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    1. The Big E 2017 sets new attendance record

      The Big E 2017 sets new attendance record

      According to the Eastern States Exposition, The Big E welcomed 1,525,553 in the past 17-days. The previous record of 1,498,605, was set in 2014. "I am humbled to see the incredible support of Eastern States Exposition by our loyal fair patrons," said Eugene Cassidy, president and CEO of the Exposition. "The 2017, 101st edition of The Big E broke records again, recording for the first time in history over 1.5 million guests. Patrons of New England's Great State Fair braved days of punishing temperatures that pushed the heat index to above 100 degrees, they ...

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    2. David Starr among 2017 Massachusetts Governor's Awards in the Humanities recipients

      David Starr among 2017 Massachusetts Governor's Awards in the Humanities recipients

      David Starr, president of The Republican Co., along with Henry Louis Gates. Jr. and Sacha Pfeiffer, will be honored at the 2017 Massachusetts Governor's Awards in the Humanities next month. Mass Humanities and Gov. Charlie Baker will pay tribute to the trio at the True Stories awards dinner on Oct. 15 at 5 p.m. at the Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston. "No one has made a greater contribution to the cultural and economic life of Western Massachusetts, over a longer period of time, than David Starr," said David Tebaldi, executive director of Mass Humanities. "Through his civic leadership ...

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    3. Greenfield Community College President Robert Pura to retire

      Greenfield Community College President Robert Pura to retire

      Greenfield Community College President Robert L. Pura has announced to faculty and staff that he will retire in June 2018 after more than 17 years at the college. Robert Cohn, president of GCC's Board of Trustees, praised Pura's work calling him a "great gift, not only to Greenfield Community College and Greenfield, but to the entire Massachusetts Community College system."

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    4. WGBY/57 general manager Rus Peotter retiring at year's end

      WGBY/57 general manager Rus Peotter retiring at year's end

      Rus Peotter will end his 15-year run as general manager of public television's WGBY-TV, Channel 57, at the end of next month. As WGBY's general manager, Peotter, 62, has overseen the creation of locally produced programs, including the PBS station's flagship series "Connecting Point" and the bilingual Latino series "Presencia."  He also launched the production of "Making It Here," "As Schools Match Wits," "Together in Song" and the annual Holyoke St. Patrick's Parade, as well as the Latino Youth Media Institute and the Telling Our Legacies Digitally workshop.

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      Mentions: Springfield Holyoke
    5. 22 News owners may drop bid to buy Western Mass News TV stations

      22 News owners may drop bid to buy Western Mass News TV stations

      Media General Inc., owners of 22 News and The CW Springfield, may drop its offer to acquire Meredith Corp., which operates rival Western Mass News stations abc40, FOX6 and CBS3 Springfield, when its board of directors meets on Friday. Media General of Richmond, Virginia, announced on Sept. 8 that it had reached an agreement to acquire Meredith for $2.4 billion, pending FCC approval and the sale of some TV stations, including one in the Greater Springfield market.

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      Mentions: Springfield
    6. Hostile takeover could derail merger of 22 News, Western Massachusetts News parent companies

      Hostile takeover could derail merger of 22 News, Western Massachusetts News parent companies

      Less than three weeks after it agreed to pay $2.4 billion to acquire rival Meredith Corp., Media General is now the target of a hostile takeover bid, which would derail the merger of the parent companies of 22 News and Western Mass News. Nexstar Broadcasting Group is bidding $4.1 billion for Media General, which owns WWLP's 22 News and The CW Springfield. The new deal would end the agreement between Media General and Meredith Corp., owners of abc 40, CBS 3 Springfield and FOX 6.

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      Mentions: Springfield
    7. Friendly's added to Masssachusetts Building at The Big E

      Friendly's added to Masssachusetts Building at The Big E

      Friendly's ice cream cones, hot fudge sundaes and Fribbles will be a part of The Big E experience this year. For the first time in the Wilbraham-based company's 80-year history, it will be an exhibitor in the Massachusetts Building. It has added a new display and sales area within the building on the Avenue of States. Friendly's cool treats will be available along side Carol's Original Kettle Corn and Koffee Kup Bakery's Whoopie pies and cupcakes.

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    8. TV merger would result in sale of WWLP, 22 News

      TV merger would result in sale of WWLP, 22 News

      Media General Inc., owner of WWLP's 22 News and The CW Springfield, announced  on Tuesday it has agreed to buy Meredith Corp., owners of WGGB's abc 40, CBS 3 Springfield and FOX 6, for about $2.4 billion in cash and stock. The deal is expected to close by June 30, 2016, following approval from shareholders and regulators. The combined company, Meredith Media General, has said it plans to swap or divest of stations in Springfield, Hartford-New Haven, and several other markets to comply with Federal Communications Commission regulations.

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    9. Close encounter with Douglas Trumbull: Visual effects wizard on working in the Berkshires, cinematic breakthroughs

      Close encounter with Douglas Trumbull: Visual effects wizard on working in the Berkshires, cinematic breakthroughs

      Academy Award winner Douglas Trumbull, whose screen credits include “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and “Blade Runner,” has engineered a high frame rate, 3-D system, which is light years ahead of what Hollywood is now utilizing. “The day of the multiplex is waning… with streaming, downloading and Netflix and HBO doing amazing content on television. So, of course, young movie-goers don’t see any difference. They would just as well watch ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ on this,” Trumbull said while tapping his smartphone during a recent visit to his studio.

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      Mentions: Holyoke MGM
    10. $53.8 million sale of ABC40 and FOX 6 in final stages of FCC review

      $53.8 million sale of ABC40 and FOX 6 in final stages of FCC review

      The sale of WGGB, ABC40 and FOX6, to the owners of WSHM, CBS3 Springfield, is awaiting final approval by the Federal Communications Commission. Gormally Broadcasting LLC of Springfield plans to sell WGGB to Meredith Corp. of Des Moines, Iowa, for $53.8 million. Gormally purchased the station from Sinclair Broadcast Group in 2007 for $21.2 million. The 30-day public comment period recently ended and the acquisition is before the FCC for final approval. Under the terms of a 44-page purchase and sale agreement filed with the FCC on June 19, Meredith has up to 60 days after that filing ...

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    11. Stearns Square summer 2014 concert series announced

      Stearns Square summer 2014 concert series announced

      Many familiar faces and sounds will be returning to downtown Springfield next month with the return of the annual Stearns Square summer concert series at Worthington and Bridge streets. The Thursday concerts begin at 8 p.m. Admission is free. Returning acts include John Eddie, The Smithereens, Roomful of Blues, and FAT. Unlike last summer, there will be no opening acts.

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