Fort Ticonderoga, one of the nation's oldest historic sites, is reporting increases in attendance, revenues and donations during its 2012 season.

It was only a few years ago that Fort Ticonderoga’s financial situation was so tenuous that there was talk it would have to shut down for a season or auction part of its collection of artifacts and artwork to raise money. Officials at the Fort executed a comprehensive plan to fortify its financial stability, completing Phase One in March.  Fort Ticonderoga President and CEO Beth Hill says their efforts led to a remarkable season.

The city of Springfield Massachusetts is facing serious financial problems, again. The city's mayor and members of his finance team met in Boston Monday with the Speaker of the Massachusetts House and the State Senate President to appeal for help.  WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.


  Faced with a major decrease in property tax collections and no
expected increase in state aid, budget writers in Springfield
Massachusetts are proposing scores of fee hikes. But the city's top
finance officer says it still won't be  enough to avoid budget cuts.
WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports..