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B2 The Berkshire Eagle, Wednesday, January 13, 1993 City & Town Rush Taggart dies at 68; was longtime conservationist STOCKBRIDGE - Rush Taggart, 68, of Main Street died Monday evening at Berkshire Medical Center. He was born in New York City on July 11, 1924, son of the late Rush and Carolyn Dorset Taggart, and the grandson of William Taggart, an early explorer of the Grand Tetons in Wyoming. He graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1949 with a degree in chemical engineering. Mr. Taggart served as a sergeant in the Marine Corps in Texas during World War II. Before residing in Stockbridge, he lived in New Canaan, Conn., and Charleston, W.Va., while he was employed by Union Carbide. He had been a production manager, purchasing agent and building materials supervisor for the company. For more than 20 years he was a supporter of conservation organizations in Massachusetts. A Berkshire representative to the state Trustees of Reservations, he led its successful effort to acquire more than 250 acres abutting the Monument Mountain preservation that was threatened by development, and served on most of its standing committees. For the Laurel Hill Association, he worked to document the many properties and easements donated to the organization over the years. He also was involved in the establishment of the Stockbridge Historic District His Main Street mansion was decorated as a designers' show-house last summer to benefit Edith Wharton Restorations Inc. More than 7,000 people paid to view the 17 rooms decorated by interior designers. A collector and restorer of Americana, Mr. Taggart specialized in Currier & Ives lithographs and Early American wood and brass clocks. A significant portion of his Currier & Ives collection was donated to the Shelburne (Vt.) Museum in 1989. More recently he specialized in the McKinney ,& Hall series of Early American Indian portraits. He leaves his former wife, Dorothy Harris; two sons, Rush Taggart III of Pelham, N.Y., and Stewart Taggart of Paris, France; a daughter, Mrs. Alison Barone of Albany, Calif.; two brothers, Robert D. Taggart of Dorset, Vt, and William Taggart of Darien, Conn.; a sister, Mrs. Eliza T. Davies of Lake Forest, 111.; and five grandchildren. The funeral will be conducted Saturday at 10:30 at St Paul's Episcopal Church by the Rev. Theodore H. Evans, rector. Burial will be at 4 at Lakeview Cemetery in New Canaan. Calling hours will be Friday from 4 to 6 at Finnerty & Stevens Funeral Home, Stockbridge. Memorial donations may be made the Trustees of the Reservation in care of the funeral home. Obituaries Cole, Scott E. Forgette, Nellie Blanquart Taggart, Rush Weidner, Paul R. Paul R. Weidner OLD CHATHAM, N.Y. - Paul Richard Weidner, 49, of Old Chatham, an advertising consultant and former television executive, died Monday morning at Berkshire Medical Center. Born in Springfield, Mass., on Nov. 29, 1943, son of Kathryn Flynn Weidner Broman, known professionally on area TV as Kitty Broman, and he late Paul R. Weidner Sr., he attended local schools and was a 1966 graduate of Boston University, majoring in communications. A creative advertising consultant, Mr. Weidner received several national advertising awards during his career. Previously, as a vice president with Paramount Television, he helped establish the format for "Entertainment Tonight," which airs nationally. Mr. Weidner, who had maintained his home in Old Chatham since 1983, enjoyed gardening. Besides his mother and stepfather, Paul Broman, both of Longmeadow, Mass., he leaves a brother, Morgan A. Broman of Washington, D.C., and two sisters, Karen W. Talbot of Bronxville and Erica A. Broman of Long-meadow. A memorial service will be conducted later in the spring. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Neighborhood Health Center in care of Devanny-Condron Funeral Home, 40 Maplewood Ave., Pittsfield MA 01201, which is in charge of arrangements. Scott E. Cole NORTH ADAMS - Scott Edward Cole, 40, of 15 Walnut St. died yesterday at his home. He was born in North Adams on Oct 30, 1952, son of Frederick George Cole and Bernice Elizabeth O'Neill Cole. He was educated in local schools and was a 1969 graduate of McCann Technical School. Mr. Cole enlisted in the Navy and served in the Pacific theater of operations during the Vietnam War. After the war he returned to North Adams and was self-employed in construction. