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George Propane to build new maintenance building on Cape Street in Goshen

Friday, November 28, 2014

Michael George, general manager of George Propane in Goshen, said the company plans to build a new maintenance building on Cape Street — and hopes to forge good relationships with neighbors while doing so. “We have been looking for a new space for some time because we have just grown out of the current one,” George said. He was referring to maintenance building George Propane operates at 135 Berkshire Trail East. The Zoning Board of Appeals Nov. 20 voted to allow the propane, plumbing and heating company to construct the new building on Cape Street. The company owns 20 delivery and service vehicles. Once the new building is completed, it will no longer use the …

Early-bird shoppers turn out on Thanksgiving in new holiday tradition

Thursday, November 27, 2014

NEW YORK — Early-bird shoppers headed to stores on Thanksgiving in what’s becoming a new holiday tradition. In the Chicago suburb of Naperville, Illinois, the parking lot of a Wal-Mart store was full roughly 30 minutes before Thanksgiving deals started at 6 p.m., including $199 iPad minis. In New York City, there were …

Eiffel Tower protest turns woolly

Thursday, November 27, 2014

PARIS (ap) — Disgruntled farmers have brought their sheep to the Eiffel Tower to protest wolf attacks, and what they call the government’s anti-farmer environmental policies. The woolly protesters munched grass near the Paris monument while their owners urged tougher measures against wolf attacks. The government says its existing plan on preventing attacks …

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Amherst Select Board candidates debate The Retreat student housing project
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Jillian Towle, 3, of Easthampton makes snowballs at her home on Loudville Road Thanksgiving morning.

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Sara Pruss, associate professor of geosciences at Smith College, listens to a research presentation by students in her class, Invertebrate Paleontology and the History of Life, on Monday. At right is student Kenny Clark.

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Robert Saalfrank says grace at the Northampton Thanksgiving day meal.

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back left, Emilie Hamilton, of Amherst, Jim Ilnicky of Leveret, and on the right, Joe Cerniawski, serve themselves  Thanksgiving day dinner community dinner put on by the Amherst Survival Center on Wednesday afternoon.

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Ute  Brandes in her living room holding a picture of her son who designed their home in Belchertown where she and her husband,  Werner Brandes live.

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JetBlue to add bag fees, cut passenger legroom

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

JetBlue will add bag fees and squeeze seats a bit closer together as it tries to boost profit. The airline said Wednesday that it will create three ticket classes beginning in the first half of 2015, and only …

Relief from Japan edges stocks higher

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Investors remained in a record-setting mood Tuesday, edging the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor’s 500 index to their latest all-time highs. Pharmaceutical and medical equipment companies led the broad pickup in stocks, extending gains for …

Heating costs on rise as cold grips nation

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

NEW YORK — The cold is back, and with it, rising heating bills. This winter was expected to bring much lower bills than last year because it wasn’t supposed to be so darn cold. Homeowners could go a …

Regulators cut New England cod quota

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

PORTLAND, Maine — The maximum amount of cod fish that fishermen can take from the Gulf of Maine will be reduced by 75 percent next year after a Tuesday vote by a federal regulatory council. The New England Fishery Management Council voted to reduce the total allowable cod …

Feds push for national air bag recall

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

DETROIT — The federal government is demanding that the auto industry recall millions of additional cars equipped with faulty air bags that can injure — and even kill — a driver. The action Tuesday by the National Highway …

After BID signatures approved, City Clerk Wendy Mazza harbored doubts about their legitimacy

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Three months before the City Council approved a petition to create the Business Improvement District, City Clerk Wendy Mazza voiced misgivings about the signature-verification process used to establish the organization. In a January 2009 email to …

First Night fireworks will be held, holiday lights in limbo after judge disbands Northampton Business Improvement District

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — It’s not as easy to turn the holiday lights on downtown this year as opponents of the Northampton Business Improvement District might think. Alan Scheinman, Eric Suher and at least a dozen other downtown property owners …

Stocks mixed as S&P ekes out new record

Monday, November 17, 2014

Despite a day of mostly listless trading, the Standard & Poor’s 500 index managed to notch another all-time high. The index on Monday inched past its most recent record-high close set on Friday, extending its gain for the …

Huge solar plant lags in early production

Monday, November 17, 2014

LOS ANGELES — The largest solar power plant of its type in the world — once promoted as a turning point in green energy — isn’t producing as much energy as planned. One of the reasons is as …

Japan misses bounce, slides into recession

Monday, November 17, 2014

TOKYO — Japan’s economy unexpectedly slipped back into recession as housing and business investment dropped following a sales tax hike, hobbling its ability to help drive the global recovery. The world’s third-largest economy contracted at a 1.6 percent …