School committee elects Burke as new chairperson

School committee elects Burke as new chairperson

SHEFFIELD — Longtime educator Jane Burke of New Marlborough was elected chairperson of the Southern Berkshire School Committee by her colleagues at their meeting on Thursday. The final vote was 6-4, with members Art Battacchi and Dennis Sears, both of Sheffield, receiving two votes each. Burke replaces former chairman Ken Knox, who resigned from the school […]

Four-alarm West Stockbridge fire ruled accidental

Four-alarm West Stockbridge fire ruled accidental

WEST STOCKBRIDGE — A volatile May 3 fire that destroyed a single-family Swamp Road home has been deemed accidental. Firefighters responded to 18 Swamp Road in West Stockbridge on May 3 after the owner of the property phoned in a report of thick smoke at 10:30 p.m. The property owner, which according to assessor’s records […]

Barrington Cottage St. bridge closed for repairs until 2023

Barrington Cottage St. bridge closed for repairs until 2023

GREAT BARRINGTON — The Cottage Street bridge will remain closed to traffic until 2023 when the state releases money to replace the 84-year-old bridge. Earlier this year, Massachusetts Department of Transportation designated $5 million in state transportation funds after the bridge failed an inspection, according to their report. On Monday, the Great Barrington Selectboard voted […]

Requiem for a stately sugar maple

Requiem for a stately sugar maple

GREAT BARRINGTON — The fate of a 200-year-old sugar maple may not be clear-cut just yet, but that didn’t stop a group of concerned residents from mourning its potential loss last Friday. A group of nearly 20 people, donning dark attire, processed from the front of Mason Library, through the downtown along the sidewalk to […]