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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

A Berkshire megadistrict? Questions raised about education task force proposal

Sunday, 6 Aug 2017 - "The real question is whether thoughtful creative educators are thinking creatively about the consolidation and how to make the most of this [potential] change." -- Susan Engel, director of the Program in Teaching at Williams College, and a former member ot the Southern Berkshire Regional School Committee

State of Resistance: Looking outward, seeking direction

Thursday, 27 Jul 2017 - To be honest, [the movement] is on summer vacation… Meetings have been less attended. We're gearing up for more intensity in the fall." -- Michael Wise, chair of the Great Barrington Democratic Town Committee who has facilitated much of the movement over the last few months.

Great Barrington police nab five for stealing power tools

Tuesday, 25 Jul 2017 - "These were significant arrests involving individuals who are known to police and who are active in drugs and are willing to steal from hard-working victims to finance their habits." -- Great Barrington Police Chief William Walsh

Hinds visits pipeline site, urges reform of FERC and says Trump ‘gutting the EPA’

Tuesday, 25 Jul 2017 - State Sen. Adam Hinds: "If anybody's learned anything from this election, it's that elections have consequences – serious policy consequences. They are absolutely gutting the EPA at a rate that even the most pessimistic person would be surprised about right now." Hinds was also sharply critical of the state in allowing the pipeline project to move through the Otis State Forest, which is state-owned land ostensibly protected from development.

The Berkshires ‘Hotel Wars’: How many is too many?

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.

State approves grants to four Berkshire towns for badly needed broadband

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.

Surprise: ‘Flushable wipes’ not so flushable after all

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.

Rotary honors Terry Chamberland: Firefighter, coach and tireless volunteer

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.

At issue in Southern Berkshire: Are small schools worth keeping?

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