At the Board of Trustees meeting on April 19th, LHA President Shelby Marshal presented Richard B. Wilcox with the Association's Community Service Award for 2017. This award "gratefully acknowledges the generous contribution" of Rick "to the Quality of Life in Stockbridge," part of the mission of the LHA. Recording Secretary Pat Flinn read a Proclamation listing Rick's contributions.
The Laurel Hill Association and Stockbridge Land Trust have selected 10 winning photos and several honorable mentions in our second annual photo contest. Sets of notecards, featuring the winning photos, will be available for sale in several local shops. All proceeds will benefit the two organizations.
Fifty-four photographers submitted a total of 270 submissions, almost twice as many as last year.
The winning photos were taken by Emilija Baksys of Quincy, MA; Glenna Blackwell of Great Barrington, MA; Shirley Blanchard of Stockbridge, MA; Candy Childrey of Coral Springs, FL; Olivia Kinne of Pittsfield, MA; William Mulvihill of Stockbridge, MA; Gabrielle Murphy of West Stockbridge, MA; Richard Lasner of Washington, DC and Stockbridge, MA; Jay Rhind of Stockbridge, MA; and James Selva of Housatonic, MA.
Three volunteer judges, Michael Flower, Doug Munson, and Lionel Delevingne, selected the winning photos and the honorable mention photos. All the winning and honorable mention photos will be displayed on our website. An exhibition featuring the photos will be mounted at the Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives in September.
The Laurel Hill Association in Stockbridge will sponsor a town wide Earth Day Roadside Clean-up on Saturday, April 22. Help make Stockbridge clean and beautiful by joining your neighbors in picking up the winter's accumulation of trash in your own neighborhood. For more information contact Marie Raftery at kraftery [at] roadrunner.com.
Laurel Hill Association is accepting applications for one or two college scholarships of up to $2,000 to be awarded at the Laurel Hill Day celebration in August.
Undergraduate applicants must have completed their freshman year of college by May of this year. Graduate applicants must currently be enrolled in a master’s or doctoral program. All applicants must be residents of Southern Berkshire County and should be enrolled in a field of study that promotes environmental and/or historical preservation, such as conservation, environmental studies, architecture, plant sciences, land management, and forestry.
The Laurel Hill Association and Stockbridge Land Trust (SLT) are launching our second annual free photo contest. Anyone can submit up to ten photos of Stockbridge landscapes (or closeups!), in any season, by March 31, 2017 – including photos taken before now.
Some of the photos will appear on the Laurel Hill Association website, and the winning photos will appear on cards and other items Laurel Hill Association and SLT will sell as a joint fundraiser. Such items will identify the photographers and where they took their photos.
Laurel Hill Association's 2016 Annual Appeal raised over $15,000 from nearly 200 donors. The donations ranged from $5 to $1,000. Approximately 60% of donations came from a local address (full- or part-time residents who maintain a PO Box in Stockbridge or Glendale and those with mailing addresses in Lenox or West Stockbridge). The rest came from locales as far flung as Sao Paolo (Brazil), Florida and Colorado. As one might expect, a large number of donors maintain a residence in the Boston or New York metropolitan areas.
The Board of Laurel Hill Association wants to thank all donors for their generosity in helping us maintain the character and quality of life of Stockbridge and to maintain the various properties we steward. Thanks again! You can see a list of donors here.
The year was 1853. Laurel Hill Association was founded. A total of 13 types of coins were minted by the United States that year, though many of them were issued from multiple locations. Their denominations included all the ones we have today, plus the half cent, the three cent silver, the half dime (there were not yet any nickels), and of course the gold denominations from one dollar to twenty dollars. We can just imagine those early Stockbridge residents going to the local bank and getting one of these shiny, new coins to fund the first project, cleaning up the cemetery.
Today, it's a little easier to donate. Just hit the donate button! Thanks.
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 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 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.