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Cody Pease, left, and Ryan Jopson, owners of AB Lawn Care, stand by their work truck outside a Greenfield client's home, where they'd been painting. Recorder Staff/David Rainville

A&B Lawn Care goes ‘above and beyond’

Thursday, February 11, 2016

SUNDERLAND – A&B Lawn Care started off in jest. Friends Cody Pease and Ryan Jopson met working at Four Seasons Property Maintenance, and used to joke about starting their own company. Those hypotheticals became reality last year, when the two started their business in November after hammering out the particulars and finishing the bureaucratic paperwork. Pease and Jopson devised several … 0

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 … 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

Clifford Fournier named Recorder Citizen of the Year

Thursday, December 17, 2015

ORANGE — Anyone would get tired just hearing about how Clifford Fournier is retired. “Here’s my schedule: Sunday mornings, I pick up at Hannaford, then an hour or so later, I pick up at Wal-Mart, then I go … 0

Wicked Owl prepares to take flight

Thursday, December 17, 2015

GREENFIELD — As a child growing up in Greece, John Dimitriou, the owner of Goodie’s Restaurant on Federal Street, loved making his own iced coffee from the milk produced by his family’s sole dairy cow. Dimitriou was responsible … 0

On the job

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Two Greenfield employees recognized for their exemplary work AMHERST — On Dec. 4 in the UMass Student Union Ballroom, during their annual Staff Appreciation and Holiday event, Clinical and Support Options, Inc. honored two Greenfield employees for their exemplary contributions in the course of their work. Ben Tozloski, … 0

Kennametal earns silver

Friday, December 18, 2015

On Nov. 24, during the 12th annual Team Massachusetts Economic Impact Awards Luncheon at the Boston Renaissance Hotel, Kennametal’s Greenfield facility received a silver award for its contribution in promoting business growth in Massachusetts. Kennametal, which is known for manufacturing high speed steel blanks and solution taps, was … 0

Spring-like weather has some local businesses feeling a chill of sluggish sales of winter items

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

GREENFIELD — “How’s the weather affected business? Come take a look at this,” said Nate Widrick of Aubuchon Hardware on Federal Street, leading a Recorder reporter into the store’s back storage room. Rounding a corner, he motioned toward … 0

Local farmers filing to be intervenors on pipeline

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

SHELBURNE — The Hawks Farm, with its seventh generation now working the land to produce beef and pork as well as other products, is among the historic and environmentally sensitive properties to be crossed by Tennessee Gas Pipeline … 0

Yankee Candle parent company to be bought

Monday, December 14, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Consumer goods giant Newell-Rubbermaid will pay $13.2 billion for Yankee Candle parent company Jarden Corp. in a cash-and-stock agreement, according to media reports Monday. The merger will create a company worth $16 billion, the Associated Press reports. The two companies each own at least one … 0

Real Estate/Changing Hands

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Ashfield John E. Madocks to Anne M. Capra, formerly known as Anne Capra Madocks, 68 Plainfield Road, $1. Bernardston Patrick K. Russell by Central Mortgage Company of Little Rock, Ark., to Fannie Mae, also known as Federal National Mortgage Association, 161 Bald Mountain Road, $144,300. Buckland Tina L. … 0

On the Job

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Diaz joins Ramon Financial Services in South Deerfield SOUTH DEERFIELD — Charles E. Ramon is pleased to announce that Yvonne Diaz is joining Ramon Financial Services as a benefits consultant. Diaz will design and service employee benefit programs … 0

Diemand Farm: “I think it’s just a matter of time for us to let go of the egg business as it is.”

Friday, December 11, 2015

WENDELL — The 3,000 hens in the Diemand Farms “laying house” are making a clucking racket as two humans enter at the Mormon Hollow Road farm, but it wasn’t over a Massachusetts ballot question that would ban “extreme … 11