is a graduate of Wahconah Regional High School, Berkshire Community College and the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. She lives in Pittsfield.

    Im unique [among the candi-dates] because Ive managed an office that handles public re-cords, said Ms. Phillips in an in-terview with The Beacons edito-rial board.

    Ms. Phillips places an emphasis on the parallels between the regis-try of deeds and city clerk posi-tions, noting how they both re-quire working with public records, supervising a staff and managing a budget.

    As city clerk I always felt it was important to work alongside my staff, said Ms. Phillips. I always had a great focus on customer service there.

    Ms. Phillips time as city clerk didnt end without controversy, as she resigned in the middle of her last term to take a job with Gen-eral Dynamics as a contract ad-ministrator, where she is still employed.

    Ms. Phillips acknowledges that this move was controversial, and some Pittsfield residents are still upset by it.

    While saying that she has been happy about her time at General Dynamics, Ms. Phillips says that working there has made her real-ize just how much she enjoys public service, which contributed to her decision to seek the register of deeds position.

    When asked which of her two opponents she would support, were she to drop out, Ms. Phillips said Scott Pignatelli.

    I would vote for Scott, I be-lieve, she said, citing his experi-ence running his own business.

    On a similar note, when asked whether understanding public documents or managerial experi-ence was more important, Ms. Phillips said managerial experience.

    Ms. Phillips did say, however, that shed had no managerial ex-perience before becoming city clerk.

    Ms. Phillips agreed with the contention of a Beacon editorial board member that she could be a spoiler in the race. However, when asked what her plan for vic-tory was, Ms. Phillips said she thought the winner of the prima-ry would be determined by turnout.

    What I think its going to come down to is who is going to get the people out to vote on Sept. 6, she said.

    As for what she would do if she was elected, Ms. Phillips said she wouldnt have any plans for im-mediate changes and reforms, preferring instead to get a handle on what was needed.

    I dont think that I would make changes right away to that office, she said.

    Fundamentally though, Ms. Phillips chief argument for her election can be found in her claim to have the skill set best suited for the job.

    I still think Im uniquely qual-ified in that I have management experience in the area of public records management, she said.

    Scott M. Pignatelli is focusing his campaign for the Berkshire County Middle District Registry \of Deeds on two words: manage-rial experience.

    This is a management posi-tion, not a clerks position, said Mr. Pignatelli in an interview with The Beacons editorial board.

    He believes his private sector experience best qualifies him for the job out of the three candi-dates running for the position in the Sept. 6 Democratic primary.

    Mr. Pignatelli is the owner of Pignatelli Electrical Contractors, which he and his brother, current 4th Berkshire District State Rep-resentative William Smitty Pig-

    natelli (D-Lenox), purchased from their father in 1990. Mr. Pignatelli bought his brothers share of the company in 1998 and has been its sole proprietor ever since.

    Nothing was ever given to me other than opportunity, said Mr. Pignatelli, who proudly asserts that he has made his living in the private sector his entire life.

    One of Mr. Pignatellis chief is-sues in his campaign is the state of the Berkshire Middle District Registry of Deeds under its cur-rent register, Andrea F. Nuciforo Jr. In particular, Mr. Pignatelli has criticized statements from Mr. Nuciforo, who is running for

    congress in the Democratic Party primary against Rep. Richard Neal (D-Springfield) and humor-ist Bill Shein, that the office is ca-pable of running itself.

    If it runs on autopilot without the boss being there apparently that office is either overstaffed or under-worked, said Mr. Pignatelli.

    While acknowledging that an office could be made to run effi-ciently enough to require less management supervision, Mr. Pignatelli asserted that this would be unacceptable in the public sector.

    Patricia Patsy Harris is run-ning for Berkshire County Mid-dle District Register of Deeds on her 28 years working in the regis-try of deeds office.

    First and foremost you have to know what the documents are, said Ms. Harris in an interview with The Beacons editorial board.

    Its keeping the land records and keeping them safe, said Ms. Harris. What the person [regis-ter of deeds] needs to have first and foremost is a complete knowledge of the documents that were recording at the registry of deeds.

    Ms. Harris said that she felt that she was the most qualified

    and experienced person for this task in the race, adding if some-one more qualified and experi-enced had stepped up to run, she would have supported them completely.

    Anybody who has been work-ing in the office and has a com-plete understanding of the docu-ments that were recording would be the person for this office, she said.

    Im a full-time employee right now, I plan on being a full-time employee as a register and I plan on earning my pay, she added. I will be out there with the staff that I hired, working with them, and I will be able to answer the

    questions.Ms. Harris is a graduate of

    Berkshire Community College and St. Joseph Central High School and is a certified paralegal through the American Institute for Paralegal Studies.

    Both of her opponents have criticized her for not having man-agement experience, an allegation that she strongly contests.

    I have management [skills] in the office [of the registry of deeds], she said, noting that she has been an assistant register for the last five and a half years.

    I am a manager here now, I have people coming to me and

    Phillips wantsto serve the public again

    Pignatelli looks to prove he is more than a name

    Harris runs on her record

    In their own words:

    Scott M. Pignatelli Jody L. Phillips Patricia Patsy HarrisIf it runs on autopilot with-

    out the boss being there appar-ently that office is either over-staffed or under-worked

    What the person [register of deeds] needs to have first and foremost is a complete knowledge of the documents

    Im unique [among the can-didates] because Ive managed an office that handles public records

    see PIGNATELLI page 8

    see HARRIS page 8

    Candidate profiles complied by Bera B. Dunau

  • 8 The Berkshire Beacon August 16, 2012

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    If a government position runs that well, its overstaffed, said Mr. Pignatelli, who nevertheless said he wasnt advocating for job cuts.

    While Mr. Pignatelli didnt go so far as to call Mr. Nuciforo a part-time register, he did say hed heard from people working in the surrounding offices that Mr. Nu-ciforos attendance wasnt always exemplary.

    Mr. Pignatelli sees his manage-rial experience as a vital qualifica-tion for the register of deeds posi-tion, something he explicitly criticizes Patricia Patsy Harris (currently an assistant register) as lacking.

    I dont think she has the neces-sary leadership experience or thenecessary management skills, said Mr. Pignatelli, who asserted the job was a managerial, not a clerical, position.

    Indeed, Mr. Pignatelli asserts that the position of register of deeds requires no clerical experi-ence whatsoever.

    There is no clerical element to this, this is management of the office, said Mr. Pignatelli.

    Nevertheless, Mr. Pignatelli also said that, should he be elect-ed, he would go to the registry of deeds every week before his inau-guration to learn more about how it functioned.

    Im not going to be hiding in the back office, Im going to be right out there, without a doubt, said Mr. Pignatelli.

    Mr. Pignatelli also said he didnt have anything against Ms. Harris personally, and he didnt doubt she was very knowledgeable of the inner workings of the office.

    I have no beefs with her as an individual, said Mr. Pignatelli.

