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Carlos Rodriguez and Victoriano Estrada connect two orange plastic conduits that will carry fiber optic cable along Industrial Blvd in the Airport Industrial Park in Montague.

Hawley: Is cheaper broadband possible?

Friday, May 22, 2015

HAWLEY — How will Hawley, one of the tiniest WiredWest member towns, get high-speed Internet for less than $1 million? That’s a question Kirby “Lark” Thwing has heard a lot, as a member of both the town Finance and Communications committees. In April, both boards told selectmen that this town, with 44 miles of road and only 347 residents, couldn’t … 0

West County Notebook

Friday, May 22, 2015

Health fair Tuesday at Senior Center SHELBURNE FALLS — The Senior Center on Main Street is sponsoring a health service provider fair on Tuesday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Vendors taking part include Eye and Lasik Center, Pioneer Hearing, Community Health Dental, Health New England Bone Density, Kip Moeller, foot care, Dena Briggs, skin care, Regional Health Nurse Lisa White and Mo Grossberger … 0

Neighbors: Go to a local parade and support our veterans Monday

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Hello neighbor. Memorial Day is a federal holiday for remembering people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. It originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in that war, but by the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans … 0

House doesn’t act on helping SNAP recipients

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Legislature did not act on a proposed amendment to help food stamp recipients hurt by a recent bureaucratic change. However, anti-hunger and anti-poverty advocates say the Baker administration has indicated it is willing to look at the problem caused by the recent modernization changes in … 0

Letter: Keep options open

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Interesting article by Richie Davis on the cost of “Broadband’s Last Few Inches” and Phil Keenan’s comments were right on. I would love to have broadband in Hawley and have “subscribed” with my $49 (refundable if this goes nowhere). But at the present cost figures I would have … 0

Neighbors: Celebration of birthdays dates back thousands of years

Monday, April 27, 2015

Hello neighbor. Well, I am another year older today. Birthdays have been celebrated for thousands of years, and it seems people are still arguing about the origin of the tradition. I did a little research and found a few interesting facts. It seems scholars have found reference of … 0

No contests, many write-ins for Hawley election

Monday, April 27, 2015

HAWLEY — This town of 347 has no election races on the ballot and mostly open seats that could be filled by write-in candidates. The annual town election is Monday, from 11:45 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Town Office, 8 Pudding Hollow Road. This is the first … 0

Hilltown officials puzzle over broadband costs

Thursday, April 23, 2015

ASHFIELD — According to the Massachusetts Broadband Institute, the towns without high-speed Internet have at least through June 2016 to apply for their share of a $40 million pool of state money to extend Internet service — and they don’t have to be part of the WiredWest collaborative … 0

WiredWest withdrawal, recall petitions on Hawley warrant

Thursday, April 23, 2015

HAWLEY — Will cash-strapped Hawley be the first Franklin County town to withdraw from the WiredWest broadband initiative? That’s one of the warrant articles, filed by petition, that voters will address at the May 11 annual town meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. One article asks if the … 0

West County Notebook

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Bakers wanted for Hawley election day bake sale on May 4 HAWLEY — Think voting is as American as apple pie? Then why not bake a pie (or brownies) for the Hawley annual town election bake sale, on May 4, from 11:45 a.m. to 7 p.m.? Town Clerk … 0

Neighbors: French musical at Arts Block

Monday, April 20, 2015

Hello neighbor. If you’re looking for something fun to do next weekend, or the following one, head to the Arts Block on Main Street in Greenfield for the French musical, “Irma la Douce,” which will be performed by Arena Civic Theatre on Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday … 0

Letter: Not the only option

Monday, April 20, 2015

It’s disturbing when people are so determined to get their way that they flagrantly disregard reality. In my opinion, WiredWest and/or its supporters have repeatedly done this. Recent pro-WiredWest mailings and editorials have conjured unsubstantiated hysteria to get people on board. One dubious claim is that “we need … 1

Mohawk towns wrangle over free preschool proposal

Sunday, April 19, 2015

ASHFIELD — West County towns are debating whether to offer “free” preschool next year — paid for through tax dollars rather than by parents of individual preschoolers, whose children don’t qualify for free preschool services for special needs. Unlike other Mohawk Trail Regional School District elementary schools, Sanderson … 0