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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

What does it take to build a new library? Erving, Greenfield, other towns look to Athol’s shiny new example

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

When Athol’s public library took shape in 1918 it was built on land given by local businessman Laroy Starrett and with money donated by industrialist and noted library philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, but behind that were decades of negotiations and politics as the book collection moved from one temporary home to another. When the … 0

Neighbors: 25th annual Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest seeks entries

Monday, February 8, 2016

Hello neighbor. Well folks, it’s that time again. The 25th annual Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest has begun, and Friends of the Greenfield Public Library are looking for poems from you. The event is open to all Franklin County residents and students. You can submit up to three poems. The deadline is March 7, … 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

FERC OKs Northfield Mountain capacity expansion

Thursday, December 17, 2015

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission granted permission Wednesday to add capacity to the Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage Project’s mountaintop reservoir. Owner FirstLight Power Resources applied in September to change its plant’s operating license to temporarily allow an additional 22 feet of pumping capacity to its 5-billion-gallon reservoir through … 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

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

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

Weekly Town Meetings

Friday, December 4, 2015

Ashfield Board of Assessors: Monday 6 p.m. in Town Hall. Board of Assessors: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Technology Committee: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Finance Committee: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Library meeting: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Cultural Council: Wednesday 7:30 p.m. … 0

Local students honored by superintendents

Thursday, December 3, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Grades, sports and a host of unique personal achievements and qualities put eight students in the spotlight Thursday night, one selected from each of the area’s public school systems. Every year, the superintendent of each … 1