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, […]

Historic tree faces deep-rooted housing issue

Historic tree faces deep-rooted housing issue

GREAT BARRINGTON — A local developer has proposed four mixed-use buildings for the vacant lot at the corner of Main Street and Mahaiwe Street, but some residents believe the cost of developing that particular parcel — namely, the 200-year-old heritage sugar maple, possibly the oldest tree in downtown Great Barrington — is too high. The […]

Barrington E.coli scare closes downtown eateries

Barrington E.coli scare closes downtown eateries

GREAT BARRINGTON — A boil-water mandate closed several downtown eateries and led to a temporary caffeine shortage last week. Great Barrington Fire District issued an alert on the afternoon Wednesday, April 10, urging all water users in Great Barrington to boil water after a water sample collected on the previous day from the town’s source […]

Three Barrington candidates vie for two selectboard seats

Three Barrington candidates vie for two selectboard seats

GREAT BARRINGTON — A new contender has entered the selectboard race to challenge its two incumbents. Leigh Davis, a former finance committee member, has tossed her hat into the ring for one of the two seats on the selectboard. The seats are held by board members Daniel Bailly and chairperson Steve Bannon. But before residents […]

Solar energy developer has big plans for Monument Mountain

Solar energy developer has big plans for Monument Mountain

GREAT BARRINGTON — If a Connecticut solar energy developer gets the green light to construct a new solar project at Monument Mountain, the energy harvested won’t go to Great Barrington. The town has already maxed out its green energy credits, Town Manager Jennifer Tabakin said. The development would still generate net revenue for the town […]

Barrington’s iconic Snap Shop up for sale

Barrington’s iconic Snap Shop up for sale

GREAT BARRINGTON — After nearly 50 years, one downtown business owner has a new focus: retirement. Steve Carlotta, owner of the photography business, The Snap Shop, has decided to sell his business and the building it resides in. This year, Carlotta, who spends up to 12 hours a day in his Railroad Street store, will […]

Pruhenski named Great Barrington town manager

Pruhenski named Great Barrington town manager

GREAT BARRINGTON — Mark A. Pruhenski was named the new town manager. After wrapping up the third and final candidate interview for the position, the selectboard unanimously approved in a 4-0 vote to appoint Pruhenski as town manager, pending further background review. Board member Bill Cooke was absent. The decision was a tough one to […]

Town manager’s search for Barrington narrows down to three finalists

Town manager’s search for Barrington narrows down to three finalists

GREAT BARRINGTON — And then there were three. A search committee tasked with finding the new town manager has narrowed the candidate pool down to three finalists. To assist the committee in the screening process, the town hired Plymouth-based consulting firm Community Paradigm Associates LLC for $15,000. The committee received a total of 22 applications […]

Pot-infused edibles firm seeking Barrington site

Pot-infused edibles firm seeking Barrington site

GREAT BARRINGTON — A manufacturer of cannabis-infused edibles hopes to set up shop. The community, however, wasn’t prepared for such a proposal until it established a marijuana product manufacturer host community agreement. So, they did. The select board was recently approached — for the first time — by an enterprise that hopes to manufacture marijuana […]

Grinder sparks touch off Barrington garage fire

Grinder sparks touch off Barrington garage fire

GREAT BARRINGTON — A man escaped serious injury when his Maple Ave. garage caught fire Tuesday afternoon. The Sheffield and Lenox Fire Departments also responded to the blaze. Berger said when the first engine arrived, the garage was engulfed in flames. The blaze, fanned by the day’s high winds, was blowing directly toward the homeowner’s […]

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