    Mr. Pignatelli was a lot easier on his other opponent, former Pittsfield City Clerk Jody Phil-lips. Indeed, when asked which of his two opponents he would vote for if he were to drop out, Mr. Pignatelli said Ms. Phillips.

    Jodywithout a doubt, said Mr. Pignatelli, citing her manage-ment experience and positive campaign.

    asking me questionsI have been influential in hiring more than half of the staff, she added.

    As for Mr. Pignatelli pointing out she is the second assistant register, not the first, a position long occupied by her co-worker Sharon Henault, Ms. Harris claims they both share duties in the office equally.

    If you look at everybodys pay stub, it all says assistant register, she said.

    As for whether current register Andrea Nuciforo, a former state senator and general practice law-yer, had the extensive knowledge of registry of deeds documents that Ms. Harris claims is neces-sary to be register when he was first elected, Ms. Harris says his legal training has always given him a good understanding of the documents.

    Andrea always had a handle on the legal documents, she said.

    Ms. Harris also takes issue with her opponents contention that the register of deeds is primarily a managerial position, an assertion that has featured prominently in the campaign of Mr. Pignatelli.

    I dont think any register would say yeah thats all it is, its this managerial position, thatsall you need, because that would be slighting themselves, she said.

    Youre mostly managing docu-ments, she added. Ninety per-

    cent of the questions that are pre-sented to me are about a document. Thats the job, keeper of the land records.

    When asked which of her op-ponents she would support if she were to drop out, Ms. Harris said Scott Pignatelli, although this en-dorsement was a bit back-handed.

    I believe he knows so little about the job that he would prob-ably depend mostly on the staff and hopefully that would make things okay, she said. I think that the staff will save him and I dont know how Jody would be at that.

    As for her own campaign, Ms. Harris says that being a public employee puts her at a disadvan-tage as, unlike her two rivals, state law forbids her from personally asking for or receiving donations.

    Ms. Harris has received a lot of support from the legal communi-ty, something she says will ensure shes held accountable, should she be elected.

    That means I have to show up for work because these are the people who use the office, she said.

    Ms. Harris believes Ms. Phil-lips is the spoiler in the race, and that Mr. Pignatelli doesnt have as much support among UNICO members and trades people as he believes.

    He doesnt have the support

    he thinks he has, said Ms. Har-ris, claiming she knows people with Pignatelli bumper stickers who are not going to vote for him.

    As for specific policies she would implement and advocate for, should she be elected register of deeds, Ms. Harris favors merg-ing all three registries of deeds in Berkshire County.

    Im definitely for that, said Ms. Harris, noting that such an effort would be time consuming.

    She also says she has not made job promises to people outside the office and intends to keep all employees in their current posi-tions, while promoting some if she is able to do so.

    She would also like to fully dig-itize all of the books and micro-film under the register of deeds jurisdiction, particularly the his-torical volumes.

    Thats [the deterioration of books] been bothering me for years, said Ms. Harris, who says

    a massive effort, as well as outside funds, will be needed to preserve the current records.

    She said she has no plans to run for another office, and she would still run for register of deeds even if it paid the same amount as her current position.

    To me, these records are so important, and to just hand it over to a politician is a shame, said Ms. Harris, who would pre-fer it if the position was non-po-litical and state appointed.

    PIGNATELLI from page 7

    HARRIS from page 7

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    1 Local News 6 Editorial6 From the Tower8 Pets9 Fast Picks10 Calendar13 Books13 Girl-2-Girl14 Fun & Games14 Beer/Wine 15 Sports16 Camps

    View from

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    The Berkshire


    IndexKameron Z. Spaulding

    Beacon Staff Writer


    Photographer Marie Tas-

    sone documented everyday

    life in the town from the

    1930s to the 1980s.

    Now, the Great Barrington

    Historical Society is archiving

    and inventorying her work

    after receiving a $1,500 Mas-

    sachusetts Humanities grant.

    GBHS President James

    Mercer said the state research

    inventory grant advances

    the societys mission to pre-

    serve, protect and stimulate

    awareness of our great


    He credits GBHS treasurer

    Sharon Genin for her

    dogged pursuit of funding

    to continue the project be-

    gun by the society in January.

    The project will culminate in

    several exhibits of the Tassone

    photos, including one on im-

    ages of the former Barrington

    Fair.We are extremely p


    that the importance of the ar-

    chival holdings has been rec-

    ognized by the State of Mas-

    sachusetts, Ms. Genin said.

    This grant helps the work

    being done by Margaret

    Cherin and her team of hard-

    working volunteers.

    Ms. Cherin, who holds

    masters degrees in art history

    from the Courtauld Institute

    of Art in London and library

    science/archival management

    from Simmons College in

    Boston, has been inventory-

    ing the collection, cataloging

    and identifying the many

    photos and negatives, which

    are held in storage upstairs at

    the Ramsdell Public Library

    in Housatonic. A resident of

    South Egremont, she is the

    exhibitions curator and col-

    lege archivist at Bard College

    of Simons Rock.

    Born in 1904, Ms. Tassone

    came to Great Barrington in

    1936 and lived there until

    see FUNDING page 3

    Preserving the pastGB Historic Commissi

    on receives more grants

    Susan M. Wicker Guerrero

    Beacon Staff Writer

    LENOX The call came in

    to Michael Sullivan, animal

    control offi cer for the towns

    of Lee and Lenox, from a po-

    lice offi cer friend.

    The offi cer said there was a

    man in an old Honda that

    had broken down on Route

    20. Inside the car was a

    strange bunch of passengers,

    namely 12 ducks, eight baby

    chicks, a rooster, a peacock

    and a trunkful of pigeons.

    Would Mr. Sullivan please

    go down and check it out?

    At fi rst, Mr. Sullivan said,

    he thought hed have to start

    looking for a farm to place the

    animals. The driver of the

    menagerie was from New

    Hampshire.He drove down to th

    is area

    to try and sell the animals in

    see ANIMAL page 10

    SuSan WicKer guerrero / BerKShire Beacon

    Animal control offi cer Michael Sullivan lo

    ads up the

    truck to head out on another call.

    Animal control of cer

    wears many hats

    see SOLAR page 2

    New solar rules unveiled

    Pittsfi eld and Lenox join state

    renewable energy program

    Bera B. DunauBeacon Staff Write


    PITTSFIELD Over 100

    people gathered in a room in

    the Berkshire Life Insurance

    Building in Pittsfi eld to learn

    about a new solar energy pro-

    gram being offered to resi-

    dents of Pittsfi eld and Lenox.

    Solarize Mass is a program

    being offered to the residents

    of 17 different communities

    in Massachusetts through the

    Massachusetts Clean Energy

    Center (CEC). It seeks to in-

    crease the number of houses

    with solar photovoltaic (PV)

    installed by educating the

    public about solar PV and

    making the technology more

    accessible and more affordable.

    Solar PV is the most com-

    mon and widespread method

    of generating electricity

    through solar power.

    Pittsfi eld and Lenox applied

    and were accepted into the So-

    larize Mass Program as a team.

    As such, the two communities

    will be working together with

    the program for its duration.

    The pilot program for So-

    larize Mass provided solar PV

    for 162 homes and businesses

    in four different communities

    at a discounted rate,

    The program was explained

    at the June 5 meeting by CEC

    Senior Director for Renewable

    Energy Generation Andy

    Brydges.Director Brydges exp


    the environmental and eco-

    nomic benefi ts of solar PV, as

    well as how the technology

    generates electricity. He also

    detailed how net metering and

    solar renewable energy credits

    (SRECS) work and how, along

    with government subsidies,

    these mechanisms can help

    make the technology afford-

    able for a homeowner. Addi-

    tionally, Director Brydges

    talked about different owner-

    ship options for the technolo-

    gy which include buying the

    panels outright, entering into

    a power purchase agreement

    with an installer, (in which the

    homeowner buys power from

    panels at a fi xed rate that the

    installer installs and main-

    tains) and leasing.

    One common question that

    Director Brydges clarifi ed in

    his talk was the concern that

    Massachusetts doesnt have

    enough sun for solar power.

    Director Brydges addressed

    this by pointing out that Ger-

    many, which has more solar

    than any other country in the

    world, has worse sun than any

    place in the United States.

    Director Brydges also went

    into detail about how the So-

    larize Mass program worked.

    He explained that the solar in-

    staller for the program would

    evaluate residences and busi-

    nesses of those interested in

    participating to determine

    whether or not they would be

    suitable for solar power. Di-

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    Community Calendar FRIDAY, AUGUST 17

    MAKE YOUR OWN HERB POT WORKSHOPGreat Barrington, 4 - 5 p.m.Learn how to make your own herb pots with household items. For more information or to sign up call 413-528-9697 or stop by the front desk of the Berkshire Co-op Market, 42 Bridge St.

    CORN FEST! A CELEBRA-TION OF ALL THING CORNY!Sheffield, 2:30 - 6:30 p.m.The Sheffield Farmers Market presents Corn Fest! A Celebra-tion of All Things Corny at the Market. Spotlighting Howden Sugar Corn, there will be corny jokes, corn bread, corn salads, lo-cal popcorn, and more, as well as the usual market fare. Corn Fest! will take place on the Sheffield Green and surrounds the Old Parish Church (on Route 7) on three sides.

    BOOK SALE AND ODDITIESStockbridge, 5 - 8 p.m.PREVIEW $5.00 admission SATURDAY, AUGUST 18 9AM 3 PM FREE ADMISSION: Fundraiser for Great Barrington Garden Club Civic Projects, Stockbridge Grange Hall 51 Church Street (Rte #102) Brown Building - Church Street - before the curve and Recycling Center. All Books $1.00

    CHRISTOPHER ORILEY, TO PLAY THE COLONIALPittsfield, 8 p.m.Berkshire Theatre Group is proud

    to announce the visionary pia-nist, Christopher ORiley, spon-sored by WMHT, will play selec-tions from Radiohead, The Cocteau Twins, Arcade Fire and more at The Colonial Theatre on Friday, Tickets for the Christo-pher ORiley concert are $15 - $45 and VIP tickets are $55 and include preferred seating and a post-show reception with Mr. ORiley.

    SATURDAY, AUGUST 18STEADMAN-HUDSON-HOWARD SCRAMBLETyringham, 10 a.m.Come check out the plateau on our Hudson-Howard property just west of Steadman Pond. From Steadman Pond, we will travel on logging roads and trace footpaths. Bring snacks, plenty of water, and appropriate foot wear. This easy hike will take about 2.5 hours and cover 3 miles.

    LIBERAL JEW: POLITI-CAL COMEDIAN SCOTT BLAKEMANLenox, 8 p.m.New Yorks top political comedi-an performs his political humor from a liberal Jewish point of view, at the Lenox Town Hall au-ditorium, on Saturday, For the past three years, Blakeman was featured on MSNBCs live cover-age of the White House Corre-spondents Dinner, and appears regularly as a liberal pundit on Fox News and Live.

    MELVILLE, MUMBET AND MOHICANS EVENTPittsfield, 3 p.m.Melville, Mumbet and Mohicans event to benefit Elizabeth Free-man Center, Herman Melvilles Arrowhead, 780 Holmes Road. 413-442-1793; Suggested admis-sion $5 - $10 to benefit the Eliza-beth Freeman Center.

    HOME SWEET HOME: CHILDRENS TOUR OF NAUMKEAGStockbridge, 11 a.m. Join us at the historic home, Naumkeag in Stockbridge. Home Sweet Home is an im-mersive hands-on tour of Naum-keag for children and families. Be treated like one of the family! Children and their families are invited to explore the rooms of Naumkeag through the eyes of those who lived there. Step be-hind the scenes as Mabel Choate or Margaret the Housekeeper to see this summer estate in a whole new way. Naumkeag, 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge, a prop-erty of The Trustees of Reservations.

    MONDAY, AUGUST 20ADAMS FREE LIBRARY BOOK SALEAdams, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.The Friends of the Adams Free Library (2 Main St.) is hosting a weeklong book sale. Baked goods and gift basket raffle tickets will also be on sale. Tickets are 1 for $1, 6 for $5. Members can get a buy one/get one discount. (An-nual membership costs $5.)

    Rae A. EastmanBeacon Staff Writer

    Evolutionaries is an absorbing and compelling book about change, or as the author puts it, about becoming. He and a growing group of thinkers, many of whom he quotes, are commit-ted to organizing a new world-view based on evolution.

    Such a view is more than a con-sciousness that the world has come a long way in its 14 billion years (how and when were hu-mans made?), but now it appears to be speeding up and he posits that we must commit ourselves to controlling our destiny; evolution applies to everything around us scientific and spiritual.

    This requires not only chang-ing our point of view but also a study of change itself as it has manifested itself in the past to principles and patterns that tran-scend present day thinking. It is important to recognize a world-view that we are moving, going through a vast process of change and development, and it be-hooves us to understand it even as we change the perceptive faculty itself or else!

    Indeed it is now that humans must become generalists instead of expecting God or nature or some combination to do it for us. We ignore evolutionary dynamics at our peril.

    The time has come to make history, not just witness it. Phipps says we are in stasis, concerned with matter but our salvation will be in recognizing a universe of becoming, through the time-less power of enlightenment.

    Today so many of us appear to be specialists, but what is needed now are generalists, who must as-sume a broad curiosity across all fields so as to see patterns, transi-tions and trends not just facts and details as in the whole is more than the sum of its parts.

    He notes the scientific commu-nity once described earth as three billion years of non-events, and in contrast quotes Teilhard, who compared seeing in evolutionary time (now) to a babys gaining a perception of the third dimension.

    To an evolutionary, religion and science are not mutually ex-clusive. The author believes the

    world is currently so changed that those concepts must be seen very differently. Now it is a matter of being informed by science, not determined by it.

