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Helen L. Soldati, 89, of Great Barrington

Thursday, 5 Feb 2015 - Helen attended local schools and was a graduate of the former Searles High School class of 1943. She worked as a secretary at Home Gas in Housatonic.

Town Hall: First tax lien auction nets Great Barrington $41,000

Wednesday, 4 Feb 2015 - A diverse assortment of parcels were offered at the public auction ranging from 2-acre individual, contiguous lots located in a residential area to smaller parcels close to the center of town. All properties have been held by the Town through foreclosure for more than four years.

David (Doc) Blanchard, 78, of Stockbridge

Wednesday, 4 Feb 2015 - Dave retired from Schweitzer-Mauduit Mills in Lee, Mass., with 32 years of services. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was a member of the Stockbridge Sportsman’s Club.

Ruth C. Siok, 93, of Housatonic

Tuesday, 3 Feb 2015 - Ruth loved gardening and reading. At the Ramsdell Library in Housatonic, you’d be hard pressed to find a book without her name in it. She also had a tender heart for all animals and nursed many back to health.

Marjorie ‘Peggy’ Hainer, 63, formerly of Housatonic

Saturday, 31 Jan 2015 - If there was one word to describe Peggy that word is love. She loved people. She especially cherished spending time with her family; each one of her nieces and nephews held a special place in her heart. She loved to laugh, she loved food, music, and dogs -- who loved her back.

Doretha Ann Smith Palmer, 86, Air Force veteran, of South Egremont

Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 - A favorite family picture is one of Dottie rappelling off a cliff during Escape and Evasion School. From 1953 until 1955 Dottie served with the 6481st Medical Air Evacuation Group stationed in Seoul and Tokyo. While serving her country at war Dottie earned numerous commendations, including a battle star and was promoted to first lieutenant.

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.