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CAROL LOLLIS
A pats sign made by the crew at CRD Metal works in Williamsburg.

Giant illuminated Patriots logo on display at CRD Metalworks in Williamsburg

Saturday, January 31, 2015

What kind of Patriots fan are you? It may be hard to match what this week’s team-building exercise at CRD Metalworks in Williamsburg came up with. Their creation will be lit up all weekend as a kind of beacon of good luck for New England’s football team as it faces the Seattle Seahawks Sunday in the Super Bowl. Visitors to …

Commerce Dept. says US consumer spending aiding economy

Saturday, January 31, 2015

WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy decelerated in the final three months of 2014 but still grew at an annualized rate of 2.6 percent, the Commerce Department said Friday in a report that had encouraging signs about consumers and prospects for this year. While respectable, the fourth-quarter growth came on the heels of a prior quarter that saw growth revised up to a scorching …

Greater Easthampton Chamber of Commerce honors videographer Sven Kielhorn, owner of eTown Videos

Friday, January 30, 2015

SOUTHAMPTON — “Do what makes your heart sing. Don’t worry about the money, that will come later.” Those were the words of wisdom a friend offered to Sven Kielhorn before he launched his business eTown Videos, which creates marketing, training, informational and multimedia videos for businesses and governmental agencies. “Before I started eTown …

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  • MATT BURKHARTT
Kiera Seaver, 12 of Hopedale receives help working on her electric light-up bracelet from Tiffany Hua, a mechanical engineering student at UMass while Maya Nolling, 12 of Hopedale puts on her finished necklace Saturday January 31 at Marcus Hall

    MATT BURKHARTT Kiera Seaver, 12 of Hopedale receives help working on her electric light-up bracelet from Tiffany Hua, a mechanical engineering student at UMass while Maya Nolling, 12 of Hopedale puts on her finished necklace Saturday January 31 at Marcus Hall Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Maureen Dempsey weighs an egg Thursday before placing it in a carton to be sold at Intervale farm in Westhampton.

    CAROL LOLLIS Maureen Dempsey weighs an egg Thursday before placing it in a carton to be sold at Intervale farm in Westhampton. Purchase photo reprints »

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Steve Holt cuts  cuts a marked tree down in  the woods on George Munsons property on Reservoir Rd.  in Westhampton. Holt uses the tops for fire wood and the logs get sold to be milled.

    CAROL LOLLIS Steve Holt cuts cuts a marked tree down in the woods on George Munsons property on Reservoir Rd. in Westhampton. Holt uses the tops for fire wood and the logs get sold to be milled. Purchase photo reprints »

  • MATT BURKHARTT
Students walk between the Southwest Residence Halls on campus at the University of Massachusetts where riots have taken place on Superbowl Sunday in previous years.

    MATT BURKHARTT Students walk between the Southwest Residence Halls on campus at the University of Massachusetts where riots have taken place on Superbowl Sunday in previous years. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
left, Avital Carlis administrative director of the cancer center and Mark Novotny, Vice president Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer, talk about the new Mass General Cancer Center at Cooley Dickinson.

    CAROL LOLLIS left, Avital Carlis administrative director of the cancer center and Mark Novotny, Vice president Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer, talk about the new Mass General Cancer Center at Cooley Dickinson. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
Jim Perot plays fetch with his four-year-old cockapoo Honey during their daily walk around their North Amherst neighborhood.

    KEVIN GUTTING Jim Perot plays fetch with his four-year-old cockapoo Honey during their daily walk around their North Amherst neighborhood. Purchase photo reprints »

All Things Local Cooperative reduces space in Amherst

Friday, January 16, 2015

AMHERST — A store specializing in products grown and made locally is reducing its retail space to save money. The All Things Local Cooperative at 104 North Pleasant St., which expanded in January 2014 to a portion of the former Food for Thought Bookstore, is relinquishing this additional …

Steve Wynn promises $1.6 billion casino resort will echo ‘grand hotels’

Friday, January 16, 2015

BOSTON — Casino mogul Steve Wynn, in his first public appearance in Massachusetts since winning the lucrative Boston-area gambling license, promised on Thursday that his $1.6 billion resort for the Everett waterfront will echo the “grand hotels” of the past, offering the largest hotel rooms outside of Las …

Swiss move on currency sends markets into spasms

Thursday, January 15, 2015

LONDON — Rarely has one statement prompted such a dramatic move in currency markets. The Swiss franc achieved a turbo-charged lift Thursday after the Swiss National Bank, or SNB, ditched an increasingly expensive policy to limit the export-sapping …

Weak bank results weigh on stocks

Thursday, January 15, 2015

NEW YORK — Disappointing results from Bank of America and Citigroup tugged the stock market to its fifth straight loss Thursday. Oil prices continued their slide, and U.S. government bonds jumped. Weak revenue from trading pulled down Bank …

Mounting losses force Target out of Canada

Thursday, January 15, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Target is giving up on its money-losing foray into Canada after just two years, closing 133 stores and cutting loose more than 17,000 employees. Target said it didn’t see how it could stop losing money …

Sporting goods shop planned for Charlemont

Thursday, January 15, 2015

CHARLEMONT ­— In its bid to become the outdoor adventure hot spot in New England, Charlemont will soon have another attraction — a year-round hunting, fishing and sporting goods shop called Overwatch Outpost. If all goes as planned, …

Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant closing triggers studies of impact on region’s economy

Thursday, January 15, 2015

In towns like Rowe and Vernon, Vermont, where a nuclear power plant with its highly paid workforce can serve as an “economic mask” that shields the rural community from workplace losses, the permanent shutdown of the reactor can be like removing that mask, revealing the true condition of …

Steve Vogel opens Stuff on Avenue A in Turners Falls

Thursday, January 15, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Visitors to Avenue A will notice a change in the makeup of the Third Street intersection. Madison on the Avenue moved down a storefront and Stuff moved into the corner space. The business is owned by Steve Vogel of Montague Center and filled with furniture, …

Ashfield Lake House nears change in ownership

Thursday, January 15, 2015

ASHFIELD — It appears the Ashfield Lake House will change owners in the coming weeks. The Select Board this month unanimously approved a liquor license transfer for the local landmark restaurant. Now all that remains is state approval …

Stocks slide on retail spending slowdown

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

NEW YORK — A dismal report on retail spending in the U.S. and signs of slowing global growth drove stocks lower and sent yields on government bonds plunging as investors sought safety. U.S. stocks fell from the start …