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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

Northfield caucus Feb. 23

Friday, February 12, 2016

NORTHFIELD — It’s time to set the ballot for the annual town election. Northfield will host a nonpartisan caucus Feb. 23. at 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. At least 25 registered voters need to attend to conduct a floor nomination. There is one open position for the Selectboard, and two open positions each for the Board of Health and Recreation Commission. Nomination forms … 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

Save the salamanders: Area expert warns of fungus that may threaten US animals

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Those bright, orange salamanders that hikers spot in summer or fall, especially after a rainstorm, might be in danger. A newly discovered fungus is killing salamanders in western Europe, and scientists are afraid the deadly disease may spread … 0

Shelter from the storm: Western Mass. may be spared impact of big coastal storm

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Most of western Massachusetts could be spared from the winter storm working its way toward the East Coast over the next few days, while eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island could be facing the year’s first big winter wallop. … 0

Neighbors: Spend time exploring our pre-dawn sky: five planets visible to naked eye

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Hello neighbor. I’m sure many of you have heard by now that Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn can all be seen in the pre-dawn sky until about Feb. 20. I’ve counted up to four of them, I believe anyway, and though I’m not sure which ones I’m … 0

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

Early morning accident sends one to hospital

Friday, January 15, 2016

NORTHFIELD — A Northfield resident was transported to Baystate Franklin Medical Center around 8:30 a.m. Friday morning for nonlife-threatening injuries when she drove her vehicle into a tree near Warwick Road. Northfield Police Officer Igor Komerzan said the cause is still under investigation but speculates that the minor … 0

Conservation restriction trumps construction: Electric co. access road hits dead end due to property’s protection

Friday, January 15, 2016

NORTHFIELD — Construction of an electric transmission line off Warwick Road has been halted for the time being because of a conservation restriction violation on Northfield Mount Hermon School property. Construction of a utility access road by Eversource Energy across the 300-acre Dilger Parcel property has raised concern … 0

North County towns to host annual dinners Saturday

Friday, January 15, 2016

Looking for a hearty meal to share with your neighbors? Gather your friends or family and head out to the Northfield Trinitarian Church at 5:30 p.m. tonight if you’re in the mood for a chicken and biscuit supper or go to the Warwick Town Hall at 6 p.m. … 0

West Northfield hike heads to Masson Ridge

Thursday, January 14, 2016

NORTHFIELD — Veteran local tracker and naturalist David Brown will join the Northfield Third Sunday Hike Series this month for a tour of the “Forever Wild” conservation restriction land in West Northfield owned by Bill and Christine Copeland. Participants in this week’s walk should meet at 1 p.m. … 0