LGBTQ Pride bloomed at the Botanical Gardens

LGBTQ Pride bloomed  at the Botanical Gardens

STOCKBRIDGE — A celebration of the LGBTQ community bloomed at the Berkshire Botanical Gardens. Over the weekend, the Stockbridge-based nonprofit organization played host to a fairy-themed costume and drag party for the queer community of Berkshire County and its allies. The event, “A Midsummer Night’s Queen,” was dreamed up by Great Barrington resident Hallie Evans […]

Barrington selectmen urged not to reappoint Karen Smith

Barrington selectmen urged not to reappoint Karen Smith

GREAT BARRINGTON — Allegations of bullying were brought forward against the chairperson of a town commission. And this isn’t the first time complaints have come forward against the individual. At a recent selectboard meeting, members of the board reappointed a number of individuals to town committees and boards as part of a yearly routine without […]

Merchants getting head start on Barrington’s plastic bottle ban that’s still not enforceable

Merchants getting   head start on Barrington’s plastic bottle ban that’s still not enforceable

GREAT BARRINGTON— Although enforcement of the town’s ban on the sale of single-use plastic bottles one liter or less has not gone into effect, some merchants have already begun phasing out their supplies. Among those local retailers are Berkshire Food Co-op and Big Y Foods Inc. Berkshire Food Co-op, which opened its new facility at […]

Barrington closes Lake Mansfield Road to traffic

Barrington closes Lake Mansfield Road to traffic

GREAT BARRINGTON — As urgent concerns for the future of a protected town resource surfaced, the selectboard determined it was time to close the road that had impacted that ecosystem. In a 4-1 vote, members of Great Barrington Selectboard opted to close Lake Mansfield Road to vehicular traffic between the boat launch and the beach […]

Southern district towns favor exploring two districts merger

Southern district towns favor exploring two districts merger

EGREMONT — Earlier this month, the Berkshire Hills Regional School District invited its neighbors in Southern Berkshire to form a planning committee to explore the possibility of consolidating into a single regional district serving grades 9 through 12. While Southern Berkshire school committee members are taking time to consider the overture before the July 31 […]

Plans to install 10,000 solar panels at Egremont Country Club scapped

Plans to install 10,000 solar panels at Egremont Country Club scapped

EGREMONT — Abutters of the Egremont Country Club have learned that their views and their property values are safe — for now. A California based-company that was exploring the possibility of a 6-megawatt solar installation on the grounds of the country club officially withdrew from the proposal process Friday afternoon. While representatives from Horizon Solar […]

N.Y. will not legalize cannabis; seen as gift for Berkshire’s shops

N.Y. will not  legalize cannabis; seen as gift for Berkshire’s  shops

GREAT BARRINGTON— State-licensed marijuana retailers in western Massachusetts won’t have to contend with out-of-state competition in New York any time soon. The plans of several New York Democratic legislators to legalize a potential billion-dollar industry fell through during the closing hours of the legislative session last week in Albany. The hope was that the legalization […]