Pittsfield man dies at Youth Turkey Hunt Day in Great Barrington

GREAT BARRINGTON— A joint investigation is under way after a 44-year-old Pittsfield man was shot and killed during the annual Youth Turkey Hunt Day. The man, which police have identified as Christopher Puntin, succumbed to his injuries after sustaining a shotgun wound in a wooded area on Monument Valley Road on Saturday. A preliminary investigation […]

Monument Mountain Regional High School principal announces resignation

Monument Mountain Regional High School principal announces resignation

GREAT BARRINGTON — Monument Mountain Regional High School’s principal is resigning, Berkshire Regional Hills School District Superintendent Peter Dillon confirmed Tuesday afternoon. Douglas Wine came on board as Monument Mountain Regional High School’s principal on July 1, 2018. In an email sent out to parents, Wine cited personal and medical issues as his reason for […]

More than a diagnosis

More than a diagnosis

LEE — An original play has set the stage for area drama students to explore the challenges and perceptions of autism spectrum disorder and learning differences. College Internship Program (CIP) Berkshire is presenting its spring production, “Through the Learning Glass,” over the course of two nights at Spectrum Playhouse in Lee. CIP, which is headquartered […]

Lenox voters asked to decide fate of short-term rentals, pot stores ban

Lenox voters asked to decide fate of short-term rentals, pot stores ban

LENOX — Back-to-back hearings spurred an impassioned debate at the Planning Board Tuesday night. The hearings were the result of two citizen petitions; one proposing the prohibition of operating any recreational marijuana enterprises in Lenox and another that created language for short-term rentals to be included in the Lenox’s zoning bylaw. The key purpose of […]

Statewide Artweek initiative returns to Berkshire County

Statewide Artweek initiative returns to Berkshire County

LENOX—A week-long, statewide festival centered around arts and creativity has returned to Berkshire County. What started as a Boston-based event, produced by the Boch Center as a way to strengthen the creative economy in 2013 has expanded across the commonwealth with hundreds of events taking place over the course of a week. This year, the […]

Flowers in full bloom for Naumkeag’s first Daffodil Festival

Flowers in full bloom for Naumkeag’s first Daffodil Festival

STOCKBRIDGE — Nature’s golden trumpets have heralded in springtime at Naumkeag. The Trustees of Reservations announced that Naumkeag has officially opened for the 2019 season with its first-ever Daffodil Festival. The flowery event is the only one of its kind throughout all of the the Trustees properties, said Brian Cruey, Naumkeag’s director. Last fall, more […]

Stockbridge narrows fire chief candidates down to two finalists

Stockbridge narrows fire chief candidates down to two finalists

STOCKBRIDGE — The search committee has delivered two finalists for the fire chief position, despite ongoing litigation with the town’s former fire chief requesting that he be reinstated. Gary Johnston, chairman of the search committee and town moderator, announced at the select board’s meeting on Monday the committee was pleased with the candidates the committee […]

Navigating through the cannabis craze

Navigating through the cannabis craze

Medical marijuana is legal in more than 30 states. Adult-use recreational marijuana is legal in 10 states. In the Commonwealth, a number of new marijuana enterprises are opening their doors each month. With the proliferation of marijuana enterprises in Massachusetts, one licensed mental health counselor has assessed that more and more teenagers perceive marijuana to […]

Former Stockbridge fire chief sues the town, selectboard, its members

Former Stockbridge fire chief sues the town, selectboard, its members

STOCKBRIDGE — The former fire chief is suing the Town of Stockbridge and two select board members, both in official and individual capacities, in federal court. Ernest J. “Chuckie” Cardillo, who is still serving as a member of the select board in Stockbridge, is alleging that board members Donald M. Chabon and Terrence R. Flynn […]

Barrington E.coli scare closes downtown eateries

Barrington E.coli scare closes downtown eateries

GREAT BARRINGTON — A boil-water mandate closed several downtown eateries and led to a temporary caffeine shortage last week. Great Barrington Fire District issued an alert on the afternoon Wednesday, April 10, urging all water users in Great Barrington to boil water after a water sample collected on the previous day from the town’s source […]