Williamstown digestBartels Scholarship Mount Greylock Regional High School has established a scholarship fund in memory of Mathias J. Bartels, an outstanding scholar and athlete who died unexpectedly at age 16 on Jan. 31 of unknown causes. In announcing the scholarship, the school said, "Mathias exemplified the best qualities of youth: a top scholar, a talented athlete, a devoted friend, a natural leader." Donations may be made to "Mount Greylock Regional High School Mathias J. Bartels Scholarship Fund" and sent to the school at 1781 Cold Spring Road, Williamstown MA 01267. Economist editor WILLIAMSTOWN — Bill Emmott, editor-in-chief of The Economist, the world’s leading weekly magazine of international news, business, finance, economics, science, technology, culture and the arts, will discuss “America’s Role in the 21st century,” on Tuesday, March 2, at 8:30 p.m. in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall. The magazine, which describes itself as a “political, literary and general magazine” is known for the excellence of its analysis and the quality of its writing. Under Emmott’s leadership, the highly respected weekly magazine, has grown in popularity, increasing its international circulation. He introduced a Web edition of the magazine, Economist.com, and expanded the magazine’s coverage of North America, Asia, books and the arts. Emmott’s most recent book “20:21 Vision: 20th-Century Lessons for the 21st-first Century,” discusses the uncertain future of the world, encouraging the reader to remain vigilant of potential disruptions to world stability. In it, he argues that U.S. dominance in world affairs is contingent on America’s willingness to lead. Art lecture WILLIAMSTOWN —Sweetwood Senior Residential Community has announced a public lecture by S. Lane Faison Jr., the Amos Lawrence professor of art, emeritus, at Williams College, on Thursday, March 4, at 4 p.m. in the Sweetwood auditorium, 1611 Cold Spring Road (Route 7). Faison, who served on the Williams faculty for 40 years and was director of the Williams College Museum of Art from 1948 to 1976, will talk on “Looking For Art in the Painting.” The lecture is sponsored by the Garfield Republican Club. Oakley books WILLIAMSTOWN — Two recent books by Francis Oakley, the Edward Dorr Griffin Professor of the History of Ideas, emeritus, and president, emeritus, of Williams College, focus on the Catholic Church, past and present. Oakley is co-editor with Bruce Russett, the Dean Acheson Professor of International Relations and Political Science at Yale, of “Governance, Accountability, and the Future of the Catholic Churc.h” The book is a collection of addresses from a conference held in March 2003, at Yale University, to explore the implications for the future of the emerging revelations of sexual abuse by priests and the inadequacy of the church’s response to those revelations. Oakley is also the author of “The Conciliarist Tradition: Constitutionalism in the Catholic Church 1300-1870,” a revised and extended version of the Berlin Lectures, which he gave at Oxford in 1999 when he held the Sir Isaiah Berlin Visiting Professorship in the History of Ideas. Oakley has written extensively on medieval and early modern intellectual and religious history as well as on American higher education, and is the author, most recently, of “The Leadership Challenge of a College Presidency: Meaning, Occasion, and Voice” (2002). Russett serves as director of United Nations Studies at Yale. He has written extensively on matters pertaining to conflict resolution and the United Nations. He was principal advisor to the U.S. Catholic bishops for their 1983 pastoral letter, “The Challenge of Peace.” He grew up in North Adams and graduated from Williams in 1956. Food drive WILLIAMSTOWN — Curves 30 Minute Fitness and Weight Loss Center, which recently opened at 610 Main St., will join the Curves International Inc. “Food For Friends” food drive to benefit local food banks. Last year Curves International collected over 4.2 million pounds of food for communities across the nation. The week of March 8, Curves will waive the service fee for anyone joining the program who brings a bag of groceries. Anyone may drop off non-perishable food items at Curves Monday through Friday, during business hours. “The Food For Friends” promotion allows us, the franchisees, to help more women reach their fitness goals while giving back to the community simultaneously,” Valerie Shemeth, owner of the local club, said. Jentel artist Local resident Melanie Mowinski has been awarded a fellowship by the Jentel Artist Residency Program. Jentel, a working retreat for artists and writers. is located in a rural setting on a working cattle ranch in the Lower Piney Creek Valley approximately 20 miles southeast of Sheridan, Wyo. In March, Mowinski will be among the award recipients focusing on their own creative projects. During the four-week long residency, Jentel provides space where artists and