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Patrick Melnick revives plan for methane digester to turn manure into electricity at Bar-Way Farm in Deerfield

Saturday, February 28, 2015

DEERFIELD — The 500 cows there don’t know it yet, but they may soon be helping to produce electricity at Bar-Way Farm. After six years of trying, and more than a year after farmer Peter Melnick had given up on the project, he has restarted efforts to turn manure into electricity. He again hopes to install a methane digester on the Deerfield farm that would generate 500 kilowatts from the …

Economic Development Council president cites precision manufacturing as key to region’s success

Friday, February 27, 2015

GREENFIELD — That Richard K. Sullivan Jr. is bullish about the potential of the region’s economy should come as little surprise, since he’s the president and chief executive officer of the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts. But as a recent top-level official in former governor Deval Patrick’s administration – first as Conservation and Recreation commissioner, then as Energy and Environmental Affairs secretary …

Analysts ponder Apple’s new electric car idea

Friday, February 27, 2015

DETROIT — As the frenzy builds surrounding a possible Apple electric car by 2020 there are substantial engineering, logistical and manufacturing hurdles that the consumer electronics giant must overcome, according to experts familiar with the worlds of autos and technology. “Look at the difference in complexity of the two industries’ supply chains,” said Jay Baron, president and CEO of the Center for Automotive …

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  • 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.

    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 »

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Bryan Torres, who is an undocumented immigrant who is an Amherst College student, Monday at the college.

    JERREY ROBERTS Bryan Torres, who is an undocumented immigrant who is an Amherst College student, Monday at the college. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Northampton residents Andres Wilson and his 3-year-old daughter, Eden Wilson color together at Forbes library in the children's  section Wednesday evening.

    CAROL LOLLIS Northampton residents Andres Wilson and his 3-year-old daughter, Eden Wilson color together at Forbes library in the children's section Wednesday evening. Purchase photo reprints »

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McMurphy's Uptown Tavern in Amherst.

    CAROL LOLLIS McMurphy's Uptown Tavern in Amherst. Purchase photo reprints »

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Jim Palermo talks about his attempts at trying to get information about the  test results from the Program For International Student Assessments.

    CAROL LOLLIS Jim Palermo talks about his attempts at trying to get information about the test results from the Program For International Student Assessments. Purchase photo reprints »

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Leo Aloisi maintains sap lines on his property, Hanging Mountain Farm, in Westhampton.

    CAROL LOLLIS Leo Aloisi maintains sap lines on his property, Hanging Mountain Farm, in Westhampton. Purchase photo reprints »

Who says business and pleasure don’t mix? Not these family business owners

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Running a family-owned business has rewards — and also challenges — unique to businesses owned by members of the same family, say those in the field. The most notorious local example of a family business gone awry is …

Longtime employee Genevieve Brough inks a deal, buys Finck & Perras Insurance of Easthampton & Florence

Saturday, February 21, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — In a time where geckos and Flo sell insurance through television ads, Finck & Perras Insurance Agency’s new owner Genevieve L. Brough says her company offers something more personal. With neighborhood offices in Florence and Easthampton, …

Hogan Technology: Hogan brothers lead business in fast-changing industry for three decades

Saturday, February 21, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Sean Hogan had a conversation with his father nearly three decades ago about the fast-changing field of communication technology. “I think there’s an opportunity there, Dad,” he said. He was right about that. Shortly after, brothers …

‘Adaptive use’ of old buildings can be alternative to new construction

Saturday, February 21, 2015

With a high price tag attached to new construction, some businesses are choosing to remodel and repurpose older buildings to suit their needs. “Adaptive use” — the reusing of old buildings for a new purpose — makes sense …

Greece, eurozone creditors set new deal on loan terms

Friday, February 20, 2015

BRUSSELS — Greece and its creditors in the 19-nation eurozone reached an agreement Friday on extending the country’s rescue loans, a move that should ease concerns it was heading for the euro exit. Athens will get an extension …

Wal-Mart move could lift pay in low-wage sectors

Friday, February 20, 2015

WASHINGTON — The modest raises that Wal-Mart has said it will give its lowest-paid workers provide a glimmer of hope for lower-wage workers in other companies and industries. Other retailers and some fast food restaurants may now feel …

Stock market hits new high after Greece gets loan extension

Friday, February 20, 2015

NEW YORK — The stock market is closing at an all-time high after Greece reached a deal with creditors to extend its bailout. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 154 points, or 0.9 percent, to end at a …

Starbucks quits the CD business

Friday, February 20, 2015

SEATTLE — The venerable CD rack at the Starbucks counter is going the way of the Virgin Megastore and Tower Records, amid plummeting sales for music in shiny disc form. Starbucks says it will stop selling CDs next month at its stores, where they’ve been a staple since …

Most homeowners in Valley spending much more this winter to stay warm

Friday, February 20, 2015

If this deep-freeze engulfing the Valley over the last two months is enough to make you shiver, how about the impact on your wallet? Regardless of how one heats their home, chances are they are forking over more …

AREA PROPERTY DEED TRANSFERS

Friday, February 20, 2015

For week ending February 13, 2015 Amherst Althea M. Dabrowski, Sibyl C. Smith, Thaddea Jayne Sibyl, Thaddeus E. Dabrowski, to Thaddea Jayne Sibyl, 18 Taylor St., Amherst, $1. Elizabeth Cannon Smith, Randall P. Smith, to Elizabeth Cannon Smith, Randall P. Smith, 197 South Pleasant St., Amherst, $1. Belchertown …