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Cody Pease, left, and Ryan Jopson, owners of AB Lawn Care, stand by their work truck outside a Greenfield client's home, where they'd been painting. Recorder Staff/David Rainville

A&B Lawn Care goes ‘above and beyond’

Thursday, February 11, 2016

SUNDERLAND – A&B Lawn Care started off in jest. Friends Cody Pease and Ryan Jopson met working at Four Seasons Property Maintenance, and used to joke about starting their own company. Those hypotheticals became reality last year, when the two started their business in November after hammering out the particulars and finishing the bureaucratic paperwork. Pease and Jopson devised several … 0

Leverett broadband setup wins innovation award

Thursday, February 11, 2016

LEVERETT — With its 1-gigabit-per-second fiber-optic LeverettNet up and running as other towns struggle to build their last-mile connections, Leverett has received recognition from the Massachusetts Municipal Association: the organization’s Innovation Award “In the past, it wouldn’t be an uncommon sight to find a high school student sitting in the backseat of a … 0

A new online store that is a mash-up of Amazon and Whole Foods

Thursday, February 11, 2016

PHILADELPHIA - Sam Wolf, 34, is founder and “chief wellness spreader” of LuckyVitamin in suburban Philadelphia. The third-generation family business started as a pharmacy, then became a health-foods store and now is a leading online retailer offering almost 37,000 products. The company has 200 employees and nearly $100 million in annual revenues. Q: How did LuckyVitamin start? A: My grandfather and father had … 0

This warm weather is sweet: Sap flowing early for some this sugaring season

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

CHARLEMONT — The calendar had barely flipped to February, but Bill and Norma Coli were already seeing a steady drip of sap, as temperatures Monday broke 50 degrees. But Coli, who has been maple sugaring with his wife … 0

The return of Blue Rock Restaurant in Shelburne Falls

Thursday, January 28, 2016

SHELBURNE FALLS — The Blue Rock is back, and local customers love the new location on the first floor of the Salmon Falls Marketplace building at 1 Ashfield St. The restaurant has parking, handicapped access, a big porch … 1

Get the real thing in Flagg's Fly and Tackle in Orange

Thursday, January 28, 2016

ORANGE – A soldering iron, vice and reels of thread are arranged under a bright light on the shop counter in Flagg’s Fly and Tackle. Proprietor Rodney Flagg spends the slow hours tying delicate artificial flies that will … 0

Real Estate / Changing Hands, week of Jan. 29

Thursday, January 28, 2016

FRANKLIN COUNTY LAND TRANSFERS 1/27/16 ASHFIELD Bryce S. Walker, of New York, NY, Alexandra F. Walker, and James A. S. Walker of Dover, (Ma..), Owen S. Walker of Cambridge, Norman S. Walker and Marie-Eve C. Walker to Mary May Haerer, of Charlemont. Hawley Road. $11,000 BUCKLAND Dennis L. … 0

County sees small increase in home sales

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Sales of single-family homes in Franklin County were up by 6.5 percent in 2015 over 2014, the Realtor Association of Pioneer Valley has reported, although that increase — along with a scant 0.4 percent rise in median sales price last year — was the smallest for any county … 0

A modest endeavor that hits close to home

Thursday, January 21, 2016

ORANGE — Anissa Sargent’s business is in something of a unique position, straddling a hallway in an old tapioca factory. Sargent owns the Smilin’ Dog Cafe, an eatery on the second floor of the Orange Innovation Center with … 0

Franklin County Land Transfers, week of 1/20/16

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Bernardston Mark Healy of Springfield, to Federal National Mortgage Association of Dallas, Tx. 91 West Mountain Road. $260,831 Buckland Patricia A. Donohue, to Jesus Salgado and Margaret B. Salgado, of Auburndale. 4 Clement St. $220,000 Ruth M. Bosch, to John R. Holden and Laura E. Cunningham. 27 Orcutt … 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