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After 10 years, Franklin County Young Professionals rebranding
07-14-2024 8:01 AM

By ADA DENENFELD KELLY

After 10 years of supporting the region’s workers, Franklin County Young Professionals is looking to rebrand and is seeking feedback from the community on a new name that will more accurately describe the group’s purpose in 2024.“A lot of young...


Pyrtel to lead Orange Economic Development and Industrial Corp.
07-13-2024 9:16 PM

By MAX BOWEN

ORANGE — Mikael Pyrtel, former economic development director for the town of Orange, has joined the Orange Economic Development and Industrial Corp. (OEDIC) as executive director.According to a July 8 announcement, Pyrtel has been in the executive...


Commission hears challenge to tipped worker ballot question
07-11-2024 4:07 PM

By CHRIS LISINSKI

The national group pursuing a ballot question that would increase what Massachusetts employers must pay tipped workers faces a new 11th-hour obstacle that could imperil its fate.A restaurant industry trade group higher-up filed an objection with state...


Jarvis Pools and Spas in Turners Falls branching out as UPS shipping location
07-11-2024 11:38 AM

By ERIN-LEIGH HOFFMAN

TURNERS FALLS — After a century in business, Jarvis Pools and Spas on Unity Street is diving into a new service for customers by becoming an authorized UPS shipping site.Corey Fitzpatrick, one of three owners of Jarvis Pools and Spas, explained that...


Real Estate Transactions: July 12, 2024
07-11-2024 10:41 AM

ASHFIELD 141 Buckland Road. $625,000. B: Loch Laurel LLC. S: Lakeside Park LLC. 143A, 143B and 143C Buckland Road. $395,000. B: Loch Laurel LLC. S: Burning Sensation LLC.DEERFIELD 35 Elm Circle. $427,500. B: Courtney Gagne. S: Kevin R. Kittilstved...


Business Briefs: July 12, 2024
07-11-2024 10:24 AM

Payson promoted to CFO, treasurer GREENFIELD — Jeremy Payson has been promoted to chief financial officer and treasurer of Greenfield Cooperative Bank. Payson will succeed Michael Turley, who recently retired after a long tenure with the bank.Payson...


Yankee Candle consolidation prompts loss of 100 jobs
07-10-2024 4:50 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Newell Brands, Yankee Candle’s parent company, announced Monday that Sept. 9 will be the last day of operations at its distribution facility at 27 Yankee Candle Way.The news of an official date to end distribution operations there...


Ashfield Lake House reopening under new ownership, management
07-05-2024 6:42 PM

By JANE KAUFMAN

ASHFIELD — Friday fish fries, burgers and Steel Rail extra pale ale from Berkshire Brewing Co. will soon be on tap under the Ashfield Lake House’s new ownership and management.Ashfield resident Gretchen Gerstner, who owns Baked in Shelburne Falls,...


Business Briefs: July 5, 2024
07-04-2024 9:49 AM

MassHire hosting PCA info session GREENFIELD — The MassHire Franklin Hampshire Career Center will host an information session on becoming a personal care attendant (PCA) on Thursday, July 11, from 11 a.m. to noon both virtually and in person at 101...


Real Estate Transactions: July 5, 2024
07-04-2024 9:39 AM

ATHOL 3572 Chestnut Hill Ave. $517,500. B: David Cornell and Janet Cornell. S: Austin J. Deveneau. 28 J St. $330,000. B: Stephanie Godfrey. S: Reginald Haughton. 940 South Athol Road. $300,000. B: Corey J. Holloway. S: Robert B. Holloway.BUCKLAND...


Feds propose high heat work standards
07-03-2024 2:51 PM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

The federal government has proposed the first national safety standard meant to keep workers safe from excessive heat in the workplace and has made $1 billion available to hundreds of projects — including 30 in Massachusetts — that try to mitigate...


Greenfield ZBA: Candle company needs new special permit
07-02-2024 4:53 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — The Zoning Board of Appeals voted unanimously on Monday to require the candle manufacturer Aromatic Fillers to get a special permit to continue its operations on Haywood Street.The board voted to allow the company 90 days to either appeal...


Smokey Leaf joins Greenfield’s cannabis dispensary ranks
07-01-2024 12:02 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — Only two weeks since the cannabis dispensary Smokey Leaf opened its doors at 49 Bank Row, co-owners Aman Kaur and Manpreet Singh say business is booming, though that’s not their primary motivation.Although Kaur and Singh both worked in...


Turners Falls effort promotes peace through storefront signs
06-30-2024 8:24 AM

By ERIN-LEIGH HOFFMAN

TURNERS FALLS — With the placement of signs in their windows, 23 businesses and organizations lining Avenue A and several side streets are voicing their interpretations of what peace means to them.The effort, part of the “Turners Falls for Peace...


Third Thursday Street Fairs under new management in Orange
06-30-2024 7:48 AM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — The seasonal Third Thursday Street Fairs are under new management and gearing up for the second 2024 event on July 18.The Orange Revitalization Partnership recently took over the downtown series from the Orange Merchants Group and held an...


New Bernardston shop, studio aims to ‘bring back interest in quilting’
06-28-2024 4:06 PM

By ADA DENENFELD KELLY

BERNARDSTON — After a year and a half of work, Donna Giard is opening a quilt shop and studio called Where We Create at 277 South St.Giard is holding a soft opening on Saturday, June 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.Walking barefoot through the homey retail...


Shady Glen Diner for sale in Turners Falls after 12-year run
06-28-2024 3:57 PM

By ERIN-LEIGH HOFFMAN

TURNERS FALLS — After 12 years of ownership, Charles Garbiel and his family have decided to put the Shady Glen Diner up for sale.“My wife and I have been talking for about six months about it,” Garbiel explained. “I’ve just spent 12 years, seven days...


4 entrepreneurs to split $10K from annual pitch competition, boosting their businesses
06-28-2024 2:24 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

GREENFIELD — Four up-and-coming entrepreneurs got a boost and split $10,000 to invest into their growing businesses Thursday night in the fourth installment of the “Take the Floor” pitch competition.The competition is a part of the Franklin County...


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06-27-2024 4:26 PM


With taxes unpaid, Whately Selectboard reinstates Club Castaway police detail requirements
06-27-2024 11:39 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

WHATELY — With taxes unpaid as of Tuesday evening, the Selectboard has opted to reinstate the police detail requirement at Club Castaway for Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.The decision at Tuesday’s Selectboard meeting came after the club’s...

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