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2 THE ASHFIELD NEWS FEBRUARY 2021 The Ashfield News An all-volunteer, non-profit newspaper published monthly by: The Ashfield News, Inc. PO Box 181, Ashfield MA 01330 EDITORS Larry Parnass Bill Scaife LAYOUT AND DESIGN Diane Sibley COPY EDITORS Kit Nylen Bill Hall REPORTER David Kulp PHOTOGRAPHY Gregory Thorp David Fessenden BANNER ARTWORK Greg Ruth BOOKKEEPER Megan Perry SUBSCRIPTIONS Anna Fessenden CIRCULATION David Kulp Anna Fessenden Larry Parnass FOR INFORMATION INCLUDING ADVERTISING CONTACT David Kulp 413.628.1045 AD RATES $6.50 per column inch $5.50 with 12-month commitment billed quarterly $5.25 with prepaid 12—month commitment OUT-OF-TOWN YEARLY SUBSCRIPTIONS US: $15 Please Send all ads, articles, and correspondences to editor:@ashfieldnews.org ' Facebook: @ashfieldnews ASHEIELD NEWS BOARD OF DIRECTORS David Kulp, President Diane Sibley, Secretary Megan Perry, Treasurer Mollie Babize Larry Parnass Norman Russell The submission deadline for the March issue p is February 20. EASY MATH ANSWER 0N PAGES Place all the numbers in the top area DIRECTLY DOWN into one of the rows so that the four simple mathematical nations are accurate. EIIEE EEEEEEE MILESTONES Josh Frankhouser 1969—2021 Josh Frankhouser was a man of few words, so this may seem like a long obituary, but it’s coming from me, his wife, Sue Fuller, partner in life for 32 years. I don’t want this to be like any typical message and I want to give you, the reader, a picture of this quiet, rather shy man. His easy-going nature was a joy. Not one to make a fuss, he was true to this as we said our goodbyes January 16, 2021, when this loving husband and gentle father let go, at 51, of his struggle fighting cancer. He was born September 3, 1969, the son of Daniel and Ellen (Uberman) Frankhouser, an only child; he was predeceased by his father in 1971. While a very young boy he traveled around the globe with his mother, living in Colorado and Florida for some time in his youth until they settled in Ashfield in 1983. Living in Ashfield with his mom, Ellen, and stepfather, Robert Miller, is where roots were created for the rest of his life. He graduated from Mohawk Trail Regional High School, Class of 1987. Meeting the love of his life in May of 1988, our love was so genuine and everlasting. Young love rarely perseveres but ours did. Many memories were created with so many friends over the years, trips to Cape Cod, concerts, camping, jet Skiing, and going up “to camp in VT,” hiking mountains in South America, the great Mt. Washington explora— tion and in recent time kayaking fun with family. A natural born craftsman, he Started , working in masonry with John Dickinson in A‘shfield, but soon found his calling in the carpentry industry, first at Swift River, then with Gougeon & Locke Builders, D.C. Builders, then many years with Sunwood Builders in Amherst, Integrity Development 8t Construction Inc. and most recently in the Union 481' IATSE with Joe Kearney and his O’Catharnaigh Film Construction, in Boston. He loved to create beautiful pieces from wood and in the movie industry his creativeness shined. His ability —— what I called‘ being a “Josh of all trades” —— made him excel at carpentry, but he could pick up just about anything just by watching, observing and doing a little bit of it with someone. Lover of creating different recipes, he enjoyed cooking. It came natIIrally to him. We would circulate homes with friends on weekends cooking meals, drinking Spirits or beer while enjoying time together. He loved milk chocolate with almonds, chocolate chip cookies made by his daughter and his New York style cheesecake made by his wife for his birthday. . .even delivering it to Boston in these most recent years. His favorite holiday was Thanksgiving, having family fill our home and creating an always amazing meal for everyone brought him joy. NOLAN'S ASHFIELD NEIGHBORS CONVENIENCE STORE WE PROUDLY OFFER Mobil Gas and Diesel Fuel Propane Exchange Service Green Mountain Coffee Mass State Lottery Gift Certificates FULL SERVICE DELI Boars Head Delicatessen and Cheeses Home-style Deli Salads We Make Sandwiches and Grinders Daily Luncheon Specials Weekdays We Offer Breakfast Sandwiches Daily Feel Free to Call in Your Deli Orders Deli Closes at 8pm Nightly WE HAVE A FULL LIQUOR LICENSE We Offer an Array of Craft Beers, Local Hard Cider, Fine Wine and Spirits WE SELL LOCAL PRODUCTS Diemand Farm Turkey Pot Pies Pine Hill Orchard Cider and Apples Sidehill Farm Yogurt Lanoue Family Maple Syrup Bear Meadow Farms Honey Our Family Farm Milk Local Farmers Produce and Eggs New England Artisan Cheeses Mo’s Fudge Factory Shelburne Falls Coffee Roasters STORE HOURS Monday—Saturday 6AM T0 9PM Sunday 7AM T0 9PM PHONE NUMBER 413-628-4467 His hobbies varied over the years from billiards at the Ashfield Lake House to trap Shooting to golfing with friends. For over 10 years his most challenging and rewarding hobby was beekeeping and he mastered it with amazing grace. Farming was part of life, but not necessarily something he chose. Nonetheless, he mastered it well enough to care for the land that we call home. Josh will be missed immensely by every- one, but especially by his Wife, Sue; daughter Sage; his mother and stepfather Ellen (Robert) Miller; stepbrother Geovany Miller; mother-in—law Marie Fuller; sister— and brother—in-laws Diane (Patrick) Garland, and Julie (Paul) LaValley; nephews Seamus and Clayton Garland and Owen and Vaughn LaValley; aunts, uncles and cousins; the Richardsons in Florida and the Neufelds in Arizona. Josh was predeceased by his father, Daniel Frankhouser; grandparents Mickey and Myra Uberman and Eldon and Bette Frankhouser; and his father-in-law, Albert Fuller. A celebration of his life will be held later in the summer, when we can all hopefully all come together and remember what a truly amazing man he was to be around. _ David Lynn Silver 1951—2021 I David Lynn Silver (Weaver), of Geneva, NY, passed away and entered his eternal rest on January 9, 2021. