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Could Comcast close the broadband gap? State to seek grants to reduce number of under-served towns

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The good news for Massachusetts Broadband Institute’s 11 under-served towns — seven of them in Franklin County — is that the state agency plans to solicit grant proposals from Comcast and other service providers to build out broadband fiber capacity by the end of June, and it’s been told that Comcast “is prepared to move very rapidly” on building out cable capacity in those towns to about 96 percent of … 0

Ned Green scholarship hike in Warwick on May 9

Thursday, April 23, 2015

WARWICK — Though it’s been 14 years since an ice-climbing accident took Ned Green’s life, his memory lives on. Shortly after his death, his mother, Clare Green, set up a scholarship in his name, to be given to a Pioneer Valley Regional School senior pursuing an education in the environmental sciences or outdoor … 0

Pioneer trims budget request

Monday, April 20, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Although the Pioneer Valley Regional School District’s revised budget calls for a less than 1 percent increase, dropoffs in outside revenue and shifting assessments would translate to an increase of nearly 8 percent for one district town. The revised $14.34 million budget represents a cut from a $14.46 million “not to exceed” budget proposed in February. The new proposal would be … 0

Neighbors: French musical at Arts Block

Monday, April 20, 2015

Hello neighbor. If you’re looking for something fun to do next weekend, or the following one, head to the Arts Block on Main Street in Greenfield for the French musical, “Irma la Douce,” which will be performed by Arena Civic Theatre on Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday … 0

Pioneer board signs contract for new supt.

Friday, April 17, 2015

NORTHFIELD — The Pioneer Valley Regional School District has a new superintendent, as long as her background checks out. Ruth Miller, current superintendent of the Narragansett Regional School District, has accepted the position. As long as her state-required criminal history and fingerprint checks come back clean, she’ll replace … 0

Tech students capture honors in statewide competition

Thursday, April 16, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Nine Franklin County Technical School students finished first in competitions at the annual Business Professionals of America State Leadership Conference. Twenty-six students from FCTS competed against 350 students in about 20 events March 7 through 9 in Framingham and Upton. Emmett Boyd of Northfield, Kyle … 0

Bernardston: Girard, Fulton face-off for selectman’s seat

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

BERNARDSTON — Two local men will face off for a single seat on the Board of Selectmen. Andrew Girard, of Bald Mountain Road, is up against Rawn Fulton, of Fox Hill Road, in the May 4 town election. … 0

Making the switch

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

BOSTON — Amid pressure from legislators and upset consumers, state utility regulators have eliminated a 15-year-old rule that required electricity suppliers to recalculate the bills of customers when they switch from their basic service to a competitor. The practice has cost customers, dozens of whom are from western … 0

Neighbors: Paint and Sip awakens my inner artist

Monday, April 13, 2015

Hello neighbor. A group of friends and family gathering together to paint on canvas, while sipping their favorite beverages, has become a national trend. In this area, two of the companies that provide such entertainment — at least … 0

Letter: The heavens and earth

Monday, April 13, 2015

So much has been written and said about climate change/global warming that some fresh air from the Old Testament needs to clear away the haze. Climate change began “in the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1), and change is still taking place. In … 0

One arrest in Bernardston break-in

Friday, April 10, 2015

BERNARDSTON — Police arrested a Greenfield man they say broke into a resident’s house and locked her out. Patrick Hall, of Greenfield, was arrested on charges of breaking and entering in the daytime, larceny under $250, and vandalism. He was apprehended after a Northfield Road woman returned home … 0

Tech School seeks OK to borrow $2.45M

Thursday, April 9, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School District will ask the residents of its 19 member towns to go to the polls at a special districtwide election June 23 to approve what they expect to be $2.45 … 0

Neighbors: Time to be recognized

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’m glad to be back, though I couldn’t believe what I saw when I stepped out of my apartment Thursday morning. I thought the days of that white stuff were done — and what little is … 0