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  • August 23, 2012Volume III, Issue 14

    www.berkshirebeacon.comLenox, MA 01240

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    1 Local News 6 Editorial6 From the Tower8 Pets9 Berkshire Sonata Insert11 Fast Picks14 Calendar15 Beer & Wine16 Movies 16 Girl-2-Girl17 Sports

    Lee football gets season underway- Page 20

    The Berkshire Beacon

    Index

    Historic touch

    Susan M. Wicker GuerreroBeacon Staff Writer

    STOCKBRIDGE - The spirits of 18 people who once lived in Stockbridge will come alive this Saturday from 1- 4 p.m. when the towns library sponsors a special living histo-ry program titled The Shady Porches of Stockbridge.

    For the second year, Berk-shire County residents from several different professions will take on the personas of the spirits, forgetting their own names and backgrounds. The 18 spirits will gather, three at a time, on porches of homes in town.

    An accountant, a business-man, a librarian, a policeman, a couple of teachers and so on will slip into their roles of peo-ple such as the late Florence

    Markham Boyd who lived from 1871 to 1947. She was the daughter of a man who had a contract with the U.S. Postal Service to pick up mail. Feisty and a proponent of open air and physical activity, she was also an animal advo-cate who kept horses.

    Barbara Allen is directorBarbara Allen, curator of

    the historical collection at the Stockbridge Library, is direc-tor of the upcoming living his-tory program. She is quick to point out The Shady Porches of Stockbridge is different from a professional theatrical performance.

    The volunteers taking on the personas of spirits are nev-er referred to as actors or ac-tresses, she said. They are pre-senters, characters or, just

    History comes alive in Stockbridge

    Bera B. DunauBeacon Staff Writer

    The campaign of Green Rainbow Party candidate Lee Scott Laugenour has picked up its first major endorsement.

    Mr. Laugenour, who is run-ning for the 4th Berkshire Massachusetts House of Rep-resentatives District against incumbent William Smitty Pignatelli (D Lenox) received the endorsement of the Unit-ed Auto Workers (UAW) Mas-sachusetts State Community Action Program (CAP) Coun-cil on Aug. 10.

    The CAP Council serves as the UAWs political wing and political action committee (PAC) in Massachusetts.

    We thought it was wonder-

    ful, said Mr. Laugenour in an interview with The Beacon about the UAWs endorsement.

    When Mr. Laugenour ran against Rep. Pignatelli for the first time in 2010, he received no union support.

    Were working harder and were getting stronger, said Mr. Laugenour when asked about what had changed since then, also citing his and the Green Rainbow Partys dedica-tion to progressive causes. Were serious about bringing political opposition to Beacon Hill.

    When questioned about whether he expected to receive additional union support, Mr. Laugenour said, I wouldnt rule out more.

    He filled out our question-

    naire beautifully and every-thing else, said Wilfred Wil-lie Desnoyers, President of the UAW CAP Council, in comments to The Beacon.

    One of the reasons why Mr. Desnoyers said the UAW had decided to back Mr. Lauge-nour was because Rep. Pig-natelli voted for the 2011 leg-islation that stripped Massachusettss municipal employees of most of their rights to bargain over their health care.

    That was a slap in the face to unions, said Pres. Desnoy-ers, who went on to say that a lot of politicians whod de-pended on union backing would not be receiving it this year.

    Mr. Laugenour has publicly see UAW page 5

    see PORCHES page 7

    Bera B. DunauBeacon Staff Writer

    LENOX The towns elect-ed officials and employees are determined to tackle the sub-stantial challenges ahead of them in upgrading Lenoxs ag-ing infrastructure, particularly its water and sewer system.

    The Beacon sat down for an interview with Selectman Ed-ward Lane, Department of Public Works Superintendent Jeffrey Vincent and Town Manager Gregory Federspiel to discuss this issue.

    Although the task of dealing with capital improvements in Lenox in the coming years was characterized as substantial by all three men, each one of them also detailed the work

    A problem on the horizon?Lenox looks to address its aging

    infrastructure during tough budget times

    Laugenour picks up union backing

    see IMPROVEMENTS page 14

    LENOX - The new street signs, based on of the histori-cal signs in the town are now in place.

    The last remaining historic sign, on the corner of Cliff-wood and Main, was used as a model for the project.

    James Jurney and the rest of the HDC have been working on the sign project for more

    than three years and first be-gan requesting funding for the project in December 2010.

