Stories of our connected and rapidly changing region.


State Official Went Roaming Around Vermont To Test Cell Coverage Claims

January 17, 2019

A Vermont Department of Public Service employee drove more than 6,000 miles around the state this fall to test the adequacy of wireless coverage. What he found is now part of a detailed challenge before the Federal Communications Commission that officials hope will bring federal dollars into the state to improve the wireless network.

What Did 2.3 Million Gallons Of Molasses Do To Boston Harbor?

January 15, 2019

The Great Molasses Flood of 1919 is the stuff of legends. It started with a hiss, a boom and a low rumble that eyewitnesses likened to an earthquake. Then a 15-foot wave tore through the streets at 35 miles per hour, on Jan. 15.

Hampshire College Looking For ‘Long-Term Strategic Partner’

January 15, 2019

Hampshire College said Tuesday it is looking for what it calls a “strategic partner” to help ensure the viability of the institution going forward.

Vermont Worries Dairy Insurance Program Will Be Affected If Shutdown Drags On

January 14, 2019

Farmers needing government loans confront empty offices and unanswered calls as the partial government shutdown drags into the fourth week. State officials are also concerned that the shutdown will result in a delay in developing a program designed to help struggling dairy farmers.

Remembering The Great Boston Molasses Flood, 100 Years Later

January 10, 2019

On January 15, 1919, a tank on Boston’s North End burst, releasing a tsunami of hot molasses into the streets. This “Great Molasses Flood” is far more than the Willy Wonka-style accident it appears to be, and its aftermath shaped the relationship between business and government as we know it.

At Library Art Contest, An Exceptionally Low Bar

January 10, 2019

For many middle and high school students, the bar is set high for getting good grades, making the team, and landing the lead role in a play. Recognizing that, a library in western Massachusetts recently set the bar really low, offering a carefree event of making bad art.

Maine Rescue Offers Second Chances to Volunteer Inmates and ‘Broken’ Horses

January 9, 2019

A few years ago the Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals in Windham was struggling financially.

Federal Shutdown Halts Some Environmental Conservation Efforts, Slows Others

January 8, 2019

Federal researchers in western Massachusetts study ways to protect migrating fish, backyard birds and urban trees. The government shutdown is keeping them home and away from their research.

At Harvard, The Divinity Tree Stands Between Eco-Driven Arguments

January 4, 2019

Andover Hall is the heart — and soul — of Harvard Divinity School.

Shutdown In Immigration Court A Respite For Some, An Injustice For Others

January 4, 2019

As the federal government shutdown continues, the backlog of cases in immigration court continues to increase — drawing mixed reactions from immigration experts.


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