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Mary Walsh-Martel, owner of the now-closed Magical Child toy store on Main Street in Greenfield. 
Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt

Magical Child closed; Reopening for liquidation sale later this month

Friday, February 5, 2016

GREENFIELD — After 32 years of business, the owner of the Magical Child toy store on Main Street announced the shop was closing for good Friday, reopening only to liquidate its merchandise later this month. Mary Walsh-Martel first opened the store in Shelburne Falls in 1983 and moved to Greenfield 12 years later. She put her business on the market … 0

Pet house calls

Thursday, February 4, 2016

ATHOL – When Dr. Sue Ellen Mowcomber sees a cat, it might mistake her for a friendly visitor. That’s the idea; when Mowcomber makes house calls, she spends a little time chatting with the owner first, ignoring the cat to put it at ease. Then it’s time for shots, a checkup or examination, … 0

Greenfield Savings receives high marks

Thursday, February 4, 2016

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Savings Bank has once again made the grade. The financial institution was recently given an A+ national financial health rating by DepositAccounts.com, an online publication dedicated to banking/savings information for consumers. Banks submit their quarterly reports to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and DepositAccounts uses a formula to produce its … 0

NRC says Vt. Yankee investing properly in decommissioning fund

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

VERNON, Vt. — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said last week that Entergy Nuclear is following all NRC requirements for the investment of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant’s decommissioning trust fund. NRC spokesman Neil Sheehan said the Vermont … 0

DPU sets pipeline hearing

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The state Department of Public Utilities has scheduled a March 30 public hearing in Greenfield on Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s petition to require landowners to provide access to more than 400 private properties to conduct surveys for its … 0

Orange ballot includes race for selectman

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

ORANGE — A former town administrator and former town selectman plan to run for an available seat on the Board of Selectman in the town’s March 7 election. Richard T. Kwiatkowski of 345 Mayo Road and Richard P. Sheridan of 101 Daniel Shays Highway returned nomination papers for … 0

Real Estate/Changing Hands

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Buckland Milton R. Rock, and Janice A. Rock, of Shelbume Falls, to Janice A. Rock. 10 Gardner Falls Road. $1 Pamela E. Parker, of Greenfield, to Daniel R. Friedman and Maria R. Tramontozzi, of Cambridge. 2 Laurel St. $142,000 Phillips B. Sherburne and Jo-Anne H. Sherburne of Colrain, … 0

Rescued Orange gym builds biz muscle

Thursday, January 14, 2016

ORANGE — When the gym inside the Orange Innovation Center closed without warning in the summer of 2014, members were left at loose ends without a gym in town. Member Ronald Maillet of Orange said he started going … 0

Export anxiety: Where will pipeline’s natural gas wind up?

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

With the United States poised to become a net exporter of natural gas, some pipeline foes suspect that the controversial Northeast Energy Direct pipeline through Franklin County would deliver relatively low-cost liquefied natural gas to European and Asian … 1

Real Estate/Changing Hands

Friday, January 8, 2016

Ashfield Helen L. Hall Estate, Helen Louisa Boyden and Greenfield Savings Bank, Executors, to Helen Louisa Boyden. 264 Murray Road. No Consideration Nina Anderson Coler, to Nina Anderson Coler Investment Trust, of Shelburne Falls, Nina Anderson Coler, Trustee, and Ronald R. Coler Investment Trust, Ronald R. Coler, Trustee. … 0

Local food a secret to restaurant’s success

Friday, January 8, 2016

GREENFIELD — It’s the business mantra that just about everyone has heard before: restaurants are have a notoriously high rate of failure compared to other ventures. But in Greenfield, the Hope & Olive at the corner of Hope … 1

From commerce to healing: Northampton retailer Mary Lou Heiss of Tea Trekker fights blood cancer

Sunday, January 3, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — After running five storefronts in Northampton over 40 years, retailing has long been an odyssey for merchants Robert and Mary Lou Heiss. They put that sense of adventure into the very name of their latest shop, … 0

12-town coalition files to be intervenors

Thursday, January 7, 2016

As part of a continuing flurry of prospective intervenors to Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct project, a coalition of a dozen Franklin County towns filed an application for intervention Thursday with the Federal Energy Regulatory … 0