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On The Job/Business Briefs, May 11, 2018


Thursday, May 10, 2018
Valley Eye Radio at bank Saturday

TURNERS FALLS — A local radio station that recently won a national “Program of the Year 2017” award will be coming to Turners Falls this Saturday.

Valley Eye Radio, which consists of over 50 volunteers who read from local newspapers, broadcasts out of Springfield. In addition to readings from newspapers, the station records interviews and events for the blind and visually impaired.

The “Program of the Year 2017” award was given by the International Association of Audio Information Services in the “On Location” category for Valley Eye’s program featuring an interview and tour of “The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum” in Springfield.

The event begins at 10 a.m. at Greenfield Savings Bank Saturday. All are welcome and light refreshments will be provided by the bank. 

CISA taps 3 new board members

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Three new board members — Insiyah Mohammad Bergeron, Shawn Robinson, and Catherine Sands — have joined CISA (Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture). They voted in during CISA’s Annual Meeting, held on April 12 in Northampton.

“Insiyah, Shawn, and Catherine bring expertise and community connections to the CISA board,” said Philip Korman, executive director of CISA. “Their differing backgrounds and areas of work speak to the breadth of CISA’s efforts throughout Franklin, Hampden, and Hampshire counties, and we are grateful for their perspectives.”

The each will serve three-year terms.

Mohammad Bergeron completed her master’s degree in city planning in May 2017 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She blogs for CoLab Radio, an online outlet that highlights stories of people seeking to effect social change in their communities.

Shawn Robinson is the director of vocational services at ServiceNet. His responsibilities include overseeing Prospect Meadow Farm, which employs 70 people with developmental disabilities, autism, or brain injuries who raise chickens, sell eggs, manage a large log-grown shiitake-mushroom operation, sell wood products, and operate catering and community landscaping services.

Catherine Sands, MPPA, is director of Fertile Ground, working with organizations and foundations to maximize strategies that promote healthy and empowered families and communities.

$500,000 pledge made for Quabbin Retreat

GARDNER — Heywood Healthcare received a $500,000 pledge from the Coverys Community Healthcare Foundation, Inc. to improve patient care and safety by supporting the continuing development of the Quabbin Retreat, one project of Heywood Healthcare’s Fulfilling Our Promise Capital Campaign. This generous donation will support Information Technology Infrastructure and Information Systems, necessary components for the opening of the adult residential treatment facility and outpatient mental health and substance use services. The Quabbin Retreat, located in Petersham, is positioned to be a regional destination for substance misuse and behavioral health treatment to meet this overwhelming need. The dedicated 75,000 square foot center will offer outpatient, residential and inpatient services to those struggling with behavioral health and substance misuse problems.

Freedom Credit Union honors past chairman

SPRINGFIELD — Highlights from a productive 2017 and a ceremonious gifting of the gavel marked Freedom Credit Union’s 2017 Annual Meeting on April 18, 2018, at the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Employees and members of Freedom Credit Union, headquartered on Main Street in Springfield and serving communities throughout western Massachusetts through nine additional branches, convened to learn what a difference a year had made for the organization.

Following an election of members to Freedom’s board of directors, new board chairman, Donald C. Emerson, gifted past chairman, Lawrence F. Bouley, with an engraved gavel as Bouley stepped down after three years in the position. Emerson previously served as the board’s vice-chairman.