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Sean T. Storti, 40, of New Marlborough

Friday, Feb 13 - Sean graduated from Mount Everett Regional High School, class of 1992, after which he went on to art school in Maine and attended classes at Berkshire Community College. Sean was an extremely talented artist.

Luxury hotel to be proposed for Searles School complex

Thursday, Feb 12 - "You could imagine that demolition is anathema to historic preservation. On the other hand, you could get a new structure that pays homage to history. It all depends on what the Selectboard is willing to do.” -- Town Planner Christopher Rembold

Great Barrington ZBA upholds order protecting water supply

Wednesday, Feb 11 - “There is no room for error when you’re dealing with a public water supply. There was insufficient regulation around public drinking water in Great Barrington until this zoning code was put in." -- Richard Dohoney, attorney for Building Inspector Edwin May

Bits & Bytes: ‘Much Ado about Nothing’; Lingerie frolic at Sanctuary; Gospel Gang for fuel emergency; Steinhacker lecture at Lenox Library

Wednesday, Feb 11 - Waldorf High School’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ Stockbridge –– The Berkshire Waldorf High School will present William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing at the Unicorn Theater in Stockbridge on Valentine’s Day weekend. These performances, in collaboration with Shakespeare & Company, will be Friday, February 13 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, February 14 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 […]

Barrington Selectboard approves process to revise district school agreement

Tuesday, Feb 10 - Selectboards of all three towns in the district must first agree to form the committee to amend the district agreement before going any further in the amendment process. West Stockbridge is to vote on the matter at their meeting next week. And it is not certain that all three towns will agree to the process.

Allen S. Rubin, 74, owner of Berkshire Products in Housatonic

Monday, Feb 9 - In 1957 Allen worked with his father David Rubin at David Hats Incorporated. In 1959 the business was moved from Great Barrington to Housatonic. Mr. Rubin was a strong supporter of Berkshire Pulse: A Center for the Creative Arts. He was also an avid fan of the New England Patriots.

Great Barrington Town Hall briefs

Saturday, Feb 7 - The state Division of Capital Asset Management, the agency that manages the Commonwealth’s building real estate, will hold a training session on March 18 at the Firestation, 37 State Rd. from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The session is aimed at explaining the requirements for such bidding, and “how to get your company up to speed to be able to bid competitively on government work.”

Berkshire Hills struggles with plan for aging Monument High building

Friday, Feb 6 - It was 57 degrees in Monuments Regional High School science labs and several more barrels had appeared in hallways to catch leaks. Indeed, students report several space heaters in a biology classroom where the teacher recommended they wear hats and fingerless gloves for Friday’s bitter temperatures.

Helen L. Soldati, 89, of Great Barrington

Thursday, Feb 5 - Helen attended local schools and was a graduate of the former Searles High School class of 1943. She worked as a secretary at Home Gas in Housatonic.

Magadini to ‘surrender’ in District Court, unless appeal succeeds

Thursday, Feb 5 - Magadini, 69, has adopted a homeless condition of living. He was convicted on September 29 for seven violations over the previous year in Great Barrington that occurred during the cold months, and for which he received a 30-day jail sentence that was set to begin on January 5.

Town Hall: First tax lien auction nets Great Barrington $41,000

Wednesday, Feb 4 - A diverse assortment of parcels were offered at the public auction ranging from 2-acre individual, contiguous lots located in a residential area to smaller parcels close to the center of town. All properties have been held by the Town through foreclosure for more than four years.

Clean energy advocates unifying opposition to $5 billion pipeline

Wednesday, Feb 4 - Ultimately, as several speakers explained, the path to advancing this clean energy economy is being blocked by the tremendous wealth and power that the fossil fuel industry exerts over the nation's political and regulatory system. A study by the Political Economy Research Institute at UMASS-Amherst, on the other hand, that found that rapidly transitioning to a renewable energy economy could create over 2 million net new jobs.

David (Doc) Blanchard, 78, of Stockbridge

Wednesday, Feb 4 - Dave retired from Schweitzer-Mauduit Mills in Lee, Mass., with 32 years of services. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was a member of the Stockbridge Sportsman’s Club.

Ruth C. Siok, 93, of Housatonic

Tuesday, Feb 3 - Ruth loved gardening and reading. At the Ramsdell Library in Housatonic, you’d be hard pressed to find a book without her name in it. She also had a tender heart for all animals and nursed many back to health.