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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

Turners family road-ready at last: Donations allow Norwoods to buy wheelchair-ready van

Friday, February 12, 2016

TURNERS FALLS — A disabled boy’s life and the lives of his family are now a little bit better thanks to hundreds of donations toward a wheelchair-accessible van. The used 2015 Dodge Caravan was delivered to the Norwood family’s home after months of fundraising through the organization HelpHOPELive, a nonprofit that helps individuals … 0

Montague to negotiate with broadband company to nearly eliminate unserved homes

Monday, February 8, 2016

MONTAGUE — Broadband might finally make its way to the last unserved homes in Montague. Town officials voted on Monday night to enter into contract negotiations with broadband service provider Matrix Design Group to reach almost 98.5 percent of the remaining unserved households in Montague. The town will also seek permission to proceed … 1

West County, Montague designated as ‘medically underserved’ by feds

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Western Franklin County, along with Montague, have been designated as medically underserved. With less than one full-time physician for every 3,000 residents, western Franklin County together with Montague were recently designated a federal “Health Professional Shortage Area” by the US Department of Health and Human Services and by … 0

Wetmore’s work in ‘70s felt today by fishermen, activists

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Former state Sen. Robert D. Wetmore of Barre — the architect of Article 97 of the Massachusetts Constitution, which may protect public conservation along the path of the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline — is being remembers as a … 0

Neighbors: Call it what you will, the ‘Wolf Moon’ rises Sunday

Monday, January 18, 2016

Hello neighbor. Good morning everyone! I sent an email out to our precipitation prognosticator Farrah Pomeroy. I’ve lost count of how many dustings we’ve had since she made her prediction for this year’s snowfalls. I’ll let you know on Friday. So far, so good! January’s full moon will … 0

Peaceful protesters, undeterred by weather, set off on walk against pipeline

Sunday, January 17, 2016

DEERFIELD — A crowd of peaceful protesters are trekking part of the route of the proposed natural-gas pipeline from Northfield to Plainfield, to both commemorate the life of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and to put a stop … 0

Hit with sticks, stones and worse

Sunday, January 17, 2016

MONTAGUE-Nearly 50 years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. led a civil rights march down the streets of a predominantly white neighborhood in Chicago called Marquette Park in one of the many demonstrations for racial equality in the 1960s. … 0

Letter: Worth the money

Friday, January 15, 2016

“OUCH,” I’ve got to say about the switch to a flat rate for all the seven FRTA fixed routes. For me, the change means that I will pay a dime more for my primary trips on Route 22 between Turners Falls and Greenfield. Ouch. But the FRTA ouch … 0

Martin Luther King Jr. Day events

Friday, January 15, 2016

Greenfield Community College will host a celebration of the life of Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the GCC Dining Commons on Monday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Activities for children ages 2 to 12 years old include rock wall … 0

Alleged stabber faces slew of other charges

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

MONTAGUE — Police say they found a rifle, ammunition and marijuana belonging to the Montague man who allegedly ambushed a friend in Colrain and left him for dead at a secluded beach last month. Colin D. York, 27, of 67 Lake Pleasant Road, has been charged with two … 0

Firm hired to evaluate NED pipeline’s possible impact on Montague water

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

TURNERS FALLS — The Turners Falls Water Department has hired an environmental engineering firm to evaluate the impact of the proposed Northeast Energy Direct gas pipeline on the aquifer and municipal well protection area. The department has hired … 0

Light snow, ice derail drivers

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Cold and a light snow late Tuesday afternoon and into the evening left roads surprisingly treacherous in some areas, catching some off guard. Enough cars left the road in Montague to prompt a first alarm from the Turners … 0