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Business leaders from Hampshire and Franklin counties discuss regional economic development

Monday, March 30, 2015

The Hampshire County economy was a topic for the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce when it gathered last week to discuss regional economic development planning. The presentation on how the 2015 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy is being written in preparation for an April 28 draft release by the Franklin Regional Council of Governments brought together about 100 business leaders from the region. With one of the nation’s heaviest clusters of …

Pipeline proposals resisted in NE, despite region’s high energy costs

Sunday, March 29, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. — There is near universal agreement that the Northeast has to expand its energy supply to rein in the nation’s highest costs and that cheap, abundant, relatively clean natural gas could be at least a short-term answer. But heels dig deep when it comes to those thorniest of questions: how and …

Lamson & Goodnow Manufacturing will move to Westfield; Ashfield man buys most of its Shelburne Falls site

Saturday, March 28, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — After 178 years in Shelburne Falls, Lamson & Goodnow Manufacturing Co. will move to Westfield. Chief Operating Officer James Pelletier said he signed a lease Thursday that takes effect Wednesday. The lease was signed a day after 12.5 acres of Lamson’s 18-acre property and buildings were sold for $1.3 million to businessman John Madocks of Ashfield. Last fall, after the …

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  • KEVIN GUTTING
Jim Brooks of Northampton takes a recreational shell out for a row on the Connecticut River. The oars are fixed into the oar locks so the blade is "square," the best angle to power through the water, but this immobilization also keeps the blade from being "feathered," or turned parallel to the surface, during the return stroke out of the water.

    KEVIN GUTTING Jim Brooks of Northampton takes a recreational shell out for a row on the Connecticut River. The oars are fixed into the oar locks so the blade is "square," the best angle to power through the water, but this immobilization also keeps the blade from being "feathered," or turned parallel to the surface, during the return stroke out of the water. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
left, Pete Rogers, of Amherst, and Michael Matis, of Amherst talk during a weekly luncheon for homeless veterans at the World War II club in Northampton.

    CAROL LOLLIS left, Pete Rogers, of Amherst, and Michael Matis, of Amherst talk during a weekly luncheon for homeless veterans at the World War II club in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
 Assistant DA Jennifer Suhl gives closing statements in the Emmanuel T. Bile trial Friday morning.

    CAROL LOLLIS Assistant DA Jennifer Suhl gives closing statements in the Emmanuel T. Bile trial Friday morning. Purchase photo reprints »

  • MICKY BEDELL
John Lebeaux, Mass. commissioner of agricultural resources, speaks during the annual Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture meeting at the Northampton senior center on Friday night.

    MICKY BEDELL
John Lebeaux, Mass. commissioner of agricultural resources, speaks during the annual Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture meeting at the Northampton senior center on Friday night. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Easter candy at Ben and Bill's Chocolate Emporium.

    CAROL LOLLIS Easter candy at Ben and Bill's Chocolate Emporium. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JERREY ROBERTS
Northampton Policemen Steven Digiammo, left, and Paul Marguet practice shooting in the dark Friday inside a portable trailer parked at the Northampton State Police barracks on North King Street.

    JERREY ROBERTS Northampton Policemen Steven Digiammo, left, and Paul Marguet practice shooting in the dark Friday inside a portable trailer parked at the Northampton State Police barracks on North King Street. Purchase photo reprints »

US stocks rise on rebound in oil

Saturday, March 21, 2015

NEW YORK — Stocks advanced Friday, capping a strong week, helped by a recovery in the price of oil and earnings from Olive Garden owner Darden Restaurants and sportswear giant Nike. The Nasdaq composite index inched closer to …

FDA says GMO apples, potatoes are safe to eat

Saturday, March 21, 2015

The Food and Drug Administration on Friday gave its blessing to two new varieties of genetically engineered apples and six varieties of potatoes also created by genetic alteration. The agency called the new strains of apples and potatoes “as safe and nutritious as their conventional counterparts,” a finding …

Richard Boyle of Autumn Management sells Valley Apartments in Easthampton for $7.25 million

Friday, March 20, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — The Valley Apartments complex on Route 10 owned by Autumn Management has been sold for $7.25 million, according to David Ryan, the real estate agent who handled the sale. The 104-unit complex was purchased by Kuber Krupa LLC, owned by Easthampton businessman Naresh Patel, in a …

Carmakers are in hot pursuit of fleet sales to law enforcement agencies

Friday, March 20, 2015

By David Undercoffler Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — Fleet sales are an important part of U.S. automakers’ bottom lines, and none have more cachet or higher visibility than a contract with a law enforcement agency. In addition to producing a reliable source of revenue, being chosen …

Stocks sink as crude oil prices resume slide

Thursday, March 19, 2015

NEW YORK — Another drop in oil prices helped drive the stock market to a loss on Thursday, as major indexes gave up their gains from the day before. Chevron, Exxon Mobil and other energy companies led stocks …

Conn. panel OKs tribal casino bill

Thursday, March 19, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A bill that would authorize Connecticut’s two federally recognized tribes to open up to three jointly run, smaller-scale casinos cleared a key hurdle Thursday. The General Assembly’s Public Safety and Security Committee voted 15-to-8 in favor of the legislation, which is being pushed by …

New Bedford reaches deal to vie for southeast casino

Thursday, March 19, 2015

BOSTON — New Bedford is all-in as it vies for the state’s final gambling license. Mayor Jon Mitchell and the developers proposing a $650 million waterfront casino announced a deal Thursday, prompting state regulators to grant the company until May 4 to secure financial commitments and other requirements …

Stocks, bonds rally on Fed’s cautious signals

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

NEW YORK — The Federal Reserve surprised financial markets on Wednesday with a cautious outlook on the economy, pushing stocks and bonds sharply higher. After wrapping up a two-day meeting, Fed policymakers left open the possibility of a …

Fed seeks further job gains before rate hike

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

WASHINGTON — After holding interest rates at record lows for more than six years, the Federal Reserve still isn’t ready to start raising them. The Fed signaled Wednesday that it needs the job market to improve further and …

Regional auction lists livestock prices

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The Northampton Co-op Auction Inc. lists Tuesday prices: Calves: $30 to $90; Growers: $120 to $460; Started: none; Veal: none; Feeders: $89 to $190; Heifers: $110; Steers: $163; Bulls: $120 to $146; Canners: $20 to $102; Cutters: $106 to $117; Utility: $121 to $126; sows: $35 to $45; …