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 […]

Great Barrington Select Board negotiates Housatonic School deal

Great Barrington Select Board negotiates Housatonic School deal

GREAT BARRINGTON – The selectmen have authorized Town Manager Jennifer Tabakin to draft working parameters for a public-private partnership with Grayhouse Partners in regards to the Housatonic School. The decision to move tentatively forward with Grayhouse Partners and its respective working teams – Gillette Conner for finance; Clark & Green and Steven McAllister for architecture; […]

Spectrum says fiber is best for Egremont and Monterey

Spectrum says fiber is best for Egremont and Monterey

EGREMONT — In a surprising about-face, Spectrum has decided to build its high-speed network in town, and in Monterey, using fiber cable, ultimately ditching initial plans to use a hybrid fiber-coaxial network. Word came via an Oct. 5 email from Spectrum Director of Government Affairs Anna Lucey addressed to Selectwoman Mary Brazie . “While were […]

Initial plans for Clinton church focus on community

Initial plans for Clinton church focus on community

GREAT BARRINGTON — Plans for the restoration of the historic church once attended by civil rights leader W.E.B. Du Bois are starting to take shape. Members of the community, the Clinton Church Restoration group, stakeholders and experts came together with architects and designers to craft three possible plans for the Clinton A.M.E. Zion Church. The collective […]

In apparent moment of respite, pipeline resistance, state police debate philosophy of fossil fuels

In apparent moment of respite, pipeline resistance, state police debate philosophy of fossil fuels

SANDISFIELD – It was a calm day down at the pipeline project Thursday. No one was arrested. No one trespassed. And no one blocked traffic. There was a brief argument between a self-described “water protector” and a state trooper, but that fizzled quickly. Overall, as pipeline protester Erik Burcroff put it, Oct. 5 was “mellow.” “We […]