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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: Precipitation prognosticator: only two or three snowfalls left

Monday, March 2, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’ve got some good news! Winter is technically almost over and Franklin County’s precipitation prognosticator Farrah Pomeroy agrees. Farrah had counted 17 of the 23 snowfalls she predicted early this winter by Feb. 25 and, of course, we had another one this past weekend. That makes … 0

Tech School toothbrushes to help spread smiles in Ghana. Turners woman returns for sixth dental aid trip

Friday, February 27, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Dental hygienist Heather Lonergan has made a habit of spending her vacations spreading dental health in Ghana, and this year she will go armed with toothbrushes collected by the students and staff of Franklin County … 0

Neighbors: Nominate the next Peacemaker Award recipients

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Hello neighbor. The Interfaith Council of Franklin County and Traprock Center for Peace and Justice are looking for nominations from throughout the county of teens who are contributing to peace and justice in the world. Having lived in the county almost all of my life, I know there … 0

Letter: Please immunize

Thursday, February 26, 2015

It is generally true that parents want what’s best for their children, and they want their children to be healthy and happy. How is it, then, that parents think they know more about achieving that than the doctors whom they entrust with their children’s care? To not immunize … 0

Bernardston crash kills 24-year-old

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

BERNARDSTON — A single-car crash took the life of a 24-year-old local woman Wednesday. Malerie Kidder was pronounced dead at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, according to Mary Carey, spokeswoman for the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office. Kidder was driving her Mazda sedan north on South Street around 7 a.m. … 0

Master plan halfway there

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

BERNARDSTON — The town is now halfway to a 20-year master plan. Bernardston hired the Conway School of Landscape Design to help craft its first master plan since 1975. A group of three graduate students finished the document’s first four chapters in less than two months. The students … 0

Letter: Let us be the judge

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

“Science on the defensive” by Tim Blagg in The Recorder, begs a hearty reply. “This whole phenomenon,” Mr. Blagg begins, “is particularly painful to me, since I’ve devoted most of my adult working life to parsing through the available information for facts that can be supported by solid … 3

Bernardston caucus set for March 9

Monday, February 23, 2015

BERNARDSTON — Election season is fast approaching, and there’s still time to run for town office. A nonpartisan town caucus will be held at 7 p.m. March 9 in Town Hall. Residents may also pick up nomination papers from the town clerk’s office, and return them by 5 … 0

Bernardston master plan forum Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

BERNARDSTON — The town’s new master plan is nearing the halfway point, and residents will have a chance to add their input Tuesday. A public forum will be held at 7 p.m. in Bernardston Elementary School. The master plan is being put together by graduate students from the … 0

Local outdoors enthusiasts float Olympic idea

Friday, February 20, 2015

Will the whitewater slaloms of the 2024 Olympics take place on the Deerfield River? That’s the hope of local outdoor enthusiasts, and of Congressman Richard Neal, who is pushing for “regional equity” in Boston’s bid for the 2024 … 2