Otis police, highway department discuss maintaining staff

Otis police, highway department discuss maintaining staff

OTIS — Keeping the streets of this town safe and secure are the combined efforts of the town’s police and highway departments. But keeping both departments fully staffed and competitively compensated throughout a busy winter season has proven to be more of a challenge for the Select Board and the respective department heads. At the […]

Congressman Richard Neal visits Lenox Middle and High School classrooms

Congressman Richard Neal visits Lenox Middle and High School classrooms

LENOX — Tenth- and eleventh-grade classes at Lenox Memorial Middle and High School received a lesson in government and current events with a timely visit from U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Massachusetts. On the morning of Friday, Jan. 17, Neal walked into three classrooms and delivered remarks on his strong value on education and the ongoing […]

New Marlborough treasurer placed on probation for second time

New Marlborough treasurer placed on probation for second time

MILL RIVER — In what was planned to be a closed-door meeting, a performance review for the town’s treasurer resulted in the employee of nearly four years to be placed on a 90-day probationary period, for the second consecutive time. Given the options to either end or continue the current probationary period, or possible termination, […]

Student Journalists writing headlines, meet deadlines at newspaper club in Lee

Student Journalists writing headlines, meet deadlines at newspaper club in Lee

LEE — A trail of clues and an investigative hunch led student-reporter David Carlino to one of his most recently published news stories. As one of eight members of Lee Elementary School’s newspaper club, Carlino writes and publishes articles for the publication, “The Wildcat Tales”. The newspaper club, made up of fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders, […]

Sheffield appeals for volunteers for municipal board vacancies

Sheffield appeals for volunteers for municipal board vacancies

SHEFFIELD — With a score of vacancies on several of the town’s appointed municipal boards, there may be no better time than the present for residents to get involved in local government. The need for volunteer members on specific municipal boards has reached a point, Town Administrator Rhonda LaBombard says, where handling certain town business […]

Stockbridge, set back in court, seeks Bowl solutions

Stockbridge, set back in court, seeks Bowl solutions

STOCKBRIDGE — A court’s ruling to dismiss the Conservation Commission’s denial of herbicide treatment to Lake Mahkeenac is far from water under the bridge for the town. Berkshire County Superior Court Judge John Agostini handed down the decision last month, ruling that the Conservation Commission’s reasoning to deny the treatment project, submitted by the Stockbridge […]

Sheffield opts to build new rather than renovate old property for upgraded highway garage

Sheffield opts to build new rather than renovate old property for upgraded highway garage

SHEFFIELD — A three-month municipal investigation into the potential purchase of a property for the use of housing a new highway garage has ended with the town declining the opportunity, citing excessive cost concerns. Situated at the intersection of Home Road and County Road, the four-acre parcel is currently owned by Pexco LLC, an Atlanta-based […]

Friends of Smiley’s Pond unhappy with MassDOT fix to turtle bridge

Friends of Smiley’s Pond unhappy with MassDOT fix to turtle bridge

EGREMONT — Ari Zorn wants to see an endangered species of turtle strive under the recent preservation efforts being made at Mill Pond, locally known as Smiley’s Pond. But instead, Zorn and members of Egremont’s Conservation Commission are calling for Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) to remediate their layout of riprap that was recently placed […]

Mill River Store’s proprietor warns of uncertain future

Mill River Store’s proprietor warns of uncertain future

MILL RIVER — Lack of support from financial institutions could threaten the existence of one of the Berkshires’ longest standing businesses and one of the area’s last remaining general stores. Built in 1840, the Mill River General Store has been a popular breakfast and lunch destination for locals, as well as serving as a local […]

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