writers may focus on creating. Communal spaces are designated for research, recreation, food preparation and dining. Each artist and writer is offered a private, comfortably furnished accommodation, a light, airy workspace and a stipend to defray living expenses during the program. Residents may choose privacy during their stay or participate in Jentel Presents, a community outreach program that features slide presentations and readings by visual artists and writers at the residency. There are no schedules and no obligations. Public meetings A schedule of public meetings in or about Williamstown, as provided by Town Clerk Mary C. Kennedy, 458-9341, from official postings. Meetings are held at the municipal building, 31 North St., unless otherwise indicated: Thursday, Feb. 26, Prudential Committee, 5 p.m., fire station; Finance Committee 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 1, Board of Health, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 2, Cal Ripken Baseball, 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, Sign Commission, 5 p.m., Thursday, March 4. Harper Center Elder Services Nutrition Program serves hot meals. Call 458-8250 or 458-5156; 48-hour notice is appreciated. Voluntary donations for van transportation are 50 cents one-way from Williamstown and $1 one-way from North Adams. Service is available 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Thursday, Feb. 26, 10 a.m., tai chi; 11 a.m., van to Wal-Mart; 11:30 a.m., lunch; 1 p.m., crafts; 3:30 p.m., knitting group. Friday, Feb. 27, 10:30 a.m., exercise; 11:30 a.m., lunch; 1 p.m., bingo. Sunday, Feb. 29, 11:30 p.m., lunch. Monday, March 1, 10:30 a.m., exercise; 11:30 a.m., lunch. 1 p.m., line dancing. Tuesday, March 2, 9 a.m., oil painting, income tax assistance by appointment; 9:45 and 10:45 a.m., van to Stop & Shop; 1 p.m., Friendship Club dessert. Wednesday, March 3, 9 a.m., van to Price Chopper; 10:30 a.m., exercise; 11:30 a.m., lunch; 1 p.m., bridge. Deaths Lillian Annette (Lambert) LaFleur, 84, of 49 Angeli St., North Adams, died on Wednesday, Feb. 18, at the emergency room of the North Adams Regional Hospital where she was taken after being stricken earlier at home. She was born in Burlington, Vt., on Dec. 11, 1919, a daughter of Amede Lambert and Alphonsine (LeClair) Lambert. She moved to Adams at an early age and was educated in Adams schools. Mrs. LaFleur was first employed by the former Berkshire Fine Spinning in North Adams for about 10 years. She later worked at the Cornish Wire Co. in Williamstown for a few years. She last worked for the Willowood Nursing Home in Williamstown until her retirement in 1973. She was a communicant of Our Lady of Mercy Church. She enjoyed knitting and crocheting. She was the widow of Lionel LaFleur, who died on Aug. 21, 1967. They were married in 1939. She leaves a daughter, Linda Bingham of Clearwater, Fla.; three sons, Richard L. LaFleur of Stafford, Va., Ronald J. LaFleur of North Adams and James LaFleur of Williamstown; a brother, Claude Lambert of Orlando, Fla.; three sisters, Diana Lampiasi and Claire Arnold of North Adams and Cecile Couture of Meriden, Conn.; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. One brother and three sisters are deceased: Louis Lambert, Georgette Therrien, Jeannette Corrigan and Rena Arnold. The funeral was Monday at the Flynn & Dagnoli-Montagna funeral home, West Chapels, 521 West Main St., North Adams. A funeral Mass was celebrated at Our Lady of Mercy Church, State Road, North Adams. Burial was in Southview Cemetery, North Adams. Memorial donations are suggested to North Adams Ambulance Service or the charity of the donor’s choice, through the funeral home. Arthur William Norman, 78, of 59 Langlois Ave., Williamstown, died on Wednesday, Feb. 18, at Sweetbrook Care Center, where he was admitted a week previously. He was born in Williamstown on Dec. 23, 1925, a son of Peter Norman and Grace E. (Northup) Norman. He attended schools in Williamstown. Mr. Norman was a veteran of World War II and served in the U.S. Navy. He was first employed at the Mount Hope Farm in Williamstown, where he worked with several members of his family. He later went into business for himself as a painting contractor and cabinetmaker, which he did for many years until his retirement. He enjoyed fishing. He was an avid collector of coins, dolls and Indian artifacts. He also enjoyed gardening, and he was well known for his generosity. He leaves a daughter, Kathleen Farren of Colorado; a son, Michael Norman of Williamstown; a brother, George E. Moreau of North Adams; two sisters, Shirley Booth of Adams and Ruth Stokes of Williamstown, five grandchildren and several great-grandchildren Two sons are deceased: David Norman and Arthur Norman Jr. A grandson was killed while serving with the U.S. Marines in California. Two sisters, Pearl Martin and Mary Jane Tovani, are deceased, and a brother died in infancy. His longtime companion, Marguerite B. Gould, died on Oct. 