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Kate Lascar of Berkshire Property Agents offers one of Great Barrington’s classic Victorian beauties in immaculate condition. An analysis of first quarter 2024 real estate sales. Architect Pamela Sandler transforms a dark, compartmentalized condo into a light, bright and open home. Plus, recent sales, gardening columns and more.

Nick Diller weather summary: November 2019 coldest of this century

Who would have thought that the month would go like it did when the high hit 71 on the 1st?

EYES TO THE SKY: Planet Mercury crosses Sun today, Venus and Jupiter meet on the 24th

The next Transit of Mercury visible in its entirety from our location will be in 2049.

League of Women Voters aims to increase voter participation on Election Day

In the wake of low voter turnout, questions arise: What are the current barriers to civic access? What are concrete steps we can take to address those?

CAPITAL IDEAS: Ladies Business Group

Although going through the value growth process takes one to five years, the most common question I get from business owners is “What can I do now to improve my business today?”

NATURE’S TURN: Creation’s winter grandeur

For delight, add to winter at its most visually captivating the flurry of a diversity of birds winging in for high energy food at the most modest, or lavish, of bird feeders.

EYES TO THE SKY: Moon softens edges between day and night

By Friday, the 29th, a half moon, last quarter, rises close to midnight, accompanying springtime’s quintessential all-night constellation, Leo the Lion, visible now during the hours after midnight.

NATURE’S TURN: Frozen northeast, flowering northwest

After the ground freezes, gardeners look up to seed stalks and vines of flowering annuals and perennials to decide which to leave for wildlife and to disperse their seed in the landscape, and which to cut to collect seed for intentional sowing or to compost.

NATURE’S TURN: Nature turns on the edge of freezing – a photo essay

Keying out the details of what remains of the plant on the stormy day on which I write of this discovery, observation points to the noveboracensis, a phenomenal New York Ironweed. I am eager for a close look during the 2019 growing season.

Question 1 threatens healthcare access for more than 30,000 CHP patients

In here letter to the editor, Lia Spiliotes writes: “Question 1 is a threat to Berkshire County’s overall community health.”

Nick Diller weather summary: November 2017, drier with near-normal temperatures; early December snowfall

It's interesting to note that the daily high temps in November 2017 were warmer than average while the lows were colder.

EYES TO THE SKY: Stargazing starts at 5 p.m. Turn down the house lights!

Like preserving natural landscapes for biodiversity, preserving access to clear skies that allow human contact with the cosmos is crucial to quality of life.

EYES TO THE SKY: Late afternoon – early evening planets, moon and Fomalhaut

Cinching evening darkness, new moon falls on the 29th, followed by evenings enhanced by a waxing crescent moon that sets early leading to long, dark, moonless nights.

EYES TO THE SKY: Autumn stars, meteors, Lion jumps over the moon

Around Halloween it is intriguing to think of Arcturus, the second brightest star visible in the northern hemisphere, as the ghost of our summer sun.
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