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Local granite company goes green Janel Harrison Beacon Staff Writer

Have you ever headed West on the Mass Pike between the Blandford and Otis line, peered up to the mountains on your left and seen in a flash the giant white wind turbine turning in the sky? That wind turbine is the chief energy producer of The Williams Stone Company Inc. out of East Otis, A large granite company owned and operated by the Edwin Williams, president. Mr. Williams said the employees have a 40% interest in the company. The company Inc. is one of the leading manufacturers for all of the North East and beyond, producing

granite curbing for highway construction and site development, steps, benches, posts and other granite landscaping products. Delivery lines run to the East coast and Washington DC, all the way to the Canadian Border and the Ohio line. The company receives 400 tons of granite a day from a company in Georgia, in addition to the 3-5% of granite drilled from the site’s 100 foot quarry per year. Mr. Lester Williams and Mrs. Verna Stone; parents of Mr. Edwin Williams, got their start selling granite when The Williams Stone Company was founded in 1947, as states their son, “I’ve been in the business since I was a child, my parent believed in child labor.” He laughs.

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High over the Berkshire Hills is the wind turbine tower of Williams Stone Co. of Otis which can be seen from the Massachusetts Turnpike’s westbound lane.

Former Dalton cheerleader makes it big

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Index 1 Local News 4 New in Town 5 Girl-2-Girl 6 Editorial 6 From the Tower 7 Op-Ed 12 Fun & Games 14 Calendar 16 Puzzle Answers

When Mr. Lester Williams became owner of The Chester Granite Company, the Williams Stone Company languished for many years. Mr. Edwin Williams speaks of inheriting the company. “When I reached my 20’s my father said to me, here’s your chance to do something.” In 1970 Mr. Edwin Williams began drilling the quarry located at the new location 1158 Lee-Westfield Rd. in East Otis. Throughout the years prices of electricity to run the company were skyrocketing, and so it was proposed by Kevin Schulte, CEO of the firm, Sustainable Energy Developments, Inc. to install a 600 kW wind turbine to

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Kathryn Hamilton, a former Dalton cheerleader, is now on the squad for the New England Patriots.

A Dalton Cheerleader since the 3rd grade, 22 year old knock-out Miss Kathryn Hamilton, after an intensive 7 week audition process made the final cut as a New England Patriots Cheerleader. Tryouts began in February with 300 aspiring dancers, cheerleaders, and models, all auditioning for the sought-after position on the cheering squad in front of 70,000 fans at Foxborough’s Gillette Stadium, representing three-time Super Bowl Champions the New England Patriots. When speaking with the soft mannered, yet confident Miss Hamilton she said, “It took me two years to work up the nerve to actually audition. We started with 300 girls trying out and by the end of the first day only 75 of us were left.”

With 75 finalists the competition got hotter as the candidates began the day with a written football quiz and then lined up for the swimsuit modeling round, just a precursor for making the final cut, as the new squad would be taking an all expense paid trip to Aruba to model for the 2012 New England Patriots Swimsuit Calendar. Next was the dance category which was composed of three rounds of dance and an optional tumbling segment. During an interview Miss Hamilton spoke of the choreographed dance routines and the freestyle round in which the dancers were allowed to showcase their own style and preference of dance “When I started cheerleading I wanted to focus on dance, so I began see CHEER page 5


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August 25, 2011

Saturday Morning Cartoons Come Alive in Pittsfield Bera Dunau Beacon Staff Writer

Pittsfield’s Storefront Artist Project is looking for a laugh by featuring the exhibition Saturday Mornings: The Paintings of Garry Black until September 4, as part of its Cartoon and Comic Book Art Come Alive Series. Lawrence Klein created the Cartoon and Comic Book Art Comes Alive Series four years ago, when he was approached by the Storefront Artist Project to curate an exhibit. The Storefront Artist Project was started in 2002 to bring art to the people of Pittsfield by displaying the works of artists in abandoned storefronts downtown. “To me what storefront is about is accessibility making art accessible to the community and the community accessible to artists,” said Mr. Klein, explaining what drew him to the Storefront Artist Project in the first place. Now in its ninth year, the Storefront Artist Project has a gallery on 31 South Street as well a number of temporary spaces located around the city. In addition to exhibitions, the project also sponsors residences in Pittsfield for artists from around the world and a mentorship program, where artists mentor high school students in the arts. Mr. Klein is no stranger to artistic curation. Originally a corporate lawyer in Manhattan, Mr. Klein wanted to take his energies in a different direction. “I wanted to do something for the community and I had an idea to start a non profit museum in 2001 called the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art.” Today, the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art in Manhattan is still thriving, and Mr. Klein is its

chairman emeritus. Moving up to Pittsfield full time in 2006, Mr. Klein used some of the expertise he acquired at MOCCA when he created the Comic and Cartoon Art Comes Alive Series for the Storefront Artist Project. “I wanted to do an exhibit that was free and family friendly and open to the public,” said Mr. Klein, explaining how he came to curate the Comic and Cartoon Art Comes Alive Series. Comic and Cartoon Art Comes Alive takes top notch artists from the world of Comics and Cartoons and displays their work for the people of Pittsfield to enjoy. This year’s artist is Garry Black. Mr. Black has worked for companies such the Colorforms Toy Co., Marvel Entertainment and Disney. Starting out as an art director, he later moved onto creating his own independent properties and character groups. “Going from a corporate salary to barely paying my rent because I want to do this (create characters), is quite a challenge, but it’s super fun and really rewarding,” said Mr. Black. One of the most prominent properties Mr. Black is involved with are the Jet Pack Pets, which he co-created with fellow creator Michael Stewart. They were featured in Disney Adventures magazine in comics form from 2000 until the magazine was canceled in 2007. A collection of Jet Pack Pets stories was released in 2005, and a series of E-books is upcoming. For his work with the Storefront Artist Project, Mr. Black decided to go with the theme of Saturday morning cartoons. Mr. Black then created a series of paintings of iconic cartoon characters from multiple eras such as

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Artist Garry Black with Jay Anderson of the Pittsfield Cooperative Bank at a live paint at the Bank. Yogi Bear, Scooby Doo, Ren and Stimpy and Sponge Bob Square Pants. The result is the current exhibit, Saturday Mornings: The Paintings of Garry Black “One of the best things is to watch people’s glee as they go through the show,” said Mr. Black, relating how different generations would react with a similar joy at seeing paintings of their cartoon favorites. Among these paintings of cartoon icons is a painting of The Jet Pack Pets and Mr. Black hopes that his co-creations will one day find their way onto Saturday

morning TV. One of the reasons Mr. Black is allowed to paint characters from so many different franchises is that each painting is a unique creation. Because each piece is different and not reproduced, copyright law allows Mr. Black to display and sell these vibrant works of art that were inspired by some of the finest American animation of all time. In addition to these paintings, Mr. Black has participated in a number of related events for the exhibition including meet and greets, a live paint and a free

drawing workshop. “It’s great to be able to put on a show that brings art to kids and makes it accessible to people who otherwise might not get to see this kind of art,” said Mr. Black. Mr. Black’s work will be on display until September 4 at the Storefront Artist Project on 31 South Street in Pittsfield. The paintings displayed there can be purchased, and a portion of the money raised from these sales will go to benefit the Storefront Artist Project. A closing reception will be held at the gallery on September 4.

