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 […]

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 […]