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Economy, cultural climate topics for Congressman James McGovern during walking tour of downtown Amherst

Friday, May 22, 2015

AMHERST — Economic development, potential arts programs and the existing cultural environment will be the focus of a two-hour visit by U.S. Congressman James McGovern to Amherst center Tuesday afternoon. McGovern, D-Worcester, will lead a walking tour that begins at the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce, 28 Amity St., at noon, features a 1:30 p.m. ribbon cutting for Osteria Vespa restaurant in the Amherst Cinema building and concludes at 2 …

Stocks fall on lower oil, mixed earnings results

Friday, May 22, 2015

NEW YORK — The stock market capped a quiet week of trading on a down note. Major indexes fell from the start on Friday as oil drillers and other energy-related companies followed oil prices lower. Stocks spent much of the rest of the day drifting between losses and gains as investors considered a …

Merkel: Greece bailout talks far from done

Friday, May 22, 2015

RIGA, Latvia — With Greece facing a potential default in two weeks, German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday sought to add urgency to the talks between the country and its international creditors, warning that “very, very intensive work is still needed.” Merkel and French President Francois Hollande spoke for about two hours with …

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  • CAROL LOLLIS
Tom Quinn, of Worthington,  volunteering at Full Circle Bikes helping Jason Graves put bikes together for the spring season. Working along with him is Anthony Rigali,17, of Northampton.

    CAROL LOLLIS Tom Quinn, of Worthington, volunteering at Full Circle Bikes helping Jason Graves put bikes together for the spring season. Working along with him is Anthony Rigali,17, of Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

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Bill Robbins,an employee of Omasta, plants Petunias along route 9 in front of Riverbend Animal in Hadley Friday morning.

    CAROL LOLLIS Bill Robbins,an employee of Omasta, plants Petunias along route 9 in front of Riverbend Animal in Hadley Friday morning. Purchase photo reprints »

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left, Adam Cranson, Alex Kelly and far right Derek Rood, all employees of Clearspan out of Michigan, building the new boat house for Northampton Community Rowing.

    CAROL LOLLIS left, Adam Cranson, Alex Kelly and far right Derek Rood, all employees of Clearspan out of Michigan, building the new boat house for Northampton Community Rowing. Purchase photo reprints »

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Eeli Sointu-Block, right, 3, of Northampton, along with Asher Wood, 2 1/2, of Northampton and Ruby Wilhelm-Klarich, left, 3, of Williamsburg take part in the annual Rob Belknap Cycle Rally at the Smith College Center for Early Childhood Education at Fort Hill on Wednesday in Northampton.

    KEVIN GUTTING Eeli Sointu-Block, right, 3, of Northampton, along with Asher Wood, 2 1/2, of Northampton and Ruby Wilhelm-Klarich, left, 3, of Williamsburg take part in the annual Rob Belknap Cycle Rally at the Smith College Center for Early Childhood Education at Fort Hill on Wednesday in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

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Kelly Palm, left, her son, Hunter, 12, and her mother, Jody O'Brien, talk about their visit to China Monday at the Palm's home in Northampton.

    JERREY ROBERTS Kelly Palm, left, her son, Hunter, 12, and her mother, Jody O'Brien, talk about their visit to China Monday at the Palm's home in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

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Cassandra Miller moves into her apartment at Cottage Square in Easthampton.

    CAROL LOLLIS Cassandra Miller moves into her apartment at Cottage Square in Easthampton. Purchase photo reprints »

Stocks drift as oil slides

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

NEW YORK — The stock market slipped back from its latest record high in a listless day of trading Tuesday. Oil companies and drillers tugged major indexes down as the price of crude oil dropped for a fifth …

Takata air bag recall grows to 34 million

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

WASHINGTON — Under pressure from U.S. safety regulators, Takata Corp. has agreed to declare 33.8 million air bags defective, a move that will double the number of cars and trucks included in what is now the largest auto …

Markets set new records

Monday, May 18, 2015

NEW YORK — The stock market crept to a record high in a quiet session on Monday. Investors had little news to weigh because most major companies have finished reporting first-quarter results. The Dow Jones industrial average added …

Creamery the latest addition to 237-year-old Mayval Farm in Westhampton

Sunday, May 17, 2015

WESTHAMPTON — Mayval Farm in Westhampton has been owned and operated by the Parsons family since 1778, a tradition that the family hopes will continue into future generations. They know that to remain in business means staying competitive …

Zoe’s Fish House in Hadley to reopen this summer after renovations

Sunday, May 17, 2015

HADLEY — Closed for renovations since October, Zoe’s Fish House may reopen in six to eight weeks, according to owner Jim Sands. Sands, of Goshen, said renovations have taken several months longer than anticipated. The restaurant used to be in its own freestanding building, and when renovations are …

Administrator of New England Health Center in Sunderland defends quality of care

Saturday, May 16, 2015

SUNDERLAND — In a memo to the staff of the New England Health Center in Sunderland, the nursing home’s manager has defended the quality of care at the facility after newspapers reported that it had earned the federal Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services’ lowest rating of “much …

Area business briefs

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Spa holds opening celebration in Florence FLORENCE — Simply Serenity @ Franki’s, a spa and salon at 40 Main St., will hold a grand opening celebration at 1 p.m. May 23, with refreshments and face-painting and balloons for …

Lyft gets $100 million endorsement

Saturday, May 16, 2015

The investment in a privately held startup such as San Francisco-based Lyft is unusual for the 79-year-old Icahn, whose net worth is $22.4 billion, according to Forbes. Icahn has spent his career, and made his fortune, buying large stakes in publicly traded companies such as Apple Inc. and …

Google to test self-driving pod car on public roads

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Google will start testing podlike self-driving car prototypes on public roads near its headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., this summer. The prototypes are the first of a 100-car fleet the tech giant is building as it researches robotic car technology. “Vehicles that can take anyone from A to …

US stock indexes end higher

Saturday, May 16, 2015

U.S. stock indexes spent Friday mostly drifting between tiny gains and losses, but the small moves were enough to nudge the Standard & Poor’s 500 index to its second record high in two days. The Dow Jones industrial …