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CAROL LOLLIS
Eric Berzins, a brewer at Fort Hill Brewery in Easthampton Friday morning before the opening party later that afternoon.

Fort Hill Brewery in Easthampton releases first beer as a third brewery takes shape on Pleasant Street

Friday, August 22, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Standing at the wooden bar in the tasting room of Fort Hill Brewery this week, owner Eric Berzins held a glass of Oktoberfest, the first beer his brewery has released, and indulged in a proud moment. “Twenty-two months ago, this was just a field,” he said. After building a $4 million-plus brewery on 3-acre parcel at 30 Fort … 0

Debit card fraud making life hard for Easthampton gyms that automatically bill members

Friday, August 22, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Since April, thousands of people have been issued new debit cards — sometimes several times — due to a rash of data breaches at certain Easthampton and Southampton retailers. Once a compromised card is replaced, it falls to debit card holders to change their card information with every place that uses … 0

Recent cooler, rainier weather in Valley creates problems for some crops

Friday, August 22, 2014

Area farmers are once again on the front lines of weather patterns that in recent weeks have brought cooler, rainier weather to the region. That’s translated into problems for some growers of potatoes and tomatoes as well as for those growing vine crops such as pumpkins and squash, says University of Massachusetts Amherst … 0

That was the first thing I thought when I heard this. So frustrating. Who do we complain to about this? On May 22nd...(full comment)

I-91 repair needs another two months Additional deterioration found on bridge over Route 5

What if one of these 'immigrants' stopped and let go by the police is a terrorist. Today ISIS tweeted they are in...(full comment)

Northampton Mayor Narkewicz will sign executive order prohibiting police from turning over illegal immigrants

Even if I don't agree with this, I have to remember that I live in a town that does. ...(full comment)

Northampton Mayor Narkewicz will sign executive order prohibiting police from turning over illegal immigrants
  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Front side of the new South Hadley Library is seen Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014.  The library is moving from the old library on Bardwell Street, and expected to open sometimes in the week of Aug. 25.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Front side of the new South Hadley Library is seen Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. The library is moving from the old library on Bardwell Street, and expected to open sometimes in the week of Aug. 25. Purchase photo reprints »

  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Catia Correia, the class of 2014 graduate from Amherst Regional High School, speaks during the WHMP's community forum "Ready, Writing & Racism" at Town Commons in Amherst Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Catia Correia, the class of 2014 graduate from Amherst Regional High School, speaks during the WHMP's community forum "Ready, Writing & Racism" at Town Commons in Amherst Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JERREY ROBERTS
Dr. Marty Nathan, second from right, cheers after Mayor David Narkewicz agreed to implement immigration reform during a meeting Thursday at The First Churches. Nathan also spoke during the meeting. Bliss Requa-Tratz, left, who is an organizer for Just Communities, asked the mayor for his support at the meeting. Also shown are Jaime Pizha, second from left, a church leader at Iglesia Quechua Bautista Nueva Vida, and Sharon Moulton, who also spoke.

    JERREY ROBERTS Dr. Marty Nathan, second from right, cheers after Mayor David Narkewicz agreed to implement immigration reform during a meeting Thursday at The First Churches. Nathan also spoke during the meeting. Bliss Requa-Tratz, left, who is an organizer for Just Communities, asked the mayor for his support at the meeting. Also shown are Jaime Pizha, second from left, a church leader at Iglesia Quechua Bautista Nueva Vida, and Sharon Moulton, who also spoke. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JERREY ROBERTS
The I-91 Exit 18 on-ramp in Northampton remains closed Wednesday.

    JERREY ROBERTS The I-91 Exit 18 on-ramp in Northampton remains closed Wednesday. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Installing the arrow of the weathervane to the spire of the Westhampton Congregational United Church Tuesday morning.

    CAROL LOLLIS Installing the arrow of the weathervane to the spire of the Westhampton Congregational United Church Tuesday morning. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
Carol Ross, Media and Climate Communications Specialist for Amhers, answers a call in her office at the middle school.

    KEVIN GUTTING Carol Ross, Media and Climate Communications Specialist for Amhers, answers a call in her office at the middle school. Purchase photo reprints »

Five-story building with 78 apartments and four retail spaces would replace Amherst Carriage Shops

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

AMHERST — A five-story building with 78 apartments, 36 garaged parking spots and space for four retailers has been proposed to replace the Amherst Carriage Shops. The plans for 1 East Pleasant, the name Archipelago Investments LLC of … 0

Two UMass unions express concerns about possible private enterprises on campus

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

AMHERST — Using state land at the University of Massachusetts Amherst to support private enterprises employing workers not affiliated with the university is a concern for unions representing campus employees. A consultant recently presented preliminary recommendations to the Town-Gown Steering Committee that include creating student villages on campus … 0

401(k) funds studied for far less time than car purchases

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Americans know that 401(k) retirement plans are important, but they spend only a moderate time researching investments and are often confused about how to pick the best funds, according to a new survey. Nearly 9 in 10 workers view 401(k) plans as essential employee benefits, far outdistancing disability … 0

Baystate Franklin Medical Center President Steven Bradley aims to make it national destination for doctors seeking rural community

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — Over the next five years, Baystate Franklin Medical Center’s new president plans to invest in the hospital and usher in a new chapter in its 100-year history. Steven Bradley said the goal is to become one … 0

Making a living wage? Agricultural Justice Project reaches out to area farmers over issues of fairness

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

When buying tomatoes or lettuce, there’s so much to consider: freshness, price, taste, farming practices — and fairness. With a resurgence of interest in Pioneer Valley agriculture, some advocates have begun to look for ways to make sure … 0

Both sides of casino debate in state trumpet their campaign operations

Monday, August 18, 2014

BOSTON — Groups on both sides of the casino debate are touting the start of their campaign operations this week, as voters are set to decide in November whether to repeal the state’s casino law. A pro-casino group … 0

Starbucks will test mobile stores on college campuses

Monday, August 18, 2014

Starbucks is kicking the tires of the food truck business, with plans for mobile Starbucks stores to hit three college campuses this fall. The trucks, run by longtime Starbucks partner and food services giant Aramark, will circulate around Arizona State University in the Phoenix area, the James Madison … 0

US stocks gain on corporate deal news

Monday, August 18, 2014

NEW YORK — Corporate deal news gave the US stock market a lift on Monday as a bidding contest erupted for a discount retailer. Stocks also climbed amid reports of diplomatic efforts to broker a cease-fire in the … 0

B2B ID: Nanci Newton, owner of The Healing ZONE Massage in Hadley

Sunday, August 17, 2014

NAME: Nanci Newton, LMT TITLE: Owner of The Healing ZONE Massage, Licensed Massage Therapist, 241 Russell St., Hadley WEBSITE: TheHealingZoneMassage.com AGE: 51 WHEN THE BUSINESS STARTED: Co-founded The Healing ZONE in 2000 and continued on my own beginning … 0

Making News: Hires, renovations, honors for local businesses

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Burke Chevrolet adds to sales staff Northampton — Ryan Brewer of Granby has joined Burke Chevrolet as a sales associate. Brewer is a native of Chicopee and has worked in automotive sales for more than 20 years. Burke … 0