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DPU allows long-term contracts between utilities, pipelines

Monday, October 5, 2015

To help reduce winter electricity price hikes, the state’s utility regulators will let power generators sign long-term contracts with gas pipeline companies. Yet what seems like good news for consumers is being criticized by some as a potential backdoor benefit for those arguing for construction of new pipelines like one proposed through Franklin County. Six months after being asked by the Baker administration to look into whether electric utilities can … 1

Newly renovated, Lucky Nail Salon changes hands

Thursday, October 1, 2015

GREENFIELD — Lucky Nail Salon at the corner of Main Street and Wells Street is changing hands. Literally, and in more than just one way. The salon’s torch has been passed down a generation this month, with Jimmy Duong and his wife Vivian taking over for Duong’s mother, who will retire from the … 0

On the Job, Oct. 2, 2015

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Montague Catholic Social Ministries appoints Wood The board of directors of Montague Catholic Social Ministries (MCSM) have selected Heather Wood to become the new co-director for Internal Relations (Operations Manager). Wood will focus on overall organizational management of staff, finances, and programs for the Montague Catholic Social Ministries. This new position will not … 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

Real Estate/Changing Hands

Friday, September 11, 2015

Ashfield Barbara A. Munro of Conway to Matthew D. Ciaschini of Florence, 230 South Ashfield Road, $287,000. Bernardston Ronald R. Scherer and Leona N. Scherer, to Paul F. DeSantis and Joan C. DeSantis of Walpole, 148 Shaw Road (from registered land), $295,275. Buckland Eliane N. Diallo of Brooklyn, … 0

Building local: Ashfield Stone rocks urban architects

Monday, September 7, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — Ashfield bedrock will soon have a place in iconic buildings in Boston and New York City, where architects — like good chefs — are opting for “local” ingredients. Boston Public Library will be installing roughly … 0

Vintage idea for new business

Thursday, September 3, 2015

GREENFIELD — “For the first month, this basement smelled like a stale bar,” laughed Tony Derricotte as he surveyed a stack of dried oak wine barrel staves, arranged neatly against the wall of his dark basement workshop inside … 0