S. Prestley Blake’s Monticello

S. Prestley Blake’s Monticello

A full-sized $6 million replica of Thomas Jefferson’s Virginia plantation home is rapidly nearing completion on a hillside in Somers, CT. Friendly’s co-founder S. Prestley Blake, who is nearing 100 years old, is working with Laplante Construction Inc., of...
Web Exclusive: S. Prestley Blake’s Monticello

Web Exclusive: S. Prestley Blake’s Monticello

A full-sized $6 million replica of Thomas Jefferson’s Virginia plantation home is rapidly nearing completion on a hillside in Somers, CT. Friendly’s co-founder S. Prestley Blake, who is nearing 100 years old, is working with Laplante Construction Inc., of...

Making It Here: Mustang Seats

The aftermarket motorcycle parts business is a billion dollar industry, and tucked away in the charming hamlet of Three Rivers, MA is the foremost manufacturer of aftermarket motorcycle seats in the world. Producer Tony Dunne and videographer Dave Fraser invite you on...

World War II Vet Milt Berman

Prior to his passing in February of 2010, Milt Berman served as a Captain in the US Army and piloted the P47 Thunderbolt in World War Two. For his heroic achievement while participating in aerial flights over Europe, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with...

Making It Here: Sea Chest Maker

Although the military stopped issuing sea chests in the late 1950’s, local woodworker J. Paul Lanza carries out the nautical tradition from his workshop in Simsbury, CT. Lanza, 78, built more than 300 homes on Cape Cod during his career, including the John F. Kennedy...

Celebrating Winter Sports: Stratton Mountain School

Stratton Mountain School trains winter athletes with a focus on alpine skiing, snowboarding, and Nordic skiing. The school has produced over 40 Olympic athletes,  including two Gold Medal winners, two Silver Medalists, a Bronze Medalist, and several top-10 placements....

Encore: Lost Towns of the Quabbin: Boat Ride

This segment is part of our special series about the 75th anniversary of the Quabbin Reservoir. View more segments at the “Lost Towns of the Quabbin” archive. Producer Dave Fraser and videographer Mark Langevin travel by boat across the Quabbin Reservoir...

Making It Here: Sea Chest Maker

Although the military stopped issuing sea chests in the late 1950’s, local woodworker J. Paul Lanza carries out the nautical tradition from his workshop in Simsbury, CT. Lanza, 78, built more than 300 homes on Cape Cod during his career, including the John F. Kennedy...

World War II Pilot Bill Purple

Bill Purple of Petersham, MA was recently honored by the French Legion of Honor for his service in World War Two. Purple, who is 89, was a B-17 pilot during the War. Recognizing Bill’s acts of valor, France named him a chevalier or knight of the French Legion of...

Fly Fishing

Richard Taupier is an avid fly fisherman who has an affinity for bamboo fishing rods.  Producer Dave Fraser joined him on the Westfield River in Chesterfield to share his...