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.
Since 2011, 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.
Terry has a B.A in theatre from Bishop’s University (Canada) and an M.A. in humanities from Wesleyan University. A Texas native, Terry lives with his family in Lakeville, Conn.
Tuesday, 16 Oct 2018 - "No corporation enters into a sophisticated agreement with the Commonwealth and doesn't do due diligence on make-ready ... They want more money? At what point could that happen again?" -- Attorney Bill Solomon
Monday, 15 Oct 2018 - The recommendation came amid mounting frustration with the slow pace of progress in gaining public approval for taking some tangible action.
Friday, 12 Oct 2018 - The goal is to get the new building completely framed out and roofed so that, by the dead of winter, workers can focus on the interior if the weather prohibits outside activity.
Thursday, 11 Oct 2018 - Effective Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, through Saturday, March 30, 2019, overnight on-street parking is prohibited between the hours of 1 and 6 a.m.
Wednesday, 10 Oct 2018 - "We have mothers putting babies in dirty water for baths. Come on. I'm just furious over this. I'm grinding my teeth over this."
-- Housatonic resident and Housatonic Water Works customer Michelle Loubert
Saturday, 6 Oct 2018 - The Massachusetts School Building Authority would increase aid on a building project for two districts that merge. "We would get a huge incentive from MSBA for doing an expanded region," Superintendent Peter Dillon explained.
Thursday, 4 Oct 2018 - Both chiefs strongly advised residents to lock their vehicles when they are unattended, especially at night. And it might also be a good idea to leave a light on outside at night.
Wednesday, 3 Oct 2018 - The case has been an enormous headache for town officials and nearby residents in the Blue Hill neighborhood and has so far cost tens of thousands of dollars in billable hours from the town’s law firm.
Tuesday, 2 Oct 2018 - Massachusetts Association of School Committees executive director Glenn Koocher explained that the ability of a school district's population to fund local education determines how much state aid the district gets from the state.
Saturday, 29 Sep 2018 - North Adams Mayor Tom Bernard noted the irony that WWLP, the NBC affiliate in Springfield, sent a camera crew to the news conference but coverage of it would not be available to Charter's Berkshire County subscribers.
Wednesday, 26 Sep 2018 - “I was told that we need to become a more inclusive and understanding community, and this incident confirms we have work to do. I assure you we have already begun and will continue to educate our youth about the horrors of hate and prejudice."
-- MMRHS Principal Douglas Wine
Tuesday, 25 Sep 2018 - According to the selectmen, the committee's charge will be to "oversee several town-sponsored events and programs honoring Du Bois," including: the Du Bois Day Celebration; the annual Du Bois Festival (from Martin Luther King Day through Feb. 23); banner installations; collaboration with UMass Amherst and local educational institutions and arts, historical and community organizations; and more.
Sunday, 23 Sep 2018 - "If I had one good wish for our cities, it would be market-rate housing for downtown. Next thing you know, you have a burgeoning community."
-- Jay Ash, Massachusetts Secretary Secretary of Housing and Economic Development
Wednesday, 19 Sep 2018 - The rickety-looking bridge has long been the subject of complaints and concerns of nearby residents and passersby who have questioned its structural integrity and the appropriateness of allowing large vehicles such as dump trucks and semi-tractor trailers to rumble over its pockmarked decking.
Tuesday, 18 Sep 2018 - Great Barrington Town Manager Jennifer Tabakin also said MassDOT's project review committee has approved an initial application for a $6.9 million rebuild of Main Street from Saint James Place to the area of the Claire Teague Senior Center and National Grid office on Route 7.
Friday, 14 Sep 2018 - Now that the planning board has made a positive declaration, the selectboard, which is the special permit-granting authority, is expected to formally grant the new permit for Tractor Supply at its meeting Monday, Sept. 24.
Tuesday, 11 Sep 2018 - Berkshire Regional Planning Commission senior transportation planner Eammon Coughlin said the town will be notified in late December if it is awarded funding.
Tuesday, 11 Sep 2018 - Officials say the foundation budget is adjusted and increased each year but mostly along the lines of inflation. But several expenses school districts are confronted with increase at a pace that greatly exceeds inflation: health insurance for current employees and retirees; special education, especially out-of-district placements; English language instruction for non-native speakers; preschool; data collection, including how students are counted; and transportation.
Thursday, 6 Sep 2018 - Second-home owners have no voting rights in Massachusetts, so their influence in state and local affairs is necessarily limited. They certainly are permitted to attend town meetings and, in most towns, are allowed to speak at the discretion of the moderator.
Wednesday, 5 Sep 2018 - Harrington had 40 percent of the votes to Paul Cacciaviello's 37 and Judith Knight's 23, with more than 90 percent of precincts reporting, and only three small towns remaining.
Tuesday, 4 Sep 2018 - Some parents appeared to be confused about whether faculty member Jim Berlstein's post concerned actual safety at the school or his frustration with his own employment situation -- or perhaps the employment situation of everyone on the faculty and staff.
Friday, 24 Aug 2018 - A Lee resident, Knight has, since 2006, been in private practice in Great Barrington. About 80 percent of her practice has been in criminal defense, with most of the remainder of her practice in mediation.
Tuesday, 21 Aug 2018 - But the ban on Sunday racing wasn't imposed by the town, or even the state. Rather, it's the result of a court injunction issued in 1959, only a couple of years after the track was built from the remnants of an old gravel pit.
Saturday, 18 Aug 2018 - Community Television for the Southern Berkshires will produce the show initially, with the goal of having entirely student-run programs in the near future. The hope is to air at least one show per month.
Thursday, 16 Aug 2018 - In what appeared to be a pre-arranged plea agreement, Judge Paul Vrabel agreed to continue charges of assault and battery and disorderly conduct without a finding of guilt.
Wednesday, 15 Aug 2018 - There was also an agreement that the Ramsdell's resources and services need to be focused, in part so that the Ramsdell is not merely duplicating the services of the Mason, but on a smaller scale.
Tuesday, 14 Aug 2018 - Housatonic Water Works Co-owner Jim Mercer explained that there is no threat to public health. Nor does the unilateral administrative order from DEP state that there is such a threat.
Friday, 10 Aug 2018 - "A good citizen truly embraces the meaning of the words spoken by Elie Wiesel when he said, 'No human being is illegal.'"
-- Joan M. McMenemy, first justice of Berkshire County Juvenile Court
Friday, 10 Aug 2018 - There will be two articles on the special town meeting warrant related to the affordable housing plan: one that would "create low and moderate income housing to be located on town property at 175 Egremont Plain Road"; and another that appropriates $640,000 for construction.
Tuesday, 7 Aug 2018 - The divide between the natives and those from outside the area is as wide as it's ever been. Don't take my word for it or judge based only on Monday night's meeting. As of Tuesday afternoon the Great Barrington Community Board Facebook page contained more than 500 comments.
Monday, 6 Aug 2018 - The move to repeal the water bottle ban was so controversial that the special town meeting attracted upwards of 100 more residents than had attended the Annual Town Meeting on May 7.
Sunday, 5 Aug 2018 - The full day of activities will also feature scenic airplane, biplane and helicopter rides as well as hot-air balloon rides. Participants can enjoy demonstrations of paragliding, skydiving and radio-controlled planes and helicopters — or you can try out the flight simulator.