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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

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

Wetmore’s work in ‘70s felt today by fishermen, activists

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Former state Sen. Robert D. Wetmore of Barre — the architect of Article 97 of the Massachusetts Constitution, which may protect public conservation along the path of the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline — is being remembers as a … 0

Frontier cable to hold open house Thursday

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Southern Franklin County’s public access television station is once again throwing open its doors to the public. Frontier Community Access Television will host its annual open house on Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the organization’s offices at 8B Elm Street. “This is a … 0

Team stood up for player’s rights

Monday, January 18, 2016

DEERFIELD — Thirteen years before Jackie Robinson signed on with the Brooklyn Dodgers, 15-year-old Ernest “Bunny” Taliaferro, an African-American Springfield Tech star athlete, was picked for the American Legion Post 21 All-Star team. After winning the New England … 0

Deerfield police warn about Facebook phishing scam

Monday, January 18, 2016

DEERFIELD — Scammers are hacking into Facebook accounts and sending phishing messages to steal personal information and bank account routing numbers, according to the Deerfield Police Department. Police received a call from a resident reporting the scam on Monday morning, said Deerfield Police Officer Adam Sokoloski. “We thought … 0

Neighbors: Call it what you will, the ‘Wolf Moon’ rises Sunday

Monday, January 18, 2016

Hello neighbor. Good morning everyone! I sent an email out to our precipitation prognosticator Farrah Pomeroy. I’ve lost count of how many dustings we’ve had since she made her prediction for this year’s snowfalls. I’ll let you know on Friday. So far, so good! January’s full moon will … 0

Peaceful protesters, undeterred by weather, set off on walk against pipeline

Sunday, January 17, 2016

DEERFIELD — A crowd of peaceful protesters are trekking part of the route of the proposed natural-gas pipeline from Northfield to Plainfield, to both commemorate the life of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and to put a stop … 0

2-car accident leaves drivers with minor injuries

Friday, January 15, 2016

DEERFIELD — Two drivers escaped with “minor bumps and bruises” after a crash at the intersection of Memorial Street and Routes 5 and 10 Friday night. The accident happened around 8:30 p.m. and involved a Mercedes SUV and … 0

Opioid drug fraud lands mom, daughter on probation

Thursday, January 14, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — An Easthampton mother and daughter pleaded guilty Thursday in Hampshire Superior Court to more than 200 drug-related charges resulting from the daughter’s opioid addiction. Each woman was placed on probation. Theresa Coe, 49, was accused in … 0

Deerfield school offers gluten-free lunch

Thursday, January 14, 2016

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Reid McCoy likes grilled cheese sandwiches. And pasta, too. The problem is those foods don’t always like him back. A year of stomachaches was explained when McCoy was diagnosed with celiac disease in May 2015. … 0

Deerfield institutions file as pipeline intervenors

Thursday, January 14, 2016

DEERFIELD — Two major Old Deerfield institutions have added their names to the growing list of town governments, activist groups, organizations and citizens seeking intervenor status in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s approval process for the proposed Northeast … 0