Otis police, highway department discuss maintaining staff

Otis police, highway department discuss maintaining staff

OTIS — Keeping the streets of this town safe and secure are the combined efforts of the town’s police and highway departments. But keeping both departments fully staffed and competitively compensated throughout a busy winter season has proven to be more of a challenge for the Select Board and the respective department heads. At the […]

Congressman Richard Neal visits Lenox Middle and High School classrooms

Congressman Richard Neal visits Lenox Middle and High School classrooms

LENOX — Tenth- and eleventh-grade classes at Lenox Memorial Middle and High School received a lesson in government and current events with a timely visit from U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Massachusetts. On the morning of Friday, Jan. 17, Neal walked into three classrooms and delivered remarks on his strong value on education and the ongoing […]

New Marlborough treasurer placed on probation for second time

New Marlborough treasurer placed on probation for second time

MILL RIVER — In what was planned to be a closed-door meeting, a performance review for the town’s treasurer resulted in the employee of nearly four years to be placed on a 90-day probationary period, for the second consecutive time. Given the options to either end or continue the current probationary period, or possible termination, […]

Sheffield appeals for volunteers for municipal board vacancies

Sheffield appeals for volunteers for municipal board vacancies

SHEFFIELD — With a score of vacancies on several of the town’s appointed municipal boards, there may be no better time than the present for residents to get involved in local government. The need for volunteer members on specific municipal boards has reached a point, Town Administrator Rhonda LaBombard says, where handling certain town business […]

Sheffield opts to build new rather than renovate old property for upgraded highway garage

Sheffield opts to build new rather than renovate old property for upgraded highway garage

SHEFFIELD — A three-month municipal investigation into the potential purchase of a property for the use of housing a new highway garage has ended with the town declining the opportunity, citing excessive cost concerns. Situated at the intersection of Home Road and County Road, the four-acre parcel is currently owned by Pexco LLC, an Atlanta-based […]

ExtraSpecialTeas holds inaugural “Spread the Warmth” drive

ExtraSpecialTeas holds inaugural “Spread the Warmth” drive

GREAT BARRINGTON — A local nonprofit is giving the gift of warmth to those in need this winter. ExtraSpecialTeas, a teahouse located in downtown Great Barrington, is hosting their inaugural “Spread the Warmth” campaign, in hopes to raise donations and warm clothing for shelters and soup kitchens across Berkshire County. On Thursday, Jan. 16, the […]

Housatonic mainstay closes its doors after 50 years in business

Housatonic mainstay closes its doors after 50 years in business

HOUSATONIC — After a half-century in business along Route 183 in Housatonic, the Risingdale Cafe is closing its doors. Longtime customers, friends and family members said their goodbyes to the local bar and eatery during its final day of business, Sunday, Dec. 22. Second-generation owner Gloria Jean “GJ” Hadsell has decided to close up shop […]

Town seeking ways to keep key bridges open during repairs

Town seeking ways to keep key bridges open during repairs

GREAT BARRINGTON — Instead of crossing the bridge when they’ve come to it, town officials have taken a more proactive approach in bridge maintenance and repairs. Great Barrington Town Manager Mark Pruhenski and Department of Public Works Superintendent Sean Van Deusen recently met with staff at the Lenox office of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation […]

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