N.Y. will not legalize cannabis; seen as gift for Berkshire’s shops

N.Y. will not  legalize cannabis; seen as gift for Berkshire’s  shops

GREAT BARRINGTON— State-licensed marijuana retailers in western Massachusetts won’t have to contend with out-of-state competition in New York any time soon. The plans of several New York Democratic legislators to legalize a potential billion-dollar industry fell through during the closing hours of the legislative session last week in Albany. The hope was that the legalization […]

Roadmap of peripatetic officials is like tracking musical chairs

Roadmap of peripatetic officials is like tracking musical chairs

With tighter budgets, many south county towns rely on relationships with neighboring communities and share resources to provide services to residents. So, after one town employee accepted a position in another community and a second town employee in a neighboring town opted into retirement, much of those resources have shifted around. In February, West Stockbridge […]

Berkshire women raise money for suicide prevention

Berkshire women raise money for suicide prevention

BOSTON — Two board members of a Berkshire-based coalition are hoping to shed some light on a difficult subject: suicide. Together, Bertha Connelley of Lee and Lee Watroba of Becket plan to walk all night in Boston this Saturday as part of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s annual Out of the Darkness Overnight Walk […]

Military veteran aboard ambulance rescued by crew after it caught fire

Military veteran aboard ambulance  rescued by crew after it caught fire

SANDISFIELD — An ambulance suddenly broken into flames on Sandisfield Road while transporting a patient. But thanks to the quick thinking of the two members of the ambulance crew, the patient, a retired military veteran, was pulled to safety before the vehicle became fully engulfed with flames and smoke. The Chicopee-based crew from Alert Ambulance […]

20 new Americans Pledge their Allegiance

20 new Americans Pledge their Allegiance

STOCKBRIDGE — Known for its iconic Americana imagery, The Norman Rockwell Museum served as a fitting setting when the venue was transformed into a courtroom to welcome 20 new U.S. citizens. The museum partnered with the Berkshire Immigrant Center in Pittsfield, the Berkshire Community College Adult Learning Program in Great Barrington and the Literacy Network […]

Fire engulfs West Stockbridge farmhouse

Fire engulfs West Stockbridge farmhouse

WEST STOCKBRIDGE — A fire destroyed a two-story colonial-style farmhouse from the 1900s on State Line Road. Nearly 30 firefighters from West Stockbridge, Stockbridge and Richmond as well as Canaan, New York, responded to the blaze at the 3,336- square-foot home at 11:15 p.m. on Monday, June 10, said West Stockbridge Fire Chief Peter Skorput. […]

Housatonic Water Works strives to clear the water with consumers

Housatonic Water Works strives  to clear the water with consumers

HOUSATONIC — There could be something extra in the water if the state Department of Environmental Protection denies Housatonic Water Works request for modification to its corrosion control system. But before that happens, the private utility company held an informational meeting to address concerns that might have muddied the water. Dr. Richard Gullick of Rural […]

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