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Dimitrios ‘Jimmy’ Kouloganes, 78, of Great Barrington

Wednesday, May 6 - Dimitri was born on September 4, 1936, in Pellana, Greece, son of Panyiota and Panayioti. After graduating from the Gymnasium of Sparti, he immigrated to Stamford, Conn., and joined his father working to bring the family to America.

Bridge over troubled waters: Great Barrington town meeting supports budgets, CPA projects, fossil fuel divestment

Tuesday, May 5 - The Town Meeting narrative: Dark doom filled the auditorium like the sky in Harry Potter. I checked my warrant and understood why: we were now entertaining the Finance Committee’s proposed bylaw to receive “regular and special reports and statements” about town and school district finances. The proposed bylaw was the by-product of a Mexican standoff between committee chair Sharon Gregory and the school district over her requests for detailed reports.

Diane L. ‘DeDee’ Warner, 59, of Great Barrington, co-founder of ‘Bridging the Gap’

Tuesday, May 5 - DeDee helped to start new programs within the Berkshire Hills Regional School District that would not only benefit her son Robert but hundreds of children who would come after him. When she started looking for a program to help her son learn outside of school in a more real-life setting, there was nothing to be found. So together with help from an autism specialist and a special education director they came up with their own and called it “Bridging the Gap.”

Endorses residential exemption tax reform – and Bill Cooke

Tuesday, May 5 - Bill seems to be the only candidate to be strongly in support of Michael Wise’s residential exemption tax plan. Any plan that reduces my taxes will be a real help to me and my family. Bill represents the interests of young working families in town. He’s willing to discuss the issues with anyone.

At Annual Town Meeting, Great Barrington overwhelmingly approves town, school budgets

Tuesday, May 5 - Dave Long of Housatonic, an outspoken critic of last year's Monument Mountain Regional High School renovation plan, and now an advocate for a systemic change to address the district’s financial and infrastructure issues, “implored everyone” to vote for the school budget. “If we start ripping apart the fabric of the schools, I think it could be disastrous,” he advised.

Marshall A. Gaston, 87, of West Stockbridge

Monday, May 4 - Marshall was a life member and former president of the Stockbridge Sportsman’s Club. As a longtime resident of West Stockbridge he served his community as a lieutenant in the West Stockbridge Fire Department, a Special Police Officer, a Forest Warden and Animal Inspector.

Three western Mass. towns endorse funding for Wired West fibre optic network

Sunday, May 3 - At an information meeting in Mill River, Mass., Wired West advocate Tim Newman pointed out that the fiber optic network would provide a high level of service that has become an essential component of modern living. Communications giants such as Verizon and the cable firms such as Time Warner have not been willing to invest in this high level of service for rural communities.

Graveside services for Edward A. Pothul, 74, and Steven G. Pothul, 49

Sunday, May 3 - SHEFFIELD – A graveside service for Edward A. Pothul and Steven G. Pothul will be held on Saturday, May 9th at 11:30 a.m. at the Pine Grove Cemetery (also known as the Bow Wow Cemetery) on Bow Wow Road in Sheffield, Mass., conducted by Rev. Charles Van Ausdall. Edward Pothul, 74, passed away unexpectedly on […]

Bits & Bytes: Walk the Talk tour; Dance for Justice; Sonia Pilcer reads at Ahavath Sholom

Thursday, Apr 30 - Participants in “Walk the Talk” will imagine opportunities for community building and economic resiliency of the Berkshires’ own regional economy. The tour and discussion, which will be co-led by a number of community members, will help walkers consider Berkshire County's rich history of innovation, industry and commerce as a foundation for the development of a sustainable and equitable future.

Decision time for Selectboard: Progressive property tax relief

Wednesday, Apr 29 - A residential exemption would cut most property tax bills in town which includes the charge from the school district. Homeowners with homes assessed below around $470,000 would see a progressively lower tax rate, and three-quarters of residences in town fall below that “break-even value.

Happy Birthday, Berkshire Edge!

Tuesday, Apr 28 - We set out to create a publication for the Berkshires that would truly engage the life, interests and aspirations of this unusually diverse community. And, as we hoped, a lively exchange of reader comments has turned The Edge into the community forum where readers reflect on and participate in issues that matter, and where actions and ideas are illuminated with wit, intelligence, insight and humor by people you may know.