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Patrick Melnick revives plan for methane digester to turn manure into electricity at Bar-Way Farm in Deerfield

Saturday, February 28, 2015

DEERFIELD — The 500 cows there don’t know it yet, but they may soon be helping to produce electricity at Bar-Way Farm. After six years of trying, and more than a year after farmer Peter Melnick had given up on the project, he has restarted efforts to turn manure into electricity. He again hopes to install a methane digester on the Deerfield farm that would generate 500 kilowatts from the …

Economic Development Council president cites precision manufacturing as key to region’s success

Friday, February 27, 2015

GREENFIELD — That Richard K. Sullivan Jr. is bullish about the potential of the region’s economy should come as little surprise, since he’s the president and chief executive officer of the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts. But as a recent top-level official in former governor Deval Patrick’s administration – first as Conservation and Recreation commissioner, then as Energy and Environmental Affairs secretary …

Analysts ponder Apple’s new electric car idea

Friday, February 27, 2015

DETROIT — As the frenzy builds surrounding a possible Apple electric car by 2020 there are substantial engineering, logistical and manufacturing hurdles that the consumer electronics giant must overcome, according to experts familiar with the worlds of autos and technology. “Look at the difference in complexity of the two industries’ supply chains,” said Jay Baron, president and CEO of the Center for Automotive …

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Full sun, temperatures in the mid-20s and calm winds made for a pleasant afternoon for Steve Leiblum and Lennie Ware of Pelham as they walked their dogs Rosa, left, and Red in an area near the Norwottuck Rail Trail south of Amherst College on Friday.

    KEVIN GUTTING Full sun, temperatures in the mid-20s and calm winds made for a pleasant afternoon for Steve Leiblum and Lennie Ware of Pelham as they walked their dogs Rosa, left, and Red in an area near the Norwottuck Rail Trail south of Amherst College on Friday. Purchase photo reprints »

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Bryan Torres, who is an undocumented immigrant who is an Amherst College student, Monday at the college.

    JERREY ROBERTS Bryan Torres, who is an undocumented immigrant who is an Amherst College student, Monday at the college. Purchase photo reprints »

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Northampton residents Andres Wilson and his 3-year-old daughter, Eden Wilson color together at Forbes library in the children's  section Wednesday evening.

    CAROL LOLLIS Northampton residents Andres Wilson and his 3-year-old daughter, Eden Wilson color together at Forbes library in the children's section Wednesday evening. Purchase photo reprints »

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McMurphy's Uptown Tavern in Amherst.

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Jim Palermo talks about his attempts at trying to get information about the  test results from the Program For International Student Assessments.

    CAROL LOLLIS Jim Palermo talks about his attempts at trying to get information about the test results from the Program For International Student Assessments. Purchase photo reprints »

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Leo Aloisi maintains sap lines on his property, Hanging Mountain Farm, in Westhampton.

    CAROL LOLLIS Leo Aloisi maintains sap lines on his property, Hanging Mountain Farm, in Westhampton. Purchase photo reprints »

Stocks end month on a down note

Friday, February 27, 2015

February proved to be a strong month for U.S. stocks, even though it ended in downbeat fashion. Major stock indexes closed lower on Friday, capping a week of subdued trading that still delivered a couple of new highs …

Say hello to the newest antiques: The class of 1990

Friday, February 27, 2015

By Larry Printz Tribune News Service Maybe you’ve noticed that it’s now 2015 and that means that a fresh crop of automobiles are now 25 years old. This renders them antiques in the eyes of many states as well as the Antique Automobile Club of America. If you’re …

Stocks drift downward on sinking oil prices

Thursday, February 26, 2015

U.S. stocks drifted to a slightly lower finish on Thursday, weighed down by falling energy stocks as the slump in oil prices deepened. Chevron and Exxon Mobil were among the biggest decliners in the Dow Jones industrial average, …

CEO: Commuter rail back to full service in a month

Thursday, February 26, 2015

BOSTON — The head of the French company that operates Massachusetts’ commuter rail system apologized for the breakdowns and delays that have plagued the system after a series of storms dumped more than 7 feet of snow on the region and vowed that full service would be restored …

New York Daily News may be put up for sale

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The publisher of the New York Daily News has hired a financial firm to explore the possibility of selling the nearly century-old tabloid, according to a copy of an internal memo obtained by the Los Angeles Times. In the memo issued to the newspaper’s staff on Thursday morning, …

Spanish company to buy Berkshire Gas parent

Thursday, February 26, 2015

MADRID (AP) — Spain’s leading electricity and natural gas company, Iberdrola, will buy the northeastern U.S. utility UIL Holdings Corp. in a deal valued at about $3 billion, the companies said Thursday. The combined company will serve 3.1 million electric and natural gas customers in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts …

MurDuff’s family jewelry store offers a soft touch

Thursday, February 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Kurt Brazeau, the soft-spoken co-owner of MurDuff’s Jewelry, has some advice for the soon-to-be betrothed: Buying a wedding ring should be fun, and he believes it falls on the jewelry store owner to make sure that …

Credit card security will benefit from latest technological advances

Thursday, February 26, 2015

How easy is it for a defrauder to steal your credit card information? Consider this recent case of a Florence Bank customer, as told by John Heaps, the bank’s chief executive officer. Sometime last year, the customer used …

Markets little changed as Dow ekes out new record

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Dow Jones industrial average notched its third record high close in a row Wednesday, even as other market indexes ended lower. Trading was relatively subdued as investors reviewed the latest corporate earnings news. Utilities stocks were among …

Governors join forces on renewables

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

BOSTON — The governors of Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island are joining forces to look for ways to increase the region’s reliance on renewable energy sources while also expanding natural gas capacity. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said the effort is part of a push to reduce energy costs, …