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Photo courtesy Holyoke Community College
Holyoke Community College’s Gateway to College program, which works with high school students who have dropped out or are at risk for dropping out by enrolling them in college classes, graduated its largest class ever June 9, with 26 students from Amherst, Palmer, Holyoke and Springfield receiving high school diplomas and  college credits.

Friday, August 1, 2014

GCC teams up with women’s agencies Greenfield — Greenfield Community College’s Sustainable Agriculture and Green Energy Education Center, in partnership with Montague Catholic Social Ministries in Turners Falls, the New England Learning Center for Women in Transition in Greenfield and Orange, and Seeds of Solidarity in Orange, has formed The Franklin County Women’s GARDEN, which stands for Growing Agricultural Resiliency … 0

Confluence of worries sends stocks tumbling

Thursday, July 31, 2014

NEW YORK — For stock investors, the red flags were everywhere on Thursday. There were weak corporate results, the looming end of stimulus from the Federal Reserve and tensions between the West and Russia. On top of that, some investors feared that stocks have become too pricey after three years without a significant … 0

Argentina defaults on debt, fueling uncertainty

Thursday, July 31, 2014

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Stocks fell sharply in Argentina on Thursday as the country entered into economic uncertainty with its second default in 13 years, one forced upon it by New York hedge funds with the backing of U.S. courts. The Merval stock index closed down more than 8 percent a day after … 0

Its sad how ignorant people really are, especially here in the sticks. What really happened in the financial crisis was that the...(full comment)

Jackie Wolf: Happy Birthday, Medicare — the best form of health insurance

Personally, I can’t see why anyone but the insurance industry would come out against a single payer system. The insurance industry, by...(full comment)

Jackie Wolf: Happy Birthday, Medicare — the best form of health insurance

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Rosenberg issues nuanced statement on gas pipeline
  • CAROL LOLLIS
left, Kerry Fickett, a clerk, Barbara Fell-Johnson, and Marian Herrick, both volunteers, go through documents dating from 1660's to 1860's that are being unfolded, flattened and transferred to acid free folders at the Registry of Probate in Northampton.

    CAROL LOLLIS left, Kerry Fickett, a clerk, Barbara Fell-Johnson, and Marian Herrick, both volunteers, go through documents dating from 1660's to 1860's that are being unfolded, flattened and transferred to acid free folders at the Registry of Probate in Northampton.

  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Bundle of love
James Gryszan, of Northampton, picks flowers for cancer patients at the Northampton Community Garden Monday.  Gryszan said he grows about 12 kinds of flowers at the garden and usually brings the flowers to Noble Hospital in Westfield.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Bundle of love James Gryszan, of Northampton, picks flowers for cancer patients at the Northampton Community Garden Monday. Gryszan said he grows about 12 kinds of flowers at the garden and usually brings the flowers to Noble Hospital in Westfield. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
Martin Espinola of Northampton stakes out a spot on Mount Sugarloaf in South Deerfield to photograph a storm sweeping over the Connecticut River Valley from the southwest Monday afternoon.

    KEVIN GUTTING Martin Espinola of Northampton stakes out a spot on Mount Sugarloaf in South Deerfield to photograph a storm sweeping over the Connecticut River Valley from the southwest Monday afternoon. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Wendy Blow, of Westhampton picks Rasberries at her home off Kings High Way Friday afternoon.

    CAROL LOLLIS Wendy Blow, of Westhampton picks Rasberries at her home off Kings High Way Friday afternoon. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
From left, Amrita Rutter, 8, and her sister, Sita Rutter, 4, from Amherst, try on glasses.

    CAROL LOLLIS From left, Amrita Rutter, 8, and her sister, Sita Rutter, 4, from Amherst, try on glasses. Purchase photo reprints »

  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Tyler Denison, 6, of South Hadley, left, and Nicolas Tobin, 8, right, play a water game during the South Hadley Falls Fest at Beachgrounds Park in South Hadley Saturday, July 26, 2014.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Tyler Denison, 6, of South Hadley, left, and Nicolas Tobin, 8, right, play a water game during the South Hadley Falls Fest at Beachgrounds Park in South Hadley Saturday, July 26, 2014. Purchase photo reprints »

Stocks flatten out as Fed delivers no surprises

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

NEW YORK — A cheerful report on the U.S. economy, rising profits and no surprises from the Federal Reserve left the stock market nearly where it started on Wednesday. The news was nearly all good. The government said … 0

Ex-IRS official at center of Congress’ probe called tea partiers ‘crazies’

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

WASHINGTON — A former IRS official at the center of the agency’s tea party controversy referred to some right-wing Republicans as “crazies” and more in emails released Wednesday. A key GOP lawmaker says the remarks show that Lois … 0

Regional auction lists livestock prices

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Northampton Co-op Auction Inc. lists Tuesday prices: Calves: 0 to 60 lbs., $15 to $41; 61-75 lbs., $38 to $63; 76-95 lbs., $30 to $75; 96-105 lbs., $60 to $75; 106 lbs. & up, none; farm calves, $100 to $325; start calves, $64 to $106; feeders, $76 … 0

SLIDESHOW Pipeline protest held in Boston

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

BOSTON — An estimated 400 to 500 people rallied on the Boston Common Wednesday, bringing their “Stop the Pipeline” message to the Statehouse. Speakers included state Reps. Stephen Kulik, Paul Mark and Denise Andrews, all opposing Tennessee Gas … 0

Views vary widely on EPA’s clean-air rules

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

DENVER — Hundreds of people across the country lined up Tuesday to tell the Environmental Protection Agency that its new rules for power-plant pollution either go too far or not far enough. The agency is holding hearings this … 1

Food industry spends $9M lobbying vs. GMO labeling

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The food industry spent $9 million lobbying Congress to oppose laws requiring labeling for genetically modified products in the first quarter of this year, nearly matching its total spending for all of last year, a new report said. The Washington D.C.-based Environmental Working Group said big spenders included … 0

Stocks end slightly lower ahead of economic data

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

NEW YORK — The stock market fell modestly on Tuesday as investors focused on a batch of big economic reports ahead. On Wednesday, the government releases its look at economic growth in the spring quarter and the Federal … 0

Lawmakers: Statehouse needs up to $40M work

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts Lawmakers are planning to spend as much as $40 million to upgrade the House and Senate chambers at the gold-domed Statehouse, which is more than two centuries old. On Tuesday, House Speaker Robert DeLeo said he’s seeking up to $20 million to overhaul the 160-seat … 0

Stocks pause as traders await key economic news

Monday, July 28, 2014

NEW YORK — After dawdling between small gains and losses in a slow day of summer trading, the stock market ended little changed on Monday. Instead of worrying about the conflict between Russia and Ukraine or trouble in … 0

Anti-pipeline walk ends with Statehouse rally

Monday, July 28, 2014

With a couple of days to rest after their statewide “rolling march” to fight the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. proposal, opponents are gearing up for a Boston rally in front of the Statehouse, where they plan to present two sets of petitions to lawmakers. The timing, Wednesday from … 0