Mass Pike interchange discussions return to Becket, Otis

Mass Pike interchange discussions return to Becket, Otis

BECKET — From Boston to Seattle, Interstate 90 serves as the longest highway in the nation, spanning more than 3,000 miles from coast to coast. Locally, a 30-mile stretch from Exit 2 in Lee to Exit 3 in Westfield marks the longest span of the highway between exits without an interruption. Traveling west from Exit […]

Barrington board requested to probe racial slur charges against town housing official

Barrington board requested  to probe racial slur charges against town housing official

 GREAT BARRINGTON—The chairman of the Housing Authority is asking the select board to remove a member of the Housing Authority who allegedly used racist slurs towards tenants.  A Housing Authority special board meeting intended to discuss the alleged misconduct of board member Jackie Sinico was ended abruptly when two of the four board members walked […]

Lee’s schools superintendent Eberwein quits as of December

Lee’s schools superintendent Eberwein quits as of December

LEE — The town’s school district will soon be looking for a new superintendent. Lee Public Schools Superintendent Jake Eberwein announced that he would be resigning– effective the first week of December– to the school committee meeting held on Tuesday, Sept. 10. Serving as superintendent for the district in a part-time role since November 2017, […]

Riverfront Trail designed to be completely accessible

Riverfront Trail designed to be completely accessible

GREAT BARRINGTON — Along the west bank of the Housatonic River, running parallel to Main Street, the Housatonic River Walk trail has been open to the public for nearly 27 years as a project of the Great Barrington Land Conservancy. The construction of a brand new trail, called the Riverfront Trail, will soon give hikers […]

New Marlborough’s one-lane bridge may be shut for 1 year

New Marlborough’s one-lane bridge may be shut for 1 year

NEW MARLBOROUGH — An existing one-lane bridge that runs over the Whiting River is slated to undergo reconstruction next year, but some residents are wary about construction going on during the winter. The proposed project calls for widening the roadway and adding guardrails to the overpass on Campbell Falls Road, but according to the Massachusetts […]

Egremont appoints 2 delegates to schools consolidation panel

Egremont appoints 2 delegates to schools consolidation panel

EGREMONT—The neighboring school districts of Berkshire Hills and Southern Berkshire have made it clear that formal discussions of a potential district merger will begin this fall. Currently, municipalities are selecting representatives who will have a seat at the table in the town-centric conversations toward consolidation. In Egremont, George McGurn, current select board chairman, and Tom […]

Mobile health unit to visit local high schools

Mobile health unit to visit local high schools

SHEFFIELD — The arrival of a new mobile health unit at two regional high schools this fall will mark the start of free services offered to teens as part of a coordinated care effort. The idea behind bringing the van, owned by Community Health Programs, to Monument Mountain Regional High School and Mount Everett Regional […]

Egremont School reopens after two years

Egremont School reopens after two years

EGREMONT — Following a two-year hiatus, South Egremont School opened its doors to incoming kindergarten students. Wednesday marked the first day of school for students in the Southern Berkshire Regional School District (SBRSD), including the enrollment of nine students in the kindergarten program at the two-room schoolhouse built in 1880. Undermountain Elementary School, New Marlborough […]

Berkshire Hills, So. Berkshire districts begin serious talks aimed at school consolidation

Berkshire Hills, So. Berkshire districts begin serious talks aimed at  school  consolidation

GREAT BARRINGTON — Berkshire Hills and Southern Berkshire regional school districts have taken the first formal steps to review a possible merger into a singular district that could potentially serve Pre-K through 12th-grade students. After moving its meeting to 5 p.m. from 7 p.m., Southern Berkshire unanimously passed a motion in response to Berkshire Hills’ […]

West Stockbridge Fire Dept. leadership under fire

West Stockbridge Fire Dept. leadership under fire

WEST STOCKBRIDGE – A week after an executive session between the town’s fire chief and select board was made open to the public, the fire chief returned to the board to continue discussions on how to improve the volunteer department. Eric Shimelonis, select board member and a former member of the West Stockbridge Fire Department, […]