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Conservation Commission Puts the Belvedere in Select Board’s Lap Bera Dunau Beacon Staff Writer

Belvedere violates the act. There are two ways that the commission can get a Request for Determination of Applicability of The Lenox Conservation the Scenic Mountain Act to a site. Commission has chosen to place One method is that the owner of the Kennedy Park Belvedere conthe property can ask the Consertroversy squarely in the Lenox Sevation Commission for an RDA. lect Board’s court. The second method involves In a unanimous vote at last the filing of a formal complaint, Thursday’s meeting, the Conserwhich can be done jointly by up vation Commission requested to 10 citizens, alleging that a viothat the Lenox Select Board send lation of the Scenic Mountain them a Request for DeterminaAct has taken place and asking the tion of Applicability of the Scenic committee to perform an RDA. Mountain Act to the Kennedy The Conservation CommisPark Belvedere site, to determine sion would prefer if the formal whether or not the project viocomplaint route was not taken. This is because the filing of a for“As far as the overlook goes, I think it was mal complaint brings in outside agencies, and might take the conjust an overlook. We were never informed troversy into the legal realm and about it [the Kennedy Park Belvedere] or the commission would prefer it if the belvedere controversy was asked our opinion, or given any docusettled at the local level. This was one of the chief impements on any of it.” tuses for the Conservation Com—Chairman Neal Carpenter mission voting to request that the Lenox Select Board submit an said Chairman Neal Carpenter, RDA. As the property owner, it is lates the Scenic Mountain Act. The town of Lenox adopted the “We were never informed about the Town of Lenox’s place to reScenic Mountain Act to protect it [the Kennedy Park Belvedere]. quest an RDA for the Kennedy watershed areas and the scenic or asked our opinion, or given Park Belvedere site and it is up to the Select Board to decide whethqualities of the mountain region. documents on any of it.” Conservation Commission mem- er or not they will do so. The Conservation Commission Sonya Bykofsky and the other is the act’s hearing authority and bers, however, said that they could is charged with promulgating its not make a determination on the members of Citizens Advocacy status of the Kennedy Park Belve- for All who attended the Conserregulations. At the meeting, Lenox mas- dere under the Scenic Mountain vation Commission meeting seuse Sonya Bykofsky, a mem- Act unless an RDA is filed and seemed content with this course ber of the political group Citi- they have the projects engineer- of action. “I have confidence that the zens Advocacy for All, which ing plans available to them. “You may have some very good Board of Selectmen will do the was formed partially in response to the Kennedy Park Belvedere selling points, but we really can’t right thing and acknowledge that controversy, presented to the make a determination without this was a somewhat obscure law commission some of the re- the information we requested,” that was unintentionally missed search she has done on the Sce- said Conservation Committee and refer the application back to the Conservation Commission,” member Vince Ammendola. nic Mountain Act. The research has led her to be- said Ms. Bykofsky in comments made a few days after the meeting. RDA is Key lieve that the construction of the If the Select Board chooses to Kennedy Park Belvedere violated The importance of an RDA in submit an RDA, the Conservaits tenets. Some elements of the Kennedy regards to the Kennedy Park Bel- tion Commission expects that its Park Belvedere that Ms. Bykofsky vedere is that until the committee preparation will be swift, due to believes violate the Scenic Moun- sees the actual engineering plans, the town of Lenox having ready tain Act include the amount of they will not have enough infor- access to the necessary documents. Once they have the documents aggregate material that was mation to determine whether or moved in its construction, and not the Belvedere’s construction in hand, the commission will be changes the belvedere has made violated the Scenic Mountain act. able determine whether or not An RDA would ask the com- the Kennedy Park Belvedere vioto the overlooks drainage pattern. “I believe in my heart of hearts mittee to make such a determina- lates the Scenic Mountain Act. that this was a violation,” said tion, and would give the commit- Because Lenox’s Scenic Mountain tee access to the Belvedere’s act names the Conservation Ms. Bykofsky. The Conservation Commission engineering plans, two things the Commission as the arbiter and acknowledged that because of the commission requires in order to enforcer of the act, they will have Kennedy Park Belvedere’s eleva- make a formal determination on a great deal of leeway when maktion a Scenic Mountain Act RDA whether or not the Kennedy Park ing this decision. should have been filed with them before it was constructed. Chairman Neal Carpenter also noted that commission didn’t have much experience with the Scenic Mountain Act, as in the years since the town of Lenox adopted it; no organization has filed any paper work with the commission on the act. The major reason for this is that most of the areas within the jurisdiction of the Scenic Mountain act are owned by the town and thus see little development. “As far as the overlook goes, I think it was just an overlook,”


Kennedy Park Belvedere Controversy Primer Bera Dunau Beacon Staff Writer

The Kennedy Park Belvedere is a structure that was completed in June of this year in Kennedy Park on the Kennedy Park Overlook. Since last month when hikers and walkers in Kennedy Park discovered the Belvedere, there has been a public outcry. The structure, which includes a wrought iron fence, a fire pit, granite paving stones and a granite outdoor room is dedicated to Dr. Jordan Fieldman, a distinguished physician, who practiced in Pittsfield and died at the age of 38 after a long battle with cancer. The belvedere was constructed entirely by funds raised from Dr. Fieldman’s friends, family and colleagues. No public money was used in its construction. Michael Fieldman, a prominent architect and father of Dr. Fieldman, designed the belvedere along with Rob Akroyd, a member of the Kennedy Park Commission, who reportedly received a $5,000 payment to help supervise the belvedere’s construction. Mr. Fieldman says the belvedere was designed to increase people’s enjoyment of the site, and give it a renewed sense of place. He says it is not intended to be a memorial to his son. Many in Lenox have expressed a dislike for the belvedere, believing it to be a private memorial built on public land. Some have compared it to a mausoleum, and there have been open calls for it to be taken down. The only reference to Dr. Fieldman at the belvedere site is on a small plaque.

The Kennedy Park Committee and the Select Board approved the Kennedy Park Belvedere project last year. One of the impetuses behind the board’s approval of the project was Mr. Fieldman’s assurance that a fund would be established to maintain the site. A fund for the maintenance of the site has yet to become available to the town of Lenox. Mr. Fieldman also said the foundation of the Aspinwall Hotel, upon which the belvedere rests, would be strengthened. The foundation has begun to face serious structural issues in recent years. There is some dispute over whether enough has been done to strengthen the foundation. Many in the public have criticized the process by which the Kennedy Park Belvedere was approved. Those critical of it assert that not enough public input was solicited before the belvedere was constructed, and that the process lacked transparency. Specific complaints also assert that the open meeting law may have been violated, and that construction of the belvedere may have violated Lenox’s scenic mountain act. The Kennedy Park Committee will hold a meeting Monday at 7:00 pm in the Lenox Town Hall Auditorium to address citizens concerns about the Kennedy Park Belvedere and the process by which it was approved. The meeting will focus on ways to soften the Kennedy Park Belvedere’s impact on the landscape, and come up with a process to deal with future requests like the one that created the Kennedy Park Belvedere.

The Kennedy Park Committee will hold a meeting Monday at 7:00 pm in the Lenox Town Hall Auditorium to address citizens concerns about the Kennedy Park Belvedere and the process by which it was approved.


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August 25, 2011

Fright Night A Bloody Good Time Bera Dunau Beacon Staff Writer

Words cannot properly describe how much fun Fright Night is. Directed by Craig Gillespie Fright Night is a remake of the 1985 film of the same name. Fright Night, however, more than stands on its own, perfectly balancing bloody horror with black comedy. Fright Night’s protagonist is Charley Brewster, (played by Star Trek’s Anton Yelchin) a high school senior living in the Las Vegas suburbs with his single mom (played by Toni Collette). Charley spends most of his time hanging out with his gorgeous girlfriend Amy, (played by Imogen Poots) and seeks to distance himself from his nerdy past as well as his former best friend, Evil Ed, (played by Super Bad’s Christopher Mintz-Plasse). Charley’s life begins to take a turn for the strange when he and his family catch the eye of Jerry (played by Colin Farell), their new next store neighbor. Evil Ed is convinced that Jerry is a vampire, responsible for a rash of disappearances among their classmates, but Charley doesn’t believe him. Unfortunately for Charley, Jerry is indeed a vampire, and Charley soon finds himself locked in a mortal battle with Jerry, who’d like nothing better than to feed on Charley’s mother and girlfriend. Farell is brilliant in the role of Jerry. In a welcome change from recent vampire movies and TV shows, Jerry is neither sweet nor brooding nor misunderstood. Instead, Jerry is aptly compared to the Shark from jaws and is a nearly unstoppable predatory force, intent only on sating his desires. Jerry does have another side, however, and that is as the date rapist from hell. Vampire stories often have strong sexual elements (thus their enduring popularity) and Farell’s Jerry is no different, masking his predatory nature with an easy, everyman charm. A wolf in dude’s clothing, Jerry uses his charisma to deflect suspicion from himself, and lure his victims in, and it’s when he is presenting this face that he is truly at his most terrifying. Another stand out performance in Fright Night comes from David

