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Greenfield hires owner of Lake Hitchcock Development as temporary, part-time economic development director

Thursday, March 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — The owner of a development firm in Sunderland is the new part-time economic development director in Greenfield who will work for the next three months. Mayor William Martin said Larry Jutras, owner of Lake Hitchcock Development in Sunderland, has taken the job and will work on six projects, including the former Bendix-Repal property on the Laurel Street extension and the former Lunt Silversmith property on Federal Street, between …

Great Falls Equine veterinarian makes house calls within 45 miles of Gill

Sunday, March 22, 2015

GILL — Stephanie Vassar started out on a medical school track — but today her exam room is 90 miles wide and her patients are furry. The 28-year-old Gill veterinarian opened Great Falls Equine in March and makes house calls within a 45-mile radius of her Gill home. Vassar said she was taking …

Governor’s task force hears that long-term treatment needed to battle opioids

Thursday, March 19, 2015

GREENFIELD — State Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders and other members of the governor’s Opioid Crisis Working Group heard three hours of testimony Thursday on the western Massachusetts stop of their listening tour. The group by the end of May is expected to submit to the governor a statewide strategy to …

Juanita Nelson, lifelong activist and mentor to many, dies at age 91

Monday, March 9, 2015

GREENFIELD — Juanita Nelson, an ardent pacifist, war tax resister, civil rights activist and supporter of local, organic agriculture, died peacefully Monday at Poet’s Seat Health Care Center following a period of declining health. She was 91. Nelson, …

Amherst College professor addresses challenges faced by ex-prisoners seeking to lead productive lives

Saturday, March 7, 2015

GREENFIELD — A prisoner’s punishment does not end with his release. “People’s opportunities are fundamentally impaired by their involvement in the criminal justice system,” said Kristin Bumiller, a professor of political science at Amherst College. Bumiller is also an “inside-out” instructor at the Hampshire County House of Correction …

Argotec will close Easthampton plant, shift operations to Greenfield Indusrial Park

Friday, March 6, 2015

GREENFIELD — Argotec, a worldwide producer of urethane film, is closing its Easthampton plant and shifting operations to the Greenfield Industrial Park. The company, a producer of high performance thermoplastic polyurethane film and sheet for the international specialty films industry, said it plans to offer new jobs in …

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 …

Greenfield and Northampton cooperative banks receive final approvals to merge in April

Friday, February 20, 2015

Greenfield Co-operative Bank and Northampton Cooperative Bank have gotten final government approvals to merge in April. The banks announced Thursday that they have received final regulatory approvals from the Federal Reserve Board and the Massachusetts Division of Banks. The banks will complete the legal merger on April 1. …

Local officials laud focus by Gov. Charlie Baker on abuse of heroin and prescription drugs

Friday, February 20, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A plan to combat abuse of heroin and prescriptions drugs unveiled by Gov. Charlie Baker Thursday is being greeted as good news by the top prosecutor in Hampshire and Franklin counties, where the epidemic has led …

‘Perfect storm’ creates environment fueling bank mergers, consolidations and acquisitions in Valley

Sunday, February 15, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A spate of bank mergers, consolidations and acquisitions fueled a sea change in the Valley’s banking industry last year. More are likely in 2015. Each transaction is unique, though bank executives here say a handful of …

RadioShack in Hadley on ‘Potential Store Closure List’; South Hadley couple to continue operating Greenfield and Brattleboro franchises

Saturday, February 7, 2015

The RadioShack store at the Hampshire Mall in Hadley could be a victim of the electronics retailer’s filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy this week. Meanwhile, Ira and Shelly Brezinsky of South Hadley plan to continue operating their RadioShack franchise stores in Greenfield and Brattleboro, Vermont. The husband and …

Four Rivers Charter Public School seniors produce documentary about Cape Wind project

Saturday, February 7, 2015

GREENFIELD — Throughout the school year, seniors at Four Rivers Charter Public School have been researching the Cape Wind offshore wind project, talking to stakeholders and traveling to Cape Cod to study energy and its politics and economic …

Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. to answer questions in Greenfield Thursday about Northeast Energy Direct project

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. will host an open house at Greenfield Community College at 6 p.m. Thursday to answer questions about its proposed Northeast Energy Direct project. The meeting in the college’s commons is one of a series of such events that the company is …