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CAROL LOLLIS
A pats sign made by the crew at CRD Metal works in Williamsburg.

Giant illuminated Patriots logo on display at CRD Metalworks in Williamsburg

Saturday, January 31, 2015

What kind of Patriots fan are you? It may be hard to match what this week’s team-building exercise at CRD Metalworks in Williamsburg came up with. Their creation will be lit up all weekend as a kind of beacon of good luck for New England’s football team as it faces the Seattle Seahawks Sunday in the Super Bowl. Visitors to …

Commerce Dept. says US consumer spending aiding economy

Saturday, January 31, 2015

WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy decelerated in the final three months of 2014 but still grew at an annualized rate of 2.6 percent, the Commerce Department said Friday in a report that had encouraging signs about consumers and prospects for this year. While respectable, the fourth-quarter growth came on the heels of a prior quarter that saw growth revised up to a scorching …

Greater Easthampton Chamber of Commerce honors videographer Sven Kielhorn, owner of eTown Videos

Friday, January 30, 2015

SOUTHAMPTON — “Do what makes your heart sing. Don’t worry about the money, that will come later.” Those were the words of wisdom a friend offered to Sven Kielhorn before he launched his business eTown Videos, which creates marketing, training, informational and multimedia videos for businesses and governmental agencies. “Before I started eTown …

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  • MATT BURKHARTT
Kiera Seaver, 13, of Hopedale receives help working on her electric light-up bracelet from Kelly Kennedy, an electrical engineering student at UMass and Tiffany Hua, a mechanical engineering student Saturday.

    MATT BURKHARTT Kiera Seaver, 13, of Hopedale receives help working on her electric light-up bracelet from Kelly Kennedy, an electrical engineering student at UMass and Tiffany Hua, a mechanical engineering student Saturday. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Maureen Dempsey weighs an egg Thursday before placing it in a carton to be sold at Intervale farm in Westhampton.

    CAROL LOLLIS Maureen Dempsey weighs an egg Thursday before placing it in a carton to be sold at Intervale farm in Westhampton. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS

Steve Holt cuts  cuts a marked tree down in  the woods on George Munsons property on Reservoir Rd.  in Westhampton. Holt uses the tops for fire wood and the logs get sold to be milled.

    CAROL LOLLIS Steve Holt cuts cuts a marked tree down in the woods on George Munsons property on Reservoir Rd. in Westhampton. Holt uses the tops for fire wood and the logs get sold to be milled. Purchase photo reprints »

  • MATT BURKHARTT
Students walk between the Southwest Residence Halls on campus at the University of Massachusetts where riots have taken place on Superbowl Sunday in previous years.

    MATT BURKHARTT Students walk between the Southwest Residence Halls on campus at the University of Massachusetts where riots have taken place on Superbowl Sunday in previous years. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
left, Avital Carlis administrative director of the cancer center and Mark Novotny, Vice president Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer, talk about the new Mass General Cancer Center at Cooley Dickinson.

    CAROL LOLLIS left, Avital Carlis administrative director of the cancer center and Mark Novotny, Vice president Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer, talk about the new Mass General Cancer Center at Cooley Dickinson. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
Jim Perot plays fetch with his four-year-old cockapoo Honey during their daily walk around their North Amherst neighborhood.

    KEVIN GUTTING Jim Perot plays fetch with his four-year-old cockapoo Honey during their daily walk around their North Amherst neighborhood. Purchase photo reprints »

Steve Schechterle of South Deerfield opens third Spirit Shoppe in Gill

Friday, January 30, 2015

GILL — Steve Schechterle of South Deerfield earlier this year opened his third Spirit Shoppe beer, wine and liquor store in the former Jan’s Package Store overlooking the intersection of Main Road and Route 2 in Gill. Schechterle …

Earnings, job news give stocks a lift

Thursday, January 29, 2015

After a shaky start, U.S. stocks rebounded Thursday, snapping a two-day losing streak. Investors welcomed better-than-expected quarterly results from several companies, including Ford, Coach and Harley-Davidson. Homebuilder stocks surged. Even energy stocks, which were down most of the …

Feds sell offshore wind power leases

Thursday, January 29, 2015

BOSTON — U.S. officials on Thursday auctioned off leases to more than 550 square miles of federal waters off the Massachusetts coast to two companies hoping to develop wind energy projects. The two parcels were among four up for lease by the Interior Department. The two other parcels …

Area firewood dealers holding prices down despite limited supply

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Pioneer Valley residents looking for firewood this late in the season may find it in short supply — but at least they aren’t encountering the staggeringly high prices faced by Boston-area consumers. Stephen Holt, a logger from Westhampton, …

Judge nixes Partners hospital merger deal

Thursday, January 29, 2015

BOSTON — A high-profile deal that would have allowed Partners HealthCare to merge with South Shore Hospital has collapsed. Suffolk Superior Court Judge Janet Sanders on Thursday rejected the agreement that Partners worked out with former Attorney General Martha Coakley to allow the merger, which would have also …

Stocks fall sharply on Fed news

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Investors struggled to figure out a barrage of signals from the Federal Reserve, oil markets and Corporate America Wednesday, and stocks fell sharply for second straight day. The Federal Reserve issued its first policy statement of the year, …

Denver airport bans pot-themed souvenirs

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

DENVER — Tourists who fly to Colorado, home of legal pot, can forget about buying souvenir boxer shorts, socks or sandals with a marijuana leaf on them when passing through the Denver airport. The airport has banned pot-themed …

USDA revises maple syrup grading

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Grading standards for maple syrup have been revised to match international standards, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Wednesday, and now consumers can have a better understanding of what topping they’re buying. The revisions to …

Thomas Paine Day celebration in Amherst features forum on labor issues

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

AMHERST — A labor forum focused on the living wage, equal pay for equal work and the growing gap between high- and low-income earners will be held Saturday afternoon at the Jones Library. The annual Thomas Paine Day Celebration starts at 1 p.m. in the library at 43 …

Stocks plunge on large firms’ weak earnings

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

U.S. stocks slumped Tuesday after some of the market’s largest companies reported disappointing earnings, taking investors on a turbulent ride that deepened the losses for the year. The companies that rattled the market included Microsoft, Caterpillar and Procter …