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t’s been a week of tragedies in South Berkshire County and Northwest Connecticut. A tragic fire that killed five, including three children in Sheffield; and the death of an outstanding young woman, Samya Rose Stumo, a resident of Sheffield and the niece of Ralph Nader, killed in the crash of Ethiopian Flight 302.
1. A memorial gathering of friends and family will be held this Saturday in remembrance of Samya Stumo. A graduate of Mt. Everett Regional High School, she was working for ThinkWell, a nonprofit organization developing healthcare networks for underdeveloped countries:
2. Then a ghastly murder suicide took the lives of five in Sheffield a week ago, March 13 — a two adults and three childrern. An investigation by District Attorney Andrea Harrington determined that Luke Karpinski killed his wife and three children, then took his own life as a fire he had set consumed their Home Road house.
And as if that weren’t enough, three died in a fire in Pittsfield:
And the home of a local veterinarian and her husband, burned to the ground in Southfield:
3. Meanwhile, back in Great Barrington, the Selectboard will interview three candidates to replace outgoing Town Manager Jennifer Tabakin. One hte ocandidates, Mark Pruhenski, is a Great Barrington native who had served the town as health inspector:
4. And next door in Egremont two candidates — both women — are vying for an open seat on the three-member Board of Selectmen (sic). Which means that after town elections are held in May Egremont could have the distinction of having a Selectboard with a majority of women as members, unique among Berkshire County towns.On Saturday at the Egremont Barn the candidates introduced themselves to a sizeable crowd of town voters:
5. And because this day is the vernal equinox, it’s time to think summer — and what’s coming up at Tanglewood. Our reviewer David Edwards takes a look at a few of the popular artists bookings on tap for this season:
6. But we do have a heartwarming account from Michelle Joyner about her return to the Berkshires after she had left as a young woman to pursue a career as an actor, film director and producer in Los Angeles: