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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

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

Fossil Fuel Freedom training set for Sunday

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

SHELBURNE FALLS — For anyone wanting to move from fossil fuels toward renewable energy sources, Co-op Power will hold its next leadership training session on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the home of the co-op’s President Lynn Benander and Dan Post at 127 Main St. … 0

Solarize Shelburne, Colrain, Conway gets OK

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

State energy officials have approved Shelburne, Colrain and Conway’s collaborative application to participate in the state’s Solarize Mass program — a community-based solar energy strategy that lowers overall costs of installing solar electric equipment through group purchases. State approval of this three-town consortium was announced at the same … 0

Despite company’s sale, Lamson store stays put

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

SHELBURNE FALLS — Lamson & Goodnow will keep its retail shop in the village, but the manufacturing company — which moved its factory to Westfield last year — is under new ownership. All of Lamson & Goodnow’s assets … 0

Letter: Going to lose here

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Kinder Morgan, et al just doesn’t get it. They picked on the wrong neighborhood this time for their purpose: money. Now they have just seeded a nationwide revolt instead. Be advised, Mr. and Ms. FERC, there will be no more pipelines. There will be an end to fracked … 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