Wednesday July 25, 2012

Laurette and Harold "Hal" Troger wrote the County Fare recently to express their appreciation for the kindness shown them during their recent trip to visit the Berkshires.

The Monroe Township, N.Y., couple arrived in Lenox on July 11 and went shopping at the Purple Plume. As bad luck would have it, they left their credit card behind without realizing it.

As luck would have it, the Purple Plume employees must have overheard the Trogers' conversation about having dinner at the Gateways Inn later in the evening. But by the time everyone realized the card was left behind, the couple had already gone on their way.

While the Trogers were having dinner, the proprietor of the Gateway Inn gave them a sealed envelope. Inside was their credit card.

"To our astonishment, before we even missed it," Mrs. Troger wrote.

The consideration given the Trogers by the Purple Plume and the Gateways Inn made an impression.

"We hope to return one day and again enjoy what Lenox has to offer," the Trogers wrote.

All that Lenox has to offer -- including random acts of kindness.

Solemn salute to Korean War veterans: The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 448 and the Veteran Coalition Memorial Committee are inviting Pittsfield residents and beyond to attend the Korean War Memorial ceremony this Saturday at 10 a.m. at the steps of City Hall.

The memorial, constructed in 2002, honors the 33,746 killed in action, with a special tribute to the 20 sons of Pittsfield who gave their lives during this "Forgotten War.


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" One of the climactic moments of this event will be the reading of each name of the 20 local men, followed by the sounding of a bell, and ending with a firing squad rifle salute by the Dalton American Legion Post 155 Honor Guard and then the playing of taps by Honor Guard Captain Richard LaFlamme of VFW Post 448.

The ceremony will be officiated by Arnold M. Perras, commander of VFW Post 448 and a Korea veteran. Steven Williams, a Vietnam veteran, will give the invocation, and Tony Pastore, a member of the Disabled American Veterans, will sing the national anthem.

Speakers also will include Mayor Daniel L. Bianchi and Gregor T. Young III, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel. Young, a Korean War veteran and member of VFW Post 448, Disabled American Veterans and American Legion Post 68, will give the keynote address.

Robert Winslow, a Korea veteran, will lay a wreath at the base of the memorial.

In case of rain, the ceremony will be held indoors at the American Legion Post 68 located at 41 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

Town's new fire truck arrives Thursday: The town of Richmond will be taking delivery of its new fire truck -- a Toyne 3,000-gallon pumper truck -- Thursday evening at 6:30.

Town officials will be on hand for its arrival and to watch as it is backed into the fire station for the first time.

The new truck replaces the town's 1989 Western Water Tender, and was paid for with a combination of town funds approved in fiscal 2009 and a Federal Assistance to Firefighters Grant.

County Fare, a weekly column featuring "tales from throughout the Berkshires," is compiled by Eagle staffers. Visit the County Fare blog at www.berkshireeagleblogs.com/countyfare.