Food, music and ideas at Fourth Annual Berkshire Fermentation Festival

Food, music and ideas at Fourth Annual Berkshire Fermentation Festival

By Christopher McDermott Fermentation gave humans wine, cheese, sourdough bread and miso soup. At the Fourth Annual Berkshire Fermentation Festival, local foodies and interested travelers alike will get the chance to explore other delicacies and health benefits that come when creative people and tenacious microorganisms collaborate. For Michelle Kaplan, the festival’s organizer, the key word […]

Car Show celebrates 50 years of camaraderie and Americana

Car Show celebrates 50 years of camaraderie and Americana

By Christopher McDermott SHEFFIELD — The muscle cars of mid-century America can drive an entire generation back to the days of their youth, but the enthusiasm for a car with personality or just a Labor Day weekend with friends is timeless. Old Yankee Street Rods, a club of classic car enthusiasts based in Great Barrington, […]

Stockbridge voters will have failsafe option to extend marijuana moratorium

Stockbridge voters will have failsafe option to extend marijuana moratorium

By Christopher McDermott STOCKBRIDGE — Voters will likely have a failsafe option of extending their marijuana moratorium if they turn down town leadership’s plans to allow and regulate marijuana establishments at an upcoming special town meeting on September 24. At their September 5 meeting, the Select Board voted to add the moratorium article on the […]

Select board considers issuing more beer-and-wine licenses

Select board considers issuing more beer-and-wine licenses

By Christopher McDermott GREAT BARRINGTON — The Select Board is considering a move that would make four more beer-and-wine licenses available for retailers in town, which package-store owners contend has high stakes when existing licenses might be worth $50,000 each. Owners from most of the town’s eight package stores said they opposed the change. These […]

DA candidates talk opiate crisis, reform, in Stockbridge

DA candidates talk opiate crisis, reform, in Stockbridge

STOCKBRIDGE — The three candidates for Berkshire County District Attorney argued over the opiate crisis, reform, and the looming 14-year legacy of David Capeless as DA at their final debate, as Capeless’ appointed successor tries to fend off two challengers in the Sept. 4 Democratic primary. “The DA’s office is still stuck in the 1980s […]

Sixth annual Bike-N-Fly fundraises for rotary

Sixth annual Bike-N-Fly fundraises for rotary

By Matthew Tonis GREAT BARRINGTON — A plane sits idly on the runway behind John Benedict, the former president of the Rotary Club of Great Barrington. In front of him are about 85 cyclists, waiting for his signal. After thanking the participants and giving instruction and announcements about the day, at just about 9 a.m., […]

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 […]