Vol. III No. 17 9/1/2022
1. Tuesday Sept. 6 Primary Election
Early voting began Saturday, August 27 from 9am to 5pm in the Town Clerk's office and continues today, September 1 and and tomorrow, September 2.
2. In Memoriam — Hilda Banks Shapiro
I loved Hilda Banks Shapiro. I will miss her. I will miss her red high-top sneakers and her voracious appetite. I will miss her soaring talent at the piano. I will miss that she made community wherever she went. You know how? Folks can be too selfish, too self-concerned to weave others together or so generous that they do it automatically. Hilda was the latter; she left laughter and good cheer in her wake.
When I was president of Thursday Morning Club, Hilda asked to be my chaplain — the woman who opens the meetings with inspirational words. Hilda died at 95 and this was just a couple of years ago, so some had doubts. True I got her back-up, but I believed in her. At one meeting she read a poem by Kent M. Keith. Everyone should read it, so here it is from Hilda to all of us with love.
People are often unreasonable, illogical and self-centered;
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
If you find happiness, they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you have anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and your conscience;
It was never between you and them anyway.
There is a wish: May your memory be a blessing — Hilda's memory is indeed a blessing. Rest in peace old friend.
3. Tanglewood changes position
From Patrick White, Chair, Board of Selectmen, "Just received this text from the Josh Billings RunAground Triathlon Director, Patty Spector: A quick note to say that Tanglewood has agreed to allow all participants to use the Lions Gate lot from 6am – 4pm for the Josh! I can't thank you all enough for all your support and help. I am overwhelmed by the support of the community...Patty"
4. Stockbridge Library wants to know
We are engaging in our 5-year strategic planning process. One of the most important parts of the process is receiving feedback from the community about the ways we can most beneficially serve the town. Click below to respond to the survey. Thank you.
5. Stockbridge Senior Center Grand Re-opening
Meet Town Administrator Michael Canales and hear about our Council on Aging programs and services. Lunch provided by Mazzeo's Ristorante. Music accompaniment by Stockbridge resident Jack Gremli. Transportation options available - Free Event
Wednesday, September 21st, 11am – 2pm, 50 Main Street, Stockbridge
RSVP by September 12th, 2022, to 413-298-4170 x 250 or email@example.com
6. Berkshire Natural Resources Council
Beginner Urban Birding Walk, Springside Park, Pittsfield
Saturday, September 3, 8:30 am – 10:30 am
Get to know and appreciate your neighborhood birds on this walk in downtown Pittsfield's beautiful Springside Park.
Guided Hike on the High Road Yokun Ridge
Saturday, Sunday 11, 9:00 am – 1:30 pm
Join us for an out-and-back hike from Bousquet Mountain to Mahanna Cobble and Yokun Seat as part of the 2022 Housatonic Heritage hikes.