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Berkshires celebrate fall Pumpkin with jam packed weekend Patch Recaps and photos of Founders’ Day, the Apple Squeeze and Williamstown Fall Festival on pg. 7-9

Quilts covers it all Susan Wicker Beacon Staff Writer

Being in the Pumpkin Patch Quilts shop at 58 West Center Street in Lee is like walking around inside a kaleidoscope. Everywhere one looks in the shop, owned by Susan F. and Daniel R. Sullivan, there are quilts or wall hangings in every imaginable design, pattern, and color as well as hundreds of different kinds of fabric. Floral quilts look like gardens on cloth where every flower is perfectly formed and bursting with color. There are chickens near their coop in one wall hanging and birds strutting along a seashell sprinkled beach in another.

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Index 1 Local News 6 Editorial 6 From the Tower 8 College Sports Report 10 Fun & Games 12 Calendar 15 Girl-2-Girl 15 Movies 16 Fast Picks

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Members of the environmental movement known as 350 celebrate the harvest at the Apple Squeeze.

No free Wi-Fi for Lenox Bera Dunau Beacon Staff Writer

There really is no such thing as a free lunch, and at least in Lenox there won’t be free internet either. The Lenox Board of Selectmen has decided to discontinue efforts to bring free Wi-Fi to the town of Lenox. This decision was made after the Economic Development Action Plan Steering Committee (EDAPSC) recommended that the Wi-Fi component be taken out of the Economic Development Action Plan. The committee voted 3-1-1 to pres-

ent this recommendation to the Select Board. EDAPSC Chairman Scott Laugenour gave the recommendation to the Select Board at their last meeting. “The costs that we were getting were higher and … the measurement of how you impact economic development wasn’t there,” said Mr. Laugenour. The select board agreed with the EDAPSC’s recommendation, and voted unanimously to strip the free Wi-Fi portion from the plan. The Select Board did ask, however, that Town Manager Greg Federspiel investigate using some of the $8,500

that had been set aside to bring free Wi-Fi to Lenox to upgrade and strengthen the Wi-Fi hot spots at town hall and the library. The Select Board also decided to not renew the EDAPSC. The reason given for this was that everything besides the marketing plan in the Economic Development Action Plan had already been fully explored. “I believe that the committee, to their credit, exhausted every single avenue of that action plan that could see WI-FI page 2

Many Motifs Available Sunflowers, lighthouses, old-fashioned baby doll figures, and Halloween motif cats, pumpkins, and witches can all be found on the intricately done works of cloth art. Some of the wall hangings have a humorous bent such as a watermelon with a giant sized ant near it, all done in cloth, of course. Small quilts would make meaningful and unique baby gifts. They would certainly be one-of-a-kind. At Location Since 1989 The Sullivans have been at the present location, where they also live, since 1989. There are four rooms in the downstairs part of the house that comprise the shop. see QUILT page 4


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Leaf Hunt underway in Northern Berkshires Kameron Spaulding Beacon Staff Writer

The Fall Foliage Festival has begun and the annual Leaf Hunt is under way, and will conclude on Oct. 10. The colorful paper leaves are hidden throughout Northern Berkshire but participants must first solve the clues to find them. This year there is a special leaf worth $100 to the lucky winner who finds it. Bring leaves to the Mayor’s Office of Tourism at 6 West Main St. to claim prizes. The office is open weekdays, but closed from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. One prize per household, please. Prizes are generously donated by area businesses. The leaf hunt committee sug-

WI-FI from page 1 possibly be done. I think they’ve done an amazing job,” said Selectman Ken Fowler. Instead, the board decided that a new Marketing and Events Committee would be formed in the EDAPSC’s place. The board did decide, however, that the EDAPSC would continue on until the marketing committee was formed. There was also a consensus that Mr. Laugenour, who has had a good working relationship with Bodden and Hamilton, the firm in charge of the Lenoxology marketing campaign, would continue on in his role as liaison with the company, at least until the new committee was formed. The Select Board also encouraged the members of the EDAPSC to apply for membership on the new committee. On the advice of EDAPSC member Eiran Gazit the Select Board charged the EDAPSC with helping to come up with a mission for the new Marketing and Events Committee as one of the EDAPSC’s last acts before its members are released. A mission for the Marketing and Events Committee will be decided on at the next Select Board meeting.

gests hunters search thoroughly to find the leaves because they are well hidden. In the event of any unsolved clues, a second set of clues will be announced. As always there is a phantom leaf hunt for homebound residents. Homebound hunters must mail a postcard with the number and answer to the clue along with their name address and phone number to the Mayor’s Office of Tourism, 6 West Main St., North Adams MA 01247. Only postcards are eligible, no walk-ins please. In the event of a tie, the earliest postmark will determine the winner. Answers to the clues and the names of the winners will be announced at the conclusion of the event. 

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This years Leaf Hunt is now underway in North Adams, on top of the paper leaves make sure to enjoy the real ones.

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International band rocks Berkshire Community College “Layaali” performs as part of series on diversity Susan Wicker Beacon Staff Writer

A small group of talented male musicians called Layaali filled Koussevitzky Arts Center, on the Berkshire Community College campus, with mesmerizing Arabic music. The musicians use Arabic music as a tool to promote peace and cultural understanding. They played on different instruments such as the qanun, nay, oud, riq and tabla. The college invited Layaali this month as part of its Forum series. BCC also has a Diversity Committee which began in 1991. It brings awareness and appreciation of different cultures to the college campus. The musicians, originally from Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine and Syria, have been playing together for the past 20 years. All but one live in Massachusetts. Nicole Mooney, BCC Forum coordinator, and Susan Pinsker, a BCC psychology professor and member of the college’s Diversity Committee, introduced the musicians.

