Hawley

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

Regional Notebook

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Dog licenses available in Hawley HAWLEY — Dog licenses are now available, and all pet owners must license their dogs by March 31 to avoid a late fine. Town clerk hours are Wednesdays from 9 to noon or by appointment. There will also be a rabies clinic where licenses will be available toward the end of March, with a date to be announced … 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

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

Cheaper broadband for Hawley?

Thursday, January 7, 2016

HAWLEY — Last spring, annual town meeting voters in this town of 330 people rejected spending $1 million or more for a high-speed broadband network costing $1.5 million. But now this remote, steep hilltown of roughly 330 residents has an alternative expected to cost no more than one-third … 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

West County towns look ahead to 2016

Friday, January 1, 2016

Broadband, an affordable school budget and business growth are on the list of what West County towns want most in 2016. And several towns, scarred by Tropical Storm Irene in 2011, are still working on repairs for roads, bridges and town buildings in 2016. Ashfield, Colrain, Charlemont, Hawley, … 0

Neighbors: Only 25 snowfalls to go ’til spring

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Hello neighbor. I wish you all a very happy and healthy New Year! Well folks, our precipitation prognosticator has made her prediction for winter 2015-2016. Farrah Pomeroy tells me, “One storm down and 25 to go!” Remember, Farrah … 0

West County Notebook

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Today is the deadline for voter registration in Rowe ROWE ­— The town clerk will hold special voter registration hours today, Dec. 30, from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Town Hall. This is the last day to register for those wishing … 0

Neighbors: Have a happy and safe New Year

Monday, December 28, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’m not going to make any resolutions this year. If I’m going to be honest, I don’t think I’ve followed through with one in years — maybe never. Instead, I’m going to live life the best … 0

Alice Parker Carol Sing draws crowd for leader’s 90th

Sunday, December 27, 2015

CHARLEMONT — On yet another drab, rainy and unseasonably warm day in December and with the Christmas rush over, more than 100 people gathered in the Charlemont Federated Church to sing carols under Alice Parker’s direction. Many had … 0

Letter: WiredWest untrustworthy

Sunday, December 27, 2015

WiredWest untrustworthy Well, I know it’s not nice to say “I told you so,” but I did. In the latest blow to its credibility, the Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) has wisely rejected WiredWest’s deeply flawed business model; a plan which was neither financially feasible nor in the best … 0

A glance at the season of giving

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Salvation Army’s bell-ringing volunteers have been out in all weather, but this month’s unseasonably warm weather rain seems to have dampened donations. Wednesday, with a day’s receipts still to be added and one final day … 0