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Monument Valley Road Construction Begins Week of 6/17

During the week the road will be limited to local traffic only between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Great Barrington should adopt updated tax deferral program for seniors

Surely, Finance Committee members value longtime older residents, the stability we bring to our neighborhoods, and how our “aging in place” counterbalances ever-increasing home sale valuations.

Flagrant inaccuracies in library friends’ letter

In her letter Kathy Plungis writes: "Friends of the GB Libraries letter states that they do not endorse specific candidates, yet I feel that they did just that."

In Great Barrington town elections, consider the value of libraries to economic development

In its letter the Steering Committee of Friends of the GB Libraries write: “Cutting the very programs that enrich Great Barrington and attract positive attention to our town is no way to encourage growth.”

Endorsements for Leigh Davis, Great Barrington Selectboard candidate

Add it all up and you have a savvy, enterprising woman who brings people together to get things done. That's the kind of leadership we need to see more of. 

Great Barrington Assistant Treasurer/Collector under criminal investigation

A financial betrayal of trust by a town employee, let alone one empowered to help collect and safeguard residents’ tax payments, is a bitter pill for any community to swallow.

Sticker shock: Corroded bridges of Great Barrington need $11 million in repairs

It is not yet clear whether the Division Street bridge would be closed during construction or remain open with one lane.

WANTED: Town manager

The Town is at an important inflection point and it is needs to navigate through its next several years carefully with an eye to the future. 

Great Barrington’s search for a Town Manager off to a sleepy start

“I think the town’s been run just fine the past five years. Jennifer did a great job. I’m very sorry to see her go.” -- Selectman Bill Cooke

William H. Weigle Jr., 94, former Egremont selectman, moderator, finance committee vice-chair

His World War II decorations included the Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster including battle stars for the Europe Africa Middle East, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe.

Cooke re-elected, newcomer Burke brings ‘youth’ to Great Barrington Selectboard; Atwood out at FinCom

At 33, Kate Feuer Burke represents a much-desired but disappearing demographic in town: a young professional with children who brings new vision and energy to the board.

Amid budget-cutting ritual Great Barrington libraries become a target

"Sometimes the easiest thing to do is cut some of the lowest hanging fruit but sometimes it's a matter of taking a bigger picture and stepping outside and seeing what can be done for the community as a whole." -- Local businesswoman Ilana Siegal, addressing the Selectboard on proposed cuts to the town libraries

Austerity prevails in Great Barrington budget talks

In total, of the $222,476 in cuts Town Manager Jennifer Tabakin presented, about $190,000 was approved by the Selectboard and Finance Committee. "This is a year of real austerity.” -- Finance Committee Chairman Tom Blauvelt.

James J. Sullivan, 84, of Newport, R.I., formerly of Great Barrington

While in Great Barrington, he raised his family, and served on the Town Finance Committee and as a volunteer fireman.

Make a difference: Volunteer

In her letter to the editor, Sandra Fusco-Walker writes: “Volunteering is an opportunity to help others and to help make change.”

Nicholas F. Wool, 93, of Monterey

After returning home from his service Nicholas was a partner with his father Anthony with Wool’s Taxi and Wool’s Garage.

New construction boosts Great Barrington tax revenues

Great Barrington has recorded $37 million in new construction in the past year, resulting in permit fees totaling more than $88,000 and new tax revenues of $538,690.

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