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Friday, Dec 8 / By / A great selection of articles in this week's Real Estate Friday! Properties from a private lakefront to the center of bustling Great Barrington. And the first installment of a serialized guidebook to everything you need and want to know if you're interested in Berkshire real estate.

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.

Pipeline giant, Kinder Morgan, invests in 1Berkshire business, cultural alliance

Monday, Feb 2 - In January 2011, 1Berkshire received $300,000 from General Electric and then proceeded to develop a public relations and social media campaign to oppose dredging GE’s PCB pollution from the Housatonic River. The surreptitious funding and anti-environmental campaign led to the resignation of two 1Berkshire directors, both members of Berkshire Creative.

100 brave Arctic chill to call for return of commuter rail service

Saturday, Jan 31 - "Sustainable economic development will occur because our regions will be far more attractive to young entrepreneurs and investors when we are connected again by passenger rail to New York, and to the world.” -- Train Campaign founder Karen Christensen of Great Barrington

Marjorie ‘Peggy’ Hainer, 63, formerly of Housatonic

Saturday, Jan 31 - If there was one word to describe Peggy that word is love. She loved people. She especially cherished spending time with her family; each one of her nieces and nephews held a special place in her heart. She loved to laugh, she loved food, music, and dogs -- who loved her back.

Rising electricity rates explained: Tactic for natural gas pipeline

Thursday, Jan 29 - Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist David Cay Johnston wrote a prescient story last May about how electricity prices might soar if Wall Street succeeds in its attempts to manipulate power supply. New England will be a “test-case” for “Enron-style price-gouging,” which is “making a comeback. Under the rules of the electricity markets, the best way to earn huge profits is by reducing the supply of power.”