M/clear
49°
M/clear
Hi 70° | Lo 49°

Sunderland

Last-mile broadband collaboration takes next step in planning

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

BOSTON — Now that the state has $50 million to help build out rural broadband Internet access, western Massachusetts legislators met Tuesday with Internet community groups to plan what state Sen. Stan Rosenberg calls “the Last Mile Solution” — how to secure high-speed Internet in unserved and partially served communities. Over the next two months, WiredWest and the Franklin Regional Council of Governments will hold local meetings with town officials … 0

Neighbors: Walk for suicide leaves from Energy Park Oct. 5

Monday, September 22, 2014

Hello neighbor. With the recent news of Robin Williams, one of the greatest actors and comedians of our time, taking his life still fresh in our minds, I’d like to tell you about a very important fundraiser walk coming up. It will begin in the Greenfield Energy Park. The annual Franklin County Out of the Darkness Walk will be held Oct. 5 from … 0

Sunderland to buy lot with affordable housing in mind

Friday, September 19, 2014

SUNDERLAND — Sunderland will purchase a 2.82-acre lot on North Main Street for $265,000, which it plans to use to shore up the town’s proportion of affordable housing units for seniors. The purchase was approved by voters at a special town meeting Friday night and passed by the skin of its teeth — just one percent over the required two-thirds majority. The selectmen … 0

South Notebook

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Leverett broadband meeting Thursday at 7 p.m. LEVERETT — The Leverett Broadband Committee will provide information about the fiber optic network to be completed in town and will answer questions Thursday at 7 p.m., at the Leverett Elementary School. Representatives from the network operator and the Internet service … 0

Taste the summer in CISA’s Local Hero restaurant fare

Friday, August 15, 2014

If you can’t come out for a whole meal during CISA’s Local Hero Restaurant Days on Tuesday and Wednesday , at least come to the Wagon Wheel in Gill for homemade peach ice cream made with peaches from Clarkdale Farm. Or have a grass-fed beef tenderloin steak at … 0

Neighbors: Girls Club still needs help to save building

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Hello neighbor. A while back, I told you that the Girls Club of Greenfield was on a campaign to raise money to save Camp Stonehenge on Oak Hill Road in Leyden. Well, it has raised $2,000 so far. It began a coin can fundraiser earlier this year, hoping … 0

Sunderland to hold forum on housing, property purchase

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

SUNDERLAND — The Sunderland Board of Selectmen will hold a public forum Monday to discuss the proposed purchase of 120 North Main St. The forum will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Town Office Building’s second floor meeting room. According to Town Administrator Margaret Z. Nartowicz, the property … 0

Neighbors: Supermoon dazzles in Franklin County’s summer sky

Monday, August 11, 2014

Hello neighbor. If you missed the “supermoon” this past weekend — it was the largest full moon of 2014 — you’ll have one last chance to see one in September. The term “supermoon” came from astrologer Richard Nolle … 0

Regional EMS makes third try at library building

Sunday, August 10, 2014

WHATELY — For the third time, South County’s new regional ambulance service is exploring the possibility of purchasing the Western Massachusetts Regional Library System’s building in Whately to use as its permanent base of operations. At its meeting … 0

Neighbors: Give blood

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Hello neighbor. I recently read about how a propane company in Dedham and the American Red Cross partnered to collect more than 750 blood donations throughout the state this summer. I didn’t realize that one blood donation could potentially help save the lives of up to three people. … 0

First ‘Samplepalooza’ to test Connecticut River health stem to stern

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

GREENFIELD — Just how pollutant-free is the Connecticut River, from the top of Vermont to the Long Island Sound? A group of agencies will be pooling their efforts today to collect data on nitrogen and phosphorous content, along with other algae-growing nutrients, during a one-day water-testing event they’re … 0

Good report from South County EMS

Friday, August 1, 2014

DEERFIELD — Southern Franklin County’s new regional ambulance service has been operational for one month and Chief Zachary Smith, the service’s director, says things are running smoothly so far. Smith appeared before the town’s Board of Selectmen this … 0

Letter: Blame the sparrows

Monday, August 4, 2014

Blame the sparrows The reason the boxes were taken down (along River Road in South Deerfield at the University of Massachusetts farms) was that house sparrows had taken over every single box. House sparrows are non-native and are EXTREMELY aggressive finches. They kill babies and adult birds and … 0