On the Road in Northern Berkshire County Special

County Overview

Northern Berkshire County is comprised of the towns of Adams, North Adams, Cheshire, Clarksburg, Florida, Hancock, Lanesborough, New Ashford, Savoy, Williamstown, and Windsor. Producer Tony Dunne and videographer Dave Fraser provide an over view to the picturesque region of the state

North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright

It is the smallest city in the state by population, but still has big city issues, from economic redevelopment to cracking down on crime. Connecting Point Contributor Carolee McGrath sat down with Mayor Richard Alcombright during a recent visit to Moss MoCA. He discussed how he is trying to balance budgets, attract new businesses, capitalize on the arts and tourism in Berkshire County, and keep the city moving forward.

City of North Adams
Mayor Alcombright on Facebook

Community Radio & TV

Stuck between two media markets – Springfield and Albany – the Berkshires have no major radio or TV stations to call their own, so in grand New England fashion, they’ve taken it upon themselves to create their own! Producer Tony Dunne and videographer Mark Langevin spoke to John Krol, host of Good Morning Pittsfield about this grassroots effort to provide the community with a rich homegrown media environment to inform and entertain the citizens of the region.

Good Morning Pittsfield

North Adams Regional Hospital Update

It’s been a little more than a year since North Adams Regional Hospital shut down, putting 500 people out of work and causing residents in Northern Berkshire County to wonder how their medical needs would be met. After weeks of negotiations, involving local and state leaders, Berkshire Health Systems stepped in to fill the void last year and to restore emergency services and several outpatient services. Connecting Point Contributor Carolee McGrath sat down with Ruth Blodgett, of Berkshire Health Systems to get an update on the situation.

Berkshire Health Systems

The Clark

Situated in Williamstown, the Clark Art Institute opened in 1955, six years after its founders Stirling and Francine Clark first visited the town. Last summer the Clark re-opened after a new $100 million dollar building renovation project that included enhanced landscaping, a reflecting pool and expanded gallery space. This summer, the Museums Director Michael Conforti announced he will be retiring after 20 years. Producer Dave Fraser sat down Conforti to learn more.

The Clark
The Clark on Facebook