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie 310. Besides his parents of North Adams, he leaves two sisters, Mrs. Lynn Mdrie Lawson of Hood River, Ore., and Mrs. Cathy Duverney of North Adams, and a brother, Stephen Frederick Cole of California. The funeral will be conducted Friday at 11 from Flynn & Dag-noli-Montagna Funeral Home, West Main Street, by the Rev. Christopher Drew, pastor of First Baptist Church. Burial will be in Southview Cemetery. Calling hours at the funeral home will be tomorrow from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a charity of the donor's choice in care of Flynn &. Dagnoli-fMontagna,; Funeral Home, 521 West Maj'n St, North Adams 01247. Nellie C. Forgette NORTH ADAMS - Mrs. Nellie Cornelia Forgette, 81, of 838 Forgette Road, Stamford, Vt, died yesterday morning at Willowood, where she had been admitted one year ago. Born in Clarksburg on Dec. 5, 1911, daughter of Alphonse and Marie Bruder Blanquart, she moved with her family to Mount Clemens, Mich., shortly after she was born. She returned with her family a few years later, attended North Adams schools and graduated from the former St Joseph's High School. She had been a resident of Stamford for the past 64 years. Mrs. Forgette was last employed by the environmental services department at North Adams Regional Hospital for eight years, retiring in 1977. For many years, she and her husband were avid gardeners and were known for the strawberries, raspberries and Christmas trees they raised on their Stamford farm. Mrs. Forgette was a communicant of St John Bosco Church in Stamford. Her husband, Aime S. Forgette, whom she married Sept 2, 1944, died Nov. 22, 1986. She leaves a son, Robert E. Forgette of Stamford; a daughter, Mrs. Jeanette Saie of Stamford, and three grandsons. The funeral will be tomorrow at 9:15 from Auge-San Soucie-Simmons Funeral Home, with a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10 at St. Anthony's Church celebrated by the Rev. Patrick J. Dennigan, pastor of St John Bosco Church. Burial will be in Southview Cemetery. There will be no calling hours. The omission of flowers is requested. Memorial donations may be made to St Jude's Children's Hospital through the funeral home. State commission on discrimination Meteorologist predicting major snowstorm today PITTSFIELD Eagle meteorologist George Bulgarelli says the Berkshire region appears destined to get its third major snowstorm of the season today. He said a storm system from the Mississippi Valley will re-form off the Atlantic seaboard later in the day, "creating the potential for 6 inches or more of show in the Berkshires" this afternoon and into the night Bulgarelli said there was a slight chance of some additional snow on Friday. Saturday and Sunday are expected to be fair and cold, he said, with nighttime temperatures in the single numbers and daytime temperatures in the low to mid-20s. Selectmen bemoan lack of water filtration aid By Derek Gentile Berkshire Eagle Stan" STOCKBRIDGE - Disgusted by an apparent lack of federal aid for the town's proposed $3 million water filtration plant, the Selectmen last night voted to ask their state representatives for a list of Massachusetts towns that have already signed consent decrees for such projects. That decision, as well as one to get a copy of a consent decree to study its wording, came at the end of a joint meeting of the Selectmen and the Finance Committee. Finance Committee member Robert F. Wallace, who had attended a meeting of the Massachusetts Municipal Association in Boston over the weekend, said he was told by the MMA that no federal money would be forthcoming to help pay for the filtration plant Mandated project What rankled several of the town officials was that construction of the filtration plant was mandated by the federal government to place the town in compliance with the Clean Water Act The mandate is statewide. Towns are expected to have begun their projects by this summer. Stockbridge has already begun, having spent about $250,000 on the design phase of the project. "But how can the government expect small towns to go off and fund these huge water projects on their own?" asked Selectmen Chairman John A. Beacco Jr. "There have to be towns in a lot worse financial shape than we are, laying off teachers and other town employees, with this mandate hanging over their heads." "There are," said Finance Committee Chairman Raymond Blair, "and I think the goverment is sympathetic. But they say the money's not there, and this has to be done." Beacco said later that he did not want to go ahead and begin the construction phase of the project this summer and then have the state obtain money for such projects next year, which