The men came on to the stage dressed completely in black and sat in chairs against an all black backdrop. Once they began to play, they transported members of the audience to a completely different place. At times eerie, joyous, sad and spirited, the music filled the hall for almost a solid hour. A question and answer period followed. Each musician exhibited a great deal of talent. They drummed, trilled, plucked, and strummed their different sounding instruments. Michel Moushabeck, originally from Palestine and now living in Amherst, said Arabic music is finally emerging to consciousness in the west. It is steeped in tradition, he said. In Arabic music, the main percussion instrument is the riqq, a kind of tambourine with fish skins and cymbals. It is played against the cymbals as well as along the top of the instrument. The qanun, kanun in English, is an instrument that lay across one’s lap. The one used in the concert at BCC had 87 strings

and three and a half octaves. It has a trapezoidal shape and dates back to the 10th century. At the BCC concert, Jamal Sinno, from Lebanon, expertly made the qanun vibrate with life. He also sang soulfully in Arabic while playing. The oud, a pear-shaped string instrument, similar to a lute, is traditionally strummed with a bird’s quill, said Kareem Roustom who played it at BCC. During the concert, however, he used a long plastic pic. Mr. Roustom is from Syria. Muhammed Mejaour, a native of Morocco, transfixed the audience with musical renditions played on a nay, which is a type of reed flute. He also played a percussion instrument. The word Layaali means days and evenings when people gather together and sing. Layaali appeared to accomplish their goal of promoting peace and cultural understanding among the almost full audience at the local college. Following each musical selection, they received hardy rounds of applause.


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BCC helps students “reach” Kameron Spaulding Beacon Staff Writer

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Susan F. Sullivan, who co-owner of Pumpkin Patch Quilts, stands near one of the intricate quilts for sale in her shop. QUILT from page 1 Anyone traveling through Lee has probably passed by the beige house with the brown trim where Pumpkin Patch Quilts resides. It’s right before the railroad tracks on West Center Street. All summer long, a couple of colorful quilts hung outside near the business’s front lawn identifying sign. Actually, there are several businesses in one at Pumpkin Patch. Mrs. Sullivan runs the shop where people can attend a variety of classes, most of which have to do with sewing. She also sells some quilts and wall hangings as well as all kinds of quilting and sewing supplies such as thread; also, pieces and rolls of fabric in endless designs and colors. They are ready to be sewn into quilts, wall hangings, or even pillow backs or cases. Quilting Magazines and Note Cards for Sale Quilting magazines are also for sale. If customers are not in the market for small, medium, or

large sized quilts, they can buy note cards that look like miniature quilts. Mr. Sullivan sells and services Bernina sewing machines. Also, the shop carries the Horn of America collection of sewing oriented furniture. Before opening this shop, the Sullivans were in the wholesale quilting business. “I like to sew,” said Mrs. Sullivan, a rather quiet, soft-spoken woman. A breast cancer survivor of many years, she said, quilt making, like knitting, is a hobby. Many Classes Offered If someone likes quilts but is unable to sew, it’s far from being an impossible situation. “We can help them,” she said. Five teachers give classes several nights a week, right at the shop. Classes usually last about two-and-a-half hours and cost around $8 plus materials, Mrs. Sullivan said. Some of the classes offered include machine embroidery, wool

and hand appliqué, zippy strippy bags, and machine quilting basics. The shop also offers one-shotdeal classes such as purse making. It’s a one-day class. Pumpkin Patch Quilts has a Web site. Check it out at www. How Shop’s Name Evolved The name Pumpkin Patch came from the original owners of a business the Sullivans bought. In those early days, it started out as a home-based cottage industry on Pumpkin Hollow Road in Great Barrington, Mrs. Sullivan explained. The Sullivans have two sons, both of whom know how to sew. Allan is 24 and works. Shane, 21, attends the University of Massachusetts. Pumpkin Patch Quilts is the only shop of its kind in this area. People who quilt as a hobby will delight in all it has to offer.

Project Reach, a culinary arts vocational skills training program for students with significant learning difficulties, kicked off its first session at Berkshire Community College recently. Project Reach is a pilot program designed to help students gain employability skills in basic knife skills, cooking and baking techniques, weights and measures, kitchen sanitation and kitchen safety. At the end of the six-week course, participants will be awarded certificates of completion. In designing the program, Pamela Farron, coordinator of the Disability Resource Center at BCC, Audrey Sussman, adjunct instructor in the Culinary Arts program at BCC, and Constance West, Director of Special Services at Central Berkshire Regional School District, recognized that traditional college instruction, even with much tutorial support, may be unmanageable for students with significant learning

difficulties. At the same time, students may wish to further their vocational skills and have the same social opportunities that other young adults have at the college level. Project Reach provides a transitional skills training experience within its own unique curriculum for students from CBRSD using the instructors and facilities of the college. “Project Reach provides the students with a postsecondary educational experience, offers increased independence and the ability to earn a competitive wage,” Farron said. Project Reach is a non-credit, pilot program offered through the Office of Workforce Development at Berkshire Community College with the support of a grant from Partnerships in Employment – A division of Berkshire County Arc. Students and parents need to be aware that enrollment in credit-earning college courses is an entirely separate process from Project Reach, a community services offering at BCC.

10th Anniversary Massachusetts Quilt Shop Hop Set for Oct. 14 – 16 Pumpkin Patch Quilts is one of the quilt shops participating in the 10th anniversary Massachusetts Quilt Shop Hop, an event that will take place Oct. 14 and 15 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Oct. 16 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Quilt enthusiasts will be invited to visit any of nine “hop” quilt shops participating. They will be eligible for door prizes, said Susan F. Sullivan, co-owner of Pumpkin Patch Quilts of Lee, which is participating. There will be a $5 fee that will entitle visitors to a passport of fun, adventure, shop directions, and prizes, according to a brochure in the Pumpkin Patch Quilts shop. While visiting each shop during the three-day event, visitors will have their passports validated. They will also have the opportunity daily to win door prizes. “All fully validated passports will be eligible to win a Pfaff Expression 3.0 sewing machine or one of three $225 gift certificate packages, a deluxe Horn sewing chair, or one of five additional prizes,” a brochure on the event noted. Since it’s the 10th anniversary of the event, there will be 10 prizes. In addition to Pumpkin Patch Quilts, other participating shops will be located Auburn, Charlton, Chicopee, East Longmeadow, North Adams, Shelburne Falls, Southampton, and Sturbridge. For a list of the shops participating in the 10th Anniversary Massachusetts Quilt Shop Hop and how to register, stop by Pumpkin Patch Quilts, 58 West Center St., in Lee.

