Blog :: 03-2014

GSFABA - 18th Annual Auction

GSFABA_Auction_2014_11X17 Saturday, April 5th at 6:00 PM

Shelburne / Buckland Community Center

53 Main Street in Shelburne Falls, MA

Hors d'oeuvres will be prepared by Chef Margaret Fitzpatrick. A cash bar will be available. Tickets are only $20 per person and include one free drink. Tickets at the door will be $25 per person.

To make reservations:  mail checks to the GSFABA office at P.O. Box 42, Shelburne Falls, MA 01370.

Cash payments can be made at the GSFABA office located at 75 Bridge Street, Shelburne Falls.

Credit card payments can be made in person or by calling 413-625-2526.

 If you have questions or need additional information please contact the GSFABA office at 413-625-2526 or email

Table Top Expo

Table Top

Mike Packard, David Santos, Brian Megliola, Dave Ryan and not pictured Timothy Parker

Over 700 people attending the Table Top Expo held at the Log Cabin in Holyoke last night.  This event was sponsored by the Northampton, Easthampton and Holyoke Chambers of Commerce and opened to the public

With over 175 exhibits there was no shortage of information to be learned.  Our booth sponsored our Commercial Division, Emerson Way Development and several other areas of real estate were featured for attendees to see.

If you caught our booth and need to contact one of our agents you can contact Mike Packard at (413) 522-2220, David Santos at (413) 362-9250, Brian Megliola at (413) 575-3932, Dave Ryan at (413) 977-9784 and Timothy Parker at (413) 923-2900.


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Home Buyers Tips - Lead Paint

Paint Can-BrushDid you know that approximately three-quarters of the housing in the United States built before 1978 contain lead-based paint? That is about 64 million homes.  Lead paint can pose little risk, but it can also cause serious risks when it isn't properly maintained and managed.  The EPA has provided this pamphlet to help answer some of your questions about Lead Poisoning and why you should know.

There are approximately 1.7 million children that have blood-lead levels above safe limits. Lead poisoning can cause permanent brain damage and damage other organs. It can also cause abnormal fetal development for pregnant women. Lead comes into bodies by breathing or swallowing lead dust, soil or paint chips.

The Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction ACT of 1992 directs the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ensure people receive information needed to protect themselves from lead-based paint hazards.

In 2008, EPA issued the Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule. It requires that firms performing renovation, repair, and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in pre-1978 homes, child care facilities and schools be certified by EPA. If you are a homeowner performing renovation, repair, or painting work in your own home, EPA's RRP rule does not cover your project. For information on the RRP click here.

For home buyers federal regulations require that home sellers provide lead disclosures to home buyers who are purchasing a home built before 1978. Buyers have 10 days to conduct a lead-based paint inspection or risk assessment at their own expense. The regulation does not require any testing or removal of lead-based paint by sellers.


Berkshire Highlands Pentathlon

BJP-logoApril 5, 2014 - Charlemont, Mass.

The annual Berkshire Highlands Pentathlon features many of the best outdoor adventures in our area.  The five events - a 10k trail run, 18 miles of road biking, 5 miles of kayaking, a mile to the top of the mountain and a downhill ski to the finish - can only happen on the same day at the turn of the seasons. It may be a bit cold for road biking and kayaking and a bit warm for skiing, but here else can you do it all on the same day?

For additional information; how to sign up, team types, cost to enter, where to register, click over to the Berkshire Highlands Events Website.

2014 Coldwell Banker Upton-Massamont has 2 agents competing on different teams.  The excitement is brewing in the Shelburne Falls Office as Phil Pless and Tim Parker prepare for Event Day!


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Shelburne, MA Librarian "Libby Burnham" Retires

Stone buildingYes, Elizabeth "Libby" Burnham is retiring after 25 years with the Shelburne Center Free Library (On Shelburne Center Road, Shelburne).  On March 29th at 11am-1pm there will be a reception in her honor and the public is invited to join in sharing their "Thanks".

Libby grew up in Connecticut and moved to Shelburne when she married.  She graduated with a masters in library science.

The small 2 room library of Shelburne Center has seen many changes over the years with Libby adding, "The biggest change for me was when we were automated in about 1997".  I am sure she has seen many changes with technology over the years and the wealth of information she holds is precious.

You can read more about Libby in a recent article written in THE RECORDER.

"We at Coldwell Banker upton-Massamont REALTORS - THANK YOU, LIBBY, for your years of service and wish you well into your retirement." 


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Welcome Back Steve Oates!

Steve OatesWe are excited to have Steve back with us at Coldwell Banker | Community Realtors.

Steve started his real estate career with us in 2006 and left to take the Director of Sales position with another real estate company in 2011.  He has recently returned is happy to be back with Coldwell Banker Upton-Massamont where he will get back to doing what he loves, serving buyers and sellers as well as investors throughout Hampshire and Franklin County.

Steve grew up in Franklin County and has lived in Hampshire County where he managed a local restaurant. Steve also spent a few years out of state in restaurant management but missed the Valley, and knows this is home. His passion for the Valley brought him back and sparked his interest in a Real Estate Career.

Steve said, "Having local offices in Amherst, Deerfield, Northampton and Shelburne Falls, I will have the reach and resources to provide exceptional service throughout the Pioneer Valley".

Steve may be contacted at . . .

Phone:  (413) 325-3602   OR    Email:

Steve can be found in the Web at:


Wizard of Oz in West County

Oz UploadThe Wizard of Oz musical will be performed at Mohawk Trail Regional High School this weekend (March 7th, 8th & 9th) 2014.  Mohawk Trail Regional High School has a long history of exceptional musical performances. This is a great opportunity for your whole family to enjoy the arts in West County. 

Tickets may be purchased by calling (413) 625-9811 x1364.  Cost $10 for adults, $5 for students and children 2 and under are FREE.



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Why We Love Western Massachusetts-The People

Stone buildingMarcia Brooks, agent with the Coldwell Banker | Community Realtors South Deerfield Office, offers a well shared opinion of the Pioneer Valley and why we love it here!

The Pioneer Valley is a hidden gem that has carefully and lovingly been polished over the past 40 years to reveal its' inner beauty.

SF Library

There is a wealth of resources to mine; Historic, Cultural, Recreational and Educational .....all available for the taking.

It is a preserved way of life that has been cherished for generations. Its' simplicity is both cultivated and progressive enough to stay on the cutting edge.

SuguringWe offer the original farm-to-table living.....which city dwellers relish.

While we might appear to be too far out in the country for some, we know otherwise.

It is an easy trek to Boston, New York, or points north and south whenever the mood strikes.But mostly, it is the people that live here--that bring it all together.  Whether it's festivals Winter Racethat celebrate the rivers, the hills, the libraries, the arts, the fruits of our labor,  or simply.....the four seasons.  It is a special way of life .... the spirit of a community and knowing your neighbor.

It is Americana at its best.

               -Marcia Brooks, 2014