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Patricia. Dave and Trish lived on Bug Hill Road in Ashfield for much of their marriage, and Ashfield was Dave’s favorite place. Dave was born in 1951 and raised in Fort Wayne, IN, and was a gifted athlete at Elmhurst High School in 1969. He then served a tour in Vietnam with honor as part of the lst Air Cav as a Scout Dog handler. Much of his life after Vietnam was spent in education, as a student, teacher, and adminis- trator. He received his college degrees from UMass Amherst and worked as a Special education teacher in Massachusetts until 2006, when he came to Geneva, NY, and worked as the coordinator of disability services at Hobart and William Smith Colleges until he retired in 2017. He is survived by his daughters, Jessica Wood of Rhode Island and Lily Silver of New York; his two grandsons, Eli and Brody in Rhode Island; his loving fiancee, Caitlin Caron of New York; his four brothers Michael of Michigan, Gregory of Indiana, Larry of Indiana, Kevin of New Mexico; his aunt Jo of Texas, as well as many cousins, nieces, nephews, and Lily’s mother, Susan Pliner of New York. ~ ‘ In lieu of flowers, the'family would kindly request that remembrances be made in the form of contributions to the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) at dauorg/ . ways-to-give/. £13; rks V Trail Repair Project Wins Funding; Work Set for Spring The Park Commission is pleased to announce the acceptance of the Student Conservation .AssOciation and AmeriCorps bid to rebuild the badly eroded trail from the Upper Park picnic area to the boat landing. More than 50 box steps will be installed this spring, which will prevent further soil erosion, protect tree roots and provide a safer approach to the boat landing, connecting the 21/2-mile walking loop around Ashfield Lake. The Park Commission was awarded a $20,000 grant for the project by the Mohawk Trail Woodland Partnership. Ice Safety Reminder: The commissioners remind all 'to Stay safe. Ice safety guidelines have been posted at the beach and the boat landing. The park is yours to ski on, snow- shoe, skate and fish. Get out there! Submitted by Judy Haupt, Helene Leue and Nate Russell. «i. Russell Webber 1949—2020 Born in Gardner on August 1, 1949, he was the son of the late Paul W. and Irene E. (Lajoie) Webber. He graduated from Narra— gansett Regional High School with the class of 1967 and earned a degree from Culinary ‘ Institute Of America in 1969. Russell was a chef employed by several restaurants in western Massachusetts for over 30 years, including the French King Restaurant in Erving. Russell was a member of the Free Masons at Shelburne Falls. He enjoyed reading, especially newspapers and magazines. Russell loved to watch wrestling, sports, and game shows. He loved playing board games, . especially Scrabble, and playing cards. He loved to cook and listen to the Rolling Stones. ‘But the time that Russell truly cherished the most was spent with his family. Russell is survived by his stepdaughters, Marcella Spurling and her husband, Matthew Thrower, of Charlemont, and Glenda Spurling and her partner, Dennis Gibson, of Ashfield; by five grandchildren, Emma and Ethan Thrower, Crystal Spurling—Wetterwald, Seraphina and James Gibson; asister, Ruth Ann Webber of Baldwinville; an uncle, Thomas Johns of Gardner; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by his wife Linda (Betit) Webber; and a brother, Bruce Webber. Magee/Morrison Marriage . Patrick Nye Magee and Sarah Player MorrisOn are thrilled to announce their marriage. Patrick is the son of Susan Nye and David Magee, and the grandson of Norman Nye of Ashfield. Sarah is the daughter of Shannon Player and Andrew Morrison of Coronado, Calif. The couple met while working at the San Francisco Art Institute, Patrick’s alma mater. They bonded over a love. of art, music, and cooking. Sarah has since received a Master of a Fine Art degree from Mills College and works for a renewable energy company. Patrick has continued his career in IT at the College of Marin. Patrick and Sarah married in a small, intimate ceremony at their home in Rich- mond, Calif, on January 1, 2021. Friend and neighbor Daniel Lulu officiated and cham— pagne and cake were enjoyed after in the garden. The couple looks forward to a larger celebration in Ashfield as soon as safety permits. Send your milestone notices: birthdays, deaths, engagements, etc. to editor@ashfieldnews. org Josephine Meier of Ashfield was placed on the Gettysburg College Dean’s Honor list for outstanding academic achievement in the Spring 2020 semester. Students with a quality point average of 3.60 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) for a semester’s work earn that honor, the college says. Home Sales 1 Jason H. and Abby J. Clark and Abby J. Boyer sold a home to Willey Eli at 194 Buckland Road for $199,000 on December 29,2020. Arthur P. Pantermehl sold a home to Debra Rachel Bauer Chagnon and Denis J. Chagnon at 21 Thayer Road on December 31, 2020, for $272,600." Seymour W. Itzkoff, Patricia S. Itzkoff, Ruby Julia Itzkoff and Gerald Itzkoff sold a home at 462 John Ford Road to John Ford Road, LLC. on January 13 for $328,000. Harmon'K. Snow sold a home to John A. Kleber and Rachel Lyon at 177 Brown Road for $511,000 on January 19.