Minor crash at high school recalls long-standing concerns for safety

Minor crash at high school recalls long-standing concerns for safety

GREAT BARRINGTON — An early morning two-vehicle crash in front of Monument Mountain Regional High School has resurrected past safety discussions surrounding the intersection of the school’s entrance and Route 7. Last week, a junior operator with a driver’s permit was heading southbound and tried to make a left-hand turn into the entrance of the […]

Clinton A.M.E. Zion Church restoration begins in earnest

Clinton A.M.E. Zion Church restoration begins in earnest

GREAT BARRINGTON— The legacy of the town’s African-American community is one step closer to being preserved and honored. Construction began at the former Clinton A.M.E. Zion Church site at 9 Elm Court in Great Barrington on Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 23. The work began with a kickoff event at the property, featuring several speakers as well […]

Berkshire Waldorf School offering gymnastics, circus arts to students

Berkshire Waldorf School offering gymnastics, circus arts to students

GREAT BARRINGTON — In the circus arts program at the Berkshire Waldorf School, clowning around is encouraged. Starting with tumbling lessons in the second grade, the circus arts program serves as part of the school’s physical education curriculum through eighth grade, culminating in a bi-annual circus performance. From juggling to tight-rope walking, students are encouraged […]

First responders’ quick thinking saves two Barrington teenagers Carbon monoxide poisoning traced to plugged chimney

First responders’ quick thinking saves two Barrington teenagers Carbon monoxide poisoning traced to plugged chimney

GREAT BARRINGTON — Two teenagers were sent to the hospital for carbon monoxide poisoning after being found unresponsive in their Fairview Terrace home. Had it not been for the swift actions of the town’s first responders and their parents returning home promptly, the teens could have shared a different fate. At approximately 5:45 p.m., emergency […]

Board of Health comes out against Fulcrum’s proposed pot grow field

Board of Health comes out against Fulcrum’s proposed pot grow field

GREAT BARRINGTON — Citing a lack of concrete evidence, members of the town’s Board of Health agreed to pass along a negative recommendation to the Selectboard regarding the proposed 80,000 square-foot marijuana cultivation development on Van Deusenville Road in Housatonic. At the board’s last meeting on Thursday, Oct. 3, Michael Lanoue, chairperson of the board, […]

Area youth speak out against horseracing at Fairgrounds

Area youth speak out against horseracing at Fairgrounds

GREAT BARRINGTON— The potential resurrection of horse racing in town has prompted residents from all over the county to voice their opposition — even those without the ability to vote.In January, state Sen. Adam Hinds, D-Pittsfield, co-sponsored the bill, “An Act Relative to Regulating Horse Racing and Wagering,” which was originally filed by state Sen. […]

Oct. 5 event aims to de-stigmatize addiction and promote recovery

Oct. 5 event  aims to de-stigmatize addiction and promote recovery

GREAT BARRINGTON— From its scenic vistas to its myriad eateries located in an especially walkable downtown, Great Barrington has often been described by tourists and longtime residents alike as idyllic. But could the 2012 Smithsonian-ranked “best small town in America” be among the many communities throughout the Commonwealth and beyond struggling to defend against an […]

Great Barrington Selectboard votes to keep Lake Mansfield Road open

Great Barrington Selectboard votes  to keep Lake Mansfield Road open

GREAT BARRINGTON— Last month, the town’s Selectboard voted to close Lake Mansfield Road to vehicular traffic after hearing concerns that the deteriorating road was impacting the ecosystem of the protected town resource. But upon further review, town officials felt that the decision was premature, said Great Barrington Town Manager Mark Pruhenski. “While we respect the […]

Water bottle ban kicks in Nov. 1

Water bottle ban kicks in Nov. 1

GREAT BARRINGTON— In nearly a month from now, the town will begin implementing enforcement on a bylaw that was first approved last year. Starting Nov. 1, the town’s ban on the sale of single-use plastic water bottles, one liter or less, will go into full effect. Much like the plastic-bag ban, the town’s health department […]

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