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Friday, Jan 12 / By / Plenty to look at and read in this week's Real Estate Friday!, from the best sales of last year to a gorgeous property of the week, to a spectacular Transformation to the latest installment on our complete guide to dealing in Berkshire real estate.

Welcome to Real Estate Friday!

Friday, Jan 5 / By / Happy new year! This week we move forward while embracing the past, with a gorgeous renovated Victorian and staff picks for the Best of 2017. Plus, Installment Five of our guide to buying, selling, financing and building real estate in Berkshire County.

Great Barrington Town Hall Briefs

Friday, Jan 16 - Planning Board Chairman Jonathan Hankin hopes the designation of volunteers as "Special Municipal Employee" will “encourage more volunteers to fill vacancies on town boards and committees and not prevent all volunteers from doing business in our town,” he wrote in an earlier email to the Selectboard. “We need to reward people who donate their time, energy and considerable expertise in serving the town, not punish them.”

Arthur R. Mathieu Sr., 71, of Sheffield

Thursday, Jan 15 - Arthur was a former Scout Master for Boy Scout Troop #23 in Sheffield and he was a member of the NRA. He enjoyed woodworking and spending time with his family and friends.

Bits & Bytes: Martin Luther King Jr. celebrations; winter farmers’ markets

Wednesday, Jan 14 - "Imagine in the middle of January being able to buy carrots, watermelon radishes, a variety of potatoes grown here in the Berkshires, plus locally produced cheeses and meat. That’s our vision for the winter farmers’ markets. We are experimenting — these are our first farmers markets in January and February, so we need everyone to join us for them to succeed. If each of us buys directly from a farmer, we build the local food economy.” -- Barbara Zheutlin, executive director of Berkshire Grown

Regional school districts may sue state over cuts to transportation funds

Wednesday, Jan 14 - “The notion that is pushed widely in Boston is regionalization and schools working together. The only concrete thing the state has to do is provide transportation, then they pull the rug out, even though they say they care about this.” -- Berkshire Hills Superintendent Peter Dillon  

Edward Anthony Pothul, 74, of Sheffield

Wednesday, Jan 14 - Mr. Pothul owned and operated his farm on Lime Kiln Road. He was known for having a “green thumb,” especially when it came to flowers and vegetables. He was a talented woodworker; however, he found no greater joy than spending time with family and friends.

State energy study seems to support gas pipeline, minimizes sustainable energy resources

Monday, Jan 12 - "I can confidently say that the pace of renewable energy technology adoption is increasing, and the very certain progress in electricity storage will allow residential and utility scale solar to offset demand for those peak winter hours in the years 2020-2030 that this study says can be fulfilled by new pipeline capacity." -- Berkshire Photovoltaic Services’ Christopher Kilfoyle

Incident prompts schools, Jewish Federation, to act against bigotry

Saturday, Jan 10 - Great Barrington — Wafting rumors of anti-Semitic incidents at Monument Valley Regional Middle School, a swastika spray-painted near the entrance of a house on Division Street, and an upcoming Anti-Defamation League (ADL) workshop for students and parents entitled “Confronting anti-Semitism,” have made people wonder whether there is a larger latent problem in South County. The […]

Alice E. McNally, 93, of West Stockbridge/Lenox

Friday, Jan 9 - Alice was a very talented seamstress. Throughout her life she made many of her own clothes, and clothes for her family. She made prom dresses, tuxedos, bridesmaid gowns, flower girls’ dresses, children’s clothes, doll clothes, Halloween costumes, cheerleading uniforms, and more. Among these items was her daughter Kathy's wedding gown, for which she painstakingly sewed on many dozens of seed pearls – one pearl at a time!

Flush with victory, Republicans take aim at school budget, nonprofits

Thursday, Jan 8 - “Basically, we’re going after the school budget and the school committee. That [budget] has been bloated for years. [The district] wins every year by packing the [town] meeting. That’s the thing that’s driving expenses." -- Republican Town Committee member George Beebe

Stephen W. Malin Sr., 80, of Sheffield

Thursday, Jan 8 - Stephen worked as a self-employed painter and wallpaper contractor. Included in his resume was wallpapering the Governor’s Mansion in Virginia with his son, Stephen Jr.

Joan Dorothea Webster Hall, 79, Great Barrington native, Smith College graduate

Wednesday, Jan 7 - Joan travelled extensively, was an accomplished pianist and for many years she was a Guild Member of the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, and enjoyed bringing family and friends whenever she could. Her love of flying would take her all over New England and she often stated that flying gave her the greatest sense of accomplishment and joy.

David Magadini jail sentence delayed; homeless man still on the street

Wednesday, Jan 7 - When asked what he would do tonight, when temperatures are expected to dip into the negative and school opening tomorrow has been delayed because of dangerously cold temperatures, Magadini said, “I’m going to endeavor to not trespass, and avoid going where I’m not welcome.”

David Russell Barnum, 76, lifelong resident of Great Barrington

Tuesday, Jan 6 - He was a talented gardener, florist and pie-baker who loved to share his creations with friends and family. David also loved to walk and could be seen walking almost daily uptown and back to his South Main Street home.  He was a talented gardener, florist and pie-baker who loved to share his creations with friends and family. David also loved to walk and could be seen walking almost daily uptown and back to his South Main Street home.