SPringfield, ma – A Massachusetts state commission is expected to recommend raising the gas tax by 9 cents a gallon and increasing the number of tolls on the state's highways. The goal is to fund repairs to the state's aging road and bridge infrastructure. Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff has the story.
Montpelier, VT – Columbus Day weekend marks the peak of the fall foliage season, at least for the tourism industry. The changing leaves signal not only the onset of fall, but the most important economic season in Vermont. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
SPringfield, ma – While we often report about the Springfield School District, it usually revolves around the serious issues facing that District. But, today we have a story about one school in Springfield that has been the source of some positive news. It's a public Montessori School serving Pre-K through Eighth grade. A few months back, Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff paid the school a visit to see how the school is working.
Great Barrington, MA – A long-vacant 50 plus acre property, formerly the Great Barrington fairgrounds, in the Berkshires has been purchased for $2.7 million. WAMC's Carrie Saldo, has the details on the site's proposed development:
North Adams, MA – With crisis situations at three United States schools in the past two weeks, the Massachusetts Department of Education has asked local school districts to review their emergency policies and procedures. And as Carrie Saldo reports, officials at districts in Berkshire County said while they believe their emergency protocols are strong... vigilance is a vital part of maintaining a safe environment;
Adams, MA – Plans are being devised to reconstruct the access roads to the highest peak in Massachusetts. Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo, has the details on this and some other plans for a major tourist attraction --- Mount Greylock State Reservation.
Pittsfield, MA – After nearly a decade of work to convince a developer to establish a cinema complex in downtown and secure financing for such a venture, Pittsfield officials have announced a $12 million investment package for developer Richard Stanley's proposal. However, as our Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo, reports, a $1 million dollar piece of the puzzle could send the whole deal back to the drawing board;
Great Barrington, MA – Great Barrington, Massachusetts Selectmen are considering a policy that would revoke the food licenses of restaurants proven to be tangled with drug dealing within their establishments. More from WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo;
St. Albans, VT – Saint Albans, Vermont officials are requesting a do-over in reviewing a proposal for a Wal-Mart store. Their move comes after a judge found that two members of the town board showed a bias in favor of the Wal-Mart project. But opponents aren't certain the town can truly reverse any appearance of conflict of interest as the project moves forward. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.