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YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Jeremiah Micka, left, and Jessica Micka, right, pose at the Tunnel Bar in Northampton, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014.  The Mickas are the owners of both bars.

Northampton’s Tunnel Bar named No. 1 bar to ‘drink at before you die’ by Buzzfeed

Sunday, March 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — If you’re a bar owner in the Internet age, when Yelp reviews can make or break you, there may be nothing better than having a hugely popular website tell hundreds of thousands of people that your establishment is the No. 1 bar in America they should visit before kicking the bucket. That’s what happened this weekend when a …

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 …

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 …

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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 »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
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 »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
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 »

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 …

Greenfield and Northampton cooperative banks receive final approvals to merge in April

Friday, February 20, 2015

Greenfield Co-operative Bank and Northampton Cooperative Bank have gotten final government approvals to merge in April. The banks announced Thursday that they have received final regulatory approvals from the Federal Reserve Board and the Massachusetts Division of Banks. The banks will complete the legal merger on April 1. …

Utilities lose ground as markets edge lower

Thursday, February 19, 2015

NEW YORK — A slide in shares of utility companies nudged the U.S. stock market lower Thursday. Utilities were the day’s biggest losers, falling 1 percent, and their losses resumed a trend that emerged in late January. Investors …

Greek bailout talks continue

Thursday, February 19, 2015

ATHENS, Greece — Greece heads to another round of negotiations Friday after dropping key demands for a bailout settlement, but still faced stiff opposition from lead lender Germany, which criticized Athens’ latest proposals as a “Trojan horse” designed …

Wal-Mart to pay a little more

Thursday, February 19, 2015

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is hoping its decision to boost workers’ paychecks will help it boost its bottom line. The nation’s largest private employer announced on Thursday that it’s giving a raise to about half-million U.S. …

Stocks edge downward

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

NEW YORK — The U.S. stock market edged mostly lower on Wednesday, easing back from its latest all-time highs. The markets barely budged following the midafternoon release of minutes from the Federal Reserve’s January meeting. The transcript showed …

Feds: Wal-Mart biased in case of lesbian health coverage

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

BOSTON — A federal agency says Wal-Mart discriminated against a lesbian employee who sought health coverage for her ailing wife and has ordered “a just resolution” for violating her civil rights. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ordered the retail giant to work with Jacqueline Cote of New …

Chinese airline adding direct service between Boston, Shanghai

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — A Chinese airline plans to offer the first nonstop service between Boston and Shanghai. Hainan Airlines and Gov. Charlie Baker made the announcement Wednesday at the Massachusetts Statehouse. Hainan says it will offer three roundtrip flights per week between Boston and Shanghai starting in June …

Gamblers’ optimism? Casino money misses states’ expectations

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. — For anyone betting on the Northeast’s casino bonanza, the odds are long on projects hitting financial expectations. In the last several states to open casinos — Ohio, Maryland and Pennsylvania — overall revenue is coming …

Stocks edge higher as S&P marks new record

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

NEW YORK — U.S. stocks closed slightly higher Tuesday as investors continued to monitor talks between Greece and its creditors in hopes that a deal will be reached to keep the country from falling out of the eurozone. …