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George Propane to build new maintenance building on Cape Street in Goshen

Friday, November 28, 2014

Michael George, general manager of George Propane in Goshen, said the company plans to build a new maintenance building on Cape Street — and hopes to forge good relationships with neighbors while doing so. “We have been looking for a new space for some time because we have just grown out of the current one,” George said. He was referring to maintenance building George Propane operates at 135 Berkshire Trail East. The Zoning Board of Appeals Nov. 20 voted to allow the propane, plumbing and heating company to construct the new building on Cape Street. The company owns 20 delivery and service vehicles. Once the new building is completed, it will no longer use the …

Early-bird shoppers turn out on Thanksgiving in new holiday tradition

Thursday, November 27, 2014

NEW YORK — Early-bird shoppers headed to stores on Thanksgiving in what’s becoming a new holiday tradition. In the Chicago suburb of Naperville, Illinois, the parking lot of a Wal-Mart store was full roughly 30 minutes before Thanksgiving deals started at 6 p.m., including $199 iPad minis. In New York City, there were …

Eiffel Tower protest turns woolly

Thursday, November 27, 2014

PARIS (ap) — Disgruntled farmers have brought their sheep to the Eiffel Tower to protest wolf attacks, and what they call the government’s anti-farmer environmental policies. The woolly protesters munched grass near the Paris monument while their owners urged tougher measures against wolf attacks. The government says its existing plan on preventing attacks …

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Amherst Select Board candidates debate The Retreat student housing project
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Jillian Towle, 3, of Easthampton makes snowballs at her home on Loudville Road Thanksgiving morning.

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Sara Pruss, associate professor of geosciences at Smith College, listens to a research presentation by students in her class, Invertebrate Paleontology and the History of Life, on Monday. At right is student Kenny Clark.

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Robert Saalfrank says grace at the Northampton Thanksgiving day meal.

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back left, Emilie Hamilton, of Amherst, Jim Ilnicky of Leveret, and on the right, Joe Cerniawski, serve themselves  Thanksgiving day dinner community dinner put on by the Amherst Survival Center on Wednesday afternoon.

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Ute  Brandes in her living room holding a picture of her son who designed their home in Belchertown where she and her husband,  Werner Brandes live.

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Senate probes soaring prices of generic drugs

Thursday, November 20, 2014

WASHINGTON — Some low-cost generic drugs that have helped restrain health care costs for decades are seeing unexpected price spikes of up to 8,000 percent, prompting a backlash from patients, pharmacists and now Washington lawmakers. A Senate panel …

Dow, S&P 500 edge back up to record highs

Thursday, November 20, 2014

U.S. stocks rebounded Thursday, sending the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor’s 500 index back into record territory. It was the second record-high close for the Dow this week and the third for the S&P 500. …

After 20-year hiatus, Alfa Romeo officially back in the US

Thursday, November 20, 2014

LOS ANGELES — Alfa Romeo is back in the U.S. after a 20-year hiatus. This week dealerships are starting to receive shipments of the low-volume 4C sports car, which starts at $53,900, said Reid Bigland, head of the brand in North America. The plan is to provide eight …

MGM, Wynn to take on $1 billion debt for casino projects

Thursday, November 20, 2014

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Two Las Vegas-based casino companies announced plans Thursday to take on at least $1 billion in debt to help pay for new casino-hotel developments in Massachusetts and cover other incidental costs. MGM Resorts International and Wynn Resorts Ltd. disclosed their plans in separate financial …

Regional auction lists livestock prices

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Northampton Co-op Auction Inc. lists Tuesday prices: Calves: 0 to 60 lbs., $43 to $63; 61-75 lbs., $20 to $78; 76-95 lbs., $40 to $85; 96-105 lbs., $78 to $97; 106 lbs. & up, $80 to $90; farm calves, $100 to $450; start calves, $41 to $300; …

Hearing draws apology, admission in air-bag mess

Thursday, November 20, 2014

WASHINGTON — The global quality chief of Takata Corp. apologized and an official from Honda acknowledged the automaker broke a disclosure law as a Senate committee put the spotlight on a growing problem with exploding air bags. Hiroshi …

Consumer group lists ‘10 worst toys’ for kids

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

BOSTON — A light-up bow whose arrows are advertised as flying up to 145 feet and the “Catapencil” — a pencil with a miniature slingshot-style launcher on its end — are on an annual list of unsafe toys …

Stocks drift lower after release of Fed minutes

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

U.S. financial markets pulled back slightly from their most recent record highs Wednesday, ending lower for the first time this week. The Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor’s 500 index mostly hovered slightly below the all-time …

MBTA fines commuter rail operator for tardiness

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

BOSTON — The new company running the MBTA’s commuter rail service has been fined $434,000 by the transit agency for failing to meet on-time targets. In the four months since Keolis Commuter Services has been running the system for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, it has failed to …

Drugmaker moving HQ to state

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

LEXINGTON — Shire PLC says its plans to make Lexington, Massachusetts, its U.S. operational headquarters and will move more than 500 jobs there from its Chesterbrook, Pennsylvania, site. The drugmaker is headquartered on the British island of Jersey. It currently has about 5,000 employees globally, including 1,300 in …