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Bicyclists cross the Green River Covered Bridge in Greenfield on Thursday. Enthusiasts want to increase promotion of the Valley as a destination for cyclists.

Increased promotion sought to bring more cyclists to Valley

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Franklin County’s back roads are on a roll. In Sunderland, Montague and Whately, in Shelburne, Conway and Deerfield, chances are you may be seeing more bicyclists on byways, in groups or in ones or twos, wending their way along some of the back roads that attract cyclists not only from around the county, but from other parts of New England, …

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 …

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  • DAN LITTLE
South Hadley celebrates Independence Day with fireworks Friday evening at Michael E. Smith Middle School.

    DAN LITTLE South Hadley celebrates Independence Day with fireworks Friday evening at Michael E. Smith Middle School. Purchase photo reprints »

  • DAN LITTLE
South Hadley celebrates Independence Day with fireworks Friday evening at Michael E. Smith Middle School.

    DAN LITTLE South Hadley celebrates Independence Day with fireworks Friday evening at Michael E. Smith Middle School. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JERREY ROBERTS
John Bledsoe, who is the deacon of St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church in South Hadley, prepares for Holy Communion with Father Thomas Shea, Sunday. Both are retiring.

    JERREY ROBERTS John Bledsoe, who is the deacon of St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church in South Hadley, prepares for Holy Communion with Father Thomas Shea, Sunday. Both are retiring. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
Community members gathered at Eastworks in Easthampton  Friday for "Circle for Deb", a celebration of the life of Debra Tautznik who died June 13. These flowers were prepared by Corina Miller, owner of The Botaniste flower shop. She picked some from Tautznik's garden, and also asked for donations from the community to create an all-local bouquet.

    KEVIN GUTTING Community members gathered at Eastworks in Easthampton Friday for "Circle for Deb", a celebration of the life of Debra Tautznik who died June 13. These flowers were prepared by Corina Miller, owner of The Botaniste flower shop. She picked some from Tautznik's garden, and also asked for donations from the community to create an all-local bouquet. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
A shaft of sunlight illuminates a small amount of cellulose dust leaking from the foot-thick walls that Hanna Daboul, right, of Longmeadow was filling with blown-in insulation during a "Super Insulation - Installation Day" at the Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity house on East Street in Easthampton on Friday. Women Build, a branch of PV Habitat, is undertaking the construction of the "green" two-family house and was recruiting about 50 women volunteers to help with this day's task.

    KEVIN GUTTING A shaft of sunlight illuminates a small amount of cellulose dust leaking from the foot-thick walls that Hanna Daboul, right, of Longmeadow was filling with blown-in insulation during a "Super Insulation - Installation Day" at the Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity house on East Street in Easthampton on Friday. Women Build, a branch of PV Habitat, is undertaking the construction of the "green" two-family house and was recruiting about 50 women volunteers to help with this day's task. Purchase photo reprints »

  • 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 »

Greece heads for vote as EU rebuffs overture

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

ATHENS, Greece — The Greek government vowed Wednesday to go ahead with plans to have the people decide whether they want more austerity measures in exchange for a rescue deal. Greece offered more concessions to its creditors, but …

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 …