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Scenic Byways signs for the Connecticut River and Mohaawk Trail on Route 2 in Erving near Route 63.

‘Way-finding’ signs help guide tourists on Pioneer Valley’s scenic byways

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

With more people expected to take to the highways than in the past eight years, according to an American Automobile Association projection, the Pioneer Valley has some new tourist-oriented signs to guide them. The “way-finding” signs, which have gone up over the past three weeks along the five scenic byways in Franklin County, depict the Mohawk Trail’s “Hail to the …

US stocks fall after Greece rejects bailout

Monday, July 6, 2015

NEW YORK — Stocks in the U.S. fell broadly in afternoon trading Monday following sharper drops in Europe and Asia as Greeks voted to reject the spending cuts and tax increases demanded by its creditors for additional loans. U.S. government bond prices rose as investors sought safe places to park money. A rout …

Greece eyes new rescue

Monday, July 6, 2015

ATHENS — Greece intends to put forward new bailout proposals to its European partners at an emergency summit Tuesday, government sources here said, as officials sought to stave off a collapse of their country’s banking system and its potential ejection from the eurozone. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras huddled with leaders from across the …

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Amherst Select Board candidates debate The Retreat student housing project
  • KEVIN GUTTING
Bert Levine, left, of Long Island and Steve Deming of Rhode Island, both May graduates of the University of Massachusetts, toss a football near the UMass campus pond while friends take a break in the shade on Sunday afternoon in Amherst.

    KEVIN GUTTING Bert Levine, left, of Long Island and Steve Deming of Rhode Island, both May graduates of the University of Massachusetts, toss a football near the UMass campus pond while friends take a break in the shade on Sunday afternoon in Amherst. Purchase photo reprints »

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Bears feast on hummingbird nectar on the patio outside the Hatfield home of Richard and Nancy Carpenter.

    NANCY SIPPEL CARPENTER Bears feast on hummingbird nectar on the patio outside the Hatfield home of Richard and Nancy Carpenter.

  • 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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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 …