Second-home owners have no voting rights in Massachusetts, so their influence in state and local affairs is necessarily limited. They certainly are permitted to attend town meetings and, in most towns, are allowed to speak at the discretion of the moderator.
Always one to give back to the community, he gave of his time as a bell ringer for the Salvation Army and a love of Broadway was fulfilled as a volunteer usher in many theatres throughout the Berkshires.
It is still unclear what made Winters lose control of his car just before 7 p.m on December 18. The preliminary police report stated that a witness observed a gray car with no headlights and “heavy front-end damage” leave the scene and head south on Main Street. The driver, said the witness, had gotten out of his car before getting back in and driving off.