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, 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.
Saturday, 4 Aug 2018 - Housatonic Water Works has worked to replace some of the company's 16 miles of water mains, about 80 percent of which are over 100 years old. Further, there have been questions raised about whether the HWW fire hydrants are up to the task. Great Barrington Fire Chief Charles Burger, whose department rents the hydrants from HWW, has complained that the Housatonic hydrants have a water-flow problem.
Thursday, 2 Aug 2018 - Town moderator Michael Wise said nonvoters (including minors and nonresidents) are allowed to attend the special town meeting and speak if they obtain permission.
Monday, 30 Jul 2018 - The money for the acquisition would come from a special revenue fund containing proceeds from the sale of town-owned real estate. O'Brien has been in violation of multiple cease-and-desist orders since 2011.
Friday, 27 Jul 2018 - The funds will provide the final financing for the $17.2 million 100 Bridge Street project that will build 45 new affordable rental units and simultaneously remediate the entire 8-acre site.
Tuesday, 24 Jul 2018 - “It preserves historic assets. These are unique town assets. You just don't want them to go by the wayside."
-- Developer Jeffrey Cohen, on acquiring the former New Haven rail station in Lee, Mass.
“It preserves historic assets. These are unique town assets. You just don't want them to go by the wayside."
-- Developer Jeffrey Cohen, on acquiring the former New Haven rail station in Lee, Mass.
Monday, 23 Jul 2018 - Chief William Walsh said Paul D. Solovay, 74, of Hillsdale, New York, was arrested and charged with assault and battery and disorderly conduct.
Sunday, 22 Jul 2018 - The Warren campaign estimated more than 1,000 people attended the rally, including those at the packed Mahaiwe and the overflow crowd that could not be admitted to the 700-seat theater.
Friday, 20 Jul 2018 - Buyer Patrick Hollenbeck, who also chairs the Great Barrington Libraries board of trustees, said he's not sure what he wants to do with the property.
Wednesday, 18 Jul 2018 - Sean VanDeusen, who heads the town Department of Public Works, said contractors currently performing work on Town Hall found the chimneys "to be in worse shape than previously thought." Two of the chimneys need to be completely rebuilt.
Wednesday, 18 Jul 2018 - Warren, a Democrat, is up for re-election to a second term this year. She has become a national figure and is one of President Donald Trump's fiercest critics.
Tuesday, 17 Jul 2018 - The selectboard has held a pair of closed-door meetings on the possible purchase and related litigation this month, and has said its goal is to add the item to the warrant for a special town meeting scheduled for Monday, Aug. 6.
Monday, 16 Jul 2018 - The play explores one of Strindberg's other favorite themes: the question of the viability of marriage as an institution. The ending isn't a happy one. I'll leave it at that.
Thursday, 12 Jul 2018 - The approval of the plastic water bottle ban from residents at the annual town meeting followed a lengthy and impassioned appeal at the annual town meeting from three Monument Mountain Regional High School students.
Wednesday, 11 Jul 2018 - When Framework Properties first proposed the 47 Railroad Street project in Great Barrington, which included only 13 market-rate apartments, they learned that it was the first building permit taken out in the town for a structure containing four apartments or more since 1990.
Tuesday, 10 Jul 2018 - After the planning board crafted a set of zoning regulations to deal with pot earlier this year, the selectboard reviewed them and most thought the regulations were a bit too lax since they would allow cultivation by-right in too many zones.
Tuesday, 3 Jul 2018 - Highminded LLC has drafted a host agreement with the town of Great Barrington that includes the mandated annual $10,000 donation to a nonprofit of its choice. That gift will go to the Railroad Street Youth Project, which will also receive an additional 1 percent of net sales to fund a campaign against adolescent substance usage.
Sunday, 1 Jul 2018 - "We all love living here and want to be able to work downtown, go downstairs and get coffee and go across the street and get food. I like to go next door to buy my clothing."
-- Asa Hardcastle, whose Tonic 5 software development company is on the floor above Tom’s Toys on Main Street
Wednesday, 27 Jun 2018 - The new bylaw effectively bans the sale of single-use plastic noncarbonated water bottles of one liter in size or less within the town limits of Great Barrington. It will take effect May 1, 2019.
Wednesday, 27 Jun 2018 - "We're designing a similar project to the one in Great Barrington. Downtown Lee is like Great Barrington's. It's a vibrant New England downtown. It's where people want to live."
-- Michael Charles of Benchmark Development
Friday, 22 Jun 2018 - "We're moving forward and expect to be ready for children well before the school year, if not sooner." -- Bruce Turner, chair, Egremont Board of Selectmen
Wednesday, 20 Jun 2018 - The largest incentive (up to 6 additional percentage points) to increase state reimbursement lies in the formation of a new school district as part of the building project. That incentive might resonate with South County residents because of declining enrollments.
Monday, 18 Jun 2018 - Brian Vincent and Andy Vincent of Commonwealth Cultivation are looking to establish a retail marijuana outlet at 82 Railroad St., a property that overlooks the Taconic parking lot where 14 years ago State Police under District Attorney David Capeless conducted a sting operation that resulted in the arrest of more than a dozen teenagers for possessing pot.
Friday, 15 Jun 2018 - Last month, the board of trustees of the town's libraries endorsed the idea of putting a statue of the scholar, civil rights leader and Great Barrington native in front of the Mason Library on Main Street in the center of town. The project can only move forward if sufficient funds are raised and the Historic District Commission and the selectboard approve.
Thursday, 14 Jun 2018 - "Without these stations, Berkshire County residents lose access to Massachusetts-specific information that matters to them, including Boston sports and news from their state capital, which is not reported on by an Albany station in New York." U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, in a letter to Charter-Spectrum
Tuesday, 12 Jun 2018 - Grayhouse principal Bill Nappo and his financial consultant, Gillette Conner, updated the selectboard Monday night on the progress of the project. They said they are working closely with MassDevelopment on securing financing.
Sunday, 10 Jun 2018 - This will be the third try since 2013 to get state aid for the ailing high school. BHRSD Superintendent Peter Dillon noted that “constructing a new high school is actually less expensive than renovating and adding to the new building.”