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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

Regional Notebook

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Dog licenses available in Hawley HAWLEY — Dog licenses are now available, and all pet owners must license their dogs by March 31 to avoid a late fine. Town clerk hours are Wednesdays from 9 to noon or by appointment. There will also be a rabies clinic where licenses will be available toward the end of March, with a date to be announced … 0

Letter: Healing powers

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Our Mother Earth is ailing. Human action can heal the sickness — evil is a disease of the soul. Loving thought force, the power of prayer can heal twisted minds, too. Let’s try it. DOE BROUSSEAU Wendell … 0

For sake of food and future

Sunday, December 20, 2015

ORANGE — There’s plenty to chew on in this community, and around North Quabbin where the hunger to turn the economy around and grow the local food economy is more than a pipe dream. The Pioneer Valley has … 0

‘Keep on going,’ says Citizen of the Year

Friday, December 18, 2015

DEERFIELD — The 33rd Recorder Citizen of the Year, Clifford Fournier of Orange, told the more than 300 people at a recognition breakfast Friday they should “keep on going,” like he has, 20 years after retirement, to do … 0

Neighbors: Stay safe during the holidays

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Hello neighbor. Things are starting to slow down and speed up all at the same time. While there aren’t as many public events between now and New Year’s Eve, everyone is getting ready for their own family celebrations. … 0

MBI, WiredWest work to settle differences over broadband plan

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Two days after a volatile informational meeting in Greenfield, Massachusetts Broadband Institute officials met with WiredWest executives to resolve their differences over how to build a broadband network throughout unserved, sparsely populated western Massachusetts towns. The MBI is … 0

Neighbors: Greenfield Cop Cards return after 15 years

Monday, December 14, 2015

Hello neighbor. Greenfield Police Department has announced the long-awaited return of Cop Cards. It’s been 15 years since the last baseball-card-style set came out, and there have been a lot of changes since then. I bet there may … 0

Diemand Farm: “I think it’s just a matter of time for us to let go of the egg business as it is.”

Friday, December 11, 2015

WENDELL — The 3,000 hens in the Diemand Farms “laying house” are making a clucking racket as two humans enter at the Mormon Hollow Road farm, but it wasn’t over a Massachusetts ballot question that would ban “extreme … 11

State releases school scores trapped in time

Friday, December 11, 2015

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education on Wednesday released accountability data for schools and districts. Partly thanks to an alternative standardized test muddying the waters, no area districts advanced or fell. DESE rates schools on a 1-4 … 0

Neighbors: Practice passionate and respectful discourse

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Hello neighbor. This is probably a good time of year to remind everyone to please be kind to each other and practice civil discourse, even when you don’t see eye-to-eye on certain issues. We all share this county, this country and this planet, and being kind to each … 0

Neighbors: Girl Scout Ski, Snowboard and Skate Sale this weekend

Monday, December 7, 2015

Hello neighbor. Each year Girl Scout Troop 40566 holds a Ski, Snowboard and Skate Sale, and this year is no different. There will be a great selection of affordable items, including Alpine skis and boots from entry level … 0

WiredWest delegates vent anger at MBI

Sunday, December 6, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Members of a cooperative trying to bring broadband Internet service to rural area towns are angered and confused by the Massachusetts Broadband Institute’s recent decision to withhold state money needed to fund the project. The state agency told towns this week not to sign WiredWest’s proposed … 0