Business

Greenfield Savings Bank out going President and CEO Becky Caplice at the bank on Monday.  Recorder/Paul Franz

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 management — certainly not at the age of 25. Hired at Franklin County Trust Co., which became Shawmut Bank in 1981, Caplice … 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 institution and the 7½-year-old First National Bank of Greenwich, where he served as president since … 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 the state agriculture department. As many as 300 dairy and sheep farmers, fruit and flower … 0

Artist buys Rooney’s building

Monday, March 9, 2015

GREENFIELD — The three-story landmark on Main Street where Rooney’s clothing store once thrived has been sold to a Greenfield resident who plans to live there, run her art studio there and rent to other artists. Rachael Katz, … 0

Shelburne Falls locals say state film tax credit helped

Friday, March 6, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — The Massachusetts Film Tax Credit — which helped bring Hollywood filmmaking to Shelburne Falls in 2012 and 2013 — could become a thing of the past. Gov. Charles D. Baker has proposed ending that tax … 0

Sugarloaf Hair Studio

Thursday, March 5, 2015

DEERFIELD — The Daylily art gallery and gift shop on Sugarloaf Street is now home to a third tenant: Kim Vieira of Ashfield and her new business, Sugarloaf Hair Studio. Vieira moved into the back half of the … 0

On the Job

Friday, March 6, 2015

Better Yet: James Smith SHELBURNE FALLS — Shelburne resident James Smith is celebrating thirty years of operating his business, which offers editorial writing, editing, technical writing, training and software quality assurance for businesses such as France-based Schneider Electric, … 0

Real Estate/Changing Hands

Friday, March 6, 2015

Charlemont Jeffrey J. Skibik Estate, Coleton J. Skibik, personal representative, to Coleton J. Skibik, Legate Hill Road. No consideration. Conway Eve Endicott to Detra C. Sarris of Centerport, N.Y., 1497 Main Poland Road, $270,000. Deerfield Sandri Realty Inc. of Greenfield to S&Z Deerfield Realty, LLC, 513 State Road, … 0

Greenfield house earns builder energy award

Sunday, March 1, 2015

GREENFIELD — It all added up for this former math teacher, given the net sum of skyrocketing energy costs. So he built a net-zero energy saltbox. And it scored big. From the outside, the only thing saying the … 0

On the Job

Friday, February 27, 2015

New Quabbin Valley Healthcare hire ATHOL — Michael T. Piscopo BS, RRT has been named by Quabbin Valley Healthcare as its provider for a new Respiratory Services Program. Piscopo is a Registered Respiratory Therapist who has been practicing … 0

Real Estate/Changing Hands

Friday, February 27, 2015

Ashfield L’Artigue S. Helveston and Iris A. Helveston of Dade City, Fla., to Paul T. Bouchard of Williamsburg, South Ashfield Road, land also in Conway, $35,000. Buckland Frank S. Gerry and Janet E. Gerry of Sugar Grove, Ill., to Carl W. Nelke and Janet E. Gerry of Conway, … 0

Bank merger earns OK from regulators

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Greenfield Cooperative Bank and Northampton Cooperative Bank have gotten final government approvals to merge this April. The banks announced Thursday that they have received final regulatory approvals from the Federal Reserve Board and the Massachusetts Division of Banks. The banks will complete the legal merger on April 1. … 0

Real Estate/Changing Hands

Friday, February 20, 2015

Buckland Chris E. Singley of Shelburne to Steven J. Andrews of Halifax, Vt., 77-79 State St., $70,000. Barry L. Nye of Ashfield to Grinnell Real Estate, LLC, of Shelburne Falls, 48 Prospect St., $120,000. Walton F. Chapman, also known as Walter F. Chapman and Carol E. Cone, to … 0