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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 that frozen produce more palatable to those wholesale buyers. The “individual quick freeze” (IQF) equipment, which the Franklin County Community Development Corp. … 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 and Federal streets, was bought by Edward Wierzbowski in 2008 after he bought the Arts … 0

Ink over Avenue A

Thursday, August 28, 2014

By CHRIS CURTIS Recorder Staff TURNERS FALLS — Leah Caldieri believes tattoos can be more than skin-deep... but not in a bloody way . The idea that tattooing involved buckets of blood and dangers of infection was a misconception that had to be ironed out of the antiquated local health regulations, according to … 0

Real Estate/Changing Hands

Friday, June 6, 2014

Bernardston George William Tallen, Jr. of Wapiti, Wyo., and Catherine C. Tallen of Heath to Stephen Nestanpower and Ruth M. Shipton Levy of North Seltnate, R.I., 10 Dewey St., $199,500. Charlemont Sean K. Addison and Amy Marie Coates to Riston E. Donelson and Sarah N. Cook of heath, … 0

Gift cards, sans plastic

Friday, May 30, 2014

GREENFIELD — If you are looking for the perfect gift for someone and happen to know where they shop, but not what they like, e-gifting may be the way to go. Father-daughter team Andrey Agapov and Marina Banar … 0

Real Estate/Changing Hands

Friday, May 30, 2014

Buckland Christopher R. Pettengill and Kimberly A. Pettengill, formerly known as Kimberly A. Sweet to Christopher R. Pettengill, 17 Purinton Road, $1. Justin Jaquay-Wilson, also known as Justin L. Jaquay-Wilson, and Sandra Jaquay-Wilson to Jaquay-Wilson Investment Trust, Justin L. Jaquay-Wilson and Sandra Jaquay-Wilson, trustees, 10 Hodgen Road, $1. … 0

Thin but tough

Friday, May 23, 2014

Charter NEX Film worker Scott Stacy check equipment at the plant in Turners Falls as the machine extrudes a giant plastic bubble. The plant produces plastic films for food and medical packaging, among other things. NASA awarded the … 0

Bee there

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Things should be buzzing June 7 across from Greenfield Town Common, where Second Congregational Church will be hosting its fourth annual Bee Fest. The event, honoring former Greenfield minister Lorenzo Langstroth, the so-called “father of American beekeeping,” who perfected the moveable hive in 1852, and also authored “The … 0

Staying green: At 40, Greenfield-based solar advocates take new slant

Thursday, May 22, 2014

With names like “Aluminum Cow” and “Moonshine’s Revenge,” the bizarre-looking vehicles hummed as they rolled into Greenfield. It was the 18th annual Tour de Sol, and it drew thousands of people to Miles Street, where the Northeast Sustainable … 0

Can local dairies skim more cream from their efforts?

Thursday, May 22, 2014

HADLEY — Some of the roughly 110 Jersey milking cows at Mapleline Farm were looking on Thursday as a few dozen representatives of Hampshire College, Whole Foods Market, Go Berry Frozen Yogurt and other businesses talked about the one local agricultural commodity that some see as nearly “invisible” … 0

Real Estate/Changing Hands

Friday, May 23, 2014

Ashfield James W. Soper and Jennifer J. Soper of Amherst to Helen B. Hodges, Route 116, less than $100. Bernardston Frederick M. Heathwaite and Kerry C. Heathwaite to Jason R. Baklavas and Talia L. Ramsdell of Wilmington (Mass.), 145 Merrifield Road, $298,000. Buckland Bryn C. Francis and Naira … 0

Montague Business Association sponsors paper shredding day

Friday, May 23, 2014

MONTAGUE — The Montague Business Association will host a paper shredding and hard drive destruction day on Saturday June 14. In addition, the association will accept worn or damaged U.S. flags for respectful retirement. Valley Green Shredding has donated its services from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and … 0

Hadley projects

Friday, May 9, 2014

HADLEY — A new Pizza Hut planned for the same Route 9 site where the restaurant closed four years ago and several other developments are in the works for the busiest commercial thoroughfare in Hadley. Planning Board Clerk … 0