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Protesters and supporters of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline gather outside the Greenfield Middle School before a state Department of Public Utilities hearing Thursday.

Energy department backs pipeline contract

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources has argued before the state Department of Public Utilities that Berkshire Gas Co.’s 20-year contract to use gas from Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct project should be approved. DOER argued that the company’s contract with TGP was consistent with its portfolio standards, that it compares favorably with a range of alternatives, …

LaGuardia Airport set for big makeover

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

NEW YORK — A year after comparing New York’s LaGuardia Airport to “some Third World Country,” Vice President Joe Biden helped unveil an ambitious plan Monday to rebuild its collection of aging terminals into a modern, unified hub while easing congestion by doubling the space available for planes to operate. “I wish everything …

Plunge in China drags global markets lower

Monday, July 27, 2015

NEW YORK — The worst drop in China’s stock market in eight years helped drag down other markets around the world Monday. The tough day follows declines in U.S. markets last week, when the three major indexes fell more than 2 percent as a number of big companies reported disappointing earnings. Faced with …

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  • CAROL LOLLIS
Sophia Collins of South Deerfield and  Eddie Bajgier of South Deerfield Polka to  Dennis Polisky and The Maestro's Men at the polish American Citizens Club annual chicken BBQ in South Deerfield Sunday afternoon.

    CAROL LOLLIS Sophia Collins of South Deerfield and Eddie Bajgier of South Deerfield Polka to Dennis Polisky and The Maestro's Men at the polish American Citizens Club annual chicken BBQ in South Deerfield Sunday afternoon. Purchase photo reprints »

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Janet Grunwald, of Leeds, from left, Caroline Prince, 4, Elizabeth Prince, 6, Fiona Russell, and Russell's dogs Niles, front, and Caber, all of Northampton, picnic Thursday during an installment of the Music on the Porch concert series at the Florence Civic Center.

    JERREY ROBERTS Janet Grunwald, of Leeds, from left, Caroline Prince, 4, Elizabeth Prince, 6, Fiona Russell, and Russell's dogs Niles, front, and Caber, all of Northampton, picnic Thursday during an installment of the Music on the Porch concert series at the Florence Civic Center. Purchase photo reprints »

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Concert-goers gather Saturday on the Westhampton Town Common for a show by Katherine First and the Kitchen Party. It was an installment of the Field of Dreams Summer Concert Series.

    JERREY ROBERTS Concert-goers gather Saturday on the Westhampton Town Common for a show by Katherine First and the Kitchen Party. It was an installment of the Field of Dreams Summer Concert Series. Purchase photo reprints »

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Margaret Randall, of Amherst, eats a soft-serve ice cream cone recently at Sugarloaf Frostie in Sunderland. She said she likes the drive-in because "they have very good ice cream, it's easy to get to and they have a place to sit."

    JERREY ROBERTS Margaret Randall, of Amherst, eats a soft-serve ice cream cone recently at Sugarloaf Frostie in Sunderland. She said she likes the drive-in because "they have very good ice cream, it's easy to get to and they have a place to sit." Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
From left, Julianne Moro of Southampton, Katie Hinkle and Ava Roberts of Easthampton and Layla Gauger of Southampton, all 8 years old and members of  the Girl Scout Brownie Troop 12960, pet Promise, a horse owned by Sandra Wooding from Old Chatham, New York, while visiting the Morgan Horse Show Saturday morning in Northampton. Behind them are Nicole Roberts and Heather Brophy.

    CAROL LOLLIS From left, Julianne Moro of Southampton, Katie Hinkle and Ava Roberts of Easthampton and Layla Gauger of Southampton, all 8 years old and members of the Girl Scout Brownie Troop 12960, pet Promise, a horse owned by Sandra Wooding from Old Chatham, New York, while visiting the Morgan Horse Show Saturday morning in Northampton. Behind them are Nicole Roberts and Heather Brophy. Purchase photo reprints »

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Diane Godek, of Southampton, right, and Mary Lou Casson, of Granby, take an opportunity for a photograph Thursday by a roadside sunflower field in Hadley.

    DAN LITTLE Diane Godek, of Southampton, right, and Mary Lou Casson, of Granby, take an opportunity for a photograph Thursday by a roadside sunflower field in Hadley. Purchase photo reprints »

Fiat Chrysler faces massive recall in government deal

Monday, July 27, 2015

DETROIT — Fiat Chrysler could be required to lay out hundreds of millions of dollars to get potentially defective Ram pickups and older Jeeps off the road under a deal with safety regulators to settle claims that the automaker mishandled nearly two dozen recalls. The National Highway Traffic …

Offshore wind farm work begins

Monday, July 27, 2015

NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) — Construction has begun off Rhode Island’s coast on the nation’s first offshore wind farm, a milestone that federal and state officials say will help the fledgling U.S. industry surge ahead. U.S. Secretary of …

Pride gas station planned for former Aqua Vitae site; Hadley firefighters using neighboring vacant home for training

Monday, July 27, 2015

HADLEY — Within the next 45 days, Pride Stores will submit a plan to build a Super Pride Gas Station on the site of the former Aqua Vitae restaurant and some neighboring properties, according to Pride founder Bob Bolduc. Until then, however, Hadley’s fire department will use one …

Goggins Real Estate relocates to former Bank of America branch site

Sunday, July 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Nearly two years after the Bank of America closed its branch on 79 King St., Goggins Real Estate relocated its headquarters to the one-acre site last week. The real estate offices were previously located at 8 Main St. in Florence. “We were happy tenants in our …

Renovations to Zoe’s took longer than expected, owner says

Saturday, July 25, 2015

HADLEY — Zoe’s Fish House owner James Sands confirmed Friday that the restaurant is unlikely to reopen in Hadley, where it had been located since 2010. “Up until three weeks ago, I was planning on reopening when the project is finally completed,” Sands wrote in an email to …

Anthem bids $48B for Cigna

Friday, July 24, 2015

NEW YORK — Anthem is buying rival Cigna for $48 billion in a deal that would create the nation’s largest health insurer by enrollment, covering about 53 million U.S patients. In just three weeks, starting with Aetna’s $35 …

US stocks sink; S&P posts loss

Friday, July 24, 2015

The U.S. stock market capped a four-day losing streak with its biggest drop of the week. Disappointing quarterly results and outlooks from several companies pulled the major stock indexes sharply lower on Friday. New signs pointing to a …

Transportation chief: 5 airlines probed for price-gouging

Friday, July 24, 2015

WASHINGTON — Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said Friday the government has opened a price-gouging investigation involving five airlines that allegedly raised airfares in the Northeast after a deadly Amtrak crash in Philadelphia in May disrupted rail service. The …

Pioneer Valley business briefs: Big Y donates to Bethlehem House, new leaders at Freedom Credit Union, and more

Friday, July 24, 2015

Big Y Foods donates to Bethlehem House EASTHAMPTON — Bethlehem House was presented with a check for $3,000 raised through the Big Y Foods – 34th Annual Paul and Gerald D’Amour Memorial Charity Golf Outing. Bethlehem House, Inc. …

Stocks fall as earnings disappoint

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Investors have been second-guessing the strength of company results this week and they found more reasons to do so on Thursday. Disappointing earnings and outlooks from several big companies, including American Express, Caterpillar and 3M helped drag U.S. …