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The French King Restaurant in Erving has reopened after renovations. In the bar area are general manager Scott Hardy, Brian Prondecki and his parents Frank and Deborah Prondecki.  Recorder/Paul Franz

French King Restaurant open after renovation

Thursday, November 27, 2014

By CHRIS CURTIS Recorder Staff ERVING — The home fires are burning again at the French King Restaurant, a family business in its 60th year on the eastern cusp of the French King Bridge, which recently closed for an extended renovation. “I had to put myself in time-out and reenergize,” said Frank Prondecki. Frank and Deborah Prondecki — the latter … 0

Panel considers cleanup issues at Vt. Yankee site

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — How deep do you need to dig? How clean is “clean”? And for what future purpose is the site of Vermont Yankee being prepared? Those were some of the questions bandied about Thursday night during a meeting of the Vermont Nuclear Decommissioning Citizen Advisory Panel. With the shutdown of Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant about six weeks away, the panel … 0

Pipeline execs contributed to Baker gubernatorial campaign

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Five top executives of Kinder Morgan — the Houston-based corporation that hopes to build a pipeline through Massachusetts — each made maximum allowable personal contributions the campaign of Gov.-elect Charlie Baker, according to state campaign finance records. The $500 contributions — all made on Election Day — went to the Republican candidate before his defeat of Democrat Martha Coakley even though he expressed … 0

Real Estate/Changing Hands

Friday, September 19, 2014

Ashfield Robert J. Pratt, also known as Robert J. Pratt, Jr., of Charlemont and Johanna B. Andersen Pratt to Mary May Pratt of Charlemont, Hawley Road. No consideration. Bernardston Jessica A. St. Amand of Greenfield and Michael P. St. Amand to Ronald G. McConnell Jr. and Patti J. … 0

Skate shop in Turners

Thursday, September 11, 2014

By CHRIS CURTIS Recorder Staff TURNERS FALLS — Barry Scott credits skateboarding with expanding his view of the region, adding photography and basic construction to his skill set as a teenager and teaching him focus and determination. Scott, … 0

Planned local bank merger is moving forward

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Recorder The planned merger of Greenfield Co-Operative Bank and Northampton Cooperative Bank moved a step closer toward reality this month, with Northampton Cooperative depositors’ approval of the consolidation plan, which had already been approved by both banks’ boards of directors of both banks. According to William Stapleton, … 0

Real Estate/Changing Hands

Friday, September 12, 2014

Buckland David W. Baker Jr. of Poguoson, Va., Everett J. Baker of Stanley, N.Y., George W. Baker of Turners Falls and Cynthia M. Jarvis of West Deerfield to Eric J. Miller and Tara V. Miller of Turners Falls, 63 Conway St., $175,000. Toni Stewart, formerly known as Paulette … 0

On the job

Friday, September 5, 2014

Gary Fentin selected CONWAY — The law firm of Shatz, Schwartz and Fentin, P.C., of Springfield has announced that eight of its attorneys have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America list this year. Best … 0

Court allows Lamson to operate

Thursday, September 4, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — In Wednesday’s continued bankruptcy hearing, Lamson & Goodnow Manufacturing Co. withdrew its request to borrow $500,000, while its largest creditor, Newtek Small Business Finance Inc., filed an objection to the cutlery’s bid for continued use of its cash collateral and for borrowing more operational funds. … 0

Not a blockbuster summer: Hollywood’s sagging box office means dip for Northfield Drive-In

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

NORTHFIELD — The Northfield Drive-In entered the digital age this year and although the picture was better, business was a mixed bag. “It wasn’t a great season,” said owner Mitchell Shakour. “The summer movie industry was down 22 … 0

Valley produce flows again to Market Basket

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

WHATELY — Gary Gemme, co-owner of Harvest Farm, said he got the call last week that he has been waiting on for six weeks. It was from a buyer for Market Basket, looking to order cabbage, kale and … 0

Flash (freeze) forward: New food processing center equipment better for produce flavor, nutrients and — hopefully — sales

Friday, August 29, 2014

It’s that time of year when broccoli, peppers and carrots are coming forth, and the Franklin County Food Processing Center is freezing vegetables from area farms for colleges, schools and other institutions around the region. And now, the Greenfield center’s long-awaited quick-freeze equipment is being prepared, to make … 0

Facing foreclosure: Pushkin, Arts Block on auction block

Friday, August 29, 2014

GREENFIELD — The Pushkin and Arts Block buildings — popular entertainment venues seen as key components of the town’s downtown rejuvenation — are in foreclosure, with the properties set to be auctioned Sept. 22. The Pushkin, at Main … 0