Bus drivers strike, a first, leave riders out in the cold Nearly 5,000 daily commuters are left stranded

Bus drivers strike, a first, leave riders out in the cold Nearly 5,000 daily commuters are left stranded

PITTSFIELD —For the first time in 15 years, Berkshire Regional Transit Authority drivers are on strike stranding most of its 5,000 daily riders. Some riders, who were unaware of the strike, spent time in the cold waiting for buses that did not come. “BRTA has subcontracted with other chaircar vendors to perform essential paratransit trips. […]

Latest pot shop applicant joins toy stores neighbors

Latest pot shop applicant joins toy stores neighbors

GREAT BARRINGTON — The empty storefront between Tom’s Toys and the law office of Cain, Hibbard and Myers will be home to Calyx Berkshire Dispensary, a retail marijuana shop, which may be open within the next three or four months. The store was previously occupied by a mens store, Joe Daggert.The owner of the store, […]

Stockbridge residents ‘walkabout’ researches roundabout

Stockbridge residents ‘walkabout’ researches roundabout

STOCKBRIDGE — Wednesday morning was marked by steady snowfall and freezing temperatures, but it wasn’t enough to prevent residents from attending a walk down Main Street to learn about a new traffic plan. Residents made the trek from Town Hall down to the fire station to meet up with the select board and traffic engineer […]

Water study reveals problems, proposes merger as solution

Water study reveals problems, proposes merger as solution

GREAT BARRINGTON — A study of the town’s water infrastructure has revealed areas for concern and has shown a merger of the town’s two service areas as a potential solution. That plan would be expected to take somewhere in the ballpark of 50 years. The two water systems would be connected, and would potentially allow […]

Stockbridge officials are reluctant to discuss scam

Stockbridge officials are reluctant to discuss scam

STOCKBRIDGE —Officials are thus far reluctant to reveal details regarding a scam that has potentially cost the town and its taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars. “No, no update since the last statement,” select board chairman Don Chabon said. “Other than the town counsel would like more time.” He said that taxpayers may be getting […]

Stockbridge eyeing regulations for short term rentals

Stockbridge eyeing regulations for short term rentals

STOCKBRIDGE — The town is taking the first steps towards regulating short-term rentals. Planning Board member Marie Raftery gave a presentation at Monday night’s select board meeting on the results of a preliminary survey designed to gauge the town’s opinion on short term rentals. Raftery proposed the idea of forming a committee working towards a […]

Stockbridge weighs solutions to solve Main St. traffic woes

Stockbridge weighs solutions to solve Main St. traffic woes

STOCKBRIDGE — The town will be starting small in its solutions for troublesome Main Street intersections after receiving the results of a traffic study conducted by consulting firm VHB. Each of the intersections has seen high numbers of crashes. At the South Street intersection, there is an average of five motor vehicle accidents a year, […]

152-year-old mission church another casualty of changing times

152-year-old mission church another casualty of changing times

By Hannah Shirley MILL RIVER­—After 152 years, the Church of the Immaculate Conception has held its final Mass. Sitting high on a hill, it was the last church left serving the village it overlooked. The final Mass on Oct. 28 was attended by about 60 people, although in recent years the regular parish has dwindled […]

Alford planners set to take lead for bylaw to regulate solar farms

Alford planners set to take lead for bylaw to regulate solar farms

ALFORD —With solar farms seemingly sprouting up everywhere you look, this small town is taking the lead in trying to regulate where they’re located. The Planning Board is considering a revision to the solar energy systems bylaw, if enacted, would regulate the placement of both ground-mounted and roof-mounted solar energy systems. Ground-mounted solar energy systems […]