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, […]

Family of five found murdered in Sheffield home

Family of five found murdered in Sheffield home

SHEFFIELD — When the first firefighters arrived at the house at 1343 Home Road shortly before 8 o’clock on Wednesday morning, smoke was billowing out of the upstairs bedroom windows. But there was an eerie quiet. Surely at that time of the morning the inhabitants would have been up, out on the lawn, waiting for […]

Sheffield woman was among those who died in Ethiopian plane crash

Sheffield woman was among those who died in Ethiopian plane crash

SHEFFIELD — Samya Stumo, 24, a Sheffield native, was among those who died on Ethiopia Airlines Flight 302 Sunday. The flight, en route to Nairobi, Kenya, went down minutes after taking off from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. All 157 passengers were killed, including 8 Americans. Stumo was a global public health worker who in January began […]

Sheffield joins digital age with electronic ballot box

Sheffield joins digital age with electronic ballot box

SHEFFIELD — By most metrics, last November’s election was an unusual one. When incumbent District Attorney Paul Cacaviello launched a formidable write-in campaign against eventual winner Andrea Harrington, passions ran high all the way to the ballot box. Polls closed at 8 p.m. in Sheffield as usual, but with so many write-in votes to tally, […]

Collingwood, Mitsoff seek Sheffield select board seat

Collingwood, Mitsoff seek Sheffield select board seat

By Hannah Shirley SHEFFIELD — So far, two people have filed papers to run for Dave Smith’s soon-to-be-vacant select board seat. Martin Mitsoff, a Bushnell Sage Library trustee, Board of Health and Conservation Committee member and volunteer firefighter will run against native son James Collingwood Jr., chairman of the Sheffield Planning Board and co-owner of […]

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