Boards of health grapple with CBD ban

Boards of health grapple with CBD ban

GREAT BARRINGTON — Health departments across Massachusetts were blindsided last month when the state Department of Agricultural Resources banned the sale of some hemp products, including hemp-derived cannabidiol oil, a non-psychoactive ingredient of hemp better known as CBD, Great Barrington Health Agent Rebecca Jurczyk told the town’s Board of Health at their rcent meeting. The […]

Tractor Supply opens its doors at Barrington Plaza

Tractor Supply opens its  doors at Barrington Plaza

GREAT BARRINGTON— A national chain has just opened its doors at the Barrington Plaza. Brentwood, Tennessee-based Tractor Supply Co. has taken up residency at 546 Stockbridge Road in the remaining space formerly occupied Kmart, which closed in December 2016. Since then, the building was subdivided into two spaces. The first tenant, Marshalls, opened November 2017. […]

Barrington selectmen urged not to reappoint Karen Smith

Barrington selectmen urged not to reappoint Karen Smith

GREAT BARRINGTON — Allegations of bullying were brought forward against the chairperson of a town commission. And this isn’t the first time complaints have come forward against the individual. At a recent selectboard meeting, members of the board reappointed a number of individuals to town committees and boards as part of a yearly routine without […]

Merchants getting head start on Barrington’s plastic bottle ban that’s still not enforceable

Merchants getting   head start on Barrington’s plastic bottle ban that’s still not enforceable

GREAT BARRINGTON— Although enforcement of the town’s ban on the sale of single-use plastic bottles one liter or less has not gone into effect, some merchants have already begun phasing out their supplies. Among those local retailers are Berkshire Food Co-op and Big Y Foods Inc. Berkshire Food Co-op, which opened its new facility at […]

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 […]

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 […]

New businesses opening in time for tourist season

New businesses opening  in time for tourist season

GREAT BARRINGTON — Local business owner Steve Carlotto said the town has long been known for its thriving business district. But sometime in the 1980s, the character of Great Barrington’s downtown began to change. The barber shops, shoe shops and furniture stores began to be replaced by gift shops and galleries during that time, said […]