could be too late for Stockbridge. Signing a consent decree would lock the town into a time line that might miss the window for any available funding, he said. Selectman Mary V. Flynn said, however, that signing such a decree would place the town on a priority list. If such funding were available in a year or so, she said, it might be a good idea to get on the list early. Beacco conceded that Flynn's point was valid, "which is why I've been dragging my feet on this." . Selectman Eugene Talbot suggested the town get a copy of such a decree and see if the language suggested thai early compliance would place towns in a better position. The board agreed, and also decided to try to find out how many communities in Massachusetts have already signed consent decrees. For The Record Corrections The names of Denise Haskins and Denise Michaud were transposed in the photo caption for the Dalton Winter Carnival queen contestants that appeared in yesterday's Eagle. Dalton firefighter Ellen Murray attended a class at the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy in Stow on extinguishing propane and natural gas fires. Her name was given incorrectly in a story in Monday's Eagle. Births Berkshire Medical Center Patrick and Debra Lansley Ramsay, RD3, Box 96, Great Bar-rington, a son, Barrett Bertram, yesterday. Roger and Honor King O'Donoghue, 30 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield, a son yesterday. Denise Boulais, 33 Maplewood Ave., Pittsfield, a son yesterday. Fairview Hospital James and Carla Alamillo An-selmini of South Egremont, a daughter, Gina Catherine, Jan. 5. Waterfront owners reminded by DEP to license docks plans office hours Hospital list PITTSFIELD - Commissioner Georgia Thomas Parks of the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination has announced that the commission will hold office hours in Pittsfield beginning Tuesday, Jan. 19. A committee representative will be at City Hall, Room 203, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Berkshire County residents with questions,, concerns or those who wish to file complaints have been urged to visit at that time. Office hours will be held on the third Tuesday of every month. Parks said that establishing office hours in Pittsfield is part of the commission's ongoing community ' outreach program. Berkshire Medical Center Karen Gagliardi, 558 Lakeway Drive, Pittsfield. Regina Lewis, 81 Henry Ave., Pittsfield. Lotteries Mass Millions BRAINTREE (AP) - Mass Millions numbers yesterday were 4, 12, 14, 21, 40, 45. The bonus number was 23. Mass. Tuesday BRAINTREE (AP) - The Mas-' sachusetts lottery number yesterday was 0281. Payoffs on a $1 bet were: Exact Order All four $5,370. First or last three $752. Any two $64. Any one $6. Any Order All four $224. First three $125. Last three $125. - . Conn. Tuesday, Lotto . NEWINGTON, Conn. (AP) -The Connecticut lottery number yesterday was 305. The Play 4 number was 0331. Lotto numbers were 5, 6, 26, 30, 31, 39. New York Tuesday ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The New York lottery number yesterday was 825. The WinFour number was 1994. Pick 10 numbers were: 1, 3, 4, 8, 9, 13, 16, 20, 24, 25, 46, 50, 52, 63, 66, 69, 72, 75, 76, 78. Tri-state, Cash 5 CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The New Hampshire-Vermont-Maine lottery numbers yesterday were 271 and 5944. Tri-state Cash 5 numbers were 5, 22, 24, 27, 35. Women's Club lists slate of classes PITTSFIELD - The Women's Club of Pittsfield has announced its schedule of classes for winter and spring 1993. All classes are open to men and women. Members and their spouse will receive a $5 discount on all classes. The club is offering conversational language courses in Spanish, French, German, Russian and Italian as well as classes in calligraphy, bridge, yoga and graphic arts. ' Registration may be obtained in person, by mail or by phone. Payment must be received a week before the first scheduled class. Additional class information may be obtained by calling the club weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 447-7641. By Gae Elfenbein Berkshire Eagle Staff PITTSFIELD - There was plenty of muttering and grumbling at the Berkshire County courthouse last night as an official from the state Department of Environmental Protection fielded questions about the state's efforts to license docks in accordance with a law that has been widely ignored for years. "This is not a new thing," John Simpson of DEP's Waterways Regulation Program told more than 50 residents from around the county. As early as