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 […]

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 […]