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    1. Southworth Co.'s Paperlogic hopes innovative nanocellulose papers keep Turners Falls mill busy | masslive.com

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      Southworth Co.'s Paperlogic hopes innovative nanocellulose papers keep Turners Falls mill busy | masslive.com

      Tiny fibers might turn into big business for Paperlogic, a unit of Southworth Co., as it searches for new products to keep its 120-year-old paper mill in Turners Falls busy and its workers employed as it exits the office paper business.

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      Comment Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst   Holyoke

    2. Northampton will celebrate the arrival of the new Knowledge Corridor passenger train Monday with Gov. Deval Patrick

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      Northampton will celebrate the arrival of the new Knowledge Corridor passenger train Monday with Gov. Deval Patrick

      Mayor David J. Narkewicz will jump on board the new Knowledge Corridor express Monday with Gov. Deval Patrick, U.S. Rep. James McGovern and other officials as it makes a trial run through the Pioneer Valley

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      Comment Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Springfield   Amherst

    3. Holyoke to begin $3.2 million construction of passenger train platform at Main and Dwight streets

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      Holyoke to begin $3.2 million construction of passenger train platform at Main and Dwight streets

      Ground will be broken Monday (Dec. 22) on a $3.2 million platform at Dwight and Main streets signaling the city's return to passenger train service upon its completion in September, officials said Thursday (Dec. 18). "The platform will have areas for seating, and the site will have a parking lot for 25 vehicles and a loop for bus drop off," said Marcos A. Marrero, director of the city Department of Planning and Economic Development.

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      Comment Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Springfield   Northampton

    4. Sisters of Providence Health System, Hartford's St. Francis Care posed to create new regional system under Trinity Health

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      Sisters of Providence Health System, Hartford's St. Francis Care posed to create new regional system under Trinity Health

      The country's second largest non-profit health system is set to expand in New England, with Michigan-based Trinity Health's announcement Dec. 17 that it has signed a definitive agreement for Hartford-based St. Francis Care to join its system. The agreement, which has been negotiated over eight months, and been approved by the Archdiocese of Hartford, which sponsors St. Francis Care, includes plans for the Sisters of Providence Health System and St. Francis Care to form a non-profit regional system.

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      Comment Mentions:   Springfield   Holyoke   Sisters of Providence Health System

    5. Park with Ease Program Continues in Downtown Springfield

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      Park with Ease Program Continues in Downtown Springfield

      As the temperatures continue to drop, the Springfield Business Improvement District (SBID) plans to continue its Park with Ease valet program through the winter.  “We are thrilled the community has responded so positively to our valet program,” said Chris Russell, executive director of SBID. “After many conversations with stakeholders downtown, including building owners, business owners, and community members, we kept hearing the same comment about parking issues, so we have addressed the concern.”

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      Comment Mentions:   Springfield   Springfield Business Improvement District

    6. Mohawk Fine Papers gets 5-year $177,338 tax break for South Hadley plant

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      Mohawk Fine Papers gets 5-year $177,338 tax break for South Hadley plant

      The state Economic Assistance Coordinating Council on Wednesday approved the town's five-year tax break for New York-based Mohawk Fine Papers Inc. which plans to begin producing 500 million envelopes next year at a plant they will lease on Gaylord Street The state action means the special tax assessment will provide Mohawk a 100 percent real estate tax break the first year, 75 percent the second year, 50 percent the third and 25 percent the fourth. The company begins paying the fully assessed value of taxes in the fifth year. South Hadley Town Meeting unanimously approved the STA last month.

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      Comment Mentions:   Chicopee

    7. Chicopee to demolish long-vacant military housing, build solar farm for Westover

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      Chicopee to demolish long-vacant military housing, build solar farm for Westover

      A state grant will help the city demolish 128 vacant military homes that have been a problem for more than a decade and use the land for a solar farm to benefit nearby Westover Air Reserve Base. Mayor Richard J. Kos announced at the School Committee meeting Wednesday the city will receive a $1 million grant that will allow the city to demolish the housing and use the property for a solar farm. The plan is to partner with Westover Air Reserve Base officials to reduce the energy costs for the military, Kos said.

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      Comment Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Chicopee

    8. UMass President Robert Caret 'saddened' to leave post he has held for nearly 4 years

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      UMass President Robert Caret 'saddened' to leave post he has held for nearly 4 years

      Robert L. Caret said in a statement that he is saddened that he will be leaving the University of Massachusetts where he has been president since 2011. Caret announced his resignation Wednesday afternoon to become chancellor for the University of Maryland system. "While I am excited and energized to return to Maryland, where I have accepted the position of Chancellor at the University System of Maryland, at the same time, I'm saddened that I will be leaving the University of Massachusetts

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      Comment Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   University of Massachusetts   Springfield

    9. MassBenchmarks: 'Considerable reason for optimism' seen in Massachusetts economy | masslive.com

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      MassBenchmarks: 'Considerable reason for optimism' seen in Massachusetts economy | masslive.com

      Massachusetts is adding jobs, growing its workforce and growing its population, according to the economists behind MassBenchmarks, a study of the state's economy prepared by the Donahue Institute at the University of Massachusetts.
      Also, lower oil prices could add as much as half a percentage point to national economic growth this year, MassBenchmarks economists said. That's a considerable improvement that helps Massachusetts more than most states because there is no oil or gas extraction industry here.  The economists reported Tuesday afternoon a summary of their discussions and perspectives on the economy.

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      Comment Mentions:   University of Massachusetts

    10. Word is spreading about Iron Duke Brewing in the Ludlow Mills | masslive.com

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      Word is spreading about Iron Duke Brewing in the Ludlow Mills | masslive.com

      Iron Duke Brewing in the Ludlow Mills is open and starting to grow.  “We opened Thanksgiving Eve,” said brewer Nick Morin. “It was snowing, and we had a full house.”  If you go they will give you a sampler of five different craft beers to try.
      Francine Kulig came in Friday night with her husband and her sister-in-law.  “We all liked a different beer,” she said.  Morin said his most popular beer is called the “Baby-Maker,” named because he was brewing it when his wife was a week and a half past her due date when she was expecting their ...

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      Comment Mentions:   Amherst   Ludlow Mills   Easthampton

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