County Fare: Historical group honors women's roles


The spirit of Marion Leach lives on at the Lee Historical Society.

The organization's board of directors has named its meeting room in honor of Leach, a longtime board member from Tyringham who passed away in March. The group regularly meets at the Crossway Tower senior housing complex in Lee.

The society's recent annual meeting also announced Mary Hayes Morrissey as the 2013 recipient of the Consolati-Davis-Dennis Award. Morrissey was honored for her contributions to the collection and preservation of the town's history as she has been involved with many projects for both the society and Lee Historical Commission.

The award pays tribute to the legacies of three women: Florence Consolati, Charlotte Davis and the late Betty Dennis. Consolati authored "See All the People," the history of Lee's second 100 years written for the town's 1977 bicentennial. Davis is a founding member of the historical society. Dennis was head librarian at Lee Library from 1942-1987.


With the cold weather season and holidays just around the corner, Village Ambulance Service has begun its annual 9-1-1 Coat and Can Drive in partnership with the Berkshire Mall and Berkshire Young Professionals.

Donations of jackets in clean and usable condition will be accepted, as well as non-perishable food items and gift cards for area clothing and food retail stores.

Items can be dropped off at the following locations: Village Ambulance Service headquarters, 30 Water St., Williamstown; the food court at the Berkshire Mall in Lanesborough, or any Berkshire Young Professionals event listed at

For more information, contact Shawn Godfrey at (413) 884-5729.


Jessica Roemischer's writing and music have allowed her to interact with people from retired bishop and activist Desmond Tutu to James and Kim Taylor. She returns to the Berkshires at 7:30 p.m. Saturday to perform a concert of music from her newly released piano CD, "In Duet with God," at Dewey Hall, 91 Main St., Sheffield. The performance will also include anecdotes from her work as well as stories from her upcoming book, "In Duet with God: The Story of a Lifelong Friendship."

Roemischer began piano at age 6. Learning to play her favorite songs by ear, she pursued piano studies in her hometown of Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. and won awards at the Westchester Symphony and Westchester Conservatory Concerto competitions.

Upon graduating from Princeton University in 1982, Roemischer moved to Melbourne, Australia and embarked upon a career as a performer and teacher, developing a unique approach to piano duet improvisation, "The Duet Paradigm," working with people of all ages and backgrounds, including those with disabilities such as blindness, autism and Down syndrome.

She brought her method to the Berkshires when she worked with the women at Riverbrook Residence in Stockbridge. This led to a 2012 "CNN Heroes Award" nomination and additional support from organizations like the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

As an internationally published writer and journalist, Roemischer has interviewed guitarist Carlos Santana, theologian Huston Smith, Apollo astronaut Edgar Mitchell and many others.

Tickets to Saturday's performance are $10 at the door. Information, (413) 229-2357 and

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