Egremont Select Board conducts budget negotiations

Egremont Select Board conducts budget negotiations

EGREMONT – Last spring, registered voters approved $48,000 in funding to pave the expansive dirt parking lot in front of Town Hall. While that round of funding covered the first phase of the project, the town is now returning to taxpayers with a $70,000 proposal to finish the job. At Egremont’s annual Town Meeting on […]

EPA reaches $54 million deal with GE, 5 towns to clean up toxic PCBs from Housatonic River

EPA reaches $54 million deal with GE, 5 towns  to clean up toxic PCBs from Housatonic River

LENOX — The Environmental Protection Agency reached an agreement with General Electric that will clean up the Housatonic River while funneling $54.5 million to five Southern Berkshire towns and establish a toxic disposal site on the Lee/Lenox line. A formal announcement was delivered Monday, Feb. 10 at the Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum in Lenox, located […]

Elm Street Market set to reopen

Elm Street Market set to reopen

When the Elm Street Market shuttered late last year, Stockbridge lost a key gathering spot where the regular breakfast crowd would chew over the latest news in the community. If all goes according to the plan of new Elm Street Market co-owner Tiffany Landry, the shop will be a thriving community hub once again when […]

First coworking space to open in Great Barrington next month

First coworking space to open in Great Barrington next month

GREAT BARRINGTON — Local freelancers and consultants fed up with working out of bustling coffee shops have a new option here as the town’s first coworking space is set to open next month. Established by co-founders Kendra Smallwood and Emma Blair, the membership-only, “Coworking GB”, is housed on the second floor of the distinctive blue […]

Egremont Select Board meets with MassDOT

Egremont Select Board meets with MassDOT

EGREMONT — The town’s Select Board met with representatives from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation this week to discuss a proposal for major road renovations along State Routes 23 and 41. During a morning meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at the Egremont Free Library, Select Board members, Chairperson George McGurn and Lucinda Fenn-Vermeulen discussed plans […]

Southern Berkshire School District takes next step for consolidation committee

Southern Berkshire School District takes next step for consolidation committee

SHEFFIELD — The Southern Berkshire School Committee took the next step in creating a Regional School District Planning Board to study a potential consolidation with the Berkshire Hills Regional School District at its meeting last week. During the meeting on Thursday, Jan. 30, the school committee unanimously passed a resolution to form the planning board […]

The Southfield Store owner raises concerns about parking

The Southfield Store owner raises concerns about parking

SOUTHFIELD — A dispute over the enforcement of a “No Parking” sign has a local business owner up in arms. The Southfield Store proprietor Peter Platt brought his complaints to the New Marlborough Select Board during its meeting this week. The restaurant has its own designated parking lot across the street from the Norfolk Road […]

Lee Public School District names new superintendent

Lee Public School District names new superintendent

LEE — A new superintendent is set to take the reins in the Lee Public School District. On Friday, Jan. 31, Michael Richard signed a three-year contract with the Union 29 School Committee for the full-time superintendent position. Richard has served as the superintendent of West Springfield Public Schools since July 2014, and will finish […]

Stockbridge Select Board approves four proposals for special town meeting

Stockbridge Select Board approves four proposals for special town meeting

STOCKBRIDGE — The town’s Select Board has approved four items for a special town meeting next month that include two potential infrastructure renovation projects totaling $375,000 in taxpayer funds. Residents will decide the fate of four distinct proposals at the special meeting, which has a projected date of Monday, Feb. 24. During the Thursday, Jan. […]