Proposed cannabis growing site could be the final of six in Lee

Proposed cannabis growing site could be the final of six in Lee

LEE — A proposed marijuana cultivation and manufacturing facility could be the sixth and final of its kind in the town, pending approval from the necessary municipal boards. Harsh Patel, manager of Green Theory Cultivation LLC, presented a proposal to construct a 12,000 square-foot “hybrid greenhouse structure” facility at 845 Pleasant St., to the Select […]

Lenox will explore electronic voting option for town meetings

Lenox will explore electronic voting option for town meetings

LENOX — When nearly 600 registered voters attended the annual town meeting this past May, a secret ballot vote took more than 30 minutes to complete, according to Town Clerk Kerry Sullivan. The lengthy process of hand-counting ballots has been the protocol way of tallying votes in an open town meeting form of government, specifically […]

Egremont voters approve 3% tax on marijuana sales

Egremont voters approve 3% tax on marijuana sales

EGREMONT — Town residents nearly unanimously voted in favor to adopt a 3-percent gross sales tax applicable to cannabis retailers at Tuesday’s special town meeting. Of the 1,007 registered voters, 108 were in attendance at the fire station at the Sept. 17 special town meeting, according to Egremont Town Clerk Juliette Haas. A quorum of […]

Housing Authority agrees to diversity training in wake of racial slurs charges

Housing Authority agrees to diversity training in wake of racial slurs charges

GREAT BARRINGTON — A diversity training program is in the pipeline for the Housing Authority following last week’s special meeting to discuss a board member’s alleged misconduct. At the Sept. 10 meeting, Housing Authority member Jackie Sinico was publicly accused of using racial slurs when referring to minority tenants at Flag Rock Village. Sinico denied […]

So. Berkshire school panel to investigate vaping risks

So. Berkshire school panel to investigate vaping risks

GREAT BARRINGTON—  Vaping is a growing trend nationwide and also among teens in Berkshire County. The annual Prevention Needs Assessment Survey distributed by the Berkshire United Way  shows that 43 percent of high school seniors in Berkshire County self-reported to have used e-cigarettes during their lifetime. Amid an outbreak of vaping-related illnesses across the country, […]

Survey offers insights into risk factors for students

Survey offers insights into risk factors for students

GREAT BARRINGTON— While the usage rates of cannabis and alcohol are trending down among high school students in Berkshire County, the attitudes of parents continues to remain highly favorable compared to national averages, according to a county-wide teen survey. The survey, administered by the Railroad Street Youth Project (RSYP), identifies favorable parent attitudes towards drugs […]