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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

It takes a village to raise a playground

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — They say it takes a village to raise a child, but Deerfield Elementary School’s Parent-Teacher Organization hopes its own village will turn out for a weekend in August to help raise something else for those children. The PTO is using Community Preservation Act money approved by Town Meeting two years … 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

Back-to-school-supply drive kicks off with garden party

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

DEERFIELD — United Way is looking for backpacks. “If you remember high school or middle school, to go in with a new pack and not some old ratty one, it makes a difference,” said Linda Stacy, president and … 0

Memorial bike ride for Deerfield man today

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

DEERFIELD — A local bicycle safety advocacy group plans to spend part of its monthly meeting today riding down to the section of routes 5 and 10 where a cyclist was struck and killed by a motorist last … 0

Deerfield book shop closes doors

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — After two decades of finding new homes for old books, Meetinghouse Books in South Deerfield has closed. Owner Judith Tingely said she and her husband Ken decided to close the North Main Street bookstore for personal reasons, including a desire to be closer than a … 1

Storm topples trees in Deerfield

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

DEERFIELD — The sudden storm that moved through the area Tuesday afternoon left little more than rapidly evaporating puddles in some towns, but tore down trees elsewhere. Police closed a section of Lower Road in Deerfield, where massive … 0

Neighbors: Visit your local farmers market

Monday, July 27, 2015

Hello neighbor. Farmers markets are going strong throughout the county this summer. I’m not going to mention any in particular, because most of you know where they are, especially if you’ve got one in your town. What I want to talk about today is why you should visit … 0

Bar-Way Farm granted methane digester permit

Sunday, July 26, 2015

DEERFIELD — After almost seven years, the Bar-Way Farm has finally been granted a permit from the state Department of Environmental Protection to install and operate a methane digester that will turn the organic waste the farm produces into compost, heat and electricity. The system, designed by CHFour … 0

Fire marshal: Check carbon monoxide alarms

Friday, July 24, 2015

Pointing to the deaths of four young Massachusetts residents in a Maine cabin over the weekend, the state Fire Marshal’s Office told residents their carbon monoxide alarms may be running out of time. “A similar tragedy led to a law here in Massachusetts that requires CO alarms in … 0

New computer system to link county’s emergency personnel

Friday, July 24, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — When it comes to the emergency services, being able to communicate with other departments is critical and for Franklin County’s emergency response agencies, that’s about to get a little easier. During a meeting between Deerfield, Sunderland and Whately’s boards of selectmen and police chiefs this … 0

Town Meetings, Week of July 27

Friday, July 24, 2015

Ashfield Parks Commission: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Planning Board: Monday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Website Policy Committee: Tuesday 10 a.m. in Town Hall. Buckland Board of Selectmen: Tuesday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Charlemont Board of Assessors: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Board … 0

Utilities: Electric rates to drop, but root cause of spikes remains

Thursday, July 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — After a winter that saw major increases in electric bills across the region, rates have dropped back to more normal warm-weather levels. While those big fluctuations showed up in monthly electric bills, retailers like Eversource Energy … 0