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The silk pillowcase and post card was donated by Jean Gingras. The items will be added to Dalton Historical’s collection and will be included in a future Memorial or Veteran’s Day display.
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The postcard depicts a trolley accident that happened in 1910 or 1911.

Dalton Historical Commission Receives Item Donations

By Sabrina DammsiBerkshires Staff
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The front of the pillowcase has the United States Great Seal next to a poem entitled "To My Sister" and the Pledge of Allegiance on the back.
DALTON, Mass.—The Dalton Historical Commission received a World War II pillow case and postcard donation during its meeting on Wednesday afternoon. 
 
The silk pillowcase and post card was donated by Jean Gingras. The items will be added to Dalton Historical’s collection and will be included in a future Memorial or Veteran’s Day display. 
 
The display will include war memorabilia including old newspaper clippings from wartime, various war uniforms, and more. 
 
The pillowcase was owned by World War II Private Richard Brewer. He enlisted in August 1944. He served as an auto serviceman until he was honorably discharged in July 1946. 
 
During his tenure, he received the Victory Medal and American Theatre Ribbon. 
 
The front of the pillowcase has the United States Great Seal next to a poem entitled "To My Sister" and the Pledge of Allegiance on the back. The postcard depicts a trolley accident that happened in 1910 or 1911. 
 
This is the fourth item obtained by the commission in the past four months. The first three items were donated to the Fitch Hoose House Museum, which is maintained by the commission. 
 
The Fitch-Hoose House Museum received donations of paintings by George Hoose in September and October and an antique cloth doll donation in November. 

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Dalton Police Department Budgets for a Detective Position

By Sabrina DammsiBerkshires.com
DALTON, Mass.—The Police Department is budgeting for a detective position for fiscal year 2025. 
 
Police Chief Deanna Strout attended the Select Board meeting last week to present the department's proposed budget, which is projected to increase 2.96 percent, bringing it to $1,540,255.
 
The salaries budget is increasing 2.39 percent because of contractual increases and an 8 percent specialty assignment pay.
 
The specialty assignment pay was budgeted to cover the salary increase for one of the current officers who will receive training to become a detective. 
 
"We're pretty much the only department our size without a detective or investigator…We're not adding an additional officer but when we get the next one out of the academy we're just going to do a little staffing transition and have one person be in that role," Strout said. 
 
In 2022, the department had 306 investigations and 106 arrests. In 2023, this increased to 353 investigations and 125 criminal charges. Since the first of the year, the department is already at 21 arrests and 42 investigations, she said.
 
"So, we are swamped. I mean, just our numbers are through the roof," Strout said. "Not necessarily because we're a high criminal community, it's just we have a very proactive group of officers that are doing a lot of work proactively, so we're seeing a significant increase in drunk driving arrests, domestic violence, which we're called to but a lot of investigations are taking place,"
 
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