­­­­Letter: The Hydration of a Generation

­­­­Letter: The Hydration of a Generation

 By Samantha Watson It is amazing how a reusable water bottle can capture the essence of a generation. We squeeze in sips between the bells, rushing to class with our canteens at our fingertips like a baton held in the last leg of a relay race. We slide into our desks, just barely making […]

Mill River sculptor makes W.E.B. Du Bois bust

Mill River sculptor makes W.E.B. Du Bois bust

(Photo credit: Erik Michael Callahan) By Christopher McDermott MILL RIVER — As south county continues to hold discussions and debates on how to remember W.E.B. Du Bois, a local sculptor has created a bust of Du Bois’ head and upper body, honoring the Great Barrington-born sociologist, historian and civil rights activist. Michel Richard, a retired […]

Plan to buy trucking property fails with voters

Plan to buy trucking property fails with voters

By Christopher McDermott GREAT BARRINGTON — A clear end remains out of sight for two tangled legal battles the town is involved in over trucking operations at 11 Roger Road, after the select board’s plan to buy the property at the controversy’s center failed to get enough support from voters at a special town meeting. […]

Couple seeks to create community arts hub

Couple seeks to create community arts hub

By Christopher McDermott SOUTH EGREMONT — A Newton couple has opened up a new arts center in the former Red Barn Antiques location, and they’re hoping to highlight a wide range of artists alongside artworks from husband Hank Kearsley, who has a 70-year history of teaching and telling stories through his works. “We want to […]

Car hits liquor store, man airlifted

Car hits liquor store, man airlifted

By Cory Willey SHEFFIELD — A local man was emergency airlifted via helicopter following a single-vehicle accident on Home Road earlier this week. The accident occurred at approximately 8:45 p.m. on Aug. 6, according to Sheffield Police Sergeant Ryan Kresiak. The vehicle involved was a pickup truck, which ran off the road late Monday night, smashing through a few […]

Voters uphold bottle ban, reject repeal

Voters uphold bottle ban, reject repeal

By Christopher McDermott GREAT BARRINGTON — The town is still set to ban retailers from selling single-use plastic water bottles starting May 2019, after a clear majority of voters cast their support for the ban for the second time in four months at a rowdy special town meeting in Monument Mountain Regional High School’s auditorium. […]

Maple Avenue property home to Fairview Rehab Center sold at auction for $1.330 million; medical services to remain

Maple Avenue property home to Fairview Rehab Center sold at auction for $1.330 million; medical services to remain

By Cory Willey GREAT BARRINGTON — The Maple Avenue property which houses Fairview Hospital’s Outpatient Rehabilitation Center has been sold at auction, but the new landlord promises that the tenant and its clients need not worry: The medical facility is here to stay. “I’m thrilled that they’re the tenants, that’s why I bought the building,” […]

Vote will uphold or rescind the bottle ban

Vote will uphold or rescind the bottle ban

GREAT BARRINGTON — For the second time this year, residents will cast votes on whether or not single-use plastic water bottles should be sold in their town. Great Barrington will hold a special town meeting on Aug. 6 at 6 p.m. in Monument Mountain Regional High School’s auditorium. The meeting was scheduled after resident Laura […]