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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

Several local fire departments receive public fire education grants

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Nearly a dozen local fire departments have been awarded public fire education grants by the Baker Administration, including money to work with both classroom teachers and older adults to deliver fire and life safety lessons. The administration announced Wednesday that 228 Massachusetts departments had been awarded Student Awareness … 0

Deerfield Academy settles suit alleging abuse in 1980s

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

HARTFORD, Conn. — A preparatory school in western Massachusetts has agreed to settle a lawsuit by a former student who alleged he was sexually abused by a faculty member in the 1980s. Deerfield Academy and an attorney for the plaintiff confirmed the settlement on Tuesday. The terms weren’t … 0

Limit lowered for S. Deerfield bridge

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Following a recent inspection by the state Department of Transportation, a North Main Street bridge has been reposted with a six-ton weight limit, significantly restricting the types of vehicles that will be able to use the road. “That excludes most vehicles that are bigger than … 0

Letter: The Wal-Mart ‘issue’

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

I see the Wal-Mart issue came up again and its been around 10 years of tax revenue lost. I say the dollar stores had a lot to do with this issue. We were led to believe that the sprawl buster and the so-called abutters were causing a stop … 2

Neighbors: Local musician taken way too soon

Monday, January 11, 2016

Hello neighbor. The Pioneer Valley lost a wonderful musician this past week. Jeff Martell, a folk singer here in the valley for many years, who happened to be one of the major driving forces behind the Green River Festival for about two decades and also worked as Greenfield … 0

Letter: Bad health advice

Monday, January 11, 2016

If the likes of Ms. Barbara Quinn (Column in Your Health section, Dec. 29, 2015) had evidence more convincing than the fatuous statistics she usually refers to (one can’t say they’re “cited” as these studies are never specified, denying interested readers the opportunity to examine their conclusions themselves, … 0

Neighbors: Pioneer Valley Youth Orchestra a great option for young musicians

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Hello neighbor. Can you believe Pioneer Valley Youth Orchestra is already in its third season. The orchestra will perform twice this spring in collaboration with Worcester Youth Symphony. The first performance will be on April 3 at Mechanics … 0

Input sought on Deerfield Elementary roof

Thursday, January 7, 2016

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Residents will get a chance to have their voices heard regarding funding for the Deerfield Elementary School roof project through a special town meeting slated for Town Hall on Jan. 25. Patricia Cavanaugh, the Union 38 district’s director of business services, and Superintendent Martha Barrett … 0

MLK influences pipeline opposition march

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Athol resident Hattie Nestel purposely wanted to conclude next week’s three-day march outlining the proposed path of a controversial natural gas pipeline route on Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a way to celebrate his achievements and beliefs, she said this week. “His memory and influence are … 0

Apply now for Fred T. Wells Trust scholarships

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Applications for the Fred W. Wells Trust scholarships for the 2016­-2017 academic years are now available. They can be found at high school guidance offices and town administrative offices in Ashfield, Bernardston, Buckland, Charlemont, Conway, Deerfield, Gill, Greenfield, Hawley, Heath, Leyden, Monroe, Montague, Northfield, Roe and Shelburne. If … 0