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 […]

Barrington couple killed in Beech Tree Apartments fire

GREAT BARRINGTON — A Great Barrington couple perished as the result of a Silver Street apartment fire. t approximately 7:40 p.m. on Monday, Great Barrington Fire responded to Beech Tree Apartments complex, located at 24 Silver St., for a reported structure fire with possible entrapment.  Chris Dolby, a Beech Tree Commons tenant, reported hearing a […]

Police rule out anti-Semitic hate crime incident at Middle School

STOCKBRIDGE— The Great Barrington Police Department has closed an investigation into claims of anti-Semitic threats made at Monument Valley Middle School last week, according to the police chief. The investigation was closed after working with middle school officials, said Police Chief William Walsh. “After a risk assessment evaluation, the school has devised a safety plan […]

Monterey honors former fire chief of 55 years

Monterey honors former fire chief of 55 years

MONTEREY — Raymond Wallace Tyron dedicated more than five decades of his life to public service in the Town of Monterey. And this past weekend, the community came out to the long-standing fire chief. A celebration of life for Tryon was held at the Monterey Fire Station on Saturday, Nov. 23 and drew an audience […]