Why is the last mile the hardest mile? As the effort to extend broadband across the region continues, Wendell’s decision to separate into two committees leads to a mass resignation; Montague keeps the pressure on Comcast to reach 100% of unserved homes; and Gill signs a letter to MBI in support of expanded service there. A Springfield church is raising funds after the tragic death of a local farm worker in Deerfield. Chinese middle schoolers get to know Wendell. If you’re tired of “sputtering, medieval toadies” dragging down Internet discourse in times of social upheaval (see our editorial), Greenfield is planning a monthly IRL opportunity to discuss social topics, starting with race. Plus: selectboard coverage from all five towns;,the year in TFHS sports; Nina’s cartoon explains why pedestrians might be a little pokey lately; and letter writers weigh in on YSP East, offer a poem, and express general enthusiasm for the paper. (Thanks!)
MoRe: Our correspondent heads to Pittsfield in search of Melville. In Orange, the “Keeper of the Flowers” preserves the past in petals. The Gardener’s Companion speaks plainly. MR at the Farmer’s Market talks Millers Falls and Rainbow Gatherings with a local artist. This month’s Children’s Page walks you through making kitchen spoon puppets and invites you to give it a try this Saturday at Gill’s Slate Memorial Library. Plus: theater and movie reviews; police logs from Montague and Gill; arts and entertainment listings; Healthy Geezer; Pet of the Week; and much more. Pick up our long-awaited mid-July issue today, and savor it until our next publication on August 4!