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Mentor Michael Garfield-Wright examines one of Anna Dawson's frozen meal packages, which she developed for her business, Hometown Foods, through a process she hopes will help others learn. Recorder Staff/Tom Relihan

‘Shark Tank’ with a heart

Friday, October 9, 2015

GREENFIELD — One was a black belt in Kung Fu. Another races sled dogs in Alaska. Others wanted to expand the reach of Disc Golf or acupuncture, or just help people fire off that crucial tweet in sub-zero weather. But they all had one thing in common: each was a budding entrepreneur who wanted help taking their business idea to … 0

Friday, October 9, 2015

Business training for artists has Oct. 13 registration deadline The UMass Amherst Arts Extension Service is offering its Artist-in-Business Training in Springfield at the UMass Center at Springfield, Friday, Oct. 16, through Saturday, Oct. 17, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. In this two-day intensive, say organizers, artists will learn best business practices and create elements of their marketing plans. The deadline to register … 0

On the high wire: Major utility line project underway in the region

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Even as work crews begin wrapping up a 2.8-mile stretch of an Eversource transmission line in Greenfield, Montague and Deerfield, replacing lattice poles with double-circuit monopoles, the utility has begun other major line work around the region and is gearing up for still more projects to improve reliability of the electric grid. And … 0

Real Estate/Changing Hands, Sept. 25, 2015

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Buckland Harvard Ridge Realty Trust of Phillipston, James H. Wilson, trustee, to Gretchen A. Wilson, 16 Conway St., $1. Charlemont Andrew Wilson Saunders of Lafayette, Colo., James William Sanders of Williamsburg, Va., and Kelly Lynne Knotts, formerly known as Kelly Lynne Saunders of Vernon, Conn., to Bruce A. … 0

VY evacuation zone likely to shrink

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff has again rejected arguments by Vermont’s governor in efforts to keep the emergency planning zone around the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant intact until the highly radioactive nuclear fuel is … 0

State attorney general slams DPU review of gas pipeline

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The state Department of Public Utilities decision last month approving three long-term natural-gas supply agreements with the proposed Northeast Energy Direct pipeline “makes it more important than ever” that federal regulators conduct a comprehensive and meaningful examination of the need for and alternatives to the Tennessee Gas Pipeline … 0

Power line improvements close some Northfield Mt. trails for up to a year

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Nearly 15 percent of Northfield Mountain Environmental and Recreation Center’s 25-mile hiking and cross-country ski trail system has been closed for up to one year due to power transition line improvements on the property. The work on the south side of the mountain, which is used … 0

Pedals to the people: COG explores bike share programs

Monday, September 21, 2015

GREENFIELD — The wheels are beginning to turn in an effort to gauge public interest in a bike share program for Greenfield. As part of its annual transportation planning program, the Franklin Regional Council of Governments launched an online survey to determine how much public interest there would … 0

The hot stuff: Now you can get sriracha that’s made in Franklin County

Thursday, September 17, 2015

SUNDERLAND — It seems as though sriracha sauce is everywhere these days. The bright red chili sauce in the green-capped bottle, with its iconic rooster emblazoned on the front, has been popping up as a table condiment in … 0

Real Estate/Changing Hands

Friday, September 18, 2015

Ashfield Mario E. Espinola and Martha L. Hedman of Jamaica Plain to Mario E. Espinola Revocable Trust, Mario E. Espinola, trustee, and Martha L. Hedman Revocable Trust, Martha L. Hedman, trustee, 436 Spruce Corner Road, $1. Bernardston Jason R. Baklavas and Talia L. Baklavas, formerly known as Talia … 0

Atkins North: New store open for business

Friday, September 18, 2015

AMHERST — Bins filled with corn, lettuce and tomatoes — as well as tables displaying locally grown fruits and vegetables, including apples and peaches — will greet customers entering the new Atkins Farms Country Market satellite store in … 0

Paved paradise: Mini parks pop up for the day

Thursday, September 17, 2015

A little lawn, a little tree, a little park can be a comforting addition to any downtown ... if only for a few days. That’s the plan for a single Main Street parking space in Greenfield and one in Orange today, as part of a collaboration on PARK(ing) … 0

Entergy, regional commission clash over site of Vermont Yankee nuclear waste

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — The Windham Regional Commission thinks there could be a better location at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant’s 127-acre site in Vernon for the long-term storage of the shuttered reactor’s thousands of highly radioactive spent fuel rods. The commission has taken that controversial stand, bucking … 0