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, 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.
Tuesday, 9 May 2017 - Flynn, a former member of the Southern Berkshire Regional School Committee who has become embroiled in a battle over whether to keep the South Egremont School open, lost by more than anyone expected to McGurn, a retired business school dean who has never held elected office in the town, by a margin of 343-112.
Monday, 8 May 2017 - "If I was ever going to run [again], I believe in letting voters know in advance. As if there isn't enough fake news."
-- Former Sheffield Selectman Rene Wood
Sunday, 7 May 2017 - Monterey's "future probably lies in leaving the district," not only because of the town's dissatisfaction with Southern Berkshire but because 46 percent of the town's students are choicing out to other districts anyway.
-- Kenn Basler, chair of Monterey Board of Selectmen
Thursday, 4 May 2017 - Perhaps the surprise of the night was how easily Great Barrington's share of the Berkshire Hills Regional School District passed.
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
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
Monday, 1 May 2017 - The driver involved in the fatal crash that killed 78-year-old Gillian Seidl was Edward Carl Liebenow of 8 Dewey Way in Sheffield.
Monday, 1 May 2017 - The town's proposed policy says the Police Department will treat undocumented citizens like everyone else and will not be an arm of ICE (the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency).
Saturday, 29 Apr 2017 - GE has formally objected to EPA’s final cleanup remedy, challenging the agency’s directive to transport and dispose of the PCB waste to an off-site facility.
Saturday, 29 Apr 2017 - Dozens of State Police troopers and private security guards hired by Tennessee Gas Pipeline, a subsidiary of energy giant Kinder Morgan, stood watch.
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.
Wednesday, 26 Apr 2017 - Sheffield Police Chief Eric Munson Munson said responding officers did not perform a field sobriety test because the driver showed no signs of intoxication. And there is no indication that the driver was distracted by technology.
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
Sunday, 23 Apr 2017 - At issue was misconduct alleged by the selectmen on the part of Eaton, involving an investigation into a newly hired assistant to the town administrator.
Saturday, 22 Apr 2017 - The Great Barrington march was a small but representative part of the main event in Washington, with 531 satellite marches in cities around the world.
Friday, 21 Apr 2017 - Motivated by a strong distaste for the Trump administration, progressives in Berkshire County and across the state and nation moved quickly after the November election to mobilize and form a resistance movement rooted in policy and protest.
Wednesday, 19 Apr 2017 - MassDOT says it will continue to update the public as it implements this phase of the project and that crews will work "24/7" to complete installation of the temporary bridge.
Wednesday, 19 Apr 2017 - In terms of housing, there are still miles to go and promises to keep if Great Barrington is to meet the state goal of 10 percent of its housing classified as affordable.
Monday, 17 Apr 2017 - The complaint further asks the court to consider the School Committee's action to be a "material breach" and to grant the town the authority to enter into "tuition agreements with another district or districts."
Sunday, 16 Apr 2017 - "I can't begin to tell you. I get up in the morning and I groan about all the idiocy."
-- Joyce Sheffey of Great Barrington
Saturday, 15 Apr 2017 - MassDOT will continue its comprehensive evaluation process and will update the public in the coming week as it analyzes the current status of the bridge.
Friday, 14 Apr 2017 - “The loss of federal dollars to support the Elder Nutrition Program, which represents one third of the program’s funding, would present a significant challenge to replace."
-- John Lutz, executive director of Elder Services of Berkshire County
Tuesday, 11 Apr 2017 - Lenox Planning Board Chairman Kameron Spaulding says his board will have a public session Tuesday night, April 1, on a proposed bylaw to allow dispensaries by-right in specific, commercial districts subject to Planning Board site plan review.
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
Friday, 7 Apr 2017 - The 104-foot-long bridge, which was built in 1969, was deemed by MassDOT in a recent report to be "structurally deficient and functionally obsolete."
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
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.
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.
Monday, 3 Apr 2017 - Built and opened in 1840, the Mill River General Store is the longest continuously operating general store in the Berkshires. "I'm a New Englander," said new owner Jessica Holcomb. "And this is an old-school New England concept."
Thursday, 30 Mar 2017 - "There is no discernable evidence leading me to conclude future real property values will be negatively impacted by such an occasion and to assert otherwise is speculation."
-- Town Assessor Chris Lamarre
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.