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.
Thursday, 21 Mar 2019 - The language that is always being used is that the CDC is ghettoizing our poor, or low- and moderate-income families ... We think that description is absurd, given where the site is ... and the fact that ... 50 percent of the families in Great Barrington qualify for these units."
-- Tim Geller, executive director of the CDC
Tuesday, 19 Mar 2019 - Interviews will take place at Town Hall Tuesday, March 26, and Wednesday, March 27. The public is invited. Town residents wishing to submit questions for the candidates must do so no later than Friday, March 22, at 5 p.m.
Sunday, 17 Mar 2019 - "We gather because this week has been too much to bear. Regardless of the circumstances of these events both near and far, these horrors have left families, friends, and neighbors in our world stunned and in shock."
-- Rev. Erik Karas, of Christ Trinity Church
Friday, 15 Mar 2019 - The house had been the scene of another fire that had damaged the kitchen in the rear of the house about two weeks earlier.
Thursday, 14 Mar 2019 - Authorities believe Luke Karpinski, 41, murdered his wife, Justine Wilbur, also 41, and their three children before setting their house on Home Road on fire and taking his own life.
Wednesday, 13 Mar 2019 - A primary search revealed the presence of one individual who was dead. A secondary search revealed four additional individuals who were dead. Neither the names of the victims nor the causes of death were available for release on Wednesday, District Attorney Harrington said.
Wednesday, 13 Mar 2019 - This week, mobilization and set-up began for Church, School and Elm streets on Monday. Actual construction will begin on Monday, March 18, with an expected completion date of Sunday, June 30.
Tuesday, 12 Mar 2019 - Stumo, who grew up on a farm in Sheffield, was a 2015 graduate of UMass Amherst and had received a master’s degree in global health from the University of Copenhagen.
Tuesday, 5 Mar 2019 - The Berkshire Hills school committee is expected to vote Thursday night to approve its own spending proposal of $26.2 million. The vote to approve it is almost a foregone conclusion after last week's quiet and harmonious public hearing.
Monday, 4 Mar 2019 - Eunice Raifstanger will be named publisher emeritus, while Robin Raifstanger Hare will stay on in a consulting role to aid in the transition to new ownership. The Shopper's Guide will continue to be located at 141 West Ave.
Friday, 1 Mar 2019 - Ironically, it actually cost a lot of money to keep the overall increases down. In order to limit the operating budget increase to 4.21 percent, the school committee had to spend $840,000 from a reserve fund known as excess and deficiency.
Thursday, 28 Feb 2019 - The plan, the only one the town has so far received after several requests for proposals, calls for an adaptive reuse of the vacant 110-year-old school on Pleasant Street in the center of the village of Housatonic.
Tuesday, 26 Feb 2019 - Ryan P. Babcock, then 27, was taken into custody by Great Barrington police on June 5, 2013, after his girlfriend's mother had called the department concerned about her daughter's safety in Babcock's car.
Tuesday, 26 Feb 2019 - The idea is that live programmers will be working in front of the window in much the same fashion as they did in the television show “Northern Exposure” and its fictitious AM station, KBHR.
Sunday, 24 Feb 2019 - It was an afternoon of speakers and performers, ranging from scholars and academics to relatives, activists and musicians. And it was topped off by a birthday cake reception, complete with a rendition of Happy Birthday that somehow inspired even the tone-deaf to sing in key.
Wednesday, 20 Feb 2019 - If the Berkshire Hills Regional School District could increase the number of towns that are formally members of the district, it could be leveraged to have a significant effect on the reimbursement rate for a potential project from the Massachusetts School Building Authority.
Tuesday, 19 Feb 2019 - "Ultimately, it costs so much money for people to start these businesses, that it's just another way for rich people to make more money. That's not a great thing for a town that touts itself as progressive."
-- Great Barrington Selectboard member Kate Burke
Thursday, 14 Feb 2019 - The reality is that several businesses on that strip have closed in recent months, leading to the question of what replaces those businesses that have left and whether the current zoning is too restrictive to allow for a full range of replacements, including residential or mixed-use combinations.
Wednesday, 13 Feb 2019 - In an interview, Goodwill regional CEO David Twiggs said the Sears building will provide vastly expanded floor space and better access for customers and donors.
Saturday, 9 Feb 2019 - Kim Widener knew that starting a GrubHub-style service in places like Berkshire County, Massachusetts, and Litchfield County, Connecticut, would be daunting. The area simply lacks the critical mass of empty stomachs needed to make an urban and suburban business model viable.
Friday, 8 Feb 2019 - The Adams town administrator search is being conducted by Community Paradigm Associates, the same firm that is leading the search for Tabakin's successor in Great Barrington. Paradigm principal Bernie Lynch did not immediately return a message seeking comment.
Tuesday, 5 Feb 2019 - In an incident that garnered much publicity, the Berkshire Hills Regional School Committee in 2004 declined to name after Du Bois one of the two new regional schools it had just built.
Thursday, 31 Jan 2019 - The exhibit, titled "W. E. B. Du Bois: Global Citizen Rooted in the Berkshires," was put together by Randy Weinstein, who runs the Du Bois Center at Great Barrington, with the help of the other Du Bois Center—the one at UMass Amherst, where many of Du Bois' papers are kept. The exhibit is part of the months-long celebration of the 150th anniversary of Du Bois' birth.
Tuesday, 29 Jan 2019 - With space for 105 diners, the former Allium space will allow owner Paul Masiero to more than double his capacity.
Tuesday, 29 Jan 2019 - With the remediation that has already been conducted, along with ongoing and future clean-up, potential sale of the Main Street property could put it back on the tax rolls, thus generating revenue.
Sunday, 27 Jan 2019 - It is not yet clear whether the Division Street bridge would be closed during construction or remain open with one lane.
Thursday, 24 Jan 2019 - "We do well in e-commerce but the important thing now is the retail environment is changing and e-commerce is becoming so terribly important. We really need a lot of expertise in that area."
-- Jane Iredale
Monday, 21 Jan 2019 - On the musical agenda was “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing,” the NAACP anthem written by Great Barrington resident James Weldon Johnson.
Friday, 18 Jan 2019 - In a news release, Clinton Church Restoration said the New York City-based firm, headed by architect Mario Gooden, "is one of the few African-American architectural firms in the country."
Wednesday, 16 Jan 2019 - Selectboard Chairman Steve Bannon said he could not support enforcement of the bylaw until there is an implementation and funding plan for the series of water stations that are planned to help consumers refill the reusable bottles.
Tuesday, 15 Jan 2019 - Great Barrington Police Chief Bill Walsh said his department "played a minimal role in this operation"; that he reported it to his boss, Town Manager Jennifer Tabakin, the next day; and that he responded to media inquiries on the incident.
Monday, 14 Jan 2019 - A common complaint among employees of the district and their families was that district officials did not adequately consult with faculty and staff about what was needed in terms of design and the accommodation of innovative curriculum, for example.