Country Curtains, a Berkshires institution, to end operations after 61 years

Tuesday, Sep 12 - "Market forces increasingly favor big box stores and large online retailers who can offer less expensive product, free or low-cost shipping and a broader array of home goods for one-stop shopping." --- Country Curtains Marketing Director Shane Wirta "This is terrible, tragic news for you and our community. It really is the end of an era." --- Nancy Fitzpatrick, board chairperson of Country Curtains, in a letter to employees

At last, Congressman Neal to hold town hall forum in Berkshire County

Tuesday, Sep 12 - "Congressman Neal has held numerous public forums in Berkshire County including the Act Now: Civic Participation Workshop on April 1st at Berkshire Community College and the 4 Freedoms March in Pittsfield in January.” --- Billy Tranghese, Congressman Richard Neal’s chief of staff and press secretary said

Michael Murch Sr., 66, of Lanesborough

Monday, Sep 11 - Michael Sr. enjoyed spending time with his family, cooking, working for Elder Services, going on vacations with his grandchildren, and going to Saratoga to the races and casinos.

Great Barrington pedals to the future, and learns the Dutch Reach

Monday, Sep 11 - “I was amazed by the number of bicycles in Holland. Everyone rides. Older people are riding bikes. There are bikes paths everywhere, and I couldn’t get over how quiet it was.” --- Karen Smith, chair of the Great Barrington Parks and Recreation Commission

Mary Malonis, 87, of Stockbridge

Saturday, Sep 9 - Mary worked as a substitute school nurse and in real estate until her retirement in 1999 when she and Ed moved to Popponesset on Cape Cod.

John ‘Zip’ Zanin, 94, of Housatonic

Friday, Sep 8 - Zip worked as an electrician for Rising Paper Mill, Barrington Electric and Berkshire Hills Regional School District, and was the wire inspector for the Town of Great Barrington for many years–he was the longest serving town officer in Berkshire County.

Welcome to Real Estate Friday!

Friday, Sep 8 - Market Perspectives: Realtor Tim Lovett tells us how to beat out the competition when you’re trying to buy a house.

Rita R. Maitland, 90, of Lenox

Thursday, Sep 7 - She was a communicant of St. Ann’s Church and a member of the Beta Sigma Phi sorority. She enjoyed her time as a volunteer at Berkshire Medical Center and for HospiceCare in the Berkshires and was an avid golfer.