The city native was memorialized on Thursday with the unveiling of a bronze statue of two children reading a book set by the East Main Street entrance of the North Adams Public Library where she began her long career as a librarian.
Since 1791 some 23,721 law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty in America, according to Police Chief Michael Wynn.
Five of those were killed in Pittsfield - Capt. Michael Leonard, in 1898; Jailer James Fuller, 1901; Secret Service Operative William Craig, 1902; Officer Leo Sullivan, 1956; and Officer Timothy Shepard, 1988. In honor of National Police Week, the Pittsfield Police Department took time on Wednesday in remembrance of those five, officers throughout the nation, and
Thomas Tyning described his late friend Charles Kaminski as a "six-foot-two Paddington bear," with a cavernous voice that seemed to emanate from the depths of his heart and yet the kind of quality that put people at ease."
Kaminski - known as Chuck to some, Charlie to others - loved nature, cooking, and music. He never seemed stressed and was loved by many from across the state.
Hanlon was at Town Hall on Thursday morning to discuss the project at the invitation of Suffrage Centennial Celebration Committee, which has commissioned him to create the statue slated for the Town Common.
Of the numerous monuments, honor rolls and other memorials, eight are dedicated to World War I. The largest monument, the Mount Greylock War Memorial, looms above the town from the state's highest peak.
Nelson's work on that project and his inspiration within the community in leading by example won't be forgotten. During a tribute on Monday night for Nelson, who died in July at age 83, the pantry's new name was revealed as the Al Nelson Friendship Center.
Town meeting voted to rename the field last December to memorialize Cook and the town's veterans and the local Veterans of Foreign Wars chapter, also named after Cook, raised the funds to install the sign.