Stockbridge, MA – Norman Rockwell Museum's Executive Director Laurie Norton Moffatt has been selected to represent the United States as an official delegate on a cultural diplomacy trip to Russia this week. Moffatt is part of a Bilateral Commission created by the two countries to foster deeper understanding and a cultural exchange. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz spoke with Moffatt while she was in Moscow, they begin their conversation by talking about how she was chosen for this post
Great Barrington, Ma – The Massachusetts Department of Education is exploring the option of opening 7 new charter schools through out the state. One proposal is for the Housatonic River Charter School in South Berkshire County, Tuesday night a public hearing in Lenox gave the community a chance to weigh in. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz reports
Massachusetts – A new report from the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center finds that economic development tax credits in the Commonwealth have grown in the last 8 years, while investments in public higher education and workforce training have decreased. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz has the story
Great Barrington, Ma – The real estate slump has served as a mixed blessing for some historians and civil rights advocates in Great Barrington. A property that once belonged to civil rights pioneer James Weldon Johnson now sits on the market, the fact that nobody's made an offer means that the property remains preserved, but advocates are having a hard time finding a buyer to maintain the legacy. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz has the story
North Adams, Ma – North Adams Regional Hospital union representatives and management are still at a stalemate over contract negotiations, with just a week left before a strike. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz has the updated report .
Great Barrington, Ma – W.E.B. Dubois was a civil rights pioneer and a Great Barrington native. A new book by Amy Bass titled "Those About Him Remained Silent" explores the late 60's movement to commemorate him in his hometown. She says the small Berkshire town was at the center of a worldwide conversation about racism and the Cold War. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz spoke with Bass about her book and why she felt it was so important to bring this matter to light .
Western Massachusetts – 2008 was an especially difficult year for food pantries and soup kitchens through out our listening area. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz reports that this upcoming winter season will be even more difficult for providers in Western Massachusetts .
Lee, Ma – A new report released this week finds that zebra mussels have moved into the Housatonic River. This is following an infestation of a popular lake in Lee, Massachusetts. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz reports that 10 lakes in the Berkshires are at high risk for infestation, and local advocates want the state to act fast