    He feels that thinking can be changed, indeed that it must be to handle diversity in our rapidly globalizing world. As for the di-rection it might take, he presents the tantalizing idea that some suspect there is intelligent design in real change often attributed to God. The authors concept of God is quite different; more in keeping with his current view of the world.

    One of the questions he deals with is between science and spir-it. How do culture and science re-ally interact?

    Then he asks: How does cul-ture actually evolve?

    Evolution can take many forms and sometimes it happens in leaps and bounds; there are so many stages in the evolutionary dynamic.

    Phipps notes, however, that persons contain both types of his-tory modern and collective and gives an example of tribal routes as he notes his own state of mind when he is watching football. Evolutionary history does, he says, beside existing his-torically, also exist separately in an individual. We have, he writes, not just a connection to earth as well as a spiritual connec-tion to the immeasurable uni-verse: Not only are we in the universe, the universe is in us.

    The authors conviction is catching.

    He writes so earnestly; he quotes others with the same phi-losophy so aptly that the reader comes away with a real apprehen-sion that if we dont pay attention and the world goes its own way as swiftly as it appears to be going, it will be because we havent be-come environmentalists.

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    Susan M. Wicker GuerreroBeacon Staff Writer

    BENNINGTON, VT Karen Halvorsen remembers the day she lost her beloved cat, Sketti, whose nickname is Monster Cat.

    For the past two years, she has put the word out to several news-papers in both Massachusetts and Vermont that the cat might be living somewhere in Massachusetts.

    He was last seen near a long, blue car, possibly used for racing, with Massachusetts license plates.

    Despite the fact that two years have passed since Sketti disap-peared, Ms. Halvorsen harbors hope the cat will eventually be found and they will be reunited.

    The cat is all white except for a grayish tan patch on top of his head, almost like a cap, and has greenish yellow eyes and big ears.

    By now hes four years old and could weigh about seven pounds. Hes a long, lean animal.

    I dont know if hes alive, his heartbroken owner said. I dont know if hes happy or if hes wait-ing for me to find him. If I knew he was happy or finding his way back, it would be different. I feel he was taken.

    Loves cat immenselyShe said, I never loved a cat so

    much in my life.The last day Ms. Halvorsen saw

    the cat the weather was beautiful, with bright sunshine and mild temperatures. It was Oct. 28, 2010.

    It was just before the worst winter we had in ages, she said. Lots of people were outside be-cause they knew it was the last beautiful day before a storm was predicted to hit.

    The neighborhood is very quiet even though it is in town. Ms. Halvorsens house is located on a dead end street, across from a park and a wooded area.

    Very few people drive on the street except for residents. If eight cars a day drive on the street, it would be a lot.

    Nobody comes here but resi-dents, she said.Strangers in the neighborhood

    However, on the day Sketti vanished, Mrs. Halvorsen said she saw a couple who were strang-ers strolling around the park on the other side of the street. They had parked their car on the side of the road.

    It was a 60s muscle car, she said, that possibly had a lot of

    power. It also had vent holes in the hood for hot air to come out.

    Ms. Halvorsen saw the couple talking to Sketti who had mean-dered over to the park. The man was crooking his index finger to-ward the cat, gesturing for him to come closer.

    She heard him say, Come here, come here.

    Car and cat are goneWhen she came out the blue

    car was gone and so was Sketti. My heart started pounding,

    she said. I could feel Skettis pan-ic and terror. My baby had just been taken.

    She and Sketti had been insepa-rable. He was with her all the time, following her every step around the house and slept in her bed.

    I was like his mother, she said.

    While she was washing up in the sink, Sketti would be nearby.

    Hed look at me and watched me wash my face and then hed put his paw in the water and wash his face, too, she said, laughing and recalling some of her cats antics.

    He earned his nickname, Mon-ster Cat, because even though he was on the small side, hed run

    and knock over Ms. Halvorsens other cat, Lucy.

    Id say, Oh, what a monster cat, you are, she said.

    After Sketti vanished, Lucy sat and waited for him by the win-dow for days. Of course, he never returned.

    She filed a police report after the cat disappeared but nothing has ever come of it. She said she remembers seeing the letters MRFDT and the numbers 11 on the license plate.

    Shes spent thousands of hours trying to find the cat since he went missing.

    Will never give up hopeShes checked dozens of leads

    but so far none have turned up a

    cat named Sketti.Most of the photos she had of

    her lost cat were on a computer that was ultimately stolen, so all she really has is a lot of memories.

    If the couple from Massachu-setts did, indeed, take the cat, Ms. Halvorsen said, perhaps they didnt realize how much the cat meant to her.

    Or, perhaps they didnt think the cat had a permanent and lov-ing home.

    As more and more time elapses, Ms. Halvorsen refuses to stop looking for her cat.

    I will never give up hope, she said.

    Woman still searching for missing cat

    Sketti the cat has been missing or nearly two years.

  • 12 The Berkshire Beacon August 16, 2012

    Philip S. KampeBeacon Staff Writer

    Winegrower Gerard Bertrand sums up the wine scene in France and speaks for the rest of the pro-ducers worldwide:

    To succeed in the Languendoc region of southern France, you need a clear understanding of the region and its visible and not-so-visible potential. A true example is Tautavel or La Liviniere, where we were pioneers.

    You need a clear strategy to be-come the leader in premium wines in the south of France. Ten or fifteen years ago, selling a bot-tle of wine was 60 percent a mat-ter of quality. Today, it is one third quality, one third distribu-tion network and one third marketing.

    Gerard inherited his passion for wine and his love for the Languendoc region from his fa-ther, Georges. His father was a pi-oneer in creating and marketing super-premium wines from the region.

    Gerard, at age 10, had his first experience in harvesting and winemaking with his father. At age 22, Gerard took over the fam-ily business after his father, Georges, untimely death.

    When Gerard turned 27, he purchased Domaine Cigalus and Chateau Laville Bertrou, adding significant properties to his wine-making portfolio. Today, Gerard owns six properties in the Langu-endoc-Rousillion region and has over 900 acres of vineyards.

    In addition to his vineyards, Gerard partners with over 40 growers and over 10 co-ops to source grapes. His wines range from affordable to collectable. In 2002, at age 37, Gerard Ber-trand purchased Chateau IHospitalet and started to devel-op wine tourism on his property.

    His vision has paid off. Chateau IHospitalet sits within and is surrounded by 2,500 acres

    of trees, flowers and vineyards. Committed to sustainability and eco-friendly agricultural practic-es, Chateau IHospitalet has been deemed as a Carbon-Neutral Es-tate a symbol that designates harmony between nature and the environment.

    This is a very rare award and is cherished by Gerard Bertrand.

    The chateau has 38 guest rooms, a bar and lounge and a wine-tasting cellar. Since 2004, the estate has hosted an annual International Jazz Festival.

