County Fare: Park gets a spruce-up; Lions exemplify motto

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The public flower beds at Springside Park in Pittsfield were given a spring spruce-up recently by the Friends of Springside Park.

Four members of the group — Wayne Boyton, Bernie Mack, Donna Cole and Jane Carman — spent the morning and early afternoon of May 5 cleaning and mulching the "Memory Gardens," which make up three large flower beds, and the "Butterfly Gardens," which make up 13 smaller beds. Both areas are located at the rear of the Springside House near the greenhouse, and attract the attention of many visitors through the spring and summer seasons.

The project was initiated by Springside Park arborist Robert Presutti, who donated 5 yards of premium mulch that he won as a prize from a fundraising event over the winter. For the past three years, mulch has been provided by the city of Pittsfield.

The friends follow the mulching event with ongoing volunteer weeding and maintenance throughout the year to preserve the attractiveness of the gardens.

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent social restrictions, the friends had to postpone its 31st Springside Park cleanup usually scheduled for the Saturday closest to Earth Day. The event has been rescheduled for July 18.

Lions serve

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On Mother's Day, members of the Hinsdale Lions Club offered pork roast dinners, free of charge, to anyone who made the trip to its clubhouse on Route 143. The Lions' motto is "To Serve," and President Florence Dodge, Treasurer Marlene DeAngelus and Secretary Merri Seidl provided about 80 meals to go.

Many of the recipients were regular attendees at the Lions Club's public dinners, which have been put on hold due to the mandatory rules passed down by Gov. Charlie Baker due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Cars started lining up at the Hinsdale Club about 3 p.m., although the meals weren't ready for serving until 4 p.m. By 5:15 p.m., the parking lot was empty and most of the food was gone.

Everyone who made the trip was appreciative, and most gave donations to the club, which will be used to finance various causes related to eye and hearing research.

Dodge, who also is the cook, said another similar event might be held at a later date if the club cannot hold its regular public dinners, and she wanted to thank all those who took advantage of the free meals.

County Fare, a weekly column featuring "tales from throughout the Berkshires," is compiled by Eagle staffers.


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