Colonial days, he said, there have been regulations overseeing the installation of structures on what are called the state's Great Ponds. What is new, said Simpson, are regulations promulgated by DEP in 1990 for the construction of docks, new requirements for licenses and the establishment of stiff fines for failure to comply. Because the regulations affect everyone with a mooring, dock, seawall, pier or wharf on certain waters in the state, a period of amnesty was established to allow residents time to comply without penalty, he said. October amnesty That period of amnesty expires in October. Affected people who have not brought their structures into compliance by then may find themselves in expensive hot water, he said. , The issue is complicated, Simpson acknowledged. Only people whose docks are along rivers and streams or in lakes that are greater than 10 acres in size need be concerned. Those who live around lakes that are man-made may be exempt if the lakes were made by damming water that covered less than 10 acres at the time of confinement, he said. Much of the history of the state's lakes, however, is cloudy. Residents who are unsure of what kind of body of water they have a dock in are advised to at least make an inquiry and start an application for a license so they don't get caught when the amnesty period runs out, Simpson said. "There are 1,300 lakes in the state," he said. "I'm not checking every one. I haven't got the staff. Only those that people ask about are going to get looked at." Simplified forms Simpson said people whose docks were built before 1984 need only fill out a recently simplified form accompanied by a sketch of their dock to receive a permit good for 30 years, or until the property is sold out of family ownership. "There is no fee," he said. It was decided to drop the processing fee when his office became inundated with the required applications. "We'd have to return all the fees we origi nally were going to charge, so DEP decided to just forget them," he said. People with docks built after 1984, or individuals who plan to sell their properties, are advised to obtain a 99-year license that costs $100 and requires a surveyed plan drawn on Mylar and bearing an engineer's stamp. If that is not done by October, those residents risk having to comply with even stiffer requirements and higher fees, Simpson said. The point of the process, he said, is to remove structures that are dangerous, illegally placed or otherwise unsafe from state waters, he said. The owners of commercial and residential properties as well as lake associations may be liable if they meet the criteria, he said. Portable docks included In response to a question, he said that even people who have been putting out and hauling in the same portable dock for years probably will need a permit unless they are on a body of water that does not fall under DEP's jurisdiction. Of those in attendance, 49 took advantage of Simpson's offer and filled out address labels to receive the new simplified applications for permits, which are in the process of being printed. One man, Lewis Richards of Lanes-boro, asked that 50 forms be sent to him to distribute to residents of the Pontoosuc Lake shore. . Many of those gathered muttered under their breath about the process, wondering who would be around in 30 years to check up on the permits. "Sounds like a make-work deal to me," said one man. Others were critical of the wetlands protection side of DEP for making repairs to docks and seawalls a difficult, expensive and long, drawn-out process. Simpson said his department approved of keeping docks in good repair and acknowledged that the two departments of the agency were often at odds about how that should be accomplished. He said residents with questions about the permits may contact him at DEP, Waterways Regulation Program, 1 Winter St., eighth floor, Boston 02108. "It is better to start the process now, because they will be covered under the amnesty period," said Simpson. "And if it turns out they are subject to the act, it's a better deal to comply now than later." Subscribe! AT The Eagle Mall Office BERKSHIRE MALL Mary Laurin Blair, owner UJ V i Jane Nevares Includes: Round Trip Air 8 Nights in the Finest Hotels Available 9 Days First Class Motorcoach Sightseeing Most Meals and All Taxes HOURS: 9-5 M-F, 9-6 Thurs., 9-12 Sat Travel Inc. Subject to Availability Restrictions Apply Call for Details. Pittsfield Lower Level, Tierney Bldg. 66 West St. Pittsfield 499-4636 WhenYou Don't KhowVta ToSay. 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