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Trader Thomas Kay works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday, March 4, 2015. U.S. stocks are opening lower, putting the market on track for a second day of losses. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Stocks lose ground again

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

NEW YORK — U.S. stocks sank Wednesday, pulling indexes further below record highs hit earlier in the week. The drop was modest but broad: nine of the 10 sectors in the Standard & Poor’s 500 index lost ground. Given the market’s recent run, it’s only natural for investors to turn cautious, said Terry Sandven, senior equity strategist at U.S. Bank …

House OKs bill to spur Amtrak’s NE service

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

WASHINGTON — In a rare burst of bipartisanship, the House moved Wednesday to boost Amtrak’s popular service between Boston and Washington while giving states a greater say in the local routes they help subsidize. The bill, approved by a vote of 316 to 101, authorizes $7.2 billion in federal subsidies for passenger rail, …

Harold Tramazzo, owner of Hangar Pub and Grill, takes over operations at Amherst Brewing Co.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

AMHERST — The owner of the Hangar Pub and Grill is taking over all operations at the nearby Amherst Brewing Co., including food preparation, customer service and beer brewing. Hangar owner Harold Tramazzo said Wednesday that he intends to keep Amherst Brewing moving forward as changes are made to the menu and the seating areas in the restaurant at 10 University Drive. “Amherst …

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  • JERREY ROBERTS
Lucas Harrington, top, and Ethan Bakuli work on the set of Amherst Regional High School's production of "Hairspray" Sunday at the school. The show opens Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the ARHS auditorium.

    JERREY ROBERTS Lucas Harrington, top, and Ethan Bakuli work on the set of Amherst Regional High School's production of "Hairspray" Sunday at the school. The show opens Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the ARHS auditorium. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
A2Z Science and Learning Store founders Jack and Priscilla Finn, at right, have sold the Northampton business to two former employees, Andre and Devon Boulay, pictured here with their son, Pierce, 18 months.

    KEVIN GUTTING A2Z Science and Learning Store founders Jack and Priscilla Finn, at right, have sold the Northampton business to two former employees, Andre and Devon Boulay, pictured here with their son, Pierce, 18 months. Purchase photo reprints »

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Sean Nyhan, from left, Matthew Grallert and Brian Gilman make an igloo Sunday on the lawn of the Hampshire County Courthouse. They were among a group of people from Berkshire Trail Elementary School in Cummington. Gilman, who is a fourth grade teacher at the school, said that each year the children make an igloo, but this year they wanted to dedicate it to Donna Jordan, a paraprofessional at the school who is battling cancer, and to her son, Joshua, who died of the disease. Gilman said he hopes it will be used by WRSI 93.9 The River host Monte Belmonte, during his ninth Cancer Connection Campout, an annual fundraiser that begins Wednesday on the courthouse lawn.

    JERREY ROBERTS Sean Nyhan, from left, Matthew Grallert and Brian Gilman make an igloo Sunday on the lawn of the Hampshire County Courthouse. They were among a group of people from Berkshire Trail Elementary School in Cummington. Gilman, who is a fourth grade teacher at the school, said that each year the children make an igloo, but this year they wanted to dedicate it to Donna Jordan, a paraprofessional at the school who is battling cancer, and to her son, Joshua, who died of the disease. Gilman said he hopes it will be used by WRSI 93.9 The River host Monte Belmonte, during his ninth Cancer Connection Campout, an annual fundraiser that begins Wednesday on the courthouse lawn. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
Williston Northampton School grounds manager Joe Zewinski clears a season's worth of snow from the track at Galbraith Field in Easthampton on Monday. Zewinski says the process takes more than one day and involves several steps to move the snow from the infield to outside the track oval.

    KEVIN GUTTING Williston Northampton School grounds manager Joe Zewinski clears a season's worth of snow from the track at Galbraith Field in Easthampton on Monday. Zewinski says the process takes more than one day and involves several steps to move the snow from the infield to outside the track oval. Purchase photo reprints »

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Kim Carlino talks about her work in her studio at Eastworks Thursday, Jan. 22.

    JERREY ROBERTS Kim Carlino talks about her work in her studio at Eastworks Thursday, Jan. 22. Purchase photo reprints »

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Full sun, temperatures in the mid-20s and calm winds made for a pleasant afternoon for Steve Leiblum and Lennie Ware of Pelham as they walked their dogs Rosa, left, and Red in an area near the Norwottuck Rail Trail south of Amherst College on Friday.

    KEVIN GUTTING Full sun, temperatures in the mid-20s and calm winds made for a pleasant afternoon for Steve Leiblum and Lennie Ware of Pelham as they walked their dogs Rosa, left, and Red in an area near the Norwottuck Rail Trail south of Amherst College on Friday. Purchase photo reprints »

MurDuff’s family jewelry store offers a soft touch

Thursday, February 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Kurt Brazeau, the soft-spoken co-owner of MurDuff’s Jewelry, has some advice for the soon-to-be betrothed: Buying a wedding ring should be fun, and he believes it falls on the jewelry store owner to make sure that …

Credit card security will benefit from latest technological advances

Thursday, February 26, 2015

How easy is it for a defrauder to steal your credit card information? Consider this recent case of a Florence Bank customer, as told by John Heaps, the bank’s chief executive officer. Sometime last year, the customer used …

Markets little changed as Dow ekes out new record

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Dow Jones industrial average notched its third record high close in a row Wednesday, even as other market indexes ended lower. Trading was relatively subdued as investors reviewed the latest corporate earnings news. Utilities stocks were among …

Governors join forces on renewables

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

BOSTON — The governors of Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island are joining forces to look for ways to increase the region’s reliance on renewable energy sources while also expanding natural gas capacity. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said the effort is part of a push to reduce energy costs, …

Lawsuit against Purina claims food sickens, kills dogs

Thursday, February 26, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO — A dog owner has filed a lawsuit against a pet food company alleging that thousands of dogs have been sickened or died from eating a brand of dry dog food. Pet owner Frank Lucido filed the suit on Feb. 5 in U.S. District Court in …

Regional auction lists livestock prices

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Northampton Co-op Auction Inc. lists Tuesday prices: Calves: $41 to $86; Growers: $100 to $400; Started: $75 to $140; Veal: $155; Feeders: $801 to $162; Heifers: none; Steers: none; Bulls: $118 to $125; Canners: $50 to $104; Cutters: $105 to $115; Utility: $117 to $126; sows: $35; …

Daily Hampshire Gazette editorial staff, ad department, NIE program honored at yearly newspaper convention

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The editorial, advertising and Newspaper in Education departments of the Daily Hampshire Gazette garnered awards last weekend at the annual New England Better Newspaper Competition. The contest is sponsored by the New England Newspaper & Press Association and draws entries from six states. The newspaper received an honorable …

Prolonged cold delays maple sugar season

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Farmer Leo Aloisi of Westhampton spent much of Wednesday out in his woods, plowing trails and relying on snowshoes to check on his three-mile network of plastic tubing that will, once the temperature warms up, bring gallons of …

Stocks set record highs

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor’s 500 index delivered new highs Tuesday, beating marks they set last week. The Nasdaq composite also built on its gains for the year, finishing higher for the 10th day …

Snow causes headaches for real estate industry

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

BOSTON — All that snow in New England may make your property look as pretty as a calendar shot, but it won’t do you any favors if you’re trying to buy or sell a house. The storms that …