Southfield man now facing OUI-related homicide charges in motorcycle crash

Southfield man now facing OUI-related homicide charges in motorcycle crash

PITTSFIELD — A Southfield man who was allegedly drunk when he caused the death of a 70-year-old Connecticut motorcyclist entered a not-guilty plea Tuesday at Berkshire County Superior Court. On May 22, 39-year-old Kristopher Laine was traveling eastbound near 199 Canaan Road in Sheffield around 3 p.m. when his pick-up veered out of his lane […]

Berkcirque to close its doors at end of month

Berkcirque to close its doors at end of month

GREAT BARRINGTON — A circus school is taking its show on the road. The recreational circus and aerial yoga studio Berkcirque, located at 115 Gas House Lane, is closing its doors at the end of August. Jill Fleming, founder and director of Berkcirque, announced the news via social media over the weekend. “It’s time to […]

Going from trash to très chic

Going from trash to très chic

Deborah Carter has an endless supply of materials that she uses to create her fashion line, Smooth Stone Clothing. Sometimes she uses linens or cotton. And sometimes, she works with a dash of trash. “Very rarely do I actually buy fabric,” said Carter, while glancing from one end of her Lenox-based studio to the other. […]

Grant will fund new library lending resources program

Grant will fund new library lending resources program

GREAT BARRINGTON — Times are changing and the role of long-established institutions are, too. In this town, the library system is following suit. In response to patron requests for increased lending resources, creative programming and a community gathering space, Great Barrington Libraries is planning to launch a unique lending program at the beginning next year. […]

Housatonic School rehab plans fizzle; it’s now back to square one for ideas

Housatonic School rehab plans fizzle; it’s now back to square one for ideas

GREAT BARRINGTON — The town’s agreement with remodeling contractor Grayhouse Partners Inc. for the redevelopment of the former Housatonic Elementary School has been severed. Now, the town is back to square one. The Housatonic-based firm was the only organization to respond to the town’s third request for proposals for the former school by the August […]

The turning point: Berkshire woodturner finds harmony in hardwoods

The turning point: Berkshire woodturner finds harmony in hardwoods

STOCKBRIDGE — Woodworkers, much like the wood they craft, come in different shapes and sizes. Some fashion furniture or practice pyrography, also known as wood burning. Others utilize cutting tools to create a more sculptural ornamentation of wood. For Warren “Vinny” Vienneau, who owns and operates Pittsfield-based Turned Works, woodworking is likened to that of […]

Three recognized for heroic actions in ambulance fire

Three recognized for heroic actions in ambulance fire

SANDISFIELD — Selfless, heroic acts aren’t typically committed with hopes of recognition. But on Tuesday, three people were recognized by the state for their actions that saved lives. While transporting a patient, an ambulance suddenly caught fire on Sandisfield Road in the afternoon of Friday, June 14. But thanks to the quick thinking of the […]

Fairgrounds racing bill in Legislature kindles concern for home rule

Fairgrounds racing bill in Legislature kindles concern for home rule

GREAT BARRINGTON — The town’s Fairgrounds were once the scene of thoroughbred horse racing and gambling. And if a piece of legislation is passed through the state Legislature, that scene could be reprised. The mention of that bill, however, fueled a heated discussion during Monday’s selectboard meeting in Great Barrington. During the meeting, board member […]

They tore down a sandwich shop to put up a Goodwill parking lot

They tore down a sandwich shop to put up a Goodwill parking lot

GREAT BARRINGTON— The sightlines along Stockbridge Road just got a bit larger near the town’s Goodwill after a former sandwich shop was razed. The 2 ½-story building, located at 230 Stockbridge Road, was demolished on Monday by Lee-based Daley & Sons Trucking. Once the foundation from the structure is removed, the space will become additional […]

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