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Bits & Bytes: Lenox Lit Crawl; Berkshire Music School concert; Erik Hoffner photography exhibit

Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 - “I thought it was important to portray the subjects of this story primarily with old-fashioned black and white film, since this is a venerable relationship between the farms and these traditional breeds which is now being rekindled. Many of the portraits I was able to create have an antique feel and seem to speak through the centuries.” -- Photographer Erik Hoffner, whose photo exhibit is now on view at Galerie Giroux in Great Barrington

Arthur R. Mathieu Sr., 71, of Sheffield

Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 - Arthur was a former Scout Master for Boy Scout Troop #23 in Sheffield and he was a member of the NRA. He enjoyed woodworking and spending time with his family and friends.

Bits & Bytes: Martin Luther King Jr. celebrations; winter farmers’ markets

Wednesday, 14 Jan 2015 - "Imagine in the middle of January being able to buy carrots, watermelon radishes, a variety of potatoes grown here in the Berkshires, plus locally produced cheeses and meat. That’s our vision for the winter farmers’ markets. We are experimenting — these are our first farmers markets in January and February, so we need everyone to join us for them to succeed. If each of us buys directly from a farmer, we build the local food economy.” -- Barbara Zheutlin, executive director of Berkshire Grown

Edward Anthony Pothul, 74, of Sheffield

Wednesday, 14 Jan 2015 - Mr. Pothul owned and operated his farm on Lime Kiln Road. He was known for having a “green thumb,” especially when it came to flowers and vegetables. He was a talented woodworker; however, he found no greater joy than spending time with family and friends.

Alice E. McNally, 93, of West Stockbridge/Lenox

Friday, 9 Jan 2015 - Alice was a very talented seamstress. Throughout her life she made many of her own clothes, and clothes for her family. She made prom dresses, tuxedos, bridesmaid gowns, flower girls’ dresses, children’s clothes, doll clothes, Halloween costumes, cheerleading uniforms, and more. Among these items was her daughter Kathy's wedding gown, for which she painstakingly sewed on many dozens of seed pearls – one pearl at a time!

Stephen W. Malin Sr., 80, of Sheffield

Thursday, 8 Jan 2015 - Stephen worked as a self-employed painter and wallpaper contractor. Included in his resume was wallpapering the Governor’s Mansion in Virginia with his son, Stephen Jr.

Joan Dorothea Webster Hall, 79, Great Barrington native, Smith College graduate

Wednesday, 7 Jan 2015 - Joan travelled extensively, was an accomplished pianist and for many years she was a Guild Member of the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, and enjoyed bringing family and friends whenever she could. Her love of flying would take her all over New England and she often stated that flying gave her the greatest sense of accomplishment and joy.

David Russell Barnum, 76, lifelong resident of Great Barrington

Tuesday, 6 Jan 2015 - He was a talented gardener, florist and pie-baker who loved to share his creations with friends and family. David also loved to walk and could be seen walking almost daily uptown and back to his South Main Street home.  He was a talented gardener, florist and pie-baker who loved to share his creations with friends and family. David also loved to walk and could be seen walking almost daily uptown and back to his South Main Street home.  

Mildred Race Anderson, 91, formerly of Great Barrington

Monday, 5 Jan 2015 - Mrs. Anderson worked at the business office of Monument Mills prior to marrying her husband, Carleton, and later assisted with billing at Dolby Florist. Mildred enjoyed golfing and was a member of the Wyantenuck Golf Club. She also enjoyed dancing, bowling and was an avid bridge player.

Bits & Bytes: Designer Vilma Maré in Hudson, Becket’s 250th anniversary book launch

Friday, 2 Jan 2015 - “We wanted a very readable and enjoyable book, The result is a large, softcover, coffee-table style book that contains over 100 photos and is perfect as a gift or for personal enjoyment. You can read the book in one sitting or pick it up occasionally and look it over at your leisure.” -- Bruce Garlow, editor of "Becket, Massachusetts: From Colonial Township to Modern Town, 1765-2015".

Philip Consolini, 90, of Great Barrington

Friday, 2 Jan 2015 - Philip was an avid bowler and belonged to many leagues throughout the years. He also loved the N.Y. Yankees and never missed watching their games. He enjoyed area restaurants where he was known as a “regular” at many.

Joan B. Peterson, 83, of South Egremont

Friday, 2 Jan 2015 - Joan enjoyed photography, nature, the Berkshire Hills, the shores of Maine and the Georgia Mountains. She lived for her children, grandchildren and great grandchild giving of her time and energy and love unconditionally.

Robert (Pink) W. Turner, 84, former Egremont fire chief

Wednesday, 31 Dec 2014 - Among his many interests and pastimes he was a farmer at heart. He kept a keen eye on activities at the neighboring Turner Farm operated by his nephews Bill, Paul and Daryl. In addition, he loved buying, refurbishing and reselling old Farmall cub tractors and the many acquaintances he made as a result.

Bits & Bytes: Sally Harris good works; dancing at Dewey Hall; blues at Club Helsinki; New Year’s blast of Bach

Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 - Post-intermission fare on New Year's Eve consists of two Bach classics in special Berkshire Bach versions: Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 (what would New Year's be without a Brandenburg?) with its spectacular solos for violin, horns, oboes, bassoon, and percussion, and the brilliant Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D with its three-trumpet-and timpani power and its famous Air for strings.

Peter Jason Callas, 61, of Great Barrington

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 - He was a loyal friend to many, known for his considerable mechanical abilities and dry wit...he leaves behind a large cadre of friends, fellow vintage Mercedes automobile enthusiasts, and his loyal feline companions, Dusky and Jake.

Richard Paul Tribula, 75, of East Otis  

Monday, 15 Dec 2014 - He worked as a sales representative for Deblinger Sales and after retiring ran Witek’s Sporting Goods Store in Westfield. He was an avid hunter and fisherman.

Adella C. Lynch, 79, of Great Barrington

Saturday, 13 Dec 2014 - Adella was a communicant of Saint Peter’s Church and member of the Womens Guild. She also enjoyed walking, the Senior Center and all their activities and all the fairs.

News Brief: Housatonic freight train strikes car

Friday, 12 Dec 2014 - During a snowstorm, the driver was backing out of a driveway at her workplace at 220 North Plain Road. While waiting to pull out of the driveway onto Route 41, her car was struck by a Housatonic Railroad Company freight train heading south.