West County Notebook

Thursday, November 09, 2017
Veterans program at Grange on Nov. 15

SHELBURNE — The Shelburne Grange No. 68 will honor military veterans with a short program on Wednesday, Nov. 15, at 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, 17 Little Mohawk Road (opposite the Shelburne Fire Station).

A western Massachusetts VA representative will provide an update of VA benefits.

There will also be a short program about military history concerning presidents and movie stars, along with some military humor. Refreshments will be available.

All veterans and their families are welcome to attend.

Broadband project begins in Heath

HEATH — “This is the meeting we’ve been waiting for forever,” declared Selectwoman Sheila Litchfield, as town officials gathered Tuesday morning with representatives of Westfield Gas & Electric (WG&E) to hear about the process for the town’s broadband build-out.

Whip City Fiber project engineer Joe Parda, senior architect Richard Carnell and Nick Sarnelli of Precision Valley Communications laid out plans for surveying poles and designing a web-like network.

An early step was to locate where the 9-by-16-foot “hub” is to be located.

Parda said the network will basically be a “spoke-and-hub” design, in which a centrally located concrete building will house the equipment and all the fiber connections.

“Whip City Fiber” is the name used by WG&E for their broadband business, and Whip City Fiber technicians will soon be seen throughout Heath as they begin field work and route-mapping engineering in preparation for the fiber optic network design of the town’s broadband.

For more information, call Town Coordinator Kara Leistyna at 337-4934, ext. 0 or by email at: bos@townofheath.org