Helen E. Johnston, 78, of Sheffield

Wednesday, Nov 15 - Upon retirement she served as a private health aide for seniors and was a member of the Sheffield Council on Aging as well as an active volunteer at the senior center.

Laura Jean Polzella, 63, of Sheffield

Tuesday, Nov 14 - Together they shared many happy years that included their many friends, hiking, their favorite music and their pets, especially Lucky, her cat.

Edward Van Wagner, 71, of Martindale, N.Y.

Monday, Nov 13 - During his retirement he enjoyed time with his family and friends and was known for his annual clam bake traditions, his sportsman’s club activities and his ammo sales business, which was sympathetically run at a loss.

Philip Boardman, 78, of Sheffield

Monday, Nov 13 - He was employed as a manager at Sheffield Plastics for 20 years. After retiring from there, he joined the Moritz family at Aquatic Designs of Sheffield for over 20 years.

Birth announcements

Sunday, Nov 12 - Fairview Hospital Family Birth Center reports the birth of three girls.

Smoke Signals from the Swamp: The fall of Flynn

Sunday, Nov 12 - General Flynn is inextricably woven into the story of Donald Trump and Russia. And nothing reveals the important role he has played more clearly than the efforts President Trump made to convince FBI Director James Comey not to dig too deeply into what Flynn might have done.

News Brief: Mass. Senate passes HEALTH Act

Friday, Nov 10 - The HEALTH Act focuses on both short- and long-term goals on how to fix the state’s health care system to lower costs, improve outcomes and maintain access.

MacGregor Robinson, 53, of Norfolk, Conn., longtime educator

Friday, Nov 10 - MacGregor embarked on a 30-year odyssey throughout the independent school world: as an English teacher, administrator, student advisor and housemaster at Berkshire School in Sheffield, Massachusetts; and then as an admissions professional and student advisor at the Gunnery in Washington Green, Connecticut; Trinity Pawling School in Pawling, New York; and King’s Academy in Madaba, Jordan.

Welcome to Real Estate Friday!

Friday, Nov 10 - What’s on the Market – The closest distance between New York City and relaxation brings you to the southernmost Berkshires towns. This week we feature four charming houses. Plus, the latest weekly report of real estate sales.

Criminal justice reform: Business as usual is not an option

Friday, Nov 10 - "In state after state, criminal justice reform has led to lower incarceration rates, lower crime rates, and lower recidivism rates. It’s time Massachusetts joins the national let’s-get-smart-on-crime movement. This bill protects public safety and makes common-sense reforms while improving outcomes with our precious tax dollars." -- Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst)