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AMHERST — The Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce announced the upcoming Farm to Table Annual Awards Dinner, to be held Oct. 2 at Hadley Farms Meeting House in Hadley. The dinner, a yearly celebration that is a highlight of area… Read more

WARE — Country Bank surprised 29 local schools that participate in the bank’s Savings Makes Sense School Banking Program with $500 gift cards to Staples. Each school received the donation to help cover the cost of back-to-school… Read more

BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick announced another major clean-energy milestone, surpassing 15,000 solar installations in the Commonwealth. There are now 15,762 systems installed across Massachusetts, a 20-fold increase from 2008. “This… Read more

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At a Time of Change in Retail, Holyoke Mall Marks 35 Years Holyoke Mall General Manager William Rogalski When the Holyoke Mall opened in the Ingleside section of the city in 1979, shopping malls were the hottest trend in retail. These days, as… Read more

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Community Spirit Fuels Growth in Southwick Russell Fox grew up in Southwick and remembers when it was primarily a farming town. Although that has changed, farming still plays a significant role in the town’s economy, and the close-knit… Read more

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New Programs Prepare People for Careers in Manufacturing Several weeks ago, Bob LePage met with a fourth-generation manufacturer who is having problems finding new employees with the right skills to fuel his company’s growth. “He told… Read more

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The Big E Continues to Be an Economic Engine Eastern States Exposition CEO Gene Cassidy and the man who inspires his work, fair founder Joshua Brooks. Joshua L. Brooks was a man who got things done. And Gene Cassidy, CEO of the Eastern States… Read more

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Springfield Unveils Blueprint for Downtown Innovation District From the wreckage of a natural-gas explosion in Springfield almost two years ago has emerged a revitalization plan — one that encompasses far more than the immediate blast… Read more

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Clark Art Institute Reopens After Major Renovation The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown celebrated the grand reopening of its 140-acre campus on July 4. It has been transformed by a $145 million renovation designed to give… Read more

BRATTLEBORO, VT — Brattleboro Retreat President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Robert E. Simpson Jr., has been named by Behavioral Healthcare magazine as a 2014 Behavioral Healthcare Champion along with four other leaders in the field of… Read more

CHICOPEE — Storm Ready, an emergency and disaster readiness supply and consulting company, is opening a store at 1512 Memorial Dr. in Chicopee MA on Sept 10. Store Hours will be Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The store will… Read more

FLORENCE — Florence Savings Bank, a mutually-owned savings bank serving the Pioneer Valley through 9 branch locations, is offering area residents free document shredding services at its “Community Shred Day,” Sept. 13, from 9 a.m…. Read more

SPRINGFIELD — Keith A. Minoff was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the fields of commercial litigation and corporate law. Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey. More than… Read more

SPRINGFIELD — Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C., an employment-law firm serving the Greater Springfield area, announced that four of the firm’s partners — Ralph Abbott Jr., John Glenn, Timothy Murphy, and Jay Presser — were… Read more

BOSTON — MassIT, the Commonwealth’s lead state agency for technology across the executive branch, announced a first-of-its-kind MassIT Government Innovation Competition, with a $50,000 prize for the winning project. MassIT will partner… Read more