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Business Briefs, Sept. 22, 2017

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Thursday, September 21, 2017
Paine joins Cohn and Co.

GREENFIELD — Harriet Paine has joined the Cohn and Company Real Estate Agency as a full-time Realtor, listing and selling property in both Franklin and Hampshire counties.

Paine has lovingly restored her 1868 Victorian home in Shelburne, where she also operated her photography business for 35 years. Combining her love for architecture and photography, real estate is the perfect blend of her skills, the agency said in announcing her appointment.

Paine can be reached at 413-223- 1367 or harriet@cohnandcompany.com.

Patenaude joins Freedom Credit Union

Pamela Patenaude has joined Freedom Credit Union as a mortgage loan originator.

Patenaude is responsible for real estate origination throughout Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin, and Berkshire counties. As she helps expand Freedom’s mortgage services to its members throughout the Pioneer Valley, Patenaude will offer her expertise in conventional, FHA, Masshousing, MHP One Mortgages, as well as USDA and VA loans.

Patenaude, a Palmer resident, has 15 years of experience in the finance industry, including expertise in residential mortgage origination, first-time home buyer assistance, and secondary market sales. Most recently, she was a mortgage originator at Polish National Credit Union. Currently, Patenaude is a committee member of Buy Chicopee Now and is working at Freedom’s Chicopee Branch on Memorial Drive.

Dean’s Beans gives out scholarship

ORANGE — Zeynep Dere is the recipient of a scholarship established by Dean’s Beans Organic Coffee for area immigrants and refugees studying at the Northampton-based International Language Institute (ILI) of Massachusetts. The scholarship allows Dere to enroll in ILI’s intensive English program. Her application was chosen from many submitted by immigrants and refugees in the school’s free English evening classes for immigrants and refugees.

Dere, from Turkey, has been a student in the free English classes since 2015. She lives in South Hadley with her husband and two young children.

Dean Cycon, founder/owner of Dean’s Beans, came up with the idea for the scholarship after learning about the school’s free English classes. “I wanted to make it possible for one of these hard-working students to benefit from more of the excellent instruction I witnessed at ILI,” Cycon said. “A scholarship seemed the best way to make that happen.”

Business After Hours event rescheduled

SHELBURNE — Because of anticipated storms, the Business After Hours event scheduled by the Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association for the deck of the Apex Orchards shop was changed to Tuesday, Sept. 26, from 5 to 7 p.m. The Farm Store is located on Peckville Road.

Document shredding offered Sept. 30

On Saturday, Sept. 30, Freedom Credit Union is partnering with ProShred to offer free document shredding for its members and the public.

ProShred will be at Freedom’s Greenfield Branch at 74 Main St. from 11 a.m. to noon.

This is an opportunity to shred unwanted paperwork and sensitive documents, such as bills, bank statements, tax returns, etc. There is a limit of five file boxes or paper bags per vehicle.

Freedom will also be accepting nonperishable food items as part of its Summer Food Drive, benefiting the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts.