Illustrators to talk “Roots of Inspiration” at Rockwell Museum

Illustrators to talk “Roots of Inspiration” at Rockwell Museum

By Christopher McDermott STOCKBRIDGE — These days we’re surrounded by images and illustrations on giant billboards, our handheld devices and every imaginable bit of media. The best illustrations can cause us to stop and smile, reflect on life around us, or adventure deeper into a promised story. But every illustration starts with a human idea. […]

Ramsdell report calls for focus on arts, youth, collaborative spaces

Ramsdell report calls for focus on arts, youth, collaborative spaces

By Christopher McDermott HOUSATONIC — The Ramsdell Library should strive to offer something unique, with a smaller circulating collection but more collaborative space and services focused on arts, local history and youth programming, according to a report by consultants hired to study the 100-year-old historic library. “Housatonic, a former mill town, has lost most of […]

Housatonic School reps, BCC talk plans for collaborative workspace grants

Housatonic School reps, BCC talk plans for collaborative workspace grants

By Christopher McDermott GREAT BARRINGTON — The Select Board voted to endorse four different plans seeking state funding toward collaborative workspaces for small businesses, including proposals from the new owners of the former Country Curtains factory and planners for the Housatonic School. Town planner Christopher Rembold explained, “MassDevelopment supports small planning for actual workspace grants […]

Berkshire 11’s win State Tournament

Berkshire 11’s win State Tournament

By Ethan Winter MARLBOROUGH—Everything that manager Brian Shepardson’s team needed to go right, did go right for them as the Berkshire 11s won their second straight Cal Ripken state title in a rematch of last year’s 10U age group title game. “Last year, there were only three really good players that carried us, but this […]

Elm Court developers approved for special permit extension

Elm Court developers approved for special permit extension

By Joel Williams STOCKBRIDGE — Front Yard LLC, developers of the Elm Court project on 310 Old Stockbridge Road, are expecting to begin work within the year after being granted a second extension on their special permit from the town of Stockbridge. The special permit, which was granted in September 2014, and extended in 2016, […]

Bottle ban will face challenge at special town meeting

Bottle ban will face challenge at special town meeting

By Christopher McDermott GREAT BARRINGTON — Voters will have the choice to uphold or undo a coming ban on selling single-use plastic water bottles at a special town meeting scheduled for Monday Aug. 6, at 6 p.m., at Monument Mountain Regional High School. A citizen petition calling for this second vote received 337 confirmed signatures, […]

Planning board: Let the market decide number of pot shops

Planning board: Let the market decide number of pot shops

By Christopher McDermott GREAT BARRINGTON — With at least five marijuana retailers looking seriously at opening up shop in town, town leaders still express hesitance (or outright opposition) to setting a town-wide limit on the number of establishments. At a joint meeting of the town’s planning board and select board, Planning Board Chair Brandee Nelson […]

Egremont school gets waiver until next August for ADA work

Egremont school gets waiver until next August for ADA work

By Cory Willey EGREMONT — The town has been granted a temporary waiver to bring the South Egremont Village School up to current accessibility standards set forth by the Americans with Disabilities Act. The waiver — granted by the Massachusetts Architectural Advisory Board — allows temporary relief from the ADA regulations for the building until August 2019, by which time the town […]

Town considers buying controversial trucking property

Town considers buying controversial trucking property

By Christopher McDermott GREAT BARRINGTON — Town leaders discussed in executive session the possibility of buying or leasing the O’Brien trucking property at 11 Roger Road that has been at the center of two pending appeals cases against the town, according to the agenda description of the meeting. “What the town wants to do is […]

Rest of River Committee to enter into mediation

Rest of River Committee to enter into mediation

By Joel Williams The Rest of River Municipal Committee will be formally entering into mediation with General Electric to resolve issues surrounding the cleanup of the Housatonic River watershed. “The EPA has strongly suggested to the five communities involved, that is Lee, Lenox, Stockbridge, Great Barrington and Sheffield, that we enter into a non-binding mediation […]