Russell, MA – A proposed wood-burning power plant has sparked an opposition movement in a small western Massachusetts town near Springfield. A new coalition was formed yesterday to fight the plant that they say will harm their health. More from Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff.
Lee, Massachusetts – HOST LEDE: A long-established business owner and familiar figure in the Berkshires is considered the dean of Republicans in a county dominated by Democrats and independent voters. Now, he has put his weight behind the sole Republican in the race for the first Berkshire District senate seat. Details from WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo;
Great Barrington, MA – The two-hundred twenty-fifth anniversary of a landmark court case, which in essence sparked the beginning of the end of slavery in Massachusetts, will be marked Monday. The case was heard in a Great Barrington court over two days in August of 1781. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo, has a preview of the commemoration as well as a series of events that celebrate the rich African American history of the region;
Pittsfield, MA – The lone supporter for a measure that would have banned dogs from all 29 public parks in Pittsfield, Massachusetts proved to be the person who introduced it. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo covered last night's lengthy meeting of the Pittsfield Parks Commission
Amherst, MA – The University of Massachusetts Amherst is the latest area campus to try a so-called social norms approach to reducing excessive drinking on campus. The University at Albany recently received a Federal grant to implement the same type of program. Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff explains.
Pittsfield, MA – Nearly four years after it began to study how best to catalogue and care for the 22,000 items in its collection, the Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield, Massachusetts has received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant that will allow it to further that work. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo, has this report;
Boston, MA – The housing market in Massachusetts and the rest of the Northeast region is cooling down, according to the latest data from the National Association of Realtors. Details now from Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff.
Washington, DC – The American Community Survey report on population trends found diversity on the rise in southern New England cities like Springfield, Massachusetts. But states like Vermont and Maine continue to be nearly all-white. Details from our Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff:
Great Barrington, MA – While visiting several cultural institutions in the Berkshires over the weekend, the senior senator from Massachusetts, Edward Kennedy, spoke about some national issues on his mind. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo, has the story;
Springfield, ma – It's a step many hope will bring an end to the Springfield teachers' contract stalemate. A fact-finder's report on the negotiations was released this afternoon. Details from Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff.