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Siblings Christine and Kurt Brazeau own Murduff's Jewelry Store in Florence.

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 is the case. “If you’re not having a good time buying an engagement ring, leave,” Brazeau said in a recent interview in …

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 a bank card at a store to make a purchase. A defrauder intercepted the credit …

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 the biggest decliners. Energy stocks rebounded as oil prices broke a five-day slide and climbed …

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  • CAROL LOLLIS
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 »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
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 »

  • KEVIN GUTTING

Dan Dacri of Northampton was not phased by the frigid temperatures or mounds of snow as he trimmed some wood to length for a job in downtown on Old South Street  in Northampton Tuesday.

    KEVIN GUTTING Dan Dacri of Northampton was not phased by the frigid temperatures or mounds of snow as he trimmed some wood to length for a job in downtown on Old South Street in Northampton Tuesday. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
From left, Reese Hillenbrand, Grace Plumer, and Julian Greve rehearse Tuesday in Williamsburg for the  Anne T. Dunphy Elementary School's production of "Seussical Jr."

    CAROL LOLLIS From left, Reese Hillenbrand, Grace Plumer, and Julian Greve rehearse Tuesday in Williamsburg for the Anne T. Dunphy Elementary School's production of "Seussical Jr." Purchase photo reprints »

  • MATT BURKHARTT
Paul Dostal, Hatfield veterans' agent, Paul Boudreau, Hatfield town administrator, William Belden, Hatfield fire chief, and Mike Lyons, Hatfield accountant pose for a portrait on the steps of the Hatfield town hall February 19. All four are retiring

    MATT BURKHARTT Paul Dostal, Hatfield veterans' agent, Paul Boudreau, Hatfield town administrator, William Belden, Hatfield fire chief, and Mike Lyons, Hatfield accountant pose for a portrait on the steps of the Hatfield town hall February 19. All four are retiring Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
R.K. Finn Ryan Road School kindergartners Riley Sylvester, left, and Ava Paret make their way through a maze that school officials discovered on the playground Monday morning, the first day after winter break. Principal Sarah Madden doesn't know who created the 40- by 40-foot maze, "but it might have been snow angels - or elves."

    KEVIN GUTTING R.K. Finn Ryan Road School kindergartners Riley Sylvester, left, and Ava Paret make their way through a maze that school officials discovered on the playground Monday morning, the first day after winter break. Principal Sarah Madden doesn't know who created the 40- by 40-foot maze, "but it might have been snow angels - or elves." Purchase photo reprints »

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, …

Lawsuit against Purina claims food sickens, kills dogs

Thursday, February 26, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO — A dog owner has filed a lawsuit against a pet food company alleging that thousands of dogs have been sickened or died from eating a brand of dry dog food. Pet owner Frank Lucido filed the suit on Feb. 5 in U.S. District Court in …

Regional auction lists livestock prices

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Northampton Co-op Auction Inc. lists Tuesday prices: Calves: $41 to $86; Growers: $100 to $400; Started: $75 to $140; Veal: $155; Feeders: $801 to $162; Heifers: none; Steers: none; Bulls: $118 to $125; Canners: $50 to $104; Cutters: $105 to $115; Utility: $117 to $126; sows: $35; …

Daily Hampshire Gazette editorial staff, ad department, NIE program honored at yearly newspaper convention

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The editorial, advertising and Newspaper in Education departments of the Daily Hampshire Gazette garnered awards last weekend at the annual New England Better Newspaper Competition. The contest is sponsored by the New England Newspaper & Press Association and draws entries from six states. The newspaper received an honorable …

Prolonged cold delays maple sugar season

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Farmer Leo Aloisi of Westhampton spent much of Wednesday out in his woods, plowing trails and relying on snowshoes to check on his three-mile network of plastic tubing that will, once the temperature warms up, bring gallons of …

Stocks set record highs

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor’s 500 index delivered new highs Tuesday, beating marks they set last week. The Nasdaq composite also built on its gains for the year, finishing higher for the 10th day …

Snow causes headaches for real estate industry

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

BOSTON — All that snow in New England may make your property look as pretty as a calendar shot, but it won’t do you any favors if you’re trying to buy or sell a house. The storms that …

Yellen keeps Fed flexible

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen navigated the tricky job of managing expectations on Tuesday in her first public comments on interest rate policy in more than two months. She wanted the world to know the Fed …

Stocks end mixed, Dow pulls back from a record

Monday, February 23, 2015

The slump in crude oil prices and disappointing U.S. home sales data helped nudge stocks mostly lower on Monday, pulling the market back from an all-time high reached last week. The Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & …

Greece readies new reforms

Monday, February 23, 2015

ATHENS, Greece — Caught between its own defiant campaign pledges and pressure from creditors, Greece’s left-wing government will deliver a list of reforms Tuesday to debt inspectors for final approval of extended rescue loans, officials said. Prime Minister …