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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.

Great Barrington’s cannabis quandary: What to do with that pot revenue?

Proposals for how to use the cannabis revenue windfall will be discussed by the selectboard and the finance committee in the upcoming deliberations for next year's budget, with voters having the final say on how to spend free cash at the annual town meeting in May.

Town Hall Briefs: Ailing bridges, traffic nightmares and other tales of woe

Whether one lane of the Brown Bridge is closed during construction or whether it is shut down altogether, the construction will be a major disruption to traffic, especially considering the fact that the town-owned Division Street bridge was closed by the state in the second week of September.

Closure without closing: Lake Mansfield Road gets a new coat of asphalt

Sean VanDeusen, who heads the town's public works department, told The Edge the Lake Mansfield Road paving is part of a larger $500,000 project that also includes the repaving of Lake Avenue, Oak Street and Cypress Street.

Great Barrington residents vent about speeding, ‘scandalous’ bridge closures

At Monday's Great Barrington Selectboard meeting at the Claire Teague Senior Center, concerns ranged from traffic, speeding, and the impact the closure of the Division Street and Cottage Street bridges are having on businesses and residents alike.

Second effort to close Lake Mansfield Road next month fails

Brandee Nelson said the task force is "confused" about what the selectboard's "goal is going forward" and "how confusing it might be to drivers" in transitioning the road to one-way and then going "to a closure scenario."

It’s Not That Simple: Coming apart at the seams?

Why are our bridges failing? Whose fault is it and why is nothing done until it’s too late? Not surprisingly, part of the problem is money. It costs $4-5 million to replace a bridge so it isn’t something the town takes lightly.

Sore feelings evident after selectboard decision not to close crumbling Lake Mansfield Road

At issue is the fact that the Conservation Commission, which, on the local level, enforces the state Wetlands Protection Act, is also charged with enforcing the town's own wetland bylaw, which is somewhat more stringent than the state law.

Divided selectboard votes to keep Lake Mansfield Road open one-way — for now

Among the problems with a permanent closure, town manager Mark Pruhenski said, is the lack of a plan to deal with a "turn-around and detour of vehicles" from the sudden closure of the Division Street bridge earlier this month.

News Briefs: Division Street bridge to close to vehicular traffic; federal grant for Lee firefighters

Barriers and detour signage will be installed to alert drivers to the closure of the Division Street bridge over the Housatonic River. The bridge will remain open to pedestrian and bike traffic.

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.

Cranes and beams have arrived, pushing Powerhouse Square to a new phase

The goal is to get the new building completely framed out and roofed so that, by the dead of winter, workers can focus on the interior if the weather prohibits outside activity.

In the event of winter weather, batten down the hatches—and move your car

Effective Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, through Saturday, March 30, 2019, overnight on-street parking is prohibited between the hours of 1 and 6 a.m.

Division Street bridge rating downgraded by state, now deemed ‘structurally deficient’

The rickety-looking bridge has long been the subject of complaints and concerns of nearby residents and passersby who have questioned its structural integrity and the appropriateness of allowing large vehicles such as dump trucks and semi-tractor trailers to rumble over its pockmarked decking.

Town hall briefs: special town meeting items; pot shop host agreements; relocation of town employees from old firehouse

Sean VanDeusen, who heads the town Department of Public Works, said contractors currently performing work on Town Hall found the chimneys "to be in worse shape than previously thought." Two of the chimneys need to be completely rebuilt.

Brace yourself: Great Barrington downtown streets to be upgraded

"In general, this is much less intense than the Main Street reconstruction ... Primarily because the rights of way are limited, the funding source is not MassDOT ... which gives us a lot more flexibility in what we can do." --Great Barringtn town planner Chris Rembold

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.
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