Solar energy developer has big plans for Monument Mountain

Solar energy developer has big plans for Monument Mountain

GREAT BARRINGTON — If a Connecticut solar energy developer gets the green light to construct a new solar project at Monument Mountain, the energy harvested won’t go to Great Barrington. The town has already maxed out its green energy credits, Town Manager Jennifer Tabakin said. The development would still generate net revenue for the town […]

Monterey residents will vote on town administrator salary

Monterey residents will vote on town administrator salary

MONTEREY — Town officials are once again divided, this time about whether to hire another town administrator, so the select board and finance committee voted to leave the administrator’s salary in the budget and let the townspeople vote on it at the annual town meeting. The $29,070 salary, a portion of the full $35,000 salary, […]

New Marlborough to decide types of marijuana businesses

New Marlborough to decide types of marijuana businesses

MILL RIVER — Voters will decide which types of marijuana establishments will be allowed in town at a special election Monday. An individual yes-or-no vote will made on each of the eight types of marijuana establishment licenses: cultivation, craft cooperative, manufacturing, retail, research, testing, transportation and microbusiness. In 2016, New Marlborough residents voted to allow […]

Covered Bridge to undergo renovation

Covered Bridge to undergo renovation

SHEFFIELD — A local architectural icon will receive an update this fall. The town is looking for a contractor to replace the roof and restain the side of Covered Bridge, a $150,000 project that is slated to be complete by Oct. 30. The 93-foot lattice truss bridge has been a Sheffield landmark since it was […]

Restoring respect in local graveyards

Restoring respect in local graveyards

SHEFFIELD — Shortly after spring’s first thaw, Ben Powers rolled his truck up the muddied path into Sheffield Center Cemetery on Berkshire School Road to survey the winter damage. “Oh, yeah,” he said, mostly to himself. “It’s trashed back here.” Powers, owner of Powers Outdoor Maintenance, and his landscaping crew will spend the next several […]

Tricia Zucco has a lot on her plate

Tricia Zucco has a lot on her plate

Editor’s note: This is the last of a four-part series saluting women in our communities throughout the month of March in honor of National Women’s History Month. SHEFFIELD — Tricia Zucco fits a lot into her 40-hour weeks. She’s a part-time Sheffield police officer, the Mount Everett Regional School Student Resource officer, and the New […]

Monterey Selectman Coburn won’t quit, despite petitioners’ demand

Monterey Selectman Coburn won’t quit, despite petitioners’ demand

MONTEREY — Select board member Don Coburn said he will not step down from his elected seat despite a citizens’ petition calling for his resignation bearing the signatures of 32 residents. The petition, received by the select board March 20, follows months of conflict between the select board members and other town officials. This is […]

Worst mud season in years keeps county highway departments busy

Worst mud season in years keeps county highway departments  busy

MILL RIVER — It’s not just you — Chuck Loring said he thinks this is the worst mud season since at least 2011. “That’s what I hear from everybody. It’s the worst they’ve ever seen,” said Loring, the New Marlborough fire chief and highway superintendent. With 50 percent of New Marlborough’s roads unpaved, he asked […]

Mother, daughter look at feminism

Mother, daughter look at feminism

This story is part of our Women’s History Month series. SHEFFIELD — For Michele Shalaby, 48, and her daughter Mary, 16, Women’s History Month means two slightly different things. Mary, a junior at Mount Everett Regional High School who’s currently studying the way women stepped up during World War II in her advanced U.S. history […]