Berkshire Hills wants to explore merger with So. Berkshire district

Berkshire Hills wants to explore merger with  So. Berkshire district

The Berkshire Hills Regional School District plans to ask its neighbors in the Southern Berkshire Regional School District to form a joint planning board to weigh the possibility of consolidating—a suggestion that blindsided Southern Berkshire school officials and has some of them feeling “peeved,” said Peter Dillon, superintendent of Berkshire Hills. The Berkshire Hills school […]

New businesses opening in time for tourist season

New businesses opening  in time for tourist season

GREAT BARRINGTON — Local business owner Steve Carlotto said the town has long been known for its thriving business district. But sometime in the 1980s, the character of Great Barrington’s downtown began to change. The barber shops, shoe shops and furniture stores began to be replaced by gift shops and galleries during that time, said […]

Stockbridge psychiatric hospital celebrates 100 years on Main Street

Stockbridge psychiatric hospital celebrates 100 years on Main Street

STOCKBRIDGE — Since the Austen Riggs Center was founded 100 years ago, there’s one thing that’s always set it apart from other psychiatric hospitals: its presence downtown. “We’re right on Main Street,” said psychologist Jane Tillman, director of the Erikson Institute at the Austen Riggs Center. “It’s so helpful to our patients. There are no […]

Connecticut motorcyclist killed by drunk driver

SHEFFIELD — A 70-year-old Connecticut man was killed Wednesday afternoon when his motorcycle was struck by a truck going the opposite direction. Kristopher Laine, 39, of Southfield, was travelling eastbound near 199 Canaan Road around 3 p.m. when his pick-up truck departed his lane and struck the motorcycle operated by John Howard of Bethleham, Connecticut, […]