Deerfield

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

Deerfield selectmen give dog a chance

Friday, February 12, 2016

DEERFIELD — Selectmen opted not to take action against a dog that has allegedly attacked the same woman and her dogs three times in as many years, but warned the owner precautions must be taken. Nancy Sunflower of 14 Beaver Drive has filed three complaints regarding a weimaraner owned by Valerie Telega of 5 Beaver Drive, and she elaborated on her concerns at … 0

Deerfield Elementary roof project raises commissioner’s concerns

Thursday, February 11, 2016

DEERFIELD — The town’s building commissioner is worried the weight of a new roof planned for the Deerfield Elementary School might exceed state building codes, and is reviewing information he has just received from the project architect. Richard Calisewski told the selectmen this week he was frustrated that Raymond Design Associates, the Rockland-based … 0

Researchers to present health hazard findings regarding pipeline stations

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

DEERFIELD — The team of researchers that studied the health effects of a 12,000-horsepower gas pipeline compressor in Minisink, N.Y., will present their findings at Frontier Regional High School this Saturday. The team includes Celia Lewis, Ph.D., Beth … 0

Letter: Dismantling WMUA

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

A beautiful tree has flourished in the valley. The community has fed and cherished this tree. Children come and go. Many climb its branches for the many views of the valley. They all listen to the various songs and voices from this tree. This tree is the radio … 1

Ex-Deerfield Academy student sues former teacher for rape

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

DEERFIELD — A former Deerfield Academy student has filed a $10 million lawsuit against a former math teacher whom he has accused of raping him more than 30 years ago. Moss Krivin, now of Los Angeles, filed a civil lawsuit Tuesday in U.S. District Court, claiming that former … 0

Regional EMS move still has opponents

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

SOUTH DEERFIELD — South County EMS’ possible move from the South Deerfield Fire District to Whately’s new Town Office building still has opposition in the town of Deerfield. Residents at a special town meeting Monday night voted by … 0

Area residents react to dodging big storm

Sunday, January 24, 2016

After Winter Storm Jonas paralyzed much of the East Coast, western Massachusetts residents were thankful for clear, sunny skies much of this weekend. “I thought it was strange how the storm missed us,” said Daniel Gobillot of Turners … 0

Save the salamanders: Area expert warns of fungus that may threaten US animals

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Those bright, orange salamanders that hikers spot in summer or fall, especially after a rainstorm, might be in danger. A newly discovered fungus is killing salamanders in western Europe, and scientists are afraid the deadly disease may spread … 0

Shelter from the storm: Western Mass. may be spared impact of big coastal storm

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Most of western Massachusetts could be spared from the winter storm working its way toward the East Coast over the next few days, while eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island could be facing the year’s first big winter wallop. … 0

Special town meeting Monday in Deerfield

Thursday, January 21, 2016

DEERFIELD — Voters at a special town meeting Monday night will be asked to approve paying for about half the cost of a new roof for Deerfield Elementary School. The school’s existing roof is nearing the end of its 20-year lifespan, and the town landed a grant last … 0

Neighbors: Spend time exploring our pre-dawn sky: five planets visible to naked eye

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Hello neighbor. I’m sure many of you have heard by now that Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn can all be seen in the pre-dawn sky until about Feb. 20. I’ve counted up to four of them, I believe anyway, and though I’m not sure which ones I’m … 0

West County, Montague designated as ‘medically underserved’ by feds

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Western Franklin County, along with Montague, have been designated as medically underserved. With less than one full-time physician for every 3,000 residents, western Franklin County together with Montague were recently designated a federal “Health Professional Shortage Area” by the US Department of Health and Human Services and by … 0