Terry Cowgill

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Managing Editor and Edge reporter Terry Cowgill is a longtime journalist in the Berkshires and northwest Connecticut. He covers Great Barrington and other nearby towns and also writes extensively about national and state issues and how they affect residents of the Berkshires.

A former high school English teacher and independent school development director, Terry was an editor and senior writer at The Lakeville Journal Company for nine years and served most recently as news editor of The Berkshire Record, for which he also hosted a weekly news show on Community Television for the Southern Berkshires.

For six years, he has been a contributing op-ed columnist for CTNewsJunkie.com, a website that covers the Connecticut state government, and is a regular guest political analyst on radio shows in the state. A Texas native, Terry lives with his family in Lakeville, Conn.

Articles by Terry Cowgill

Egremont gives itself a birthday party, and promotes civic awareness

Tuesday, 29 Aug 2017 - “In our system, the authority of the government goes to those who show up. And right now, our nation, our region, and our towns are at a crossroads. We need everyone to show up. And it’s not laziness or a shirking of civic responsibility. Often, we just have no clue how or where to begin." -- Susan Bachelder, Egremont Historical Commission, opening the 242nd town birthday celebration

Fearing competitive disadvantage, Great Barrington explores high-speed Internet connectivity

Thursday, 24 Aug 2017 - "I think Great Barrington needs to have a more robust business community than it currently does. Great Barrington needs to become that small town that, besides great food and culture, is also a very interesting place to set up your business and that's the missing piece." -- Tim Newman, WiredWest spokesperson who would move his business to Great Barrington if affordable high-speed communications were available

Great Barrington Town Hall briefs

Thursday, 17 Aug 2017 - Sean Van Deusen, who heads the Great Barrington Department of Public Works, told the selectmen the sewer rate increase was necessary in order to fund debt incurred because of a mandated sewer system upgrade.

Airport to hold annual Bike-N-Fly this Saturday

Monday, 14 Aug 2017 - On Saturday at the Walter J. Koladza Airport on Egremont Plain Road, there will be a full schedule of activities, the proceeds of which will benefit the Great Barrington Rotary Club's higher-education scholarship program as well as various other local charitable organizations.

Landmark ‘Hollywood Roundtable’ re-enacted as civil rights lesson

Saturday, 12 Aug 2017 - The production was the brainchild of local actor Levi Joseph who directed it and played James Baldwin, the distinguished black writer and social critic. Donations collected at the door for the one-time performance benefitted the restoration of the Clinton A.M.E. Zion Church, the same church W.E.B. Du Bois attended as a boy.

A Berkshire megadistrict? Questions raised about education task force proposal

Sunday, 6 Aug 2017 - "The real question is whether thoughtful creative educators are thinking creatively about the consolidation and how to make the most of this [potential] change." -- Susan Engel, director of the Program in Teaching at Williams College, and a former member ot the Southern Berkshire Regional School Committee

State of Resistance: Looking outward, seeking direction

Thursday, 27 Jul 2017 - To be honest, [the movement] is on summer vacation… Meetings have been less attended. We're gearing up for more intensity in the fall." -- Michael Wise, chair of the Great Barrington Democratic Town Committee who has facilitated much of the movement over the last few months.

Great Barrington police nab five for stealing power tools

Tuesday, 25 Jul 2017 - "These were significant arrests involving individuals who are known to police and who are active in drugs and are willing to steal from hard-working victims to finance their habits." -- Great Barrington Police Chief William Walsh

Hinds visits pipeline site, urges reform of FERC and says Trump ‘gutting the EPA’

Tuesday, 25 Jul 2017 - State Sen. Adam Hinds: "If anybody's learned anything from this election, it's that elections have consequences – serious policy consequences. They are absolutely gutting the EPA at a rate that even the most pessimistic person would be surprised about right now." Hinds was also sharply critical of the state in allowing the pipeline project to move through the Otis State Forest, which is state-owned land ostensibly protected from development.