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From left: Steve Nelson of WiredWest speaks while Eric Nakajima, director of the Massachusetts Broadband Institute, listens, during a meeting earlier this year at the John Olver Transit Center in Greenfield.

MBI ‘Last Mile’ overseer Nakajima quits

Friday, February 12, 2016

Eric Nakajima, the man who was to have shepherded the build-out of “Last Mile” broadband to most of Western Massachusetts, has stepped down from his job. Nakajima, who visited most of the unserved and underserved hilltowns this fall and winter to talk about their broadband needs, announced Friday he is leaving his post as director of the Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) effective immediately. However, he will be a temporary adviser on broadband issues for the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, which oversees MBI, during the transition period. In the first week of February, when Nakajima met in Greenfield with Shelburne and Conway town officials, Nakajima said MBI … 0

Neighbors: 25th annual Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest seeks entries

Monday, February 8, 2016

Hello neighbor. Well folks, it’s that time again. The 25th annual Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest has begun, and Friends of the Greenfield Public Library are looking for poems from you. The event is open to all Franklin County residents and students. You can submit up to three poems. The deadline is March 7, … 0

Mohawk budget up 3.5 percent; towns’ shares rise 6.6 percent

Monday, February 8, 2016

BUCKLAND — Mohawk’s below-level-services budget is going up 3.5 percent, but member towns will see an overall 6.6 percent increase in next year’s $19 million budget proposal. The Mohawk Trail Regional School District Committee will hold its public hearing on the fiscal year 2017 budget proposal this Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Mohawk … 0

The solar scramble is on as incentives expire

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

ASHFIELD — Solar company executive Jill Appel has high praise for Plainfield, Ashfield and Buckland. The three towns banded together last year to form one of the 15 Solarize Mass communities she works with as director of community … 0

WiredWest to form group to negotiate with MBI over broadband

Monday, December 21, 2015

The cooperative trying to bring broadband to dial-up towns, will form a special group to negotiate with the state over differences with how to build the “last-mile” Internet service to rural western Massachusetts towns. The Board of Directors of WiredWest has voted unanimously to appoint representatives from its … 0

Neighbors: GPD officer Marcus Paulin saves another life

Monday, December 21, 2015

Hello neighbor. Well folks, this will be my only column this week because The Recorder doesn’t publish on Christmas Day — the only holiday we don’t. So, have a wonderful holiday and I’ll see you back here in … 0

Deerfield admin. leaving for Ashfield job

Monday, December 21, 2015

DEERFIELD — After working for the town for 17 years, Town Administrator Kayce Warren has announced she will resign from her position to take a job as interim town administrator in Ashfield. “This is an opportunity for me … 0

Eversource brings carbon awareness to classrooms

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Eversource Energy has invited numerous Franklin County schools to participate in a few of the company’s educational programs to promote awareness about the impacts of carbon in the atmosphere, which contributes to global climate change. Eversource has integrated its programs into eastern Massachusetts schools for the past three … 0

Neighbors: Stay safe during the holidays

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Hello neighbor. Things are starting to slow down and speed up all at the same time. While there aren’t as many public events between now and New Year’s Eve, everyone is getting ready for their own family celebrations. … 0

MBI, WiredWest work to settle differences over broadband plan

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Two days after a volatile informational meeting in Greenfield, Massachusetts Broadband Institute officials met with WiredWest executives to resolve their differences over how to build a broadband network throughout unserved, sparsely populated western Massachusetts towns. The MBI is … 0

Mohawk district facing $600K budget gap

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

BUCKLAND — To close a $600,000 gap between the budget the Mohawk Trail Regional School District needs and its commitment not to increase town assessments by more than 2.5 percent, the School Committee gave its member town officials … 0

Neighbors: Greenfield Cop Cards return after 15 years

Monday, December 14, 2015

Hello neighbor. Greenfield Police Department has announced the long-awaited return of Cop Cards. It’s been 15 years since the last baseball-card-style set came out, and there have been a lot of changes since then. I bet there may … 0

Faith Matters: A church like a tree

Friday, December 11, 2015

(Editor’s note: The following is a submission to The Recorder’s weekly column titled “Faith Matters.” Each Saturday, a different faith leader in Franklin County offers a personal religious perspective in this space. An accompanying sidebar offers a brief … 2