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Bicyclists cross the Green River Covered Bridge in Greenfield on Thursday. Enthusiasts want to increase promotion of the Valley as a destination for cyclists.

Increased promotion sought to bring more cyclists to Valley

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Franklin County’s back roads are on a roll. In Sunderland, Montague and Whately, in Shelburne, Conway and Deerfield, chances are you may be seeing more bicyclists on byways, in groups or in ones or twos, wending their way along some of the back roads that attract cyclists not only from around the county, but from other parts of New England, …

Gazette offices closed Friday

Friday, July 3, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The offices of the Daily Hampshire Gazette will be closed on Friday in observance of the Independence Day holiday. Customers experiencing any delivery issues may contact the customer service department at 413-586-1925 between 7 and 10 a.m. The Gazette will be published on Saturday, when customer service again will be available from 7 to 10 a.m. …

Economists say harsh winter did not hurt Massachusetts economy

Thursday, July 2, 2015

BOSTON — The brutal winter had only a “transitory, and ultimately minor” effect on the state’s overall economy, according to economists who said Thursday that Massachusetts is in many ways experiencing its strongest expansion since the late 1990s. But the editorial board of MassBenchmarks, a journal of the state’s economy, also waved some warning flags about uneven growth and pockets of stubbornly high …

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  • DAN LITTLE
South Hadley celebrates Independence Day with fireworks Friday evening at Michael E. Smith Middle School.

    DAN LITTLE South Hadley celebrates Independence Day with fireworks Friday evening at Michael E. Smith Middle School. Purchase photo reprints »

  • DAN LITTLE
South Hadley celebrates Independence Day with fireworks Friday evening at Michael E. Smith Middle School.

    DAN LITTLE South Hadley celebrates Independence Day with fireworks Friday evening at Michael E. Smith Middle School. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JERREY ROBERTS
John Bledsoe, who is the deacon of St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church in South Hadley, prepares for Holy Communion with Father Thomas Shea, Sunday. Both are retiring.

    JERREY ROBERTS John Bledsoe, who is the deacon of St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church in South Hadley, prepares for Holy Communion with Father Thomas Shea, Sunday. Both are retiring. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
Community members gathered at Eastworks in Easthampton  Friday for "Circle for Deb", a celebration of the life of Debra Tautznik who died June 13. These flowers were prepared by Corina Miller, owner of The Botaniste flower shop. She picked some from Tautznik's garden, and also asked for donations from the community to create an all-local bouquet.

    KEVIN GUTTING Community members gathered at Eastworks in Easthampton Friday for "Circle for Deb", a celebration of the life of Debra Tautznik who died June 13. These flowers were prepared by Corina Miller, owner of The Botaniste flower shop. She picked some from Tautznik's garden, and also asked for donations from the community to create an all-local bouquet. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
A shaft of sunlight illuminates a small amount of cellulose dust leaking from the foot-thick walls that Hanna Daboul, right, of Longmeadow was filling with blown-in insulation during a "Super Insulation - Installation Day" at the Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity house on East Street in Easthampton on Friday. Women Build, a branch of PV Habitat, is undertaking the construction of the "green" two-family house and was recruiting about 50 women volunteers to help with this day's task.

    KEVIN GUTTING A shaft of sunlight illuminates a small amount of cellulose dust leaking from the foot-thick walls that Hanna Daboul, right, of Longmeadow was filling with blown-in insulation during a "Super Insulation - Installation Day" at the Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity house on East Street in Easthampton on Friday. Women Build, a branch of PV Habitat, is undertaking the construction of the "green" two-family house and was recruiting about 50 women volunteers to help with this day's task. Purchase photo reprints »

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Tyson Serpone, 16 months, leads the Peoples Institute annual fourth of July parade through downtown Northampton Thursday morning.

    PHOEBE JONES Tyson Serpone, 16 months, leads the Peoples Institute annual fourth of July parade through downtown Northampton Thursday morning. Purchase photo reprints »

Massachusetts State lottery and casinos vie for gambling cash

Thursday, July 2, 2015

BOSTON — Call it a clash of the state’s gambling titans. The middle-aged Massachusetts State Lottery is nervously looking over its shoulder to see if the state’s newborn casino industry will drain away some of the hundreds of millions it generates in profits each year for local cities …

Stocks slip on mixed jobs report, Greek fears

Thursday, July 2, 2015

NEW YORK — Stocks ended a tumultuous trading week with slight losses Thursday as investors sought safety ahead of an extended holiday weekend. Investors bought at the opening of trading after a Labor Department report on job creation …

BP inks $18.7B deal aimed to close books on Gulf spill

Thursday, July 2, 2015

NEW ORLEANS — Trying to close the books on the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history, BP agreed Thursday to provide billions of dollars in new money to five Gulf Coast states in a deal the company …

Lenox resort sold for $18M

Thursday, July 2, 2015

LENOX (AP) — A landmark Berkshire County resort once owned by Harriet Beecher Stowe has been sold for $18 million. The Berkshire Eagle reports that CampGroup LLC and L.D. Builders under the corporate umbrella 55 Cranwell LLC bought the 380-acre Cranwell Spa and Golf Resort in Lenox. The …

Valley Venture Mentors, Franklin County Community Development Corp. help propel entrepreneurs

Thursday, July 2, 2015

GREENFIELD — Jane Janovsky of South Hadley likes to jam. To make it, that is — the type you spread on your morning toast. A jamming hobbyist for years, Janovsky found two years ago that the spreads she …

Florence company buys former Getty gasoline station in Hadley

Thursday, July 2, 2015

HADLEY — A Florence-based company has purchased the former Getty gasoline station at 13 Russell St. in Hadley, but owner Amrik Singh said he is unsure how the company will use the property. “It just happened,” he said …

Stocks gain on Greek readiness to negotiate

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

NEW YORK — Hopes that a deal could be reached between Greece and its creditors pushed stocks higher on Wednesday. The U.S. market opened higher, following strong gains for European stocks, after Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras wrote …

Noah’s ark developer wants Ky. tax incentive

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Lawyers for a Christian ministry building a Noah’s ark theme park said Wednesday that Kentucky officials violated First Amendment religious protections when they denied the project a tax incentive worth millions. Answers in Genesis, developer …

US probes possible airline price fixing

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

WASHINGTON — The U.S. government is investigating possible collusion among major airlines to limit available seats, which keeps airfares high, according to a document obtained by The Associated Press. The civil antitrust investigation by the Justice Department appears …

Documentary on Market Basket fight nears release

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

BOSTON — One of the most remarkable work stoppages in U.S. labor history will soon be the subject of a documentary film. “Food Fight: Inside the Battle for Market Basket” is being edited and is scheduled to be …