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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

Progressive dinner celebrates Buckland library’s 125th year

Thursday, April 23, 2015

BUCKLAND — Get a taste of historic “Upper Buckland” while helping the 125-year-old Buckland Public Library raise money. The library is holding its third annual Progressive Dinner on May 2, in which 25 dinner guests are feted inside three historic homes or town buildings and stroll through the village from one home to … 0

Mohawk junior class auction, foot race set for Saturday

Thursday, April 23, 2015

BUCKLAND — The Mohawk Trail Regional School junior class will hold its annual Junior Class Auction, Mohawk Rainbow Run and tag sale/bake sale this Saturday at Mohawk Trail Regional School. The tag sale begins at 8 a.m. The Rainbow Run/Walk 5k is an un-timed race in which participants will get covered from head to toe in different colors at each kilometer station. You … 0

West County Notebook

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Bakers wanted for Hawley election day bake sale on May 4 HAWLEY — Think voting is as American as apple pie? Then why not bake a pie (or brownies) for the Hawley annual town election bake sale, on May 4, from 11:45 a.m. to 7 p.m.? Town Clerk … 0

Travel the Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail this weekend

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

From Northfield to Northampton, more than 20 potters will ply their trade in the annual Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail this weekend. Nine area potters will open their studios to visitors from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and … 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

Tonight in Buckland: candidate’s night

Monday, April 20, 2015

BUCKLAND — Three candidates are running for selectman in the May 4 annual town election, and voters can meet them, along with other candidates, tonight at 7 in the Town Hall. According to town officials all three candidates will be present. Selectman Cheryl Dukes is not seeking re-election, … 0

Mohawk towns wrangle over free preschool proposal

Sunday, April 19, 2015

ASHFIELD — West County towns are debating whether to offer “free” preschool next year — paid for through tax dollars rather than by parents of individual preschoolers, whose children don’t qualify for free preschool services for special needs. Unlike other Mohawk Trail Regional School District elementary schools, Sanderson … 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

West County Notebook

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Library talk Sunday SHELBURNE FALLS — Female genital mutilation (FGM), the practice of removing parts of the female genitalia for nonmedical reasons, will be the topic of a discussion Sunday, from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Arms Library. “FGM affects women all around the world, including more … 0

Hilltown Draw-Around draws some crowds

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — Right up to the very last minute, as they covered the walls and floors of the Cowell Gym with paper, Laura Iveson, Jane Beatrice Wegscheider and James Smith wondered who would come to the Cowell … 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

Arms Library roof repair starts this week

Monday, April 13, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — With the forecast of warmer days ahead, scaffolding went up Monday around the Arms Library, in preparation for the long-awaited roof repairs. Titan Roofing of Springfield will begin working on the 101-year-old roof, and expects … 0