For area’s shuttered churches, reuse can offer a second life

For  area’s  shuttered churches,  reuse can offer a second life

GREAT BARRINGTON— The numbers are in, and young people aren’t just leaving Berkshire County, they’re leaving organized religion too. According to the Pew Research Center Religious Landscape Study, Massachusetts is now tied with Vermont as the least-religious state in the nation. Amid dwindling congregations, many historic churches that were once the center of daily life […]

Roadmap of peripatetic officials is like tracking musical chairs

Roadmap of peripatetic officials is like tracking musical chairs

With tighter budgets, many south county towns rely on relationships with neighboring communities and share resources to provide services to residents. So, after one town employee accepted a position in another community and a second town employee in a neighboring town opted into retirement, much of those resources have shifted around. In February, West Stockbridge […]

Berkshire women raise money for suicide prevention

Berkshire women raise money for suicide prevention

BOSTON — Two board members of a Berkshire-based coalition are hoping to shed some light on a difficult subject: suicide. Together, Bertha Connelley of Lee and Lee Watroba of Becket plan to walk all night in Boston this Saturday as part of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s annual Out of the Darkness Overnight Walk […]

Two more marijuana outlets finalizing plans for Barrington

Two more marijuana outlets finalizing plans for Barrington

GREAT BARRINGTON— It’s full steam ahead for two retail marijuana shops proposed for the town’s Main Street, which each checked another box in their application process this week. Highminded LLC is scheduled to open their retail location in the former Dempsey Physical Therapy building at 68 Main St. sometime this summer. The local owners of […]

Military veteran aboard ambulance rescued by crew after it caught fire

Military veteran aboard ambulance  rescued by crew after it caught fire

SANDISFIELD — An ambulance suddenly broken into flames on Sandisfield Road while transporting a patient. But thanks to the quick thinking of the two members of the ambulance crew, the patient, a retired military veteran, was pulled to safety before the vehicle became fully engulfed with flames and smoke. The Chicopee-based crew from Alert Ambulance […]

Housatonic Water Works strives to clear the water with consumers

Housatonic Water Works strives  to clear the water with consumers

HOUSATONIC — There could be something extra in the water if the state Department of Environmental Protection denies Housatonic Water Works request for modification to its corrosion control system. But before that happens, the private utility company held an informational meeting to address concerns that might have muddied the water. Dr. Richard Gullick of Rural […]

Berkshire Hills wants to explore merger with So. Berkshire district

Berkshire Hills wants to explore merger with  So. Berkshire district

The Berkshire Hills Regional School District plans to ask its neighbors in the Southern Berkshire Regional School District to form a joint planning board to weigh the possibility of consolidating—a suggestion that blindsided Southern Berkshire school officials and has some of them feeling “peeved,” said Peter Dillon, superintendent of Berkshire Hills. The Berkshire Hills school […]