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 car doing homework, with a parent in … 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

Franklin County Land Transfers, week of 2/10/16

Thursday, February 11, 2016

ASHFIELD Little Switzerland Trust, Norman S. Walker, Trustee, to Anne Helene Walker Matviak, of New Canaan, Ct., Alan Stewart Walker, of Norwalk, Ct., Bryce S. Walker, of New York, N. Y., Daphne Walker, of London, Ila, United Kingdom, Eliza Sullivan Walker, of New Orleans, La., Norman Stewart Walker, Jr., of New Canaan, Ct., Owen Walker, of Cambridge, Pierre A. Walker, of Beverly, and … 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

Grants available for local farmers

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

For a second year, the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation, together with Big Y supermarkets, plans to support local farmers with projects that will help improve their farm business, and is expanding the program from $75,000 to $100,000. The awards helped 33 farms in the Pioneer and Franklin County … 0

COG calls pipeline’s impacts on county ‘profound’ in internevor application

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

The long-term and short-term impacts of Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct project in Franklin County are “profound,” the Franklin Regional Council of Governments writes in one of hundreds of intervention applications submitted this week to … 0

Former county energy conservation specialist says area was ahead of the times in new book

Monday, January 4, 2016

You can expect energy and the environment to be among the key local, state and national issues of the new year, as they were in 2015: solar policy, pipeline projects, nuclear plant closures and electricity prices. Energy was … 0

Leverett Peace Pagoda monks to walk path of proposed pipeline

Monday, January 4, 2016

At first blush, it might seem like environmental issues, and environmental controversies like the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline project through western Massachusetts, have nothing to do with the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. But King … 1