Northfield

Could Comcast close the broadband gap? State to seek grants to reduce number of under-served towns

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The good news for Massachusetts Broadband Institute’s 11 under-served towns — seven of them in Franklin County — is that the state agency plans to solicit grant proposals from Comcast and other service providers to build out broadband fiber capacity by the end of June, and it’s been told that Comcast “is prepared to move very rapidly” on building out cable capacity in those towns to about 96 percent of … 0

Ned Green scholarship hike in Warwick on May 9

Thursday, April 23, 2015

WARWICK — Though it’s been 14 years since an ice-climbing accident took Ned Green’s life, his memory lives on. Shortly after his death, his mother, Clare Green, set up a scholarship in his name, to be given to a Pioneer Valley Regional School senior pursuing an education in the environmental sciences or outdoor … 0

Northfield town departments weigh in on gas pipeline

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

NORTHFIELD — The gas pipeline and compressor station proposed for the town has raised a slew of concerns among town department heads. Several departments and committees have compiled their concerns, and the town will submit them to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which will decide whether to allow the interstate natural gas pipeline proposed by Kinder Morgan. In Northfield, the project would include … 0

Franklin County Tech principal picked

Sunday, March 15, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Shawn Rickan of Phillipston is to take over for Franklin County Technical School Principal and Assistant Superintendent Richard Martin when Martin moves into the superintendent’s office in July. Now a high school principal in Baldwinville, Rickan earlier worked in Orange for five years and is … 0

‘Fiber Towns’ to residents: Prove you want broadband

Sunday, March 15, 2015

The WiredWest high-speed Internet collaborative has started signing up residents of 32 member towns for “Last-Mile” fiber-optic broadband. This is the first step for “fiber towns” to become part of the collaborative’s fiber-optic network. If 40 percent of a fiber town’s households sign up, it shows there is … 0

Letter: Combined sources?

Friday, March 13, 2015

I noticed that every single article in your Friday, March 6 issue had either an author’s name or a news agency’s name attached to it — except the one on page C1 titled “Utilities join pipeline effort.” This article, attributed to “Combined Sources,” glowingly informed us that Kinder … 2

Old farm, new family

Friday, March 13, 2015

NORTHFIELD — A Northfield family is breathing new life into an old farm. Benjamin and Laura Wells-Tolley spent the last year getting the old A.C. Parker dairy farm ready to resume its life as South Wind Dairy. “We’ve … 0

Neighbors: Recorder reporter to share his photography

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’d like to put a plug in for one of my colleagues. Shelburne Grange is hosting a photography presentation by Recorder reporter David Rainville on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Fellowship Hall, 17 Little Mohawk Road in Shelburne Center. The event is free and open to … 0

Tech School budget takes transportation hit

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School Committee has approved a $10,159,000 budget, unchanged from this year but with a 5 percent increase in the sum requested from the district’s 19 member towns. The final budget is down $52,000 from the $10,211,000 preliminary budget approved last month. … 0

Northfield trims capital request list

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Town officials figure Northfield will have enough money for half of the 26 capital requests for the May annual town meeting. The board received the $1.17 million in requests last week, and members met Monday to go over their priorities and reach a consensus. Town Adminis-trator … 0

Neighbors: Time for spring activities

Monday, March 9, 2015

Hello neighbor. Well folks, we’re finally getting a glimpse of spring and I, for one, am loving it. Temperatures are supposed to be in the 40s all of this week — almost reaching 50 on Wednesday — and it looks like the sun is going to shine most … 0

Northfield ballot shapes up after caucus

Monday, March 9, 2015

NORTHFIELD — A town caucus has produced a single race for the May 5 annual town election. A three-way race for two Board of Library Trustees seats will be the only contest, unless others return nomination papers by the 5 p.m. March 17, with at least 20 signatures … 0

Neighbors: Neighbors step up to help longtime disc jockey

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Hello neighbor. There are more fundraisers ahead for longtime disc jockey Ryan Interlande, who needs a heart transplant, so you still have time to help him with his medical expenses. The 39-year-old Montague native, who has been providing many of our parties and events music for more than … 0