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Business

Berkshire Gas rep. makes case for pipeline

Friday, April 24, 2015

DEERFIELD — Berkshire Gas Co. spokesman Christopher Farrell made a case with the region’s business leaders Friday for what he called a “critical need” for Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct project, saying it’s needed not only to grow the economy but to keep businesses from leaving. Having TGP as Berkshire Gas’ only supplier, with all service to Franklin, Hampshire and Hampden counties flowing through a 6-inch spur line … 3

Artisan gift store sets up shop in Conway

Thursday, April 23, 2015

CONWAY — Conway’s newest store will offer crafts and goods made by local artisans to residents and visitors alike when it opens later this month. Tea At Two, which owner Eileen Schneider called an artisan gift shop, will officially open its doors Saturday at its new 85 Whately Road location. Schneider, a retired … 0

Constantine first woman to head Florence Bank’s board

Thursday, April 23, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Florence Bank President John F. Heaps Jr. says there is one salient point about the election of Ruth Constantine as head of the bank’s board: She’s the right person for the seat, plain and simple. The fact that she also happens to be the first woman elected board chair in the … 0

Welch, wife share business advice at UMass

Thursday, April 23, 2015

AMHERST — Jack Welch, retired chief executive officer of General Electric, best-selling business author and University of Massachusetts alum, believes two qualities will help make any business successful: trust and truth. “Spin just slows everything down,” he said. … 0

Real Estate/Changing Hands

Friday, April 24, 2015

Bernardston Brandon J. Grover to Brandon J. Grover and Gretchen L. Kelton, formerly known as Gretchen L. Gorman, 300 Brattleboro Road, $1. Colrain James E. Sturgeon to Patrick A. Greenburger, 1 Lyonsville Road, $175,000. Deerfield Paul C. Stanley and Kathleen S. Stanley, formerly known as Kathleen S. Barlow … 0

Real Estate/Changing Hands

Friday, April 17, 2015

Ashfield Steven R. Greenberg and Deborah L. Rossow of Weaverville, N.C., to Robert J. Wigmore and Mark K. Wigmore, 1601 West Road, $198,000. Peter H. Wiitanen to Eleanor Dodson, 57 Bronson Ave., $135,800. David L. W. Silver of Geneva, N.Y., to Dennis Gibson, Bug Hill Road, $6,500. Bernardston … 0

Coldwell Banker-Upton Massamont Realtors announce pet program, professional distinctions

Friday, April 17, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Coldwell Banker Upton-Massamont Realtors and Dakin Humane Society, part of the Adopt-a-Pet.com network, are partnering to help promote the adoption of rescue and hard-to-place dogs through a collaborative effort of promotion of these animals on … 0

Real Estate/Changing Hands

Friday, April 10, 2015

Ashfield Michael F. Purcell and Carrie A. Purcell to James Purcell of Hatfield, Michael F. Purcell and Carrie A. Purcell, 266 Ranney Corner Road, $1. Bernardston Florence Savings Bank to Lorena R. Norwood of Montague, 26 Shedd Road, $180,000. Galen A. Stearns and Linda J. Stearns of Windham, … 0

Berkshire East to add bike park, rafting to summer attractions

Thursday, April 9, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Goodbye ski season. Hello Thunder Mountain Bike Park. This summer, the Berkshire East Mountain Resort is adding two new seasonal attractions: A downhill mountain bike park, and white-water rafting along Fife Brook section of the Deerfield … 1

‘It’s a lose-lose situation’: Vast majority of CSA farmers don’t make living wage

Monday, April 6, 2015

When farmer David Fisher arrived here in 1998 and set up his Natural Roots Community Supported Agriculture farm, taking a cue from farmers who were trying to get people to pay for shares in his organic farm, “it … 0

Can you afford locally grown produce? Year-long study: Prices comparable to supermarkets

Friday, April 3, 2015

If the snow has melted from the fields, can the plowing, planting and produce be far behind? As the growing season approaches, with the opening of the Greenfield Farmers Market less than a month away on May 2, … 0

Magic Wings owners plan to sell business

Friday, April 3, 2015

DEERFIELD — Over the past decade and a half, Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory in South Deerfield has grown from a small start-up to one of the area’s most unusual attractions — like a caterpillar emerges from its chrysalis … 0

Produce, farming issues a statewide issue, too

Friday, April 3, 2015

The year-long Franklin County Farm and Food System Project may be winding down, but a more sweeping Massachusetts Food System plan is gearing up. Several state policy recommendations are directly connected to issues raised in the Franklin County plan. “A lot issues at the local level are mirrored … 0