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

Real Estate/Changing Hands

Monday, April 6, 2015

Bernardston Jane M. Bixby to Sarah J. Willor, 41 Gill Road, $1. Colrain Bank of New York Mellon Trust, Co., NA, trustee, by attorney, formerly known as Bank of New York Trust Co., NA, Ocwen Loan Servicing, LLC, attorney to CR Homes, LLC, 3 Main Road, $7,450. Conway … 0

Sugarers hope for best as maple season finally arrives

Thursday, April 2, 2015

WILLIAMSBURG — Easy does it. Now that maple sap is flowing, sugarers hope spring continues to play hide-and-seek in the valley to salvage a sluggish season. With night freezes and daytime thaws finally here, sugarers are making syrup, … 0

Becky Caplice leaves Greenfield Savings Bank ‘in great shape’

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

GREENFIELD — When Becky Caplice arrived at Greenfield Savings Bank in 1991, she had already been in the business since 1977, when she was hired as a “commercial lending trainee” in a field that knew few women in … 0

Greenfield Savings Bank’s new president John W. Howland excited to be here

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

GREENFIELD — Other than having “Green” as part of its hometown name — never a bad color to associate with banking — Greenfield Savings Bank’s new president says there are big differences between the 150-year-old Franklin County financial … 0

Early retirement proposal among farmers’ concerns on state ‘Ag Day’

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Tuesday was “Ag Day” on Beacon Hill, meaning it was a day for state legislators and administration officials to get an earful on key farming issues and a bellyful of Massachusetts farm products. Some expressed concern that proposed early retirement of state employees to save money might hurt … 0

COG plans to intervene on pipeline

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Franklin Regional Council of Governments is looking into providing legal and technical assistance to help towns deal with the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct project. The COG’s Regional Pipeline Advisory Committee, which has been coordinating its efforts with the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission and other … 0

Biz leaders discuss regional economic development plan

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Friday’s gathering of the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce was an opportunity for about 100 business leaders from around the region to learn about regional economic development planning here. Like many of its monthly breakfast meetings, the presentation on how the 2015 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy is being … 0

Lamson & Goodnow moving to Westfield; Property sold to Ashfield man

Friday, March 27, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — After 178 years in Shelburne Falls, Lamson & Goodnow Manufacturing Co. will be moving to Westfield. Chief Operating Officer James Pelletier said that on Thursday he signed a lease, which takes effect on April 1. … 0

New spot by bridge offers Mexican fare in Shelburne Falls

Thursday, March 26, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — Shelburne Falls has Bridge Street, the Iron Bridge and the Bridge of Flowers. Now it has a new little eatery near all these bridges. “Ponte” is Italian for “bridge,” and Ponte Restaurante , set up … 0

Lesser promoted to corporate director of quality and patient safety at Valley Health Systems

Thursday, March 26, 2015

HOLYOKE — Spiros Hatiras, president and CEO of Valley Health Systems and Holyoke Medical Center, has announced the promotion of Tina Lesser to corporate director of quality and patient safety for Valley Health Systems, the parent company of … 0