Southern District school moves toward district consolidation

Southern District school moves toward district consolidation

EGREMONT — While most Southern Berkshire school committee members stopped short of expressing support for a consolidation with Berkshire Hills Regional School District, all 10 committee members agreed that there’s no reason not to open up a dialogue. “I don’t like talking,” school committee Vice Chairman Jon Bruno retorted at the committee’s Thursday meeting. “But […]

Longtime Eagle takes helm of Mt. Everett

Longtime Eagle takes helm of Mt. Everett

SHEFFIELD — Jesse Carpenter never intended to stay at Mount Everett Regional High School. When he first came to the Sheffield campus as a freshman in 1988, the plan was to be there for a year and then transfer to Berkshire School to play football.  Now, 30 years later, as Carpenter eases into his new role […]

Southern district towns favor exploring two districts merger

Southern district towns favor exploring two districts merger

EGREMONT — Earlier this month, the Berkshire Hills Regional School District invited its neighbors in Southern Berkshire to form a planning committee to explore the possibility of consolidating into a single regional district serving grades 9 through 12. While Southern Berkshire school committee members are taking time to consider the overture before the July 31 […]

Plans to install 10,000 solar panels at Egremont Country Club scapped

Plans to install 10,000 solar panels at Egremont Country Club scapped

EGREMONT — Abutters of the Egremont Country Club have learned that their views and their property values are safe — for now. A California based-company that was exploring the possibility of a 6-megawatt solar installation on the grounds of the country club officially withdrew from the proposal process Friday afternoon. While representatives from Horizon Solar […]

For area’s shuttered churches, reuse can offer a second life

For  area’s  shuttered churches,  reuse can offer a second life

GREAT BARRINGTON— The numbers are in, and young people aren’t just leaving Berkshire County, they’re leaving organized religion too. According to the Pew Research Center Religious Landscape Study, Massachusetts is now tied with Vermont as the least-religious state in the nation. Amid dwindling congregations, many historic churches that were once the center of daily life […]

Two more marijuana outlets finalizing plans for Barrington

Two more marijuana outlets finalizing plans for Barrington

GREAT BARRINGTON— It’s full steam ahead for two retail marijuana shops proposed for the town’s Main Street, which each checked another box in their application process this week. Highminded LLC is scheduled to open their retail location in the former Dempsey Physical Therapy building at 68 Main St. sometime this summer. The local owners of […]

Two South County schools recognized for high achievement

Two South County schools  recognized for high achievement

BOSTON — Two South County schools were among 57 schools in the state that were recognized for their progress in closing achievement gaps last week. Lenox Memorial Middle and High School was recognized for being in the 95th percentile of MCAS (Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System) scores in the state. Muddy Brook Elementary School in Great […]