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The Mount Greylock band marched and performed the National Anthem and Taps.

Lanesborough Honors Memorial Day With Parade, Ceremony

By Andy McKeeveriBerkshires Staff
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Andrew Gibson was the keynote speaker. More photos can be found here.
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — In World War 2, Lt. John Fox was directing the fire as the Americans were under attack from the Germans.
 
He kept changing the directions as to where to fire until he called for heavy firing directly on his location. 
 
"When told this, Fox simple confirmed that he knew what he was doing by saying fire it. Those salvos stopped the Germans in their tracks, gave the Americans a chance to counter-attack and retake the town," said Andrew Gibson, a history teacher at Mount Greylock Regional High School. 
 
Fox's body was found alongside hundreds of German soldiers and weapons, Gibson said. During the Civil War Thomas Plunkett was the color bearer, directing his unit into battle. The bearer led the way and soldier would follow their flag.
 
"A cannon blast took away both of Plunkett's arms and wounded him in the chest but he didn't stop. He pressed that flag tight against his chest and his heart with what remained of his arms to keep the line moving forward with him in the lead until he fainted from loss of blood," Gibson said.
 
Those two stories are just two examples of thousands of similar tales throughout history, Gibson said as he provided the keynote address at the annual Memorial Day parade and ceremony. 
 
The holiday recognizes those who died while serving in the armed forces. Gibson said their sacrifices are protect freedom and the land of opportunity.
 
"Our freedom to live our lives as we conceive them with minimal interference, this is precious because it is so rare," he said.
 
Selectman Robert Ericson reflected on the number of soldiers who perished. He reflected on being a parent, raising a child, and then eventually the child growing up and moving on. For some, though, they join the military and never return. Ericson said life moves on without them but he said the community must always remember their sacrifices.
 
"Today we honor all of these loses and sacrifice of our loved ones," he said.
 
The parade started at the Old Forge at 2 p.m. and traveled down Main Street to the cemetery. The parade features the Vietnam Veterans of America, the Lanesborough American Legion, Lanesborough, and Hancock Fire Departments, Lanesborough Police, the Shriners, youth spot teams,  the Mount Greylock Regional High School band, the Sheriff's Office, Council on Aging, and the Agricultural Council.
 
Donald "Digger" Clairmont was the grand marshall. The 90-year-old Clairmont had been the highway superintendent for 37 years before retiring. He also served as the assistant fire chief and then worked part-time with the Police Department.
 
The ceremony included speeches, the laying of a wreath by Liam Seddon, prayer led by Rev. Noreen Suriner, Taps and the National Anthem played by the Mount Greylock Regional High School band, and rifle salute by the Dalton Rifle Team. The ceremony was emceed by Robert Reilly.

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Lanesborough Hoping to Reopen Recycling Process Soon

By Jeff SnoonianiBerkshires Staff

Newly elected Selectman Michael Murphy, center, participates in his first meeting on Thursday night.
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The Selectman welcomed new member Michael Murphy, elected last week, to the board with a fairly light load Thursday evening. 
 
Cable TV contracts, Gulf Road and recycling were on the agenda among other items.
 
At their last meeting, the board had decided to keep Gulf Road closed until Dalton was comfortable opening the seasonal dirt byway. It serves as a shortcut between Lanesborough and Dalton and allows drivers to avoid shopping related traffic at Allendale Plaza and Berkshire Crossing in Pittsfield. It also could serve as an emergency detour should Route 8 be closed for any reason.
 
On Thursday, the board again voted but this time to reopen the road. But Murphy said he had spoken to a resident of Gulf Road who had wanted to advocate for the road to stay closed. This led into a discussion of why there is no public comment portion of the meeting since participation is now limited because of Town Hall being closed in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. 
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