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Last-mile broadband collaboration takes next step in planning

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

BOSTON — Now that the state has $50 million to help build out rural broadband Internet access, western Massachusetts legislators met Tuesday with Internet community groups to plan what state Sen. Stan Rosenberg calls “the Last Mile Solution” — how to secure high-speed Internet in unserved and partially served communities. Over the next two months, WiredWest and the Franklin Regional Council of Governments will hold local meetings with town officials … 0

Kiwanis golf tourney Saturday

Monday, September 22, 2014

NORTHFIELD — The local Kiwanis Club will tee off their biggest annual fundraiser Saturday, hitting the local links to raise money for their charitable fund. There’s still a chance to put together a team before the 8 a.m. shotgun start of the annual Golf Classic Four Person Scramble Tournament at the Northfield Golf Club. Registration is $80 per player, and proceeds will help … 0

Neighbors: Walk for suicide leaves from Energy Park Oct. 5

Monday, September 22, 2014

Hello neighbor. With the recent news of Robin Williams, one of the greatest actors and comedians of our time, taking his life still fresh in our minds, I’d like to tell you about a very important fundraiser walk coming up. It will begin in the Greenfield Energy Park. The annual Franklin County Out of the Darkness Walk will be held Oct. 5 from … 0

Neighbors: Volunteer to serve the low-income and homeless

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Hello neighbor. I’d like to give another perfect example of neighbors helping neighbors. Stone Soup Cafe will be holding a volunteer appreciation gathering on Sept. 19 at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church on Main and Hope streets from 7 to 9 p.m. where there’s going to be a … 0

Go, Great Pumpkin

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

GREENFIELD — While “Peanuts” character Linus Van Pelt looked for the Great Pumpkin every Halloween and never found it, he may have had better luck had he looked at the Franklin County Fair. The biggest pumpkin at the … 0

Northfield admin. post goes to Norwell man

Monday, September 8, 2014

NORTHFIELD — The town will soon have a new full-time town administrator, after a Norwell businessmen accepted the job. The Selectboard unanimously chose Brian Noble of Norwell after it interviewed three finalists. They’ve negotiated a contract, which Noble … 0

Neighbors: Shelburne man repairs cemetery signs

Monday, September 8, 2014

Hello neighbor. If you happen to be driving along Route 2 through Charlemont, take notice of the new signs at the entrances to its three cemeteries. Les Chadwick, our neighbor from Shelburne, recently replaced the posts that hold … 0

Fair fire muster results

Sunday, September 7, 2014

The Franklin County Fair ended Sunday and results will soon be published for all competitions, from best quilt to strongest draft horse team. Results from the Firefighters’s Muster Sunday, a preview of fair results to come: Midnight alarm Colrain Fire Department, first; Vernon, Vt. Fire Department, second; Warwick … 0

Letter: Unhappy with override

Friday, September 5, 2014

As a Northfield taxpayer, I continue to be troubled by how school officials were involved in promoting the July 8 override vote for additional school funding. Weeks prior to the vote, they sent multiple e-mails to parents encouraging them to vote and informing them of the implications on … 0

Neighbors: All’s fair this weekend, especially fried dough

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Hello neighbor. Has anyone else noticed this was a very long short week? I don’t know if it was the intense heat and humidity or what, but the weekend is here and it’s fair time. The Franklin County Fair opened last night with its parade along Main Street. … 0

Northfield man gets 6-8 years on child rape

Thursday, September 4, 2014

NORTHFIELD — A local man was sentenced to six to eight years in state prison after he pleaded guilty to child rape and other charges. William Kaczor, 31, of 91 Main St., apartment 2, pleaded guilty in Franklin Superior Court to two counts of rape and abuse of … 0

Fair thee well

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

GREENFIELD — Franklin County Fair president Fred Steiner barely made it past the stables at the Franklin County Fairgrounds before Adam Martin, of Martin’s Farm in Greenfield, emerged from an old red barn and flagged him down. As … 0

Not a blockbuster summer: Hollywood’s sagging box office means dip for Northfield Drive-In

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

NORTHFIELD — The Northfield Drive-In entered the digital age this year and although the picture was better, business was a mixed bag. “It wasn’t a great season,” said owner Mitchell Shakour. “The summer movie industry was down 22 … 0