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Whose decline is more severe: Joe Biden’s or the news media’s?

The decisive problem right now isn't Joe Biden or the press; it is what is being done to the American people.

Dawn Williams, 86, of Lenox

She taught church school, was a tutor at the Pittsfield Adult Learning Center; and was on the board of directors for the historical society and Berkshire Sanctuaries, where she was also a field guide and gatekeeper.

Arlene Hassenmayer, 68, of West Stockbridge

She worked at Fairview Hospital in the early 1980s and then went to work for the state at the DMR facility on Valentine Road in Pittsfield.

Ruth Bosley, 83, of Rowley, formerly of North Adams

Ruth was a waitress for many years at the Howard Johnson’s on the turnpike and then the former Cricket Restaurant in Great Barrington.

Helen Maxwell, 79, retired teacher, formerly of Sheffield and Pittsfield

She worked as a teacher in the Pittsfield Public Schools at Stearns and Morningside elementary schools for over 40 years in grades K–4, retiring in 2004.

Wesley VanAlstyne, 86, of Sun City West, Ariz., formerly of Lenox

Mr. VanAlstyne began working at General Electric upon graduation from high school, and worked there for 39 years, retiring in 1989.

James Charles Martin, 86, of Housatonic

He had a long career as a systems engineer at General Electric Ordnance Systems in Pittsfield, working on fire (launch) control systems for submarine-based fleet ballistic missiles and retired in 1992.

Reformer Judith Knight running for Berkshire County District Attorney ‘to get real change’

A Lee resident, Knight has, since 2006, been in private practice in Great Barrington. About 80 percent of her practice has been in criminal defense, with most of the remainder of her practice in mediation.

Lynda McDarby, 75, of Lenox, retired English teacher

Lynda taught English at Taconic High School in Pittsfield for many years, retiring in 2003.

Sheila Wessel, 77, of Pittsfield, poet, playwright and advocate for the underrepresented

Sheila was passionate about women's rights and became executive director of the Women's Services Center in Pittsfield, founded in 1974 (now the Elizabeth Freeman Center).

Jean Marie Kergaravat, 64, of Lenox

She was the office manager for the Law Offices of Sherwood Guernsey and also worked as a machinist at Clark-Aiken Company.

TRIBUTE: Betty Vigneron, steadfast steward of the environment

Betty Vigneron is a vibrant model of the ideals embraced by Lake Mansfield Alliance. Her efforts have helped to ensure that Lake Mansfield will continue to provide a place for children to wander and wonder and learn for generations to come.

Edward M. Comstock, 87, of West Stockbridge, retired Berkshire Hills teacher

Edward Comstock was an owner and trainer of Thoroughbred racehorses and raced throughout New England, including at the Barrington Fair and Green Mountain racetracks.

Elaine S. Gunn, 86, of Great Barrington, educator and active church member

Elaine went to NYU, completed her education at North Adams State and became a teacher. She taught third grade at Bryant Elementary School in Great Barrington. She went back to school and earned her M.Ed. at North Adams State.

Elaine Marie Bertoli, 55, of Mill River

For 10 years Elaine was Mrs. Andersen’s sidekick at Monterey School kindergarten. In the end it will be Elaine’s family, the friends she made and the children she taught who will remain her living legacy.

Benjamin A. Koldys Jr., 72, of Housatonic

He proudly served his country with the Army Reserves. He worked in maintenance at Fairview Commons, “his home away from home.”

Dr. James A. Shiminski, 83, former Mt. Everett teacher, Pittsfield Title I director

In 1991, he became Title I Director for the City of Pittsfield and remained in that role until 2006. As Title I director he developed the Parent-Child Home program for high-risk children which received numerous national awards.
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