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College Sports Report MCLA women’s tennis drop another close match PITTSFIELD - The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Trailblazers fell to visiting Western New England 9-0 Sunday afternoon in Women’s Tennis. The Trailblazers fall to 0-4 on the season. The match was moved inside to Berkshire West Athletic club in Pittsfield. Singles Matches: 1. Chrissy Barbarisi (W) def Carrie Richards (M) 6-0,6-2 2. Caitlin Hughes (W) def. Laura Laureano (M) 6-0,6-0 3. Jess Haffner (W) def. Sarah Murphy (M) 6-0,6-0 4. Alysha Lesieur (W) def. Hannah Marshman (M) 6-1,6-1 5. Lori Pagliano (W) def. Jessica Guay (M) 6-1,6-2 6. Rory Thompson (W) def Shelby Ferriere (M) 6-1,6-2 Doubles Matches: 1. Val Conway/Kelsey Grode (W) def. Richards/Murphy 8-5 2. Cynthia Thompson/Gillian Adams (W) def Laureano/ Fratus 8-5 3. Meghan Catania/Ashley Lavricella (W) def Guay/ Ferriere 8-1

Williams soccer rebounds with home win WILLIAMSTOWN - Williams men’s soccer recovered from its first loss of the season to defeat Bowdoin College Sunday 1-0 on Cole Field. Daniel Morrisroe won the game for the Ephs off of a ball from co-captain Nick Pugliese in the 84th minute. Williams climbed to 3-1-1 on the season with the victory while Bowdoin fell to 3-2-1. The Ephs came out of the game with a brand new starting line up, with seven of the players making their first start of the season and Peter Morrell stepped in goal for Than Finan. Pugliese, Andres Burbank-Crump, and Phil Vestergaard were the only three holdovers from the previous day’s loss to Wesleyan. Centerbacks Doug Weinrib and co-captain Matt Ratajczak were unavailable - Weinrib was suffering from extreme dehydration and Ratajczak picked up a concussion the previous day - so Burbank-Crump and Vestergaard shifted from their outside back positions into the middle. “We were nervous without Matt [Ratajczak] and Doug [Weinbrib] today, but everyone stepped up and showed they wanted it,” Williams Head Coach Mike Russo said. “Yesterday was very disappointing. The fact that they came back today and really got stuck in and played extremely well shows how good we can be.” The Bowdoin Polar Bears started out the game in control of possession but the Ephs came up with the first real opportunity in the 8th minute. Matt Kastner and Matt Muralles ran a give and go in the midfield, leading Kastner into the right corner. Kastner served the ball in to the center of the box, where Dan Lima received the ball. Lima took a touch be-

fore volleying the ball at Bowdoin keeper Will Wise made himself big on the six, keeping Lima’s shot out of the net with an excellent save. Murralles continued to be a central player for the Ephs over the next 20 minutes, continually connecting with Kastner and making problems for the Polar Bears with his quick footwork. Williams got lucky in the 45th minute on a Bowdoin corner kick which dropped in the box but the Polar Bears could not finish and were otherwise unable to threaten Morrell’s goal through the rest of the half. The teams entered the break tied 0-0. The second half saw back-andforth play between the two teams. Bowdoin in particular took advantage of several restarts to threaten the Williams net while the Ephs challenged the Polar Bears with an array of through balls and balls played over the top. However, neither team was

able to create a substantial chance until the 81st minute. Morrell played a long ball on a backpass that deflected to the left side of the box where Kastner picked up the ball. He then played the ball to Pugliese, who ripped a shot at the top right of the net. Wise was up the challenge though and made the save to keep the score knotted. Less than three minutes later, the Ephs broke the deadlock. Pugliese picked a loose ball 35 yards out in the middle of the field. As the Bowdoin defender stepped, the co-captain played a perfect ball to Morrisroe, who stood open in the middle of the field. Morrisroe took a touch, and when Wise came out to meet him, the Morrisroe popped the ball over him and into the back of the net to give the Ephs a 1-0 lead. “It was good to see Danny Morrisroe finish,” Russo said. “He’s been involved throughout the year, and it was really good to see him finally get there.”

Bowdoin threw everything they had at Williams for the remainder of the game but the Eph defense held up and the Ephs walked away with the victory. “I was delighted,” said Russo. “We were missing two very very good central defenders [in Rataczak and Weinrib], and quite honestly we have played Phil [Verstergaard] in there a little, but we haven’t used Andres [BurbankCrump] in there, and we haven’t played [right-back] Josh MillerLewis and [left-back] Ralston Louie at all. Bowdoin plays very direct in a skilful way, and the new back four did a great job containing them.” “Overall, I am very pleased with the young midfield that started,” he added. “Matt Murralles and [center-midfielder] Michael Madding showed bite skill and tactical awareness. We showed we had a lot of depth today.” The Ephs do not play again until next Saturday, when they will take on MIT on the road at 1 p.m.

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Nick Pugliese moves through the Bowden defenders.


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The utility companies that serve Berkshire County seem to be responsive to customer’s goals and complaints. There are times when power is out, phone lines are down, but these things happen. Even natural gas lines have ruptured. Berkshire Gas Co., although they supply the gas to our houses and businesses, they do not maintain service. One has to call an outside agency for repair. Western Mass Electric Co., owned by Northeast Utilities of Connecticut has proven to be a responsible citizen in the past few years. The team of workers that represent National Grid has had a good image throughout Berkshire County. Some of the electric companies have downsized and thus when they have a severe power outage they must call in linesmen from around the region. National Grid got caught short-handed in the eastern part of the Commonwealth during tropical storm Irene. Meanwhile, Verizon retains its employees in the county and provides both landline and wireless service. While its landline division is costly; it wireless division is the profit maker, according to company officials.

