Pipeline protesters come before the judge to dispute trespassing

Pipeline protesters come before the judge to dispute trespassing

By Christopher McDermott Protesters and state police retold their accounts from months of protest around Kinder Morgan’s work near Sandisfield in a two-and-a-half-hour court session at Southern Berkshire District Court on Jan. 30. Assistant District Attorney Caitlin Shugrue represented the Commonwealth. None of the defendants had a lawyer and so represented themselves, which at times […]

Holly Hamer enters race for Barrington selectboard seat

Holly Hamer enters race for Barrington selectboard seat

By Christopher McDermott GREAT BARRINGTON—Holly Hamer is the first non-incumbent to announce she’ll be seeking the Great Barrington select board seat opening in May. Hamer is a longtime volunteer for the Friends of Great Barrington Libraries (currently the group’s treasurer) and former co-owner of the Mill River Studio. Hamer picked up nomination papers from town […]

Stockbridge special town meeting voters approve all four articles on the warrant

Stockbridge special town meeting voters approve all four articles on the warrant

By Joel Williams STOCKBRIDGE — The town has voted in favor of all four articles at special town meeting on Jan. 22. The near three-hour meeting adopted four articles, the first for a moratorium on recreational marijuana, the second to authorize the select board to request a special to combine the roles of treasurer and […]

Pipeline protester’s defense asks for police transmissions, policies

Pipeline protester’s defense asks for police transmissions, policies

By Christopher McDermott GREAT BARRINGTON — The legal defense for a Kinder Morgan pipeline protester facing criminal charges has filed a motion asking for 15 categories of information from the prosecution and investigators, including radio transmissions between police officers, transmissions between security officers, and the Taser policy of the police department. Jake Renner, of Sharon, […]

Residents discuss justice and service at MLK observance

Residents discuss justice and service at MLK observance

By Christopher McDermott GREAT BARRINGTON—When looking to the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., it’s not enough to celebrate the man as a monument if we aren’t willing to stand up for justice ourselves as individuals—so said Professor Wesley Brown in his keynote presentation at the First Congregational Church on Monday afternoon. “On this day […]

Berkshire county braces for freezing rain

Berkshire county braces for freezing rain

Temperatures in south county are forecasting a high of 55 degrees on Friday, quite a difference from the subzero winds and blizzard snow of last week’s bomb cyclone all over the Atlantic Coast. But with rain expected for most of Friday into Saturday morning, officials from the Great Barrington Department of Public Works advise residents […]

Egremont still seeks answers from Charter on broadband

Egremont still seeks answers from Charter on broadband

EGREMONT — As final negotiations for the town’s cable franchise agreement with Charter Communications draw ever closer, the town has at last received answers about the company’s planned broadband network and accompanying service. Some questions, however, still remain. The technology committee discussed those answers and identified remaining areas of concern during a public meeting Monday, […]