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Lamson & Goodnow Manufacturing will move to Westfield; Ashfield man buys most of its Shelburne Falls site

Saturday, March 28, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — After 178 years in Shelburne Falls, Lamson & Goodnow Manufacturing Co. will move to Westfield. Chief Operating Officer James Pelletier said he signed a lease Thursday that takes effect Wednesday. The lease was signed a day after 12.5 acres of Lamson’s 18-acre property and buildings were sold for $1.3 million to businessman John Madocks of Ashfield. Last fall, after the cutlery manufacturer filed for bankruptcy protection, the …

House on Memorial Street in Deerfield sells for $1.15 million

Saturday, March 28, 2015

DEERFIELD — Another home has sold for more than $1 million in Old Deerfield. According to records from the Registry of Deeds, the property at 7 Memorial St., located across from the Memorial Hall Museum and Library, recently was sold for $1,150,000 by Linda McInerney to Freccia LLC, a limited liability company with headquarters on Fifth Avenue in New York City. Cara Canzani, …

Berkshire Gas expands ban on new natural gas service to Amherst, Hadley, Hatfield and Sunderland

Saturday, March 28, 2015

The Berkshire Gas Co. announced Friday it will not accept any new customers in Hampshire County, expanding an earlier moratorium on new service enacted in Franklin County last year. That raises concerns about its impact on economic development in the affected communities. Effective immediately, the utility will no longer allow any new natural gas service in Amherst, Hadley and Hatfield in Hampshire County …

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  • KEVIN GUTTING
Jim Brooks of Northampton takes a recreational shell out for a row on the Connecticut River. The oars are fixed into the oar locks so the blade is "square," the best angle to power through the water, but this immobilization also keeps the blade from being "feathered," or turned parallel to the surface, during the return stroke out of the water.

    KEVIN GUTTING Jim Brooks of Northampton takes a recreational shell out for a row on the Connecticut River. The oars are fixed into the oar locks so the blade is "square," the best angle to power through the water, but this immobilization also keeps the blade from being "feathered," or turned parallel to the surface, during the return stroke out of the water. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
left, Pete Rogers, of Amherst, and Michael Matis, of Amherst talk during a weekly luncheon for homeless veterans at the World War II club in Northampton.

    CAROL LOLLIS left, Pete Rogers, of Amherst, and Michael Matis, of Amherst talk during a weekly luncheon for homeless veterans at the World War II club in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
 Assistant DA Jennifer Suhl gives closing statements in the Emmanuel T. Bile trial Friday morning.

    CAROL LOLLIS Assistant DA Jennifer Suhl gives closing statements in the Emmanuel T. Bile trial Friday morning. Purchase photo reprints »

  • MICKY BEDELL
John Lebeaux, Mass. commissioner of agricultural resources, speaks during the annual Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture meeting at the Northampton senior center on Friday night.

    MICKY BEDELL
John Lebeaux, Mass. commissioner of agricultural resources, speaks during the annual Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture meeting at the Northampton senior center on Friday night. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Easter candy at Ben and Bill's Chocolate Emporium.

    CAROL LOLLIS Easter candy at Ben and Bill's Chocolate Emporium. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JERREY ROBERTS
Northampton Policemen Steven Digiammo, left, and Paul Marguet practice shooting in the dark Friday inside a portable trailer parked at the Northampton State Police barracks on North King Street.

    JERREY ROBERTS Northampton Policemen Steven Digiammo, left, and Paul Marguet practice shooting in the dark Friday inside a portable trailer parked at the Northampton State Police barracks on North King Street. Purchase photo reprints »

Labor Department reports rising number of people quitting jobs, which could lead to more pay raises

Sunday, March 22, 2015

WASHINGTON — Quitting your job — all but unheard of during and after the Great Recession — is becoming more common again. That could mean pay raises are coming for more Americans. The trend has already emerged in …

Business briefs

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Trucking company delivers for children HADLEY — Ideal Movers and Storage is donating its services to deliver items to Massachusetts children. They are working with Cradles to Crayons, an agency that provides children living in homeless or low-income …

AREA PROPERTY DEED TRANSFERS

Sunday, March 22, 2015

For the week ending March 13, 2015 Amherst John E. Hanley, Laurie B. Hanley, to Donovan A. Pollitt, Krystal J. Pollitt, 208 Pine St., Amherst, $510,000. Belchertown Robert M. Mileski to RM Rentals LLC, Bay Road, 185 Metacomet St., Belchertown, $1. Robert M. Mileski to RM Rentals LLC, …

Competing smoke shops in Amherst offer ‘functional art’ driven by popularity of delivering nicotine in vapor form

Sunday, March 22, 2015

AMHERST — Numerous miniature bottles holding the liquid used in e-cigarettes and personal vaporizers fill racks along an entire wall of the Exscape Smoke Shop. Heating this so-called e-juice — which contains nicotine, flavor, propylene glycol and vegetable …

Great Falls Equine veterinarian makes house calls within 45 miles of Gill

Sunday, March 22, 2015

GILL — Stephanie Vassar started out on a medical school track — but today her exam room is 90 miles wide and her patients are furry. The 28-year-old Gill veterinarian opened Great Falls Equine in March and makes …

Starbucks CEO defends new ‘Race Together’ campaign after criticism

Sunday, March 22, 2015

NEW YORK — Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz last week defended the company’s new “Race Together” campaign that has been criticized for being naive and even using racial tensions to boost its bottom line. The chain, best known for …

Companies look to tap into Vt.’s maple business

Sunday, March 22, 2015

ISLAND POND, Vt. — Already, Vermont is maple syrup capital of the U.S., with production traditionally being a side business for farmers. Could a large-scale operation, tapping into thousands of acres of maple trees in a remote northeastern …

Biogen shares soar on Alzheimer’s drug

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Biogen Idec released much anticipated results from a study of a potential Alzheimer’s disease treatment on Friday, showing that it slowed cognitive decline in some patients. In December, the biotechnology company said the developing drug aducanumab reduced a type of plaque in the brain believed to play a …

US stocks rise on rebound in oil

Saturday, March 21, 2015

NEW YORK — Stocks advanced Friday, capping a strong week, helped by a recovery in the price of oil and earnings from Olive Garden owner Darden Restaurants and sportswear giant Nike. The Nasdaq composite index inched closer to …

FDA says GMO apples, potatoes are safe to eat

Saturday, March 21, 2015

The Food and Drug Administration on Friday gave its blessing to two new varieties of genetically engineered apples and six varieties of potatoes also created by genetic alteration. The agency called the new strains of apples and potatoes “as safe and nutritious as their conventional counterparts,” a finding …