Stockbridge continues to look at economic development ideas

STOCKBRIDGE — After receiving a AA-plus bond rating from Standard & Poor, the town has been looking at what it can do to get that ever-coveted AAA bond rating. AAA is the highest rating S&P gives out, and in Berkshire County, the only two towns who have received that honor are Lenox and Great Barrington. […]

Redevelopment plans in Lee include former Price Chopper

Redevelopment plans in Lee include former Price Chopper

LEE — A California-based developer is hoping to catch some rays in Lee with the installation of a solar farm on a 105-acre property off Chanter Road. Annie McQuillan, community engagement manager for Cypress Creek Renewables, came before the Lee Planning Board on Monday night to propose the project and submit a site plan. As […]

First phase of Powerhouse Square nears completion

First phase of Powerhouse Square nears completion

GREAT BARRINGTON — The future home of the Berkshire Co-op Market is expected to be open for business in early spring as construction for the first phase of $30 million Powerhouse Square development on downtown Bridge Street nears completion. The co-op’s new location will be the first time that a space was designed for the […]

Carla Turner wants to keep Egremont seat in the family

Carla Turner wants to keep Egremont seat in the family

EGREMONT — Carla Turner has been thinking about running for a seat on the select board for some time, but it never felt right to run against her brother-in-law, current board chairman Bruce Turner. When Turner announced he wouldn’t seek reelection, Carla Turner knew that now was her moment. “I want to be a little […]

Collingwood, Mitsoff seek Sheffield select board seat

Collingwood, Mitsoff seek Sheffield select board seat

By Hannah Shirley SHEFFIELD — So far, two people have filed papers to run for Dave Smith’s soon-to-be-vacant select board seat. Martin Mitsoff, a Bushnell Sage Library trustee, Board of Health and Conservation Committee member and volunteer firefighter will run against native son James Collingwood Jr., chairman of the Sheffield Planning Board and co-owner of […]

Declining student population leads discussion in Lee

Declining student population leads discussion in Lee

LEE — With more people moving out than moving in and more deaths than births, school districts across Berkshire County are facing critical declining school populations. The student population has declined 26 percent in Berkshire County since 2000 and is estimated to decline another 16 percent by 2028, said H. Jake Eberwein III, superintendent of […]

Egremont loses 10th policeman in last two years

Egremont loses 10th policeman in last two years

EGREMONT — Tyler Race, a part-time police officer and former Egremont Police Chief, submitted a one-sentence resignation letter to the select board last month. Race had been on personal leave since December. “Please be advised I will not be returning from my leave of absence, subsequently constituting my resignation in accordance with the Egremont Personnel […]

Stockbridge swamped with 4 lawsuits, driving up demands on budget

Stockbridge swamped with 4 lawsuits, driving up demands on budget

STOCKBRIDGE — With four lawsuits potentially on the table, the town is beefing up its legal budget. The town is presently facing litigation from three parties. The Stockbridge Bowl Association is suing about the use of herbicides, and may be filing another lawsuit. Another party is filing a suit over the denial of a driveway. […]

Tri-town Health Board adopts recycling regulations options

Tri-town Health Board adopts recycling regulations options

LEE — For residents of the tri-town area, recycling is about to become much more accessible. Responding to complaints from residents about lack of recycling options from haulers. “We’ve been working on these draft regulations for probably a couple of years now,” James Wilusz, director of the Tri-Town Health Board said. The board receives a […]

Monterey residents get to tour $3 million library renovation

MONTEREY—The library in town is entering a new chapter on its more than $3 million renovation project. The process has been several years in the making and on Monday, townspeople were guided through the expanded building. The library originally opened in 1891 and moved to 452 Main Road in 1931. The building was designed with […]