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The question for Verizon is why they are not going after the proposed $80 million fiber network in Western Mass? They should be installing FIOS throughout the territory since they own many of the poles. FIOS is as good as cable in terms of television reception and Internet speed. Rather than bury one’s head in the sand, Verizon should make an effort to improve its landlines and to compete against cable and their promotional gimmicks. They should seek “to bring Fiber wire to the curb.” Thus, we are left with Time Warner who has the majority hold on cable/internet in Berkshire County. Yet, simple things cannot be resolved. Last week, we spoke about TW not honoring the license for those that pre-paid for a year. TW does not care about it public image. It is about grabbing the money; it is not about community involvement or being a good citizen. Utilities, one and all, operate at the public will, not by its own decisions or devises. Thus, each one is accountable for their respective actions or inactions. Hopefully, they see the value in customer relations.

A large crowd turned out Thursday night to honor Atty. Andrea F. Nuciforo Jr. at a $200 a plate dinner at Mazzeo’s Ristorante. The dinner reception was in honor of Atty. Nuciforo, who is seeking election as a U.S. Congressman from the first district next year. John W. Olver of Amherst, who is seeking re-election, currently holds the seat. Congressman Olver has represented the 1st Congressional District spanning Berkshire, Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin, Worcester and Middlesex counties since June 1991 ­– a total of 20 years. Mr. Olver is currently the only member from the Massachusetts delegation serving on the House Appropriations Committee. Nuciforo, a native of Pittsfield, is Registrar of Deeds of the Berkshire Registry office. Nuciforo served in the Massachusetts State Senate, representing the Berkshires from 1997 to 2007. Over the course of that 10-year period, he served as chair of the Joint Committee on Financial Services, the Joint Committee on Banks & Banking, and as a member of the budget-writing Senate Ways & Means Committee. As a member of the Massachusetts Legislature, Sen. Nuciforo was chosen Legislator of the Year. He is a member of the Massachusetts Municipal Association, the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys, the Massachusetts Association of Jewish Federations, and the Environmental League of Massachusetts. While chair of Financial Services, Nuciforo

gained a comprehensive understanding of some of Massachusetts’s most heavily-regulated industries, including mortgage lending, state-chartered savings banks and auto insurance. As a member of the Senate Way & Means committee, Nuciforo worked on dozens of appropriation and bond measures, including those relating to transportation, school buildings, and the Commonwealth’s annual operating budgets. Nuciforo graduated from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in English. He holds a law degree from Boston University, and a Master of Business Administration from the Stern School of Business at New York University. He worked as a law clerk to Chief Judge Frank H. Freedman of the United State District Court, Springfield. He has practiced privately in Boston and the Berkshires, and is a member of the Massachusetts and New York bar associations. He is a member of the board of trustees of the Colonial Theatre Inc. The Host Committee for the dinner reception included – Atty. David Cianflone, local heating contractor Don Davis, Lisa Fazio Leger, Berkshire Bank commercial banker Michael Ferry, Shari and George Haddad, Sharon and Robert Harrison, Mark Hayer, Atty. Ann Doyle Deely of Lee, William Hurley, Angela and Rick Johansen, Lynne and Michael Mazzeo and Melissa and Tony Mazzeo, co-owners of the Mazzeo’s Ristorante, and Patrick Sheehan.

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Lee Idol takes the stage Janel Harrison Beacon Staff Writer

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The Dave Bacon Trio perform at the Fall Harvest Festival at the Becket Arts Center.

Becket Arts Center hosts fall festival Bera Dunau Beacon Staff Writer

The Becket Arts Center of the Hilltowns held a Fall Harvest Festival to give back to the local community and kick off a season of year round programming, a first for the center in its 41 years of existence. “It’s strictly about doing something for everyone who is here throughout the year and not just a summer group,” said Becket Arts Center Executive Director Paul Campbell. The Becket Arts Center of the Hilltowns was established in 1970 “to provide an environment in which a diverse population can come together to share common interests while learning about and experiencing a variety of art forms.” In addition to exhibitions of a diverse range of artistic works the center also sponsors a number of other artistic forums. Workshops, a children’s summer camp, readings and concerts are just some of the offerings the center provides to the people of The Berkshires. The center also sponsors Yoga and Bridge Classes. Aside from Mr. Campbell, volunteers staff the entire organization. It is funded by grants and donations. Traditionally, the Becket Arts Center has been limited to only

doing work in the summer, but this year, for the first time, they will be offering programs throughout the year. They also dramatically extended the length of time that their exhibitions remained open. The fall festival featured a potluck and music by local band The Dave Bacon Trio. The food was plentiful and abundant, and many of those who attended the event took plate’s home. The Dave Bacon trio played original music as well as covers of songs by artists such as Johnny Cash and was warmly received by those present. Revelers also got a last chance to see the three exhibits the Arts Center was currently hosting. These exhibits were a series of agricultural photographs by Becket photographer Cary Quigley, sculptures and furniture crafted by the members of the Berkshire Wood Workers Guild, and a portion of a collection of Historic Timber Frame Models by the late Ted Trail that was recently acquired by the Heartwood School for Homebuilding Arts. The exhibits were part of an expanded exhibition season at the arts center. The fall festival marked the last day that these three exhibits would be at the Becket Arts Center. The festival also heralds the closing down of the Becket Arts

Center of The Hilltowns building until the spring. However, the organization will re-locate to offices across the street in The Mullen House in order to continue offering year round programming. The Becket Arts Center will also be hosting workshops at the Spectrum Playhouse in Lee during this period. “We call it and other people call it the gem of the Berkshires because it’s multifaceted and everything we have is so great,” said Joan Lispon Davidson-Winston, the current President of the Becket Arts Center, who has been involved with the Becket Arts Center since the early 1970s. “We have built up an arts community to the point that I feel that people move in(to) the area because they know there is an arts community here.” Upcoming events from the Becket Arts Center include the workshops Freeing Your Art, taught by Wednesday Nelena Sorokin and The Joy of Watercolor taught by Nina Evans. Both of these workshops will be held at the BVPAC Spectrum Playhouse in Lee during the month of October. Information on the dates and cost of these workshops can be found on the Becket Arts Center of the Hilltowns’ website at

gallery spoke passionately about the project, “In this program kids on the spectrum excel.” In collaboration with the Lee Cultural Council, and the Lee Chamber Of Commerce they have brought the first ever Lee Idol. Dr. Michael McManmon founded the College Internship program (CIP) in 1984. CIP “provides young adults with Asperger’s, ADHD, and other Learning Differences, with social, academic, career and life skills necessary for success.” With six centers across the country, CIP has made a significant difference in the lives of its students. Presently there are 50 students at the Berkshire Center, some of which were contestants in Lee Idol. Round one began Friday evening with nine contestants performing both original and hit songs. Judging Lee Idol were Mr. David Consolati, Town Selectman and Chairman of the Select Board. When asked to be a judge he said, “I would be happy to do it.”

