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WiredWest awaits state approval of business plan

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) has not yet evaluated WiredWest’s business plan but is preparing to, according to MBI Director Eric Nakajima. The issue came up last week in Colrain, when selectmen and Crocker Communications sales director Bill Stathis discussed whether WiredWest’s minimum broadband service fee, $49 per month, would be enough to meet the costs of the municipal broadband cooperative’s last-mile fiber-optic network for sparsely populated towns. Colrain is … 0

South County Notebook

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Opportunities to submit comments on pipeline DEERFIELD — Deerfield residents who want to make their concerns about Kinder Morgan’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct natural gas pipeline project will have until August 31 to submit them to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. FERC is currently going through a scoping process to prepare an environmental impact statement about the project, which will factor into its … 0

Letter: FERC, grow a backbone

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Dear FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission): Will you ever become a responsible, responsive regulatory agency? By which we mean regulate? As opposed caving in to corporate profiteering? Fracking has already been deemed dangerous to the point of being declared illegal in three states. More statewide bans are sure to follow. Why? Resulting earthquakes, for one. Witness Oklahoma. Pipeline leaks. Witness coastal California. High-density … 1

Batters up for ‘Chesbro Challenge’

Thursday, July 2, 2015

CONWAY — It’ll be batters up on Saturday as the first pitch crosses the plate at the third annual Chesbro Challenge, but baseballs won’t be all that fly through the air. The event will be held from 1 … 0

Conway asks FERC for clarity on gas pipeline

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

CONWAY — Conway’s Selectboard wants to see a more complete picture of Kinder Morgan’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct natural gas pipeline project, and it told the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission so in a letter this week. The letter, sent to FERC Secretary Kimberly D. Bose, requests clearer information … 0

Neighbors: Be kind

Monday, June 29, 2015

Hello neighbor. About once a year I feel compelled to remind myself and others to be good neighbors. I don’t necessarily mean “neighbor” in the literal sense. What I mean is that we all should be kind to everyone. Those who aren’t can never truly be happy themselves. … 0

Neighbors: Adopt an adult cat for $5 this weekend

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Hello neighbor. It’s that time again, folks! Dakin Humane Society is offering its $5 cat adoption for select adult cats on Saturday and Sunday. This weekend only, you can adopt an adult cat for only $5 at both the Springfield and Leverett adoption centers from 12:30 to 5:30 … 0

Conway School graduation Saturday

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

CONWAY — Dean Cycon, a social activist, entrepreneur, and founder of Dean’s Beans Organic Coffee Co., will deliver the keynote address at Conway School of Landscape Design’s 43rd graduation ceremony. Cycon will be presented with an honorary doctorate degree. Dean Cycon founded Dean’s Beans Organic Coffee Co. in … 0

Tech school projects passed

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Tuesday was the decisive day for the Franklin County Technical School’s roof project, with dire weather predictions and polls open for a districtwide vote to repair the roof and replace aging windows, doors and pavement. Voters didn’t turn … 0

Neighbors: Donations for homeless kids starting to roll in

Monday, June 22, 2015

Hello neighbor. Our neighbors Dean and Kim Scudder of Conway are sending one of the homeless children living in a Greenfield hotel or shelter to camp this summer. It’s the first response I’ve heard about since I told … 0

Weekly Town Meeting List, June 22 to 27

Friday, June 19, 2015

Ashfield Conservation Commission: Wednesday 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Planning Board: Monday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Finance Committee: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Board of Selectmen: Wednesday 6 p.m. in Town Hall. Buckland Conservation Commission: Monday 6 p.m. in Town Hall. Board of Selectmen: Tuesday … 0

Neighbors: Help a homeless child go to summer camp

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Hello neighbor. I spoke this week with Joe Manning, one of our neighbors living in Florence. He said he was in Loot in Turners Falls late last summer, rummaging through all of the antiques and treasures, when he came upon a box of old Associated Press photos. “There’s … 0

In Franklin County, always something old, something new

Monday, June 15, 2015

Franklin County reminds me of the wedding rhyme: something old, something new … As I work my way around the county’s 26 towns on my summer journey to reacquaint myself with The Recorder’s readers, I found myself in the back shop of Pine Hill Orchards, standing in a … 0