Nonagenarian not deterred

Helen Hall and her entourage watch her birthday parade. Photo by Christopher Quinby

HILLSDALE—Not even two feet of snow and a pandemic could stop Helen Hall from celebrating her 90th birthday, December 19.

Bundled up, masked, wearing a pink crown and flanked by balloons and her family, she took to a lawnchair on the sidewalk in front of her Route 23, Hillsdale home to wave to the parade of well-wishers driving-by to convey birthday greetings.

Among the 25 vehicles participating were State Police and Sheriff’s patrol cars along with five Hillsdale Fire Company trucks and carloads of friends. Her family arranged the parade as a birthday surprise. A resident of Hillsdale for 72 years, Mrs. Hall also received 164 birthday wishes on Facebook. Standing with Mrs. Hall in the photo are her grandson, Matthew; her son, Dave and his wife, Debbie. Several other relatives including her son, Robert were also on hand.

Her long-standing community activities include church, coffee at Stewart’s, visits to the Great Barrington senior center and sitting on her porch waving to passers-by in warmer weather. The Hall family thanks everyone who made this day special for her.

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