Sheffield joins growing number of towns suing makers of opioids

Sheffield joins growing number of towns suing makers of opioids

SHEFFIELD — Joining other local and state governments around the country, the town is pursuing litigation against pharmaceutical companies for their role in the ongoing opioid crisis. At an Oct. 7 meeting, Select Board member Martin Mitsoff said that he has been following “thousands” of communities in the pursuit of a class-action lawsuit that alleges […]

Egremont group organizing to go plastic-free in October

Egremont group organizing to go plastic-free in October

EGREMONT — For the last six months, Hinda Bodinger has been attempting to live a plastic-free life. An Egremont resident and a guest of the town’s Green Committee, Bodinger has taken a personal pledge to reduce her use of all single-use plastic bags, bottles and packaging in her daily life. Now, she’s sending out the […]

Board of Health comes out against Fulcrum’s proposed pot grow field

Board of Health comes out against Fulcrum’s proposed pot grow field

GREAT BARRINGTON — Citing a lack of concrete evidence, members of the town’s Board of Health agreed to pass along a negative recommendation to the Selectboard regarding the proposed 80,000 square-foot marijuana cultivation development on Van Deusenville Road in Housatonic. At the board’s last meeting on Thursday, Oct. 3, Michael Lanoue, chairperson of the board, […]

Housatonic marijuana plan exacts a toll

Housatonic marijuana plan exacts a toll

HOUSATONIC — Concerns over a proposed marijuana cultivation and manufacturing facility has cost some area residents more than a night’s sleep. The uneasiness felt over Fulcrum Enterprises LLC’s proposal to set up an 80,000-square-foot development at 22 Van Deusenville Road has already cost more than a handful of residents of Housatonic thousands of dollars. Last […]

135 students in Lee celebrate Walk and Roll to School Day

135 students in Lee celebrate Walk and Roll to School Day

LEE — More than 130 Lee Elementary School students walked to school on Wednesday morning, trekking over a mile through the downtown area in rainy conditions, as part of a local, national and global effort to promote healthier habits and pedestrian safety for kids. Beginning at 8 a.m. in the town park, students, teachers and […]

Proposed cannabis growing site could be the final of six in Lee

Proposed cannabis growing site could be the final of six in Lee

LEE — A proposed marijuana cultivation and manufacturing facility could be the sixth and final of its kind in the town, pending approval from the necessary municipal boards. Harsh Patel, manager of Green Theory Cultivation LLC, presented a proposal to construct a 12,000 square-foot “hybrid greenhouse structure” facility at 845 Pleasant St., to the Select […]

Area youth speak out against horseracing at Fairgrounds

Area youth speak out against horseracing at Fairgrounds

GREAT BARRINGTON— The potential resurrection of horse racing in town has prompted residents from all over the county to voice their opposition — even those without the ability to vote.In January, state Sen. Adam Hinds, D-Pittsfield, co-sponsored the bill, “An Act Relative to Regulating Horse Racing and Wagering,” which was originally filed by state Sen. […]

Oct. 5 event aims to de-stigmatize addiction and promote recovery

Oct. 5 event  aims to de-stigmatize addiction and promote recovery

GREAT BARRINGTON— From its scenic vistas to its myriad eateries located in an especially walkable downtown, Great Barrington has often been described by tourists and longtime residents alike as idyllic. But could the 2012 Smithsonian-ranked “best small town in America” be among the many communities throughout the Commonwealth and beyond struggling to defend against an […]