Lenox to hold candidate forum for 3 seeking select board seat

Lenox to hold candidate forum for 3 seeking select board seat

LENOX — Three candidates are vying for the open select board seat, but before the community casts their ballost, they’ll have a chance to meet them at a candidates forum, Monday, April 8. The forum, hosted by the Mondays with Me Coffee Hour at the Lenox Community Center, will give voters an opportunity to familiarize […]

Funding on tap for public water at three locations

Funding on tap for public water at three locations

GREAT BARRINGTON— Funding has been secured to purchase and install three public water filling stations. The Selectboard gave the green light to its public works superintendent to begin purchasing and installing water station to be located outside of Town Hall, the Mason Library and in Housatonic, said Stephen Bannon, chairman of the board. The Town […]

First marijuana shop in Lee expects to open in early April

First marijuana shop in Lee expects to open in early April

LEE — A new business could shatter the town’s “grass ceiling” as early as next week. Pending an inspection and issuing of a final license from the state Cannabis Control Commission, Canna Provisions could open its doors as Lee’s first recreational retail marijuana dispensary during the first week of April, said Erik Williams, chief operating […]

Irish Person of the Year

Irish Person of the Year

PITTSFIELD — The Hillcrest Education Foundation has named a Berkshire County deputy sheriff as its “Irish Person of the Year.” Robert “Robin” McGraw, a resident of South Egremont, was recognized at the Country Club of Pittsfield during Hillcrest’s annual Robert “Bees” Prendergast St. Patrick’s Day reception Wednesday. Named after Prendergast, a founding board member of […]

Pruhenski named Great Barrington town manager

Pruhenski named Great Barrington town manager

GREAT BARRINGTON — Mark A. Pruhenski was named the new town manager. After wrapping up the third and final candidate interview for the position, the selectboard unanimously approved in a 4-0 vote to appoint Pruhenski as town manager, pending further background review. Board member Bill Cooke was absent. The decision was a tough one to […]

You Are Not Alone

You Are Not Alone

A new play about addiction, recovery and the opioid crisis will hit the stage at the Universalist Unitarian Meeting of Southern Berkshire in downtown Housatonic on March 28. The play, “You Are Not Alone,” written by Berkshire native Patrick Toole, will take audience members through the difficulties of a group of people recovering from drug […]

Former Greylock Mill in Lee will now produce marijuana

Former Greylock Mill in Lee will now produce marijuana

LEE — A California developer has purchased the former Greylock Mill and its new owner plans to use the facility to cultivate and manufacture marijuana. Franz Chan, CEO and founder of Adelanto, California-based Golden Tree & Co. Technology Corp., presented his plans for the building at a select board meeting earlier this month. Golden Tree […]

Town manager’s search for Barrington narrows down to three finalists

Town manager’s search for Barrington narrows down to three finalists

GREAT BARRINGTON — And then there were three. A search committee tasked with finding the new town manager has narrowed the candidate pool down to three finalists. To assist the committee in the screening process, the town hired Plymouth-based consulting firm Community Paradigm Associates LLC for $15,000. The committee received a total of 22 applications […]

Investigators await reports from state Coroner’s office

Investigators await reports from state Coroner’s office

SHEFFIELD — Overwhelming evidence indicates that 41-year-old Luke Karpinski murdered his wife and three children and deliberately set fire to his home before killing himself last week. Investigators located signs of accelerant in the 1343 Home Road residence, including two 20-pound propane tanks on the top floors, said Berkshire County District Attorney Andrea Harrington, on […]