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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 …

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 and towns. While the lottery was poised to sell nearly $5 billion worth of tickets …

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  • PHOEBE JONES
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 »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Maya Constantine, 3,  and her mother Jenny Boas at the Cup and Top Cafe in Florence Wednesday morning.

    CAROL LOLLIS Maya Constantine, 3, and her mother Jenny Boas at the Cup and Top Cafe in Florence Wednesday morning. Purchase photo reprints »

  • DAN LITTLE
Jenn Seredjko, bottom left, and Chris Volonte, both of Kestrel Land Trust, retrieve four American Kestrel chicks from their nesting box for banding Wednesday at New England Falconry in Hadley. Kestrel Land Trust has been working with the U.S. Forest Service, the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife, Mass Audubon, and others to study kestrel populations in hopes of determining and addressing the causes of the Kestrel's rapidly declining population.

    DAN LITTLE Jenn Seredjko, bottom left, and Chris Volonte, both of Kestrel Land Trust, retrieve four American Kestrel chicks from their nesting box for banding Wednesday at New England Falconry in Hadley. Kestrel Land Trust has been working with the U.S. Forest Service, the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife, Mass Audubon, and others to study kestrel populations in hopes of determining and addressing the causes of the Kestrel's rapidly declining population. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS

Sophat Kong weeds her plot of garden at the Walter Salvo house in Northamtpon.

    CAROL LOLLIS Sophat Kong weeds her plot of garden at the Walter Salvo house in Northamtpon. Purchase photo reprints »

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Mayor David Narkewicz announces Duane Nichols as fire chief of Northamtpn.

    CAROL LOLLIS Mayor David Narkewicz announces Duane Nichols as fire chief of Northamtpn. Purchase photo reprints »

  • GREG SAULMON
Jack B. Pierson of Northampton, right, picks strawberries at Town Farm on Ventures Field Road with the help of Chili Palmer Finn, 4, of Springfield. Pierson, an assistant teacher at Northampton’s Farm Hands Preschool, was leading a small group of children in the activity Tuesday morning to harvest the berries for an afternoon snack. "We try to do a lot of connecting with foods and where they come from, and getting kids to think more about their food," Pierson said. The preschool is a program of the Belchertown-based Farm Education Collaborative.

    GREG SAULMON Jack B. Pierson of Northampton, right, picks strawberries at Town Farm on Ventures Field Road with the help of Chili Palmer Finn, 4, of Springfield. Pierson, an assistant teacher at Northampton’s Farm Hands Preschool, was leading a small group of children in the activity Tuesday morning to harvest the berries for an afternoon snack. "We try to do a lot of connecting with foods and where they come from, and getting kids to think more about their food," Pierson said. The preschool is a program of the Belchertown-based Farm Education Collaborative. Purchase photo reprints »

Gazette offices will be closed Friday in observance of Independence Day

Wednesday, July 1, 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 …

Strawberry fields

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Greece’s bailout expires, country defaults on IMF payment

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

ATHENS, Greece — Greece slipped deeper into its financial abyss after the bailout program it has relied on for five years expired at midnight Tuesday and the country failed to repay a loan due to the International Monetary …

Ore. pot growers look forward to new era

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

WILLIAMS, Ore. — On the third Thursday of each month, veteran medical marijuana growers and hopeful newbies gather in the old Williams Grange hall in a small rural Oregon valley long known for growing some of the best …

UCC church to divest over Israeli-Palestinian troubles

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

NEW YORK — The top legislative body of the United Church of Christ voted Tuesday to divest from companies with business in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories, in a sign of the growing momentum of a U.S. protest movement against Israeli policy. The denomination’s General Synod endorsed the action …

Greek debt saga watched as stocks edge back up

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

NEW YORK — The U.S. stock market stabilized on Tuesday as investors followed the latest developments in the Greek debt saga. Stocks edged higher a day after the market had its worst day of the year. That slump …

Regulators leery of Spanish firm’s plan for Conn. utility

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. — State regulators on Tuesday moved a step toward rejecting a plan by Spain’s leading electricity and natural gas utility to buy the parent company of several local energy firms in a deal valued at up to $3 billion. The state Public Utilities Regulatory Authority …

State focuses on employers as paid sick time rule starts

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

BOSTON — When a paid sick time requirement takes effect Wednesday, state officials say the focus will be on educating employers about the new law, not punishing any for noncompliance. Voters backed a ballot question in November allowing workers to accrue up to 40 hours of paid sick …

Stocks plummet over Greek crisis

Monday, June 29, 2015

NEW YORK — Fears that Greece’s troubles could spread through the global financial system shook markets on Monday, driving U.S. stocks to their worst day of the year. Investors fled from stocks in Europe and the U.S. and …

Obama to propose making millions more eligible for OT

Monday, June 29, 2015

WASHINGTON — Salaried workers who earn nearly $1,000 per week would become eligible for overtime pay under a proposal President Barack Obama unveiled Monday, lamenting that too many Americans are working too many hours for less pay than they deserve. The long-awaited overtime rule from the Labor Department …