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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 …

Massachusetts State lottery and casinos vie for gambling cash

Thursday, July 2, 2015

BOSTON — Call it a clash of the state’s gambling titans. The middle-aged Massachusetts State Lottery is nervously looking over its shoulder to see if the state’s newborn casino industry will drain away some of the hundreds of millions it generates in profits each year for local cities and towns. While the lottery was poised to sell nearly $5 billion worth of tickets …

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  • 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 »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Maya Constantine, 3,  and her mother Jenny Boas at the Cup and Top Cafe in Florence Wednesday morning.

    CAROL LOLLIS Maya Constantine, 3, and her mother Jenny Boas at the Cup and Top Cafe in Florence Wednesday morning. Purchase photo reprints »

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Jenn Seredjko, bottom left, and Chris Volonte, both of Kestrel Land Trust, retrieve four American Kestrel chicks from their nesting box for banding Wednesday at New England Falconry in Hadley. Kestrel Land Trust has been working with the U.S. Forest Service, the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife, Mass Audubon, and others to study kestrel populations in hopes of determining and addressing the causes of the Kestrel's rapidly declining population.

    DAN LITTLE Jenn Seredjko, bottom left, and Chris Volonte, both of Kestrel Land Trust, retrieve four American Kestrel chicks from their nesting box for banding Wednesday at New England Falconry in Hadley. Kestrel Land Trust has been working with the U.S. Forest Service, the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife, Mass Audubon, and others to study kestrel populations in hopes of determining and addressing the causes of the Kestrel's rapidly declining population. Purchase photo reprints »

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Sophat Kong weeds her plot of garden at the Walter Salvo house in Northamtpon.

    CAROL LOLLIS Sophat Kong weeds her plot of garden at the Walter Salvo house in Northamtpon. Purchase photo reprints »

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Mayor David Narkewicz announces Duane Nichols as fire chief of Northamtpn.

    CAROL LOLLIS Mayor David Narkewicz announces Duane Nichols as fire chief of Northamtpn. Purchase photo reprints »

  • GREG SAULMON
Jack B. Pierson of Northampton, right, picks strawberries at Town Farm on Ventures Field Road with the help of Chili Palmer Finn, 4, of Springfield. Pierson, an assistant teacher at Northampton’s Farm Hands Preschool, was leading a small group of children in the activity Tuesday morning to harvest the berries for an afternoon snack. "We try to do a lot of connecting with foods and where they come from, and getting kids to think more about their food," Pierson said. The preschool is a program of the Belchertown-based Farm Education Collaborative.

    GREG SAULMON Jack B. Pierson of Northampton, right, picks strawberries at Town Farm on Ventures Field Road with the help of Chili Palmer Finn, 4, of Springfield. Pierson, an assistant teacher at Northampton’s Farm Hands Preschool, was leading a small group of children in the activity Tuesday morning to harvest the berries for an afternoon snack. "We try to do a lot of connecting with foods and where they come from, and getting kids to think more about their food," Pierson said. The preschool is a program of the Belchertown-based Farm Education Collaborative. Purchase photo reprints »

Debt default feared as Greek PM urges ‘no’ vote on EU deal

Monday, June 29, 2015

ATHENS, Greece — Anxious pensioners swarmed closed bank branches Monday and long lines snaked outside ATMs as Greeks endured the first day of serious controls on their daily economic lives ahead of a referendum that could determine whether …

Puerto Rico to seek moratorium from bondholders on $72B in debt

Monday, June 29, 2015

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Rico’s governor said Monday night he will form a financial team to negotiate with bondholders on delaying debt payments and then restructuring $72 billion in public debt that he says the U.S. …

NBC to Trump: You’re fired

Monday, June 29, 2015

NEW YORK — NBC said Monday that it is ending its business relationship with mogul and GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump because of comments he made about Mexican immigrants during the announcement of his campaign. The network said …

Greece banks to remain shut Monday

Monday, June 29, 2015

ATHENS, Greece — Greece’s five-year financial crisis took its most dramatic turn yet, with the cabinet deciding after an 8-hour session that Greek banks would remain shut for six business days and restrictions would be imposed on cash …

Hilltown Voices: Putting horsepower to work at Williamsburg farm, R.H. Conwell School staff, Plainfield open house, Chesterfield picnic

Saturday, June 27, 2015

On Valley View Farm, horsepower is not a term that defines engine strength. On the contrary, it refers to two, robust 10 year-old Belgian Brabant draft horses named Lynne and Clyde that are being used to plow and …

Stocks end mostly lower as Greece debt deadline approaches

Saturday, June 27, 2015

NEW YORK — Stocks had a mixed day Friday, as investors waited for negotiators to finish their work on a solution to Greece’s debt problems. Chinese stocks plunged 7 percent as fears spread that a yearlong bull rally …

Apple pulls some Civil War games

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Civil War historians were flummoxed by Apple’s removal of Civil War games from its App Store that included images of the Confederate flag. The controversial symbol is key to depicting history, they said. “It seems to me that pulling Civil War games might be an extreme response to …

Poll shows divide over increasing money for transit

Saturday, June 27, 2015

WASHINGTON — A slight majority of Americans prefer living in a single-family house in the suburbs or a rural area with more land, even if it means driving long distances to get to work or run errands, according …

Greek prime minister puts bailout deal to referendum July 5

Saturday, June 27, 2015

ATHENS, Greece — Greece’s prime minister on Friday called a surprise referendum for July 5 on the financially troubled country’s fraught bailout talks with international creditors, and government officials are calling on the nation to reject the proposed …

French taxi drivers smash cars in strike against Uber

Thursday, June 25, 2015

PARIS — French taxi drivers pulled out the throttle in an all-out confrontation with the ultra-cheap Uber car service Thursday, smashing livery cars, setting tires ablaze and blocking traffic during a nationwide strike that caught tourists and celebrities …