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YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Jeremiah Micka, left, and Jessica Micka, right, pose at the Tunnel Bar in Northampton, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014.  The Mickas are the owners of both bars.

Northampton’s Tunnel Bar named No. 1 bar to ‘drink at before you die’ by Buzzfeed

Sunday, March 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — If you’re a bar owner in the Internet age, when Yelp reviews can make or break you, there may be nothing better than having a hugely popular website tell hundreds of thousands of people that your establishment is the No. 1 bar in America they should visit before kicking the bucket. That’s what happened this weekend when a …

Patrick Melnick revives plan for methane digester to turn manure into electricity at Bar-Way Farm in Deerfield

Saturday, February 28, 2015

DEERFIELD — The 500 cows there don’t know it yet, but they may soon be helping to produce electricity at Bar-Way Farm. After six years of trying, and more than a year after farmer Peter Melnick had given up on the project, he has restarted efforts to turn manure into electricity. He again hopes to install a methane digester on the Deerfield farm …

Economic Development Council president cites precision manufacturing as key to region’s success

Friday, February 27, 2015

GREENFIELD — That Richard K. Sullivan Jr. is bullish about the potential of the region’s economy should come as little surprise, since he’s the president and chief executive officer of the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts. But as a recent top-level official in former governor Deval Patrick’s administration – first as Conservation and Recreation commissioner, then as Energy and Environmental Affairs secretary …

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  • KEVIN GUTTING
Full sun, temperatures in the mid-20s and calm winds made for a pleasant afternoon for Steve Leiblum and Lennie Ware of Pelham as they walked their dogs Rosa, left, and Red in an area near the Norwottuck Rail Trail south of Amherst College on Friday.

    KEVIN GUTTING Full sun, temperatures in the mid-20s and calm winds made for a pleasant afternoon for Steve Leiblum and Lennie Ware of Pelham as they walked their dogs Rosa, left, and Red in an area near the Norwottuck Rail Trail south of Amherst College on Friday. Purchase photo reprints »

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Bryan Torres, who is an undocumented immigrant who is an Amherst College student, Monday at the college.

    JERREY ROBERTS Bryan Torres, who is an undocumented immigrant who is an Amherst College student, Monday at the college. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Northampton residents Andres Wilson and his 3-year-old daughter, Eden Wilson color together at Forbes library in the children's  section Wednesday evening.

    CAROL LOLLIS Northampton residents Andres Wilson and his 3-year-old daughter, Eden Wilson color together at Forbes library in the children's section Wednesday evening. Purchase photo reprints »

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McMurphy's Uptown Tavern in Amherst.

    CAROL LOLLIS McMurphy's Uptown Tavern in Amherst. Purchase photo reprints »

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Jim Palermo talks about his attempts at trying to get information about the  test results from the Program For International Student Assessments.

    CAROL LOLLIS Jim Palermo talks about his attempts at trying to get information about the test results from the Program For International Student Assessments. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Leo Aloisi maintains sap lines on his property, Hanging Mountain Farm, in Westhampton.

    CAROL LOLLIS Leo Aloisi maintains sap lines on his property, Hanging Mountain Farm, in Westhampton. Purchase photo reprints »

Reports suggests NSA planted spyware in computers shipped abroad

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO — Did the National Security Agency plant spyware deep in the hard drives of thousands of computers used by foreign governments, banks and other targets under surveillance abroad? A new report from Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab said its researchers identified malicious programs or worms that …

Drugmaker resubmits twice-rejected women’s sex pill

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

WASHINGTON — The makers of a twice-rejected pill designed to boost sexual desire in women are hoping a yearlong lobbying push by politicians, women’s groups and consumer advocates will move their much-debated drug onto the market. The ongoing …

MBTA chief: Recovery ‘like a war’

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

BOSTON — MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott said Tuesday the transit agency is throwing everything it can at the mountains of snow and ice blocking tracks, from heavy equipment to hundreds of workers armed with shovels. Scott said she’ll have a better idea Wednesday how long it will …

Rosenberg says welfare-to-work programs a focus

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — A key lawmaker says moving Massachusetts residents off welfare and into work will be one of the state Senate’s top priorities for the new legislative term. Senate President Stanley Rosenberg said he has been hearing from social service agencies and local businesses alike about the …

Many considerations for consumers in hiring a financial adviser

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

When it comes time to seek professional advice to help with your financial goals, such as saving for college tuition or retirement or handling an estate plan, finding the right financial planner takes work. It’s the job of …

Major life events often lead to hiring a financial planner

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

You don’t have to be a millionaire to seek professional advice in managing your money. In fact, area financial advisers say, it is usually major life events, such as a death resulting in an inheritance, preparation for retirement, …

Banks targeted, but customers still at risk in $1B breach

Monday, February 16, 2015

WASHINGTON — The hacker gang that looted as much as $1 billion worldwide from banks was unusual: It stole directly from the banks, instead of ripping off their customers. But this was hardly a bit of Robin Hood …

Eurozone says Greece has week to strike deal

Monday, February 16, 2015

BRUSSELS — European creditors issued Greece with an ultimatum Monday, saying the country must accept a key condition in bailout talks by the end of the week or face having to meet its debt commitments on its own …

Labor chief steps in as Western ports back up

Monday, February 16, 2015

LOS ANGELES — The nation’s top labor official flew Monday to California in an attempt to resolve a damaging contract dispute between West Coast dockworkers and their employers. U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez headed for San Francisco, …

Ski resorts hope for banner season

Sunday, February 15, 2015

FAYSTON, Vt. — Ski resorts are expecting visitors to flock to the mountains of northern New England and upstate New York for rare powder as the snow-shrouded region heads into the mid-winter school break, a prime period for …