Conway

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

Conway opts to contribute $3,000 to districtwide school use study

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

CONWAY — Voters have opted to contribute $3,000 toward a study of potentially more efficient use of area school and municipal buildings. Special town meeting voters gave a sound “aye” to the request to pitch in toward a $24,000 study that would examine how town offices and school space in Union 38 could … 0

Two candidates remain in running for Frontier, Union 38 superintendent

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

DEERFIELD — An interim assistant superintendent from New Hampshire and the regional director of an educational organization based in Massachusetts have been named as the finalists for the Frontier Regional School superintendent job. Lynn M. Carey, interim assistant superintendent of the Monadnock Regional School District in Swanzey, N.H., and Kathryn Thayer Clark, regional director of Springboard Education in Lexington, have made the cut. … 0

MBI, WiredWest work to settle differences over broadband plan

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Two days after a volatile informational meeting in Greenfield, Massachusetts Broadband Institute officials met with WiredWest executives to resolve their differences over how to build a broadband network throughout unserved, sparsely populated western Massachusetts towns. The MBI is … 0

Local farmers filing to be intervenors on pipeline

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

SHELBURNE — The Hawks Farm, with its seventh generation now working the land to produce beef and pork as well as other products, is among the historic and environmentally sensitive properties to be crossed by Tennessee Gas Pipeline … 0

Neighbors: Greenfield Cop Cards return after 15 years

Monday, December 14, 2015

Hello neighbor. Greenfield Police Department has announced the long-awaited return of Cop Cards. It’s been 15 years since the last baseball-card-style set came out, and there have been a lot of changes since then. I bet there may … 0

State releases school scores trapped in time

Friday, December 11, 2015

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education on Wednesday released accountability data for schools and districts. Partly thanks to an alternative standardized test muddying the waters, no area districts advanced or fell. DESE rates schools on a 1-4 … 0

Neighbors: Practice passionate and respectful discourse

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Hello neighbor. This is probably a good time of year to remind everyone to please be kind to each other and practice civil discourse, even when you don’t see eye-to-eye on certain issues. We all share this county, this country and this planet, and being kind to each … 0

Ashfield provider offers broadband to Conway

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

CONWAY — Conway center could see a new wireless Internet service if the Selectboard approves letting an Ashfield-based Internet service provider set up shop inside Town Hall. Christopher Gray, owner of Hilltown Networks, has asked the Selectboard for … 0

Neighbors: Girl Scout Ski, Snowboard and Skate Sale this weekend

Monday, December 7, 2015

Hello neighbor. Each year Girl Scout Troop 40566 holds a Ski, Snowboard and Skate Sale, and this year is no different. There will be a great selection of affordable items, including Alpine skis and boots from entry level … 0

WiredWest delegates vent anger at MBI

Sunday, December 6, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Members of a cooperative trying to bring broadband Internet service to rural area towns are angered and confused by the Massachusetts Broadband Institute’s recent decision to withhold state money needed to fund the project. The state agency told towns this week not to sign WiredWest’s proposed … 0

Motorcyclist hurt on Rte. 116

Sunday, December 6, 2015

CONWAY — A crash on Route 116 or Ashfield Road sent a motorcyclist to the hospital by helicopter Sunday afternoon. The motorcycle struck a guardrail at 12:55 p.m. by Brester Road, on the western side of town. Trooper Reid Bagley of the media relations office said a 64-year-old … 0

WiredWest disputes MBI claims

Friday, December 4, 2015

The cooperative that has proposed building broadband Internet service in area towns has lashed out against the state agency that is withholding money for the project. The Massachusetts Broadband Institute has also asked WiredWest member towns not to … 0