Move over American Idol; here comes Lee Idol! The new Spectrum Playhouse, once St. George’s Church on Franklin Street in Lee, has come into fruition with a well thought out and realized dream of supporting the arts. In conjunction with The Spectrum Playhouse is the Good Purpose Gallery located on 40 Main Street in the fully restored Baird and Benton Building. Both encompass the Berkshire Visual and Performing Arts Center, a recent project of the Student Educational Development Fund (SEDF) a not for profit 501c 3 organization. SEDF’s mission is to provide tuition assistance for students with Learning Differences, professional seminars for educators and parents, visual and performing arts opportunities for those on the spectrum, and is affiliated with the College Internship Program CIP. Ms. Francine Britton SEDF coordinator and Director of the see IDOL page 9

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Squeezing in the rain Erik Sokolowski Beacon Staff Writer

A little rain couldn’t dampen the spirits of the numerous apple enthusiasts at the 32nd annual Lenox Apple Squeeze recently. Once revelers got their taste of the latest fall harvest from Hilltop Orchard, including the delicious apple cider doughnuts, crafters, music and fun for kids awaited. The longest line of the day, however, was for the dunk tank. The line stretched to the street in front of the Lenox Fire Co.’s Central Station.

Once the kids had their faces decorated by the face painters, and enjoyed numerous games in Lilac Park, or a pony from Aspinwall Stables, parents perused jewelry, clothing and one vendor with just about every which way to use the honey from a bee. No stomach was empty with sausages, popcorn and, of course, apples in various states of baked and cooked. Music filled the air from various musicians strategically placed around the town, and Shakespeare and Company stopped by to give an always-rousing performance. Photo Credit / Erik Sokolowski

Zak Hajduk, 3, enjoys the view from above well riding a horse at the 32nd Apple Squeeze.

Inquiring Photographer What do you like about Lee Founders’ Day Weekend?

Susan Wicker Guerrero Beacon Staff Writer

What do you like about the annual Apple Squeeze event?

Briant LaGrant, Lee

Pete Lipka, Adams

“It’s fun to be outside in the open air. There’s lots of food and lots of people.”

Mr. Lipka of Adams, has come to the Apple Squeeze in Lenox. One year he even participated in a 5k road race that was held in conjunction with the event. “The Apple Squeeze is absolutely marvelous fun. It’s a very nice place to come. There are neat booths and it’s good to see the kids running around. There’s also good food and nice crafts.”

Amanda Leavenworth, Sandisfield

Ian Sullivan

Amanda works at the newly opened Housatonic Café in Lee and attends Founders’ Day activities.

Mr. Sullivan works at O’Briens Market, has lived in Lenox all his life. He’s attended lots of Apple Squeeze events.

“I mostly like it because it’s a community event and everybody comes together.”

“I never had one where I was bored. The Apple Squeeze is the Lenox event that defines Lenox for me. It’s an event where lots of people gather. There are cool shops to see and even actors from Fall Fest have their own table. It’s such a good way for everyone to come out and have fun.”

Drew Loring

Tom Fiorini

Mr. Loring’s parents, Pam and Jim Loring, own the Morgan House Inn in Lee, along with Allison and Matt Lindgren. When he comes home from Boston, Drew works at the restaurant. He has attended several Founders; Day events.

Mr. Fiorini is a local artist and sculptor, said he’s been attending Apple Squeeze events for more than 30 years.

“It’s the best weekend in the town all year. I wish Lee could be like that all the time. Families get out and there are kids in strollers. The event brings both local people and tourists alike.”

“I’ve been to every one of them. I’ve never missed. That event extends our season, especially after Tanglewood ends. It offers activities around town and gets locals into town from the surrounding area.”

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Apples in Williamstown too Susan Wicker Guererro Beacon Staff Writer

Photo Credit / Janel Harrison

Lee Idol winner Katherine Winston takes the stage. IDOL from page 7 Ms. Robin O’Herin a seasoned musician who performed “the blues” for Founders’ Day has sung throughout out the U.S. and Europe, and said, “I think it’s a great thing to encourage budding musicians.” Welcome Mr. Dan Paquette from West Springfield as he is the new Librarian at the Lee Library, and said, “I’m looking forward to what the town has to offer.” Ms. Kristen Van Ginhoven: Spectrum Playhouse Coordinator took the stage to speak of SEDF’s mission. Next she introduced Mr. Chris Collins, Host and Program Director with the Lee Cultural Council. “I honestly couldn’t have done it without him”, she said. “Here is your own Ryan Seacrest!” And so the first round began, as the nine contestants showcased their talents of voice and pure entertainment. The contestants eligible were either residents or worked in Lee. Judges voted for the finalists to go to the second round by number score with nine being the highest. Five finalists made it to the second round on Saturday night where the judges only gave their opinions of the performances. It was the audience that crowned the winner. One contestant Miss. Osterhout sings in different venues in Berkshire County, and has performed with Vickie True. When speaking of her music she said, “I want to reach people.” It was unanimous when the judges said

she had a wonderful voice. Another contestant Mr. Twing accompanied by talented guitarist and singer Mr. James Besaw both Lee High School sophomores. I was given the opportunity to record, said Mr. Twing. “And I might take that.” Ms. Jennifer Poole sang what the judges described as a “beautiful A cappella”. She graduated from the University of Pacific Conservatory and has sung in musical venues around the world. “I’m all about supporting the arts in Berkshire County,” she said. Ms. Sarah Flynn has performed in Berkshire Idol Twice, is a resident in Lee, and has four children. Singing “Pink” she won second place and a $50 cash prize The Winner of the First Ever Lee Idol was Miss Katherine Winston, a sophomore at Lee High School; she is a singer and musician who blew away the crowd in the first round with her original song “Give and Take.” “So you’re a sophomore?” said Judge Dan Paquette. “What are you going to do when you’re a junior?” As the crowd laughed and Miss Winston smiled. “When I graduate, said Miss Winston in an earlier interview, “I’d like to go to Nashville, go to a music school and try to make it.” You can hear Miss Winston sing here in the Berkshires with her proud father Paddey, also a guitarist, at The Marketplace Café on Saturdays. As the winner Miss Winston won a $100 cash prize and well deserved bragging rights.

