Kim’s Upholstery has become a staple on the Web

Thursday, November 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — It seems these days more people are switching off their television sets and turning to their computer screen to learn how to do just about anything. The rise of the popular website YouTube has given Internet users quick access to a seemingly endless stream of tutorials on how to cook an omelet, change a car battery, play guitar, … 0

Job fair planned for Rodney Hunt workers

Monday, November 23, 2015

ORANGE — Rodney Hunt Co.’s 200 soon-to-be-unemployed workers are being invited to a job fair hosted by the state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development’s rapid response team on Dec. 2 to help them find new employment opportunities. The rapid response team was deployed to the 175-year-old water control equipment manufacturer following an announcement earlier this month that it would close by … 0

Pipeline co. files application with FERC

Friday, November 20, 2015

Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. filed its application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a 420-mile Northeast Energy Direct project to pass through eight Franklin County towns as well as Plainfield in Hampshire County. The controversial project, described by the company as costing about $5 billion, would expand TGP’s existing pipeline system in … 2

Family machines its own legacy

Thursday, October 29, 2015

NORTHFIELD — For 30 years, various industrial parts that support the Northfield Mountain pumped storage facility have been made at a local machine shop that just celebrated its 50th anniversary. Tri-State Precision is a family-run and owned machine … 0

Grade A sugarhouses: Syrups awarded in Heath, Conway

Thursday, October 29, 2015

CONWAY — On the heels of a record-breaking sugaring season, two Franklin County sugarhouses have been awarded for their maple syrups by the North American Maple Syrup Council. Girard Sugarhouse of Heath took first place in the organization’s … 0

What’s behind this year’s lower winter energy costs?

Thursday, October 29, 2015

CORRECTION: An article published Oct. 29 incorrectly stated Eversource Energy’s winter electric rate for last season. It was 14.288 cents per kilowatt-hour. GREENFIELD — In the wake of a brutal winter that saw some serious sticker shock for … 0

Real Estate/Changing Hands, Oct. 30, 2015

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Bernardston Jonathan M. Kopera and Rebecca L. Kopera to Roger Hughs and Suzanne Hughs of Greenfield, 40 Shedd Road, $190,000. Donald D. Haskell and Carol R. Haskell to Diane R. Ludlam of Francistown, N.H., Karen E. Rewa of Montague and Susan M. Thomas of Cromwell, Conn., 396 Brattleboro … 0

On the Job

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Shelburne Falls business group picks executive director SHELBURNE FALLS — Carmela Lanza-Weil, this summer’s interim director of the Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association, is now the organization’s new executive director. “Carmela has proven herself by overseeing the … 0

DPU pipeline contract decision draws appeals

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

The state Department of Public Utilities decision that electric utilities may sign long-term contracts with natural-gas pipeline companies to help lower electricity costs has drawn formal appeals by the Conservation Law Foundation. The nonprofit environmental organization, which filed … 0

Fruitful business: Clarkdale Fruit Farms weather 100 years of change

Monday, October 26, 2015

DEERFIELD — If you find yourself stopping in at Deerfield’s Clarkdale Fruit Farms on Upper Road this fall to snag a peck or two of crisp McIntosh apples or a bottle of farm-fresh cider, take a moment to … 0

Seeds of expansion: Food entrepreneur turns Franklin County tomatoes into sauces for Harvard, Tufts

Friday, October 23, 2015

Plenty of tomatoes seemed to be still out on the vine when food entrepreneur Karl Dias was out in Franklin County picking up hot peppers for salsa he was selling to Tufts University last year, and it dawned … 0

Speaker Robert DeLeo: Energy will be focus of state House this year

Friday, October 23, 2015

State House Speaker Robert DeLeo got a standing ovation even before he began speaking to a crowd of about 150 local business people Friday morning. Kibbutzing easily with Franklin County Chamber of Commerce leaders, the legislative leader nonetheless … 0

Toast of the town

Thursday, October 22, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Ever had a wine made from cucumbers? How about crab apples, or elderberries? Limes? If not, you’ll get the chance to give it a shot — or a couple shots, if you prefer — when Paul … 0