Gill

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

Gill voter sign-up deadline today

Thursday, February 11, 2016

GILL — The deadline to register to vote at the Feb. 22 special town meeting is today. There will be special registration hours from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 8 p.m. at the Town Hall, 325 Main Road, even though the Town Hall is usually closed on Friday. For more information, call 413-863-8103. … 0

Gill voter sign-up deadline for primary is Wednesday

Monday, February 8, 2016

GILL — The deadline to register to vote in the March 1 presidential primary is Wednesday. Town Clerk Lynda Hodsdon Mayo has special registration hours from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 8 p.m. at the Gill Town Hall, 325 Main Road. Absentee ballots are also available at the town clerk’s office. For more information, call 413-863-8103. … 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

Neighbors: Candlelight vigil to remember mass shooting victims

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Hello neighbor. We are faced, once again, with the stark realization that two more mass shootings happened this week in California and Georgia. We all keep asking, “Why is this happening and how do we stop it?” We may never know or understand why this keeps happening or … 0

MBI faults WiredWest plan, won’t use state money for it

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

GREENFIELD — The state entity that can funnel millions of dollars to bring broadband Internet to local towns has slammed the brakes on the plans of the WiredWest Internet cooperative. Saying WiredWest’s current proposed agreement for member towns … 1

Neighbors: ’Tis the season of giving

Monday, November 30, 2015

Hello neighbor. Diggity Dogs Service Dogs, a nonprofit in Shelburne Falls, will tour the valley today to thank the community for another year of support. Diggity Dogs will also be raising awareness for #GivingTuesday, which is today. Following two of the biggest shopping days of the year — … 0

Gill trash schedule

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

GILL — Trash and recycling collection will be shifted from Friday to Saturday this week, because of the Thanksgiving holiday. Because Christmas and New Years both fall on Fridays this year, trash and recycling will be moved to Saturday, Dec. 26 and Saturday, Jan. 2, as well. All … 0

Neighbors: Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving

Monday, November 23, 2015

Hello neighbor. As Thanksgiving quickly approaches, I’m hearing from friends and relatives who are stressed because so many of their guests have limited diets at this point — we all know someone who eats gluten-free, is a vegan or vegetarian, is lactose intolerant, or has some other dietary … 0

Neighbors: Local youngster learn about and teach composting

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Hello neighbor. Fourth-grade students at The Discovery School at Four Corners recently learned about taking notes, paragraphing, composing informational text, and formulating an opinion through a study of composting, according to their teacher Marguerite Rancourt. All students read … 0

Team McGraw: School rallies around ailing administrator

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Middle and high school students sported white ribbons and black shirts with the words “staying strong team McGraw” printed across the chest. Some even stuffed their sleeves with “muscles” to emulate their ailing assistance principal’s … 0

Lawmakers grapple with details of solar law

Monday, November 16, 2015

Among the top priorities for legislators before leaving for their end-of-year break Wednesday is fixing the state’s program that allows solar-electricity-producing businesses and municipalities to sell power back to the grid at retail rates. The current caps on … 2

Local filmmaker hits the road to speak for community co-ops

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Filmmaker Steve Alves is on a roll again, raising money once more for his documentary, “Food for Change.” But this time, the campaign for the 2013 film that began as a short promo for Green Fields Market has … 0