Monument Mountain Regional High School principal announces resignation

Monument Mountain Regional High School principal announces resignation

GREAT BARRINGTON — Monument Mountain Regional High School’s principal is resigning, Berkshire Regional Hills School District Superintendent Peter Dillon confirmed Tuesday afternoon. Douglas Wine came on board as Monument Mountain Regional High School’s principal on July 1, 2018. In an email sent out to parents, Wine cited personal and medical issues as his reason for […]

More than a diagnosis

More than a diagnosis

LEE — An original play has set the stage for area drama students to explore the challenges and perceptions of autism spectrum disorder and learning differences. College Internship Program (CIP) Berkshire is presenting its spring production, “Through the Learning Glass,” over the course of two nights at Spectrum Playhouse in Lee. CIP, which is headquartered […]

Lenox voters asked to decide fate of short-term rentals, pot stores ban

Lenox voters asked to decide fate of short-term rentals, pot stores ban

LENOX — Back-to-back hearings spurred an impassioned debate at the Planning Board Tuesday night. The hearings were the result of two citizen petitions; one proposing the prohibition of operating any recreational marijuana enterprises in Lenox and another that created language for short-term rentals to be included in the Lenox’s zoning bylaw. The key purpose of […]

Statewide Artweek initiative returns to Berkshire County

Statewide Artweek initiative returns to Berkshire County

LENOX—A week-long, statewide festival centered around arts and creativity has returned to Berkshire County. What started as a Boston-based event, produced by the Boch Center as a way to strengthen the creative economy in 2013 has expanded across the commonwealth with hundreds of events taking place over the course of a week. This year, the […]

Flowers in full bloom for Naumkeag’s first Daffodil Festival

Flowers in full bloom for Naumkeag’s first Daffodil Festival

STOCKBRIDGE — Nature’s golden trumpets have heralded in springtime at Naumkeag. The Trustees of Reservations announced that Naumkeag has officially opened for the 2019 season with its first-ever Daffodil Festival. The flowery event is the only one of its kind throughout all of the the Trustees properties, said Brian Cruey, Naumkeag’s director. Last fall, more […]

Plan for 4-story buildings in Lee stirs deep divisions

Plan for 4-story buildings in Lee stirs deep divisions

LEE — Residents will vote on a proposed zoning bylaw change at Lee’s annual town meeting that would allow four-story buildings in the downtown area. A public hearing for the proposed warrant item was held Monday. Local developers Michael Charles and Brian Cohan of Lenox-based Benchmark Development appealed to voters to consider the bylaw change, […]

Great Barrington’s first 4/20 marijuana festival draws crowd

Great Barrington’s first 4/20 marijuana festival draws crowd

GREAT BARRINGTON — Saturday may not have been the first time locals have celebrated 4/20, but it was the first time they were able to do so out in the open. Toasted Jam, the alcohol-free adult-only festival at the Great Barrington Fairgrounds Saturday afternoon, celebrated the decades-old marijuana holiday with unclear origins with live music, […]

Barrington bike cop named latest Egremont police chief

Barrington bike cop named latest Egremont  police chief

EGREMONT — Great Barrington Patrolman Jason LaForest has been named Egremont’s new police chief pending contract negotiations. He will begin serving as the town’s latest police chief t on July 1, becoming the town’s third police chief. The Police Chief Search Committee members present at last week’s select board meeting all said the same thing: […]

Stockbridge narrows fire chief candidates down to two finalists

Stockbridge narrows fire chief candidates down to two finalists

STOCKBRIDGE — The search committee has delivered two finalists for the fire chief position, despite ongoing litigation with the town’s former fire chief requesting that he be reinstated. Gary Johnston, chairman of the search committee and town moderator, announced at the select board’s meeting on Monday the committee was pleased with the candidates the committee […]

Committee proposes increased bus routes and decreased travel times

Committee proposes increased bus routes and decreased travel times

GREAT BARRINGTON — Of the 425 responses to the Berkshire Regional Transit Authority’s (BRTA) South County ridership survey, 46 percent reported that the main reason they didn’t use the bus system was because they didn’t know anything about it. Tate Coleman, chairman of the Great Barrington Transportation Committee, is aiming to change that. The ridership […]