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    1. ‘There must be some good use for it,’ Jacob Trudeau says after buying Strathmore Mill building in Russell for $15K

      ‘There must be some good use for it,’ Jacob Trudeau says after buying Strathmore Mill building in Russell for $15K

      A Pittsfield man who thought he’d get a chance to bid on different mill building has instead purchased Strathmore Mill #2 at auction from the town for just $15,000. “I thought as long I was here, I’d try and buy it anyway,” buyer Jacob Trudeau, 30, said Thursday following the auction at Russell Town Hall. He'd seen a sign on Route 20 advertising the auction last week while driving home from Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Connecticut.

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    2. Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield using augmented reality for fundraising

      Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield using augmented reality for fundraising

      The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame will use augmented reality technology to help it raise funds. Augmented reality adds images or video to the screen as users look at the real world through the camera function on their phone or another electronic device. Its best-known application thus far has been in the game “Pokémon Go.” The hoop shrine announced Wednesday a deal with Imagination Park Entertainment of Vancouver and Los Angeles for the augmented reality technology.

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    3. Eastec manufacturing trade show in West Springfield focuses sustainability, ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’

      Eastec manufacturing trade show in West Springfield focuses sustainability, ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’

      Eastec, the massive manufacturing trade show, returns to the Big E next week with a focus on the future — the future of manufacturing, of the planet and of the industry’s workforce. “Sustainability is a focus area at Eastec this year,” said event manager Kim Farrugia. That means conserving energy, minimizing waste, streamlining practices and even using environmentally friendly packaging, she said.

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    4. Smith & Wesson sells former Springfield Shooting Sports Center for $740,500 to Northstar recycler next door

      Smith & Wesson sells former Springfield Shooting Sports Center for $740,500 to Northstar recycler next door

      The sale, for the price of $740,500, was recorded April 18 at the Hampden County Registry of Deeds. Neither Smith & Wesson nor Northstar responded to questions Monday. The 5.7-acre property in the industrial East Springfield neighborhood was home to Smith & Wesson’s retail store and an indoor gun range for about a decade. There, shooters could rent time and rent Smith & Wesson firearms for practice or to try out before they bought.

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    5. Sears holding on to Eastfield Mall site, Kmarts in Holyoke, Palmer during bankruptcy

      Sears holding on to Eastfield Mall site, Kmarts in Holyoke, Palmer during bankruptcy

      Kmart stores on Northampton Street in Holyoke and Wilbraham Street in Palmer, as well as the closed Sears at the Eastfield Mall were recently sold to a company controlled by former Sears Holdings CEO Eddie Lampert as he buys what’s left Sears and Kmart out of bankruptcy. All three transactions were recorded in the Hampden County Registry of Deeds. In an email Monday, Sears Holdings said there are no plans to close the Kmarts in Palmer and Holyoke.

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    6. ‘Forever missed’: Business and historic preservation activists mourn death of Donald Courtemanche, former leader of Springfield BID and Amherst chamber

      ‘Forever missed’: Business and historic preservation activists mourn death of Donald Courtemanche, former leader of Springfield BID and Amherst chamber

      Rick Sullivan, president and CEO of the Economic Development Council of Western Mass., joined in praising Courtemanche. "Obviously, he was very committed to local economic development," Sullivan said. "It was a real passion he had. He really saw the importance of creating jobs and having vibrant local economy, particularly recognizing the importance of small business." Several people who knew Courtemanche, 41, confirmed his death Monday. A resident of Springfield, he’d worked as a Realtor with Sears Real Estate since 2015, and was on the Board of Directors of the Springfield Preservation Trust.

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    7. Vacant Strathmore Mill No. 2 up for auction in Russell

      Vacant Strathmore Mill No. 2 up for auction in Russell

      The town will sell an abandoned mill at auction with hopes of breathing new life in to a building where the smokestack still bears words “STRATHMORE PAPER” in contrasting black brickwork. It’s a bit of branding still visible for miles up and down the Westfield River Valley 20 years after International Paper closed Strathmore Mill No. 2, a move that cost 170 employees their jobs.

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    8. MGM tells investors: Springfield ‘continues to ramp;’ entertainment expected to draw more visitors

      MGM tells investors: Springfield ‘continues to ramp;’ entertainment expected to draw more visitors

      Hornbuckle said New England winters tend to keep visitors at home. “Obviously, it’s seasonal. Northeast Corridor, particularly, spring will bring more business. It’s happened throughout Connecticut and throughout the region. We anticipate that,” Hornbuckle said. “We’re in full leverage mode on entertainment, Cher, Aerosmith, Steve Martin all come to Springfield in the near future.” Cher, a veteran of stage and screen, appears at the MassMutual Center on Tuesday night.

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    9. White Lion to open summer beer garden at former Steiger’s site in downtown Springfield

      White Lion to open summer beer garden at former Steiger’s site in downtown Springfield

      White Lion Brewing Co. announced Tuesday that it will host a summer beer garden, May 22 through Aug 31, in Tower Square Park, the former Steiger’s department store site at 1477 Main St.“We are going to activate that park and bring more good things to downtown Springfield,” said Raymond Berry, president and general manager of White Lion

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    10. UMass, MassBio partner up to get biotech companies needed lab equipment

      UMass, MassBio partner up to get biotech companies needed lab equipment

      The Massachusetts Biotechnology Council, known as MassBio, and the University of Massachusetts in Amherst are partnering on an incubator so that local companies have more and cheaper access to research equipment. "They can use them as they need them, rent them," said Robert K. Coughlin, president and CEO of MassBIO. "This is really putting life sciences in Western Massachusetts on the map."

