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.
Wednesday, 1 Apr 2020 - Businesses and organizations not on the list of essential services are encouraged to continue operations through remote means that do not require workers, customers, or the public to enter or appear at the brick-and-mortar premises closed by the order.
Wednesday, 1 Apr 2020 - The residents were evaluated by Southern Berkshire Ambulance for smoke inhalation but did not require treatment.
Tuesday, 31 Mar 2020 - Neal was eager to talk about the $2 trillion stimulus bill, which includes almost $900 billion to businesses small and large, $560 billion to individuals, almost $440 billion to state and local governments, and more than $153 billion to hospitals and "public health."
Monday, 30 Mar 2020 - In addition to Quinn Burnell, who offered a student's perspective, guests for the first episode were the four South County superintendents
Saturday, 28 Mar 2020 - With end-of-year exams and graduations approaching, what are schools doing to keep the educational process going at such a crucial time of the year?
Friday, 27 Mar 2020 - Beginning Friday, March 27, all travelers arriving to Massachusetts are instructed to self-quarantine for 14 days.
Thursday, 26 Mar 2020 - The Baker-Polito administration announced steps to keep vulnerable families in their homes, preserve the health and safety of low-income renters and homeowners, and prevent homelessness due to reduced or lost income.
Wednesday, 25 Mar 2020 - "We're concerned for the health of all of our town residents, whether they live here full-time, on weekends or for the summer." - town manager Mark Pruhenski
Tuesday, 24 Mar 2020 - Selectboard Chair Steve Bannon tried to reassure everyone that town government was functioning and that elected officials were active and town employees were still reporting to work.
Monday, 23 Mar 2020 - Residents are advised to stay home and avoid unnecessary travel and other unnecessary activities during this two-week time period.
Sunday, 22 Mar 2020 - If you're a restaurant owner who wants to stay open in the midst of a public health crisis such as the coronavirus pandemic, you essentially have one choice: trying to eke out a living by offering take-out, and perhaps delivery.
Wednesday, 18 Mar 2020 - "The town is as on top of this ever changing situation as possible."
-- Selectboard member Ed Abrahams
Thursday, 12 Mar 2020 - Eventually, the healing started when the select board called up Steve Traver, the interim chief from Richmond, to explain the path forward.
Wednesday, 11 Mar 2020 - In Great Barrington, town officials put out a statement yesterday, and at Monday's selectboard meeting, town health agent Rebecca Jurczyk briefed officials on measures the town is taking to prepare for the virus.
Tuesday, 10 Mar 2020 - The only way for the item calling for withdrawal to be placed on the warrant is for the selectmen to put it there, even though they were the ones who signed the settlement on behalf of the town in the first place.
Thursday, 5 Mar 2020 - After the motion to place him on leave passed, Skorput resigned and walked angrily out of the meeting room in Town Hall, followed by other fire department members and supporters.
Wednesday, 4 Mar 2020 - Opponents of the recent settlement between General Electric, the Environmental Protection Agency and five South County towns to clean up PCBs in the Housatonic River reveal plans to stop a planned PCB landfill in Lee.
Monday, 2 Mar 2020 - On multiple occasions, the commission found, Skorput violated a provision of the conflict of interest law that prohibits municipal employees from acting officially in matters involving their own financial interests or those of an immediate family member.
Friday, 28 Feb 2020 - "The likelihood of getting the flu virus — and dying from it — is far more likely than getting novel coronavirus at this time,” says Dr. Everett Lamm of Community Health Programs.
Friday, 14 Feb 2020 - The operating total does not include the town's contribution toward the annual budget of the Berkshire Hills Regional School District, the school committee of which has yet to adopt its own budget, though its deliberations started Thursday night.
Wednesday, 12 Feb 2020 - The redacted documents, including multiple witness statements and documentary evidence, provide never-before-seen details of the marriage of Luke Karpinski and Justine Wilbur.
Tuesday, 11 Feb 2020 - Census specialist Mark Sebastino emphasized that all responses are protected by Title 13 of the federal code, which prohibits the Census Bureau from sharing personal information with any other government agency or court.
Monday, 10 Feb 2020 - If approved, the town wouldn't close on the property until July. If taxpayers rejected the funding, then there would be no project at all, or the trust would have to identify another site.
Friday, 7 Feb 2020 - A penny on each dollar collected by the state's 6.26 percent sales tax (excluding meals) goes to fund the MBTA. That means Berkshire County residents fund the MBTA with every purchase, even though the MBTA's services do not extend beyond Worcester County.
Thursday, 6 Feb 2020 - After securing the scene, investigators found the body of one adult with a fatal crossbow injury inside the apartment, along with an unharmed child in a nearby room.
Wednesday, 5 Feb 2020 - The decline is steepest among those from 18 to 39 years of age. Also, the population is skewing toward older adults, most of whom are retired or approaching retirement age.
Friday, 31 Jan 2020 - The new documents shed some additional light on the bizarre and grisly crime that shook the town of Sheffield and the region last March.
Tuesday, 28 Jan 2020 - Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli, D-Lenox, said he is "personally very optimistic" about the chances of the petition passing in one form or another.
Thursday, 23 Jan 2020 - When selectboard Chair Steve Bannon opened the floor to comments from the audience, most seemed to agree that, in addition to placing restrictions on the stores, the larger question remains about what kind of image the tourism-minded town wants to project.
Wednesday, 22 Jan 2020 - It is not clear precisely when the home-rule petition hearing will begin. There are 10 hearings starting at 1 p.m. and the Great Barrington hearing is seventh on the list for that afternoon.
Tuesday, 21 Jan 2020 - Selectman Ed Abrahams added that he is concerned that the same thing that happened at the gated parking lot at the end of Railroad Street will happen to the proposed gated parcel at the School Street property.
Monday, 20 Jan 2020 - The sermon by Rev. Sloan Letman IV of the Congregational Church built on the theme of the service. Sloan wove modern motifs, politics and current events into the complex fabric of the struggle for human rights and justice.