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WiredWest awaits state approval of business plan

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) has not yet evaluated WiredWest’s business plan but is preparing to, according to MBI Director Eric Nakajima. The issue came up last week in Colrain, when selectmen and Crocker Communications sales director Bill Stathis discussed whether WiredWest’s minimum broadband service fee, $49 per month, would be enough to meet the costs of the municipal broadband cooperative’s last-mile fiber-optic network for sparsely populated towns. Colrain is … 0

West County Notebook

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Shelburne needs two for Finance Committe SHELBURNE — The town is seeking at least two residents to serve on the Finance Committee. Currently there are vacancies for a one-year term and a full, three-year term. Interested residents should contact Town Moderator Sylvia Smith either by phone at 413-625-9248 or email at: sylviasmith48@comcast.net The most active time for the committee is the winter and … 0

Neighbors: Visit your local farmers market

Monday, July 27, 2015

Hello neighbor. Farmers markets are going strong throughout the county this summer. I’m not going to mention any in particular, because most of you know where they are, especially if you’ve got one in your town. What I want to talk about today is why you should visit one or two or more. Visiting a farmers market is a way of enjoying the … 0

Weekly Town Meeting List, June 22 to 27

Friday, June 19, 2015

Ashfield Conservation Commission: Wednesday 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Planning Board: Monday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Finance Committee: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Board of Selectmen: Wednesday 6 p.m. in Town Hall. Buckland Conservation Commission: Monday 6 p.m. in Town Hall. Board of Selectmen: Tuesday … 0

West County briefs

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Absentee ballots available SHELBURNE — Absentee ballots for Tuesday’s special election are available at the town clerk’s office until Monday at noon. The special election is to seek approval from the Franklin County Technical School’s 19 member towns to borrow funds for a capital improvement project. The town … 0

Neighbors: Help a homeless child go to summer camp

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Hello neighbor. I spoke this week with Joe Manning, one of our neighbors living in Florence. He said he was in Loot in Turners Falls late last summer, rummaging through all of the antiques and treasures, when he came upon a box of old Associated Press photos. “There’s … 0

In Franklin County, always something old, something new

Monday, June 15, 2015

Franklin County reminds me of the wedding rhyme: something old, something new … As I work my way around the county’s 26 towns on my summer journey to reacquaint myself with The Recorder’s readers, I found myself in the back shop of Pine Hill Orchards, standing in a … 0

Wicked sweet work ethic: Mass. sugarhouses’ record-breaking maple syrup season

Monday, June 15, 2015

CONWAY — Though the maple sugaring season got off to a late start this year, Massachusetts’s sugarhouses had a record-breaking season. Winton Pitcoff, the coordinator of the Massachusetts Maple Producers Association, said the successful season could be attributed … 0

Neighbors: Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum has two new additions

Monday, June 15, 2015

Hello neighbor. Residents and visitors were greeted recently with a big surprise in downtown Shelburne Falls as two trolleys rolled through town and up the hill to their new home at Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum. Until now, the … 0

Neighbors: ‘Diggity Dogs’ had their day in the sun

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Hello neighbor. I am constantly hearing about the wonderful things Franklin County businesses and nonprofits are doing for their communities, and I’m sure most of you have figured out by now how much I love animals. So, how do these two statements relate? Well, the local nonprofit Diggity … 0

Neighbors: Keep your children and pets safe this summer

Monday, June 8, 2015

Hello neighbor. Well folks, we’re headed into summer and it’s time once again to remind you not to leave your child or pet in a hot car, even for a minute. According to doctors and veterinarians from all over the nation, once the temperature reaches 70 degrees Fahrenheit … 0

‘You went to Mohawk — your future is bright’

Sunday, June 7, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — Mohawk Trail Regional School valedictorian Allison Lull told her classmates it is time to ditch the training wheels. “Maybe the dangers of the real world will feel like freedom,” Lull said. “But then again, maybe … 0

Tech School grads asked ‘Who will you be?’

Friday, June 5, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Individuality was the theme of the evening Friday as 122 Franklin County Technical School graduates from 13 shops received their diplomas at a commencement ceremony on the school’s football field. Guest speaker Dr. Sheila Harrity, … 0