Sheffield joins digital age with electronic ballot box

Sheffield joins digital age with electronic ballot box

SHEFFIELD — By most metrics, last November’s election was an unusual one. When incumbent District Attorney Paul Cacaviello launched a formidable write-in campaign against eventual winner Andrea Harrington, passions ran high all the way to the ballot box. Polls closed at 8 p.m. in Sheffield as usual, but with so many write-in votes to tally, […]

Carla Turner wants to keep Egremont seat in the family

Carla Turner wants to keep Egremont seat in the family

EGREMONT — Carla Turner has been thinking about running for a seat on the select board for some time, but it never felt right to run against her brother-in-law, current board chairman Bruce Turner. When Turner announced he wouldn’t seek reelection, Carla Turner knew that now was her moment. “I want to be a little […]

Egremont loses 10th policeman in last two years

Egremont loses 10th policeman in last two years

EGREMONT — Tyler Race, a part-time police officer and former Egremont Police Chief, submitted a one-sentence resignation letter to the select board last month. Race had been on personal leave since December. “Please be advised I will not be returning from my leave of absence, subsequently constituting my resignation in accordance with the Egremont Personnel […]

South County Fire Departments struggle to find new volunteers

WEST STOCKBRIDGE — In his 37 years with the West Stockbridge Fire Department, Fire Chief Peter Skorput has watched the flow of new volunteers slow to a trickle. “It just keeps getting worse,” he said. “I probably noticed that about seven years ago, we started getting to a crisis point.” In Monterey, Fire Chief Shawn […]

Southern school district loses ‘rural’ designation and $70,000 in state aid

Southern school district loses ‘rural’ designation and $70,000 in state aid

SHEFFIELD — School committee members worried that the Southern Berkshire Regional School District had “fallen through the cracks” after a change to the way the state calculates aid for rural districts left the SBRSD without a portion of their expected aid package for FY19. “They’ve made some adjustments to the formula, possibly favoring urban districts, […]

Lightning strike likely cause of outage in Barrington, Sheffield

Lightning strike likely cause of outage in Barrington, Sheffield

By Hannah Shirley GREAT BARRINGTON— A power line fire on Route 41 between Division St. and Sheffield caused power loss to 677 Sheffield customers at 7:42 p.m. Thursday night. The fire was likely the result of damage caused by a lightning strike made worse by water leaking into a power transmitter. Great Barrington Fire Chief […]

Lenox ZBA tells 8 innkeepers rentals appeal missed deadline

Lenox ZBA tells 8 innkeepers rentals appeal missed deadline

LENOX — Eight innkeepers hoping the Zoning Board of Appeals would crack down on short-term rentals will have to begin the appeals process over after the board unanimously agreed their initial appeal had not been filed within the appropriate amount of time. Attorney Jeffrey Lynch, who represents the innkeepers, argued that the town has allowed […]

When two local therapists quit, Fairview’s picked up the slack

When two local therapists quit, Fairview’s picked up the slack

GREAT BARRINGTON— After two local physical therapy offices closed in 2018, Fairview Hospital’s Outpatient Physical Therapy office seems to be picking up the slack — but as demand for physical therapy grows in Berkshire County and supply at times struggles to keep up, Fairview’s Executive Vice-President Anthony Reinaldi said the explanation isn’t so cut and […]