Stormwater runoff mitigation work resumes on Knob Hill Road

Stormwater runoff mitigation work resumes on Knob Hill Road

GREAT BARRINGTON — Construction resumed this week on Knob Hill Road, where contractors are installing catch basins which will redirect stormwater runoff that dumps sediment and pollutants into the adjacent Lake Mansfield. The $470,000 project is funded in part by a $288,925 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency through the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, […]

Thanks, but no thanks, say Egremont residents about church ‘donation’

Thanks, but no thanks, say Egremont residents about church ‘donation’

EGREMONT — The congregation of the First Congregational Church of South Egremont had hoped to donate the historic church building to the town for use as a community center, but after underwhelming reception from the community, the congregation decided to withdraw the donation from the town warrant. The congregation’s decision comes after a disappointing turnout […]

Historic tree faces deep-rooted housing issue

Historic tree faces deep-rooted housing issue

GREAT BARRINGTON — A local developer has proposed four mixed-use buildings for the vacant lot at the corner of Main Street and Mahaiwe Street, but some residents believe the cost of developing that particular parcel — namely, the 200-year-old heritage sugar maple, possibly the oldest tree in downtown Great Barrington — is too high. The […]

No way to track how much pot leaves state, say law enforcement

No way to track how much pot leaves state, say law enforcement

GREAT BARRINGTON — There’s no way to know how many people are bringing cannabis from Massachusetts into other states illegally, according to local law enforcement. And even if they did know, there still likely wouldn’t be any way to police them. Data regarding the number of out-of-state residents purchasing legal cannabis might be available eventually, […]

Stumo family plans to sue Boeing, FAA for their daughter’s death

Stumo family plans to sue Boeing, FAA for their daughter’s death

SHEFFIELD — Samya Stumo’s death on March 10 was no accident, according to her mother Nadia Milleron. “An accident is something that couldn’t have been prevented. This could have been prevented,” Milleron said at an emotional press conference near Boeing’s headquarters in Chicago last week. The Stumo family announced they would file the first lawsuit […]

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 […]