BMC, nurses make little progress in latest negotiation talks

BMC, nurses make little progress in latest negotiation talks

By Cory Willey PITTSFIELD — A month removed from the nurses’ strike, talks between the group and Berkshire Medical Center management have yet to improve. On Tuesday BMC management and members of the Massachusetts Nurses Association – the union that represents approximately 800 BMC nurses – bargaining committee came together for the first bargaining session since […]

In Egremont, retired police chief takes over for Tyler Race

In Egremont, retired police chief takes over for Tyler Race

EGREMONT — Brian Shaw will return to the police department he once led, serving as the interim chief while the town searches for a full time replacement. Shaw’s hiring comes after Tyler Race resigned last month for unspecified reasons, leaving a vacancy that town officials are being careful not to fill in haste. Race plans […]

New Marlborough Central faces drainage, septic woes

New Marlborough Central faces drainage, septic woes

NEW MARLBOROUGH — Drainage issues and a damaged septic tank are the latest problems plaguing the New Marlborough Central school building. Southern Berkshire Regional School District Buildings and Grounds Director Jeremy Wells estimates solving the drainage problems could cost over $15,000, while estimates to replace the school’s septic tank have come in around $8,500 to […]

$20,000 to be put towards Southern Berkshire tennis courts

$20,000 to be put towards Southern Berkshire tennis courts

SHEFFIELD — The tennis courts at Mount Everett Regional High School are on their way to receiving much-needed reconstruction following the Southern Berkshire Regional School District’s reception of a $20,000 grant from the United States Tennis Association. The courts are at least 25 years old by now and may soon become unusable due to cracks in […]

Task force: Public’s perception of us a ‘misconception’

Task force: Public’s perception of us a ‘misconception’

The Berkshire County Education Task Force is suffering from an apparent public relations and identity crisis: the BCETF says, means and presents “A,” but the public hears and sees it as “B,” according to several task force members. Task force member Carl Stewart, who is also chairman of the Southern Berkshire Regional School District School […]

During Berkshires visit, U.S. Sen. Ed Markey talks opioid crisis, environment and immigration

During Berkshires visit, U.S. Sen. Ed Markey talks opioid crisis, environment and immigration

PITTSFIELD — A considerable crowd of Berkshire County residents raised concerns over climate change, taxes, the opioid crisis and immigration during U.S. Sen. Edward Markey’s town hall meeting last Sunday. Markey, D-Massachusetts, spoke to many of the concerns raised by those in attendance as well as other topics such as gun control and North Korea, […]

4 South County families honored with Medal of Liberty

4 South County families honored with Medal of Liberty

GREAT BARRINGTON – Four South County families of fallen soldiers were recently honored with the Massachusetts Medal of Liberty. On Oct. 21, the friends and family of U.S. Army SPC David Nutt, CW2 Stephen Wells SPC4 Michael Whalen and U.S. Navy member Francesco Baldassare gathered at town hall for the medal ceremony. The Massachusetts Medal of […]

Pipeline protesters takeover Barrington bank

Pipeline protesters takeover Barrington bank

GREAT BARRINGTON – Pipeline protesters, indigenous water protectors and fracked gas opponents spent Monday picketing the town’s TD Bank, calling on the public to divest from the financial institution as a whole. The demonstration, which swallowed a block of Main Street Oct. 23, was held in solidarity with Divest the Globe, an international movement that […]

Lee, Pittsfield included in Amazon headquarters proposals

Lee, Pittsfield included in Amazon headquarters proposals

Sites in Lee and Pittsfield are among the 26 locations in Massachusetts hoping to host Amazon’s much sought after second North American headquarters. The online shopping giant expects to invest $5 billion and bring nearly 50,000 high-paying jobs to the site of its second headquarters, which it is calling HQ2, according to a release announcing […]

Liquor store seeks new location next to a playground

Liquor store seeks new location next to a playground

By Cory Willey LEE — A local liquor store owner is taking steps to move his business to The Rink. The select board approved Berkshire Liquors Inc., owner David Ryel’s application for a change of location from 33 Canal St. to 130 Housatonic St. following a public hearing Tuesday night. With the board’s approval, Ryel will […]