U.S. Rep. Richard Neal talks Berkshire County economy woes

U.S. Rep. Richard Neal talks Berkshire County economy woes

It’s a tale of two regions, if you will. The Boston Globe, in one of its latest headlines, describes it as “Tourism booms but locals struggle.” The Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, a public charity in Sheffield, calls it “mixed news” in regards to jobs and unemployment. The second part of the Globe’s headline makes it […]

Trail builders return to River Walk for guided walking tour

Trail builders return to River Walk for guided walking tour

GREAT BARRINGTON – Renowned trail builder and planner Peter Jensen made his return to the Housatonic River Walk over the weekend and led a guided tour highlighted every detail of the painstaking trail blazing process. Jensen, who is currently involved in a New Hampshire project, made the visit in the lead up to the Great […]

Grayhouse Partners Inc. the sole bidder on Housatonic school

Grayhouse Partners Inc. the sole bidder on Housatonic school

GREAT BARRINGTON – The Housatonic School request for proposal received one bid – from Grayhouse Partners Inc. – after four months. The Select Board announced the bid Aug. 28 during their meeting and gave it a preliminary review. No decisions regarding the actual bid from Gray House Partners were made Monday night. Because, according to Town […]

Hundreds gather at Mason Library for historic eclipse event

Hundreds gather at Mason Library for historic eclipse event

GREAT BARRINGTON – As 2 p.m. approached, approximately 250 people crowded onto the Mason Library lawn for an eclipse-viewing event. The 250 huddled in self-created groups, sharing their respective – and rare – eclipse glasses and homemade pinhole projection boxes. The crowd at large gazed up at the sun, a sun that by 2:43 p.m. was […]

Education task force reviews first impressions of one-district solution

Education task force reviews first impressions of one-district solution

On July 15, the Berkshire County Education Task Force made their now widely known one-district Berkshire County recommendation. On Aug. 12, task force members discussed what they perceived were the public’s first impressions. Task force member Neil Clarke, who is also a Massachusetts Teacher Association Senate district coordinator, said he “had not heard from anybody” […]

Government gaggle tours Lee manufacturer for Startup Day

Government gaggle tours Lee manufacturer for Startup Day

LEE – Several Massachusetts officials visited town Tuesday morning for what many have recognized as Startup Day Across America. U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Springfield, state Rep. William “Smitty” Pignatelli, D-Lenox, and state Sen. Adam Hinds, D-Pittsfield, toured Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing – a clinical trial materials making company – and touted the importance of local business. […]

Following ‘picnics,’ 22 protesters arrested at pipeline site

Following ‘picnics,’ 22 protesters arrested at pipeline site

SANDISFIELD – John Cohen, of Northampton, was sitting on a blanket, eating a sandwich, surrounded by three other picnickers when a van of state troopers pulled up next to him. The state troopers, alongside Capt. John Penniman, approached Cohen and asked him to leave his picnic spot – he was, after all, they said, trespassing. […]

Olga Dunn Dance Company performance honors local educator

Olga Dunn Dance Company performance honors local educator

GREAT BARRINGTON – An outdoor Saturday dance performance was more than just another show: That night, the Olga Dunn Dance company honored the life of Elaine Gunn, a noted educator and local historian, and announced a new scholarship in her name. Under a large, billowing performance tent, dancers from Olga Dunn’s self-named troop took to […]