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CONNECTIONS: A tale of two 19th-century Berkshire women

One had a solid impact on Berkshire County and her generation. While the other, although more famous, may have had no impact on the county at all. You decide.

Sheffield Fair returns, Saturday Sept. 10

Held at the Sheffield Town Park, off Miller Avenue, everything is free except for food or vendor items.

After impassioned pleas, Sheffielders approve their share of school spending proposal

School committee member Dennis Sears of Sheffield said voting to pass over the warrant item on funding the district and actually voting against it would be a distinction without a difference. And he suggested a vote on the budget would empower the town.

Controversial Sheffield initiative would confer ‘rights’ on Housatonic River

As written, the initiative would only require governments and business entities to comply with the rights of the Housatonic River as established by the initiative. No lawsuits could be filed against individual residents.

Sheffield keeps recycling            

I encourage everyone to keep up our collective commitment to recycling and reuse.

Upstart Kilmer defeats incumbent Hawver in race for Sheffield Selectboard; Hoy wins seat on Planning Board

Preliminary results have Kilmer leading Hawver by a margin of 532-339.

Hawver, self-described ‘pit bull,’ runs for third term as selectman

Hawver was a commercial banker for 23 years and, after retirement, ran a bed and breakfast in Sheffield with her late husband, Cliff. She now runs her own tax preparation business out of her Park Lane home.

Regional planners’ survey: People enjoy living in the Berkshires yet population is declining

The decline is steepest among those from 18 to 39 years of age. Also, the population is skewing toward older adults, most of whom are retired or approaching retirement age.

At BHRSD-SBRSD summit, talk of potential merger and doing what’s best for students

School committee members noted that the driving force behind the merger should be greater opportunity for students and a desire "to keep education strong" in the two districts amid declining enrollments.

South County cable advisory panel urges Healey to sue FCC over rules changes

The Five Town Cable Cable Advisory Committee voted to send a letter to state Attorney General Maura Healey urging her to take legal action to reverse a decision made last month by the FCC that local access channels say would devastate their funding.

In ‘historic night,’ two districts set wheels in motion for merger

Berkshire Hills voted unanimously to appoint two subcommittees. The first will focus on the nuts and bolts of a potential consolidation. On the recommendation of the Southern Berkshire school committee, a second subcommittee would focus on the educational aspect of the potential consolidation.

South Berkshire selectmen more receptive to Berkshire Hills merger than school officials

All school committee members were willing to listen but many were skeptical about whether the process would ultimately lead to success.

Sheffield town crew hauls away UFO monument; ‘off-world’ witness vows to ‘file charges’

Selectman Martin Mitsoff confirmed to The Edge that the town removed the monument and that the portion of the park on the town right-of-way had been reclaimed.

Endorsement for Martin Mitsoff, Sheffield selectman candidate

His volunteer interests are broad and directly serve all constituencies and ages, from young person to our most senior citizens.

Green Communities Act: What’s in it for Sheffield?

It can be a win-win for taxpayers – avoid paying for these energy efficiency upgrades and reduce energy bills.

Bruno appointed to SBRSD school committee, quieting the storm for now

The vote follows a contentious meeting earlier this month in which the Sheffield members of the school committee had refused to appoint Bruno after interim member Tim Schroepfer had withdrawn his name from consideration.

Of ethics, legitimacy and voter intent: A ‘big mess’ in Sheffield

For a variety of technical reasons, four Sheffield candidates were on the ballot for three seats. But voters were instructed to "vote for not more than two,” and those two with the most support were automatically re-elected.
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