Pittsfield, MA – Massachusetts health officials say PCB test results from air samples taken at a Pittsfield elementary school showed low levels of the chemical, a probable cause of cancer. But the official don't see a cause for worry. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief, has this report;
Montpelier, VT – Two environmental groups want the Douglas administration to investigate whether members of its administration may have violated ethics guidelines. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Stockbridge, MA – Officials at Berkshire Country Day School and Simon's Rock College of Bard are discussing a potential collaboration that would allow the day school's secondary students to attend the early college. Berkshire Country Day is dealing with the same enrollment and financial problems confronting some other private schools in the Northeast region. With more, WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo;
Lenox, MA – Berkshire Health Systems has embarked on a Community Pain Management Project in order to better treat cronic and acute pain patients. As part of that project, the largest health care provider in Berkshire County decided to address the abuse of the types of medications often prescribed to treat those conditions. The state Department of Public Health is applauding the effort, calling it a cutting edge program. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo, has this report;
West Springfield, ma – It was a joyous homecoming in West Springfield today for more than 150 Soldiers from the B Company 181st Engineer Battalion of the Massachusetts Army National Guard. They had served a year in Iraq. Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff was at the event.
Underhill Center, VT – Some Vermont researchers say their data indicates the federal Environmental Protection Agency is wrong about mercury deposits in Vermont. The EPA contends that the mercury is mainly coming from other sources. But local scientists say storm patterns that move into Vermont carry mercury pollution from U.S. industrial regions, including the Midwest, the Ohio Valley and Pennsylvania. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Pittsfield, MA – A long list of Berkshire County VIPs as well as rank-and-file Democrats turned out over the weekend for a Deval Patrick campaign event dubbed his homecoming rally. About 300 people raised $80,000 to support the Democratic candidate for governor of Massachusetts. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo, has this report;
Northampton, ma – Outdoor wood boilers are an increasingly popular way to heat homes as the price of other fuels continues to rise. But as more people install the boilers, more towns and cities in western Massachusetts are restricting their use. Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff explains.
Plymouth, NH – New Hampshire's Plymouth State University has received a grant to determine if federal air pollution laws really reduced acid rain in the Northeast. The money will allow researchers to continue a long term study of acid rain effects in lakes from the Adirondacks to Maine. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.