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.
For six years, 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. A Texas native, Terry lives with his family in Lakeville, Conn.
Tuesday, 8 May 2018 - What started off as a civic exercise turned into a lesson in how a righteous cause can gather steam, convince fence-sitters, transition to a generational issue and overwhelm the opposition.
Tuesday, 8 May 2018 - Incumbent Andrew Petersen replaced Rene Wood, who, in 2015, opted not to run for re-election. Now Wood has decided to try to get back on the Selectboard again.
Tuesday, 8 May 2018 - More than 40 businesses and organizations had signed off on the plastic water bottle ban, including Guido's, Prairie Whale, SoCo and the Berkshire Co-op Market.
Thursday, 3 May 2018 - The challenge for the state's 351 cities and towns is to revamp their zoning regulations so that they're not caught flat-footed by applications from cannabis retailers and manufacturers.
Tuesday, 1 May 2018 - Forty businesses and organizations have signed off on the Great Barrington proposal. There are some high-profile businesses on the list, including Guido’s, Prairie Whale and Soco. Most recently the Berkshire Co-op Market came on board.
Friday, 27 Apr 2018 - Monterey has been notified of the receipt of a grant from the Massachusetts Broadband Institute as part of the Last Mile broadband initiative to help communities and companies wire towns, but the town cannot access the funds because they were contingent on Charter-Spectrum being the provider.
Wednesday, 25 Apr 2018 - Great Barrington Town Manager Jennifer Tabakin suggested better marketing targeted toward students and perhaps the many senior centers across the county. In addition, she wondered why the so-called CharlieCards, the BRTA's cashless payment system, were not available for purchase at places like supermarkets and pharmacies.
Wednesday, 25 Apr 2018 - The only thing could have saved the monument from the opprobrium that rained down so universally upon it: If it had been as cute as ET.
Friday, 20 Apr 2018 - Since ending her term as selectman three years ago, Wood told The Edge in a written statement, she has continued to be involved in town affairs.
Tuesday, 17 Apr 2018 - The Edge looked into the situation and found that, notwithstanding the alarming nature of language, there was no water-quality event that triggered the notice — it's simply a temporary licensing issue.
Monday, 16 Apr 2018 - The Planning Board had a frank and often tense discussion with outgoing Selectboard Chairman Sean Stanton over which board should be the special permit-granting authority for marijuana establishments.
Sunday, 15 Apr 2018 - It's clear that the Trump administration's actions, including the weakening of the Environmental Protection Agency, are the animating force behind some of the demonstrators, whose signs proclaim opposition to "alternative facts."
Friday, 13 Apr 2018 - If voters approve the Great Barrington bylaw, indoor cultivation of marijuana of the sort envisioned in the mills will be permitted by-right in the light industrial zone that covers much of Housatonic.
Tuesday, 10 Apr 2018 - There is a reason Amatul-Wadud cares so much about people. It's because, as a lawyer specializing in probate, families, custody and visitation rights, "I get to see people in their most intimate spaces."
Sunday, 8 Apr 2018 - "Sometimes the easiest thing to do is cut some of the lowest hanging fruit but sometimes it's a matter of taking a bigger picture and stepping outside and seeing what can be done for the community as a whole."
-- Local businesswoman Ilana Siegal, addressing the Selectboard on proposed cuts to the town libraries
Thursday, 5 Apr 2018 - Great Barrington — One can practically picture the high fives in the upstairs office of Framework Properties and Alander Construction next month when the new 47 Railroad Street retail and apartment complex opens for business. Indeed, there might even be a champagne cork or two flying around. “It’s been fun on a variety of levels,” said […]
Tuesday, 3 Apr 2018 - As Harrington sees it, trying cases against defendants is not the only relevant experience that qualifies one to be a prosecutor. Her extensive experience as a defense attorney, for example, has given her a clear-eyed and detached view of the criminal justice system.
Monday, 2 Apr 2018 - Berkshire Hills’ director of operations Steven Soule will once again assess the condition of 50-year-old Monument Mountain Regional High School and draft the statement, which will explain a number of deficiencies including 'building condition, access, health and safety, as well as deficiencies for instructional programs, especially science and career and technical facilities.'
Friday, 30 Mar 2018 - According to the office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth, the manager and signatory of the LLC is none other than Wilbur L. Ross, the billionaire investor and industrialist who currently serves as Secretary of Commerce in the administration of President Donald Trump.
Wednesday, 28 Mar 2018 - As required of anyone seeking a cannabis license in the state, Christopher Weld and Micheal Cohen of Berkshire Welco held a public information session Tuesday night at Sheffield Town Hall.
Tuesday, 27 Mar 2018 - The service would start out as a pilot program. The plan is to run one round-trip train each weekend during summer and fall weekends between New York City and Pittsfield via the Rensselaer Station, just east across the Hudson River from Albany.
Tuesday, 27 Mar 2018 - Kate McCormick's announcement to run for office comes weeks after she took the helm at McCormick, Murtagh & Marcus. On Dec. 22, 2017, her father, Edward McCormick, submitted an Affidavit of Resignation to the Bar seeking permission to surrender his license, an option open to attorneys under disciplinary investigation by the Bar.
Saturday, 24 Mar 2018 - "Let's keep the heat on the NRA ... don't let the NRA make this about mental health. This is about guns."
-- Christopher Biernacki, a mental-health professional at Berkshire Medical Center, a veteran and former police officer
Thursday, 22 Mar 2018 - Principal Amy Rex sent out an email to the Monument community announcing she was a finalist for a superintendent position in Vermont.
Wednesday, 21 Mar 2018 - In total, of the $222,476 in cuts Town Manager Jennifer Tabakin presented, about $190,000 was approved by the Selectboard and Finance Committee.
"This is a year of real austerity.”
-- Finance Committee Chairman Tom Blauvelt.
Monday, 19 Mar 2018 - The Massachusetts Department of Transportation defines a complete street as "one that provides safe and accessible options for all travel modes - walking, biking, transit and vehicles – for people of all ages and abilities."
Thursday, 15 Mar 2018 - In Great Barrington, it's costing $150,000 annually and is rising at 30 percent per year, to unclog the town sewer system. Reliable estimates put the cost of fixing the wipe clogs nationwide at $1 billion per year.
Thursday, 15 Mar 2018 - Phase 1 work will focus on areas of the building that most urgently need attention and will include a new wood shingle roof, abatement of mold and mildew, improved drainage, replacement of the basement floor slab, raising the building to make the basement usable, and repair or modification to the parsonage.
Tuesday, 13 Mar 2018 - After nearly two hours of sometimes contentious deliberations, the New Marlborough Board of Selectmen voted to continue the public hearing on the permit in order to give both Oasis CEO Joshua Seitz and the town more time to gather additional information and consider the proposal.
Friday, 9 Mar 2018 - The proposal by Oasis Campus LLC to build a sprawling cannabis production facility on 106 acres near Lake Buel and abutting the Sandisfield State Forest has roiled the waters of this normally quiet town.
Wednesday, 7 Mar 2018 - Friday, March 23, is the last day nomination papers can be obtained from the town clerk for candidates who want to be on the ballot for the Tuesday, May 15, nonpartisan municipal elections.
Tuesday, 6 Mar 2018 - Majdalany has treated countless pets and livestock and has saved many animal lives over 34 years of working at his own practice, Seekonk Veterinary Hospital on Alford Road.