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Hilltown Voices: Goshen Board of Health to discuss piggery permit for Hilltown Grazers

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Goshen’s Board of Health on Monday will discuss the possibility of issuing a piggery permit to Hilltown Grazers owner Cosmo Ferrante. Hilltown Grazers is currently located at 86 Spruce Corner Rd. on a 1200-acre farm owned by siblings Timothy and Laura Barrus, who rent the land to Ferrante. In 2013, Ferrante was ordered to move his cows and pigs out of town due to complaints that the animals were repeatedly escaping their confines, damaging the property of nearby homeowners and creating accident hazards by roaming up and down Route 9. Ferrante temporarily relocated to property in Ashfield also owned by the Barrus family, but said that situation was not ideal. “To keep animals on the …

Police chiefs retire from Chesterfield and Cummington

Friday, July 24, 2015

CHESTERFIELD — The towns of Chesterfield and Cummington will have interim police chiefs until officials can fill the positions left open by the mandatory retirements of longtime police chiefs Gary Wickland in Chesterfield and Dennis Forgea in Cummington. Both towns had secured special legislation allowing each chief to serve past the state’s mandatory retirement age of 65 for police chiefs. As well as …

Hilltown Voices: Summer music series in Williamsburg on Thursday evenings; Bryant celebration Saturday

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Now in its sixth season, the Angel Park Summer Music Series brings a variety of musical entertainment to the center of Williamsburg every Thursday evening. The concerts are free and take place in the Angel Park Quiet Reflections Garden off Main Street behind the Williamsburg Grange. Tom Adams, director and owner of Reelife Productions, is the coordinator of the series. “This year has …

Cummington voters approve $1.4 million debt exclusion override for broadband Internet

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

CUMMINGTON — Voters in Cummington on Monday approved a Proposition 2½ debt exclusion override for $1.4 million to bring broadband Internet service to town. Select Board member Monica Vandoloski said 178 voters went to the polls in the annual election Monday. The override was approved 110-66, she said. …

State Sen. Benjamin Downing files legislation to promote clean energy

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

A state Senate bill encouraging utilities to adopt policies that incorporate energy storage systems to make more efficient use of solar, wind and other renewable sources is one of several initiatives by Sen. Benjamin Downing of Pittsfield to reshape the state’s energy future and keep its position as …

Cummington voters reduce regional school budget, approve borrowing for high-speed Internet service

Saturday, May 2, 2015

CUMMINGTON — Voters at the annual Town Meeting on Friday reduced the regional school budget request, and after lengthy discussion authorized the town to borrow $1.4 million that will allow the town to join the WiredWest Cooperative and bring high-speed Internet service to Cummington. A total of 89 …

State Sen. Benjamin Downing receives several honors

Thursday, April 30, 2015

April was a good month for state Sen. Benjamin Downing, D-Pittsfield, who achieved several honors. On Wednesday, he was named the Massachusetts Association of School Committees’ legislator of the year for a second time, recognizing his “support and aggressive advocacy for our annual budget priorities, such as regional …

Cummington voters to consider budget, postponing broadband decision at annual Town Meeting

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

CUMMINGTON — Voters at Friday night’s annual Town Meeting will be asked to postpone a vote on spending $1.4 million to bring high-speed broadband Internet service to town through the WiredWest cooperative. Also at the annual Town Meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. at the Community House, voters …

‘Last few inches’ of digital divide prove taxing for towns

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

After years of pushing for the state to build out the “middle mile” and help with building the “last mile” to bring broadband Internet service to the most rural unserved and underserved towns, communities are confronting a grim …

Hilltown Voices: Robin Merritt promoted to lieutenant, first woman officer in Williamsburg Fire Department

Friday, April 17, 2015

Williamsburg Fire Chief Jason Connell on Tuesday promoted firefighter Robin Merritt to the rank of lieutenant. Merritt now holds the distinction of being the first woman to become an officer in the Williamsburg Fire Department. Town Clerk Brenda …

Hilltown Voices: Robert Aeschback challenges incumbent Dennis Mimitz for seat on Plainfield Select Board

Saturday, April 11, 2015

At this year’s annual town election, Plainfield voters will have two choices on the ballot for one, three-year term on the Select Board. Robert Aeschback is challenging incumbent Dennis Mimitz who has served on the Select Board for six years and works as the maintenance supervisor for the …

Maple sugaring season comes at long last to Valley, as producers hope for best after long-delayed start

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

WILLIAMSBURG — Easy does it. Now that maple sap is flowing, sugarers hope spring continues to play hide-and-seek in the Valley to salvage a sluggish season. With night freezes and daytime thaws finally here, sugarers are making syrup, …

Central Berkshire Regional School District to maintain preschool in Cummington

Monday, March 30, 2015

CUMMINGTON — The Central Berkshire Regional School District has agreed to maintain a half-day, preschool program at the Berkshire Trail Elementary School after the rest of its classrooms are shut down at the end of this school year. The district school committee voted in December to close the …