Medical marijuana bylaw vote expected at special town meeting

Medical marijuana bylaw vote expected at special town meeting

By Cory Willey LEE — Special town meeting voters will have the opportunity to decide where future medical marijuana dispensaries will be allowed to operate. A vote on the bylaw amendment recommended by the planning board is tentatively set to take place sometime in January. The bylaw has nothing to do with regulating or zoning […]

South Egremont school takes center stage during regional roundtable talk

South Egremont school takes center stage during regional roundtable talk

SHEFFIELD — As the South Egremont Village School repair project moves into the bidding phase, questions regarding a minimum number of students needed to make its future program financially feasible are being raised. During a much-needed and cathartic regional round table conversation between representatives from the Southern Berkshire Regional School District and its five towns […]

Southern Berkshire plans to review regional agreement

Southern Berkshire plans to review regional agreement

By Cory Willey SHEFFIELD — The Southern Berkshire Regional School District school committee has set upon a path to review the district’s regional agreement. The committee’s unanimous vote took place during its regularly scheduled Nov. 9 meeting, establishing a subcommittee – titled the Regional Agreement Review committee – tasked with reviewing the district’s establishing document. Art […]

BMC, nurses make little progress in latest negotiation talks

BMC, nurses make little progress in latest negotiation talks

By Cory Willey PITTSFIELD — A month removed from the nurses’ strike, talks between the group and Berkshire Medical Center management have yet to improve. On Tuesday BMC management and members of the Massachusetts Nurses Association – the union that represents approximately 800 BMC nurses – bargaining committee came together for the first bargaining session since […]

In Egremont, retired police chief takes over for Tyler Race

In Egremont, retired police chief takes over for Tyler Race

EGREMONT — Brian Shaw will return to the police department he once led, serving as the interim chief while the town searches for a full time replacement. Shaw’s hiring comes after Tyler Race resigned last month for unspecified reasons, leaving a vacancy that town officials are being careful not to fill in haste. Race plans […]

New Marlborough Central faces drainage, septic woes

New Marlborough Central faces drainage, septic woes

NEW MARLBOROUGH — Drainage issues and a damaged septic tank are the latest problems plaguing the New Marlborough Central school building. Southern Berkshire Regional School District Buildings and Grounds Director Jeremy Wells estimates solving the drainage problems could cost over $15,000, while estimates to replace the school’s septic tank have come in around $8,500 to […]

$20,000 to be put towards Southern Berkshire tennis courts

$20,000 to be put towards Southern Berkshire tennis courts

SHEFFIELD — The tennis courts at Mount Everett Regional High School are on their way to receiving much-needed reconstruction following the Southern Berkshire Regional School District’s reception of a $20,000 grant from the United States Tennis Association. The courts are at least 25 years old by now and may soon become unusable due to cracks in […]

During Berkshires visit, U.S. Sen. Ed Markey talks opioid crisis, environment and immigration

During Berkshires visit, U.S. Sen. Ed Markey talks opioid crisis, environment and immigration

PITTSFIELD — A considerable crowd of Berkshire County residents raised concerns over climate change, taxes, the opioid crisis and immigration during U.S. Sen. Edward Markey’s town hall meeting last Sunday. Markey, D-Massachusetts, spoke to many of the concerns raised by those in attendance as well as other topics such as gun control and North Korea, […]

Lee, Pittsfield included in Amazon headquarters proposals

Lee, Pittsfield included in Amazon headquarters proposals

Sites in Lee and Pittsfield are among the 26 locations in Massachusetts hoping to host Amazon’s much sought after second North American headquarters. The online shopping giant expects to invest $5 billion and bring nearly 50,000 high-paying jobs to the site of its second headquarters, which it is calling HQ2, according to a release announcing […]

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