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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

What does it take to build a new library? Erving, Greenfield, other towns look to Athol’s shiny new example

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

When Athol’s public library took shape in 1918 it was built on land given by local businessman Laroy Starrett and with money donated by industrialist and noted library philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, but behind that were decades of negotiations and politics as the book collection moved from one temporary home to another. When the … 0

Neighbors: 25th annual Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest seeks entries

Monday, February 8, 2016

Hello neighbor. Well folks, it’s that time again. The 25th annual Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest has begun, and Friends of the Greenfield Public Library are looking for poems from you. The event is open to all Franklin County residents and students. You can submit up to three poems. The deadline is March 7, … 0

About Town: All the region's a stage

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Mid-life crises manifest themselves in all kinds of ways. Mine involves wearing elaborate hats, attempting to speak with Southern and Eastern European accents, and learning insiders’ jargon such as “ghost light,” “spike tape” and “merde.” I am late to the theater world, having only started in 2009. By … 0

State plans presentation on ‘rattlesnake island’

Friday, February 5, 2016

ORANGE — State wildlife officials who want to reintroduce rattlesnakes on a Quabbin Reservoir island have set a public meeting for Feb. 23 at Mahar Regional High School. Beginning in a couple of years, the state plans to stock Mount Zion island with endangered timber rattlesnakes. The plan … 0

Goodbye, Dolly! For six decades, Franklin County at her fingertips

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Dolores “Dolly” Gagnon, who’s had her fingers on the pulse of the community for more than six decades at The Recorder, is ready to take a breath for some serious gardening. Gagnon has been the face — and … 0

Orange EMS hikes rates for out-of-town runs

Thursday, February 4, 2016

ORANGE — Orange has increased its costs for providing surrounding towns who are served by the Orange Fire Department’s Emergency Medical Services. Orange EMS has proposed its operating budget for the 2017 fiscal year at $885,605 — $44,000 … 0

Rodney Hunt Co. future remains unclear as shutdown continues

Thursday, February 4, 2016

ORANGE — The lights are still on and there are still cars in the Rodney Hunt Co. parking lot a month after the company’s announced closure date. Kevin Kennedy, town director of community development and planning, has followed … 0

Neighbors: Share your Valentine’s Day stories with your neighbors

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Hello neighbor. As we approach Valentine’s Day, I’d love to hear — and possibly share — some of your stories. Please send me some of your fondest Valentine’s Day memories, whether it be about your partner, children or pets. Also known as Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast … 0

Mount Zion proposed home for timber rattlesnakes

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Mount Zion is the proposed home, previously unnamed, of a timber rattlesnake population to be bred and placed by the state. At 1,410 acres — the area of about 1,000 football fields — Mount Zion is the largest … 0

North Quabbin Notebook

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Orange voting registration ORANGE — Feb. 10. is the deadline to register to vote for residents wishing to participate in the March 1 Massachusetts presidential primary. Feb. 10 is also the deadline to change party enrollment, either to another party or to “unenrolled,” which is commonly referred to … 0

Quabbin snake island idea gives some creepy-crawlies

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

ORANGE — Some who frequent the Quabbin Reservoir view with suspicion the state’s proposal to stock an island there with endangered rattlesnakes. The Division of Fisheries and Wildlife proposal calls for the breeding and re-introduction of 150 timber … 0

Baby, it’s not that cold outside: Franklin County experiencing unseasonably warm weather

Monday, February 1, 2016

GREENFIELD — It doesn’t matter what Punxsutawney Phil does today. Franklin County isn’t seeing the type of winter it is accustomed to. Homeowners and business proprietors likely enjoy not having to shovel, but what does a winter without … 0