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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 »

GM retreats from Russia

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

MOSCOW — General Motors will slash production in Russia and pull its mass-market Opel brand completely in the face of plummeting sales in the economically troubled country. Mainstream GM brands have been among the biggest losers as Russia’s …

Stocks drop slightly on interest rate worries

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

NEW YORK — The guessing game over higher interest rates is making for a jerky stock market. A day after their biggest gain in six weeks, U.S. stock indexes mostly fell on Tuesday as oil continued to slide …

GOP: Obama pressured FCC on ‘net neutrality’

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans on Tuesday accused the Federal Communications Commission of bowing to White House pressure on its “net neutrality” decision, which has angered the nation’s cable and wireless giants. They said the agency’s inspector general has …

Home construction plunges 17% in February

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

WASHINGTON — Construction of new homes plummeted in February, as fierce winter weather froze housing starts in the Northeast and Midwest. The Commerce Department said Tuesday that builders began construction at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 897,000 …

Conn. tribes warn of job losses without new casino

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. — The leaders of Connecticut’s two federally recognized Indian tribes made a united pitch Tuesday to open at least one, jointly-owned casino, warning lawmakers the state could lose 18,000 jobs once a casino in neighboring Springfield, Mass., opens in 2½ years. That figure includes both jobs …

G-7 nations look to join Asian regional bank

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

BERLIN (AP) — Germany, France and Italy followed Britain on Tuesday in announcing that they plan to join a proposed Chinese-led Asian regional bank, swinging Europe’s biggest economic powers behind a project that is viewed with concern in Washington. Britain last week became the first major Western country …

GOP sets priorities in $3.8T budget plan

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

WASHINGTON — House Republicans launched a boldly conservative 10-year budget plan on Tuesday that would favor the Pentagon, partially privatize Medicare and rely on deep cuts in other social programs to help wipe out deficits at the end …

Once illegal, Gerard Ronan now happy to tell his success story as an immigrant to US from Ireland

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Twenty-seven years ago, Dublin native Gerard “Ger” Ronan was petrified when a Gazette reporter walked into the Dairy Mart on Conz Street — where he worked one of his three jobs — and told him the …

McDonald’s workers detail burns, other job hazards

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

NEW YORK — McDonald’s workers in 19 cities have filed complaints over burns from popping grease, a lack of protective equipment and other workplace hazards, according to labor organizers. The complaints are the latest move in an ongoing …

US stocks gain, rebounding after weeks of losses

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

NEW YORK — U.S. stocks bounced back on Monday after losing ground for three weeks as the dollar’s rally against the euro abated. Elsewhere in financial markets, oil closed at a six-year low, below $44 a barrel, as …