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.
Wednesday, 19 Jul 2017 - "We are thrilled to have land court uphold a very vigorous ZBA decision. We are glad there will be activity on a long dormant site and we will be able to achieve our goal of historic preservation."
-- Gwen Miller, Lenox town planner
Monday, 17 Jul 2017 - "Once we started doing our work, a clear consensus evolved that the one-district option presented the best opportunities for education and improved financial sustainability for the school districts." --John Hockridge, chair of the Berkshire County Education Task Force
Sunday, 16 Jul 2017 - Research indicates there are about 4,265 hotel rooms in Berkshire County and that over the course of the entire year, the occupancy rate averages about 50 percent.
-- Laurie Klefos, executive vice president of 1Berkshire
"We are beyond saturation at this point, but we had planned this awhile ago and will have to work to get the business."
-- Joe Toole, hotel entrepreneur, commenting during the opening of his 89-room Marriott Courtyard in Lenox.
Wednesday, 12 Jul 2017 - As part of its Last Mile initiative, MBI will provide Charter with a grant of more than $4.4 million to defray the costs of wiring the rural towns of Egremont, Tyringham, Hancock and Peru. State Rep. Pignatelli also noted that Egremont and perhaps Monterey will have a 1 Gbps connection through Fiber Connect, 12 times faster than what Charter offers in Great Barrington.
Tuesday, 11 Jul 2017 - Lori A. Robbins, the attorney for Berkshire Aviation, stunned the packed selectmen's room when she announced that her client wanted to withdraw its application without prejudice.
Saturday, 8 Jul 2017 - For its new leader, the search panel chose a familiar face, Brooke Mead, who has been at BIC for 15 years, for many of those years the center’s only full-time staff member.
Wednesday, 5 Jul 2017 - Edward 'Carl' Liebenow pleaded not guilty at Southern Berkshire District Court to motor vehicle homicide by negligent operation. Liebenow will also face a civil charge of failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.
Sunday, 2 Jul 2017 - "Financial planning is clearly one of Jennifer's strongest attributes. She seems to put a very good budget together. Her last three budgets have been on point with the set policies."
-- Selectboard member Dan Bailly
Friday, 30 Jun 2017 - After identifying the serious need for the equipment, the association raised $21,000 to make the purchase [of the utility vehicle] at no cost to Great Barrington taxpayers.
Tuesday, 27 Jun 2017 - "You want uses that drive foot traffic. At the same time, there are economics ... "
-- Great Barrington Planning Board chair Brandee Nelson
Sunday, 25 Jun 2017 - Earlier in the day. Sugar Shack had been staging what it called the Funeral for the Age of Fossil Fuel by carrying a coffin out onto Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s easement.
Wednesday, 21 Jun 2017 - After meeting separately in closed-door sessions on Monday, the Egremont Board of Selectmen and the regional school committee agreed to a settlement that would suspend operations at the South Egremont School for 2017-18.
Wednesday, 21 Jun 2017 - Since the activists did not enter a building, boat or vehicle, the state must prove that the protesters entered "improved or enclosed land."
Monday, 19 Jun 2017 - Rex told a panel of Monument educators and community leaders she had become an administrator after years of teaching because "I was frustrated with the decisions administrators were making or the way they interacted with the faculty and the kids."
Saturday, 17 Jun 2017 - The $300,000 Brownfields Community Wide Assessment grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will be used to perform Phase One and Phase Two environmental assessments of several properties, most of them in and around the village of Housatonic.
Thursday, 15 Jun 2017 - The cost for a sewer system as small as Great Barrington's is staggering. The annual cost for dealing with so-called "flushable" wipes is estimated to be $150,000 for cleaning and unclogging, with labor alone costing $85,000.
Wednesday, 14 Jun 2017 - "We have a potential settlement agreement. Both parties will be voting on it next week. If both parties agree, we will not go forward with our suit."
-- Bruce Turner, chairman of the Egremont Board of Selectmen
Tuesday, 13 Jun 2017 - The latest episode saw the public hearing on the airport's quest for three new hangars continued to July 10, but only after the selectboard heard from both sides of the controversial proposal, with noisy airport antagonists drowning out proponents.
Monday, 12 Jun 2017 - Sitting right next to the existing right-of-way being widened aggressively by Tennessee Gas Company is a "Thoreau Cabin," so named for American transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau, who wrote the famous essay on civil disobedience.
Friday, 9 Jun 2017 - Chamberland's portfolio of volunteerism and community involvement is extensive includes, but is not limited to, 41 years with the Great Barrington Fire Department, with a current rank of deputy chief; eucharistic minister and usher at St. Peter's Church; and coach and director in numerous girls’ softball and basketball leagues.
Tuesday, 6 Jun 2017 - The superior experience most parents say their kids have in the very small schools has less to do with scale, and more to do with quality teaching and the right kind of leadership.
-- Susan Engel, director of the Program in Teaching at Williams College, and a resident of New Marlborough
Saturday, 3 Jun 2017 - "The Sierra Club is opposed to additional fossil fuel infrastructure out of the widely held scientific view that we must move as rapidly as possible away from fossil fuel energy, and that if we don't, human society will face cataclysmic impacts."
-- Emily Norton, chapter director of the Massachusetts Sierra Club
Wednesday, 31 May 2017 - The latest move by the school committee was to hold a closed-door meeting of invited guests Tuesday morning in the Eagle's Loft meeting room at Mount Everett Regional School.
Saturday, 27 May 2017 - Quite apart from getting the budget passed before July 1 is the question of how to find the extra $52,000 to restore transportation to New Marlborough Central School for next year.
Friday, 26 May 2017 - This study would look at the potential for inaugurating rail service from Pittsfield to New York City via Amtrak’s Hudson River line rather than the southbound rail corridor through Lenox, Great Barrington and into Connecticut.
Thursday, 25 May 2017 - The School Committee has insisted the Monterey and Egremont schools were not closed, but that their operations were temporarily suspended or put "on hiatus." But others see the busing policy as a tactic to cripple enrollment at New Marlborough Central in order to close it.
Wednesday, 24 May 2017 - First responders learned that a 76-year-old bedridden man was in the home on Dresser Avenue that was ablaze. Due to their bravery the man was rescued.
Tuesday, 23 May 2017 - If district taxpayers refuse to authorize spending for the school district, the state has an elaborate system to ensure the district's continued operation.
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 - The Great Barrington book includes fascinating details about many of the veterans, from the Revolutionary War through 1938, along with illustrations of each gravestone, and a locator map for each grave.
Tuesday, 16 May 2017 - Monday's hearing looked as if it would be a barnburner, with neighboring property owners ready to oppose the airport's proposed addition of three new hangars, and another nearby property owner poised to suggest the airport was responsible for poisoning his drinking water.
Monday, 15 May 2017 - The goals of the Community Compact are to improve town and school services, and provide tax relief, while maintaining each town’s identity and sense of local control.
Friday, 12 May 2017 - "This is obviously fear of a trial. We want our day in court to talk about both the immorality and illegality of what's going on ... we want a trial."
--- Vivienne Simon of the Sugar Shack Alliance