A new state fund outlined in a bill before the Legislature would help facilitate improvements to underutilized commercial or industrial buildings in economically distressed areas.
The bill filed by Reps. Patricia Duffy and Natalie Higgins, would task MassDevelopment with overseeing a fund that would dole out money to both nonprofits and for-profit companies. Duffy, a Holyoke Democrat, said the bill is “simple” as it seeks to help developers upgrade, renovate, or repair buildings in older cities and former manufacturing hubs.
“Some of our best assets and challenges are these beautiful, old mill buildings and warehouses,” Duffy told the Community Development and Small Business Committee. “Our promise also lies in local developers, local businesses that are going to be hiring local folks, taking advantage of our people and our resources here.”
Reward posted for Harding’s stolen dog collar
A radio station near U.S. President Warren G. Harding’s Ohio hometown says a reward offered by one of its listeners is providing new hope of finding a long lost dog collar stolen from his historic home.
Scott Spears, host of a morning radio show on WWGH-FM in Marion, near the 29th president’s birthplace, said the donor of the $1,000 reward asked to remain anonymous.
Spears said the station has deposited the money in a local bank and will act as an intermediary on any tips offered to solve the mystery.
The antique collar belonged to Harding’s Airedale terrier. It was the only thing stolen from his home in 2012. A groundskeeper found a ladder propped against a second-story window, prompting speculation that the thief knew where to look for the collar.