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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

Yet again, the town tries to sell the dormant Housatonic School

Wednesday, 10 May 2017 - An independent study submitted to the town in 2012 by a building consultant found that any developer looking to renovate the school is facing a liability of at least $850,000 in required remediation of just the asbestos and lead paint hazards.

Otis State Forest pipeline protesters arrested and charged by State Police

Wednesday, 3 May 2017 - "In the face of ongoing climate change, it is crystal clear that [our] responsibility [to protect the earth] requires us to reject all fossil fuel infrastructure construction, no matter how small or large the project may be." -- Irvine Sobleman of Northampton, a member of the Sugar Shack Alliance

By overwhelming margin, Great Barrington adopts ‘trust policy’ for immigrants

Tuesday, 2 May 2017 - "Living in fear is the not the quality of a welcoming and safe community — it is instead the very essence of a totalitarian state. A community in which any of our members live in fear is not the kind of community that any of us, regardless of political affiliation, I am sure, want Great Barrington to be." -- Housatonic resident Anne O’Dwyer

Great Barrington to vote on array of CPA projects

Wednesday, 26 Apr 2017 - Among the projects that would receive support from the CPA are elderly housing at Bostwick Gardens, Lake Mansfield improvements, Great Barrington Historical Society, Great Barrington Land Conservancy, Town Hall repair, an elevator for Rubin Mill building in Housatonic, Berkshire Natural Resources Council and the Affordable Housing Trust Fund.

Sheffield pedestrian dies after being struck by truck

Tuesday, 25 Apr 2017 - At about 6:15 p.m. Monday, April 24, Gillian Seidl, 79 of Bull Hill Road, was in the Main Street (Route 7) crosswalk near the entrance to the Bushnell Library when she was struck by a pickup truck traveling southbound

Mystery solved: Stockbridge truck-sign owner unmasked

Saturday, 8 Apr 2017 - "I just wanted to get my viewpoint out. I believe it'll raise my taxes — maybe not immediately — but it'll happen." -- Wilson Wright of Stockbridge, owner of the truck and sign urging voters to reject an amended regional school district pact

Berkshire cultural institutions fear impact of Trump’s budget axe

Thursday, 6 Apr 2017 - "This is a creative community that thrives with the inspiration and energy of hundreds of concerts, performances and exhibits throughout the year, as well as the educational and thought-provoking programs created through the CPB. All would be jeopardized if the nation no longer celebrated or supported the arts as integral to our democracy.” --- Beryl Jolly, executive director of the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington

Egremonters mull broadband options; only one gets MBI funding

Tuesday, 4 Apr 2017 - Charlie Flynn, who chairs both the town Technology Committee and the Board of Selectmen, said the committee is meeting on Thursday (April 6) at 5 p.m. in Town Hall and the selectmen are slated to decide on a plan on Monday, April 10, at their regular meeting.

Beam collapse causes abrupt closure of Route 183 (Park Street) bridge

Tuesday, 4 Apr 2017 - MassDOT has implemented a traffic management plan that includes variable message boards to inform the public, including one at the intersection of Route 183 and Route 7 (Stockbridge Road). The department says the signed detour utilizes Route 7, Route 102 and Route 183 in towns of Great Barrington and Stockbridge.

Housatonic man dies in fall from village water tower

Wednesday, 29 Mar 2017 - Although authorities could not reveal the name of the victim, multiple sources have confirmed the identity of the young man as Jesse Dupont, a graduate of Monument Mountain Regional High School.