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    11. Blandford Club’s new owners, golf industry hope to follow Tiger Woods on the comeback

      Blandford Club’s new owners, golf industry hope to follow Tiger Woods on the comeback

      The Blandford Club, a 110-year-old golf course on a Berkshires hilltop with views of Pioneer Valley below, might not have opened for golf this spring. The 56 acres of land would be sold, the club’s dwindling core group of member feared, and its rolling fairways would be turned into a housing subdivision. But that didn't happen. Instead, a group of longtime members headed by Mark Amanti, owner of Advance Manufacturing in Westfield, bought the club and assumed its debts. The newly renamed Blandford Country Club is preparing to open around May 1.

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    12. Dissolving Hampshire Council of Governments could shift programs to other organizations

      Dissolving Hampshire Council of Governments could shift programs to other organizations

      The Franklin Council of Governments in Greenfield might expand its own collective purchasing programs to take over some of the work done by the soon-to-disappear Hampshire Council of Governments in Northampton. Both agencies grew out of the dissolution of county governments in the 1990s. Both help towns, nonprofits, school districts, fire departments and the like band together to buy road salt and other materials at a better price.

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    13. People in Business: Boy Scouts of America-Western Massachusetts Council to honor Joanne Berwald at 2019 Distinguished Citizen Award Dinner

      People in Business: Boy Scouts of America-Western Massachusetts Council to honor Joanne Berwald at 2019 Distinguished Citizen Award Dinner

      Joanne Berwald, Vice President of Human Resources for Mestek, Inc., will add Distinguished Citizen on May 7 to her diversified list of well-earned community accolades. The Boy Scouts of America's Western Massachusetts Council will honor Berwald at the 2019 Distinguished Citizen Award Dinner at Chez Josef in Agawam, where Carol Leary, president of Bay Path College will be the guest speaker.

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    14. David Panagore, key figure in Springfield financial turnaround, will be executive at the T

      David Panagore, key figure in Springfield financial turnaround, will be executive at the T

      David B. Panagore, who helped guide Springfield out of a financial crisis more than a decade ago, has taken a top management position with the MBTA. Panagore has accepted the position of chief administrative officer, the transportation agency announced this week. Panagore will report to the general manager, Steve Poftak, and he will be responsible for overseeing the MBTA’s administrative and financial functions, according to a message sent to MBTA staffers. He starts May 13.

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    15. Dream Destinations Travel Show brings top destinations to MGM Springfield

      Dream Destinations Travel Show brings top destinations to MGM Springfield

      Want to get away? The Dream Destinations Travel Show — sponsored by AAA Travel and The Republican — on Sunday offers savings on cruises, vacations, ravel and road trips with more than 75 exhibitors, prizes, giveaways, show deals on travel and one-stop planning and booking. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at MGM Springfield’s Aria Ballroom on the second floor.

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    16. Crane lifts Platform C into place at Springfield Union Station

      Crane lifts Platform C into place at Springfield Union Station

      Cranes this week are lifting sections of precast concrete walkway onto the upper portions of Springfield Union Station for the new handicapped-accessible Platform C. Platform C couldn’t open two years ago with the rest of the refurbished Union Station because it wasn’t wide enough to meet modern handicapped accessibility rules under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The city and the Springfield Redevelopment Authority, which owns the station, tried but failed to get a waiver.

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    17. People in Business: River Valley Counseling Center announces promotion of Joy Brock to Program Director of Concern EAP

      People in Business: River Valley Counseling Center announces promotion of Joy Brock to Program Director of Concern EAP

      River Valley Counseling Center (RVCC) has announced the promotion of Joy Brock, Psy. D., as the new Program Director of CONCERN Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Brock received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Maryland University College, a Master of Science in Psychology from Old Dominion University, a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology and a Doctor of Psychology, both from Regent University.

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    18. Nearly 100 Massachusetts college students to be recognized for entrepreneurial spirit during Grinspoon Banquet

      Nearly 100 Massachusetts college students to be recognized for entrepreneurial spirit during Grinspoon Banquet

      Nearly 100 students from 14 Massachusetts colleges will be recognized for their creativity and entrepreneurial spirit during the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation’s Entrepreneurship Initiative annual banquet Wednesday night.

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    19. Big E makes $230K donation to West Springfield fund

      Big E makes $230K donation to West Springfield fund

      The Eastern States Exposition donated $236,000 to The Big E/West Springfield Trust Fund Tuesday, the second-largest donation in the fund’s 25-year-history. The 2018 donation of $240,198 was the largest in history. Eastern States Exposition President and CEO, Eugene J. Cassidy presented a check to Mayor William Reichelt Tuesday afternoon.

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    20. First PawSox, now Massachusetts would like to lure Hasbro HQ from Pawtucket - masslive.com

      First PawSox, now Massachusetts would like to lure Hasbro HQ from Pawtucket - masslive.com

      The Massachusetts Office of Business Development said in a statement that it is “working to establish a dialogue with the company, as it regularly does with businesses both in and outside the commonwealth that may benefit from learning more about the many opportunities to grow in Massachusetts.”

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