Lenox, MA – About 25 people, many members of the Housatonic Valley Association and other local environmental groups, met with a top-ranking official from the Massachusetts Office of Commonwealth Development to discuss portions of the governor's massive re-organization plan for state government. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana was there and files this report.
Williamstown, MA – The longstanding agricultural heritage of Western Massachusetts has seen a steady decline in the number of working farms dotting the landscape. Now, technology and farming are merging on some Berkshire County farms to keep energy costs down and support the sustainability of local agriculture. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana visited one such operation and sends this report.
Burlington, VT – Vermont's largest hospital - Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington - is laying off 50 people, cutting the salaries of 400 doctors and executives, and eliminating 78 vacant positions. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Plattsburgh, NY – Frequent travelers between Quebec, Vermont, and northern New York will soon have a speed-pass type system that will allow them to use an express lane to cross the border. The system will be implemented this summer at the border crossings at Highgate Springs, Vermont and Champlain, New York. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Stockbridge, MA – A play recounting the life and works of W.E.B. DuBois is being premiered at the Berkshire Theater Festival's Main Stage. Written by a local playwright and performed by students of the Berkshire Country Day School, the play is intended to raise awareness of the early civil rights leader who grew up in Great Barrington. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana takes a look.
Plattsburgh, NY – Dairy farmers around the country are banding together to try to boost milk prices. They want to increase the wholesale price by decreasing production, exporting more, or selling off cattle. The trial program was approved by the National Milk Producers Federation, which includes dairy cooperatives throughout New York and New England. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Boston, MA – The Massachusetts House of Representatives voted last week to launch a study into the idea of renaming the state's forests and parks after corporate sponsors. Some lawmakers see the move as way to raise revenue in the midst of a budget crisis. Environmentalists say the measure goes too far. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana has more.
Plattsburgh, NY – The US Bobsled and Skeleton Federation has a new virtual reality bobsled simulator. They took their renovated a bus with the state-of-the-art to Plattsburgh this weekend for a for a public test run. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Boston, MA – Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has proposed an expansion of the state's bottle redemption bill as part of his budget package. The provision would impose a five-cent deposit on all non-carbonated beverages sold in the Bay State. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Celland looks at what an expanded bottle bill would mean and what the chances are of its being enacted.