Two districts’ consolidation plan conceived as not legal

EGREMONT — The regional school districts of Southern Berkshire and Berkshire Hills are attempting to do something yet to be accomplished in the Commonwealth: consolidate. In uncharted territory, the road less traveled toward a potential district merger just got a little more bumpy. The legality of the consolidation process, however, was brought up at the […]

Police rule out anti-Semitic hate crime incident at Middle School

STOCKBRIDGE— The Great Barrington Police Department has closed an investigation into claims of anti-Semitic threats made at Monument Valley Middle School last week, according to the police chief. The investigation was closed after working with middle school officials, said Police Chief William Walsh. “After a risk assessment evaluation, the school has devised a safety plan […]

Monterey honors former fire chief of 55 years

Monterey honors former fire chief of 55 years

MONTEREY — Raymond Wallace Tyron dedicated more than five decades of his life to public service in the Town of Monterey. And this past weekend, the community came out to the long-standing fire chief. A celebration of life for Tryon was held at the Monterey Fire Station on Saturday, Nov. 23 and drew an audience […]

Berkshire jeweler celebrates 40 years in business

Berkshire jeweler celebrates 40 years in business

LENOX — A gem of the downtown Lenox business community, Laurie Donovan Designs has been bringing a unique, non-traditional style of handmade jewelry to the Berkshires for nearly 40 years. The local lapidarist, Laurie Donovan, specializes in custom jewelry design service, as well as repairing and re-purposing fine jewelry. Last year, the jewelry store relocated […]

So. Berkshire subcommittee suggests a consolidation forum be held

So. Berkshire subcommittee suggests a consolidation forum be held

SHEFFIELD — In an attempt to improve communication surrounding a potential school district merger, a Southern Berkshire subcommittee has suggested that a public forum be held for parents, teachers and community members who wish to learn more about the consolidation process. At Southern Berkshire Regional School District’s Community Outreach and Input Subcommittee meeting, held on […]

Southern Berkshire faculty, parents issue plea to be heard

Southern Berkshire faculty, parents issue plea to be heard

SHEFFIELD — Amid a whistleblower lawsuit, multiple open meeting law violations and district consolidation talks, according to one school committee member, the Southern Berkshire school district is in an “existential crisis.” David Travis, chairman of the Executive Evaluation Subcommittee and a member of the school committee, spoke at the conclusion of the subcommittee’s meeting on […]

Minor crash at high school recalls long-standing concerns for safety

Minor crash at high school recalls long-standing concerns for safety

GREAT BARRINGTON — An early morning two-vehicle crash in front of Monument Mountain Regional High School has resurrected past safety discussions surrounding the intersection of the school’s entrance and Route 7. Last week, a junior operator with a driver’s permit was heading southbound and tried to make a left-hand turn into the entrance of the […]

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