    Chateau IHospitalet, located near Narbonne, overlooks the sea and is dedicated to the Mediter-ranean lifestyle and wine culture of the region. It is considered and recognized as one of Frances pre-mier hotels and restaurants.

    Gerard, a celebrated ex-rugby player, recently explained his wine philosophy to me. He said in simple terms: If you under-stand the evolution in consumer behavior toward expressive, well-balanced and elegant wines that are sold at fair prices, you will then succeed.

    And Gerard Bertrand has! Three wines to try Cremant de Limoux ($16.99) is an aperitif, a sparkling wine that is full-fla-vored, crisp and elegant. Aromas of hazelnuts, lavender and white roses prevail.

    The bubbly wine is made from 70 percent Chardonnay, 20 per-cent Chenin Blanc and 10 per-cent Mauzac. This wine is well-balanced and has great acidity.

    Tautavel ($13.99) is a red wine that is made from 50 percent Gr-enache, 35 percent Syrah and 15 percent Carignan. Aged 10 months in oak, this exceptional wine is dark fruit-driven, show-ing a special sweetness on the pal-ate. The tannins are well-bal-anced and pair well with mature cheese and grilled red meat.

    Viognier ($14.99) is an excit-ing, crisp, white wine that pairs perfectly with all types of fresh seafood, chicken and shellfish. The bouquet of tropical flowers, hazelnuts and figs is overpower-ing, yet tame. Great acidity and balance make this a perfect sum-mer wine.

    Gerard Bertrand is a name to remember when searching for high quality wines at reasonable prices.

    Think French wine from Languendoc and think

    Gerard Bertrand

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    followed procedure, they could have saved the town legal fees in fighting in court on a suit filed by an abutter citing the Scenic Mountain Act compliance. This goes to the fact that they select board and committee operated above the law and out of the pub-lic domain.

    I was excited that the AGs of-fice had assumed responsibility for the Open Meeting Law be-cause I thought they would put in an educational model along with enforcement and fines that would bring the 351 cities and towns in the commonwealth into compliance.

    This has not happened, but with some adjustments it may occur.

    Fact is, besides the AGs office doing a round of visits, they should be making a presentation to the New England Newspaper and Press Association (NENPA) annual meeting in February at the Park Plaza.

    The watchdog for the commu-nities is the Fourth Estate our daily and weekly newspapers along with individuals, who ob-serve their particular communi-ties and local government in action.

    Reporters and editors are the

    main line of defense when it comes to the issue of transparen-cy in government. The enforce-ment is the AGs office. They should be in sync.

    In the Lenox case, God is the only one who would have known, assuming that a member of each group attended church. But God did not convey any legal informa-tion to the community-at-large. Thus, the filing of the complaint by this newspaper.

    From The Beacons point of view, it would be helpful if the AGs office required, beyond the signed signatures of each elected and appointed member that they have read the Open Meeting Law, an outreach of informational hearings within each county or cluster of communities.

    Officials should also acknowl-edge that fines would be levied for those who deviate from the intent of the Open Meeting Law.

    In the interim, city solicitors and/or town counsel could lead discussions on the Open Meeting Law. This would be one more step in helping to bring transpar-ency to local government.

    In the case of Lenox, our edito-rial assistant, Kameron Z. Spauld-ing, did a front-page story on the Lack of transparency in the May 24 issue that put Lenox on notice.

    Subsequently a number of is-sues outlined were adhered to, but Chairman Kenneth Leroy Fowler questioned why we didnt mention the issue beforehand? In this case, there is no need to seek prior approval.

    The forums in the communi-ties of Barre, Taunton and Barn-stable are part of a broad effort by the attorney generals office to as-sist public bodies in understand-ing and complying with the re-quirements of the Open Meeting Law.

    State, local, regional and coun-ty public bodies are required to comply with the Open Meeting Law.

    The Open Meeting Law educa-tional forums will be conducted by attorneys and staff from the Attorney Generals Division of Open Government and are open to the public. The educational fo-rums are being offered free of charge.

    Since assuming responsibility for enforcement of the Open Meeting Law, Atty. Gen. Coak-leys Division of Open Govern-ment has responded to thousands of inquiries about the laws re-quirements, conducted or partici-pated in 65 trainings across the state and issued more than 130 determinations.

    Kameron Z. SpauldingBeacon Staff Writer

    I try to keep what I report on local and from the northeast but this new release coming from Colorado deserved a mention.

    On August 25, 2012, Odell Brewing will celebrate the release of Deconstruction, a barrel aged Golden Ale and the brewerys fourth Single Serve release this year.

    First debuted in 2010, Decon-struction is based on Jacque Der-ridas theory of Deconstruction whereby developing a process of brewing that first deconstructs the desired complexities in the finished product thereby reveal-ing how to achieve these charac-teristics through brewing process The beer itself was created by blending the final recipe with smaller pilot batches of the brew aged in oak barrels and ferment-ed with wild yeasts.

    Each brew contributes a unique flavor, derived from the wood chosen and the cultures resident, to achieve the subtle complexities

    desired.This beer is so craft forward

    we have gone back in time to res-urrect it, said Odell Brewing Quality Manager, Eli Kolodny. It has many quintessential craft brewing elements like barrel ag-ing, wild yeasts and bacteria.

    The final blend offers a subtle sweetness up front with a tart and lingering finish reminiscent of

    apples and grapefruit as well as an earthy, citrusy hop aroma.

    Deconstruction will be avail-able throughout the brewerys ten state distribution region, and no that doesnt include us, in 750 mL cork and cage finished bottles.

    But maybe this can be just one more reason to make a trip out west this winter to ski.

    Exciting new beer from the west

    The more popular 90 Schilling can be found but we wont be getting any Deconstruction on this coast.

  • August 16, 2012 The Berkshire Beacon 13


    simplicityJanel M. Harrison

    Beacon Staff Writer

    This weekend I was reminded of the true meaning of love; it seems Im often reminded, being the sappy romantic I am.

    I envision the words or scenes of a moment in my life, a sweet song, a heartwarming movie or a poignant phrase of poetry in a book; next comes this feeling in my throat as a surge of emotion follows, I close my eyes and catch my breath.

    Its like Im transported for sec-onds, until the feeling passes and I move along with whatever I happened to be doing at the time. Does that ever happen to you?

    Is it because certain moments in life capture us, creating perfect harmonization and beauty with the world and with our very souls? Maybe its our way of re-newing a sense of faith and know-ing its importance in our every-day lives.

    This weekend we decided to wine and dine ourselves. It was well-deserved as its been an eventful summer and I thought it would be fun to all go out to Dar-lenes nostalgic Sullivan Station for a lovely family dinner and mesmeric entertainment to boot!

    From the moment you walk in youre itinerant to another place, another time as the dcor brings you right back to the old train station it once was.

    From authentic black and white pictures on the walls and vintage lace swag curtains to dark cherry wood and soft period lighting, its visitors let loose and just relax, buzzing with laughter and conversation.