Tennant (of Dr. Who and the Royal Shakespeare company fame) who plays stage magician and vampire expert Peter Vincent. A burned out and cynical amalgam of Chris Angel, David Blaine and any number of hedonistic rock stars, David Tennant’s Peter Vincent is as mesmerizing, as he is outrageous, and the character steals every scene that he’s in. Fright Night is a tightly scripted well-paced film. The plot moves along swiftly and naturally, and doesn’t stop for unnecessary detours. Actors are given room to shine, and the audience is never confused about what is going on. Much of the credit for this craftsmanship should rest squarely at the feet of director Craig Gillespie, who utilized a similarly excellent grasp of pacing in his previous film, the 2007 comedydrama Lars and the Real Girl. Fright Night is also quite funny. In the tradition of horror classics like the Evil Dead Trilogy and the original Fright Night, Fright Night leavens its bloody horror with humor. David Tennant in particular serves up some comedic gold, but Anton Yelchin’s portrayal of Charley as a confused teen/nerd in denial also provides plenty of opportunity for comedy, and allows the audience to relate to the bizarre events unfolding onscreen. Anyone who enjoys a good horror movie will love Fright Night, but I would recommend it even to people who aren’t big fans of the horror genre. Fright Night is a fresh and exciting film that acknowledges conventions without getting bogged down in them. Even though it has its share of blood and gore, it’s stylized, and not grotesque. Fright Nightt is a whole lot of fun, and I would encourage even horror movie skeptics to give this highly entertaining film a chance. Finally, I can think of no better film to take a date to than Fright Night. Scary enough to get you and your date jumping in your seats, while being funny enough to make sure the two of you have a good time, all while having a strong romantic sub plot, Fright Night is the perfect cinematic storm for date night. Take advantage of it while you still can.

New in Town

The Beacon Looks at New Businesses in the Berkshires This Week:

Sohn Fine Art 6 Elm Street Stockbridge, MA (413) 298-1025 If you want to keep current with what’s going on in the world of contemporary photography, make Sohn Fine Art on Elm St. in Stockbridge one of your regular stops. The gallery opened on April 30 of this year and has already featured the work of some of our area’s best professional photographers. Watch for exhibits that will bring the best of contemporary photography to the Berkshires in the coming months. A new show, Flight, opens on Thursday, August 25, and will run until October 10. Flight is the work of gallery owner Cassandra Sohn, who captures the beauty and wonder of seabirds in flight in a series of photographs combining artistic insight and consummate technical skill. In addition to exhibiting fine art photography, the studio offers the highest quality photographic printing services. Photographs and reproductions of artwork can be printed in sizes up to fortyfour inches wide and forty feet long, using the Giclée (pronounced zhee-klay) process. Giclée, a French word meaning to spray or squirt, was coined in 1991. At first, it applied to work done on high quality IRIS ink-jet printers. Today, Giclée denotes not only the method of printing, but also the high grade of materials used in the printing process: archival-pigmented inks and archival print stocks or fine-artgrade papers. Exhibits, high quality printmaking, restoration work, event and commercial photographic services—all here in this new shop on Elm Street, Sohn Fine Art.

August 25, 2011

CHEER from page 1 taking dance classes; Hip-hop and Jazz at Terpsichore in Pittsfield, and fell in love” said Hamilton. Before final tabulations of the 75 finalists were made, candidates participated in a “meet-and greet” segment with the judging panel and by the end of the day the number was down to 41 girls as they were chosen to take part in a 2 week “boot camp” program at the “cheer house” in Gillette Stadium. During which they learned dance choreography, high kicks, cheerchants, media training, stretching and running the ramps, not to mention intensity “insanity” workouts. Finalists were taught what it would feel like to be a member of the Patriots Cheerleading Squad. Miss Hamilton said, “When boot camp was over we had a final meeting, and then we were to wait to receive an email within a few hours of the 31 girls that made the team.” As she receives emails via her phone she said, “I waited anxiously for the flashing light telling me I had an email, just staring at my phone.” “When I saw my name was on the list I was so happy!” At which point she was beaming. When asked what she liked best about the experience she said, “I’ve gained 31 friends and love being at the stadium, and realizing how big the NFL opportunities are, including

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travel and charitable ones.” As far as Miss Hamilton’s future is concerned, she is studying business and wants a family, a career, and hopes to teach cheerleading again. “I want it all!” she said. Miss Hamilton visits Dalton Cheerleaders During an interview at the Dalton CRA where a group of about 70 cheerleaders have been gearing up for the fall game season practicing two nights a week all summer rain or shine, Miss Kathryn Hamilton returned back to visit old friends, her old coaches as well set an example for the girls who were thrilled to meet her. She spoke of her years as a Dalton Cheerleader, as well as her experiences teaching cheerleading. “I cheered from 3rd grade to 9th grade and taught for three years.” She added, “It feels amazing to be back!” The Dalton Cheerleaders are broken down into three groups: Peewees grades 3-4, Juniors grades 5-6, and Seniors grades 7-8. Rewarding incentives are given to the girls as they move up to the next group. The Peewees are given Dalton cheerleading T-shirts, the Juniors Sweatshirts, and finally the Seniors earn their Dalton Cheerleading Jackets. An annual scholarship is also given to a chosen girl in honor of Miss Lindsey Ferrell.

Although these are not the only rewards these girls receive, as spoken before, displays of friendship, teamwork, respect, and a sense of self esteem are gained. All significant elements needed to prosper and become happy, healthy, confident, responsible, and talented adults. Coaches are chosen from girls who have gone through the program, therefore know the cheers, routines, dances, and teaching techniques. It is a feeder program to the Wachonah High Cheerleaders. The Beginning The Dalton Cheerleaders got their start in 1997 when a Ms. Karen Bradley of Dalton had been to a game where younger cheerleaders were cheering. Soon the first Dalton Cheerleading Uniform was made; a simple Tshirt with a big D sewed on it. With the help of her friend Mrs. Mary Ferrell also of Dalton now head coach to the Peewees, the Dalton Cheerleaders were born. Today the coaches speak of why they selflessly participate in this work, and the words spoken by Mrs. Mary Ferrell Head Coach to the Peewees are, “Pride, I’m so proud of the girls.” “It’s the experience of watching the girls grow and come out of their shells,” said Mrs. Laurie Walker, first year Head Coach to the Juniors.

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Girl-2-Girl Beating the Hands of Time Janel Harrison Beacon Staff Writer

I began to think of a good topic to focus on this week, and after seeing the cool new Spy Kids in 4D (provides a scratch and sniff smell card and 3D glasses) for my daughter’s eighth birthday with the family it became clear. It was all about time and its inevitable passage. This got me to thinking how much we girls are always running against time. We do it with our crazy multitasking schedules, we do it with our body’s time clock for making babies, and we do it to stop time from aging us. That might be one of the biggest right? Time and the aging process is one of women’s most significant concerns because it’s related to our body image, which in turn is related to our psyche and self esteem issues, which is then related to how well we function in our world, therefore achieving our goals and successes, and it all rests on a society where the magnitude of maintaining youth and anti-aging is at it’s peak. So what’s a gal to do? Well we all know exactly what we do… We forge our way to the drug store, doctor’s office, hospital, our friend’s medicine cabinet and find every possible anti-aging thing there is on the market: creams, ointments, surgeries, laser treatments, injections, you name it! Heck we’d rub cow balls on our cheeks if it was stamped and guaranteed to make us younger, Mmm to extreme? But you get the point right? I think it’s so important that we as women feel good about ourselves, and so indulge away on some of these products and cross your fingers! To a certain degree there’s no harm, but we need to also keep things in perspective and understand ourselves on a deeper level superficial beauty. Let’s take a look at the big picture and some of us already do, not just being concerned about less wrinkles or a few extra pounds, but striving for optimal mental, spiritual and physical health. Now there’s a word to be concerned with—our H-E-A-L-T-H. Here are some healthy tips to follow: We all know these, but let’s reiterate shall we? • Drink at least 8 glasses of water on a daily basis. • Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables daily. • Exfoliate your skin. • Moisturize so that your skin remains hydrated. • Massaging the skin on a daily basis is recommended. It keeps the elastin and collagen fibers strong and delays the aging process. • Get plenty of exercise: walking, pilates, yoga, high impact aerobics, low impact aerobics, weight bearing exercises promote good bone density, biking in our bucolic Berkshire Hills, of course check with your Doctor before starting any new exercise regime. • Avoid smoking and drinking as these activities are known to contribute towards the development of wrinkles, fine lines and crow’s feet. I found great web site Shine from Yahoo that lists “6 foods to Keep You Young: The Best Anti-Aging Nibbles,” and I love them all! Not only will these foods take years off, but you’ll reap the rewards with a healthier body and a smaller waistline, so here goes! • Nibble on…Berries! Stocked full of antioxidants, these juicy jewels will neutralize damaging free radicals and Paula Simpson, BASC, RNCP says they help our body make collagen leaving skin smooth and firm. Lisa Drayer MA, RD says to go for the blueberries, very popular, and packed with vitamin C and E which help to rid the body of harmful damaging chemicals. They help with memory too. Blueberry Pie anyone? • Nibble on…Water Rich Foods! Hello watermelon! And foods high in water content such as cucumbers, apples, peaches, melons and celery (also an aphrodisiac) Paula Simpson says these actually keep away wrinkles and keep you fresh-faced. Green Tea and sparkling beverages keep the skin moist and hydrated. • Nibble on…Carrots and Tomatoes! The more colorful the better see GIRL page 9


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The Kennedy Park Committee will host a public forum on Monday at 7pm at the Lenox Town Hall Auditorium. The focus of the forum is to take public suggestions on two topics: • How to soften the impact of the changes made to the Overlook. • How to improve the process for making decisions for public lands. It appears that the Committee is seeking a “controlled” public hearing on what may or may not be discussed. Given the tenor of the community, the committee may be better served to allow all comments, questions and ideas to be heard. Only a full discussion by the committee and the public-atlarge will help to resolve the issue of one party’s use of public land.

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Former Acting Gov. Jane (Swifty Jane) Swift created two major errors during her administration one that infuriated the public-atlarge, which was her helicopter ride the night before Thanksgiving from Boston to her North Adams home in 1999. Gov. Swift’s other faux pas was the establishment of the Berkshire Visitor’s Bureau at 3 Hoosac St., Adams in 2003 off of Route 8 at a reported cost of $2.5 million. The Pittsfield Chamber of Commerce, when it was located in the bowels of the then Hilton Hotel also was the site of the Berkshire Hills Conference and Visitors Bureau. This, too, was not a good location due to lack of signage and accessibility. Today, the site erence/120923 has a listed phone number (413) 443-9186, which does not ring. Times change: The Pittsfield Chamber became the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce and took over the North Adams Chamber of Commerce with a Northern Berkshire office. It appears that the Berkshire Hills Conference and Visitor’s bureau has become meshed into one. One had to chuckle when Gov. Swift created her own “pork barrel” and put the visitor’s center not only in Adams but also off busy Route 8. There was no good reason to put a visitor’s center there or for that matter in Northern Berkshire other than political. Her goal was to put a significant state investment into Adams after the on again/off again development of Greylock Glen was abandoned by state officials and others. Visitors come up the New York Throughway, Taconic Parkway, and Route 7 from New York/New Jersey; they come up Route 8 and the Massachusetts Turnpike from Connecticut and the eastern part of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. A recent news item: The Berkshire Visitors Bureau and the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce are moving to a new location in Pittsfield. Officials are quoted as saying: they are focused on becoming a one-stop shop for

economic development in The Berkshires. 1Berkshire Is composed of Berkshire Economic Development Corp., the Berkshire Creative Economy Council, the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce and The Berkshire Visitors Bureau. Again while economic development is important, the question is how do they provide visitors’ services from North Street where parking is limited and there are limited visitors compared to the Tri-towns of Lenox, Lee and Stockbridge where their mission and goals is to serve the traveling motorist. State officials have shut down many of the visitors’ centers across the Commonwealth citing rental and maintenance costs along with staff fees. Yet we have a goal to encourage tourism and those people come to Massachusetts and pay additional room tax and eat out that brings in additional sales tax revenue for food, rink and goods, doesn’t this represent a good investment for the Commonwealth? Yet, in closing many of the tourist centers, the Commonwealth has shut down many—if not all—the restrooms across the Commonwealth? This is not good business nor does it tell the traveling public that they must go find a relief station on their own. Further the closure of these thoroughfare tourist rest stops closings begs the question: What does this tell our tourists that the communities of Great Barrington, Lee, Lenox and Stockbridge cater to and local officials are seeking to expand beyond the summer months? Sadly each community is on its own! Certainly Pittsfield has a need to create economic development but have yet to find a productive formula noting the old General Electric campus remains empty and there is a lack of growth in the county seat. Moving the visitor center from Adams to North Street in Pittsfield shows another example of not catering to the motoring public. Part two: Serving the motoring public next week.

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The Op-Ed Page Weekly Roundup - Keeping Up With The Warrens Recap And Analysis Of The Week In State Government

By Matt Murphy State House News Service STATE HOUSE, BOSTON-One’s in, one’s out, and one’s exploring. That’s where the Democratic field of Scott Brown challengers named Warren stood after another lazy summer week when Gov. Deval Patrick returned from his Bermuda-Maine vacation, only to seek respite in the Berkshires for another week, and lawmakers at the State House were more likely to be seen playing tour guide for visiting constituents than working on policy. For those keeping score at home: Newton Mayor Setti Warren is still in the race despite lackluster early fundraising; former state Sen. Warren Tolman made his decision not to run for the nomination; and Elizabeth Warren dipped her toes to see how the water felt. Way back in November, Democratic Party Chairman John Walsh said he might be in the minority of those who believe a competitive and positive - the key word being positive - Democratic primary in 2012 would be healthy for the party’s chances of unseating U.S. Sen. Brown. Now with seven declared candidates in the race and an eighth looking like she’s just waiting to line up the ballroom for a formal announcement, Walsh has to be wondering whether keeping the Beat Brown Brigade from destroying each other before September will be more difficult than expected. The candidates have kept the gloves on, so far. Harvard law professor Elizabeth Warren, a darling of the liberal left for her consumer advocacy and Wall Street reformer persona, launched an official “exploratory committee” this week, allowing her to start fundraising as she creeps toward what is now seen as her inevitable entrance into the race after Labor Day. At least for now, though, the Democrats appear to have received Walsh’s keep-it-positive message. Alan Khazei issued a

statement welcoming Warren to the race, and Setti Warren’s press secretary Chuck Gilboy said only that his candidate still believes he’s “uniquely positioned” to be the best foil to Brown. Gilboy also confirmed that Warren’s lawn signs include both his names, lest he have to take a page out of Tim Cahill’s playbook. Though “Setti for Senate” does have a nice ring. “We welcome her to the race. Bob is a huge fan of the work she does. We think that Professor Warren has a lot of catching up to do,” said Dave Kartunen, a spokesman for Robert Massie. That’s about as point as it got from the Dems, on the record, though privately some rival campaigns speculated that the Cambridge Democrat might have trouble connecting with blue collar Democrats. With Congressional approval levels at an all-time low of 14 percent and the blame Washington game in full effect, it’s a wonder anyone wants to join the most hated team in America. Rollercoaster markets toying with your college savings and retirement accounts? Blame

