Neighbors rally after family loses Alford home

Neighbors rally after family loses Alford home

ALFORD — A Rowe Road house was burned to the ground Sunday afternoon, leaving a family of six without a roof over their heads and most of their worldly possessions in ashes. The home at 11 Rowe Road was owned by George Meyer, 58, and Suzanne Meyer, 55. It was also occupied by their daughters […]

Boards of health grapple with CBD ban

Boards of health grapple with CBD ban

GREAT BARRINGTON — Health departments across Massachusetts were blindsided last month when the state Department of Agricultural Resources banned the sale of some hemp products, including hemp-derived cannabidiol oil, a non-psychoactive ingredient of hemp better known as CBD, Great Barrington Health Agent Rebecca Jurczyk told the town’s Board of Health at their rcent meeting. The […]

Stockbridge may name retired Mark Webber interim administrator

Stockbridge may name  retired Mark Webber   interim administrator

STOCKBRIDGE — Apparently retirement didn’t suit Mark Webber, who recently retired as the West Stockbridge town administrator. He’s considering coming out of retirement to apply for a similar position in neighboring Stockbridge. And the select board here already had him in mind. And now that former Stockbridge town administrator Danielle Fillio officially vacated her seat […]

Simon’s Rock partners with Southern Berkshire

Simon’s Rock partners with Southern Berkshire

SHEFFIELD — Good at math. Has trouble focusing. Excels in all subjects. Very quiet. Writes below grade level. The stories students hear and tell about themselves early in their academic career can have reverberations throughout their lives. Mount Everett Regional High School Principal Jesse Carpenter said that’s been a major consideration as the high school […]

Egremont Water Department takes steps to respond to DEP violations

Egremont Water Department takes  steps to respond to DEP violations

EGREMONT — The town water department’s sanitary rating given by the state Department of Environmental Protection was downgraded from “adequate” to “conditional” following their semi-annual March 13 inspection — a fact that the select board didn’t find out until June 25. A letter from the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) detailed the five violations found […]

Treasure hunt at the ‘Flying Church’

Treasure hunt at the ‘Flying Church’

GREAT BARRINGTON — The parking lot of the town’s oldest church has been undisturbed for more than 100 years…until now. With major construction completed on the former Methodist church at 198 Main St., developer Paul Joffe invited the public to hunt for local history in the lot before it’s paved over. Despite soaring temperatures and […]

Churches host Sheffield’s first Pride event

Churches host Sheffield’s first Pride event

SHEFFIELD — The town quietly achieved a milestone for local lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ) people Friday with a modest Pride block party held in conjunction with the regular farmers market. The event, hosted by two local churches, was the first of its kind in Sheffield. “You’re starting to see more rainbow flags […]

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