Latest Tri-State News Headlines Updated October 3, 2022 5 AM

Discord emerges in talks to combine Monument Mountain and Mount Everett high schools

https://www.berkshireeagle.com/news/southern_berkshires/monument-mountain-high-mount-everett-high-berkshire-hills-southern-berkshire-merger/article_40f4b54c-40df-11ed-b7c3-8f7248fd00e3.html

GREAT BARRINGTON — A group working to merge Monument Mountain and Mount Everett regional high schools is grappling with tension over that goal. Officials from one district say they feel pushed — and may seek a pause.

Southern Berkshire School Committee members, in a letter this week to the eight-town Regional School District Planning Board, said they are considering withdrawing from the consolidation. They want to regroup, the letter says, in light of what they call a “negative dynamic.”

The work of the 23-member board should stop until “we address the difficult dynamic between the two districts and the ongoing feeling of imbalance,” the letter says

The board began its work in 2020 to find a way for the Berkshire Hills and Southern Berkshire districts to merge in some fashion. The board voted 16-6 in favor of a consultant’s recommendation to bring the high schools together and create one administrative district.

Great Barrington is trying to collect nearly $200,000 in back taxes from a property called Stonegate. Problem is, there are 620 owners

https://www.berkshireeagle.com/news/southern_berkshires/stonegate-mansion-great-barrington-back-taxes/article_56156dd2-3864-11ed-a153-7b36c34ad337.html

GREAT BARRINGTON — The Tax Collector’s Office kept mailing out notices saying tax payments were overdue for an abandoned property at 111 West Ave. — and to please pay up.

Cue the sound of crickets.

Those tax bills — sent to Stonegate Condominium Trust at PO Box 1090 — were returned to sender. The total damage for back taxes for this account at Town Hall? It’s $197,775.60 — and growing.

Like the weeds that have climbed the porch and block the sun.

A Stonegate trustee closed that post office box, some time in the last five years, after remaining trustees of the 1980s timeshare property resigned and walked away in 2017. So did the manager.

In a timeshare property, an owner buys the right to use a particular unit for a set amount of time. If all eight units were sold in weekly intervals, the property could have had 416 owners.

But the developer of Stonegate apparently sold 49 percent more intervals than that, with a deed for each one recorded at the Southern Berkshire Registry.

The sheer volume of the ownership has bogged down the town’s quest to take title to the property, though it hasn’t given up.

One former share owner and former president of the Board of Trustees explained how it came to be. The developer sold new shares before clearing existing ones.

“He would sell on Saturday and Sunday and run to the register’s office on Monday,” said Alan Harwick, of Whitehouse Station, N.J. That developer, Robert Hatch, did not return messages seeking comment about this.

The town’s case in state Land Court went inactive in 2020 due to the title mess.

The town has hired two title examiners to sort it out. The first one quit after realizing what they’d gotten themselves into.

The second title examiner has just wrapped up. He’s found 620 titles with matching timeshare owners.

Area Town Meetings, etc.

Sharon CT
Zoning Board of Appeals
October 3, 2022 – 6:00pm

American Rescue Plan Act – ARPA
October 5, 2022 – 6:30pm

Absentee Ballots
October 7, 2022 – 8:30am

Town Hall Offices Closed
October 10, 2022 (All day)
Sharon Board of Education
October 10, 2022 – 7:00pm

Salisbury CT
Monday, October 3
5:00pm
Board of Selectmen
6:30pm
Special Meeting Inland Wetlands & Watercourses Commission

Tuesday, October 4
9:00am
Salisbury Historic District Commission

Special Meeting of the Planning & Zoning Commission

Wednesday, October 5
6:00pm
SAHC Sub-Committee Special

Thursday, October 6
10:00am
Pope Land Design Committee
6:00pm
Conservation Commission

North Canaan CT
BOS
Monday, October 3, 2022
7:00 pm

Falls Village CT
Board Of Education
Tuesday, October 4, 2022
7:00 pm
ZOOM

Cornwall CT
October 3 @ 7:30 pm EDT
Cornwall Agricultural Advisory Commission Meeting

October 4 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm EDT
Voter Registration Session – Town Hall
October 4 @ 7:00 pm EDT
Inland Wetlands/Water Courses Meeting – Zoom
Inland Wetlands/Water Courses 7 pm Zoom/Hybrid or in person at Town Hall offices

Kent CT
Architectural Review Board Regular Meeting
October 4, 2022 – 5:30pm

Board of Education Kent Center School Regular Meeting
October 5, 2022 – 5:30pm

Millerton NY
Regular Meeting
Monday, October 24, 2022 @ 6PM

North East NY
Zoning Review Committee – October 3, 2022

Sheffield MA
Select Board Meeting
Second Floor Meeting Room-Town Hall
Monday, October 3, 2022 – 7:00pm

TOWN OF ANCRAM
Planning Board Meeting
October 6th, 2022

Save Sharon Hospital Community RoundTable

Wednesday, October 5 at 6pm, Northeast-Millerton Library Annex, Millerton, NY.

Wednesday, October 12 at 6pm, Kent Congregational Church

65th Salisbury Fall Festival Friday, October 7 * Saturday, October 8 * Sunday, October 9

The Salisbury Fall Festival is back after two years of cancellations! Make plans to attend this fun-filled celebration in the historic towns of Salisbury and Lakeville, CT . Wander Main Street for attic treasures and previously-loved books in the villages’ churches. Admire the beautifulquilt show. Purchase homemade baked goods and local honey. Visit the many booths along the street and stop in the shops for special sales.

Look for local artisans selling hand-made jewelry, pottery, textiles, candles, and crafts on The White Hart lawn. Enjoy hot dogs, Greek pastries, baked potatoes with toppings, chili and cornbread, and mac ‘n cheese at the food tents. Visit the forest exhibit at the Salisbury
Association . Don’t miss the special book sales at the library and book store. Listen to live music by the Salisbury Band, Joint Chiefs, and Steve Dunn Band.

Bring the kids on Saturday! They’ll enjoy the Martha Graham dancers, magic shows, games, face painting, slime making, pumpkin decorating, and crafts close to the Library. Enjoy delicious popcorn, donuts, and cider. Decorate dog biscuits for your pet. Look for
scarecrows along Main Street.
For a schedule of events: http://www.salisburyfallfestival.org

Fall Bird Tour Saturday, October 8th 7:00-8:30am
Miles Wildlife Sanctuary

Join Sharon Audubon Naturalist, Bethany Sheffer, and George Wallace of the American Bird Conservancy on a guided bird tour around Sharon Audubon Center property where you’ll learn how to use binoculars (if you haven’t used them before), learn which features on birds to begin observing, and interesting information about observed species and their conservation needs. Everyone is welcome, regardless of experience!
Pre-registration is required online at Sharon.audubon.org
Registration link: Sharon.audubon.org/events
860-364-0520 or email Bethany at Bethany.sheffer@audubon.org with questions.

Northwest Corner Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day

October 8 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm EDT

Hazardous Waste Collection Day is October 8, 9 A.M. to 2 P.M. at the Torrington Water Pollution Control Facility. Tickets at the Town office in Sharon Cornwall, Salisbury, Kent, Canaan, Falls Village.

12TH ANNUAL BREW-SKI FEST! OCTOBER 9TH, 2022 1PM – 4PM

The 13th Annual Brew-Ski Fest returns to the Salisbury Ski Jumps Sunday, October 9 with music, pumpkins, cornstalks and nearly 40 craft breweries offering visitors well over 200 examples of their best brews.
Stateline Wine and Spirits organizes Brew-Ski Fest to benefit Salisbury Winter Sports Association (SWSA). The folks from Sunday in the Country Food Drive will be offering brats, burgers and dogs for sale to benefit their food program. The Steve Dunn Band will provide live music.
For the past 12 years, the popular event has been delighting beer aficionados with its rich diverse beer offerings in a fun intimate setting. This is no cattle call you see. Unlike the big beer -tasting events where you stand in line seemingly forever to get a taste, at Brew-Ski you walk right up, ask for a beverage and chat with knowledgeable folks from breweries around the country.

Tickets for Brew-Ski Fest are $30 per person in advance and $35 at the door. Advance tickets are available online at http://www.brewskifest.com and at Stateline Wine and Spirits in Canaan, 860 824-7295.

Proceeds from the event, which will be held rain or shine, will benefit SWSA’s youth skiing programs. And don’t forget the hugely popular Golf Ball Roll! Buy a numbered golf ball and watch as hundreds of them cascade down the ski jump landing hill- the ball that travels furthest wins the prize.

And remember to take a pumpkin with you when you leave
https:// brewskifest.com

Saturday, October 15th 7:00-8:30am

Location: Sharon Audubon Center

Saturday, October 15th 7:00-8:30am Join Sharon Audubon Naturalist, Bethany Sheffer, and George Wallace of the American Bird Conservancy on a guided bird tour around Sharon Audubon Center property where you’ll learn how to use binoculars (if you haven’t used them before), learn which features on birds to begin observing, and interesting information about observed species and their conservation needs. Everyone is welcome, regardless of experience!

·        Fee: $10/adult, $5/child

·        Suitable for ages 8+

·        Pre-registration is required online at Sharon.audubon.org

o   Registration link: Sharon.audubon.org/events     

·        Call 860-364-0520 or email Bethany at Bethany.sheffer@audubon.org with questions.

Fall Bird Tour

Saturday, October 22nd 7:00-8:30am

Location: Miles Wildlife Sanctuary 

Join Sharon Audubon Naturalist, Bethany Sheffer, and George Wallace of the American Bird Conservancy on a guided bird tour around Sharon Audubon Center property where you’ll learn how to use binoculars (if you haven’t used them before), learn which features on birds to begin observing, and interesting information about observed species and their conservation needs. Everyone is welcome, regardless of experience!

·        Fee: $10/adult, $5/child

·        Suitable for ages 8+

·        Pre-registration is required online at Sharon.audubon.org

o   Registration link: sharon.audubon.org/events

·        Call 860-364-0520 or email Bethany at Bethany.sheffer@audubon.org with questions.

Sharon Audubon Center Bird Seed Sale

The Sharon Audubon Center is once again offering quality Lizzie Mae brand bird seed at a special discounted price (20% off our regular store price) through a pre-order only sale so you can stock up for feeding the birds over the winter (tax is included in the sale price.)

All orders and payments must be received by Sunday, October 16th. Pickup will be on Saturday, November 12th at the Sharon Audubon Center, located at 325 Cornwall Bridge Road, Sharon, CT 06069, between 10:00 and 1:00pm. If you are not able to pick up your seed on this date, please notify the Center prior to Nov. 12 so a different pick up date/time can be arranged.

Seed orders can be placed in person, via phone, by mail, or online at https://sharon.audubon.org/…/fall-pre-order-bird-seed-sale . The Nature Store is open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 1:00-4:30pm. Seed will also be available for purchase at the Sharon Audubon Center at regular price throughout the fall and winter, while supplies last, by stopping in during our new hours or calling the Center and leaving a voicemail at (860) 364-0520 x115.

For more information, or to make a phone order, please email wendy.miller@audubon.org or call (860) 364-0520 x105.

Amenia Wastewater Committee community forums

The Amenia Wastewater Committee is hosting community forums to discuss the 2022 Amenia Hamlet Sewer Feasibility Study. They want to present the report to as many people as possible and get everyone’s input. Forum Dates, Times & Locations
Wednesday, October 12, 7pm at Town Hall
Tuesday, October 18, 7pm Virtual via Zoom (https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89746652474 | Meeting ID: 897 4665 2474 | Call in: 929 205 6099)