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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

Buckland airs budget concerns

Monday, March 16, 2015

BUCKLAND — Selectmen are concerned that the $60,000 rent for the town garage, coupled with a $74,276 Mohawk Trail Regional School District assessment increase, could push the town over its 21/2 percent tax levy limit. The selectmen questioned a $220,000 addition in the $18.3 million Mohawk Trail Regional … 0

Neighbors: Father and daughter recovering nicely after kidney transplant

Monday, March 16, 2015

Hello neighbor. Our neighbor Tim Ollari is doing well after receiving a kidney from his daughter Stephanie last Thursday. Stephanie says Tim looks like a new person — full of life again. She, on the other hand, had … 0

Set to be global citizen, scholar

Sunday, March 15, 2015

BUCKLAND — Let students take subjects they really care about, and they’ll be more motivated in other schoolwork as well, says Aaron Nelson, a Mohawk Trail Regional School junior whose essay helped him earn a full scholarship to … 0

Franklin County Tech principal picked

Sunday, March 15, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Shawn Rickan of Phillipston is to take over for Franklin County Technical School Principal and Assistant Superintendent Richard Martin when Martin moves into the superintendent’s office in July. Now a high school principal in Baldwinville, Rickan earlier worked in Orange for five years and is … 0

‘Fiber Towns’ to residents: Prove you want broadband

Sunday, March 15, 2015

The WiredWest high-speed Internet collaborative has started signing up residents of 32 member towns for “Last-Mile” fiber-optic broadband. This is the first step for “fiber towns” to become part of the collaborative’s fiber-optic network. If 40 percent of a fiber town’s households sign up, it shows there is … 0

Underserved hilltowns calculating total broadband build-out costs

Friday, March 13, 2015

BUCKLAND — While WiredWest’s “unserved” towns are gearing up for annual town meeting votes to finance fiber-optic broadband, discussions have started between Comcast Cable Co. and the pilot “cable towns” — Buckland, Shelburne and Conway — to share mapping information and calculate how much a total build-out of … 0

Buckland Fire District tax classification hearing

Thursday, March 12, 2015

BUCKLAND — The Buckland Fire District will hold its tax classification hearing on Monday at 4 p.m. at the Fire Station off Hodgen Road. The hearing is to determine whether there will be a single or variable tax rate for Fiscal Year 2015. … 0

Neighbors: Recorder reporter to share his photography

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’d like to put a plug in for one of my colleagues. Shelburne Grange is hosting a photography presentation by Recorder reporter David Rainville on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Fellowship Hall, 17 Little Mohawk Road in Shelburne Center. The event is free and open to … 0

Tech School budget takes transportation hit

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School Committee has approved a $10,159,000 budget, unchanged from this year but with a 5 percent increase in the sum requested from the district’s 19 member towns. The final budget is down $52,000 from the $10,211,000 preliminary budget approved last month. … 0

Most Mohawk towns to see school costs rise

Monday, March 9, 2015

BUCKLAND — The Mohawk Trail Regional School District towns are being asked to contribute 5.7 percent more toward next school year’s budget. The $18.3 million budget represents a spending increase of 3.6 percent, although the towns are being asked for $549,261 more than this year. One cost increase … 0