State order in place, but tests say village water safe

State order in place, but tests say village water safe

By Christopher McDermott HOUSATONIC — Housatonic Water Works say they’ve taken action after an Aug. 10 letter from the state Department of Environmental Protection declared them in noncompliance with drinking water regulations related to chlorine contact. Tests, by the state and the company, have shown the water to be safe to drink, but some residents […]

­­­­Letter: The Hydration of a Generation

­­­­Letter: The Hydration of a Generation

 By Samantha Watson It is amazing how a reusable water bottle can capture the essence of a generation. We squeeze in sips between the bells, rushing to class with our canteens at our fingertips like a baton held in the last leg of a relay race. We slide into our desks, just barely making […]

Mill River sculptor makes W.E.B. Du Bois bust

Mill River sculptor makes W.E.B. Du Bois bust

(Photo credit: Erik Michael Callahan) By Christopher McDermott MILL RIVER — As south county continues to hold discussions and debates on how to remember W.E.B. Du Bois, a local sculptor has created a bust of Du Bois’ head and upper body, honoring the Great Barrington-born sociologist, historian and civil rights activist. Michel Richard, a retired […]

Plan to buy trucking property fails with voters

Plan to buy trucking property fails with voters

By Christopher McDermott GREAT BARRINGTON — A clear end remains out of sight for two tangled legal battles the town is involved in over trucking operations at 11 Roger Road, after the select board’s plan to buy the property at the controversy’s center failed to get enough support from voters at a special town meeting. […]

Couple seeks to create community arts hub

Couple seeks to create community arts hub

By Christopher McDermott SOUTH EGREMONT — A Newton couple has opened up a new arts center in the former Red Barn Antiques location, and they’re hoping to highlight a wide range of artists alongside artworks from husband Hank Kearsley, who has a 70-year history of teaching and telling stories through his works. “We want to […]

Car hits liquor store, man airlifted

Car hits liquor store, man airlifted

By Cory Willey SHEFFIELD — A local man was emergency airlifted via helicopter following a single-vehicle accident on Home Road earlier this week. The accident occurred at approximately 8:45 p.m. on Aug. 6, according to Sheffield Police Sergeant Ryan Kresiak. The vehicle involved was a pickup truck, which ran off the road late Monday night, smashing through a few […]

Voters uphold bottle ban, reject repeal

Voters uphold bottle ban, reject repeal

By Christopher McDermott GREAT BARRINGTON — The town is still set to ban retailers from selling single-use plastic water bottles starting May 2019, after a clear majority of voters cast their support for the ban for the second time in four months at a rowdy special town meeting in Monument Mountain Regional High School’s auditorium. […]

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