North Adams, Ma – The Boston Children's Museum is celebrating the International Year of Astronomy by creating an exhibit titled "Living in Space". The exhibit will feature astronauts, flight simulators, a moon rock, and even an inflatable planetarium on loan from the Berkshire STEM pipeline and Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz has the story
Lee, Ma – For the first time in state history, The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation closed a boat ramp due to an invasive species infestation. Laurel Lake in Lee was found to have zebra mussels along its shoreline, a species that can rapidly ruin the ecosystem. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz has the report
North Adams, Ma – The city of North Adams got 2 pieces of good news Thursday, their registry of motor vehicles will not be closing down, and the city will receive more than 3 million dollars of federal stimulus money for road projects. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz reports .
Lenox, Ma – Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick announced a nearly 1 million dollar grant for improvements to the town of Lenox from the front steps of Lenox Town Hall Thursday afternoon. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz was there
Maine – A Pittsfield based company has been selected to manage a 14 million dollar wind turbine project off the coast of Maine. The project was able to make it through the permitting process and begin construction in a year, while projects in the Berkshires have been sitting for as long as ten years. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz has the report
North Adams, Ma – The North Adams Mayoral race could be one of the closest in recent history. The incumbent has been in the seat for 26 years, while the challenger is an established member of the city council. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz reports
Berkshire County – A child advocacy group in the Berkshires might have to close its doors because of a last minute announcement from their funding agency. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz has the report.
Massachusetts – Investors who are weary of the stock market are starting to put their money into state bonds. The Massachusetts Treasury department saw a seven fold increase in the amount of private investment in their bond market. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz has the report.
Massachusetts Treasurer Tim Cahill says the bonds have a win-win effect. Investors can make long term profits while the government doesn't have to dip into the operational budget for infrastructure projects.
Berkshire County – Berkshire Community College is one of the only community colleges in the country to participate in the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. A non-credit program geared toward the adult population in Berkshire County. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Charlie Deitz recently attended one of their classes