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Terry Cowgill

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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.

Articles by Terry Cowgill

Berkshire Bike-N-Fly promises day of fun and giving back

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.

Housatonic’s water woes persist: Old pipes deliver tainted water

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.

Eagle Mill developer buys historic Lee station, as mill proposal inches closer to reality

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.  

Under pressure, town mulls purchase of litigious property

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.

High times for Great Barrington? Pot shop proposals proliferate

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.

Main Street church will be ‘flying high,’ in more ways than one

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.

Veterans protest statue to memorialize ‘communist’ W.E.B. Du Bois

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.

Markey, Warren and Neal demand Charter restore Massachusetts channels

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

Proposal for Housatonic School in search of tenants, funding

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.

Can’t find decent help? ‘Workforce issue’ likely the cause

Friday, 1 Jun 2018 - There are a variety of theories as to why the seasonal labor market has been tightening over the years. Birth rates have been dropping for at least a generation, and more students are willing to forgo a paycheck in the summer while taking a volunteer position or internship to build their resumes for life after college.