A trader checks screens in a booth on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015.  U.S. stocks are opening sharply higher Wednesday after slumping for six straight days amid concern that growth in China was slowing more quickly than previously thought. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

US stocks surge, snapping 6-day losing streak

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Dow Jones industrial average rocketed more than 600 points Wednesday, its biggest gain in seven years, snapping a six-day losing streak that had Americans nervously checking their investment balances. While the surge came as a relief to many, Wall Street professionals warned that more rough days lie ahead, in part because of weakness in China, where signs of an … 0

Harvard students’ business plan? Go bananas!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — Take four Harvard business students, add the Franklin County’s commercial kitchen and throw in lots and lots of bananas. What you get is Just Bananas, a new frozen dessert that some find a-peeling in Cambridge, Somerville and — thanks to a trial run at Foster’s Supermarket — Greenfield as well. The … 0

Geologic maps needed for study of pipeline

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

While the proponent of a natural-gas pipeline that would cross 64 miles of Massachusetts may be including some detailed maps of its route in its filings with federal regulators, what’s needed are detailed, town-by-town maps of the geologic formations beneath the surface, including aquifers, says a Shutesbury man concerned about underground fissures caused by drilling and blasting for the Northeast Energy Direct project. … 0

State promises improved funeral home oversight

Sunday, June 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The state’s chief of professional licensure says the state will improve consumer protections and increase the frequency of funeral home inspections. “We have a pretty aggressive goal that we’ve identified of inspecting all licensed establishments within 18 months,” Charles Borstel, DPL’s newly hired executive director told … 0

Entergy allowed to dip into decommissioning fund

Friday, June 19, 2015

BRATTLEBORO — Federal regulators have cleared the way for Entergy Nuclear to tap into the $660 million Vermont Yankee decommissioning trust fund to help pay for one of the most expensive aspects of decommissioning — handling spent nuclear … 0

Montague business group social coming July 1

Friday, June 19, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Montague Business Association will sponsor a business social July 1 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Between the Uprights, 23 Avenue A, Turners Falls. Montague Business Association Steering Committee members will be there to hear ideas for what could make business in Montague even better, … 0

Real Estate/Changing Hands, June 19

Friday, June 19, 2015

Ashfield Beverly K. Duncan to Beverly Kathleen Duncan Children’s Gift Trust, Stuart Van Cortlandt Duncan Smith and Megan Kathleen Duncan Smith, trustees, 37 Baptist Corner Road, $1. Preston Williams Townsley Estate and Dorothy Nelson Townsley Estate and Preston Williams Townsley & Dorothy Nelson Townsley Declaration of Irrevocable Trust, … 0

Land trust group aims to halt state proceedings on Berkshire Gas request to proposed pipeline

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

An anti-pipeline environmental coalition is calling on the Supreme Judicial Court to halt state proceedings on a request by Berkshire Gas Co. to tap into Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct project — concerned the state Department of Public Utilities is ignoring its appeal to intervene … 0

University of the Wild

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

GREENFIELD — With a potential buyer lined up to buy his Earthlands property in Petersham, Greenfield Community College adjunct faculty member Larry Buell is bringing a “University of the Wild” forum to GCC’s Downtown Center Thursday from 4 … 0

Northfield officials report on Pa. compressor visit

Friday, June 12, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Northfield, Mass., and Wellsboro, Pa., each have about 3,000 residents, and both rural communities would seem to share a lot of other similarities. And like Wellsboro, where the downtown has a series of gas lamps planted down the center island of the downtown, Northfield is targeted … 4

Pipeline review process leaves room for public involvement

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Fifth in a series (EDITOR’S NOTE: In coming weeks, Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct pipeline through Franklin County will proceed through a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission process to choose which issues to include in an … 0

Crowd slams state at pipeline hearing

Thursday, June 11, 2015

GREENFIELD — Some of those who spoke at a three-hour state Department of Public Utilities hearing Thursday night sounded off about the DPU’s process almost as much as on Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct project. … 3

Makin' It in Franklin County: Berkshire Brewing Co.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Shortly after starting at The Recorder a year ago, I had just left my first Deerfield selectmen’s meeting when a wonderfully familiar aroma struck my nose. As I walked absent-mindedly across the town office parking … 0