State ethics panel charges West Stockbridge fire chief with conflict of interest law

State ethics panel charges West Stockbridge fire chief with conflict of interest law

WEST STOCKBRIDGE — The enforcement division of the state Ethics Commission has filed an order to show cause alleging that the town’s fire chief and former select board member had perpetrated multiple conflict of interest law violations. According to a release distributed by the commission, West Stockbridge Fire Chief Peter Skorput allegedly voted to reappoint […]

The Foundry is a holding tank for emerging artists in Berkshire County

The Foundry is a holding tank for emerging artists in Berkshire County

WEST STOCKBRIDGE — A new venue in town is bringing together emerging artists. Amy Brentano, of Richmond, purchased the former Diana Felber Art Gallery and attached sculpture studio on 2 Harris St. earlier this year for $535,000. Now renamed to “The Foundry,” Brentano plans to take the 3,600 square-foot space to bring together diverse artists […]

Roadmap of peripatetic officials is like tracking musical chairs

Roadmap of peripatetic officials is like tracking musical chairs

With tighter budgets, many south county towns rely on relationships with neighboring communities and share resources to provide services to residents. So, after one town employee accepted a position in another community and a second town employee in a neighboring town opted into retirement, much of those resources have shifted around. In February, West Stockbridge […]

Fire engulfs West Stockbridge farmhouse

Fire engulfs West Stockbridge farmhouse

WEST STOCKBRIDGE — A fire destroyed a two-story colonial-style farmhouse from the 1900s on State Line Road. Nearly 30 firefighters from West Stockbridge, Stockbridge and Richmond as well as Canaan, New York, responded to the blaze at the 3,336- square-foot home at 11:15 p.m. on Monday, June 10, said West Stockbridge Fire Chief Peter Skorput. […]

Four-alarm West Stockbridge fire ruled accidental

Four-alarm West Stockbridge fire ruled accidental

WEST STOCKBRIDGE — A volatile May 3 fire that destroyed a single-family Swamp Road home has been deemed accidental. Firefighters responded to 18 Swamp Road in West Stockbridge on May 3 after the owner of the property phoned in a report of thick smoke at 10:30 p.m. The property owner, which according to assessor’s records […]

South County Fire Departments struggle to find new volunteers

WEST STOCKBRIDGE — In his 37 years with the West Stockbridge Fire Department, Fire Chief Peter Skorput has watched the flow of new volunteers slow to a trickle. “It just keeps getting worse,” he said. “I probably noticed that about seven years ago, we started getting to a crisis point.” In Monterey, Fire Chief Shawn […]