Churches host Sheffield’s first Pride event

Churches host Sheffield’s first Pride event

SHEFFIELD — The town quietly achieved a milestone for local lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ) people Friday with a modest Pride block party held in conjunction with the regular farmers market. The event, hosted by two local churches, was the first of its kind in Sheffield. “You’re starting to see more rainbow flags […]

Connecticut motorcyclist killed by drunk driver

SHEFFIELD — A 70-year-old Connecticut man was killed Wednesday afternoon when his motorcycle was struck by a truck going the opposite direction. Kristopher Laine, 39, of Southfield, was travelling eastbound near 199 Canaan Road around 3 p.m. when his pick-up truck departed his lane and struck the motorcycle operated by John Howard of Bethleham, Connecticut, […]

Covered Bridge to undergo renovation

Covered Bridge to undergo renovation

SHEFFIELD — A local architectural icon will receive an update this fall. The town is looking for a contractor to replace the roof and restain the side of Covered Bridge, a $150,000 project that is slated to be complete by Oct. 30. The 93-foot lattice truss bridge has been a Sheffield landmark since it was […]

Restoring respect in local graveyards

Restoring respect in local graveyards

SHEFFIELD — Shortly after spring’s first thaw, Ben Powers rolled his truck up the muddied path into Sheffield Center Cemetery on Berkshire School Road to survey the winter damage. “Oh, yeah,” he said, mostly to himself. “It’s trashed back here.” Powers, owner of Powers Outdoor Maintenance, and his landscaping crew will spend the next several […]

Investigators await reports from state Coroner’s office

Investigators await reports from state Coroner’s office

SHEFFIELD — Overwhelming evidence indicates that 41-year-old Luke Karpinski murdered his wife and three children and deliberately set fire to his home before killing himself last week. Investigators located signs of accelerant in the 1343 Home Road residence, including two 20-pound propane tanks on the top floors, said Berkshire County District Attorney Andrea Harrington, on […]

Samya Stumo remembered as a crusader for healthcare

Samya Stumo remembered as a crusader for healthcare

SHEFFIELD — The three oldest Stumo siblings were rarely all in the same place at the same time, so when they were together, they liked to make the most of it. For the three musically inclined siblings, that often meant playing music together. Recently, they made a video improvising gypsy jazz together, with Samya Stumo […]

Sheffield fatal fire investigated as a murder-suicide

Sheffield fatal fire investigated as a murder-suicide

Evidence suggests husband was the assailant PITTSFIELD — Berkshire County District Attorney Andrea Harrington reported that investigators are treating the Sheffield fire as a five-person murder-suicide. First responders recovered the bodies of two adults and three children at 1343 Home Road, Wednesday morning. The deceased individuals have been identified as Luke Karpinski, and his wife, […]

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