The U.S. Department of Agriculture is adopting new grading standards for maple syrup to match international standards. Maple producers say it’s needed so that consumers have a better understanding of what they are buying.
The Baker Administration is seeking to strengthen ties between state government and local municipalities in Massachusetts.
Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, who is the administration’s primary liaison to cities and towns, began a statewide tour Thursday to visit mayors and other officials. Her first stop: Holyoke City Hall for a meeting with Mayor Alex Morse. She offered assurances that when the administration takes steps within days to close a projected $765 million state budget gap, cities and towns will not be burdened.
For the second year in a row the annual western Massachusetts fair known as the Big E ranked as the fifth largest fair in North America.
The 2014 Big E drew a total of just under 1.5 million people during its 17-day run. A single-day attendance record was set on the middle Saturday of the fair when 170,000 people passed through the fairground gates in West Springfield. Big E President Eugene Cassidy said he was thrilled the fair had maintained its place as the fifth largest in North America.
FairPoint Communications has agreed to hold public meetings around New Hampshire to discuss its service levels as part of a $13 million contract to provide Internet and telecommunications services for the state.
Among the key bills the new Congress will consider is transportation and infrastructure funding. It will also review the Highway Trust Fund, due to become insolvent at the end of May. Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin was among governors testifying before the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works today about state-level transportation funding concerns.
The leader of the Roman Catholic Church in western Massachusetts says there is a tentative plan concerning the fate of historic Cathedral High School in Springfield. Although details have not been disclosed, advocates for rebuilding the tornado-ravaged school say they are encouraged.
Bishop Mitchell Rozanski said the draft plan addresses how to continue Catholic secondary education in Springfield and how best to continue the legacy and mission of Cathedral — the city’s only Catholic high school.