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, 7 Nov 2017 - Dillon Mahon, Ski Butternut's marketing director, confirmed the purchases in a brief interview Tuesday, adding that the deals were consummated "within the last few months."
Monday, 6 Nov 2017 - Monument Next Steps includes 22 members and will be modeled after the Regional Agreement Amendment Committee, which met several times over the course of the last year in a successful effort to change the district agreement's formula for taxing the district's member towns to pay for its operations and capital expenses.
Sunday, 5 Nov 2017 - "This is going to be a radical change for all us. Everybody’s talking about it."
-- Mount Washington resident Eleanor Tillinghast
"People may have ruled Mount Washington out before. But we just catapulted ahead of other towns in terms of amenities."
-- Brian Tobin, chair of the Selectboard
Thursday, 2 Nov 2017 - In the past week there was another confrontation near the pipeline construction area on Beech Plain Road in Sandisfield between police and protesters in which three more arrests were made. One woman, Karla Colon-Aponte, was thrown down and pinned to the ground by a Massachusetts State Trooper hired as security for the pipeline project. A video captured that incident.
Wednesday, 1 Nov 2017 - The photo immediately prompted speculation that the beast was a so-called coywolf – a hybrid of a coyote and a gray wolf – or a coydog, which is a combination of a coyote and a domestic dog.
Tuesday, 31 Oct 2017 - In support of a legal action from Rockwell relatives and others for a temporary restraining order to block the sale, Healey embraced the request in a response filed yesterday. A hearing on the matter is set for Wednesday, November 1.
Tuesday, 31 Oct 2017 - Markey cited solar and wind power as future drivers of the economy and he questioned why the Trump administration did not see it as a source of jobs for unemployed workers, especially the blue-collar workers Trump purports to represent.
Sunday, 29 Oct 2017 - "It [the Egremont School] is the heart of the community. While it gives the kind of educational experience that is so important these days, it is also a unique institution, located as it is in the center of town."
-- Ellen Maggio
Thursday, 26 Oct 2017 - Berkshire County's legislative delegation testified before the Joint Committee on Transportation in favor of a bill that would authorize the study of high-speed rail access between Boston and Springfield.
Wednesday, 25 Oct 2017 - "The event offers all the students a sense of accomplishment by having their art chosen to be painted in downtown Great Barrington in what now had become a popular and highly competitive school wide competition." --Neel Webber, Monument Mountain Regional High School art teacher
Wednesday, 25 Oct 2017 - The Hill neighborhood in Great Barrington has well-lit sidewalks, houses that sit close together and wide streets, making it ideal for children at Halloween, but its popularity was sealed more than 20 years ago by the haunted house on Hollenbeck.
Tuesday, 24 Oct 2017 - "If you don't think we have a problem, watch drivers circle our streets on Saturdays like desperate sharks.”
--- Writer and downtown resident Mickey Friedman
Monday, 23 Oct 2017 - "The continued construction of fossil fuel infrastructure is killing our planet and her people. It is our civic duty to do all that we possibly can to stop this construction, which is unnecessary given known and present options for renewable energy."
-- Priscilla Lynch, a member of the Sugar Shack Alliance
Sunday, 22 Oct 2017 - Great Barrington — It’s a small but meaningful consolation for having lost a loved one to military service. But it no doubt means a lot to surviving family members to be recognized, albeit belatedly, for their sacrifice. And that’s precisely what happened Saturday morning (October 21) in Great Barrington Town Hall, as four families from southern […]
Friday, 20 Oct 2017 - At a meeting Thursday night, the school committee voted unanimously to ask Superintendent Peter Dillon to draft a mission and recommend the composition of a panel that would meet regularly and propose a solution for the aging school.
Thursday, 19 Oct 2017 - The photo of Du Bois and his family will hang permanently on the stairwell to the second floor of the building. The birth certificate will likely occupy a prominent space behind the conference table in the selectmen's meeting room.
Wednesday, 18 Oct 2017 - "While our state’s educational system is highly regarded throughout the country, our analysis found that the processes governing school regionalization and its funding are antiquated, and have not kept pace with the modern challenges facing communities."
-- State Auditor Suzanne Bump
Tuesday, 17 Oct 2017 - Under the arrangement, the town would retain ownership of the building and Grayhouse Partners would lease it from the town.
Monday, 16 Oct 2017 - The man had entered the Monument Mountain Reservation, climbed to Squaw Peak, stopped at Devil's Pulpit -- a free-standing pillar of stone visible from the Squaw Peak Trail -- and started screaming.
Friday, 13 Oct 2017 - Developer Paul Joffe said the plans for the reuse of the building have not changed but the projected completion date has been pushed back to about 12 months from now, perhaps a little longer.
Wednesday, 11 Oct 2017 - "You created an incredibly vibrant and cool space for so much beyond just inventive food: nature, art, stimulating community and engaging fun.”
-- Housie Market customer Kathy Lampro Adams
Wednesday, 11 Oct 2017 - At 10 p.m. last night, police were called to the town beach at Lake Mansfield for a report of shots fired.
Tuesday, 10 Oct 2017 - All wanted to transform Clinton Church into a community gathering place that would preserve its history, honor civil rights leader W.E.B. Du Bois, and retain enough space for performances and other events.
Thursday, 5 Oct 2017 - Almost 20 people, including Selectman Bernie Fallon, briefly spoke in favor of a moratorium, arguing that a delay in accepting applications for dispensaries would "give the town some breathing room" and time to prepare itself.
Wednesday, 4 Oct 2017 - "In some ways the Briarcliff is a great alternative to an Airbnb. It's a motel, but it's warm and welcoming. It's a hip, chic environment but not expensive."
-- Main Street Hospitality CEO Sarah Eustis
Wednesday, 4 Oct 2017 - When the workers tried to enter the hospital at 7 a.m. today, they were greeted by uniformed security guards and Arthur Milano, BHS’ vice president of human resources, who told them they "won't be returning today but we'll welcome you back on the 8th."
Monday, 2 Oct 2017 - A spokesman for the Massachusetts Nurses Association said its members were pleased at the ruling and that they would be holding a Patient Safety Vigil on Monday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. before the 24-hour strike is slated proceed on Tuesday at 7 a.m., "unless BMC bargains in good faith and agrees to a fair contract."
Monday, 2 Oct 2017 - The one-year contract will offer lower prices on wind power than both standard and green rates offered by National Grid, according to town manager Jennifer Tabakin.
Monday, 2 Oct 2017 - "The concept of eating healthy shouldn't be unique but sadly it is. If we treat people equally regardless of their economic status, it becomes habitual and I think we can have a healthy Massachusetts."
--- State Rep. William ‘Smitty’ Pignatelli
Friday, 29 Sep 2017 - At its regular meeting Thursday night, the Southern Berkshire Regional School Committee voted to form a subcommittee whose title would be "The Future of Education in Southern Berkshire County."
Thursday, 28 Sep 2017 - The complaint questions the legality of the planned labor stoppage and seeks an injunction and damages to compensate the hospital for the cost of replacement nurses.
Wednesday, 27 Sep 2017 - The Berkshire Flyer, seasonal weekend passenger rail service between New York and Pittsfield, would have free wifi, accessible stations with parking, a café car and a bicycle storage car.