For The Record – Episode 28

For The Record – Episode 27

For The Record – Episode 26

Kameron Spaulding and I talk about this week’s top stories in The Berkshire Record, including upheaval in Stockbridge, two big stories on the federal trial of former Lee Police Chief Joe Buffis and a look back at the Great Barrington tornado, which ripped through the region on Memorial Day 20 years ago.

Also on the agenda is the decision of Lee representatives to press forward with a local gasoline tax, a listing of Memorial Day parades and services and a preview of the Mahaiwe’s upcoming summer and fall season.

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For The Record – Episode 25

Running Out of Red Carpet, Will Dodd Return To Public Service?

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For The Record – Episode 24

For The Record – Episode 23

Last week, The Berkshire Record hosted a one-hour Great Barrington Select Board candidates forum, televised on CTSB. I spent the full hour with Karen Christensen, Bill Cooke and Sean Stanton.

We talked taxes, economic sustainability, the Michael Wise plan, the Berkshire Hills Regional School District and each candidate’s reasons for running.

It was an illuminating and wide-ranging discussion in advance of the May 12 town elections. The office-seekers even mixed it up a bit and engaged one another.

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For The Record – Episode 22

After a week off, Kameron Spaulding and I talk about this week’s top stories in The Berkshire Record, including the Berkshire Hills Regional School District re-upping in the state school-choice program and nervous officials in the Southern Berkshire district making personal appeals to voters in an effort to get the budget passed.

Plastic bag and styrofoam cup bans will be on the agenda in annual town meetings in Lee and Lenox and for the first time in recent memory, Stockbridge will see a contested race for Board of Selectmen.

Plus, the case of the deadly OUI charges against Kyle Bailey could be moved to Pittsfield and a kindhearted story about a woman who has worked at the same Main Street location for 50 years.

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For The Record – Episode 21

Kameron Spaulding and I talk about this week’s top stories in The Berkshire Record, including a study in contrasts between the state of the Berkshire Hills and Southern Berkshire regional school districts and both the select boards and finance committees of New Marlborough and Sheffield rejecting the SBRSD budget.

Also on the agenda is a new directive issued by the Monterey selectmen on that town’s troubled police department, the deadly Easter weekend car crash in Great Barrington and the heavy-lifting phase of the Main Street reconstruction project.

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For The Record – Episode 20

Kameron Spaulding and I talk with special guest state Rep. William “Smitty” Pignatelli (D-Lenox). We cover a number of topics, including regional school district funding, OPEB and the Main Street reconstruction project in Great Barrington (Lenox went through a similar experience in 2009).

Follow Smitty on Twitter @repsmitty.