Saturday, June 15, 2024

News and Ideas Worth Sharing

Leslee Bassman

written articles

Lee refiles Monsanto PCB lawsuit, alleges illegal relationship with GE

Monsanto responds that it did not dispose of PCBs near Lee and was not a party to a remediation agreement.

Digging into regenerative farming in the Berkshires

The practice is the focus of the documentary "Common Ground" screening in Lenox on March 22.

Jamie Minacci announces run for State House seat

Minacci joins Patrick White and Leigh Davis in the Democratic primary, with Marybeth Mitts running as an independent candidate.

EPA cancels citizen group tour of proposed toxic waste disposal facility in Lee

The agency cites safety concerns. Meanwhile, a local representative calls the measure a “cowardly failure” of responsibility owed to residents.

West Stockbridge Select Board approves Town Warrant, but what, exactly, was approved?

At the time of publication the text of the Town Meeting Warrant is not available to the public.

Stockbridge eyes Highway Department truck, tractor replacements

The proposed fiscal year 2025 budget reflects salary and municipal waste pricing increases.

Lee Select Board relocates Main Street bus stop to library, moves Hyde Place stop

The controversial bus stop placements were settled after businesses voiced their concerns.

Lee company, Patriot Armored Systems, awarded $200,000 state grant

The small, specialized business fills a niche producing ballistic-proof glass for military vehicles and buildings.

West Stockbridge Public Market reverts to Fallon ownership, testament to hometown loyalty, family honor

“The town was concerned that they might be without a market," said proprietor Bernie Fallon. "When the market disappears, the town changes.”

Stockbridge official Patrick White files comments on Quality of Life Compliance plan, Housatonic Rest of River remediation

"Two days of monitoring per year seems woefully inadequate to protect public health,” White said of the plan’s proposal to monitor airborne PCBs for two sequential, or back-to-back, 24-hour periods in “each construction season.”

Settlement possible in Stockbridge propane facility hearing

The parties indicate that negotiations are ongoing, with a Zoning Board of Appeals hearing on March 6 if the issue remains unresolved.

West Stockbridge mobile home park residents decry rent hike amid community conditions

The Rent Control Board heard the owner’s testimony of expenses in which he claimed he was in the red with current rental fees.

West Stockbridge trailer park rent hike issue heats up as February hearing nears

The petition seeks to triple monthly fees for residents.

Ed Lane defines why he is seeking a fifth term on Lenox Select Board

Incumbent Neal Maxymillian and Jared Weber also vie for two open seats on the dais.

Future Lee express bus stop site still in limbo

Members of the Select Board pushed for open communication between the bus service and local merchants.
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