County Fare | Windsor woodsman a cut above the rest

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Dicken Crane, a Windsor resident, was recognized by the Massachusetts Forest Alliance with the John H. Lambert Jr. Forest Stewardship Award at the MFA's annual meeting Oct. 26 in Greenfield.

Crane operates family-owned Holiday Brook Farm in Dalton, where he produces beef, pork, vegetables and maple syrup. He has a long history in forestry as well, including working as a timber harvester and managing the 1,300-acre farm's sugarbush and forest.

Crane serves as president of the Massachusetts Forest Alliance and has served on the boards of many organizations, including the Berkshire Natural Resources Council and the Massachusetts Environmental Trust.

"Dicken has devoted countless volunteer hours to our organization over the years," said Charlie Thompson, a board member for the Massachusetts Forest Alliance and who presented the award. "The Lambert Award is our highest honor, and this recognition is long overdue."

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The John H. Lambert Jr. Forest Stewardship Award was named for a dedicated chief forester in Massachusetts, who received the inaugural award in 1993 from the Massachusetts Forestry Association, one of the predecessor organizations that joined to form the Massachusetts Forest Alliance in 2012.

Beacon of Justice Award

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State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier accepted the Beacon of Justice Award presented by the Equal Justice Coalition at an award ceremony Nov. 12 at the Massachusetts Statehouse in Boston.

The Equal Justice Coalition — it's a collaboration of the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corp., Massachusetts Bar Association and Boston Bar Association — advocates for increased funding for civil legal aid.

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Farley-Bouvier was honored for her significant support of state funding for civil legal aid through the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corp. The MLAC is the largest funding source for civil legal aid organizations in the commonwealth, aiding nonprofits that provide crucial legal assistance to low-income residents facing serious legal problems, such as foreclosure, eviction and domestic violence.

"When we, since childhood, recite the Pledge of Allegiance, we don't end it with 'and justice for all who can afford it,'" Farley-Bouvier said in receiving the award. "If we truly strive for the ideal of justice for all, we need to put our money where our mouth is."

Dana S. Doyle, president of the Berkshire County Bar Association, stated: "This funding will ensure that Berkshire County residents, who are living at or below the poverty level, will have access to legal assistance and will enable justice to be accessible for all."

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


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