WILLIAMSTOWN – People, both young and old, helped celebrate the changing of the seasons in New England at the annual Hopkins Memorial Forest’s Fall Festival. Those who missed the Fall Festival can still visit the forest to hike or cross country ski, walk through an herb garden, or, in early spring, see maple syrup production operations. It’s open daily to the public, and can be found at the junction of Northwest Hill Road and Buckley Street. The latter is fairly close to Williams Inn in the center of town. The late Colonel Amos Lawrence Hopkins, the vast forest’s namesake, would probably have been pleased to see visitors of all ages at the recent Fall Festival, including babies and children, honoring the wooded environment. It was a free event and many families, students, and other visitors attended. On a day when predicted rain was no where to be seen, visitors sipped freshly pressed apple cider and watched wood working demonstrations. They listened to Celtic music played on mandolins, tenor banjo, and drum as they sat on chairs outside on a lawn. The music added a festive note to the festival. A barnwright from Berkshire Barns, Inc., also participated this year. He demonstrated the method of shaving pegs used in barn construction. People took turns at old time shake splitting while onlookers

enthusiastically cheered. A woman whose Native American name was “Walking Catamount” sat whirling apples around on a mechanism that took off their peels and then cut them into thin layers. She then handed many of them out to onlookers. She sat at the end of a long table, in the open air and sunshine. A huge bin of curled apple peels stood next to her. Otherwise known as Beverly Goodell of North Adams, she explained that she is a member of the Iroquois National, Mohawk Tribe, and Bear Clan. She preferred to be called by her Native American name, she said. “Walking Catamount” welcomed visitors with a winning smile and friendly demeanor. She talked about making apple butter. Nearby, a huge pot of it bubbled. Woodsmoke whirled up into the air. “You can make apple butter at home in your crock pot,” she said. All one needs are apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ground cloves, she said, in addition to a small touch of apple cider vinegar. At the other end of the table, samples of the freshly made apple butter could be spread on small chunks of bread, including one studded with dark raisins. Visitors could chug down small glasses of apple cider, too. It had come from a hand press on the other side of the building. The deep golden liquid was handcranked. As the liquid dribbled out from the press, random bees buzzed close by. Visitors intently watched the cider pressing

operation. Some people tried their hand at cross-cut sawing while others looked at weather forecasting equipment. One could walk into some nearby woods, enroute to a canopy walk, and see a small former chicken coop now used in the production of maple syrup. It holds two cords of wood that is chopped by Williams College student caretakers. Syrup makers burn enough wood to generate the heat necessary to boil sap into maple syrup. Mark Hopkins was a renowned president of Williams College in the 1800s and Colonel Hopkins was his son, according to information provided by Williams College. The Colonel graduated from Williams in 1863. Colonel Hopkins was apparently quite taken with the natural beauty of the Williamstown area. He became a gentleman farmer, buying several farms in the late 1880s. Over a 30 year period, he bought more than 1,600 acres. He managed Buxton Farms, considered an “agricultural showplace,” according Williams College, in Williamstown until he died in 1912. After the Colonel’s death, his widow ran the farm for 12 years. Then, as a tribute to her late husband, she gave the land to Williams College. There was a time when the college deeded the land to the U.S. Forest Service. It became “an experimental research facility” where workers studied forestry, meteorology, hydrology, and tree genetics.

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Community Calendar Friday, September 30th WEST AFRICAN BAND BURKINA ELECTRIC Williamstown, 9 p.m. West African band Burkina Electric to perform free concert, Williams College, Goodrich Hall, 863 Main Street, Free. Led by renowned composer/percussionist Lukas Ligeti, Burkina Electric is the first electronic music group from Burkina Faso, in the deep interior of West Africa.


Monterey, 5 - 7 p.m. There will be an opening reception on Friday, The exhibition will open from September 30 – October 27, 2011 during library hours. Monterey Library, 452 Main Rd., 413-528-3795. The Knox Gallery, Monterey Library is pleased to announce So Be Art Club, an exhibition featuring the work of Philip Knoll, Sue Knoll, Charles Thomas O’Neil and Julie Shapiro.


Williamstown, 5 - 8 p.m. We will be celebrating with a special party, with treats, drinks, door prizes, raffles and whatever else we can think of. We hope to make this a very special night for us, but also hope to give back to our community and customers. One of our customers has a daughter fighting Leukemia. Our raffle income will go to her co-pays for her treatments and medications – for more information on Morgan go to facebook group -Miracles and Medicine for Morgan Morris.


Williamstown, 3 - 4:30 p.m. Wild Oats Market, a cooperatively owned market specializing in local and organic foods, is planning a tour of Mighty Food Farm, a certified organic farm located in Pownal, Vermont, for Friday, Lisa MacDougall and her crew will lead a tour of the farm’s fields, barns, chickens, CSA room, and high tunnel for growing winter CSA crops. The tour will conclude in the barn with cider and donuts and a short Q&A with Lisa, who has owned and operated Mighty Food Farm for five years. All are welcome to participate in this tour and there is no charge.


North Adams, 7 p.m. The North County Ecumenical Choir, a community

chorus of local singers from Northern Berkshire churches, will present the 7th Annual North County Gospel Festival, an evening of gospel music, spirituals, and hymns, on Friday, at the First Congregational Church. The concert, directed by Scott Bailey and Dr. Matthew McConnell, is made up of about 30 singers from local churches who present three concerts each year.


