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 […]

Vaping ban lifted, new restrictions introduced

Vaping ban lifted, new restrictions introduced

EGREMONT — New restrictions on the sale of flavored vaping products have ousted them out of several stores across the commonwealth. And starting next summer, consumers won’t be able to buy any flavored tobacco products — including menthol cigarettes — just anywhere in the Berkshires. The state’s Public Health Council approved new regulations that places […]

Housatonic mainstay closes its doors after 50 years in business

Housatonic mainstay closes its doors after 50 years in business

HOUSATONIC — After a half-century in business along Route 183 in Housatonic, the Risingdale Cafe is closing its doors. Longtime customers, friends and family members said their goodbyes to the local bar and eatery during its final day of business, Sunday, Dec. 22. Second-generation owner Gloria Jean “GJ” Hadsell has decided to close up shop […]

CTSB is holding its collective breath amid FCC proposed rule changes

CTSB is holding its collective breath amid FCC proposed rule changes

LEE — Klas Bergman just wants to consume his local and statewide TV news. The self-proclaimed “journalist junkie” and Great Barrington resident balances a media diet of browsing online news, watching national broadcast news, reading newspapers and listening to National Public Radio. But for the former resident of Washington, D.C., and a former journalist, Bergman […]

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 […]