Vol. III No. 13 7/1/2022
SU — FYI
Congratulations Stockbridge! With its partner, Great Barrington, the Town was awarded the pilot program grant (SU, May 15, 2022) for "Demand-response Transit" (DRT). As soon as all the i's are dotted and the t's crossed, DRT will be available. For 1-year, in Great Barrington, Egremont, and Stockbridge, folks can call and get a ride to wherever they are going (for a fee TBD). It will be available Monday - Friday 6:30am - 7:00pm; Saturday 9:00 am – 7pm; Sunday 8:00 – 11:00am and 3 – 6pm. Thank you, Tate Coleman, Chairman, RTAC, firstname.lastname@example.org and Jamie Minacci, Stockbridge Representative, RTAC, email@example.com
Skirtbridge. Photo: Lionel Delevingne
PSA from the Berkshire Waldorf High School
School in Talks to Renovate Old Town Hall in Stockbridge as Future Home
Berkshire Waldorf High School is pleased to announce that now a multi-year fundraising campaign makes it possible to begin the renovation of Procter Hall as the future home of the school.
The school will retain an architect to design the space and an engineer to assess the building's needs. Once this is complete, renovation of old Town hall will begin.
Executive Director and Faculty Chair Stephen Sagarin said the capital campaign donations will enable the school "to double our current square footage, creating more and larger classrooms and a science lab, while remaining in Stockbridge within walking distance of the town center."
"Stockbridge can finally realize its dream of finding a permanent use for this 1829 historic structure," added Teresa O'Brient, Chair of the Board of Trustees of Berkshire Waldorf High School, a longtime Stockbridge resident, and owner of the Stockbridge Country Store. "We are so excited to finally have the resources to fund the extensive remediation and renovation effort that will be required to open a new chapter in the story of the Old Town Hall."
The First Congregational Church, UCC, in Stockbridge voted unanimously on Sunday, June 26, to approve a memorandum of understanding between the Church and the School to partner in bringing the building back to life. The Church and the School have formed a close working relationship over the past years of the pandemic, and see this partnership as "win, win, win," according to pastor Brent Damrow, "for the Church, the School, and the Town."
The Town of Stockbridge will need to approve aspects of any plan, probably later this year. Sagarin noted, "While we understand the complexity of a successful completion of this transaction, we believe that Procter Hall is uniquely suited to the long term needs of the High School, and we are excited to partner with the Church and the Town to negotiate a transaction that is in the interest of all parties."
Berkshire Waldorf High School is currently located in rented space on Pine Street in Stockbridge. The school is 20 years old and just graduated its 16th senior class. The school's tagline, "Small school, big world," conveys its commitment to the community and beyond.
It offers Honors-level, college preparatory academics and is integrated into the larger community, including renowned artists' studios, labs, libraries, and gyms, Shakespeare & Company's Fall Festival of Shakespeare, field trips to events and museums in the Northeast, and international travel, including Germany, South and Central America, and France.
Please contact Stephen Sagarin at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 413-207-2507 with questions or for more information.
From Michael Canales/Stockbridge Town Administrator
FY 2023 (Effective July 1, 2022) Select Board Appointments
Agriculture and Forestry Commission
Animal Inspector John Drake
Animal Control Officer John Drake
Board of Registrars
Berkshire Regional Transit Authority Rep. Jamie Minacci
Berkshire Regional Planning Rep. Christine Rasmussen
Building Inspector, Alternate Paul Green
Building Inspector, Alternate Matthew Kollmer
Cable Advisory Committee Rep. OPENING, Michael Canales
Cemetery Consultant Rich Atwood
Community Preservation Committee Reps.
Chuck Kohrer (alternate)
William Loutrel (alternate)
Council on Aging
Diane Sheridan, Chairman
Elderly & Disabled Tax Committee
Deputy Fire Chief Neil Haywood
Gas Inspector Greg Pilling
Alternate Gas Inspector Robert Gennari
Alternate Gas Inspector John VanZandt
Green Communities Committee
Historic Preservation Committee
Linda Jackson, Chair
Kampoosa Bog Stewardship Committee
Arthor Dutil — National Shrine of The Divine Mercy
PILOT Committee (Payment in Lieu of Taxes)
Planning Board Secretary Jennifer Carmichael
Plumbing Inspector Greg Pilling
Plumbing Inspector, Alternate Robert Gennari
Plumbing Inspector, Alternate John VanZandt
Sewer and Water Commission Secretary Jennifer Carmichael
Stockbridge Bowl Association Chuck Cardillo
Stockbridge Bowl Stewardship Commission
Patrick White — Select Board
John Loiodice, Sewer & Water Commission
Mike Buffoni, Water and Sewer Department
Open, Conservation Commission
Roxanne McCaffrey, Stockbridge Sportsmen's Club
Michael Nathan, Stockbridge Bowl Association
Jim Wilusz, Tri-Town Health Department
Board of Health — OPEN
Town Counsel Donna Brewer
Veterans Agent: Laurie Hills, District Director
Wire Inspector Nick Fredsall
Alternate Wire Inspector Henry Blanchard, alternate
Zoning Board of Appeals
Mark Mills — alternate
Catherine Chester — alternate
Editor's Note: Read over the list — it is nice to see how many new people are getting involved in Town government. Also check for the word "opening" and volunteer to take a seat.
Photo: Jay Rhind