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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

Shelburne Falls Village Network online

Thursday, February 11, 2016

SHELBURNE FALLS — A newly formed online group, called the Shelburne Falls Village Network, believes this village of 2,000 residents needs to change and grow — but not at the expense of what makes it special to residents. That’s why several Buckland and Shelburne residents, who want to see future growth coupled with … 0

What’s in a number? Zip code confusion affects Buckland school spending

Thursday, February 11, 2016

BUCKLAND — For years, the question of “which part of Shelburne Falls is in Buckland, which part is in Shelburne” has confused tourists, new residents and the state Registry of Motor Vehicles. Now it may have also skewed another part of Buckland’s financial picture: state calculations used for Buckland school assessments. The Buckland … 0

Comcast proposes broadband expansion in Conway, Shelburne

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

After fighting for full broadband access for several years, Conway and Shelburne are beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel. In responding to requests for proposals by the Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI), Comcast Cable Co. … 0

Letter: How it works

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

There is a long festering problem exposed in the story of collusion regarding the unfortunate incident at Clarkdale Farm with the tipped over portable toilet. The predicted outcome is a settlement out of court between the insurers of Clarkdale and the portable toilet companies with the plaintiff. The … 0

This warm weather is sweet: Sap flowing early for some this sugaring season

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

CHARLEMONT — The calendar had barely flipped to February, but Bill and Norma Coli were already seeing a steady drip of sap, as temperatures Monday broke 50 degrees. But Coli, who has been maple sugaring with his wife … 0

West County Notebook

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Shelburne clerk’s office closed SHELBURNE — The town clerk’s office will be closed on Thursday, so that Town Clerk Joseph Judd can attend the Massachusetts Town Clerks Educational Conference held in Devens, which runs through Friday. Voter registration in Ashfield ASHFIELD — Town Clerk Ann Dunne reminds residents … 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

Mohawk debates wood pellet boilers

Monday, February 1, 2016

BUCKLAND — While Mohawk school officials weigh the advantages of replacing the Mohawk Trail Regional School’s propane-powered boilers with biomass pellet-fueled boilers, regional Health Agent Glen Ayers called for an emissions study, comparing particulates emitted by Mohawk’s current boilers with those of the proposed pellet system. He wanted … 0

Rowe hears on costs to rejoin Mohawk

Monday, February 1, 2016

ROWE — Town boards and School Committee members met Monday morning with Superintendent of Schools Michael Buoniconti and School Business Manager Michael Kociela to go over preliminary financial estimates on what it might cost for Rowe to join … 0

West County Notebook

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Mohawk sets policy for school collaborations BUCKLAND — To encourage Mohawk Trail Regional School District schools to work together on educational programs, the School Committee has adopted a policy for how communities and educators will proceed: First, they must have open meetings that allow input from all affected … 0

Singley’s Furniture to be razed

Friday, January 29, 2016

SHELBURNE FALLS — Despite its long history anchoring downtown commerce, the buildings that housed Singley’s Furniture store for 67 years are beyond repair and must come down, say its new owners. “After walk-through visits with several contractors, we … 0

MBI to meet with cable towns on broadband expansion options

Friday, January 29, 2016

Over the next few weeks, the Massachusetts Broadband Institute will meet with officials in towns with partial broadband access to talk about “last mile” broadband options through Comcast Cable. The Franklin County towns with partial cable access through Comcast include Buckland, Conway, Northfield and Shelburne. MBI has set … 0