    It seemed for that night anyway the people there knew the value of life and freedom and family and friends. It just so happens that our neighbors were there too, which added the right touch to our enchanting evening as my girls drew funny stick figured families on their placemats, and my hubby sat across from me happy like a kid with a lobster bib on, which by the way he said was cooked to perfection and my crab cakes were to die for!

    And speaking of enchanting, like me, my girls appreciate every genre of music and this night we got the wonderful opportunity to hear Sonny and Perley, a singing and playing dynamic duo whose music teleported us back in time to the 1930s and 40s with swing and jazz and the 50s and 60s with bossa nova as well as many popular movie musicals and show tunes, totally up my alley espe-cially for the mood I was in.

    Perley smiles with an efferves-cent personality and her voice, like breathing, seems effortless as her beguiling melodies carry through the air and smack into your heart! The only way I can think of how Sonny plays the keyboard is like water softly flow-ing down a gentle stream and you never want him to stop as his touching of the notes is fluid.

    Sonny and Perley have some followers ,me being the new one, but in particular was a handsome couple from Poukeepsie seated next to us. He was Bruce and she was Linda. He was smiling and holding her hand as she sat grace-fully across from him, legs crossed.

    The song was Moon River, an absolute favorite of mine from a treasured movie, Breakfast at Tiffanys love, love, love Audrey. Seeing them dance (the only ones in the room dancing, mind you) was precious as it seemed they were standing together in a gilded mist all their own and time had suddenly rewound just for them.

    They later told us they have been married 45 years and Moon River was the first song they danced to at their wedding as man and wife. Bruce laughed and said, We were just what the song says, two drifters off to see the world, theres such a lot of world to see

    Watching them to me was like watching loves sweet simplicity and how it grows as the seasons pass. It was a reminder of all that one needs: love its the most important thing. May you know it.

    - Ciao Bella

    Bera B. DunauBeacon Staff Writer

    The Campaign is a movie thats as funny as it is terrifying.

    Ostensibly a vehicle for all-star comedians Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis, The Campaign is also a piece of pitch-dark satire that cuts painfully close to home.

    Like many great comedies be-fore it, The Campaign derives much of its humor and it is a very funny movie from holding the mirror up to American poli-tics. What we see reflected, how-ever, is something quite ugly and frighteningly close to our nation-al reality.

    The Campaign centers on a North Carolina Congressional election between Camden Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) and Martin Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis).

    Cam Brady, an idiotic Demo-cratic congressman, is running for re-election unopposed, when a scandal causes the billionaire Motch brothers (John Lithgow and Dan Aykroyd) to decide to run a candidate for office against him who they will be able to eas-ily control.

    That candidate is Marty Hug-gins, a nave, well intentioned odd ball who comes from a wealthy family.

    Squaring off against one an-other, the race between Huggins and Brady soon gets ugly and quickly degenerates into a char-acter-assaulting, mud-slinging battle of epic proportions.

    The Campaign could have been just a pleasant distraction, and as a piece of entertainment it suc-ceeds brilliantly. Galifianakis and Ferrell both bring their A games, providing the kind of well-executed, outrageous humor that has allowed both of their ca-reers to sky rocket.

    It also features great perfor-mances from Lithgow and Ayk-royd as the nefarious Motch brothers, while Dylan McDer-mott is inspired and mesmerizing as ruthless campaign manager Tim Wattley, played like a cross between Lee Atwater and Attilla the Hun.

    But The Campaign aspires to be something more than just a summer comedy, its trying to make a point, and on this front it hits the ball out of the park.

    The political fight between Brady and Huggins is farcical and over the top. Candidates get bounces in the polls for getting bitten by rattlesnakes, making sex tapes and shooting their oppo-nents in the leg.

    Whats scary though, is just how closely the political world of The Campaign mirrors our own, something made even more ap-parent by the frequent analysis of this fictional election by real world talking heads throughout the movie.

    Brady and Huggins are nomi-nally from different parties. Yet, both are shown to be manipulat-ed by and beholden to moneyed interests.

    The election is totally devoid of substantive issues or policy dis-cussions on either side, and is in-stead focused entirely on mean-ingless grandstanding and scurrilous attacks.

    Similarly, while both Brady and Huggins are flawed individuals, they both have fundamentally de-cent qualities, which are never-theless subsumed by the win at all costs mentality of their respective campaigns.

    Does any of this seem familiar to you? Even setting aside the thinly veiled attack on the Koch brothers, the movie is a searing criticism of the state of American politics, made all the more effec-tive by how close to reality The Campaign actually is.

    In The Campaign, candidates make absolutely no effort to hide their shallow pandering, or that

    their service is entirely bought and paid for by the rich and pow-erful. Still, how divergent is that from reality, when the only differ-ence between our politics and the nightmarish farce of The Cam-paign is the hollow veneer of respectability.

    Fundamentally, thats what makes The Campaign so good, as it explores the ugliness and cyni-cism of modern American poli-tics with a gusto and honesty that would be nearly impossible for a serious drama. Add to this that its also extremely funny, and The Campaign is clearly a winner.

    Only time will tell whether The Campaign will join the ranks of other timeless political comedies such as Being There, Bulworth and Wag the Dog, or it just captures the political zeitgeist of the mo-ment. Regardless, The Campaign is one of the best films of the year and should not be missed.

    Even if youre hesitant to see an over-the-top comedy, I would make an exception for The Cam-paign. As a piece of satire, it is a thing of beauty and everyone of voting age should view it, as it is truly a giant wake-up call for the future of our Democracy.

    The Campaign shows just how easy it can be to, with enough money and power, render our elections essentially meaningless.

    What everyone who sees The Campaign will have to grapple with once they leave the theatre is, just how much damage in the real world has been done already?

    The Campaign, its funny because its true

    courteSy of everyman productionSWill Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis star in The Campaign.

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    in bunches, having won six races on a card earlier in the meet.

    If anyone ever tells you that rid-ers are not great athletes, tell them to try riding a 1,200-lb. horse around a track at 35 mph. Ra-mon got dumped at the gate be-fore Fridays second race and the horse almost rolled over on him. He got up out of the mud and went on to win two races later in the card.

    Check the tape*Why is it that every time I see

    an interview with Red Sox Man-ager Bobby Valentine I think that I am watching a Saturday Night Live parody?

    *I surfed onto NESN on Mon-day for the Sox game and Don in the inning Orsillo told me that it was the bottom of the eighth four times and only one pitch had been thrown in the inning.

    *While enjoying a pizza and a beverage at The Brick House Pub in Housatonic, there was an Olympic event on the giant screen.

    My editor calls me the Berk-shire Sports Guy, so when I was asked the name of the sport that we were watching, I embarrass-ingly had to say, I dont have a

    clue and I didnt.It resembled basketball without

    a basket, soccer without kicking the ball and lacrosse without sticks. I guess the easiest way to describe it is to say it is water polo without the water. If any of my loyal readers could enlighten me on what I was watching you will receive free Beacons for life. For the record, I only had one beverage.

