Wednesday December 26, 2012

GREAT BARRINGTON -- The John S. Watson Christmas Fund has raised $28,315 to date, surpassing its goal of $25,000 after receiving additional gifts totaling $18,090. The latest donations included an anonymous gift of $12,500.

The fund is named for the late John Watson, a native of Great Barrington and a reporter for the Berkshire Eagle. Watson inaugurated the fund under the name Community Christmas Cheer Fund and ran it until 1963 when it was re-named in his honor.

Both clothing and food certificates are mailed out the second week of December allowing families time to redeem them before Christmas.

Donations to the fund can be made through any Berkshire Bank office. Checks should be made payable to the Watson Christmas Fund.

Those wishing to make donations "in memory of" or "in lieu of Christmas cards" should include their request with the donation check and those wishes will be published in the local newspapers and daily on WSBS radio.

Today's gifts:

"Peace on Earth, Good Will towards Men"

Anonymous $12,500

In Memory Of:

Those who perished in Newton, Conn.,
from Anonymous 50

Loved Ones, from Dorothy Heath &
Family 50

Sally, Gladys, Bill Korte & Ticky Carver,
from Bob & Mary Kinmond 20

Sally Korte, from Len & Katie 20

Aunts Sally Korty & Ticky Carver, from
Joy & Kassie 20

Grandma, Ethel Kilmer, from Diane, Anne
and Margie 20

Judy Keefner & Judy Clark, from Len &
Katie 20

Grampy Lockenwitz, from Teddy, Anne &
Kassie 10

Grandma Clara Gennari, from Kassie 10

Charles Mack, from Hazel Mack 25

Our Son Randy Leonard, Forever in our Hearts, Love, Mom and Dad 50

Randy Leonard, you are greatly missed
and always in our hearts, Love, Bonnie, Charlie and Judy 25

Keri Perotti you are greatly missed and
always in our hearts, Love Ida, Ronnie
and Judy 25

Medeo & Lena Morandi and Mary Ann
Warner, Love, Your Family 25

Our Parents, from Raymond and Holly
Murray 200

Loved Ones, from Jeanne DuVall 50

Our Jonathan, from Jack & Diane
Cowles 100

Jed & Tara Blackwell, from Steve 30

"Ace" Curtiss, Love from the Family 50

Kevin B. Finnerty, Milton & Edna Stevens
and Milton Stevens Jr., from The
Finnerty 50

Mom, Dad and Tommy, from Carol and
Andrew Namiot 50

Departed Members of the Housatonic
Hose Company, from Housatonic Hose Company 100

Sadie and Waren Powell, from Their
Children, Grandchildren and Great-Grandchildren 125

Victoria and Joseph Budz and Joseph Budz Jr., Love, Betty and Family 100

Ted Guerin, from Karen, Melissa &
Brenda 50

Vicky Whitbeck of Mt. Washington, from Anonymous 200

Our Parents, Millie Owens Larkin and
Vincent Owens and Elery Heath, from
Billy & Linda Owens 50

Aunt Mary Harrigan & Brother Mark Heath, from Linda Owens 25

Burt J. Ball 3rd, from Marian Robinson 30

Helen & George Atwood, Bill Seward, and Brother Billy, from Tom & Marlene 50

Our Grandparents David & Mary McDermott, Love, Todd, Jonna and Lara 30

Aunt Shirley and Uncle Bob Hatch and
Uncle Bill Schneyer, Love from George
and Carole Miller and Family 25

Bill Gulick, from Donald Gulick
and Claire Gulick 40

Papa Raifstanger, Dick, Glo and Caley
Larkin and Hudson Raifstanger, Love,
John & Cheryl Raifstanger 100

Erin Tresp,from Julie, Matt, Luke, Natalie, Jean & Nick 125

June & Jim Kimball, from Bev & Kim 100

Lydia and Eddie Fair and Jim Ware, from
Kim and Bev 100

Our Nannie, Martha Muir, from Matthew,
Andrew & Thomas 15

In Memory Of

Our Dad: Harold Pachulski, We Miss You, Carol, Chris & Eric 45

Bob Barry, from Lynn and William Barry 100

Barbara Person, from Bruce and Family 100

Big Al Rice, Eileen Leigner and Edmund
Ormsbee, from Anonymous 300

Johnny and Regina Pegorari, Norma Twiss Paget, Kick Siegfried, from Cliff &
Doreen Twiss 50

Noni, Michael, Grampa & Nana, Auntie Grace, from Todd and Tracy 50

Uncles Chucky, Joe, Bill, Dom, from Todd
and Tracy 50

Truman, Edith & Frank Wheeler, Love,
Linda, John & Chris 150

In Memory of

Our Parents, Nancy & Norman Boyer and
Louise & Clifford Moriarty, With Love,
Anne, Michael, Hannah, Rachel and
Matthew 100

Anna & Francis Shields, from The
Shields Family 200

Knud & Gertrud Laursen, from The
Shields Family 200

Dr. Bern Collins, from The Shields
Family 100

All the Deceased Members of our Family, from Dick & Barb Wheeler 25

Our Dad, Randy Leonard, "Always in our Hearts," Love, Travis and Koreu 25

My Husband Randy Leonard, Always Loved and Forever Missed, Love, Sally 25

Don & Judy Clark, "Bambi & Pop," Love
your Children, Grandchildren and Great--Grandchildren 25

Gram & Gramp Morandi, Gram Leonard,
Aunt Mary Ann Warner, Cousin Keri
Perotti, Sadly Missed, Love Sally, Travis
& Korey 25

My Husband - Henry "Joe" Chiera, from
Phyllis 25 Merry Christmas

Sue, Liz & Lynn, from Ann 20

Fred Bunce and Family 50

Everyone at Ray Murray Inc. 300

Anne and Parker Oppermann 10

Lee Sportsman's Association 25

James Lamme III & Wendy Linscott 250

Carl & Stephanie Bradford 100

Peter & Roxanne Unrath 100

Anonymous 50

Richard & Michaela Dohoney 50

Gary and Rita Kobran 30

The Fairview O.R., PACU & C.S. Staff 180

The Staff at Smith, Watson & Co. 160

Mandy & Ray Pieczarka 250

Judianne and William O'Brien 25

Fred & Margaret Vorck 25

Jan & Dick Snow 25

In Honor of the Professional and Courteous staff at the Stockbridge Road branch
of Berkshire Bank, from Southfield
Corporation 125

Merry Christmas to our Family and Friends, from Sue & Bob TenBroeck 30

Merry Christmas Dick & Barb Wheeler 25

Today's total: $18,090

Total to date: $28,315

Over goal: $3,315