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FRAN RYAN
A dilapidated barn, more crumbling buildings and other rubble has been cleared from the property on Huntington Road in Worthington once owned by potato farmer  Bernard "Ben" Albert. The land is now owned by the town.

Hilltown Voices: Buildings demolished on Worthington property once owned by potato farmer Bernard Albert

Saturday, January 24, 2015

After a lengthy process, the dilapidated storage barn and crumbling outbuildings located between 311 and 343 Huntington Road in Worthington have been demolished and hauled away. The 36-acre parcel was once owned by prominent potato farmer the late Bernard “Ben” Albert. Once part of a thriving 174-acre farm in the 1950s, hard times struck the Albert family and bits and …

US stocks fall, snapping 4-day winning streak, but show gain for week

Friday, January 23, 2015

NEW YORK — A batch of mixed earnings reports Friday helped push the stock market to its first day of losses this week. Shares of tissue and diaper maker Kimberly-Clark dropped after the company’s earnings fell short of expectations and it gave a disappointing outlook. Package-delivery service UPS plunged after it cut its …

Gnome fans fret: SkyMall files for bankruptcy

Friday, January 23, 2015

NEW YORK — Apparently, airline passengers aren’t buying enough garden gnomes, superhero pajamas and heated cat shelters. SkyMall has filed for bankruptcy. The quirky in-flight shopping catalog has been a mainstay on airlines since 1989. Passengers with nowhere to go would pull it from the seatback and flip through the pages. While flying …

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  • JERREY ROBERTS
Eva Gerstel, who turned 100 on Thursday, talks about her life Wednesday at Lathrop Communities in Easthampton.

    JERREY ROBERTS Eva Gerstel, who turned 100 on Thursday, talks about her life Wednesday at Lathrop Communities in Easthampton. Purchase photo reprints »

  • MATT BURKHARTT
Students at the UMass textbook annex locate their books Wednesday January 21

    MATT BURKHARTT Students at the UMass textbook annex locate their books Wednesday January 21 Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Rev. Robert J. Coonan at the Lady of Grace Parish in Hatfield.

    CAROL LOLLIS Rev. Robert J. Coonan at the Lady of Grace Parish in Hatfield. Purchase photo reprints »

  • MATT BURKHARTT
Jim and Donna Egan take a walk on Ashley Circle near their home in Easthampton. In 2010 Jim contracted goodpastures syndrome while on a trip to Sedona Arizona. Goodpastures syndrome is an autoimmune disease in which antibodies attack the lungs and kidneys, leading to bleeding from the lungs and to kidney failure. On Halloween of 2014 Jim received a kidney transplant.

    MATT BURKHARTT Jim and Donna Egan take a walk on Ashley Circle near their home in Easthampton. In 2010 Jim contracted goodpastures syndrome while on a trip to Sedona Arizona. Goodpastures syndrome is an autoimmune disease in which antibodies attack the lungs and kidneys, leading to bleeding from the lungs and to kidney failure. On Halloween of 2014 Jim received a kidney transplant. Purchase photo reprints »

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  • JERREY ROBERTS
From left, Adwoa Rampiah-Bonney, Sarah Fischer and Arlee Lovett-Dietrich chat between songs during a recent rehearsal at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Amherst.

    JERREY ROBERTS From left, Adwoa Rampiah-Bonney, Sarah Fischer and Arlee Lovett-Dietrich chat between songs during a recent rehearsal at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Amherst. Purchase photo reprints »

Pipeline presentation in Cummington draws strong turnout

Sunday, January 11, 2015

CUMMINGTON — Strong turnout on Saturday afternoon for a presentation on a planned natural gas pipeline in the region prompted organizers to offer a second showing. Hosted by members of No Fracked Gas in Mass, the event featured a short documentary film created by Plainfield resident Steve Wicks, …

With low oil prices, is Keystone still necessary?

Sunday, January 11, 2015

WASHINGTON — A 50-percent plunge in the price of crude oil, resulting from abundant global oil supplies, and cheaper gasoline at the pump raise critical questions about whether the Keystone XL oil pipeline is still needed or even …

Idea for East Coast gas terminal draws fire

Sunday, January 11, 2015

EATONTOWN, N.J. — All that would peek above the ocean waves off New York and New Jersey would be two small buoys tethered to underwater pipes. But they’re already casting a large shadow, with potential effects on the …

Solid hiring boosts 2015 confidence

Friday, January 9, 2015

WASHINGTON — A healthy month of hiring in December capped the best year for U.S. job growth since 1999, demonstrating that employers are more confident than they’ve been since the Great Recession began. Nearly 3 million jobs were …

Federal Reserve to send record $98.7 billion profit to Treasury

Friday, January 9, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve said Friday it made a record $98.7 billion in profits last year, mostly from interest on the more than $4 trillion in bonds it has purchased since 2008 to stimulate the economy. The money, which goes to the U.S. Treasury, is a silver …

Massachusetts investment adviser, companies charged by SEC

Friday, January 9, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Officials with the Securities and Exchange Commission say they’ve charged a Massachusetts investment adviser and his companies on allegations they misappropriated at least $16 million belonging to a fund managed by some of the defendants. The SEC announced the charges Friday against 40-year-old Daniel Thibeault …

AREA PROPERTY DEED TRANSFERS

Friday, January 9, 2015

For week ending January 2, 2015 Amherst Roxane Olevsky-Abercrombie, Roxane Olevsky, to Paul Dibenedetto Revocable Trust, Paul Dibenedetto, Tr., 236 Aubinwood Road, Amherst, $1. Carla Clason-Hook to Kebede Gashie, Kelemework B. Amberbre, 91 Crossbrook, Amherst, $197,000. Virginia L. Pierce to Cho-Hsing Chang, Dana Parsons, 669 E Pleasant St., …

Blue Steel Bicycle Co. opens in Sunderland after Flye Cycles closes

Friday, January 9, 2015

SUNDERLAND — One bicycle shop closed and another opened last month in the same building at 22 Amherst Road in Sunderland. Blue Steel Bicycle Co., a full-service bike shop, opened Dec. 8, one week after Flye Cycles closed. …

Stocks recover from year’s rough start

Thursday, January 8, 2015

NEW YORK — The stock market is bouncing back from a tough start to 2015. Investors sent shares sharply higher for a second straight day Thursday, erasing the market’s heavy losses from the first few days of the …

Loose Goose Cafe in Amherst prepares to close after 14 years

Thursday, January 8, 2015

AMHERST — The Loose Goose Cafe, a long-time restaurant in downtown Amherst known for its gourmet sandwiches with jazz-influenced names, like the Miles and the Blue Note, will close next week as the building it occupies eventually gets demolished to make way for the proposed redevelopment known as …