Annual Meeting January 18: Denny Alsop Spoke to Crowd of 100+

Denny Alsop, River Advocate, was the guest speaker at The Laurel Hill Association’s Annual Meeting,  held on Wednesday, January 18, at 7:00 pm in the Stockbridge Library’s Bement Room. Denny will present The Housatonic to Boston: A Paddler’s Story. He described his recent canoe trip starting in the Sheffield Plain on the Housatonic River and winding across Massachusetts to finish at the Charles River in Boston. 

The meeting  opened with the Association’s Business Meeting. Shelby Marshall was re-elected the President of LHA, while GeGe Kingston was elected Vice President, Patricia Flinn the Secretary and Patrick White the Treasurer.

Denny Alsop’s presentation began at 7:30. The meeting, as it is every year, was free. Refreshments were served ot the approximately 100 members and guests who attended.

A longtime Stockbridge resident, Denny Alsop made the first crossing of Massachusetts by canoe in 1988. His journey resulted in the introduction of The Massachusetts River Protection Act. In spring of 2016, Denny made the second crossing of Massachusetts by canoe, to bring attention to the continuing need to clean up “The Rest of The River.” The journey received coverage and reactions from major media, the Governor, members of Congress, the EPA, and General Electric, and will be the subject of Denny's presentation at The Laurel Hill Association's Annual Meeting.

Laurel Hill Day 2016

Laurel Hill Day will be celebrated on Saturday, August 20, 2016, at 2pm, at the Rostrum on Laurel Hill (behind the Town Offices). Please attend!

Our guest speaker will be Paul Gallay, Hudson Riverkeeper and President of Riverkeeper, a member-supported watchdog organization dedicated to defending the Hudson River and its tributaries and protecting the drinking water supply of nine million New York City and Hudson Valley residents.

Music will be provided by the Tim Grey Band. Refreshments will be served.

We will also announce the awardee of the 2016 college scholarship.

Laurel Hill Day 2015: Thanks to all!

Laurel Hill Day was held on Saturday, August 8. The program, presided over by Shelby Marshall, President, included an inspiring address by Will Conklin, Director of Greenagers (shown in the photo).   

LHA Trustee Erin Glasheen-Sheldon presented our annual college scholarship to Megan Cort, a rising senior at Bard College at Simon’s Rock who is majoring in Environmental and Sustainable Studies with a concentration in Environmental Historical Preservation. Brent Damrow, Pastor of Stockbridge's First Congregational Church, gave a moving invocation and benediction. And delightful music was provided by Doug Schmoze on guitar and Eric Martin on violin.

We also enjoyed an unusual treat. We sang the song "Old Laurel Hill," which was first sung at Laurel Hill Day on August 22, 1888, to an 18th century tune. Barbara Allen, LHA Trustee and Curator of the Stockbridge Library Museum and Archives, discovered it recently. Doug Schmoze and Eric Martin led everyone in singing it together.

Refreshments were provided by LHA Trustees Mary Balle and Helen Pigott. Trustee Pat Flinn prepared the program.

Thanks to everyone who attended.