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Leverett, Obama on same page with high-speed Internet

Sunday, January 25, 2015

LEVERETT — President Obama’s call Tuesday for Internet expansion to “help folks build the fastest networks, so that the next generation of digital innovators and entrepreneurs have the platform to keep reshaping our world,” had a special ring for people in this town. Obama’s State of the Union shout-out to the 21st-century businesses’ need for “the fastest Internet,” and his visit to Cedar Falls, Iowa, last week to spotlight that …

Hilltown Voices: Buildings demolished on Worthington property once owned by potato farmer Bernard Albert

Saturday, January 24, 2015

After a lengthy process, the dilapidated storage barn and crumbling outbuildings located between 311 and 343 Huntington Road in Worthington have been demolished and hauled away. The 36-acre parcel was once owned by prominent potato farmer the late Bernard “Ben” Albert. Once part of a thriving 174-acre farm in the 1950s, hard times …

US stocks fall, snapping 4-day winning streak, but show gain for week

Friday, January 23, 2015

NEW YORK — A batch of mixed earnings reports Friday helped push the stock market to its first day of losses this week. Shares of tissue and diaper maker Kimberly-Clark dropped after the company’s earnings fell short of expectations and it gave a disappointing outlook. Package-delivery service UPS plunged after it cut its …

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Eva Gerstel, who turned 100 on Thursday, talks about her life Wednesday at Lathrop Communities in Easthampton.

    JERREY ROBERTS Eva Gerstel, who turned 100 on Thursday, talks about her life Wednesday at Lathrop Communities in Easthampton. Purchase photo reprints »

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Students at the UMass textbook annex locate their books Wednesday January 21

    MATT BURKHARTT Students at the UMass textbook annex locate their books Wednesday January 21 Purchase photo reprints »

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Rev. Robert J. Coonan at the Lady of Grace Parish in Hatfield.

    CAROL LOLLIS Rev. Robert J. Coonan at the Lady of Grace Parish in Hatfield. Purchase photo reprints »

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Jim and Donna Egan take a walk on Ashley Circle near their home in Easthampton. In 2010 Jim contracted goodpastures syndrome while on a trip to Sedona Arizona. Goodpastures syndrome is an autoimmune disease in which antibodies attack the lungs and kidneys, leading to bleeding from the lungs and to kidney failure. On Halloween of 2014 Jim received a kidney transplant.

    MATT BURKHARTT Jim and Donna Egan take a walk on Ashley Circle near their home in Easthampton. In 2010 Jim contracted goodpastures syndrome while on a trip to Sedona Arizona. Goodpastures syndrome is an autoimmune disease in which antibodies attack the lungs and kidneys, leading to bleeding from the lungs and to kidney failure. On Halloween of 2014 Jim received a kidney transplant. Purchase photo reprints »

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From left, Adwoa Rampiah-Bonney, Sarah Fischer and Arlee Lovett-Dietrich chat between songs during a recent rehearsal at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Amherst.

    JERREY ROBERTS From left, Adwoa Rampiah-Bonney, Sarah Fischer and Arlee Lovett-Dietrich chat between songs during a recent rehearsal at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Amherst. Purchase photo reprints »

Microsoft shows off Windows 10, 3D gadget

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

REDMOND, Wash. — Microsoft on Wednesday took the wraps off a new version of Windows — and a new wearable 3D gadget it calls the HoloLens. The company showed the new headset, which lets users view and interact …

Tootsie Roll’s 53-year CEO dies at 95

Thursday, January 22, 2015

CHICAGO — Melvin Gordon, who helped turn the enduring popularity of the humble Tootsie Roll into a candy empire, has died. He was 95. The longtime Tootsie Roll Industries Inc. chairman and CEO died Tuesday in Boston after …

Regional auction lists livestock prices

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Northampton Co-op Auction Inc. lists Tuesday prices: Calves: 0 to 60 lbs., $37 to $40; 61-75 lbs., $48 to $75; 76-95 lbs., $50 to $83; 96-105 lbs., $50 to $75; 106 lbs. & up, $50 to $76; farm calves, $100 to $430; start calves, $60 tp $125; …

Mohegan Sun joins casino suit

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Mohegan Sun is suing state gambling regulators over their decision to award the Boston-area casino license to a rival. The Connecticut-based casino company announced Wednesday it has joined a state Superior Court lawsuit filed in October by suburban Revere and a labor union representing workers …

Stocks turn higher after choppy day’s trading

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

NEW YORK — A late rise in technology stocks helped the U.S. stock market stagger to a tiny gain following a choppy day of trading Tuesday. A combination of tepid earnings results, falling oil prices and downbeat news …

Vt. eyed as East Coast hub of pot tourism

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

WASHINGTON — Forget ski resorts and prize-winning maple syrup. The big tourism draw for tiny Vermont could soon be marijuana. Led by Gov. Peter Shumlin, state lawmakers are exploring legalizing a drug that has been as much a part of local culture as tie-dyes, psychedelic music and hippie …

Oil price drop means change across board

Monday, January 19, 2015

WASHINGTON — Cheap oil doesn’t only mean cheaper gas in the tank. It means that a car dealer in Illinois is shuffling the inventory of models he’ll be selling, that more students in Wisconsin may get school-provided iPads, …

NH delegation requests openness in pipeline plan

Sunday, January 18, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire’s congressional delegation is calling for an open and transparent process before a final decision is made about a proposed natural gas pipeline route in the state. Texas-based Kinder Morgan wants to construct about 70 miles of pipeline through southern New Hampshire. About …

Veteran chefs design very different menus at two new restaurants in Amherst

Sunday, January 18, 2015

AMHERST — In Amherst center, the chef at a new restaurant focused on northern Italian and Mediterranean cuisine is encouraging patrons to pair their food with a glass of wine. In North Amherst, the chef at a new …

Lawrence George of Florence plans Brick & Feather Brewery in Turners Falls

Sunday, January 18, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — An industrial building near the edge of downtown could soon be turning out beer, adding a sixth brewery to Franklin County and a second to the town of Montague. Lawrence George, 38, of Florence, has …