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.
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.
Sunday, 19 Jan 2020 - At a special town meeting Dec. 11 almost 300 residents overwhelmingly passed a warrant item on a home-rule petition.
Friday, 17 Jan 2020 - In recent years the selectboard had become frustrated at former owner Tom Borshoff's lack of action and at his unresponsiveness.
Thursday, 16 Jan 2020 - Superintendent Beth Regulbuto declined to say how many calls the district had received from parents or whether, as parents have told The Edge, there was an unusually high number of absences the next day because of fear.
Wednesday, 15 Jan 2020 - The closing is the culmination of the complex funding process from 14 separate local, state, federal and private funding sources.
Wednesday, 15 Jan 2020 - In 1976, Larkin purchased a former farmhouse on Stockbridge Road that had fallen into disrepair. He fixed it up and relocated Locke Stock & Barrel there.
Tuesday, 14 Jan 2020 - Fulcrum attorney Kate McCormick indicated that there were delays in the studies required of the applicant on sound, noise and odor and the peer reviews of those studies by the town.
Monday, 13 Jan 2020 - The project will revive and expand the defunct 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.
Sunday, 12 Jan 2020 - “We are not doing justice by our current students. We're being irresponsible by sitting here today and saying we're not improving our high school for four years."
--- Berkshire Hills Regional School Committee member Rich Dohoney
Friday, 10 Jan 2020 - The proposal, first made public in September, has alarmed residents of the neighborhood, whose concerns range from noise and odors to the effect of the Fulcrum project on property values and the aforementioned impact on the water supply.
Thursday, 9 Jan 2020 - After the work is completed, traffic will only flow in a south-to-north direction and more permanent delineators will be installed shortly.
Wednesday, 8 Jan 2020 - Interestingly, the need for more space was not factor in the move. The new space will actually be comparable in size to the Barrington Plaza store, which occupies two storefronts.
Tuesday, 7 Jan 2020 - It was standing-room only as dozens of angry residents of the Housatonic section of Great Barrington, including a former selectman, vented their feelings about the committee's consideration of funding a proposal from the town affordable housing trust to acquire land for housing.
Friday, 3 Jan 2020 - A combination of factors played into the pending sale to Spectrum Health Systems.
Thursday, 2 Jan 2020 - According to Simon's Rock administrators, who did not disclose the name of the firm that the college hired, the investigators spent several days on campus, interviewed 29 people, conferred with Great Barrington police, and reviewed documentary evidence.
Tuesday, 31 Dec 2019 - Most of the residents' concerns were focused on odor, noise and impact on property values.
Sunday, 29 Dec 2019 - The winter storm warning, which means that significant ice accumulations are likely, takes effect at 5 p.m. today and extends until 7 a.m. Tuesday. Winds could gust to as high as 35 miles per hour.
Friday, 27 Dec 2019 - In the spirit of reflection and self-examination, herein lies The Edge's second annual Great Barrington year in review. It includes some select stories from other South County towns as well, along with embedded links to Edge stories for more information.
Wednesday, 18 Dec 2019 - "I do not not anticipate any issues whatsoever to get the home-rule bill through. We're a home-rule state. Whatever the town wants, I am for." -Rep. William "Smitty Pignatelli, D-Lenox
Tuesday, 17 Dec 2019 - Town manager Mark Pruhenski acknowledged that the costs for the emergency repair of the Division Street bridge, which are currently unknown, would be in addition to whatever it costs to perform a permanent repair or replacement.
Monday, 16 Dec 2019 - The two historic structures were owned by the state Department of Conservation and Recreation.
Friday, 13 Dec 2019 - Design Advisory Committee Chairman Pedro Pachano told the selectmen at their Monday meeting that his panel considered several possibilities, including repainting the bridge to roughly match its current color.
Wednesday, 11 Dec 2019 - "Whatever revenues come from it ... will be blood money. It's disrespectful to our town and it has to be stopped."
-- Matt Rubiner
Tuesday, 10 Dec 2019 - In an interview, Superintendent Peter Dillon said he and other school officials could not find any evidence of a bomb threat, which was the most pressing concern.
Tuesday, 10 Dec 2019 - The fire was quickly knocked down and contained to one unit.
Monday, 9 Dec 2019 - Indeed, if you closed your eyes before entering and reopened them, you'd think you were in an English or Irish pub.
Thursday, 5 Dec 2019 - Proposals for how to use the cannabis revenue windfall will be discussed by the selectboard and the finance committee in the upcoming deliberations for next year's budget, with voters having the final say on how to spend free cash at the annual town meeting in May.
Tuesday, 26 Nov 2019 - A draft analysis of the cleanup alternatives essentially presented two options: Excavate and dispose of soil and remediate groundwater under the footprint of the demolished dry cleaning building; or do so in a larger area around the footprint.