For The Record – Episode 6

Kameron Spaulding and I talk about this week’s top stories in The Berkshire Record, including including the millions the town of Great Barrington loses in tax revenue from land owned by many nonprofit and governmental entities, environmental activists who want to see gas pipeline company Kinder Morgan expelled from the Berkshire Chamber groups and the huge environmental liability any future buyer of the abandoned Housatonic School will face.

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For The Record – Episode 5

Kameron Spaulding and I talk about this week’s top stories in The Berkshire Record, including an investigation into missing funds from the Lenox PTA, the town of Sheffield opening a probe of allegations of bullying in the Bushnell-Sage Library and how the Main Street reconstruction project in Great Barrington is winding down for the winter.

Also on the agenda is the possible sale of the abandoned Housatonic School, how the district agreement could be altered between the three towns in the BHRSD and the Connecticut DOT’s official position on the restoration of passenger rail to the Berkshires.

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Dan Malloy: The Porcupine We Know

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For The Record – Episode 4

Kameron Spaulding and I talk about this week’s top stories in The Berkshire Record, including the district agreement and what’s next after the rejection of the $51 million renovation project for Monument Mountain Regional High School. Also on the agenda is the arrest on vandalism charges of Bart Elsbach, the former chair of the Sheffield Zoning Board of Appeals and the developer of the Great Barrington Fairgrounds.

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For The Record – Episode 3

Kameron Spaulding and I talk about this week’s top stories in The Berkshire Record, including the rejection of the $51 million renovation project for Monument Mountain Regional High School.

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For The Record – Episode 2

Episode 2 of For The Record. Kameron Spaulding and I talk about this week’s top news stories for the first 10 minutes.

The rest of the show is comprised of a one-on-one with yours truly and Walter “Buddy” Atwood III, member of the Great Barrington Finance Committee. We talk about the proposed $51 million renovation for Monument Mountain Regional High School, which Buddy opposes and which will be voted on this Tuesday, Nov. 4.

We reached out to half a dozen representatives of the pro-renovation side and all either politely declined or could not be in CTSB’s Lee, Mass., studios at the appointed hour.

So I argued the pro-renovation side. Hey, I was a drama major, so I still enjoy playing roles. :-)

Pot, Meet Kettle: The Delectable Buffoonery of Alan Chartock

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There are few things in life more delicious than receiving a lecture on tolerance from the intolerant. Such occurrences make life worth living. Indeed, I’d put them on a par with a glass of fine single-malt scotch or a grass-fed beef burger at The Well.

This weekend, Alan Chartock suggested in his artless column in the Berkshire Eagle that those who oppose the proposed $51 million renovation project for Monument Mountain Regional High School in Great Barrington are “intolerant.” This is a man who, in two previous columns, branded any vote on the project that goes against his wishes as “un-American” and “selfish.” No, I’m not making this up. I couldn’t even if I wanted to.

And in his second column on the topic, Chartock denied having called a no vote un-American in the first column. I’ve been a journalist for almost 20 years and a keen observer of the craft since high school. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a columnist write a column blatantly misrepresenting what he said the week before. I attempted to point this out politely in the comment thread, but the gods of the Eagle’s web team would not approve it.

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For The Record – Episode 1

Welcome to the inaugural edition On The Record, a weekly discussion of news and views in this week’s Berkshire Record and Courier, and starring yours truly along with Kameron Spaulding, news editor of the Berkshire Courier.

The show is recorded Fridays at CTSB in Lee, Mass. For me, it is a return to television after the sudden death in 2011 of my previous show, Conversations with Terry Cowgill on CATV6.

I must say that the show looks fantastic. It’s in HD and the audio quality is superb. The folks at CTSB, especially Erica Spizz and Steve Borns, have been extremely helpful. They’re a pleasure to work with and the station’s new facility at Quarry Hill Business Park is state-of-the-art.

The schedule for airing can be found on the CTSB website. All episodes will be uploaded to the CTSB Vimeo feed by Friday evenings.

May the fun and information continue to flow.

In Newtown, The Disaster After The Disaster

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