Plan for 4-story buildings in Lee stirs deep divisions

Plan for 4-story buildings in Lee stirs deep divisions

LEE — Residents will vote on a proposed zoning bylaw change at Lee’s annual town meeting that would allow four-story buildings in the downtown area. A public hearing for the proposed warrant item was held Monday. Local developers Michael Charles and Brian Cohan of Lenox-based Benchmark Development appealed to voters to consider the bylaw change, […]

Great Barrington’s first 4/20 marijuana festival draws crowd

Great Barrington’s first 4/20 marijuana festival draws crowd

GREAT BARRINGTON — Saturday may not have been the first time locals have celebrated 4/20, but it was the first time they were able to do so out in the open. Toasted Jam, the alcohol-free adult-only festival at the Great Barrington Fairgrounds Saturday afternoon, celebrated the decades-old marijuana holiday with unclear origins with live music, […]

Barrington bike cop named latest Egremont police chief

Barrington bike cop named latest Egremont  police chief

EGREMONT — Great Barrington Patrolman Jason LaForest has been named Egremont’s new police chief pending contract negotiations. He will begin serving as the town’s latest police chief t on July 1, becoming the town’s third police chief. The Police Chief Search Committee members present at last week’s select board meeting all said the same thing: […]

Committee proposes increased bus routes and decreased travel times

Committee proposes increased bus routes and decreased travel times

GREAT BARRINGTON — Of the 425 responses to the Berkshire Regional Transit Authority’s (BRTA) South County ridership survey, 46 percent reported that the main reason they didn’t use the bus system was because they didn’t know anything about it. Tate Coleman, chairman of the Great Barrington Transportation Committee, is aiming to change that. The ridership […]

Stormwater runoff mitigation work resumes on Knob Hill Road

Stormwater runoff mitigation work resumes on Knob Hill Road

GREAT BARRINGTON — Construction resumed this week on Knob Hill Road, where contractors are installing catch basins which will redirect stormwater runoff that dumps sediment and pollutants into the adjacent Lake Mansfield. The $470,000 project is funded in part by a $288,925 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency through the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, […]

Thanks, but no thanks, say Egremont residents about church ‘donation’

Thanks, but no thanks, say Egremont residents about church ‘donation’

EGREMONT — The congregation of the First Congregational Church of South Egremont had hoped to donate the historic church building to the town for use as a community center, but after underwhelming reception from the community, the congregation decided to withdraw the donation from the town warrant. The congregation’s decision comes after a disappointing turnout […]

Historic tree faces deep-rooted housing issue

Historic tree faces deep-rooted housing issue

GREAT BARRINGTON — A local developer has proposed four mixed-use buildings for the vacant lot at the corner of Main Street and Mahaiwe Street, but some residents believe the cost of developing that particular parcel — namely, the 200-year-old heritage sugar maple, possibly the oldest tree in downtown Great Barrington — is too high. The […]

No way to track how much pot leaves state, say law enforcement

No way to track how much pot leaves state, say law enforcement

GREAT BARRINGTON — There’s no way to know how many people are bringing cannabis from Massachusetts into other states illegally, according to local law enforcement. And even if they did know, there still likely wouldn’t be any way to police them. Data regarding the number of out-of-state residents purchasing legal cannabis might be available eventually, […]

Stumo family plans to sue Boeing, FAA for their daughter’s death

Stumo family plans to sue Boeing, FAA for their daughter’s death

SHEFFIELD — Samya Stumo’s death on March 10 was no accident, according to her mother Nadia Milleron. “An accident is something that couldn’t have been prevented. This could have been prevented,” Milleron said at an emotional press conference near Boeing’s headquarters in Chicago last week. The Stumo family announced they would file the first lawsuit […]