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    1. Palmer councilors support proposal for passenger rail station in town

      Palmer councilors support proposal for passenger rail station in town

      The Town Council is fully behind ambitious plans currently on the drawing board to expand passenger rail service -- including a recommendation to add a train station here. The Palmer Town Council at Monday's meeting endorsed the idea and sent a letter of support. "The Town Council unanimously supports this recommendation" for a train station in Palmer, its letter to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation says.

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    2. Estimated $1.3 million in revenues lost with state denial of regional electricity purchase

      Estimated $1.3 million in revenues lost with state denial of regional electricity purchase

      The Hampshire Council of Governments is meeting tonight to discuss the state's recent denial of the agency's long-sought energy collaboration project involving 35 communities. The HCOG had budgeted $1.3 million from last year and this year in total revenue expected from the project -- an amount that is now zero. The Sept. 24 meeting of the HCOG's governing board, or council, to discuss the problem, begins at 7:30 p.m. at the 99 Main St. headquarters in Northampton. But it is not clear how much of that discussion would be in public and how much behind ...

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      Mentions: Northampton
    3. Holyoke Community College eyes locating regional facility in Ware

      Holyoke Community College eyes locating regional facility in Ware

      Last week, a senior HCC official, Jeffrey Hayden, spoke to a group of business and community leaders at Workshop13. The Ware Business and Civic Association organized the event.Hayden is the college's vice president for Business and Community Education, and executive director of the Kittredge Center for Business and Workforce Development. He said the work-in-progress first must assess the survey results that he hopes will include responses from at least 50 local businesses and several hundred individuals. The college is also scouting for a Ware headquarters. HCC President Bill Messner, who did not attend the Sept. 17 event, refers ...

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    4. Citing 'misrepresentations,' state rejects electricity buying cooperative for 35 WMass communities

      Citing 'misrepresentations,' state rejects electricity buying cooperative for 35 WMass communities

      In a stinging rebuke, the state has issued an order rejecting the Hampshire Council of Governments' long-sought effort to form a multi-community electricity purchasing cooperative. The DPU approval was required for the energy cooperative to eventually operate. The DPU said the HCOG not only failed to provide transparent information to the 35 communities involved, but misrepresented aspects of the proposed energy program, provided untrue information and tried to market it as a green energy initiative without being able to substantiate that.

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      Mentions: Northampton
    5. With plans to employ around 100, Mohawk paper company opens new facility in South Hadley

      With plans to employ around 100, Mohawk paper company opens new facility in South Hadley

      The company plans to eventually ramp up production to fabricate more than 500 million envelopes a year and employ close to 100 workers, company officials said at Tuesday's public celebration and tour of the facility. The New York-based firm's Chairman and CEO, Thomas D. O'Connor, Jr., among the bevy of dignitaries and guests, talked about his family roots in the region and discussed why Mohawk chose to locate in South Hadley.

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      Mentions: Chicopee
    6. Mohawk Fine Papers plans to open South Hadley facility in 4 months

      Mohawk Fine Papers plans to open South Hadley facility in 4 months

      New York-based Mohawk Fine Papers officials says they expect to sign a seven-year lease next month and begin producing 500 million envelopes annually when they start operations in April at 28 Gaylord St. located in the Falls village.And according to a statement released Tuesday by Mohawk Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Thomas D. O'Connor, Jr., the 40 full-time workers at the state of the art, 112,342 square foot facility, exemplifies their commitment to the region

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

      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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      Mentions: Chicopee
    8. Mohawk Fine Papers company chooses South Hadley to locate envelope manufacturing plant

      Mohawk Fine Papers company chooses South Hadley to locate envelope manufacturing plant

      Mohawk Fine Papers, Inc. has chosen to locate a new envelope production center on Gaylord Street, the town administrator told the selectboard at Tuesday's meeting. The New York-based company was also considering a location in Chicopee. Mohawk senior vice president Robert Scannell, who attended last month's South Hadley Town Meeting - when the assembly unanimously approved four year tax break for the firm - said the vote was "a tremendous outcome."

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      Mentions: Chicopee
    9. South Hadley Town Meeting approves tax break for Mohawk Fine Papers to locate envelope plant in town

      South Hadley Town Meeting approves tax break for Mohawk Fine Papers to locate envelope plant in town

      Town Meeting on Wednesday unanimously approved a tax break for Mohawk Fine Papers, Inc. - matching a similar action recently taken by Chicopee City Council, as the two communities strive to persuade the company to locate in their municipality. Mohawk officials attended the South Hadley meeting and told reporters after the affirmative vote they liked what they saw.

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      Mentions: Chicopee
    10. 37 jobs, $2 million investment possibility has South Hadley Selectboard supporting tax break for envelope company; Town Meeting to vote also

      37 jobs, $2 million investment possibility has South Hadley Selectboard supporting tax break for envelope company; Town Meeting to vote also

      Mohawk Fine Papers, Inc. is eyeing two locations: one in South Hadley Falls, and one in Chicopee, and is expected to make their decision next month. Both communities are offering the tax break, South Hadley Town Administrator Michael Sullivan said. According to an application Mohawk filed with the Massachusetts Office of Business Development, the firm plans to manufacture 500 million envelopes annually.  The company says in the state application they would employ 37 full-time, invest $2 million in a 100,000-square-foot parcel they would lease from Lakestar Properties, and "engage the South Hadley Electric Light Department to determine Mohawk's ...

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    11. Discussion of new site for South Hadley Electric Light Department expected to draw crowd Tuesday

      Discussion of new site for South Hadley Electric Light Department expected to draw crowd Tuesday

      The company's property manager, Dominic Angelini, of Westfield, says he will attend the Tuesday night meeting and make a presentation. “I plan to present the 28 Gaylord St. property as: 1] A very good alternative; 2] At a significant reduced cost of the proposed new facility at $ 10.8 million,” Angelini said in a statement. “I have sent my handout with my comments to Reinhardt [and] to all the commissioners two weeks ago.”

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      Mentions: Westfield
    12. Solar village proposed for former Belchertown State School

      Solar village proposed for former Belchertown State School

      A private firm, Solar Design Associates, is expected to discuss their plans for a Solar Artisan Village at Wednesday’s meeting of the Belchertown Economic Development Industrial Corporation that would be built on the former state school grounds.The Aug. 6 meeting at Lawrence Memorial Hall begins at 7 p.m. According to a company representative, James Kelly, the concept would be called BelArts.  “The Solar Artisan Village will be a working environment that creates jobs and revenue for Belchertown. The new village, in the heart of Belchertown, will be home to entrepreneurs, start-ups and a creative economy.”

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    13. Belchertown seeks portion of $10 million in state funds for Belchertown State School cleanup

      Belchertown seeks portion of $10 million in state funds for Belchertown State School cleanup

      The state has set aside $10 million to clean up the contaminated former Belchertown State School property, and selectmen unanimously voted on Monday for the first time to formally asked them for a big chunk of it. A dollar figure was not included in the written request, but town officials say $6 million is required to properly eradicate the pollution. It has plagued efforts to develop the former state hospital that was shuttered a generation ago. The state school land is officially owned by Belchertown Economic Development Industrial Corporation that consists of board members who were appointed by selectmen.

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