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Colrain board has questions on broadband network plans

Thursday, November 26, 2015

COLRAIN — The Board of Selectmen has turned to its legislators for help in navigating the channels of information coming from both WiredWest, the municipal collective trying to build a regional “last-mile” fiber-optic broadband network, and the Massachusetts Broadband Institute, which holds the purse-strings to grant money for such a network — regardless of whether it is built by WiredWest or by some other entity. “We have received little direction … 0

Neighbors: Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving

Monday, November 23, 2015

Hello neighbor. As Thanksgiving quickly approaches, I’m hearing from friends and relatives who are stressed because so many of their guests have limited diets at this point — we all know someone who eats gluten-free, is a vegan or vegetarian, is lactose intolerant, or has some other dietary restriction. That’s OK! I think the best way to approach the holiday, which, by the … 0

West County Notebook

Friday, November 20, 2015

Wheeler resigns from Shelburne pipeline panel SHELBURNE — Planning Board Chairman John Wheeler has resigned as the board’s delegate to the town’s Pipeline Advisory Committee, and selectmen will ask the Planning Board to select a replacement to represent their board. After accepting his resignation with much regret, Selectman Joseph Judd said Wheeler was an invaluable member who lead that group “through some really … 0

WiredWest to reorganize as role changes

Friday, November 6, 2015

Now that so many towns without broadband access have voted to borrow millions for a “last mile” fiber optic network, WiredWest has drafted an operating agreement for those that want join a regional fiber-optic network that will be run by WiredWest. The 40-page draft was discussed Friday between … 0

Neighbors: West county neighbor wants to start book club on climate change

Monday, November 2, 2015

Hello neighbor. Our west county neighbor John Bos is looking for six to eight people in his area to start a book club with him. You have to be passionate about three things, he says — climate change, reading books on the subject and meeting with other like-minded … 0

West County Notebook

Friday, October 30, 2015

Charlemont taxes due CHARLEMONT — Second quarter payments of Fiscal Year 2016 real estate and personal property taxes are due Monday. Colrain store/gas station approved COLRAIN — The Zoning Board of Appeals approved a special permit so that Laurie, Michael and Derek Giard will be able to re-open … 0

West County Notebook

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Charlemont selectman candidates sought CHARLEMONT — Selectman David Cunningham is moving out of town and has announced his resignation. Cunningham has been on the board for four years, and his current term was to expire in 2017. Nomination papers for a special election in December are now available … 0

Neighbors: Nana’s Attic might just have what you’ve been looking for

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Hello neighbor. Our neighbor Paula Betters was appointed director of the Erving Senior Community Center this past summer, and she said they’re having a lot of fun in Erving. Paula said as the center prepares for its Holiday Bazaar, she had the “crazy notion” (her playful words) to … 0

Dual clinic Saturday for pets and people

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Here’s a chance to get both your family’s flu shots and your pets’ rabies vaccination all in one place: At the Cooperative Public Health Service Flu Clinic and Rabies Vaccination Clinic on Saturday, Oct. 31, from … 0

Food plan aims to grow economy, community

Thursday, October 22, 2015

A Massachusetts Local Food Action plan being released today calls for the state to take steps to beef up agriculture and food production as a way to not only enhance the local food supply, but also to improve … 0

Neighbors: Greenfield library’s got some bargains this weekend

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Hello neighbor. It has been a really busy week for me, so I’m going to get right to it. Have a great weekend! FRIENDS OF GREENFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY will hold its October Book Sale on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. There will be an abundance of … 0

Solar program this week in Colrain

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

COLRAIN — For those who want solar-powered electricity but don’t qualify for rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, Co-op Power and Franklin Community Shared Solar will be hosting a “Community Shared Solar” training for community leaders this Friday and Saturday, Oct. 23 and Oct. 24, about “how to best … 0

Permit sought to open Colrain store, gas station

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

COLRAIN — A family is hoping to breathe new life into the long-closed “SuperGas” store and gas station at 113 Main Road, and is seeking a special permit to reopen the business as Catamount Country Store. The Zoning … 0