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Ellen Lahr

Ellen Lahr is a Housatonic resident and Berkshire back-road cyclist. She works as a public relations consultant for the town of Great Barrington.

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Food help network in the Berkshires now has $1.4 million to help close food access gaps

CHP Berkshires has announced that two government grants totaling more than $1.4 million will help break barriers to fresh local food access and affordability, with Berkshire Grown steering both programs with a team of food-savvy local nonprofits and area farmers in an intricate network connecting growers, distributors, and consumers..

GB lifts downtown parking time limits for holiday season

The easing of parking time limits does not change the town's winter overnight parking ban, which prohibits overnight on-street parking during winter months.

Town awarded $3.2M state grant for infrastructure at North Plain Road affordable housing site

Assistant Town Manager Chris Rembold noted that local employers are struggling to hire staff because of high housing costs and housing shortages, “so creating housing options is our top development priority.”

CHP Children’s Attic consignment tent sale Sept. 10-11

More than 5,000 items of fall and winter clothing, plus toys and accessories, have been counted so far, with more to come between now and sale weekend.

Samara Klein named Great Barrington Library Director

Great Barrington -- The town’s next library director is Samara Klein, who will oversee operations at the Mason and Ramsdell libraries. Klein, a resident of...

Great Barrington Road-Stream Crossing Management Plan available for review

In partnership with the Town of Great Barrington, the Housatonic Valley Association is inviting public comment until August 31 on its newly produced Road-Stream Crossing Management Plan which identifies the highest priority road-stream crossing replacement projects in the town.

Joe Aberdale named Public Works Superintendent for Great Barrington

Joseph A. Aberdale, who most recently was the vice president of construction services at Unistress/Petricca Industries in Pittsfield, has been named the superintendent of Great Barrington's public works department.

Watch your mail: Great Barrington tax bills arriving soon

Property owners may pay both quarters at once or separately, but deadlines must be met to avoid interest and penalty fees.

CHP competes in hot construction market for contractor for $70K Food Depot

Although building companies are busy with projects far bigger, CHP hopes this project might resonate with a local designer-construction team who wants to partner on food security. The deadline for proposals has been extended to June 2.

Great Barrington fire fighters douse Christian Hill Commons structure fire

There were minor injuries to the resident who was transported to Fairview Hospital by private vehicle.

Great Barrington appoints new principal assessor

Ross Vivori most recently worked simultaneously as principal assessor for the city of North Adams and the towns of Clarksburg and Lanesborough.

Welcome Project invites new GB residents to connect

New residents are invited to join in a series of upcoming virtual get-togethers to get to know their new hometown.

State begins work on roundabout; ‘Brown Bridge’ to be complete in June

Traffic will continue to move through the area during construction, with police details on site as needed. On April 12, the Selectboard will hear an engineering update on the status of the Division Street Bridge.

GB dog license renewals due at Town Hall by March 31

Dog license renewal forms and fee information can be found online.

GB encourages virtual participation in FY 2022 budget planning process

Budget planning happens during joint meetings of the Selectboard and Finance Committee, which are scheduled to take place over the course of five nights beginning on February 16.
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