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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

Details still slim on body found in Colrain

Thursday, February 11, 2016

COLRAIN — There was still no additional information Thursday regarding the body found by the bank of a river on Jacksonville Road the previous night. Mary Carey, spokeswoman for the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office, said information was being withheld until next of kin was notified. She could not give the victim’s name or gender. Police say no foul play is suspected. The cause … 0

No foul play suspected as body found near river in Colrain

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

COLRAIN — Police say no foul play is suspected in the case of a body that was found by the bank of a river on Jacksonville Road Wednesday night. On a residential, wooded area behind a single-family house, firefighters and crime scene investigators walked into the brush down a steep slope to the … 0

Apply now for Fred T. Wells Trust scholarships

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Applications for the Fred W. Wells Trust scholarships for the 2016­-2017 academic years are now available. They can be found at high school guidance offices and town administrative offices in Ashfield, Bernardston, Buckland, Charlemont, Conway, Deerfield, Gill, Greenfield, Hawley, Heath, Leyden, Monroe, Montague, Northfield, Roe and Shelburne. If … 0

Bernie Sanders dance party and fundraiser planned in Colrain

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

COLRAIN — Dance to the tunes of Co-op Jazz and others while raising money for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders Saturday night, Jan. 9, at the Roundhouse, 68 Van Nuys Road. Rebecca Tippens is hosting the dance party … 0

West County towns look ahead to 2016

Friday, January 1, 2016

Broadband, an affordable school budget and business growth are on the list of what West County towns want most in 2016. And several towns, scarred by Tropical Storm Irene in 2011, are still working on repairs for roads, bridges and town buildings in 2016. Ashfield, Colrain, Charlemont, Hawley, … 0

Neighbors: Only 25 snowfalls to go ’til spring

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Hello neighbor. I wish you all a very happy and healthy New Year! Well folks, our precipitation prognosticator has made her prediction for winter 2015-2016. Farrah Pomeroy tells me, “One storm down and 25 to go!” Remember, Farrah … 0

West County Notebook

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Today is the deadline for voter registration in Rowe ROWE ­— The town clerk will hold special voter registration hours today, Dec. 30, from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Town Hall. This is the last day to register for those wishing … 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

Colrain man arrested after allegedly driving home on rims, drunk

Monday, December 28, 2015

COLRAIN — A Colrain man faces drunken driving charges after allegedly driving home after drinking at a friend’s house on two bare rims Sunday night. Shawn Herzig, 27, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and driving with an open alcohol container around 10:45 … 3

Conway, Shelburne, Colrain aim for Solarize grant

Sunday, December 27, 2015

CONWAY — Conway, Shelburne and Colrain will be the latest Franklin County towns to seize the day, electrically speaking, if the state Clean Energy Center approves their recent application for a Solarize Mass. grant. The Solarize program, started in 2011, offers free feasibility studies and price estimates on … 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