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.
Friday, 20 Sep 2019 - In addition to the Simon's Rock students, the protest included approximately 300 other people, including students from Berkshire Country Day, the Berkshire Waldorf School and Monument Mountain Regional High School.
Wednesday, 18 Sep 2019 - Peter Skorput, fire chief and a former selectboard member, allegedly "committed multiple conflict of interest law violations, including setting stipends for himself, his daughter and his nephew; voting as a selectboard member to reappoint himself fire chief; and terminating a firefighter who had filed a complaint against him.”
Tuesday, 17 Sep 2019 - Town manager Mark Pruhenski told the audience that such a move might force the town alone to pay the costs of replacement.
Tuesday, 17 Sep 2019 - The Five Town Cable Cable Advisory Committee voted to send a letter to state Attorney General Maura Healey urging her to take legal action to reverse a decision made last month by the FCC that local access channels say would devastate their funding.
Thursday, 12 Sep 2019 - Police Chief Bill Walsh, along with Sgt. Paul Storti, presented a recently designed strategic enforcement plan to the selectboard Monday night at the Claire Teague Senior Center.
Wednesday, 11 Sep 2019 - The Cannabis Control Commission says it has suspended all six licenses held by Nova Farms, including indoor and outdoor grow licenses at the company's farm in Sheffield, as well as licenses for cultivation, manufacturing and retail sales at Nova's facility in Attleboro.
Tuesday, 10 Sep 2019 - On several occasions during the hearing, Great Barrington Selectboard Chairman Steve Bannon rapped his gavel and warned hecklers that they would be removed from the room if they persisted.
Monday, 9 Sep 2019 - Thanks to a new book by local historian Bernard Drew, we know that there were automobile storage facilities, road competitions and even innovative car manufacturing operations in the Berkshires. And we know that the cottagers embraced the industry with considerable gusto.
Friday, 6 Sep 2019 - In declining to recommend the permit to the selectboard, which will consider it on Monday night, the health board said it needed more information on noise, odor and possible effects on groundwater.
Wednesday, 4 Sep 2019 - Economic development committee Chairman Steve Picheny wanted an update from town manager Mark Pruhenski on the environmental status of the building and then solicited thoughts from committee members about what uses they thought would suit the empty building.
Monday, 26 Aug 2019 - Plans call for construction to begin next spring with completion expected in the summer of 2021.
Friday, 23 Aug 2019 - Berkshire Hills voted unanimously to appoint two subcommittees. The first will focus on the nuts and bolts of a potential consolidation. On the recommendation of the Southern Berkshire school committee, a second subcommittee would focus on the educational aspect of the potential consolidation.
Thursday, 22 Aug 2019 - "An investigation was conducted, and based on witness statements, as well as video evidence gathered from a nearby business, no charges will be filed in connection with the accident at this time." -- Great Barrington police Chief William Walsh
Wednesday, 21 Aug 2019 - U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, traveled to Lee Tuesday and joined state Sen. Adam Hinds, D-Pittsfield; state Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli, D-Lenox; town officials; and representatives from Eagle Mill to announce the awarding of $400,000 worth of historic rehabilitation tax credit funds.
Wednesday, 21 Aug 2019 - Witnesses told The Edge the teen was with a friend and hopped on his skateboard at the east end of the downtown crosswalk in front of the Fuel coffee shop.
Saturday, 17 Aug 2019 - The mixed-use development will revive and expand the historic mill site in downtown Lee. The project is expected to take at least two years to complete.
Friday, 16 Aug 2019 - At issue is a 2016 report that raised serious questions about management and finances in the 12-member fire department.
Thursday, 15 Aug 2019 - Kate McCormick, who represents 20 Castle Street LLC and its principal, Tom Borshoff, would not identify the possible buyer of the property because a purchase-and-sales agreement had not yet been signed.
Wednesday, 14 Aug 2019 - Auditors determined that Ball embezzled real estate and excise taxes that residents and business owners paid in cash to the town of Great Barrington
Tuesday, 13 Aug 2019 - Town officials have said Sterling Suffolk Racecourse would need at least two special permits: One for commercial amusement and another for floodplain protection, and possibly a third for work in the town’s water quality protection overlay district.
Monday, 12 Aug 2019 - In the original plan, most of the parking for the hotel would have been across the street, which would have meant lots of hotel guests crossing West Center Street to walk to and from their cars.
Thursday, 8 Aug 2019 - Community Development Corporation of South Berkshire executive director Tim Geller said he expects environmental remediation to begin late this month and construction on the apartments to commence in late October.
Wednesday, 7 Aug 2019 - Marie Tassone had an interesting and colorful life, culminating in her designation by the board of selectmen as Great Barrington's "photographer laureate" in 1989, a year before her death at age 86.
Saturday, 3 Aug 2019 - Judge Mark Pasquariello characterized the incident as "a reminder of the hazards of driving, particularly if we're not paying 100-percent attention." Therefore, he insisted there should be some punishment exacted by the criminal justice system.
Wednesday, 31 Jul 2019 - Town manager Mark Pruhenski selected Jennifer Messina from a pool of 14 applicants and announced the appointment to staff this week.
Wednesday, 31 Jul 2019 - Those who run the county’s three access channels say the new rules, which would severely impact their revenue streams, would likely put them out of business and deprive the public of valuable programming available nowhere else.
Tuesday, 30 Jul 2019 - Retailers and other business owners often complain about is the thin labor pool that makes staffing difficult in southern Berkshire County. The problem is caused in no small measure by the lack of affordable housing
Sunday, 28 Jul 2019 - The Berkshire Hills Regional School Committee voted unanimously to send a letter to Southern Berkshire and its five member towns asking to establish a planning group to explore consolidation for grades 9-12
Friday, 26 Jul 2019 - The Community Development Corporation of South Berkshire can finally proceed with its plan to build an affordable housing complex at 100 Bridge Street after receiving the go-ahead from the selectboard.
Thursday, 25 Jul 2019 - Children and teens who participate in summer reading programs show an increase in vocabulary scores on standardized testing and an increase in comprehension scores.
Wednesday, 24 Jul 2019 - Botanica, a daytime cafe that offered an upscale urban atmosphere, espresso-based drinks and a wide variety of sandwiches, salads and entrées.
Tuesday, 23 Jul 2019 - Suffolk needs a change in state law to permit it to hold races in Great Barrington while at the same time allowing it to maintain its simulcasting and betting operations back in East Boston. Racing at the fairgrounds would also require permits from the town.