1. Bad weather helped Pioneer Valley's tourist attractions

    Bad weather helped Pioneer Valley's tourist attractions
    The poor economy encouraged "staycations," as people sought to remain close to home to save money.
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    1. I elected to just take short trips. It was somewhat the economy. I thought it would be more interesting to spread my efforts out, to see places with short commitments of time.
    2. The museum's gains are especially significant since they come despite this year's dramatic stock market plunge, above average snow and ice storms during the winter, spring school cancellations due to H1N1 swine flu scares, and the coldest and rainiest June and July on record.
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