    *Over the years I have entered many contests and really didnt care if I won or not. However, for my next effort, I will be focused. I want to win the Producer for a Day contest on NESN.

    The winner will tag along with the production team as they pre-pare and broadcast a Red Sox game. Included in the package will be spending one inning in the booth with Don in the in-ning Orsillo and Jerry Remy.

    *If I am declared the winner I will concentrate on attempting to make the broadcast less annoy-ing. I will point out things that take place every broadcast that should be phased out of future shows make that eliminated from future shows.

    This is how I would tweak the show:

    I would not allow Orsillo to use his expression in the inning for the entire game. He uses phrases

    like there are two outs in the in-ning, he makes the catch for the first out in the inning, Beckett has thrown 11 pitches in the inning, etc.

    After a sideline report from Jenny Dell he would be instruct-ed to say something different than all right Jenny, thank you very much (his Matt Lauer impression).

    If I was running the show he would not be telling us what in-ning it is every 20 seconds, if I want to know the inning, I can look at the box on the screen.

    I would tell him that if a box is on the screen containing the sea-son stats of a relief pitcher, he does not have to read it to the viewer. I think the majority of Red Sox Nation can read, and the guy probably pitched the night before and he read them to us then. I also dont care that the re-liever threw 14 pitches in his last outing. For that matter he would not read us every useless graphic that appears on the screen.

    If the camera pans to third, sec-ond and first base and there is a Red Sox player on three bases, I would not let him identify the players and tell us which base they are on. The viewer sees them and, being members of Red Sox Nation, we know who they are.

    He would not be allowed to say in a Red Sox uniform. Also, and most importantly, if there happened to be runners on first and third in the inning, he would not be allowed to use his phony line when the pitcher steps off the rubber and bluffs to third and looks to first trying to pick off the runner. He likes to hit us with Beckett bluffs to third and looks to first but does not throw to either venue.

    And finally, if Jerry Remy buys a hot dog for a fan that holds up a sign asking him for one, I would have the cameraman film Jerry actually taking the cash out of his pocket.

    Don Orsillo seems like a great guy but he must get paid by the word. I enjoy the banter between him and Remy but the staged, planned and constant annoying rhetoric has to go. People have a mute button on their remote and they know how to use it.

    If I do not win the contest may-be I could meet Orsillo at the Cask N Flagon outside the park and have a Sam Adams.

    Maybe he would also get the hint if Beacon readers clipped this article and sent it to his pro-ducer: NESN, 480 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 02472.

    I can only hope.

    TRACK from page 16

    WILLIAMSTOWN - Wil-liams softball head coach Kris Herman recently helped raise funds and awareness to help bat-tle cancer by participating in the 2012 Pan-Massachusetts Chal-lenge, an annual two-day bike-a-thon that runs through 46 towns across Massachusetts.

    The Pan-Mass Challenge is a pioneer of the athletic fundrais-ing industry and raises more money for charity than any other single event in the country.

    The 33st annual PMC washeld Aug. 4-5. It began on Aug. 3 with an opening ceremony that was televised live on CBS.

    Cyclists traveled from 36 states and eight countries to ride in the 2012 PMC.

    More than 300 rider were can-cer survivors or current patients. Many PMC participants ride in honor of a family member or friend fighting the disease.

    The PMC was founded in 1980 by Billy Starr, who remains the events executive director, an annual cyclist and a fundraiser.

    Local coach raises funds from ride

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    Kameron Z. SpauldingBeacon Staff Writer

    NORTH ADAMS - The MCLA athletics department will hold its annual Golf Classic on Monday, Sept. 10 at Berkshire Hills Country Club in Pittsfield, MA.

    The classic is an annual fund-raiser for the athletics depart-ment. Each year the golf classic committee selects an honoree for the event.

    In 2012 he golf tournament will be honoring Marilyn Truskowski.

    Truskowski is a 1984 graduate of the college. She started work-ing at MCLA in 1972 and has served as the human resources di-rector for 23 years.

    Truskowski has served on the MCLA commencement commit-tee, the employee recognition planning committee, and the Golf Classic committee. She also coordinated the Colleges COM-EC Campaign.

    A valued member of the Berk-shire community, Truskowski works with the Berkshire United Way and was recognized in the past for her Outstanding Service and Leadership and recently for her work coordinating

    donations. Truskowski currently sits on

    the board of directors for Elder Services and has been recognized for her leadership and commit-ment to meeting the needs of Berkshire seniors.

    Truskowski sits on the board of directors and chairs the house committee of Taconic Golf Club, where she and her husband Joe are long time members.

    In fact, Truskowski is one of the first female golfers to become a member at Taconic.

    Other organizations and clubs that Truskowski has participated in since the mid 90s include, Northern Berkshire Business and Professional Women, Drury High School Football Booster Club where she served as presi-dent, and Drury High School Boys Basketball Club.

    Truskowski is a big sports fan, especially when it comes to her New England teams. She is known, and will also describe herself, as having a competitive spirit.

    Soon to be retired, Truskowski is a proud grandmother who looks forward to traveling and spending more time with her granddaughter Brianna.

    Golf event to honor retiring staff member

    Kameron Z. SpauldingBeacon Staff Writer

    WILLIAMSTOWN - Even be-fore the season begins the awards are starting to pile up for the Ephs football team.

    Eph junior place-kicker Joseph Mallock is one of two kickers from New England Division III on the Fred Mitchell Award Watch List, joining Endicott College junior Dylan Rushe.

    The annual Fred Mitchell Out-standing Place-Kicker Award (also known as the Fred Mitchell Award) is provided to the na-tion's top collegiate place-kicker among more than 750 FCS, Di-vision II, III, NAIA and NJCAA football teams. The Award is named for Fred Mitchell, the re-cord-setting place-kicker, Wit-tenberg University Athletic Hall of Famer, author, philanthropist and Chicago Tribune sports columnist.

    Joe Mallock is a really strong student-athlete and has gotten better every day, noted Eph head coach Aaron Kelton. Were expecting his continued improve-ment to show as it did each game last season. I have mentioned to him several times that he is going to have to make a big kick to help win a game as he did that last year against Wesleyan.

    Mallock enters the 2012 season having made his last five FGs 2012 season with streak of 5 con-secutive FGs, which includes the clutch made 40-yard FG with 4:48 to play to lift Ephs to 19-17 win at rival Wesleyan.

    The watch list for the Fred Mitchell Award includes 44 Foot-ball Championship Subdivision (FCS), Division II, III, National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and National Junior College Athletic Associa-tion (NJCAA) collegiate place-kickers that were nominated by their colleges for excellence on the football field and in the com-munity. The break down of place-kickers by division: 16 FCS, 11 Division II, 14 Division III, and 3 NJCAA.

    Mallock finished third on the Eph team in scoring last fall with 32 points coming from making 6 of 10 FGs and 14 of 19 PATs.

