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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

Neighbors: 25th annual Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest seeks entries

Monday, February 8, 2016

Hello neighbor. Well folks, it’s that time again. The 25th annual Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest has begun, and Friends of the Greenfield Public Library are looking for poems from you. The event is open to all Franklin County residents and students. You can submit up to three poems. The deadline is March 7, … 0

Mohawk budget up 3.5 percent; towns’ shares rise 6.6 percent

Monday, February 8, 2016

BUCKLAND — Mohawk’s below-level-services budget is going up 3.5 percent, but member towns will see an overall 6.6 percent increase in next year’s $19 million budget proposal. The Mohawk Trail Regional School District Committee will hold its public hearing on the fiscal year 2017 budget proposal this Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Mohawk … 0

Neighbors: Have a happy and safe New Year

Monday, December 28, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’m not going to make any resolutions this year. If I’m going to be honest, I don’t think I’ve followed through with one in years — maybe never. Instead, I’m going to live life the best … 0

Alice Parker Carol Sing draws crowd for leader’s 90th

Sunday, December 27, 2015

CHARLEMONT — On yet another drab, rainy and unseasonably warm day in December and with the Christmas rush over, more than 100 people gathered in the Charlemont Federated Church to sing carols under Alice Parker’s direction. Many had … 0

No snow? No sweat: Winter recreation destinations say they’ve seen it all before

Friday, December 25, 2015

The snow isn’t there, but local ski areas aren’t shaking at this point in the season. Berkshire East Mountain Resort is the county’s only downhill ski area and largest winter recreation business. “I’ve been here before, I’ve been … 0

A glance at the season of giving

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Salvation Army’s bell-ringing volunteers have been out in all weather, but this month’s unseasonably warm weather rain seems to have dampened donations. Wednesday, with a day’s receipts still to be added and one final day … 0

Mohawk grads talk college

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — The value of time management, discipline, laundry, and Advanced Placement classes were the main lessons a panel of recent graduates and current college students sought to impart to the Mohawk Trail Regional High School student … 0

Letter: Republicans advocate for biggest industries

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Republicans are not as inconsistent as they appear when they refuse to restrict terrorists’ access to guns while in the same breath exaggerating the threat of terrorism, as their presidential contenders did in their last debate. The national security industry dwarfs even the legendary military-industrial complex. The gun … 0

Yankee Doodle final days?

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Unless more volunteers pitch in to help run the town’s annual July festival, last summer’s Yankee Doodle Days could be Charlemont’s last. After five years as event coordinator, and 10 years of active volunteer work on … 0

Charlemont voters choose Gould

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Ivan “Toby” Gould won Tuesday’s special election 62-15, securing a seat on the Board of Selectmen until 2017. Gould and Benjamin Atkinson sought the seat. Town Clerk Kathy Reynolds reported the results. Gould, 70, of Zoar Road, is a retired minister and has lived in town … 0

WiredWest to form group to negotiate with MBI over broadband

Monday, December 21, 2015

The cooperative trying to bring broadband to dial-up towns, will form a special group to negotiate with the state over differences with how to build the “last-mile” Internet service to rural western Massachusetts towns. The Board of Directors of WiredWest has voted unanimously to appoint representatives from its … 0

Neighbors: GPD officer Marcus Paulin saves another life

Monday, December 21, 2015

Hello neighbor. Well folks, this will be my only column this week because The Recorder doesn’t publish on Christmas Day — the only holiday we don’t. So, have a wonderful holiday and I’ll see you back here in … 0