Sheffield declares school budget rise is ‘irresponsible’

Sheffield declares school budget rise is ‘irresponsible’

SHEFFIELD — Town officials were shocked to see a 3.8-percent increase in the preliminary Southern Berkshire Regional School District budget, said Town Administrator Rhonda LaBombard. The proposed budget would result in a $164,168 increase for the town of Sheffield and a 27- cent increase to the town’s current tax rate, for an overall tax rate […]

Egremont Planning Board wants to ban marijuana stores in town

Egremont Planning Board wants to ban marijuana stores in town

EGREMONT — The Planning Board fully intended to vote to propose a ban on all marijuana businesses Tuesday night — it was the only reason they had called the meeting in the first place. However, after two hours of discussion, the board adjourned without a decision. Planning Board member Jared Kelly was not at the […]

Grinder sparks touch off Barrington garage fire

Grinder sparks touch off Barrington garage fire

GREAT BARRINGTON — A man escaped serious injury when his Maple Ave. garage caught fire Tuesday afternoon. The Sheffield and Lenox Fire Departments also responded to the blaze. Berger said when the first engine arrived, the garage was engulfed in flames. The blaze, fanned by the day’s high winds, was blowing directly toward the homeowner’s […]

Weather plays a factor in the reopening date of Egremont’s School

Weather plays a factor in the reopening date of Egremont’s School

EGREMONT — The South Egremont Schoolhouse continues to inch toward completion, although not as quickly as the town would like, said select board member Mary Brazie. The latest projects including moving the location of the ramp and deciding on whether to install child or adult-sized fixtures in the bathrooms. Brazie said the select board had […]

Sheffield joins digital age with electronic ballot box

Sheffield joins digital age with electronic ballot box

SHEFFIELD — By most metrics, last November’s election was an unusual one. When incumbent District Attorney Paul Cacaviello launched a formidable write-in campaign against eventual winner Andrea Harrington, passions ran high all the way to the ballot box. Polls closed at 8 p.m. in Sheffield as usual, but with so many write-in votes to tally, […]

Carla Turner wants to keep Egremont seat in the family

Carla Turner wants to keep Egremont seat in the family

EGREMONT — Carla Turner has been thinking about running for a seat on the select board for some time, but it never felt right to run against her brother-in-law, current board chairman Bruce Turner. When Turner announced he wouldn’t seek reelection, Carla Turner knew that now was her moment. “I want to be a little […]

Egremont loses 10th policeman in last two years

Egremont loses 10th policeman in last two years

EGREMONT — Tyler Race, a part-time police officer and former Egremont Police Chief, submitted a one-sentence resignation letter to the select board last month. Race had been on personal leave since December. “Please be advised I will not be returning from my leave of absence, subsequently constituting my resignation in accordance with the Egremont Personnel […]

South County Fire Departments struggle to find new volunteers

WEST STOCKBRIDGE — In his 37 years with the West Stockbridge Fire Department, Fire Chief Peter Skorput has watched the flow of new volunteers slow to a trickle. “It just keeps getting worse,” he said. “I probably noticed that about seven years ago, we started getting to a crisis point.” In Monterey, Fire Chief Shawn […]

Southern school district loses ‘rural’ designation and $70,000 in state aid

Southern school district loses ‘rural’ designation and $70,000 in state aid

SHEFFIELD — School committee members worried that the Southern Berkshire Regional School District had “fallen through the cracks” after a change to the way the state calculates aid for rural districts left the SBRSD without a portion of their expected aid package for FY19. “They’ve made some adjustments to the formula, possibly favoring urban districts, […]