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. Follow Terry on Twitter @terrycowgill.
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.
Sunday, 14 Jul 2019 - “I have a child who was born here, but as immigrants -- the way we look, the way we sound -- sometimes we feel scared because even if we're here as citizens, I feel like anything can happen to us.”
-- Maria, an immigrant from El Salvador
Friday, 12 Jul 2019 - Bouton was perhaps best known for “Ball Four,” the groundbreaking memoir he later wrote that chronicled the 1969 season he spent with the Seattle Pilots and the Houston Astros, where he was sent in a late-season trade.
Thursday, 11 Jul 2019 - Now that the model units are open, Benchmark Development principal Charles said he expects to reconnect with prior contacts and hold regular open houses.
Tuesday, 9 Jul 2019 - At Monday's selectboard meeting, member Kate Burke noted that the money cannot be spent yet because it was not budgeted for. The disposition of the funds will be discussed during budget deliberations this fall.
Saturday, 6 Jul 2019 - "It's exciting. It's interesting and we'll see where it goes, but I don't see any problems other than maybe traffic for awhile, but I don't really see any downside."
-- Lee Selectwoman Patricia Carlino
Wednesday, 3 Jul 2019 - All school committee members were willing to listen but many were skeptical about whether the process would ultimately lead to success.
Monday, 1 Jul 2019 - New zoning bylaws would prevent some cannabis retailers from opening merely by restricting the number of available locations. On the other hand, a policy from the selectboard placing a numerical limit would clearly prevent more retailers from opening.
Wednesday, 26 Jun 2019 - "I feel like I would like more of guarantee that you can actually move forward with financing it. It doesn't give me a lot of feeling that this could happen."
-- Great Barrington Selectboard member Leigh Davis
Tuesday, 25 Jun 2019 - The report the task force presented Monday night said that the preliminary cost estimate for an 18-foot-wide paved road "including subsurface reconstruction, proper drainage and stabilization of the lake edge is at least $1 million."
Monday, 24 Jun 2019 - Now another movement to rename a different school building in Berkshire Hills is taking shape. Supporters of Du Bois are ramping up an effort to rename Monument Valley Regional Middle School in memory of Du Bois.
Wednesday, 19 Jun 2019 - The Co-op's new headquarters will bring the organization even further from its humble roots. The Co-op started as a buying club and opened its first bricks-and-mortar store in 1981 in the granary building on Rosseter Street.
Tuesday, 18 Jun 2019 - The monument and park were built to commemorate what Thomas Reed, who now lives in Tennessee but grew up on Boardman Street, calls an “off-world incident.”
Monday, 17 Jun 2019 - If all goes according to plan, one of the the tenants will be Area 413 LLC, a newly formed company that aims to sell cannabis-related products in Paul Joffe's renovated church.
Thursday, 13 Jun 2019 - At last Thursday’s school committee meeting, Rich Dohoney of Great Barrington proposed that Berkshire Hills issue a written request to its member towns, along with the Southern Berkshire Regional School District and its own member towns, to form a planning board "for the purpose of either forming, or consolidating into, a regional high school district to serve grades 9-12."
Tuesday, 11 Jun 2019 - The upper Railroad Street lot appears to have about 30 spots, the loss of which, even for a few days, will have some denizens of downtown scrambling to find places to park their vehicles.
Tuesday, 11 Jun 2019 - Berkshire Hills School Committee member Rich Dohoney said he is approached by South County residents all the time and the most common question he hears is why Berkshire Hills isn't trying to merge with Southern Berkshire.
Thursday, 6 Jun 2019 - The cause and precise timing of the deaths of Karpinski, Wilbur and the children remain unclear, pending autopsy results from the state medical examiner's office in Boston and a final report from State Police, Berkshire County District Attorney Andrea Harrington has said.
Thursday, 6 Jun 2019 - Selectman Martin Mitsoff confirmed to The Edge that the town removed the monument and that the portion of the park on the town right-of-way had been reclaimed.
Tuesday, 4 Jun 2019 - The task of hiring a new town clerk will fall to new town manager Mark Pruhenski, who himself was only hired this spring and is currently in his first week on the job.
Friday, 31 May 2019 - Nova Farms in Sheffield says it will use sustainable methods to minimize its carbon footprint and will also be home to livestock such as Scottish Highland cattle and an apple orchard.
Wednesday, 29 May 2019 - Fulcrum has signed a purchase-and-sales agreement to buy 5.78 undeveloped acres from the Nolan family at 22 Van Deusenville Road to construct and operate a cannabis cultivation and manufacturing facility.
Monday, 27 May 2019 - "A new kind of president requires a new kind of playbook for citizens and for journalists. As reporters, we now exist to both deliver the news and defend the truth."
--- CNN reporter Jim Acosta
Friday, 24 May 2019 - "I love Great Barrington and it's been a privilege to be here for six years and serve the town," outgoing town manager Jennifer Tabakin said late Thursday afternoon at a farewell party in her honor at 20 Railroad Public House.
Thursday, 23 May 2019 - The schedule for South Berkshire County Memorial Day parades and celebrations.
Wednesday, 22 May 2019 - By the end of the summer, service is expected to be extended to the Mason Library and the town water department, known as the Great Barrington Fire District, on East Street.
Tuesday, 21 May 2019 - The town expects to have the north side of Railroad Street "buttoned up," including the installation of bases for decorative light poles, by the end of this week.
Monday, 20 May 2019 - Led by senior Lucy Doren, about 20 Monument students created a survey to distribute to fellow students, broke up into small groups and began imagining a design crafted around a core schedule, natural lighting, an enclosed courtyard, break-out spaces and more space for the school's growing career and vocational technical education program.
Sunday, 19 May 2019 - The project will revive and expand the historic mill site in downtown Lee into a combination of office space, both market-rate and affordable rental units, a hotel and a "public market" with multiple restaurants and food kiosks.
Thursday, 16 May 2019 - In the end, it was simply too much to ask of the board, especially after receiving several emails from neighbors who complained loudly that allowing the event would be a "slippery slope" and that the neighborhood near the airport was too densely populated.
Tuesday, 14 May 2019 - A Proposition 2½ override also passed by a margin of 692-402. The measure will allow the town to raise the tax levy enough to address building improvements to the former Housatonic School, Housatonic fire station, police station and Town Hall.
Monday, 13 May 2019 - Mitsoff is an independent financial consultant who moved to Sheffield 11 years ago.
Thursday, 9 May 2019 - Both James Collingwood and Martin Mitsoff live not far from the Connecticut border, but most of the similarities between the two men end there.