In this photo taken on Monday, April 14, 2014, incoming Nuclear Energy Agency chief William Magwood gestures during an interview with The Associated Press, in Paris. Tiny nuclear power plants that could be far cheaper to build than their behemoth counterparts could herald the future for an energy industry that has come under scrutiny since the Fukushima disaster. In the United States, Magwood hopes the modular reactors will replace outdated coal plants. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Tiny nuke power plants hold promise

Thursday, April 17, 2014

PARIS — Small underground nuclear power plants that could be cheaper to build than their behemoth counterparts may herald the future for an energy industry under intense scrutiny since the Fukushima disaster, the incoming head of the Nuclear Energy Agency told The Associated Press. Size is relative — the modular plants could be about as big as a couple of … 0

Kali B’s serving up wings in Turners Falls

Thursday, April 17, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Turners Falls is fast becoming the destination place for good food with bustling restaurants boasting a steady stream of customers. Kali B’s Wings and Things, the new all American wings and pub joint at 166 Avenue A, is a good example. “Everyone has been having the best months they’ve had. … 0

New Montague Book Mill eatery offers view, locally based cuisine

Thursday, April 17, 2014

MONTAGUE CENTER — Visitors to the village center can now enjoy all-American cuisine while overlooking the rushing waters of the Sawmill River in an old historic mill. The Alvah Stone has opened its doors at the Montague Mill, taking the place of the Night Kitchen, a fine-dining restaurant that closed this year after … 0

Couture Bros. to close retail, remain in contracting business

Sunday, December 22, 2013

TURNERS FALLS — In the face of a changing retail business, Couture Bros. is retrenching and retreating to the original, 103-year-old contracting arm of the business. After 80 years of Coutures selling paint, wood finishes, picture framing, screen repair and other services from the 187 Avenue A shop … 0

Elm Street revival

Friday, December 20, 2013

SOUTH DEERFIELD — On Elm Street these days, it’s common to see people carrying yoga mats and towels, walking out with fresh, organically-infused haircuts, seemingly refreshed. That’s new. For some time after the Elm Street Bakery closed, the Elm Street section of town seemed vacant. But this year, … 0

On the Job

Friday, December 20, 2013

Bank wins SBA award Florence Savings Bank has received the 2013 Western Massachusetts SBA 504 Lender of the Year by Dollars Award from the Small Business Administration. The 504 Loan Program is designed to help start-up and existing businesses in a wide range of activities, including working capital … 0

Real Estate/Changing Hands

Friday, December 20, 2013

Ashfield Chester A. Gallup, Jr. and Alice Joyce Gallup of Pittsfield to Marion Ellen O’Brien of Dalton, Buckland Road, $11,000. Bernardston Robert J. Stetzel and Vicki A. Stetzel of South Burlington, Vt., to Joel A. Burnap and Sarah M. Burnap of Turners Falls, 77 Martindale Road, $230,000. Conway … 0

BK Tile & Stone

Thursday, December 12, 2013

A new business has opened on Federal Street in Greenfield and its owners say they feel right at home in the “mosaic” of downtown Greenfield. “Everyone’s been very welcoming and really supportive; they want to see us succeed,” said Billy Whitaker, co-owner of BK Tile and Stone. “We … 0

Real Estate/Changing Hands

Friday, December 13, 2013

Bernardston Timothy W. Artus and Sharyn A. Artus to Daniel Potter and Samantha Anna Fabian, 19A Chapin Road, $215,000. Charlemont Gertrude Schechterle Estate, Bonnie McCloud to Michael W. Leach of Greenfield, 11 Burrington Road, $112,500. Michael Schmitt to Robert Deraway, 132 Main St., $85,000. Gene C. Cetto and … 0

Baystate Health system CEO to step down

Friday, December 13, 2013

The top executive at Baystate Franklin Medical Center’s parent company has announced he’ll resign from his post on July 1 — a move that officials say shouldn’t have an impact on the Greenfield hospital’s day-to-day operations. Mark Tolosky has served as president and CEO of Baystate Health since … 0

Beer and books at bold new bar

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

GREENFIELD — There’s a new place to enjoy a selection of craft beers, fine liquors and a night out downtown. Seymour Pub opened with little fanfare, but a sidewalk sandwich board and word of mouth have been steadily drawing people to the new bar on Bank Row since … 1

15 graduate in first class of advanced manufacturing training program

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

TURNERS FALLS — In his seven years working as a machinist for the Athol-based L.S. Starrett Co., 48-year-old Orange resident Robert Donnelly has witnessed a manufacturing industry that’s abandoning manual machines and relying more on computer programming to power production. Now, after completing the inaugural 11-week, 220-hour Middle … 0


Friday, December 6, 2013

GREENFIELD — Carrie Timberlake says she has been very happy running Hens & Chicks women’s and children’s consignment shop on Main Street for the past three years, but something was missing. “Local artisans would come in and ask if they could sell their items on consignment,” said 39-year-old … 0