I think we all like looking back in our lives — to remember things we did and places we enjoyed visiting with friends and family. That’s the idea behind a four-part series we’ll be bringing you on “Connecting Point” the next few weeks.

Photo Credit: "Steiger's Collection: Archives of the Wood Museum of Springfield History".

Photo Credit:
“Steiger’s Collection: Archives of the Wood Museum of Springfield History”.

We’re calling it “Gone, But Not Forgotten”  and we’ll be stirring up memories and taking you to some great places that made a real mark on our region — but, sadly, are no longer around.

Tony Dunne is preparing a story that will bring you back to Coury’s Drive-In, a North Adams spot that was a real family favorite in Berkshire County.

Executive Producer Dave Fraser — an expert skier himself — will focus on a pair of favorite western Mass. ski areas from years past…Mt. Tom in Holyoke and the Berkshire Ski Basin.  I’ll bet a lot of you first strapped on a pair skis and tried flying downhill at Mt. Tom or Berkshire Ski Basin.

Aliz Koletas is going to take us back to Famous Bill’s Restaurant in Greenfield. Famous Bill’s was a downtown Greenfield mainstay for many years. It was THE PLACE in Franklin County to celebrate a special event or hold an event or banquet.

I get to kick off the series on Thursday, April 24 as we recall the Steiger’s Department Stores and the very special way the Steiger family viewed their business and dealt with their customers. Believe it or not, it’s been 20 years since the Steiger’s stores closed.

We hope you’ll join us to watch “Gone, But Not Forgotten”. Whether you’re a life-long resident of western Massachusetts who remembers all these great places or a newcomer who’s only heard the stories about what they were like, I think you’ll enjoy this trip into our recent past to hear stories about some of the spots that have made this place we call home so special.