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Gazette offices closed Friday

Friday, July 3, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The offices of the Daily Hampshire Gazette will be closed on Friday in observance of the Independence Day holiday. Customers experiencing any delivery issues may contact the customer service department at 413-586-1925 between 7 and 10 a.m. The Gazette will be published on Saturday, when customer service again will be available from 7 to 10 a.m. …

Economists say harsh winter did not hurt Massachusetts economy

Thursday, July 2, 2015

BOSTON — The brutal winter had only a “transitory, and ultimately minor” effect on the state’s overall economy, according to economists who said Thursday that Massachusetts is in many ways experiencing its strongest expansion since the late 1990s. But the editorial board of MassBenchmarks, a journal of the state’s economy, also waved some warning flags about uneven growth and pockets of stubbornly high …

Massachusetts State lottery and casinos vie for gambling cash

Thursday, July 2, 2015

BOSTON — Call it a clash of the state’s gambling titans. The middle-aged Massachusetts State Lottery is nervously looking over its shoulder to see if the state’s newborn casino industry will drain away some of the hundreds of millions it generates in profits each year for local cities and towns. While the lottery was poised to sell nearly $5 billion worth of tickets …

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  • PHOEBE JONES
Tyson Serpone, 16 months, leads the Peoples Institute annual fourth of July parade through downtown Northampton Thursday morning.

    PHOEBE JONES Tyson Serpone, 16 months, leads the Peoples Institute annual fourth of July parade through downtown Northampton Thursday morning. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Maya Constantine, 3,  and her mother Jenny Boas at the Cup and Top Cafe in Florence Wednesday morning.

    CAROL LOLLIS Maya Constantine, 3, and her mother Jenny Boas at the Cup and Top Cafe in Florence Wednesday morning. Purchase photo reprints »

  • DAN LITTLE
Jenn Seredjko, bottom left, and Chris Volonte, both of Kestrel Land Trust, retrieve four American Kestrel chicks from their nesting box for banding Wednesday at New England Falconry in Hadley. Kestrel Land Trust has been working with the U.S. Forest Service, the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife, Mass Audubon, and others to study kestrel populations in hopes of determining and addressing the causes of the Kestrel's rapidly declining population.

    DAN LITTLE Jenn Seredjko, bottom left, and Chris Volonte, both of Kestrel Land Trust, retrieve four American Kestrel chicks from their nesting box for banding Wednesday at New England Falconry in Hadley. Kestrel Land Trust has been working with the U.S. Forest Service, the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife, Mass Audubon, and others to study kestrel populations in hopes of determining and addressing the causes of the Kestrel's rapidly declining population. Purchase photo reprints »

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Sophat Kong weeds her plot of garden at the Walter Salvo house in Northamtpon.

    CAROL LOLLIS Sophat Kong weeds her plot of garden at the Walter Salvo house in Northamtpon. Purchase photo reprints »

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Mayor David Narkewicz announces Duane Nichols as fire chief of Northamtpn.

    CAROL LOLLIS Mayor David Narkewicz announces Duane Nichols as fire chief of Northamtpn. Purchase photo reprints »

  • GREG SAULMON
Jack B. Pierson of Northampton, right, picks strawberries at Town Farm on Ventures Field Road with the help of Chili Palmer Finn, 4, of Springfield. Pierson, an assistant teacher at Northampton’s Farm Hands Preschool, was leading a small group of children in the activity Tuesday morning to harvest the berries for an afternoon snack. "We try to do a lot of connecting with foods and where they come from, and getting kids to think more about their food," Pierson said. The preschool is a program of the Belchertown-based Farm Education Collaborative.

    GREG SAULMON Jack B. Pierson of Northampton, right, picks strawberries at Town Farm on Ventures Field Road with the help of Chili Palmer Finn, 4, of Springfield. Pierson, an assistant teacher at Northampton’s Farm Hands Preschool, was leading a small group of children in the activity Tuesday morning to harvest the berries for an afternoon snack. "We try to do a lot of connecting with foods and where they come from, and getting kids to think more about their food," Pierson said. The preschool is a program of the Belchertown-based Farm Education Collaborative. Purchase photo reprints »

Worries over Greek debt crisis dent stocks

Thursday, June 25, 2015

NEW YORK — Stocks edged lower Thursday as talks over keeping Greece solvent stalled and got extended into the weekend. Health care stocks rose sharply after the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act’s insurance subsidies. The Dow …

Agency posts thousands of complaints vs. banks

Thursday, June 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released thousands of complaints Thursday from disgruntled customers of banks, credit card companies and other providers of financial services. The bureau posted a database of the grievances on its website over …

Univision dumps Miss USA pageant over Trump’s immigrant comments

Thursday, June 25, 2015

NEW YORK — A Univision network is dropping the Miss USA pageant and the company says it will cut all business ties with Donald Trump in a spiraling controversy over comments the Republican presidential candidate made recently about …

MGM asks to delay opening Springfield casino by a year to September 2018

Thursday, June 25, 2015

BOSTON — MGM wants to delay the opening of its planned resort casino in western Massachusetts by a year because of a major highway project taking place nearby. The Las Vegas casino giant Thursday submitted a revised project …

Stocks plunge as hopes for Greek debt deal fade

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

NEW YORK — Stocks retreated Wednesday, erasing all of the week’s earlier gains, as negotiations between Greece and its creditors seemed no closer to reaching a resolution. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 178 points, or 1 percent, …

State’s Plainville slots parlor opens for business

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

PLAINVILLE — Massachusetts jumped into the casino game Wednesday as the state’s first slots parlor opened for business to a large and eager crowd of gamblers. Hundreds of special guests cheered as Plainridge Park Casino officials and state …

GOP gives Obama major win on trade

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

WASHINGTON — In a triumph of divided government, the Republican-controlled Congress passed major trade legislation Wednesday that was long-sought by President Barack Obama but vehemently opposed by most lawmakers in his party. The measure to strengthen Obama’s hand …

State’s first medical pot dispensary opens

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

SALEM — The first medical marijuana dispensary in Massachusetts opened Wednesday — by appointment only — nearly three years after voters overwhelmingly approved the drug’s therapeutic use. Patients lined up outside the Alternative Therapies Group’s dispensary in Salem a day after state regulators signed off on its final …

New Bedford OKs $650M casino proposal

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

NEW BEDFORD — A proposed $650 million Foxwoods-managed resort casino for New Bedford’s waterfront cleared a crucial step Tuesday as city residents overwhelmingly approved the proposal in a special election. The referendum passed Tuesday with 73 percent voting in favor of it and 27 percent against, according to …

Regional auction lists livestock prices

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The Northampton Co-op Auction Inc. lists Tuesday prices: Calves: $20 to $100; Growers: $100 to $570; Started: $100 to $125; Veal: $127.50 to $140; Feeders: $102 to $126; Heifers: $85 to $110; Steers: $90; Bulls: $100; Canners: $45 to $102; Cutters: $104 to $113; Utility: $115 to $118; …