Joe’s Diner gets a facelift

Joe’s Diner gets a facelift

LEE — The iconic Joe’s Diner, which has been forever immortalized as the backdrop to Norman Rockwell’s 1958 Saturday Evening Post cover “The Runaway”, is looking a bit different than it was when it was first depicted. From Monday, Feb. 10 through Monday, Feb. 17, owner Heather Earle closed the diner for renovations. In that […]

Wales man dies in logging truck crash in Stockbridge

Wales man dies in logging truck crash in Stockbridge

STOCKBRIDGE — A 73-year-old Wales man was declared dead on the scene of a single-vehicle crash in Stockbridge this past weekend.At 7:32 a.m. on Sunday, Massachusetts State Troopers from Westfield and State Lee barracks responded to reports of a logging truck crash on Interstate 90 headed westbound at the 5.6 mile-marker in Stockbridge. According to […]

Former Austen Riggs finance director jailed for embezzling nearly $50k

Former Austen Riggs finance director jailed for embezzling nearly $50k

PITTSFIELD — The former director of finance of the Austen Riggs Center was sentenced to 18 months in jail after admitting to stealing nearly $50,000 from the Stockbridge open psychiatric treatment facility as well as Pittsfield-based MassHire Berkshire Career Center.On Friday, Feb. 7, 48-year-old Elizabeth Hakes of Lanesborough plead guilty on two counts of larceny […]

House Bill 4272 reported out of committee as ‘favorable’ after area residents offer testimony at State House hearing

House Bill 4272 reported out of committee as ‘favorable’ after area residents offer  testimony at State House hearing

GREAT BARRINGTON — After testifying in Boston at the Statehouse last month, Leigh Davis has been checking the website for the General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts daily. And this past week, the Great Barrington Selectboard member said she learned of some “good news.”Davis attended the Monday, Jan. 27 hearing led by Joint Committee […]

Southern Berkshire Ambulance Squad seeks financial support

Southern Berkshire Ambulance Squad seeks financial support

GREAT BARRINGTON — For the first time in its more than 50 years of existence, Southern Berkshire Ambulance Squad is requesting financial backing from the towns it provides service to.William Hathaway, director of operations at Great Barrington-based Southern Berkshire Ambulance Squad, appeared before the Great Barrington Selectboard and Finance Committee during a Tuesday, Feb. 11 […]

Diane Wortis assumes role of director of advancement at Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

Diane Wortis assumes role of director of advancement at Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

GREAT BARRINGTON — The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center welcomed a new director of advancement this week.Diane Wortis, who has worked for numerous Berkshire County-based organizations, assumed her new position at the theater on Monday, Feb. 3. Wortis, who has lived two blocks up the street from the theater since 2002, brings more than 30 years […]

Death certificates confirm DA’s assertions on 2019 murder-suicide in Sheffield

Death certificates confirm DA’s assertions on 2019 murder-suicide in Sheffield

SHEFFIELD — Newly released death certificates reasserted that the killer behind the deaths of a family of five in March 2019 in Sheffield was the father. Berkshire County District Attorney Andrea Harrington had previously stated that the evidence is “unequivocally” consistent with the original evidence suggesting that 41-year-old Luke Karpinski murdered his wife, Justine Wilbur, […]

Preserving the past: Artisans repair interior of National Shrine of the Divine Mercy chapel at Eden Hill

Preserving the past: Artisans repair interior of National Shrine of the Divine Mercy chapel at Eden Hill

When the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception first kicked off the construction of the chapel at Eden Hill in Stockbridge in 1950, all that was certain at the time was the desire to build the structure and its eventual name. Sixty years later, the restoration process of what was once described as a “monument […]

Great Barrington Police increases impaired driving patrols

Great Barrington Police increases impaired driving patrols

GREAT BARRINGTON — Impaired driving patrols have increased in town thanks in part to grant funding from the state.Great Barrington Police Department was awarded a $7,500 grant from the state Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s Office of Grants and Research to increase the number of impaired driving patrols, according to Police Chief William […]

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