Leyden

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

Pioneer budget draws crowd, concerns

Friday, February 12, 2016

NORTHFIELD — The Pioneer Valley Regional School District School Committee has raised its proposed budget for next school year by 2.5 percent over this year. After listening to comments from concerned Pioneer employees, parents and other local taxpayers about the prospects of cutting seven teacher’s aides, the committee voted to boost its original … 0

Former Leyden police officer faces OUI, firearms charge

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

SUNDERLAND — A former part-time Leyden police officer who also works for the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office has been charged with drunken driving and carrying a firearm while intoxicated, after allegedly crashing his car into a fence. Thomas E. Herzig, 26, of Greenfield, was arrested in the early hours of Feb. 3 in Sunderland after allegedly crashing his pickup into a fence in … 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

Greenfield purchases Leyden land to help protect water supply

Thursday, November 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — The town will purchase more than 12 acres that border one of its water supplies in Leyden for $50,000. Greenfield Department of Public Works Director Donald Ouellette said the property sits primarily in Zones A and … 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

Letter: I see courage

Friday, November 20, 2015

Ben Clarke’s My Turn article (“Our ungrateful generation,” Saturday, Nov. 14) in which he passes off my generation’s thirst for justice as entitlement and self-involvement was off-base and stale. Frankly, I am surprised that The Recorder published it because we have heard the argument so many times that … 2

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

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

FRCOG seeks town approvals for regional emergency shelters

Sunday, November 15, 2015

When the next tornado, flood or power-killing snowstorm paralyzes Franklin County towns, will there be accessible shelters out of harm’s way for evacuees? In the two years after the Franklin County Regional Shelter Plan was introduced, Patricia Smith, senior land use planner for the Franklin County Regional Council … 0

Local artist featured in Yankee Magazine

Friday, November 13, 2015

LEYDEN — Kristin Nicholas sat at her kitchen table, wrapped her hands around a warm cup of tea and chuckled at the thought of being seen as a local celebrity. Her house, standing on a large plot of … 0