Williamstown, 10:30 a.m. 7th Annual Conor Dillon Memorial Golf Tournament. This year’s shotgun scramble – sponsored by The Pittsfield Cooperative Bank – will be played on Saturday, at the Waubeeka Golf Links, Torra and friends are continuing their fundraising efforts on behalf of the Pittsfield Little Leagues and the Girls’ Softball League.


Lee, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Lee Corporate Center free 413-464-2372 The Lee Youth Association’s Fall/Winter Children’s Consignment Sale will be at Lee Corporate Center (Route 102 West) October 2st from 9am-4pm and October 2nd from 9am-12pm. We sell gently used children (newborn through size 16 youth) and maternity clothes, baby equipment, books, toys and seasonal sporting equipment.


Stockbridge, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Live music, crafts, food, silent auction, plant sale, gigantic tag sale, farmer’s market and autumn fun for kids. Saturday, and Sunday, $10 per car includes parking and admission. Berkshire Botanical Garden, corner of Routes 102 and 183. 413-298-3926


Williamstown, 8:00pm In Zimbabwe mbira music is played for religious ceremonies and for general entertainment. The mbira consists of a wooden keyboard with 22 metal keys that are plucked by the thumbs and forefingers. Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall on the Williams campus.

On Saturday, the Berkshire County Arc Down Syndrome Family Group will host the fifth annual “Buddy Walk of the Berkshires”. The goal of the walk, which is affiliated with the National Down Syndrome Society, is to promote awareness and inclusion of people with Down syndrome and to fundraise for those living in Berkshire County. The event will begin with registration at Craneville Elementary School, Registration will end at approximately 11 a.m. with the walk to follow. Registration for the walk is free for all who would like to participate.


Williamstown, 3 p.m. Renowned harpsichordist Victor Hill will present a solo recital of eighteenth-century composers from Germany, France, and Spain at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Sunday, Admission is free. The Clark is located at 225 South Street, The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm (daily in July and August). Admission is $15 June 1 through October 31.


Pittsfield, 6:30 Berkshire Medical Center’s Care Navigation Program is offering “Eat to Run Well” in the BMC Auditorium at 6:30 p.m. featuring Jennifer Ward, registered dietitian and certified personal trainer.


Lenox, 9 a.m. The Lenox Town Hall, at 6 Walker Street, will be the site for a public presentation on the LEED for Homes rating system given by Beth Paulson from the Center for EcoTechnology (CET) of Pittsfield, Northampton, and Springfield. The educational event is appropriate for building contractors, architects, individuals, non-profit developers, and others interested in the residential rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).


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Lenox to look further in to wind power Bera Dunau Beacon Staff Writer

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A great “Pumpking” beer for fall Kameron Spaulding Beacon Staff Writer

If you love the fall season as much as I do, then chances are that you love the taste of pumpkin and all of the interesting brews that companies come out with around this time of year. One of these unique brews that I am going to review is a personal favorite of mine – that is, Pumking Imperial Pumpkin Ale, Pumking Imperial Pumpkin Ale is one of the best pumpkin inspired beers out there. The guys at Southern Tier have ingeniously taken grandma’s pumpkin pie and turned it into an unbelievable mixture of holy goodness. Described by the brewery as “an ode to Púca, a creature of Celtic folklore, who is both feared and respected by those who believe in it. Púca is said to waylay travelers throughout the night, tossing them on its back, and providing them the ride of Answers to Sept. 22 Puzzles:

their lives, from which they return forever changed!” When you pour this brew into the cup, it dances across the side of the glass to form a great off white-orange head and reveals ale that is almost a dark orange in color. As you lift the glass, you get a semi-strong aroma of pumpkin pie, and when you drink the brew you experience an amazing pumpkin pie taste with a slightly bitter finish. As spicy aromas present themselves, its deep copper color will entrance you as your journey into this mystical brew has just begun. As the first drops touch your tongue a magical spell will bewitch your taste buds making it difficult to escape. Now this a trickor-treat the adults would all want. The only bad thing about this beer is that it comes around once a year and sells quickly, so grab a bottle while you still can. Overall I give this beer an A+, making this brew one you don’t want to miss.

The Lenox Board of Selectmen has decided to form a committee to explore wind energy in Lenox. Selectman Roche proposed a new resolution that would form a committee with an equal number of proponents and opponents of wind energy development in Lenox in order to investigate the issue. “I think it would be beneficial for the town to form a committee, a balanced committee, to explore the potential of wind power,” said Selectman Roche. “What I don’t want to happen is that we get into a discussion of wind power in general. I really don’t care about Texas and Oklahoma I care about Lenox, Massachusetts.” Echoing his comments at the last meeting Selectman Roche’s primary concern was that the controversy over wind development might impede Lenox from going forward with solar projects if the two were lumped together. “We believe that the town sponsored public forum should be devoted to educating… the town on solar and wind sourcing as well as all the ownership options,” said Lenox Environmental Committee member Scott Laugenour on behalf of the committee, referring to a public forum on alternative energy that the

Board of Selectmen has discussed holding. “I’d like to suggest that given that solar is far less contentious than wind, that this committee be asked to look solely at wind,” said Lenox resident Joanne Magee, in comments that mirrored those of Selectman Roche “If you’re really serious about addressing the issue that’s going to divide the town, focus on wind.” “I would like to see the same discussion and the same treatment given to solar and wind and any other alternative energy source,” said Donna Laturnus a Lenox resident and League of Women voters member. The most impassioned testimony of the evening came from Jenifer Augur of Richmond, whose property borders Lenox Mountain. Ms. Augur objected to the fact that she and the other Richmond residents weren’t included in a study that examined the impact of putting a windmill on Lenox Mountain, which then raised the possibility of constructing two windmills on the mountain. “I am a descendent of one of the three founding families of Richmond and I don’t believe the town of Lenox, you guys, have the right to impact my life this drastically,” said Ms. Augur “I want to be sure that Lenox doesn’t

exclude me and people in my situation from your discussions.” “The whole concept of Lenoxology would be turned on its ear if this town put turbines, literally looming over the village” said Neal Pilson another Richmond resident. Mr. Pilson stressed the impact that the towers would have on Lenox Mountain’s ecology, as well as tourism in the town of Lenox. “We’re not talking about sex, we’re talking about incest,” said Jonas Dovydenas, of the group Preserve Lenox Mountain, in the evening’s most dramatic statement. Mr. Dovydenas made this declaration to separate the issue of wind power, from the issue of placing wind turbines on Lenox Mountain, which he asserted was a threat to the watershed that the mountain overlooks. Ms. May pointed out that the study had only looked at the possibility of putting one turbine on Lenox Mountain. After the Select Board heard these comments, they decided to approve the creation of a committee that would examine the issue of wind power in Lenox. Once formed, the board will investigate the prospects of wind power in Lenox and report back to the Select Board by Jan. 1.

