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THE SELF-TAUGHT GARDENER: Life is a beech

When it comes to woody plants, I feel more strongly about protecting them from insects and managing diseases than I do about perennials and annuals.

Lillian M. Winters, 73, of Lee

Lil was known as the mayor of Hyde Place. She could always be found welcoming new residents to make them feel at home and completing new projects such as the Memorial Garden.

Lee Marino, 89, of Great Barrington

Once in the Berkshires, she enjoyed working at various Berkshire County icons: Country Curtains, the Norman Rockwell Museum and Berkshire Bank.

A plan for Housatonic Village revitalization

A vision should address the necessary integration of our two village centers (Great Barrington and Housatonic), the beautification and improved use of a revitalized town center, the reuse of town properties, housing needs, and the creation of an economic development template that would attract community members and investors.

‘Berkshire Gives: One Day, One County’ to address critical community needs

“Berkshire Gives: One Day, One County,” a collection drive to gather much-needed food and supplies for area food pantries and shelters that serve the homeless, veterans, people living in poverty, and women and children escaping from abusive relationships.

Selectmen frustrated by glacial pace of Housatonic School reuse proposal

The plan, the only one the town has so far received after several requests for proposals, calls for an adaptive reuse of the vacant 110-year-old school on Pleasant Street in the center of the village of Housatonic.

Restoration of dormant school seen as critical to Housatonic village revival

The primary order of business for Conner and Nappo was to get the selectboard to write a letter of endorsement for Grayhouse's application for $75,000 on an emergency basis from the Massachusetts Historical Commission's Preservation Projects Fund.

Rosemarie Dolson, 65, of Stockbridge

Rosemarie worked for over 30 years at Country Curtains, retiring in 2012.

Sally Miner, 92, of Stockbridge

Sally worked for 20 years as a bookkeeper and accountant for Country Curtains.

Eunice McCracken, 88, of Housatonic

Throughout her lifetime, she worked in the kitchens of the Great Barrington Healthcare Center, Berkshire School and the former Hillside Restaurant.

Chelsea Jennifer Hurley, 21, of Becket

Chelsea had attended Keene (New Hampshire) State College where she majored in graphic design. She was a 2014 graduate of Lee High School.

Main Street Hospitality, owners of the Red Lion, purchase Briarcliff Motel, diversifying the group’s holdings

"In some ways the Briarcliff is a great alternative to an Airbnb. It's a motel, but it's warm and welcoming. It's a hip, chic environment but not expensive." -- Main Street Hospitality CEO Sarah Eustis

As Country Curtains closes, recalling its Stockbridge legacy with Jane Fitzpatrick

As Country Curtains closes its doors after sixty years, it is important to understand the relationship between Country Curtains and the character of Stockbridge. Simply put, Country Curtains money preserved Main Street. Jane Fitzpatrick didn’t shape Stockbridge, but she held it in the palm of her hand.

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

"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

1Berkshire hosts “Good News Business Salute” at Country Curtains in Lee

These Good News Business Salutes recognize major milestones in the Berkshires business community, including anniversaries, expansions and new product lines.

Bradford C. Storti, 37, of Becket

Brad attended Wahconah Regional High School, and was most recently employed by Country Curtains where he worked in the shipping department.

Barbara Jean Martin, 76, of Housatonic

Barbara worked at Country Curtains in Housatonic and as an operator for New England Telephone.
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