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 […]

A taste that resonates through time

A taste that resonates through time

Maple syrup is ubiquitous in pantries and breakfast eateries in the U.S., but how did it get there? The sweet and sticky pancake topping was first introduced to European settlers by Native Americans and a Saturday, March 23 event at the Bidwell House Museum in Monterey will detail how that historical process has evolved over […]

Sheffield fatal fire investigated as a murder-suicide

Sheffield fatal fire investigated as a murder-suicide

Evidence suggests husband was the assailant PITTSFIELD — Berkshire County District Attorney Andrea Harrington reported that investigators are treating the Sheffield fire as a five-person murder-suicide. First responders recovered the bodies of two adults and three children at 1343 Home Road, Wednesday morning. The deceased individuals have been identified as Luke Karpinski, and his wife, […]

Pot-infused edibles firm seeking Barrington site

Pot-infused edibles firm seeking Barrington site

GREAT BARRINGTON — A manufacturer of cannabis-infused edibles hopes to set up shop. The community, however, wasn’t prepared for such a proposal until it established a marijuana product manufacturer host community agreement. So, they did. The select board was recently approached — for the first time — by an enterprise that hopes to manufacture marijuana […]

Tina Packer, the driving power

Tina Packer, the driving power

LENOX — All the world’s a stage and in Tina Packer’s world, the play’s the thing. Born in England in 1938, the spotlight found Packer at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London where she won the Ronson Award for most outstanding actor and graduated from in 1964. Writing, in particular, she says, is […]

Sharon Gregory, a vibrant force and a woman of multiple talents

Sharon Gregory, a vibrant force and a woman of multiple talents

This is the first of a four-part series saluting women in the community throughout the month of March in honor of National Women’s History Month. GREAT BARRINGTON — March is more than a month to sport shades of green and don shamrocks. It’s also Women’s History Month, an occasion to observe and celebrate the role […]