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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

Pioneer picks Miller as new superintendent

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

NORTHFIELD — The Pioneer Valley Regional School District has picked a new superintendent. The School Committee will soon begin to work out a contract with Ruth Miller, the current superintendent of the Narragansett Regional School District. Miller has 21 years in education. She’s been superintendent of Narragansett for … 0

Where the funding meets the road

Monday, April 6, 2015

With a six-year, $478 billion federal transportation bill released recently to help close an estimated $1 trillion gap in the nation’s highway and bridge infrastructure and improve rail and public transit, a Franklin County group is scheduling an informational meeting as part of a “Stand Up for Transportation … 2

Wipers on, lights on

Monday, April 6, 2015

GREENFIELD — Today’s forecasted rain showers could put a new law to the test. Starting today, state law requires drivers to turn on their headlights whenever they need to use their windshield wipers, and whenever visibility is less than 500 feet. Previously, headlight use had been required from … 1

Neighbors: Turning pollution into art

Monday, April 6, 2015

Hello neighbor. Several months ago I told you the Connecticut River Watershed was looking for artists who would turn trash found in the watershed into art. Well, CRW found the artists and their art is on display now through May 27 at Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue … 0

Cracking the code: Bernardston elementary students are learning computer programming

Sunday, April 5, 2015

BERNARDSTON — For the past five weeks, local students have been staying after school to learn a new language. It’s not French, Spanish or Swahili. The 32 fourth- through sixth-graders are learning “Blockly,” a user-friendly computer programming language. … 0

Bernardston man arrested in Greenfield break-ins; possible ties to vandalism spree

Friday, April 3, 2015

GREENFIELD — Police arrested a Bernardston man on break-in charges, and are investigating a possible connection to an overnight vandalism spree. Benjamin Stennes, 19, of 71 Shaw Road, was arrested on charges of breaking and entering in the … 0

Hundreds bid farewell to Bernardston firefighter

Thursday, April 2, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Firefighters from across the county came to Northfield by the dozen, not to battle a blaze, but to honor one of their fallen brothers. Duane “Doc” Nelson, 50, died Saturday after a heart attack. He served … 0

Bernardston’s leaky school roof precipitates special town meeting

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

BERNARDSTON — School repairs that just won’t wait have forced the town to call a special town meeting a month before the annual town meeting. The town will meet at 7 p.m. April 15 in the Bernardston Elementary … 0

Two Pioneer district supt. finalists remaining

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

NORTHFIELD — And then there were two. Two candidates remain in the search for a new superintendent of the Pioneer Valley Regional School District, now that two others have dropped out of the running. The public will have a chance to meet the final candidate, Ruth Miller, at … 0

Neighbors: Busy April ahead in Franklin County

Monday, March 30, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’ve got a lot to tell you about today, so I’m going to get right to it. Enjoy the week. According to the National Weather Service in Taunton, temperatures on Thursday and Friday are supposed to be in the 50s and 60s. Hello spring! ORANGE SENIOR … 0