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.
Monday, 15 Jan 2018 - The celebration for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was also the kick-off for a series of townwide events commemorating the 150th birthday of civil rights pioneer and author W.E.B Du Bois who was born in Great Barrington. Included in the article is a video of Martin Luther King's 'I Have a Dream' speech in 1963, at the Lincoln Memorial.
Saturday, 13 Jan 2018 - Trump’s comments came in the run-up to the birthday of iconic African American civil rights leader Rev. Martin Luther King and the seventh anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Haiti that killed nearly 250,000 people.
Thursday, 11 Jan 2018 - Renner and his attorney, Joseph Zlatnik, filed a discovery motion seeking radio transmissions between state police and the private security company hired by the Tennessee Gas Company the day Renner was arrested. Zlatnik is also asking for the state police policy on the use of the Taser.
Tuesday, 9 Jan 2018 - Gwendolyn Hampton VanSant, who directs Multicultural BRIDGE and co-chairs the Du Bois 150th Committee, was in Town Hall Monday night with Randy Weinstein, founder and director of the Du Bois Center at Great Barrington, to gain approval to mount banners on utility poles in town and to report on the progress the committee had made on celebrating the birthday of iconic scholar and civil rights leader W.E.B. Du Bois.
Monday, 8 Jan 2018 - Great Barrington Real Estate LLC is a newly formed company belonging to Paragon Realty Group of Westport, Connecticut. Barrington Plaza is its only property in Massachusetts.
Sunday, 7 Jan 2018 - “Removing one more reason for citizens to give to organizations that help the poor, teach our children, fill our communities with art and music, and care for the sick tears at the fabric that holds our society together.”
--- Will Conklin, executive director of Greenagers
Wednesday, 3 Jan 2018 - The driving force behind regional school reform is enrollments, which are dropping at an alarming pace. Berkshire County school districts saw enrollment losses of 22 percent between 2000 and 2015.
Tuesday, 2 Jan 2018 - Lauren Pellegrino and her spouse, Kerry Hamill, both 40 and of Lee, were stopped in traffic on Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017, when their vehicle was rear-ended by a man driving a box truck. Also in the vehicle was their three-year-old son, Grayson.
Sunday, 31 Dec 2017 - Fire Chief Charlie Burger said his department has been receiving lots of calls for frozen pipes during this cold snap. He urged residents and merchants to take precautions against the possibility of them freezing.
Sunday, 31 Dec 2017 - The project, which will include both new construction and reuse of the mill, would add retail and office space, restaurants, a health club and pool open to the public, and in excess of 100 units of housing.
Wednesday, 20 Dec 2017 - There was also considerable grumbling about Berkshire County being included in the Albany, New York, television market, resulting in very few stations from Springfield or Boston in the channel line-up and, therefore, a dearth of news coverage concerning Massachusetts.
Wednesday, 20 Dec 2017 - The rally is part of the "Nobody Is Above the Law — Mueller Firing Rapid Response" movement.
Tuesday, 19 Dec 2017 - Selectman Steve Bannon then made a motion that, if building inspector Edwin May attends a hearing in front of the Great Barrington Zoning Board of Appeals or goes to court in the Gary J. O'Brien matter, the town will provide an attorney to represent him. It passed unanimously.
Monday, 18 Dec 2017 - There are five sections on the poster: birth and childhood, familial ties, civil rights activism, a return to Great Barrington, and lasting impact. Photographs and captions accompany each section and there is a scannable QR code to learn more about Du Bois.
Monday, 18 Dec 2017 - Hinds is also interested in pressuring the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to increase education funding, especially for rural schools that face unique fiscal challenges, such as being overly dependent on homeowner property taxes, compared to their urban and suburban counterparts.
Wednesday, 13 Dec 2017 - "My immediate concern is the [fuel] trucks. Any fuel storage has to have 110-percent containment under it. How that's okay, I don't understand. If something happens, there nothing between that truck and the ground."
-- Selectboard member Ed Abrahams
Tuesday, 12 Dec 2017 - In addition to the trucks and the transfer station activities, there are reports of race cars gunning their engines on the O'Brien property on the weekends.
Monday, 11 Dec 2017 - Even as uncertainty looms over the Affordable Care Act and its associated programs, enrollment numbers are up, both nationwide and in Massachusetts.
Friday, 8 Dec 2017 - "Current retired" officers of the State Police were paid nearly $1 million by Kinder Morgan to provide security at the Otis State Forest site.
Thursday, 7 Dec 2017 - Rhodes, who exudes the boyish charm one would expect from a guy who grew up on a Bruderhof farm in Ulster County and eventually found his way to Harvard Law School, saves his best shots for the man he wants to replace: first-term Republican Rep. John Faso.
Wednesday, 6 Dec 2017 - Smart water meters use attached transponders to transmit usage and other data to water companies via the same cellular data networks used by smartphones.
Tuesday, 5 Dec 2017 - Dobson's civil case alleges that Fred Weller, the intoxicated driver who killed his daughter, would have been in jail if not for the interference of a small-town police department in nearby Monroe that was using Weller, now 40, as a drug informant.
Great Barrington lawyer Ira Kaplan, one of the Dobson's attorneys, confirmed that a notice of appeal has been filed with the Connecticut Appellate Court.
Monday, 4 Dec 2017 - Individual selectmen signed a "Not In Our County" pledge presented to them by Multicultural BRIDGE.
Sunday, 3 Dec 2017 - These projects will change the face of the Bridge Street corridor, coming as they do on the heels of the redevelopment of the former Bryant Elementary School by Iredale Mineral Cosmetics Inc.
Wednesday, 29 Nov 2017 - The opinion of Berkshire County experts ranges from skepticism to staunch opposition to the repeal of net neutrality, which is the principle that internet service providers must treat all data on the internet in the same manner and not charge different rates based content or platform.
Sunday, 26 Nov 2017 - This year, the CPA application requests from the town of Great Barrington and other organizations totaled more than $1 million.
Thursday, 23 Nov 2017 - Many towns and cities across the state are grappling with an array of gray areas, including whether and how to tax these short-term rentals and whether they should be held to the same zoning, building and health standards.
Sunday, 19 Nov 2017 - "Dubois was clearly the most celebrated resident in our history. His teachings and writings still resonate today. To honor and memorialize him seems absolutely appropriate."
-- Author and Great Barrington resident Daniel Klein
Thursday, 16 Nov 2017 - “It was a teamwide effort. The best part of it is we were the first department in Berkshire County to get accredited [by the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission."
-- Police Chief William Walsh
Tuesday, 14 Nov 2017 - A four-page memorandum outlines a timetable for accomplishing specific goals during a one-year period of due diligence in advance of the redevelopment of the abandoned school in the center of the village of Housatonic.
Monday, 13 Nov 2017 - "As soon as it was announced, we had people on the ground. We started speaking with people and urging them to share their stories about how this affects them." --Jeff Lowenstein, Berkshire Interfaith Organizing
Friday, 10 Nov 2017 - "In state after state, criminal justice reform has led to lower incarceration rates, lower crime rates, and lower recidivism rates. It’s time Massachusetts joins the national let’s-get-smart-on-crime movement. This bill protects public safety and makes common-sense reforms while improving outcomes with our precious tax dollars."
-- Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst)