Tom’s Top 3 for 1/15: Old Country Buffet To Be Torn Down
The former Old Country Buffet at Berkshire Crossing in Pittsfield will be torn down. IBerkshires.com reports that Plaza owners, Brixmor Property Group, received the go-ahead from the Pittsfield Conservation Commission to take down the restaurant with the plan to construct a new, 5,500 square-foot restaurant in its place. Old Country Buffet has been closed for the last two years. The restaurant closed abruptly in February of 2016. Workers arrived there one morning to find a sign announcing its closure. The Old Country Buffet was one of 74 closed by Ovation Brands at the time. Another company is apparently interested in taking over the location. There are no details at this point as to what restaurant could possible land there. What do you think?
Lanesborough Family Receives Assistance After Fire
A family of eight in Lanesborough, including five young children —will now need a permanent home after fire damaged their rental house over the weekend. The Berkshire Eagle reports that according to local fire officials, Jeannette Tuttle, her two sons, the oldest son’s girlfriend and her four grandchildren ages 6 to 12 were displaced Saturday afternoon when an electrical fire broke out on the second floor of their 654 North Main Street residence. The fire apparently sparked in one of the grandchildren’s room. The building’s landlord, John Goerlach, immediately offered a small vacant apartment as temporary housing until the family can secure larger quarters. The family lost most of their possessions. They received immediate help replacing some of those items on Saturday from the Berkshire Dream Center. The local American Red Cross disaster response team met with Tuttle on Sunday at The Christian Center to provide food, clothing and housing assistance.
Proposed Cannabis Dispensary In Williamstown Topic Of Information Session
Williamstown officials are hoping for a good turnout at a public information session Tuesday night on the prospect of a Main Street marijuana shop. The Berkshire Eagle reports that Silver Therapeutics is seeking a letter of support or non-opposition from the Williamstown Select Board to submit to the state as part of its application for a medical marijuana dispensary proposed for Main Street, according to company founder and CEO Joshua Silver. The firm also seeks to enter the recreational cannabis market. Town Manager Jason Hoch said Silver and some of his associates will be on hand to speak to residents and answer questions. The session starts at 7 p.m. tomorrow night in the auditorium at Williamstown Elementary School.