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Girl-2-Girl Anniversaries Janel Harrison Beacon Staff

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Steven Soderbergh and Gwyneth Paltrow on the set of Contagion.

Contagion will leave you itching for more Bera Dunau Beacon Staff Writer

The most terrifying film of 2011 is not a horror movie but a finely wrought drama called Contagion. Contagion tells the story of a deadly global flu epidemic, and the lives of those it affects. This is a premise that could have easily produced something dry and clinical, frightening only to the most die hard of germaphobes. In the hands of writer/director Steven Soderberg, however, it is the animating force of a tense and engaging thriller. Like the disease it chronicles, the story of Contagion spans the globe. Its ensemble cast includes Laurence Fishburne as the deputy director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Gwyneth Paltrow as the diseases first victim, Matt Damon as her husband, Marillon Cotillard as an epidemiologist at the World Health Organization, Kate Winslet as a CDC investigator and Jude Law as a sensationalist blogger. Much of the cast of Contagion never meets one another, their stories linked only by their intimate relationships with the disease. As a result, each of the actors doesn’t get a ton of screen time, but they make up for it with their fantastic performances. Mark my words, at least one of Contagion’s actors is going to win a major award for their per-

formance, and when they do, the inevitable response will be praise, as well as a reflection on the great work of the other actors in the cast. I cannot overstate how well crafted a film Contagion is. One of the only downsides of reviewing movies is that you begin to notice artistic tricks of the trade, which, even when well done, will often take you out of the film. With a movie like Contagion, however, the underpinnings of the film’s construction are so brilliant that noticing them only makes you enjoy the movie more. Contagion masterfully uses music, cinematography and editing to put the audience exactly where it wants it to be. I am probably one of the least germaphobic people out there, but the opening scenes of Contagion, which show the virus as it begins to take hold in the population are some of the most chilling I have ever watched. As people fall ill, come into contact with others and die, there is an unmistakable dread that takes hold of you, and makes you keenly aware of every action onscreen. Contagion also handles disease and death in probably the most effective way I’ve seen in a movie. Death in Contagion is brutal and final, and the disease is implacable as it makes its way through the population, contact by contact. But even though one of the film’s key themes is hysteria, Contagion never takes a hysterical

tone. Even when we see people in food lines and looting at the height of the epidemic, the movie refuses to give into sensationalism. Instead, these effects are treated as the natural but frightening results of a deadly flu. The narrative’s refusal to give into hysteria makes the story all the more gripping and frightening and makes the disease feel like something that could actually break out in the real world. The individual stories that make up Contagion are also quite well done. Incorporating elements of mystery, medical thriller, family drama and political page -turner, these stories address complicated issues like medical ethics, the proper role of journalism, and the interconnectedness of the world we live in today. Many of these plot lines also manage to come full circle; yet manage to do so without feeling trite or contrived. Fantastic acting, great writing, superb directing and inspired cinematography make Contagion into something far greater than the sum of its parts. Starting with a cough and ending with a revelation Contagion is the kind of film that will leave you talking and thinking about it long after you’ve left the theatre. It is a great movie. See it now.

Anniversaries—both happy and sad memories amidst our wielding emotions. For me the month of September is one wrapped in all the precious things, and yet shrouded in the bitter ones. That’s life! But it’s all in how we choose to celebrate or remember each of them that can make a difference in our lives and enable us to see each one of them as they are. And it’s our friends and family who help us, and ride along with us through it all. Amen to them! Anniversaries not only shape us, but they can define us, because with each and every one of them comes a feeling, some more poignant and profound then others. And with that feeling, we relive the moments in our lives again and again, making us richer in character and spirit. Some can cut us and make us bleed, and some are filled with all the love and beauty our hearts can hold. Corny, but true, it seems as each one passes I learn more about myself. Do you? You know there’s nothing we need more than a little soul searching. It helps us to become better, healthier and happier people. I think it’s important to make mental notes of all the firsts, and all the lasts. O.K. girls, do you remember your first date with your significant other, fiancée, or husband? Whether it’s only been a month, a year, 10 years or 40 years? These are the moments. Two people stand together in the spring of life, amongst the splendor of an autumn day. Golden leaves dance along the cobblestone landing, a brisk wind kisses their cheeks in this place of simplicity abounded by the sight and sound of rushing water behind them and a quaint, historical town flourishing in all the arts awaits. Splashes of colored petals wave at them; showing off in rays of sunlight. It’s their time, their

place, and so they make a vow to each other on that day to return each year in celebration of their special beginning, crossing over a bridge into a new life. Winters pass and each fall arrives with all the year’s changes, children grow older, more lines, and another gray hair, or less hair. I see them one day holding hands with wrinkled faces, limp in their step over that bridge until their very last year when they’ll know it’s time to say goodbye.

That bridge holds all the promise of their heart’s love, a promise that even through the largest of hurdles in life, they’ll make it through. This is a beautiful anniversary, one easily lived, easily felt, easily understood. In our hearts it’s important to keep these memories safe, hold on tight and don’t ever let go. We all have them. What’s yours? Because they in turn enable us to ride the waves though the heartbreaking ones, which as we know come charging into our hearts like a roaring lion. They really bite, and leave us drained, and always, always in question. Treasure each one of your timeless seasons in a way that brings you comfort and peace. Light a candle, put on a dress, hold a picture, let go of two balloons, cross a bridge…ß Ciao Bella


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