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A group of bicyclists crosses the Green River Covered Bridge in Greenfield on Thursday.
Recorder/Paul Franz

Wheel appeal: Group wants state to kick bicycle tourism into a high gear

Friday, July 3, 2015

Franklin County’s back roads are on a roll. In Sunderland, Montague and Whately, in Shelburne, Conway and Deerfield, chances are you may be seeing more bicyclists on byways, in groups or in ones or twos, wending their way along some of the backroads that attract cyclists not only from around the county, but from other parts of New England, the … 0

Australis Aquaculture swimming in business

Thursday, July 2, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Cawing seagulls circle over a sea-sprayed wooden dock while bearded men wearing skullcaps and tall rubber wading boots use long nets to unload the day’s catch. A thick rope holds their small boat in place as a tangle of brown-green nets are dragged ashore, their fishy stench mixing with the … 0

Real Estate/Changing Hands

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Ashfield Jeremy L. Johnson and Heather M. Johnson to Niels Cudnohufsky and Lynda Cudnohufsky, 1147 Hawley Road, $262,000. Bernardston Veronica A. Mayrand to Christopher R. Pappademas of Greenfield, 3 Huckle Hill Road, $153,500. Peter R. James, commissioners, to Franklin Land Trust, Inc. of Shelburne, Huckle Hill Road, $160,000. Buckland Goldie Keehn Intervivos of Newton Center, Philip Keehn, trustee, to Dominic V. Vellucci and … 0

Gas pipeline ‘need’ based on winter peak demand

Friday, June 26, 2015

The “need” for a proposed $5 billion natural gas pipeline scrutinized this week by state officials — and in the months ahead by federal authorities — is for a winter peak of just 30 to 40 days a … 1

Institute that made report detailing pipeline job creation has ties to Koch brothers

Friday, June 26, 2015

A new report funded by Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. says construction of its Northeast Energy Direct pipeline would create 1,713 jobs in the state, and that the impact could be over 12,000 jobs by 2020. But the report, by Suffolk University’s Beacon Hill Institute, with ties to the … 0

Area legislators give look at evolving budget

Friday, June 26, 2015

While they weren’t able to talk about the details of a finished state budget as they have in years past, state legislators at Friday’s annual Franklin County Chamber of Commerce legislative breakfast did highlight several initiatives taking shape … 0

New energy preserves vibrant future for local pectin business

Thursday, June 25, 2015

GREENFIELD — With an extreme makeover, Pomona is jammin’! For more than 30 years, Connie Sumberg has been Pomona’s Universal Pectin, the jamming goddess of probably millions of home canners around the country. Working from her Conway Street … 0

Real Estate/Changing Hands, June 26, 2015

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Bernardston Shirley L. Grahame Estate, Gordon W. Grahame, Jr., individually and execccutor, and Victoria L. Kelliher of Guilford, Vt., formerly known as Victoria L. Grahame, to Jeffrey Kelliher and Victoria L. Kelliher of Guilford, Vt., 322 Martindale Road, $171,000. Heather Langlitz, also known as Heather R. Langlitz, also … 0

Senate moves Obama’s trade agenda to brink of enactment

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s long-pursued trade agenda took a giant step toward becoming law on Tuesday, and opponents grudgingly conceded they now must fight on less-favorable terrain. A key Senate vote greatly brightened Obama’s hopes for a … 0

Workers say support of pipeline not just about jobs now, but future development (and more jobs later)

Monday, June 22, 2015

For unionized construction workers around western Massachusetts, Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s planned Northeast Energy Direct project could represent paydirt, and then some, say two representatives for the Holyoke-based union local representing laborers. Even though the estimated 3,000 jobs … 3

State nixes anti-pipeline formal intervenor bids

Monday, June 22, 2015

By a single action, the state Department of Public Utilities has formally rejected three petitions related to Berkshire Gas Co.’s proposed long-term contract for gas from Tennessee Gas Co.’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct Pipeline. With three days of evidentiary hearings scheduled to begin Wednesday in Boston on the … 2

State promises improved funeral home oversight

Sunday, June 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The state’s chief of professional licensure says the state will improve consumer protections and increase the frequency of funeral home inspections. “We have a pretty aggressive goal that we’ve identified of inspecting all licensed establishments within 18 months,” Charles Borstel, DPL’s newly hired executive director told … 0

Entergy allowed to dip into decommissioning fund

Friday, June 19, 2015

BRATTLEBORO — Federal regulators have cleared the way for Entergy Nuclear to tap into the $660 million Vermont Yankee decommissioning trust fund to help pay for one of the most expensive aspects of decommissioning — handling spent nuclear … 0