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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

Conway opts to contribute $3,000 to districtwide school use study

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

CONWAY — Voters have opted to contribute $3,000 toward a study of potentially more efficient use of area school and municipal buildings. Special town meeting voters gave a sound “aye” to the request to pitch in toward a $24,000 study that would examine how town offices and school space in Union 38 could … 0

Two candidates remain in running for Frontier, Union 38 superintendent

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

DEERFIELD — An interim assistant superintendent from New Hampshire and the regional director of an educational organization based in Massachusetts have been named as the finalists for the Frontier Regional School superintendent job. Lynn M. Carey, interim assistant superintendent of the Monadnock Regional School District in Swanzey, N.H., and Kathryn Thayer Clark, regional director of Springboard Education in Lexington, have made the cut. … 0

Police say scam devices found on Whately cash machine

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

WHATELY — Whately police are investigating the presence of an electronic “skimmer” device that can digitally read and capture customers’ credit and debit card information. The device was discovered on the lobby door card scanner outside a Bank … 0

Several local fire departments receive public fire education grants

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Nearly a dozen local fire departments have been awarded public fire education grants by the Baker Administration, including money to work with both classroom teachers and older adults to deliver fire and life safety lessons. The administration announced Wednesday that 228 Massachusetts departments had been awarded Student Awareness … 0

Neighbors: Local musician taken way too soon

Monday, January 11, 2016

Hello neighbor. The Pioneer Valley lost a wonderful musician this past week. Jeff Martell, a folk singer here in the valley for many years, who happened to be one of the major driving forces behind the Green River Festival for about two decades and also worked as Greenfield … 0

Single-vehicle rollover sends Gill resident to the hospital

Sunday, January 10, 2016

WHATELY — Routes 5 and 10 was closed to two-way traffic for about an hour Saturday evening while crews cleared the scene of a single-vehicle rollover accident involving a gold Chrysler Sebring. Whately and South Deerfield firefighters responded … 0

Neighbors: Pioneer Valley Youth Orchestra a great option for young musicians

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Hello neighbor. Can you believe Pioneer Valley Youth Orchestra is already in its third season. The orchestra will perform twice this spring in collaboration with Worcester Youth Symphony. The first performance will be on April 3 at Mechanics … 0

Apply now for Fred T. Wells Trust scholarships

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Applications for the Fred W. Wells Trust scholarships for the 2016­-2017 academic years are now available. They can be found at high school guidance offices and town administrative offices in Ashfield, Bernardston, Buckland, Charlemont, Conway, Deerfield, Gill, Greenfield, Hawley, Heath, Leyden, Monroe, Montague, Northfield, Roe and Shelburne. If … 0

Frontier Superintendent search committee meets Thursday

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

DEERFIELD — The Frontier Regional and Union 38 Superintendent Search Subcommittee will continue to work toward hiring a replacement for outgoing superintendent Martha Barrett during a meeting Thursday morning. The meeting will begin at 7:45 a.m. in the … 0

Motor vehicle fire closes I-91 rest area

Sunday, January 3, 2016

WHATELY — A southbound interstate 91 rest area was closed for approximately an hour Saturday afternoon when a vehicle caught on fire due to a mechanical issue. Whately fire was called to the scene around noon to battle the blaze which had fully engulfed a 2011 Jeep Liberty. … 0

Neighbors: Only 25 snowfalls to go ’til spring

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Hello neighbor. I wish you all a very happy and healthy New Year! Well folks, our precipitation prognosticator has made her prediction for winter 2015-2016. Farrah Pomeroy tells me, “One storm down and 25 to go!” Remember, Farrah … 0

South County towns look to 2016

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

DEERFIELD — A new home for South County EMS, a new roof on Deerfield Elementary School, the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline and a possible medical marijuana dispensary will all be hot topics for Deerfield in the coming year. … 0