11, 2003. The funeral was Saturday at the Flynn & Dagnoli-Montagna funeral home, West Chapels, 521 West Main St., North Adams, with the Rev. Susan Stewart, pastor of the First United Methodist Church in North Adams officiating. Memorial donations may be made to Sweetbrook Care Center, through the funeral home. Christopher Haywood Norton, 51, of Jensen Beach, Fla., died Sunday, Feb. 15, in Stuart, Fla. He was born in Williamstown on Feb. 2, 1953, a son of Jerome and Phyllis (McNanley) Norton. He attended schools in Williamstown and graduated in 1971 from Mount Greylock Regional High School, where he was active in music, drama and football. He attended Cape Cod Community College and the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Most of his adult life was spent on Cape Cod. For a time, he was the manager of Dumphy’s Health Spa in Hyannis, and for many years he was a real estate broker. Several years ago, he moved to Jensen Beach, Fla. where he was the manager at Winn Dixie. He leaves his mother and father of Williamstown; two brothers, Carl Norton of Port St. Lucie, Fla. and Jerome D. Norton of South Hadley; a sister, Jennifer Jayko of Williamstown; and two nieces. A memorial Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, March 3, at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Church, Williamstown, with the Rev. Mark J. Burke, SJ, pastor of St. Patrick & Raphael Parish in Williamstown, as the celebrant. A reception will follow in the Parish Center. Memorial donations are suggested for the American Heart Association, through the Flynn & Dagnoli-Montagna funeral home, West Chapels, 521 West Main St. North Adams MA 01247. Eudocha “Dolly” (Rondeau) Richard, 92, a resident of Sweet Brook Care Center in Williamstown, died on Friday, Feb. 20. She was born on March 11, 1911, daughter of Albert and Eudocha (Holland) Rondeau. She grew up in the Blackinton section of North Adams, where she was active in the Incarnation Church and attended local schools. As a teenager, she worked as a bobbin-runner at the Blackinton Woolen Mill, as did many young people in North Adams at that time. The many photographs she took during those years show a group of happy young women in stylish ’20s fashion enjoying trolley rides to Williamstown, hikes to Pine Cobble, swimming at Camp Acushna MacCree and taking driving lessons in a Ford Model T. In 1929, she married John Joseph Richard of North Adams. They made their home in Williamstown. Mr. Richard died in 1967. Mrs. Richard was active in the Mothers Forum and a member of the North Adams Hospital Auxiliary for many years. She was an accomplished seamstress and pastry cook and took special pleasure in sewing and dressing dolls and in making elaborate gingerbread houses, many of which were donated to charity for fund raisers. She made dozens of fancy aprons each year for the Hospital Auxiliary Bazaar. She leaves two sons, John A. Richard of Wynantskill, N.Y., and Peter J. Richard of Williamstown; two daughters, Carol McCarron of North Adams and Nancy Donta of Boston; two sisters, Lillian Wiles of North Adams and Vivian Dale of Adams; a brother, Albert Rondeau of North Adams; 19 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a sister, Jean Burgess; two brothers, Andrew “Buddy” Rondeau and Nelson Rondeau, and two grandsons. The funeral was today, at the Flynn & Dagnoli-Montagna funeral home, West Chapels, 521 West Main St., North Adams. A Liturgy of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Patrick’s Church in Williamstown. Burial followed in Eastlawn Cemetery, Williamstown. Memorial donations are suggested for the Sweet Brook Care Centers Scholarship Program, through the funeral home. Alfreda Mabel Williams, 66, of 315 Ashland St., North Adams, died Monday, Feb. 23, at North Adams Commons, where she was admitted on January 23. She was born in North Adams on Nov. 15, 1937, a daughter of Alfred and Clara (Bohl) Williams. She lived in Williamstown as a child and attended schools there, including the former Williamstown High School. She was a homemaker most of her life and enjoyed knitting afghans and sewing her own curtains and drapes. She was a former member of the First United Methodist Church of Williamstown. She leaves six children and several grandchildren; three sisters, Shirley Freckleton of West Brattleboro,Vt.., Marjorie Oakley of Pittsfield and Corrine Benoit of Pittsfield; a brother, Alfred W. Williams Jr. of Bridgewater; her longtime companion Augustino Cantoni of North Adams, with whom she made her home; several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. A sister, Hope Barbara Stallings, predeceased her. The funeral will take place at the convenience of the family. Memorial donations are suggested for the VNA & Hospice of Northern Berkshire or to the American Cancer Society, through the Flynn & Dagnoli-Montagna funeral home, Central Chapels, 74 Marshall St., North Adams MA 01247.
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