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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

Northfield pipeline report ready for FERC

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

NORTHFIELD — The Selectboard has prepared the town’s final list of environmental concerns to be submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Earlier this month, the Selectboard asked residents who are worried about the proposed pipeline and compressor station in Northfield — a plan to bring natural-gas through nine Franklin County towns — to compile a list of concerns and send them electronically … 0

Potential health effects cause concern for some residents

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

NORTHFIELD — The health risks for a pipeline and a compressor station are endless, according to Holly Lovelace, Gulf Road resident. She and her husband live about one-third of a mile from the proposed compressor station that Kinder Morgan plans to build along the stretch of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline that is planned to pass through Northfield. Since the whispers among her neighbors … 2

Making regional transport accessible: Plan increases focus on rail, bike, pedestrian

Monday, July 13, 2015

If the hot-air balloons that were part of this weekend’s Green River Festival got you thinking about alternative travel modes, you may want to look at one of two regional transportation plans now in the works that emphasize … 0

Neighbors: Young neighbor collecting for other youngsters

Monday, July 13, 2015

Hello neighbor. Our young neighbor Elizabeth LaValley of Greenfield, who is a sophomore at Stoneleigh Burnham School, is currently working on an independent community service project through the school. Her goal is to raise $1,000 for the Comfort Wagon Program at Baystate Franklin Medical Center. Seven comfort wagons … 0

To hit bull’s-eye, embrace dichotomy

Sunday, July 12, 2015

NORTHFIELD — “Hook, grip, set, draw, anchor,” founder of Amherst Archery Academy Kyle Bissell commanded to a community archery class sponsored by the Dickinson Memorial Library summer program. On Saturday, in a field across from the library, Bissell … 0

WiredWest nearing sign-up goal

Friday, July 10, 2015

HEATH — The town needs just five more households to register for WiredWest broadband services. Last week, 122 Heath voters turned out for a special town meeting and authorized their small town to borrow up to $1.45 million as the town’s share of costs for high-speed broadband. The … 0

A Natural Concert Band to play Northfield senior pavilion tonight

Friday, July 10, 2015

NORTHFIELD — In need of a family-friendly event that will bring back memories of sitting in the bleachers at a high school or college sports game? Look no further than “A Natural Concert Band” performance hosted by the Northfield Council on Aging today at 6 p.m. at the … 0

Weekly meetings for July 13-18

Friday, July 10, 2015

Ashfield Cultural Council: Today 9 a.m. in Town Hall. Selectboard: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Planning Board: Wednesday 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Zoning Board of Appeals: Thursday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Planning Board: Monday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall Finance Committee: Monday 7 p.m. … 1

If faith matters — and it does — then prayer matters

Friday, July 10, 2015

I hear people praying all the time. Supplications bellowed out so fervently and with such feeling that it is impossible not to hear. “JESUS! Oh. My. Gawwd!” My mom often corrected me if the “omg” vernacular slipped its … 0

Neighbors: Local poet leaves us with one last thought

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’m sure many of you read in The Recorder on July 1 of the recent passing of our neighbor, artist, author and poet Margaret Robison, who lived on Water Street in Shelburne Falls next to the Bridge of Flowers when she died on June 24. The … 0

State budget boosts western Mass. programs

Thursday, July 9, 2015

A number of western Massachusetts programs stand to benefit from the state budget compromise hammered out in Boston Wednesday. According to state Senate President Stanley Rosenberg’s office, more than 400,000 working families across Massachusetts will receive more back on the income tax returns next year under the Senate’s … 0

Neighbors: Greenfield fireworks the best in years

Monday, July 6, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’m sure those of you who attended the fireworks in Greenfield on Sunday night woke up Monday morning still in awe. They were magnificent — the best I’ve seen in many years. I sat on Lunt … 0