    Mallock became the Ephs' pri-mary place-kicker in the fourth

    game of the 2011 eight-game sea-son. Once Mallock was named the Ephs' primary place-kicker he responded in a big way, con-verting 5 of 6 FGs and 13 of 16 PATs.

    "Joe has all the confidence he needs to have a great season and we are expecting him to be the best kicker in the NESCAC in 2012," Kelton said.

    Outside of football Mallock has volunteered with teammates for Habitat for Humanity, cleaned up debris in The Spruces trailer park after Hurricane Irene and served food at the Berkshire Food Project.

    Additionally, Mallock has served as a note taker on campus for students who are unable to take their own notes and as a contributing writer for the Wil-liams Record, covering the men's golf team. During the summers Mallock serves as a volunteer caddie instructor at a golf club in his hometown.

    The 2012 watch list includes place-kickers from 25 states and is comprised of 23 seniors, 14 ju-niors, and 7 sophomores. The 2012 watch list also includes 22 place-kickers who were finalists for the 2011 Fred Mitchell Award.

    The recipient of the Fred Mitchell Award will be chosen based on excellence on the foot-ball field and in the community.

    The Award's Watch List is re-leased in August, top performers are recognized monthly during the college football season, and the winner (who is not required to be on the Watch List) is an-nounced in mid-December.

    The school of the Award win-ner receives scholarship funds and the Fred Mitchell Award tro-phy will be presented each Febru-ary at the National Football Foundation Chicago Metro Chapter Awards Ceremony at Halas Hall.

    Mallock named to kicker award watch list

    Joseph Mallock

    Williams junior Joseph Mallock has been named to the Fred Mitchell Award Watch List. The award is for the best kicker in the country.

    This years MCLA Golf Classic will honor retiring human resources director Marilyn Truskowski.

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    Dick SyriacBeacon Staff Writer

    The recently concluded Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Yearling Sale, as usual, featured some beautiful young horse flesh and customers with deep pockets. In total, 107 yearlings were sold for a sum of $32 million.

    The most expensive investment was purchased for an unnamed client by trainer Todd Pletcher. A filly by Medaglia dOro, out of a Wait a While mare, brought $1,575,000 when the gavel final-ly went down. The current name of the filly is Wait No More, but the name could be changed by the time she starts training.

    Overall the totals of the sale were down from last year. I won-der if the buyer of The Green Monkey a few years ago came back for more. That horse went for over $16 million and never won a race.

    Local celebrities were spotted at the two-day event, which took place Aug. 6-7. Mike Penna and his Eclipse Award-winning team from the Horse Racing Radio Network were there with their first class professional coverage. Penna is a Pittsfield native who now resides in Lexington, Ky., with his wife, Michelle, who is a North Adams girl. The HRRN also provided excellent coverage of the Grade 1 Whitney Stakes.

    North Adams resident and life-time owner/trainer Donald J. George was in attendance, and he was looking forward to the up-

    coming New York-Bred sale, which took place Aug. 11-12. George started as a trainer at Green Mountain in the 1970s, where he handled horses for many owners including his fa-ther, H.A. George.

    He later had much success on the New England fair circuit and had many winners at Suffolk Downs. He also raced his stock at Belmont, Finger Lakes and Sara-toga. He got very familiar with the winners circle at Saratoga with Shopping for Love, one of his fillies. Jerry Bailey, the all-time leading rider at Saratoga, was his pilot.

    While hanging around the jocks room I thought I had seen the tallest jockey ever only to re-alize that it was Mariano Rivera of the Yankees. Not only is he the best to ever do what he does, he is also the classiest and most chari-table. If he was ever involved in any kind of scandal, I would lose faith in humanity.

    He said that he will return to pitch after he recovers from inju-ry. We hope so. Mo was in town to raise money for his foundation and spent a few hours at the track. For the record, he is scared to death of horses and does not bet on them.

    Ramon Dominguez has built up a big lead over Javier Castella-no in the jockey standings while Todd Pletcher and Chad Brown will slug it out for the trainer ti-tle. Dominguez seems to win his

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    Catherine M. KrummeyBeacon Staff Writer

    NORTH ADAMS How-ard Jake Eberwein III has of-fi cially moved on from his days as superintendent of the Pittsfi eld Public Schools.

    On Tuesday, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) announced that Dr. Eberwein is the schools new dean of graduate and continu-ing education.

    I look forward to working collaboratively with the MCLA leadership team, fac-ulty and community in ex-panding high quality educa-tional opportunities for the

    citizens of Berkshire County and beyond, he said.

    Dr. Eberwein received his masters degree in education from MCLA in 2003 and earned his principal certifi ca-

    Church on the Hill to get some repairs

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    Major changes for area cancer care

    Susan M. Wicker GuerreroBeacon Staff Writer

    PITTSFIELD David E. Phelps, President and CEO of Berkshire Health Systems (BHS), announced plans last week for a comprehensive and state-of-the-art cancer center to be located at the Hillcrest Campus of Berkshire Medical Center (BMC).

    The huge project is being planned in partnership with Berkshire Hematology/On-cology, the areas largest pri-vate medical practice.

    Mr. Phelps said both part-ners are extremely committed and share the same vision.

    Berkshire Health Systems is this areas largest employer.

    The $30 million project will include extensive renovations and a new entryway at Hill-crest for the BMC Cancer Center.

    A total of $20.1 million is earmarked for renovations to the existing buildings as well

    as for the new entryway and lobby. A total of $10 million will be used to buy new equip-ment and electronic record systems.

    The center will be four sto-ries high and 49,930-square feet.

    According to information released by BHS, the renova-tion and new construction will include a new entrance and lobby, a Wellness Center, a Ra-diation Oncology and Multi-

    disciplinary Clinic, Hematol-ogy/Oncology Physician Practice, a full clinical labora-tory, a pharmacy, infusion and treatment service, and radia-tion therapy.

    Phase I will begin in early 2013, Phase II in the fall of that year and Phase III in 2014.

    The center will provide a new view on cancer care in

    Dick SyriacBeacon Sports Writer

    The year was 1974 and as a member of the publicity de-partment at Green Mountain Race Track, I was looking for a scoop.

    In the company of the track photographer Ernie LeClair, I was patrolling the barn area in quest of a picture that might make the national wires. A shot of a horse getting hosed

    down would not cut it, a horse munching on a bale of hay, no, I don t think so.

    As we came upon a shed row, we both knew we had hit the mother lode. We saw a seven-year-old boy with bushy red hair sitting on a horse with his I.D. badge on. Click, click we got the shot and it went, as they now say, viral.

    Both wire services used the

    Local man makes the races run

    see TRACK page 2 see CENTER page 7

    SuSan m. WicKer guerrero / BerKShire BeaconThe current Hillcrest Hospital Campus will soon undergo massive changes.

    artiSt renderingThis is a drawing of the proposed cancer center to be located at the Hillcrest Campus of BMC.

    Eberwein named dean at MCLA

    see MCLA page 3

    Howard Eberwein III

    Ken Retzel has worked with horses his whole life.

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