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.
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.
Friday, 2 Mar 2018 - Tabakin asked the school committee to delay its vote to approve or reject the proposed budget because she would like the school committee to meet first with Great Barrington’s selectmen and finance committee.
Friday, 2 Mar 2018 - 100 Bridge Street has been delayed to the point that the $1 million that would have been used to pay for the burial of overhead utilities is in danger of lapsing when the grant expires at the end of June 2019.
Thursday, 1 Mar 2018 - Capeless offered no explanation as to why he was leaving his post before his term expires at the end of the year, rather than staying on and simply not running for re-election.
Thursday, 1 Mar 2018 - For a month from mid-January to mid-February, Edge readers could dine at one of 15 participating restaurants, ask their servers for an entry form and send the completed form to the Edge.
Tuesday, 27 Feb 2018 - Town manager Jennifer Tabakin said the impacted area will include Castle Street, Railroad Street and both sides of Main Street from Castle Street to Elm Street.
Monday, 26 Feb 2018 - "I think the best way to ensure safety is around building relationships and making sure kids are known and connected to multiple adults.” --Peter Dillon, Berkshire Hille Regional School District superintendent
Sunday, 25 Feb 2018 - If it passes at town meeting, the GB On Tap program intends to provide additional drinking fountains and bottle refilling stations throughout town. In addition, it will help participating merchants and restaurants offer refillable water bottles for sale.
Thursday, 22 Feb 2018 - Though its boundaries have shifted in recent years, NY-19 has been represented by a mix of Democrats and Republicans over the decades.
Tuesday, 20 Feb 2018 - Three different ideas for three different routes to get people to the Berkshires. And it's anyone's guess as to which one will win the day.
Sunday, 18 Feb 2018 - Great Barrington's assessment will rise a projected 6.7 percent to about $16.4 million, in part because of an increase in the town's state-mandated minimum local contribution, which determines a minimum each town should pay based on the wealth of the community.
Friday, 16 Feb 2018 - In an email to faculty, staff and parents earlier this week, Berle said she will serve out the remainder of her term as principal of the K-4 school. Her last day will be Saturday, June 30.
Thursday, 15 Feb 2018 - In a unanimous vote Monday night, the selectmen urged the Great Barrington Zoning Board of Appeals to reject the appeal of Gary J. O'Brien, whose trucking company has been told to halt its illegal practices on Roger Road.
Tuesday, 13 Feb 2018 - Effective immediately, from November 15 through March 30, overnight on-street parking is prohibited between the hours of 1 and 6 a.m.
Friday, 9 Feb 2018 - Town officials say the initiative is consistent with Great Barrington's economic development priorities, which place a strong emphasis on strengthening and marketing the diverse set of cultural destinations in the heart of town.
Wednesday, 7 Feb 2018 - At issue is that the plan ran afoul of the town's Cottage Era Estate zoning bylaw governing the development of a handful of historic properties in town that fall under that bylaw.
Monday, 5 Feb 2018 - The vote by Berkshire Health Group, the school district's joint health insurance-purchasing entity, to keep rates flat for next year surprised district officials, but they're not complaining.
Thursday, 1 Feb 2018 - Reps. William 'Smitty' Pignatelli and John Barrett worked to lobby Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, who agreed to place a Berkshire County resident on the commission.
Wednesday, 31 Jan 2018 - "The new zone would continue to allow retail and commercial establishments, like the current B-2, but it would also allow for a variety of residential uses."
-- Great Barrington Town Planner Chris Rembold