Congress. Can’t afford your mortgage? Blame Congress. Out of work? Blame Congress. When the Patrick administration released the state’s July jobs report this week showing a 12,700 job gain but a stagnant unemployment rate at 7.6 percent, Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray was there to roll the dice and take his turn. Asked if national economic turmoil was hurting the state’s ability to grow jobs, Murray said, “I think it affects everything and I think it’s unfortunate,” adding that the inability of elected officials to compromise has hurt “certainty and predictability” for businesses. There’s no denying that Congressional gridlock and deficit reduction negotiations have state officials feeling anxious about the future of transportation funding, health care reimbursements for Medicare and Medicaid and research funding, among other things. The expectation of millions in federal support for Massachusetts being slashed even tempered Sen. Stanley Rosenberg’s hopes of freeing up a mere $300,000 in surplus funding to

keep the state drug testing lab in Amherst open after the Department of Public Health announced it would close the only western Mass lab in September. The state’s going to need even more money to keep its prison population behind bars, according to parole advocates, who lashed out at Gov. Patrick’s Parole Board chief this week for the steep decline in parole rates over the past seven months since the murder of a Woburn cop by parolee Dominic Cinelli. Joshua Wall appeared before the Governor’s Council on Wednesday to take questions about parole efforts since Patrick replaced five members of the board, and the former deputy Suffolk County district attorney faced some hostility from the council who questioned whether parole-eligible criminals were getting a “fair shake.” “Once a prosecutor, always a prosecutor,” quipped Councilor Christopher Iannella. Inmates, apparently, can be rehabilitated, but prosecutors might be a lost cause. Wall, who appeared frustrated at times by the lines of questioning and snark coming from

some members of the council, defended the board’s approach as by-the-book, much to the delight of Republican Jennie Cassie who announced she is not a fan playing of “statistical Patty-cake” to appease critics. Though not readily apparent, there was evidence this week that August had not completely brought lawmaking to a standstill. The Revenue Committee quietly advanced legislation designed to allow the state to begin collecting sales taxes on online purchases, and another bill establish a permanent commission to review tax breaks. Meanwhile, House and Senate Republicans continued their assault on habitual offenders, this time going after the dangerous-driver variety with a new bill allow for the possibility of habitual traffic offenders to lose their license for life, or at least five years. STORY OF THE WEEK: Warren Peace WORKER BEE AWARD: Lawmakers have been scarce the past few weeks during the August recess, but one representative - New Bedford’s Antonio Cabral - has been showing up like clock-work once a week to preside over his House Bonding Committee’s series of oversight hearings. Cabral, who could be spending all his legislative down time back in the district where he is running for mayor of New Bedford, has plodded along with his hearing schedule. Sure, he spends a lot of time grilling policy makers about New Bedfordspecific spending projects, but right now he’s the only game in town.

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August 25, 2011

Fresh produce fills Lenox farmers market Susan Wicker Guerrero Beacon Staff Writer

Fat red raspberries, sweet strawberries, maple nut granola, graceful and majestic orchids, colorful bouquets of flowers, and chocolate chunk-studded ciabatta bread are just a few of the fabulous offerings available every Friday at the Lenox Farmers Market. Even the new location of the market, on the treefilled, grassy grounds of Shakespeare and Company, 70 Kemble St., adds to the ambiance. The white tops of venders’ stands contrast against the blue skies and white clouds. Visitors walk from stand to stand, talking with the 20 venders from several Massachusetts communities. There are friendly sellers from Connecticut, New York, and Vermont, too! Rose Levine, market manager, and a Great Barrington resident, said the market used to be located at Triangle Park on Main Street in town but moved this summer to its current location. “We were sorry to leave Main Street but this turned out to be a wonderful place,” she said. “Change is always hard. Shakespeare and Company are wonderful landlords.” Mrs. Levine moved to the Berkshires from New York 11 years ago. She is also the manager of the Great Barrington Farmers Market. Being a manager takes a great deal of organization, she noted. Venders who participate in the market pay her for their spaces. All money earned goes toward rent, insurance, advertising, and so forth, Mrs. Levine explained. While she is the manager, the venders actually run the market, she said. There’s a relaxed atmosphere at the Lenox Farmers Market and there is so much to see and experience there. Bouquets of flowers in front of the Taft Farms booth popped with a huge variety of colors. Fresh lettuce and other vegetables, including thumbsized raspberries could also be found in the Taft Farms area that was jam-packed with buyers. It must be a farmer’s dream to have people waiting their turn to make purchases.

Zach Eaton manned the Berkshire Mountain Bakery booth. The sourdough bread establishment is based in Housatonic. The dark chocolate ciabatta bread turned out to be a toothy delicacy. The chocolate chunks made a nice addition to the sourdough base. There was a wide variety of breads to choose from last Friday afternoon. Marian Welch of Justamere Tree Farm in Worthington, dipped tiny wooden sticks into thick maple cream and gave tastes to would-be customers. The thick cream did, indeed, taste sweet and luscious. There was fresh maple syrup available from the farm, too. She also displayed unique looking pot scrubbers. A small card near them read that they were “ecofriendly and made from all-natural broom corn fiber and jute. Scrub your pots, vegetables, and glass jars!” The card also mentioned that to clean the scrubbers, they could be run through the dishwasher or rinsed by hand and set to dry. Ann Roberts Levine of Lakeville, CT, lined a table under her white stall top with very picturesque orchids. A handout at her booth noted she has been growing orchids at home and in greenhouses for 35 years. She also installed and maintained them commercially in Manhattan. Her handout read that orchids are tough to grow. ‘They have been thriving and evolving on our planet for more than 120 million years,” it read. Then, the vender listed some basic tips on orchid care. Anne Borgendale, a cheese intern, manned the Williamstown Cricket Creek Farm stand. She handed out a brochure that noted Cricket Creek Farm is a “small, grass-based dairy farm, nestled on the slopes of the Taconic Hills.” In the year-round farm store one can buy farmstead cheeses, raw milk, homemade breads baked on site, humanely raised veal, pasture-raised, grass-fed beef, maple syrup, honey, and whey-fed, pasture-raised pork.

Photo Credits / Susan Wicker Guerrero

Fresh tomatoes driven in from New York State.

The Lenox Farmers Market runs from May 13 to October 14, every Friday, from 1 to 5 p.m.

All Photo Credits / Susan Wicker Guerrero

Blueberries and Strawberries are also two big sellers at the market.

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Zach Eaton tempts customers with delicious breads from Housatonic’s Berkshire Mountain Bakery.

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GREEN from page 1 generate enough electricity to power the entire generating complex, while decreasing the carbon footprint. As stated by Mr. Schulte, “This is, and will continue to be, a successful project model, because it combines an energy-intensive manufacturer with clean, renewable energy technology." The company believes their mission “contributes to a much larger goal of helping heal the Earth and sustain it for future generations – as long as the wind blows and the sun shines.” Construction of the new wind turbine began in November of 2008 and was completed by May of 2009 with a total cost of the project equaling $1.7 million. Mr. Williams said, “It saves the company $12,000 a month in electricity, although we have to make twice the energy of what we’re using to break even.”

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Old farm wind mills are the predecessors to new modern technology wind turbines. Wind is a form of solar energy. Wind turbines convert the winds moving energy into mechanical power. The William’s Stone Company’s lofty wind turbine tower is 220 feet high with the blades 80 ft in height rising 300 ft in the air, and operating up to 1800 RPMS. The higher the blades are, the better the wind velocity, therefore harnessing more energy to be converted into electricity by a generator. When standing in the bottom of the 300 ft tower with Mr. Williams it was demonstrated that the generator measures the energy in kilowatts, revolutions per min, wind meters/second and pitch. It’s constantly sensing the wind. While walking around the inside of the offices and seeing historical photos, pictures of happy employees, and a bulletin board with encouraging quotes written,


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The Williams Stone Co. quarry in Otis is over 100 feet deep and three acres wide. it is evident of the loyalty rendered. While speaking with the Mr. Williams, an intelligent and humorously sincere man, he made one thing clear as he passionately said, “The cornerstone of Wil-

liams Stone Company is our people. Our company is made up of forty-one people that work hard and work together. That’s the way it must be as far as I’m concerned.” He added, “If you looked at a

Verizon Workers Return to Work Bera Dunau Beacon Staff Writer

Forty-five thousand Verizon Communications Inc. workers are back on the job without a new contract. These workers, represented by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the Communications Workers of America went on strike August 7 in response to the new contract Verizon was offering, which the unions judged to be untenable. The new contract Verizon Communications Inc. offered to its unionized employees would have drastically altered the pension and health care plans of its unionized workers, in addition to cutting down on sick days and holidays and doing away with key job security provisions. Many of Verizon’s union members saw the contract as nothing less than an effort to break their union’s backs. After two weeks on strike, however, union leadership decided to call off the strike and have their members return to work while a new contract was still being negotiated. “I think both sides feel that progress has been made,” said Phil Santoro, a spokesman for Verizon Communications Inc. While a new contract is being

hammered out, Verizon’s unionized employees will continue to work under their old contract. Technically, this arrangement is in effect indefinitely, but Mr. Santoro says that business as usual would be unsustainable. “We’re losing a lot of money in that business, the costs are out of hand and they need to be brought in line if we’re going to survive,”

“We’re operating in a different world where competition for all of our services is heavy.” —Phil Santoro, spokesman for Verizon said Mr. Santoro. Mr. Santoro also asserted that many of the elements in the union employees contract were negotiated at a time when the company was a part of a monopoly. “We’re operating in a different world where competition for all of our services is heavy.” One of the biggest complaints union members and their supporters have raised about the new contract, is that Verizon is asking for serious concessions when the company is enjoying heavy profits. Mr. Santoro, however, says that these profits have nothing to do

with Verizon’s wire line business. “The way we’re earning money is in the part of the business that these guys have nothing to do with.” Instead, Verizon’s profits have been driven over the last few years largely by the success of its Verizon Wireless arm. “Verizon Wireless is a separate company, its operated by different people using different networks,” said Mr. Santoro. Although Mr. Santoro acknowledged that all wireless carriers have to use some portion of a wireline network to complete a call, he was careful to point out that doesn’t make Verizon Communication Inc.’s recently striking union employees a part of Verizon Wireless or its network. Verizon Wireless also happens to be largely made up of nonunion employees, who were not a part of the recent strike. As for any damage the strike might have caused to Verizon, Mr. Santoro says that very little long-term disruption occurred. “The good news is that we were able to keep the network running with minimal interruptions to our customers.” Optimism Going Forward Mr. Santoro is also optimistic about the ongoing negotiations.

“It is very good news that both sides have made some progress on some of the issues. Most importantly that’s good news for our customers.” As for what elements of the proposed contract Verizon might be willing to compromise on or take off the table Mr. Santoro’s reply was, as consistent as it was noncommittal. “Anything could be negotiated. That’s the nature of negotiations.” Still, Mr. Santoro believes that the unions will have cause to be happy with the final results. “At the end of the day when the new contract is signed, the union employees will continue to have very good jobs and benefits, among the best in the industry.” IBEW 2324 Vice President and Pittsfield resident Joe Floyd is also happy that the strike has concluded. “I think it’s a good deal. It’s good to be working while your talking. It’s a good sign. There’s no winners in a strike.” Asked if the union had made their point by going on strike, Mr. Floyd answered firmly in the affirmative. “Definitely. We have made our point. They didn’t think we’d do it, they thought they could shove a lousy contract down our throat and we didn’t accept that.”

picture of us working at the site, you wouldn’t be able to tell the laborers from the bosses. It’s everybody together that makes it happen; no different than a football team.” GIRL from page 5 says Robin Flipse, MS, RD. phytonutrients and antioxidants are what these vibrant veggies are filled with protecting against free radicals, and they contain beta carotene and lycopene which protect your skin from the sun and repair skin damage. • Nibble on…Kiwifruit! This beautiful fruit maintains clear skin, and promotes healthy bones. Lisa Drayer says it also neutralizes free radicals that can lead to cancer and heart disease. It also contains more Vitamin C than oranges. Who knew! • Nibble on…Spinach! Lisa Drayer says has exceptional lutein content which help keeps our eyes healthy. Spinach is packed full of vitamins including folate(vitamin B9) which aids in production and maintenance of new cells and red blood cells, which makes you stronger like Popeye! So there you have it! Go out now and get healthy! Take care of yourself! In the end remember the words spoken from the makers of one of my favorite Disney animated films; The Beauty and The Beast, “True beauty comes from within”, and when we are beautiful on the inside, we glow with radiance on the outside… Ciao Bella


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Day Stops: The Old Creamery Susan Wicker Guerrero Beacon Staff Writer

Two Jewels of Late Summer: Touch-Me-Not and the Ruby Throated Hummingbird David St. James Contributor

Touch-me-not, or Jewelweed, is a common flower found in August and early September with bright orange, one-inch flowers growing on plants often five feet high. The leaves of this plant repel water causing beaded dew and raindrops to sparkle in the sun like jewels on its deep green foliage. The trumpet shaped flowers taper to a thin, curled spur where the sweet nectar is hidden. This structure prevents insect pollinators from reaching the bottom of the blossom. Bulky insects like the bumble bee get caught in the mouth of the flower and can’t extricate themselves, while smaller insects who make their way in, seldom find their way out. Enter our second jewel: the Ruby Thoated Hummingbird. Jewelweed blooms just as the hummingbirds begin to migrate south in late summer. The long bill of the hummingbird is perfectly adapted to reach the flower’s nectar, picking up pollen along the way and spreading it from plant to plant. This interaction between bird and blossom contributes to the survival of both species. Without the hummingbird, the fertilization and regeneration of the jewelweed would be precarious at best. The hummingbird, on the other hand, needs all of the fuel it can get as it continues its daunting migration. This tiny creature, powered by fifty-three wing beats per second, faces a journey of more than two thousand miles to its winter home in Central America. Two jewels. Watch for both of them through mid September.

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These days, with the economy tight and everyone watching each penny spent, many people choose to forgo vacations that require a lot of traveling. One way to have fun without breaking the bank is to make day stops within easy driving distance in and around the Berkshires. Lucky for residents living here, there are dozens of destinations to choose from. With all of this in mind, the Beacon will, from time to time, run “Day Stops,” a column on neat places to go or things to do. Some weeks the column will highlight places where readers can go to save a buck, or two, like consignment shops within driving distance. Sometimes, it may be a place a little out-of-the-ordinary or doing something you may not otherwise know about. Take, for instance, eating an ice cream cone in a flavor called “Tarzan, Jane, and Chimps” its banana icecream with coconut flakes and crunchy chocolate chunks. Not interested?

“Everywhere you look, landscape is controlled and falsified, it’s all fake. I’m just building it more fakely.” —Karin Stack on her artwork Different Flavored Ice Cream Okay, how about a couple scoops of “Three Geeks and a Red Head?” That’s coconut ice cream, coconut flakes, semisweet chocolate chunks, fudge brownies, and a red raspberry swirl. Those are just two really delicious Bart’s ice cream flavors.

Bart’s is an ice cream company that opened in 1976 in downtown Northampton. Their main base of operations now, however, is Greenfield. Bart’s ice cream is also sold in numerous communities such as Amherst, Ashfield, Athol, Belchertown, Deerfield, and Easthampton, just to name a handful. Berkshire unique ice cream lovers, however, do not have to travel a long way to get a taste of the two unique flavors or others just as yummy. They are available, with a host of other tasty flavors, at The Old Creamery in Cummington. It’s a hop, skip, and a jump from Dalton. Big Cow on Roof Now, anyone who has ever driven to Northampton via Route 9 has passed the old turn-of-thecentury white building with the gigantic black and white cow on its front roof. It would be hard to miss. That’s the Old Creamery. It’s actually been there since 1886 and started out as a co-op. Farmers in that area delivered cream to be churned into butter. According to the Old Creamery’s website, at one time, a total of 145 dairies made 20,000 pounds of butter a month! The mission of the Old Creamery changed throughout the years, sometimes it served as a restaurant or general store or both. In 2000, Alice Cozzolino and Amy Pulley purchased the business. They call their establishment “a small country store cultivating a big vision.” Great Place to Visit It’s a really great place to visit. Filled with light from a wall of windows, people can order food to eat at little tables, shop for grocery items, check out brightly colored pottery, pick up a couple boxes of tea, buy unique greeting cards, purchase naturally raised and organic meats, cheeses, breads, candles, and so on. A visitor can grind coffee to take home, select a bottle of wine to serve guests, or pick out a piece of art on display from several area artisans. The Old Creamery is a “happening” place. Talk about a different concept

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Cadence Leach, of Pittsfield, enjoys one of The Old Creamery’s pop sickles. of a store, the owners have stated that they want to “make the world a more just, loving, and environmentally sustainable place, starting in our own neighborhood, through the vehicle of a vibrant, community-oriented retail store.” Kindness Important They have said they hope that when customers come into the store to visit, they will find it to be a place where “kindness is a more powerful currency than money. A place where connecting and caring for people is more important than selling stuff.” Now those are pretty different concepts of customer satisfaction rarely found in big name stores. Here’s another really interesting tidbit about The Old Creamery. It’s now in the process of converting back to being a co-op, owned by anyone who wants to become a founding member. Jeffery Lipton, a cashier at The Old Creamery, and a founding member, said even people who live in Pittsfield, Lenox, or surrounding communities in the Berkshires can join.

Co-op Members Wanted “We hope everybody does,” he said. To date, more than 400 people have signed-up to join the future co-op and every time a new person does, the store rings a cow bell. It costs $150 for a full equity share. The target date for the conversion to co-op is the end of this year, Mr. Lipton said. People who become co-op members will, presumably, have an appreciation for The Old Creamery and want to be part of a larger community and have a voice, he said. He said the owners are shooting for 500 people to sign-up which will show lenders that there is support for a co-op. In the future, once the conversion to being a co-op is made, and depending on how well the business is going, members will benefit financially, Mr. Lipton indicated. So see? If you stop by The Old Creamery in neighboring Cummington, you can even get a lot more than Three Geeks and a Redhead ice cream!

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Friday to Friday A Weekly Guide to What’s Going on In and Around the Berkshires FRIDAY AUG 26 Nesting Project - Connecting Nature with Art at the Berkshire Botanical Garden. Sculpture with natural material. 10am to Noon. Fee: $25.00 members, $35.00 nonmembers. 5 West Stockbridge Rd., Stockbridge. 413-298-3926. The Two Gentleman of Verona at Shakespeare & Co. At 12:45pm. 70 Kemble St., Lenox. Box Office: 413-637-3353. Barred Owl Hike at Kennedy Park. Meet at Kennedy Rd. and Reservoir Rd., Lenox. Contact Katherine Vause for details. 413-329-0173. As You Like It at Shakespeare & Co. 2pm. 70 Kemble St., Lenox. Box Office: 413-637-3353. Venetian Twins at Shakespeare & Co. 5:30pm. 70 Kemble St., Lenox. Box Office: 413-637-3353. Nighthawk Migration at Canoe Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary Bring a chair and binoculars 5:45pm to 7:45pm. 350 Williams St., Pittsfield. Live Music at the Route 7 Grill Live Music Featuring Rob Sanzone Followed by 8 Foot River 5:30pm to 8:30pm. 999 Main St., Great Barrington. 413-528-3235. Work o’ the Weavers at the Guthrie Center. Group performs the repertoire of the great folk group, the Weavers. Call between 10am and 4pm for ticket info and show times. 4 Van Deusenville Rd., Great Barrington. 413-528-1955. B.O.B. in the Lion’s Den at the Red Lion Inn. Blues-based- folkinfluenced acoustic rock. Call for times. 30 Main St., Stockbridge. 413-298-5545. Pittsfield Colonials At Home Game. 7:00. Grand Stand Box Seats $9.00, General Admission $7.00. 105 Wahconah St., Pittsfield. 413-236-2961. The Hound of the Baskervilles at Shakespeare & Co. 7:30pm. 70 Kemble St., Lenox. Box Office: 413-637-3353.

Period of Adjustment by Tennessee Williams at the Berkshire Theater Festival. Directed by David Auburn. 8pm. Call for ticket information. 6 East St. Stockbridge. 413-298-5536. Finian’s Rainbow at the Berkshire Theater Festival. Directed by Kyle Fabel. 8pm. Call for ticket information. 6 East St. Stockbridge. 413-298-5536. The Memory of Water at Shakespeare & Co. 8pm. 70 Kemble St., Lenox. Box Office: 413-637-3353. Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess at Tanglewood. Bramwell Tovey conductor. 8:30pm. 297 West St. Lenox. Box Office: 888-266-7575.

SATURDAY AUG 27 Learning to Use Keys in Plant Identification, A Wildflower Walk at Canoe Meadows. Joe Strauch, former director of the Berkshire Botanical Garden is the guide. Time 10am to 12pm. Fee 5:00 for Members or $7.00 for Non Members. Pre-registration is recommended. Holmes Rd. Pittsfield., 413-637-0320. Behind the Scenes Tour at Shakespeare & Co. Tours begin at Josie’s Place in Founders’ Theater. 10am. $10.00 adults - $5.00 18 and younger. 70 Kemble St., Lenox. 413-637-1199. Beethoven Symphony #9 at Tanglewood. Lorin Maazel conducting. 10:30am. 297 West St., Lenox. Box Office: 888- 266-7575. Customer Appreciation Day at Lee Hardware. Free cookout & prizes. Live music. Noon to 2pm. 221 Main St., Lee. 413-243-0786. Everything Under the Sun Music and Arts Fest to Benefit The Minerva Arts Center (The MAC). A two day concert with two dozen local bands. Noon to 1am. Admission (for each day): $13.00 at gate, $10.00 if purchased in advance. Noel Field on Rte 8 in North Adams. 413-346-4502. The Two Gentleman of Verona at Shakespeare & Co.. At 12:45pm.

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The Hound of the Baskervilles at Shakespeare & Co. 2pm. 70 Kemble St. Lenox. Box Office: 413-637-3353.

All-Beethoven Program at Tanglewood. Itzhak Perman conductor and violin. 8:30pm. 297 West St., Lenox. Box Office: 888-266-7575.

Reception at Sohn Gallery in Stockbridge. To celebrate the opening of Cassandra Sohn’s exhibition Flight, a series of photographs of birds in flight over the Atlantic Ocean. 5pm to 8pm. FREE. Exhibit runs from 8/25/11 to 10/10/11. 6 Elm St., Stockbridge. 413-298-1025. Midsummer’s Night Meal at Shakespeare & Co. Founders’ Theater Tent. 5pm to 7:30pm. $30.00 including choice of beverage. Order 24 hours in advance to insure availability. 70 Kemble St., Lenox. 413-637-1199. Live Music at Aegean Breeze featuring David Reed. On the patio. 6:30pm to 9:30pm. No cover. 327 Stockbridge Rd., Great Barrington. 413-528-4001.

SUNDAY AUG 28 Overwintering Tropicals and Tender Perennials at Ward’s Nursery. Guest Erin Piester, staff horticulturist at the Garden Center.. 11am. Free. 600 South Main St. Great Barrington. 413-528-0166. Everything Under the Sun Music and Arts Fest to Benefit The Minerva Arts Center (The MAC) Day 2. A two day concert with two dozen local bands. 11am to 11pm. Admission (for each day): $13.00 at gate, $10.00 if purchased in advance. Noel Field on Rte. 8 in North Adams. 413-346-4502.

Chandler Travis and Three-O in the Lion’s Den at the Red Lion Inn. Eclectic mix of styles. Call for times. 30 Main St., Stockbridge. 413-298-5545.

MONDAY AUG 29 Willie Nininger in the Lion’s Den at the Red Lion Inn. Variety of music, wit and charm. Call for times. 30 Main St., Stockbridge. 413-298-5545. Period of Adjustment by Tennessee Williams at the Berkshire Theater Festival. Directed by David Auburn. 8pm. Call for ticket information. 6 East St., Stockbridge. 413-298-5536.

TUESDAY AUG 30 The Hound of the Baskervilles at Shakespeare & Co. 2pm. 70 Kemble St., Lenox. Box Office: 413-637-3353.

Everyactor at Shakespeare & Co. 12:30pm. 70 Kemble St., Lenox. Box Office: 413-637-3353.

The Memory of Water at Shakespeare & Co. 3pm. 70 Kemble St., Lenox. Box Office: 413-637-3353.

Pittsfield Colonials At Home Game. 7:00pm. Grand Stand Box Seats $9.00, General Admission $7.00. 105 Wahconah St., Pittsfield. 413-236-2961.

Pittsfield Colonials At Home Game. 2pm. Grand Stand Box Seats $9.00, General Admission $7.00. 105 Wahconah St., Pittsfield. 413-236-2961.

Bill Staines at the Guthrie Center. Folksongs and original music Staines has 26 albums to his credit. Call between 10:00am and 4:00pm for ticket info. and show times. 4 Van Deusenville Rd.. 413-528-1955.

Romeo and Juliet at Shakespeare & Co. 2pm. 70 Kemble St., Lenox. Box Office: 413-637-3353.

Tom Corrigan of the Reformers in the Lion’s Den at the Red Lion Inn. A mix of Dylan, the Stones, U2 and original material. Call for times. 30 Main St., Stockbridge. 413-298- 5545.

True Tones in the Lion’s Den at the Red Lion Inn. The Den debut of this local band. Call for times. 30 Main St., Stockbridge. 413-298-5545

Beethoven Symphony #9 at Tanglewood. Lorin Maazel conducting. 2:30pm. 297 West St., Lenox. Box Office: 888- 266-7575. Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivens at Shakespeare & Co. 3pm. 70 Kemble St., Lenox. Box Office: 413-637-3353.

Period of Adjustment by Tennessee Williams at the Berkshire Theater Festival. Directed by David Auburn. Showing at 2:00pm and 8:00pm. Call for ticket information. 6 East St., Stockbridge. 413-298-5536

Everyactor at Shakespeare & Co.. 5:30pm. 70 Kemble St. Lenox. Box Office: 413-637-3353.

Finian’s Rainbow at the Berkshire Theater Festival. Directed by Kyle Fabel. Showing at 2:00pm and 8:00pm. Call for ticket infor-

The Memory of Water at Shakespeare & Co. 8:00pm. 70 Kemble St., Lenox. Box Office: 413-637-3353.

As You Like It at Shakespeare & Co. 7:30pm. 70 Kemble St, Lenox. Box Office: 413-637-3353.

Everyactor at Shakespeare & Co. 5:30pm. 70 Kemble St. Lenox. Box Office: 413-637-3353. Romeo and Juliet at Shakespeare & Co. 7:30pm. 70 Kemble St., Lenox. Box Office: 413-637-3353. Rhythm and Poetry Open Mic at the Gypsy Joynt. 7:30. 293 Main St., Great Barrington. 413-664-8811. Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivens at Shakespeare & Co. 8pm. 70 Kemble St. Lenox. Box Office: 413-637-3353. Period of Adjustment by Tennessee Williams at the Berkshire Theater Festival. Directed by David Auburn. 8:00pm. Call for ticket information. 6 East St. Stockbridge. 413-298-5536 The Birthday Boy at Berkshire

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Theater Festival. Directed by Wes Grantom. 8:00pm. Call for ticket information. 6 East St., Stockbridge. 413-298-5536.

WEDNESDAY AUG 31 Behind the Scenes Tour at Shakespeare & Co. Tours begin at Josie’s Place in Founders’ Theater. 10am. $10.00 adults, $5.00 18 and younger. 70 Kemble St., Lenox. 413-637-1199. Marionettes by the Robbins-Zust Family present Firebird at St. Paul’s Episcopal. Shows at 11am and 2pm. Church 29 Main St. Stockbridge. 413-698-2591. The Two Gentleman of Verona at Shakespeare & Co. 12:45pm. 70 Kemble St., Lenox. Box Office: 413-637-3353. The Fall of the House of Walworth: A Tale of Madness and Murder in Gilded Age America at Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum. Author Geoffrey O’Brien will discuss his book Autographs are available during the Victorian Tea that follows the lecture. $16.00 for non-members and $14.00 for members. 104 Walker St. Lenox. Call 413-637-3206 for times. Romeo and Juliet at Shakespeare & Co. 2pm. 70 Kemble St., Lenox. Box Office: 413-637-3353.

Period of Adjustment by Tennessee Williams at the Berkshire Theater Festival. Directed by David Auburn. 7pm. Call for ticket information. 6 East St., Stockbridge. 413-298-5536. The Birthday Boy at Berkshire Theater Festival. Directed by Wes Grantom. 7pm. Call for ticket information. 6 East St., Stockbridge. 413-298-5536. As You Like It at Shakespeare & Co. 7:30pm. 70 Kemble St., Lenox. Box Office: 413-637-3353. Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivens at Shakespeare & Co. 8pm. 70 Kemble St., Lenox. Box Office: 413-637-3353.

Kemble St., Lenox. Box Office: 413-637-3353. Period of Adjustment by Tennessee Williams at the Berkshire Theater Festival. Directed by David Auburn. 2pm. Call for ticket information. 6 East St., Stockbridge. 413-298-5536. As You Like It at Shakespeare & Co. 2pm. 70 Kemble St., Lenox. Box Office: 413-637-3353. Everyactor at Shakespeare & Co. 5:30pm. 70 Kemble St., Lenox. Box Office: 413-637-3353. Tanglewood Wine & Food Classic: Auction Dinner. Limited tickets available. 6pm. 297 West St., Lenox. Call Nina Jung at (617) 638-9423. Thursday Hootenanny at the Guthrie Center. Doors open and signup at 7pm; show is at 8pm. Performers free; members $3.00; non-members $5.00. 4 Van Deusenville Rd., Great Barrington. 413-528-1955 between 10am and 4pm. The Hound of the Baskervilles at Shakespeare & Co. 7:30pm. 70 Kemble St., Lenox. Box Office: 413-637-3353. Satellite Shine in the Lion’s Den at the Red Lion Inn. Doing classic covers. Call for times. 30 Main St., Stockbridge. 413-298-5545. The Birthday Boy at Berkshire Theater Festival. Directed by Wes Grantom. 8pm. Call for ticket information. 6 East St., Stockbridge. 413-298-5536. Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivens at Shakespeare & Co. 8pm. 70 Kemble St., Lenox. Box Office: 413-637-3353.

FRIDAY SEPT 2 The Two Gentleman of Verona at Shakespeare & Co.. At 12:45pm. 70 Kemble St. Lenox. Box Office: 413-637-3353. The Hound of the Baskervilles at Shakespeare & Co. 2pm. 70 Kemble St., Lenox. Box Office: 413-637-3353.


Tanglewood Wine and Food Classic: Exploration of Chocolate. 4pm. 297 West St., Lenox. Call for information 413-637-5180.

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Box Seats $9.00, General Admission $7.00. 105 Wahconah St., Pittsfield. 413-236-2961. James Montgomery at the Guthrie Center. Folk/Blues. Call between 10am and 4pm for ticket info and show times. 4 Van Deusenville Rd., Great Barrington. 413-528-1955. Romeo and Juliet at Shakespeare & Co. 7:30pm. 70 Kemble St., Lenox. Box Office: 413-637-3353. The Reformers in the Lion’s Den at the Red Lion Inn. Classic Rock and blues. Call for times. 30 Main St., Stockbridge. 413-298-5545. Period of Adjustment by Tennessee Williams at the Berkshire Theater Festival. Directed by David Auburn. 8pm. Call for ticket information. 6 East St., Stockbridge. 413-298-5536. The Birthday Boy at Berkshire Theater Festival. Directed by Wes Grantom. 8:00pm. Call for ticket information. 6 East St. Stockbridge. 413-298-5536.

ONGOING Flight, a series of photographs of birds in flight over the Atlantic Ocean. At the Sohn Gallery. 6 Elm St., Stockbridge. Ends Oct. 10. Geckos: Tails to Toepads ends Sept. 18. Collector’s Choice, selections from the collection of Jay and Jane Braus (contemporary and modern art) ends Oct. 11. Roberto Juarez Mural Paintings 20002011 ends Sept. 25. Berkshire Museum. 39 South St., Pittsfield. 413-443-7171. Hoogs & Crawford Modern Studio Glass Live demonstrations from 10am to 3pm in the studio. Close up view of hand glass making. Every day except Monday. 2439 State Rte. 295, Canaan, NY. Call first at 413-212-9404. Pissarro’s People, the people, places and politics that influenced the great impressionist Camille Pissarro. Ends Oct. 2. The Clark, 225 South Street, Williamstown. Ventfort Hall: Mansion and Gilded Age Museum presents: Open Marriage: Renegade Wife of the Gilded Age. Directed by John G. Rubin, Starring Anne Undeland, Written by Juliane Hiam. Wed & Thurs at 7:30 pm, Sat at 4pm and Sun at 10am. 104 Walker St., Lenox. 413-637-3206. Ends Sept. 14.

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