Wired West Update
Steve Nelson, WiredWest Executive Committee member, discusses the latest developments in the organization’s efforts to extend hi-speed Internet service to many smaller communities in western Massachusetts.
Grown Locally: Hotel on North
Chef Brian Alberg is a staunch supporter of the local food movement in the Berkshires. As Executive Chef at the Red Lion Inn, he has established strong relationships with regional farmers and food producers and purchased more than $650,000 in local foods annually. Alberg’s current venture is in the development of a new boutique-style hotel and restaurant in down town Pittsfield called Hotel on North. Connecting Point producer Dave Fraser, along with Berkshire farm and Table Executive Director Angela Cardinali, visited Alberg to learn more about the Hotel the Restaurant and his continued commitment to local agriculture.
Girls on the Run
Girls on the Run was established in 1996 in Charlotte, North Carolina, with the idea of providing pre-adolescent girls with the necessary tools to embrace their individual strengths and successfully navigate life experiences. With the help of over 120,000 volunteers, the Girls on the Run program is now serving over 168,000 girls in over 225 cities across North America each year. Connecting Point’s Carolee McGrath talks with two members of a local chapter of Girls on The Run: Council Director Alison Berman and head coach Jess Meehan.
Mount Greylock, Pt. 1: Bascom Lodge
Within the Commonwealth’s 450,000 acres of state and urban parks are a number of unused, historically significant buildings. Over time, these properties have fallen prey to the elements and vandalism. The Historic Curatorship Program was established in 1994 to preserve these properties through a unique public-private partnership. Curators exchange their hard work, unique skills, and financial investment, for the opportunity to live or work in a one-of-a-kind location. One such property that has benefitted from this program is Bascom Lodge perched atop Massachusetts tallest peak, Mount Greylock. Produce Dave Fraser takes us there.