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Rainbow Gathering welcome home sign

The U.S. Forest Service says the cleanup is continuing after the annual Rainbow Gathering that was held this year in the Green Mountain National Forest in the town of Mount Tabor.

Vermont Statehouse
Photo by Pat Bradley

The five major party candidates for Vermont governor will be discussing Vermont's economic future in the time of climate change during a forum Tuesday evening.

Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos
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Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos was elected Treasurer of the National Association of Secretaries of State during its 2016 conference last weekend.

Congressman Richard Neal meets with Great Barrington Fire Chief Charles Burger Monday.
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Congressman Richard Neal was in Great Barrington today to celebrate a federal grant upgrading the town’s firefighting equipment.

exterior of the Dunbar Community Center

The city of Springfield has made an offer to buy a financially-struggling community center that has been an urban oasis for inner-city youth for decades.

Congressman Richard Neal says he has been part of widespread opposition to a pipeline expansion project in southwestern Massachusetts that is currently on hold.

Hampden District Attorney's Office

A homeowner accused of shooting and killing a 15-year-old boy who knocked on his door over the weekend is being held without bail following his arraignment in a western Massachusetts court.

Jeffrey Lovell, 42, was arraigned in Chicopee District Court Monday on a murder charge. 

Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni said Dylan Francisco of Springfield was fatally shot Saturday after he and a friend, who had been drinking, went to Lovell’s house, mistakenly believing it was where another friend lived. 

Courtesy Photo/ Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College is presenting a talk on the Federal Reserve’s response to the 2008 recession. Sandy Krieger spent more than 30 years at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Between 2008 and 2015 she was Executive Vice President, Chief Risk Officer and member of the Management Committee of the Bank. She retired in 2015 and does not speak on behalf of the Federal Reserve system. Krieger spoke with WAMC about what it was like inside the Federal Reserve during the recession.


   A new initiative called Futurecity Massachusetts looks to put culture and the arts at the core of economic development and revitalization projects.  The state’s three largest cities are the initial participants in the venture. 

   The Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Boston Foundation have hired consultant Mark Davy’s London-based Futurecity to come up with unique strategies for Boston, Worcester, and Springfield to use cultural assets, not just as passive attractions, but to drive job growth.

Multi-State Lottery Association

New Hampshire says it's the first state in the country where people can buy Powerball tickets using a smartphone app that is channeled through a convenience chain.

Vermont Statehouse
Photo by Pat Bradley

Vermont finished fiscal 2016 last month slightly below its revenue target for the year. But spending also was lower than projected, so the state's top budget officer says Vermont won't have to dip into any reserve funds.


The three largest cities in Massachusetts are participating in a new initiative to put culture and the arts at the core of economic development.

Dr. Eric Howe
New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission/Lake Champlain Basin Program

In 1990, Congress passed the Lake Champlain Special Designation Act, creating the Lake Champlain Basin Program.  It is charged with coordinating water quality programs to restore and protect Lake Champlain with partners in Vermont, Quebec and New York.

On Monday, Dr. Eric Howe will become the new Program Director of the Basin Program following the retirement of Bill Howland.  Howe, an environmental scientist, worked at the Darin Freshwater Institute and the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation before joining the Basin program in 2009 as its Technical Coordinator.  He tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley why he wants to lead the bi-national and bi-state watershed protection program.

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The U.S. House has passed and sent to the president legislation that will pre-empt Vermont’s newly effective GMO labeling law and replace it with what some consumer activists say is a weaker national standard.


The city of Springfield has made an offer to buy a financially-struggling community center that been an urban oasis for inner-city youth for decades. 

A map of the Connecticut Expansion Project

Pipeline opponents are holding rallies Saturday in southern Berkshire County against the proposed Connecticut Expansion Project. Susan Triolo is with the Sugar Shack Alliance, one of the lead organizers of Saturday’s rallies. She spoke with WAMC about the effort.


The U.S. House has passed a GMO labeling bill that would preempt a Vermont law that kicked in earlier this month.

Rutland, VT
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The mayor of Rutland, Vermont, says he's confident that the city will win federal approval to host Syrian refugees, despite the city board of aldermen's misgivings.

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin released the results of testing for perfluorinated compounds in groundwater at two of 11 testing sites in the state.  While both locations show the believed to be carcinogenic chemicals present in groundwater wells, there is also minimal concern that drinking water wells are being contaminated.


    Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has vetoed $1.2 million that was included in the state budget to help pay for a new early voting program that begins with this year’s presidential election.

This is a picture of a dumpster

The city of Pittsfield and a major area business are reviewing their options after a waste-to-energy facility announced plans to close next year.

Connecticut's Supreme Court has upheld a lower court ruling that threw out the corruption convictions of former Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez.

Egremont Police Chief Tyler Race
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This week, the town of Egremont, Massachusetts appointed 27-year-old Tyler Race police chief. The six-year veteran takes over a department of about 10 full and part-time officers from retiring Chief Brian Shaw.

Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim

Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim is struggling to win support for a program to help fellow ex-convicts find jobs.

  The opening of the first medical marijuana dispensary in Springfield – and just the second in all of western Massachusetts – is being delayed as city councilors review the terms under which the proposed facility would operate. 

The weekend exhibit runs until September 4 at the Old Stone Store on Main Street in Sheffield, Massachusetts.
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Although it’s home to only about 3,000 people at last count, Sheffield, Massachusetts has the distinction of being the first incorporated town in Berkshire County. And area historians are boasting about a whole lot more.

Voters in Springfield this November may be asked to adopt a Massachusetts law that would raise their property taxes to create a local fund for historic preservation projects, protecting open space and supporting affordable housing.

This is a picture of the Cranwell Spa & Golf Resort in Lenox, Massachusetts.
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A Denver-based hospitality company is looking to buy and expand a landmark Berkshire County resort once owned by Harriet Beecher Stowe.

Yale's Calhoun College


Yale University has acknowledged that it decided to remove several stained-glass windows at Calhoun College only after a worker destroyed one in June that depicted slaves in a cotton field.

Bernie Sanders
Bernie 2016

Bernie Sanders has endorsed Hillary Clinton as the Democratic nominee for president.