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WAMC New England News
12:08 pm
Thu February 4, 2010

Hunger and Food Insecurity Up in Western Mass

Western Massachusetts – A national study on hunger by the group "Feeding America" found that emergency food assistance is up across the country. Not surprisingly, food pantries in Western Massachusetts have seen a spike in usage. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz reports

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The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts

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WAMC New England News
2:03 pm
Mon February 1, 2010

PIttsfield Takes Another Swing at Pro Baseball

Pittsfield Mayor James Ruberto (right) welcomes team owner Buddy Lewis (left) to announce the new team

Pittsfield, MA – After a tumultuous year, the city of Pittsfield is trying once again to bring professional baseball to their downtown park. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz reports that the new team still doesn't have a name

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WAMC New England News
1:46 pm
Fri January 29, 2010

Program Aims to Engage Youth to Local Economy

Pittsfield, MA – High school students in Berkshire County have the perception that there are no good jobs in the area, that's the result of a two year study done by the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce. Friday the Chamber launched a new program to change that perception, our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz reports .

Berkshire Chamber of Commerce, Information on Youth Leadership Program

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WAMC New England News
4:12 pm
Thu January 28, 2010

Unemployment and Optimism, Up in Berkshire County

Berkshire County – Berkshire County's unemployment rate hit a 15 year high after December's numbers came in. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz reports that there are still positive signs in spite of the 8.8 percent unemployment rate .

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WAMC New England News
11:58 am
Thu January 28, 2010

Broadband Application Rejected by Fed

Massachusetts – The ongoing process of delivering high-speed internet to Western Massachusetts took a blow this week, as a 100 million dollar application to the federal government was rejected. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz has the story

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WAMC New England News
4:35 pm
Wed January 27, 2010

Berkshire Community College Ready To Go Solar

Pittsfield, MA – Berkshire Community College is looking to install over 1800 solar panels this year, making it the largest solar array on any college campus in Massachusetts. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz has the details

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WAMC New England News
10:16 am
Wed January 27, 2010

MCLA and BCC Collaborate on BioTech

Pittsfield, MA – A new agreement struck between Berkshire county's two public higher education institutions, will allow a seamless transfer for biotech students to roll from community college into a 4 year program. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz has the report

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WAMC New England News
3:25 pm
Mon January 25, 2010

Jacob's Pillow Rolls Out 2010

Becket, MA – The Jacob's Pillow Dance Company, in Becket, Massachusetts, has announced the lineup for their 78th season, which includes international dance companies, and over 200 free offerings. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz sat down with the Pillow's Executive Director Ella Baff to discuss the upcoming festival


The Jacob's Pillow Dance Companyand the 2010 season

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WAMC New England News
11:09 am
Mon January 25, 2010

Berkshire Catholics: Cope Today, Hope Tomorrow

Berkshire County – Sex scandals, decreasing attendance and church closings; these are the issues facing the Catholic Community through out the nation, and in Berkshire County. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz has spent the last 4 weeks exploring how Catholics in his region are coping with these challenges, and how they plan to move forward

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WAMC New England News
3:11 pm
Fri January 22, 2010

Run Away Dog Finds New Home In Fire Dept

Springfield, MA – A puppy who frequently ran away from home and wound up in a shelter has been adopted by the fire department in Springfield Massachusetts.. After some training, the dog will be used to help teach fire safety to children....WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports...

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