South County man tests positive for coronavirus, seven others quarantined

South County man tests positive for coronavirus, seven others quarantined

GREAT BARRINGTON — A male resident from Otis has tested positive for coronavirus and seven others have been quarantined, Great Barrington Health Agent Rebecca Jurczyk confirmed Tuesday afternoon. The Otis man was taken to Fairview Hospital in Great Barrington on Wednesday, March 4 and discharged on Thursday, March 5, and then transferred by Southern Berkshire […]

Developer adapts, repurposes historic Sheffield property

Developer adapts, repurposes historic Sheffield property

SHEFFIELD — A local developer is adding a new chapter to a historic property in downtown Sheffield.Last year, Egremont native and resident Craig Barnum purchased 113-117 Main St. and 0 Depot St. in Sheffield as CMB Block LLC for $325,000 from Mary N. Bartholomew and Kathleen M. McCormick, co-trustees of Dana A. Bartholomew Revocable Trust. […]

Cemetery Commission gives Housatonic man the OK to recognize Medal of Honor recipient

Cemetery Commission gives Housatonic man the OK to recognize Medal of Honor recipient

GREAT BARRINGTON — A recipient of the country’s highest award for bravery during Civil War combat is buried in town and Housatonic resident Andy Moro wants to make sure that achievement is recognized.During a Wednesday, March 4 meeting of the Great Barrington Cemetery Commission, Moro came before the group asking for support for commemorating Medal […]

Southern Berkshire Ambulance Squad employees claim cash shortage; operations chief disagrees

Southern Berkshire Ambulance Squad employees claim cash shortage; operations chief disagrees

*Editor’s note: This article contains unnamed sources. The sources indicated that they feared they would be fired should they be identified. GREAT BARRINGTON — Although Southern Berkshire Ambulance Squad has issued a plea to the towns it provides service to for financial backing and stated that service quality would not change if it did not […]

West Stockbridge fire chief quits following emotionally charged meeting discussion

West Stockbridge fire chief quits following emotionally charged meeting discussion

WEST STOCKBRIDGE — A Wednesday night vote at the town’s Select Board led to Fire Chief Peter Skorput quitting his post and his entire fire department following behind. Following an emotionally charged meeting discussion that spilled over the course of two hours on the evening of Wednesday, March 4, members of the West Stockbridge Select […]

Joe’s Diner gets a facelift

Joe’s Diner gets a facelift

LEE — The iconic Joe’s Diner, which has been forever immortalized as the backdrop to Norman Rockwell’s 1958 Saturday Evening Post cover “The Runaway”, is looking a bit different than it was when it was first depicted. From Monday, Feb. 10 through Monday, Feb. 17, owner Heather Earle closed the diner for renovations. In that […]

Sheffield man plays out a dream

Sheffield man plays out a dream

Bobby MacVeety has checked a big dream off of his list of things he’s wanted to do in his lifetime. And locals have a chance to take a little piece of that dream home with them by buying his first solo album.MacVeety, a resident of Sheffield, has been writing lyrics and poetry for decades. He […]

Couple crafts a career in canine care

Couple crafts a career in canine care

CANAAN, N.Y. — Rachel Clarke and Daniel Sharry have unleashed their passion for pets and turned it into a business. For years, the couple worked in restaurants and hotels holding customer service roles at several establishments in the Berkshires like Blantyre and Cranwell Resort. Throughout that time, Clarke — who holds a bachelor’s degree in […]

Wales man dies in logging truck crash in Stockbridge

Wales man dies in logging truck crash in Stockbridge

STOCKBRIDGE — A 73-year-old Wales man was declared dead on the scene of a single-vehicle crash in Stockbridge this past weekend.At 7:32 a.m. on Sunday, Massachusetts State Troopers from Westfield and State Lee barracks responded to reports of a logging truck crash on Interstate 90 headed westbound at the 5.6 mile-marker in Stockbridge. According to […]

Former Austen Riggs finance director jailed for embezzling nearly $50k

Former Austen Riggs finance director jailed for embezzling nearly $50k

PITTSFIELD — The former director of finance of the Austen Riggs Center was sentenced to 18 months in jail after admitting to stealing nearly $50,000 from the Stockbridge open psychiatric treatment facility as well as Pittsfield-based MassHire Berkshire Career Center.On Friday, Feb. 7, 48-year-old Elizabeth Hakes of Lanesborough plead guilty on two counts of larceny […]