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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

Shelburne Falls Village Network online

Thursday, February 11, 2016

SHELBURNE FALLS — A newly formed online group, called the Shelburne Falls Village Network, believes this village of 2,000 residents needs to change and grow — but not at the expense of what makes it special to residents. That’s why several Buckland and Shelburne residents, who want to see future growth coupled with … 0

What’s in a number? Zip code confusion affects Buckland school spending

Thursday, February 11, 2016

BUCKLAND — For years, the question of “which part of Shelburne Falls is in Buckland, which part is in Shelburne” has confused tourists, new residents and the state Registry of Motor Vehicles. Now it may have also skewed another part of Buckland’s financial picture: state calculations used for Buckland school assessments. The Buckland … 0

The return of Blue Rock Restaurant in Shelburne Falls

Thursday, January 28, 2016

SHELBURNE FALLS — The Blue Rock is back, and local customers love the new location on the first floor of the Salmon Falls Marketplace building at 1 Ashfield St. The restaurant has parking, handicapped access, a big porch … 1

Downing’s exit piques pair’s interest

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Two Berkshire County Democrats say they’re looking at state Sen. Benjamin B. Downing’s announcement that he won’t seek a sixth term in this fall’s elections not only as a tremendous loss for his Western Massachusetts constituents but also … 0

Letter: The problem within

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Greed is one of the seven deadly sins. Superintendent Buoniconti of Mohawk Regional School District has parlayed Mohawk’s budget into a very deep money pit, one which cannot survive without more and more cash. Member towns have handed over to Mohawk the lion’s share of their small-town revenue … 0

Area towns get food safety grants

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

In response to the national push to increase food safety, seven local towns have been awarded federal grants to protect consumers. Buckland, Charlemont, Gill, Hawley, Heath, Leyden and Monroe will share $65,000 a year federal grant for five years to support improvements in food inspection and education. The … 0

Boswell’s hosts author Emily Arsenault Thursday

Monday, January 25, 2016

SHELBURNE FALLS — Emily Arsenault of Shelburne Falls will read from her latest novel, “The Evening Spider,” Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Boswell’s Books. Arsenault’s new book is a blend of psychological suspense and true crime, a story inspired by a sensational real-life murder from the 1800s the … 0

Area residents react to dodging big storm

Sunday, January 24, 2016

After Winter Storm Jonas paralyzed much of the East Coast, western Massachusetts residents were thankful for clear, sunny skies much of this weekend. “I thought it was strange how the storm missed us,” said Daniel Gobillot of Turners … 0

West County Notebook

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Mohawk budget meetings planned BUCKLAND — The Mohawk Trail Regional School District Committee will hold a second full meeting this month, on Wednesday, Jan. 27, to discuss its $19 million budget proposal for the Fiscal Year that begins in July. While the budget proposal has been pared down … 0

Faith Matters: Getting to the heart of my ministry

Friday, January 22, 2016

(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 … 0

St. Joseph’s Parish starts Knights of Columbus council

Friday, January 22, 2016

SHELBURNE FALLS — For the first time in its history, St. Joseph’s Parish has its own Knights of Columbus council. Trinity Council No. 16354 will meet Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Parish Hall at 34 Monroe Ave., for the first meeting since officers were elected in December. … 0

Save the salamanders: Area expert warns of fungus that may threaten US animals

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Those bright, orange salamanders that hikers spot in summer or fall, especially after a rainstorm, might be in danger. A newly discovered fungus is killing salamanders in western Europe, and scientists are afraid the deadly disease may spread … 0