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Belchertown Road Sunoco in Amherst closed by state for unpaid taxes

Friday, July 31, 2015

AMHERST — A long-time service and gas station in the East Amherst village center is closed after the property was seized Thursday morning by officials with the state’s Department of Revenue for unpaid taxes. A large sign informing the public about the seizure is taped to the window of the Belchertown Road Sunoco at 40 Belchertown Rd. Maryann Merigan, spokeswoman for the Department of Revenue, said in an email Friday …

Ford’s aluminum F-150 to cost more for repairs

Friday, July 31, 2015

By Jerry Hirsch Los Angeles Times (TNS) Ford’s revolutionary aluminum-body F-150 pickup truck does well in most crash tests but is significantly more expensive to repair, according to an analysis by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. That means buyers of the truck, the first to use the lighter-weight metal extensively, probably will pay more in out-of-pocket expenses after a crash and might …

Stocks little changed

Thursday, July 30, 2015

NEW YORK — Stocks ended the day mostly flat on Thursday, recovering from broad losses earlier in the day. Investors continue to focus on corporate earnings, and Thursday’s batch brought mostly disappointing results from Procter & Gamble, Facebook and others. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 5.41 points, less than 0.1 percent, to …

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  • CAROL LOLLIS
Olivia,10 and her sister, Makayla,7, Labrie of Southampton make their way through a rock tunnel on the  North branch of the Manhan River in Easthampton during Wednesdays hot weather.

    CAROL LOLLIS Olivia,10 and her sister, Makayla,7, Labrie of Southampton make their way through a rock tunnel on the North branch of the Manhan River in Easthampton during Wednesdays hot weather. Purchase photo reprints »

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Volunteer Phylis Petronino, left, and Easthampton Community Center director Robin Bialecki work on the brown bag food program for seniors Tuesday morning at the Community Center.

    DAN LITTLE Volunteer Phylis Petronino, left, and Easthampton Community Center director Robin Bialecki work on the brown bag food program for seniors Tuesday morning at the Community Center. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
Holly Perry, left, and Jim Seltzer of Easthampton take their dogs, Holmes, a five-month-old blue pointer mix standing at the bow, and Luddy, right, a seven-month-old terrier mix, on a cruise around Elwell Island in the Connecticut River at Northampton on Wednesday. It was the first time aboard a kayak for the pups, who were fitted out with their own personal flotation devices. It was a successful maiden voyage and they seemed to take to the crafts - save for a few concerned vocalizations heard from Holmes.

    KEVIN GUTTING Holly Perry, left, and Jim Seltzer of Easthampton take their dogs, Holmes, a five-month-old blue pointer mix standing at the bow, and Luddy, right, a seven-month-old terrier mix, on a cruise around Elwell Island in the Connecticut River at Northampton on Wednesday. It was the first time aboard a kayak for the pups, who were fitted out with their own personal flotation devices. It was a successful maiden voyage and they seemed to take to the crafts - save for a few concerned vocalizations heard from Holmes. Purchase photo reprints »

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Anastasia Ordonez and Stefan Antonowicz and their boys Gideon, left, 6, and Audric, 4, are accompanied by their calm 11-year-old rat terrier Basho as they enjoy a burrito lunch in the shade of one of the Amherst Common maples on Tuesday afternoon.

    KEVIN GUTTING Anastasia Ordonez and Stefan Antonowicz and their boys Gideon, left, 6, and Audric, 4, are accompanied by their calm 11-year-old rat terrier Basho as they enjoy a burrito lunch in the shade of one of the Amherst Common maples on Tuesday afternoon. Purchase photo reprints »

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Ryland August,6, watches a Circus Smirkus act during the afternoon show at the fairgrounds Tuesday.

    CAROL LOLLIS Ryland August,6, watches a Circus Smirkus act during the afternoon show at the fairgrounds Tuesday. Purchase photo reprints »

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Sophia Collins of South Deerfield and  Eddie Bajgier of South Deerfield Polka to  Dennis Polisky and The Maestro's Men at the polish American Citizens Club annual chicken BBQ in South Deerfield Sunday afternoon.

    CAROL LOLLIS Sophia Collins of South Deerfield and Eddie Bajgier of South Deerfield Polka to Dennis Polisky and The Maestro's Men at the polish American Citizens Club annual chicken BBQ in South Deerfield Sunday afternoon. Purchase photo reprints »

Hitchhiking robot embarks on coast-to-coast tour across US

Saturday, July 18, 2015

BOSTON — With its thumb raised skyward and a grin on its digital face, the robotic creation of two researchers in Canada embarked on a hitchhiking journey across the U.S. on Friday. The humanoid robot named hitchBOT has …

Nasdaq logs best week in nearly nine months as Google jumps

Saturday, July 18, 2015

NEW YORK — A strong week fizzled to a close on Friday as the stock market eked out a small gain. But a few companies made big moves. Google surged after reporting strong results, pushing the Nasdaq to …

UCLA Health System says cyberattack could affect 4.5 million patients

Saturday, July 18, 2015

LOS ANGELES — The UCLA Health System said Friday that it has been the victim of a cyberattack affecting as many as 4.5 million patients. The attackers accessed a computer network that contains personal and medical information. The University of California, Los Angeles, said there was no evidence …

Amherst Community Co-op leaders seek more members, schedule meeting Thursday

Friday, July 17, 2015

AMHERST — As plans to bring a cooperative supermarket to Amherst continue, organizers are trying to double the membership base before conducting a feasibility study that would identify its size, potential location and business plan. The steering committee for the Amherst Community Co-op will meet at 7 p.m. …

Stocks rise on strong corporate earnings

Thursday, July 16, 2015

NEW YORK — A new financial lifeline for Greece and strong corporate earnings on Thursday helped push U.S. stocks higher. Stocks rose from the start, following a jump in major European indexes, as strong second-quarter results from Netflix, …

Greece gets relief from creditors

Thursday, July 16, 2015

ATHENS, Greece — Greece got a triple dose of good news on Thursday, when creditors agreed to open talks on a third bailout package, to give the country an interim loan to cover its debts, and to provide …

Parsons Street School development seeks renters as Easthampton’s New City neighborhood undergoes transformation

Thursday, July 16, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Those who have seen the transformation of the former Parsons Street School from schoolhouse to luxury apartment building say the 113-year-old structure is unrecognizable — though some historic details remain. In December, developer Kevin Perrier of …

New program offers bonus at farmers’ markets for people with SNAP benefits

Thursday, July 16, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A new program aims to make fresh local food more available to low-income families inn the Valley. Farmers’ markets have teamed up with Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA) and Healthy Hampshire to create SNAP & Save. The matching program, which launched Saturday, allows farmers’ market …

Stocks end 4-day rally

Thursday, July 16, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. stock market edged lower Wednesday, ending a four-day rally, as a drop in energy shares and jitters over Greece outweighed encouraging earnings reports from banks. Energy stocks slumped along with the price …

Egg prices leap because of avian flu

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

WASHINGTON — Eggs are getting much more expensive — by the dozen and otherwise. The outbreak of avian flu caused the cost of eggs to nearly double last month for producers. Wholesale prices for chicken eggs jumped 84.5 …