Barrington selectmen urged not to reappoint Karen Smith

Barrington selectmen urged not to reappoint Karen Smith

GREAT BARRINGTON — Allegations of bullying were brought forward against the chairperson of a town commission. And this isn’t the first time complaints have come forward against the individual. At a recent selectboard meeting, members of the board reappointed a number of individuals to town committees and boards as part of a yearly routine without […]

Lee pot shop to open Friday

Lee pot shop to open Friday

LEE — The marijuana market is about to get more competitive in Berkshire County. Canna Provisions, located at 220 Housatonic St. in Lee, is holding a grand opening Friday, July 5, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The marijuana enterprise received its final license from the state Cannabis Control Commision in June, said Meg Sanders, […]

Merchants getting head start on Barrington’s plastic bottle ban that’s still not enforceable

Merchants getting   head start on Barrington’s plastic bottle ban that’s still not enforceable

GREAT BARRINGTON— Although enforcement of the town’s ban on the sale of single-use plastic bottles one liter or less has not gone into effect, some merchants have already begun phasing out their supplies. Among those local retailers are Berkshire Food Co-op and Big Y Foods Inc. Berkshire Food Co-op, which opened its new facility at […]

Painting a picture of clarity: Norman Rockwell’s granddaughter shares research on the man she called ‘Pop’

Painting a picture of clarity: Norman Rockwell’s granddaughter shares research on the man she called ‘Pop’

Learning about family history and upbringing is often seen as a personal rite of passage along the road to self discovery and identity. But when your last name is Rockwell, it’s a different kind of experience. What started as an exploration into her family heritage following the release of a controversial biography has turned into […]

Barrington closes Lake Mansfield Road to traffic

Barrington closes Lake Mansfield Road to traffic

GREAT BARRINGTON — As urgent concerns for the future of a protected town resource surfaced, the selectboard determined it was time to close the road that had impacted that ecosystem. In a 4-1 vote, members of Great Barrington Selectboard opted to close Lake Mansfield Road to vehicular traffic between the boat launch and the beach […]

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 […]