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John James Dunn Sr., 91, of Hillsdale, New York

Friday, 17 Apr 2015 - John was also a long-time farmer in Hillsdale, active in the Hillsdale Cadby-Shutts V.F.W., a member of the Northwestern University Midshipman’s School Association, the Alford Land Trust, a Eucharistic Minister at Saint Peter’s Church in Great Barrington, a member of the Fairview Hospital Fundraising committee, and served on the Hillsdale Zoning Committee and Planning Board.

Clare I. Lester, 70, of Pittsfield  

Friday, 17 Apr 2015 - Clare was an animal lover and recently she was the devoted caregiver to Rodney the dog at Rosewood. She was an avid reader who also enjoyed music, making hand-hooked rugs, and doing puzzles.

Judith E. Rahm, 71, of Great Barrington

Tuesday, 14 Apr 2015 - Judy devoted her time to helping those around her. For several summers Judy participated in the Fresh Air Fund Program, hosting children from New York City for two weeks to stay with her family. She enjoyed working for Meals on Wheels and always made sure to set aside extra time to spend with those to whom she delivered meals.

Peter B. Naylor Jr., 68, of Housatonic: Vietnam War veteran

Monday, 13 Apr 2015 - Peter was a member and an Honor Guard member of the Adams-Budz Post 8183, a member of the Murphy-Leary American Legion Housatonic Post, and was also very involved in the Patriots’ Pen Project and Veterans in the Classroom, both through the VFW. Peter was also part of the Funeral Detail for the VFW and was the Guidon Bearer.

James P. Silk, 55, of Sheffield

Monday, 13 Apr 2015 - Jim was born in Springfield, Mass., on December 28, 1959 to the late Betty and Bill Silk. He was a graduate of Mount Everett Regional High School. His greatest joy was his children Lauren and Patrick. He was an avid sports fan.

Eugene F. Novicki, 86, of Ashley Falls

Saturday, 11 Apr 2015 - Eugene proudly served his country with the U.S. Navy during WWII and Korea. Eugene loved woodworking, gardening and fixing things; he could fix anything.

Garrett John Norton, 21, of Housatonic  

Thursday, 9 Apr 2015 - While at Monument Mountain Regional High School, Garrett played both varsity football and baseball. Garrett also enjoyed working on his truck and fishing and golfing with his brother Kevin. He loved life, being with friends and family and always had a smile on his face.

Ruth Ziegler, 82, of Sheffield

Wednesday, 8 Apr 2015 - Ruth is well known for her talent with doll repairs along with building and decorating doll houses. In 1970 she and her husband, Don, began The Corn Crib and later Dolls & Dwellings in Sheffield.

Bits & Bytes: Birding at Olana; Homespun Theatre at Lauren Clark Gallery; Holocaust Remembrance Day; Ventfort Hall – Treasures of Bellefontaine

Tuesday, 7 Apr 2015 - As a member of a generation filmmaker Sara Greenberg terms “the last living link to the survivors,” she feels strongly about her responsibility to relate her grandparents’ Holocaust experiences to the world and to future generations. Her film, "B-2247: A Granddaughter’s Understanding," will be shown Sunday, April 12, at the Lenox Town Hall Auditorium.

Norman Parrish Kellogg, 90, of Great Barrington

Monday, 6 Apr 2015 - He graduated from Searles High School in 1942 and served his country during World War II. Norman entered the Army Air Force in 1942, was trained in aviation mechanics and served as a Crew Chief. Norman worked the majority of his life for over 40 years as an electrician for Pfizer in Canaan, Conn., and Schweitzer-Mauduit in Lee, Mass., retiring in 1988.

Edith Cappadona, 80, of Sheffield

Friday, 3 Apr 2015 - Her most pleasurable moments in life were cooking, entertaining family and friends, being pool-side and especially spending time with her grandchildren.

Aldo L. Oggiani, 89, formerly of Housatonic  

Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 - Aldo was a 1944 graduate of the former Searles High School, after high school Aldo proudly served his country with the U.S. Marine Corps during WWII. Aldo worked as an area auto salesman for many years, and he was also a past member of the Housatonic Fire Department.

Regional housing symposium for rural communities

Monday, 30 Mar 2015 - The symposium will gather business leaders, policymakers, town planners and other community partners to examine how affordable housing can serve as a boon to economic development.

Betty Wilson Long (1924-2015), educator, soprano with New York Pro Musica

Sunday, 29 Mar 2015 - Betty toured with the Pro Musica throughout the United States and Europe for seven years. In 1967, her family transitioned to the Berkshires where she refocused her life on being a mother and teacher. She taught first and second grades at the former Dewey and Housatonic schools for a number of years before devoting her time to teaching voice at Bard College at Simon’s Rock for nearly 20 years.

Betty Louise Duryea, 87, of South Egremont  

Friday, 27 Mar 2015 - Betty Louise Duryea, 87, a native and lifelong resident of South Egremont passed away on Saturday, March 21, 2015. Born at Turner Farm on September 30, 1927 she was the daughter of William and Louise Baldwin Turner. She was a 1945 graduate of the former Searles High School. She drove a school bus for 42 […]

Charles Julieano, 92, of Lee

Friday, 27 Mar 2015 - Charles Julieano 92, formerly of 105 Canal St. Lee died Monday March 23, 2015 at Fairview Commons Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Great Barrington, Mass. Born in Lee, Mass., on March 3, 1923, he was the son of Augustino and Victoria Monachina Julieano. Charles was a resident of Lee until November 2010. Charles worked for […]

Ryan Ullrich, 25, of Sheffield

Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 - Ryan’s relationship to nature was potent and his commitment to living sustainably was an inspiration. He was deeply dedicated to strengthening his community, leading to involvement in several innovative local projects.

Betty Arnold, 83, of Becket, owner of Tollgate Inn

Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 - While living in Sandisfield, she worked at New Boston Nursing Home for 18 years. She also owned and operated the Tollgate Inn for 25 years. She took much enjoyment in gardening, traveling, crafting and especially painting.

David J. Schoenfarber, 69, of New Marlborough

Tuesday, 24 Mar 2015 - David was bigger than life – everyone who knew him, loved him. He loved each of his sons equally and often said, “One father can love ten children more than ten children can love one father.”

Angeline M. Baldauf, 98, of Great Barrington  

Monday, 23 Mar 2015 - Angeline attended Sheffield schools. After school she worked for Monument Mills from 1941-1952 and then at Rising Paper Co. in Housatonic as a paper sorter for 23 years before retiring in 1978.

Bonnie M. Bailey, 89, of Stockbridge  

Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 - Mrs. Bailey owned her catering company “Bonnie’s” which she operated until her retirement. Previously, she had worked for General Electric in Pittsfield, in their Receiving Department.

Roseina M. Emprimo, 82, of Great Barrington

Monday, 16 Mar 2015 - After school she worked for over 20 years at W.T Grant Department Store until it closed in 1976. After that she worked for Kmart for 32 years before retiring in 2012. Roseina bowled in the Wildcat Bowling League and was a treasurer of the league for more than 20 years.

Bits & Bytes: CATA exhibit at Lauren Clark; Egremont Library seeks artists, crafters; Montessori open house; Columbia Art School invitation

Wednesday, 11 Mar 2015 - “We expect this festival to be the biggest and best yet. With 14 award-winning films on a wide-range of current environmental topics, if people don't leave the theater more educated, inspired, enraged or motivated to act then we are doing something wrong.” Karen Lyness LeBlanc, Education and Outreach Coordinator For Project Native.