    We are very happy with how they have come out, said Mr. Jurney. The font just could not be found any-where so the company had to crave the molds by hand using the Cliffwood sign as a guide.

    Kameron Z. Spaulding / BerKShire Beacon

    Kameron Z. Spaulding / BerKShire BeaconFixing the water and sewer systems is one major project.

  • 2 The Berkshire Beacon August 23, 2012

    Bera B. DunauBeacon Staff Writer

    LENOX - Partially spurred on by an outspoken public com-ment, the Town of Lenox is tack-ling the issue of crosswalk enforcement.

    The crosswalk issue is a big deal, said Lenox Board of Select-men Chairman Kenneth Fowler.

    The issue rose to the forefront of town politics when Sunset Av-enue resident Ellen Marshall complained to the board of se-lectmen about lax crosswalk en-forcement at the citizens open fo-rum of the Aug. 8 meeting.

    I have never seen it [the cross-walks bylaw] enforced, said Ms. Marshall. Every day, at least twice, someone does not stop.

    As a solution, Ms. Marshall suggested randomly policing dif-ferent crosswalks and paying for the extra cost of this enforcement by leveling the maximum $200 fine on violators.

    This is enforcement that could actually save a life, said Ms. Marshall.

    Chairman Fowler was sympa-thetic to Ms. Marshalls concerns and asked her if she would be willing to discuss them with Lenox Police Chief Stephen OBrien and a member of the se-lect board, most likely himself, at a future date. Ms. Marshall was agreeable to this proposal.

    Chief OBrien said that he had instructed the police force to pay closer attention to the crosswalks since Friday, and that this effort was ongoing. He also said that a report detailing their findings on crosswalk compliance over the weekend was delivered to the se-lectmen on Monday.

    Chief OBrien went on to say that there hadnt been many vio-lations, but a few warnings had been given.

    Chairman Fowler said that he himself had experienced cars run-ning Lenox crosswalks while he was walking in them, and en-couraged those who experienced or witnessed this kind of activity to take action.

    Meeting altercationMs. Marshall later stormed out

    of the selectmens meeting be-cause she didnt feel that Chair-man Fowler was giving her enough time to talk about some additional complaints, but her suggestions on crosswalk enforce-ment appear to have resonated with the board.

    The message was important to us, said Chairman Fowler. It didnt fall on deaf ears.

    Chairman Fowler said that a town police officer or special of-ficer would be deployed on Aug. 18 to monitor the crosswalks sit-uation, possibly issue warnings and report back on it to the se-lectmen at the Aug. 22 meeting, where additional action might be taken based on what was reported.

    The offer is still open [to meet with a board member and Chief OBrien]; Im waiting to hear from her, said Chairman Fowler,.

    Ms. Marshall, however, said in earlier comments to The Beacon that she had no intentions of get-ting involved any further.

    Ive brought an issue of con-cern to the select board, said Ms. Marshall. Ive done what I want-ed to do.

    Crosswalks now getting closer look

    Susan M. Wicker GuerreroBeacon Staff Writer

    PITTSFIELD People came by the dozens to the grand open-ing of the Goodwill Industries new flagship store at 457 Dalton Ave. last Saturday.

    They looked, ooed and ah-hed, shopped, stood in long lines to wait for their turns at the registers, bought new treasures and showed immense communi-ty spirit for an agency that has been in Pittsfield since 1953.

    Its really exciting, Frank En-gels, Goodwills chief executive officer, said of the new store.

    Even though the 8,000-square footage of the new store is about the same as the Goodwill store on Merrill Road, it appears bigger. Rather than displaying merchan-dise throughout three rooms, such as at the old store, the new store is spread out in one huge room. The former store on Mer-rill Road is now closed. Merchan-dise will be moved out a little at a time.

    Its an extraordinary differ-ence, Mr. Engels said. Its like night and day.Improved shopping experience

    Goodwill has been trying to improve the shopping experience for customers during the last couple of years.

    It stands to reason if there are better displays of merchandise, nicely arranged for customers to buy from, it is good for the mis-sion of Goodwill.

    The new store has wider aisles, more lights and better displays, Mr. Engels said.

    The mission of Goodwill is to help people with job training skills and job placement, he added.

    Last Saturday, the store did some booming business. Shelves filled with merchandise ranging from china plates and dolls to an-gels, household goods, glassware, books, CDs attracted the hoards of curious customers.

    They rolled their shopping carts along the shiny floor. Theyd pick up items, turn them over in their hands and place them in their carts for purchase.

    Everything in the new store is neatly organi