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 […]

Taking a hike just got easier

Taking a hike just got easier

PITTSFIELD — Looking for somewhere to go snowshoeing in the Berkshires? Maybe a place to hunt for geocaches? Or how about a trail with a rugged terrain to hike? The Berkshire Natural Resources Council has got it covered — right at your fingertips. Last Friday, the Pittsfield-based nonprofit launched a mobile trails app tailored for […]

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 […]

Life after a brain injury

Life after a brain injury

Broom handles. Blue Duct tape. Toilet plungers. Doesn’t seem like much alone, but MacGyvered together, these three items have the ability to assist individuals in achieving cognitive wellness. Just ask Susan Taylor, who used the items recently as part of a painting workshop during a brain injury day program in Lee. In 2011, Taylor was […]

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 […]

Housie school developers seek 6-month extension

Housie school developers seek 6-month extension

GREAT BARRINGTON — The selectboard has granted Grayhouse partners a six-month extension for the Housatonic School project in terms of gathering funding. Grayhouse partners entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the town last year to investigate the project, a mixed use development, intended to provide business and community space and affordable housing, as well […]

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 […]

Stockbridge weighs study group to view alternative traffic solutions

Stockbridge weighs study group to view alternative traffic solutions

STOCKBRIDGE — Select Board member Terry Flynn will be heading a group that will be looking at alternative solutions to the traffic study conducted by Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. (VHB) last year. Select Board Chairman Don Chabon made a motion to appoint a citizens’ group “to coordinate, develop, and present alternatives,” with Flynn leading the […]

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, […]