If the world seems quieter and darker today, it’s most likely because one of its brightest lights has been extinguished. I am grieved to announce the death of WAAM’s beloved Don Ervin. He was returning from lunch with a friend in Manhattan on Tuesday, driving up Sawkill Road from Poughkeepsie, when he lost control of his Mini Cooper and drove into a ditch. He was flown to Albany Medical Center for surgery, but his head injuries were severe and he passed away on Wednesday afternoon. His family is gathered at his home on Zena Road, and they would probably appreciate condolences, food, or anything his friends might have to offer. Cremation is on Friday, and a memorial event will be planned in a month or so. (I hesitate to post Don’s address and phone number here, but those who are interested should be able to find it easily in the phone book.) We have started a Facebook page for Don, where you may want to post remembrances or read those of others – just type his name in the search box to become a friend. You can also write about Don as a comment on this blog. Don was a most joyful and generous man, and he will be badly missed. He was always happy to help wherever needed, and worked hard as a member of the Exhibition Committee. Rest in peace, Don.