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John Addison Berkey III

COREA, Maine — John Addison Berkey III, who was born in Santa Barbara, California, raised in Lake Forest, Illinois, and chose to spend his retirement years in Corea, Maine, died May 6 at home surrounded by his loving family. He was 78.

Although many obituaries refer to a peaceful passing, Berkey, according to his widow, Lori Berkey, left this world “kicking and screaming. He didn’t want to go.”

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Peter L. Jones

WASSAIC — Peter L. “Pete” Jones, Sr., 82, a lifelong area resident, died Monday, July 15, 2024. Beloved husband of the late Susana Jones and loving father of Peter L. Jones, Jr. and Su-Lin Jones of Wassaic.

Calling hours will be held on Sunday, July 28, 2024, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Scott D. Conklin Funeral Home, 37 Park Avenue, Millerton, New York, 12546.

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From Connecticut woods to East African grasslands

Daniel Peppe holds the end of a partial femur of an 18 million year old elephant ancestor.

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NORTH CANAAN, Conn. — Dr. Daniel Peppe, a North Canaan Elementary School and Hotchkiss alum, is a professor of Geosciences at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.

When he is not teaching both intro and graduate level courses, he can be found conducting research across the globe. In short, his work focuses on the evolutionary processes of plants and animals in response to climate change. Having conducted fieldwork in the U.S. Midwest, Australia and Abu Dhabi, Peppe has settled for Eastern Africa.

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‘Battle of the Books’ library golf tourney July 27

Time to register is running out for the hotly contested NorthEast-Millerton v. Amenia Free Libraries’ Fourth Annual Battle of the Books set for Saturday, July 27 at 4 p.m. at the Undermountain Golf Course at 274 Undermountain Rd., Copake.

Golfers my register until Wednesday, July 24 at the course or at undermountaingolf.com. The $70 fee includes a two person, nine hole scramble with prizes and a dinner of hamburgers and hotdogs. Limited carts are an additional $5 per person. Profits will be divided between the two libraries.

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