Long Lake, NY – A new type of wilderness park was dedicated in the Adirondacks today. This recreation area is not targeted for the average hiker and camper. It's a one-of-a-kind area that will allow people with disabilities to have a wilderness experience. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Pittsfield, MA – A new program that addresses youth substance abuse, a problem that has been on the rise in the area over past half-decade, has been established in Berkshire County. The program is made possible by a newly-established trust meant to honor the memory of a man who died of a drug overdose six years ago.
Williamstown, MA – Two week's worth of dance and theater events, marking a new season at a brand new $50 million arts complex comes to a close Monday evening. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo attended the Sunday evening performance at the Williams College 62 Center for Theater and Dance, where guests of the college and the general public were invited to witness the New York City Ballet.
Fort Ticonderoga, NY – On a windy, cloudy day Fort Ticonderoga officials broke ground on its largest restoration project in 75 years. The museum plans to build an education center in the style of it's original 18th century French architecture. Inside it will house state-of-the-art historical and education programs. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley was at this weekend's groundbreaking.
Albany, NY – In her new book, "Pride & Politics," Erin Quinn, an award-winning reporter for the Woodstock Times and the New Paltz Times takes us on a journey to her hometown of New Paltz in the wake of West's historic move.
Susan Arbetter asked her to tell us about the day she found out that Mayor West would be performing gay marriages in New Patlz...
Erin Quinn's book is called, "Pride & Politics: The Tale of a Big Story in a Small Town." It's published by Hudson House.
Kingston, NY – New York Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer released a survey at gas stations throughout the Hudson Valley, where he announced a proposal to make the oil companies use their excess profits to pay for recovery efforts along the Gulf Coast. In addition, Schumer asked residents in the region to participate in his new "Gouge Watch" program.
WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Deborah Runcie was there.
Ray Brook, NY – The Adirondack Park Agency has dropped a proposal that would have limited the number of days people can spend at private campsites. The region's state senator had opposed the plan and the agency had faced considerable criticism from the recreational industry. But some environmental groups are disappointed that the APA has pulled back from strict campsite use requirements. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Albany, NY – Albany's Board of Education voted Thursday night to approve the use of hand-held metal detectors to randomly search middle school and high school students. The decision came in the face of opposition from some students and the New York Civil Liberties Union. More from our Capital District Bureau Chief, Arielle Trimm
North Adams, MA – Massachusetts state government officials are organizing a second series of listening tours to obtain input from the public in order to better serve it, in this instance the topic is education.