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Heather Bellow covers a variety of local and regional issues including those that affect economic development and the environment. She covers local businesses, municipal hearings, and does investigative reporting on topics like broadband, pipelines and pollution. She lives with her two teenagers in Great Barrington, where she’s lived since 2002.

Articles by Heather Bellow

Sandisfield resident calls for town revote on broadband strategy

Saturday, 4 Mar 2017 - While the broadband ball is now rolling, resident Jean Atwater-Williams said she wants to make sure everyone knows where that ball is headed and, in an article in the Sandisfield Times, called for a revote on the new route the town is pursuing.

As airport continues permit quest, threat from lead in plane fuel causes concern

Tuesday, 28 Feb 2017 - Among other research, the EPA’s findings indicate that where there are small, piston-engine aircraft operating, there is an increase in lead concentrations in air. The FAA says it, along with the EPA, is working to stop the use of lead in the fuel, and backing research to come up with alternatives.

Aviation magazine gives clues to Koladza Airport’s expanded future

Thursday, 16 Feb 2017 - The plans for the Walter J. Koladza Airport in Great Barrington now being considered at Town Hall are for three 149-foot by 50-foot hangars with 18 bays inside, 18 parking spaces and an access road. But according to one of the owners, the airport also wants to add a charter service and an LSA (light sport aircraft) dealership and air shows.

Police issue warrant for suspected Salisbury bank robber

Wednesday, 15 Feb 2017 - In a prepared statement, Walsh said the man was identified as Eric James Sheridan, 36, of Danielson, Connecticut, who walked into the bank at around 3:30 p.m. wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt and sunglasses.

In response to criticism, CDC modifies affordable housing plans for GB brownfield

Friday, 10 Feb 2017 - Community Development Corporation of South Berkshire's executive director Tim Geller noted that these changes are “insubstantial” enough not to trigger another public hearing, as state regulations require it for “substantial” changes to the comprehensive permit, which was already granted last fall.

School and farmer, both on economic tightwire, work through solar dilemma

Friday, 3 Feb 2017 - Among the usual farm stressors, lowered milk prices prevented farmer Bob Coons from expanding the cowherd, leaving him to look for new ways to survive and leasing 20 of his roughly 200 acres, mostly wetlands, being his only shot at staying on th­e land his family has farmed since the 1950s.

Great Barrington ‘Trust Policy’ for sanctuary status to go before voters in May

Thursday, 2 Feb 2017 - While town and police department policy already states it will treat undocumented citizens like everyone else, a citizens' petition filed at Town Hall Wednesday lays out a more detailed set of policies modeled after and modified from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA) and MiGente trust policies.

Amid regional broadband crisis, a tiny town is about to speed up

Wednesday, 1 Feb 2017 - Mt. Washington is going from almost no Internet and sporadic cell service to faster speeds than even Great Barrington, the nearest large hub town, which is served by cable but not at speeds high enough to support a thriving, 21st-century economy.

Steiner School says it was blindsided by solar array plan next door as town writes zoning bylaws

Monday, 30 Jan 2017 - “Until last week the school did not understand the location, the size, or the timing of the project. We’re just attempting to collect as much information as possible to share with our families, hear their concerns, and work with Kearsarge Energy to bring about a solution. -- Tom Sternal, president of the board of trustees at the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School

Four desperate towns make broadband pact, pitch MBI for funds

Tuesday, 24 Jan 2017 - The towns of Sandisfield, New Marlborough, Monterey and Tolland decided to share the pain by hiring an attorney who helped them navigate a legal pathway that would allow the towns to bid out the construction of a fiber optic network and sign a 15-year contract with a service provider to operate it.