West County nonprofit honors former senator, outgoing principal

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Staff Writer
Published: 6/17/2019 5:20:21 PM

CHARLEMONT — Several noteworthy community members were honored recently, including former state Senate President Stanley Rosenberg and outgoing Mohawk Trail Regional School Co-Principal Lynn Dole, at an event held by the Mary Lyon Foundation at the Warfield House Inn.

Several state leaders attended the June 9 event, including Sen. Adam Hinds, D-Pittsfield; Rep. Natalie Blais, D-Sunderland; and Rep. Paul Mark, D-Peru.

At the event, the foundation announced a new “guardian angel fund” intended to honor Anna Marie Townsend, a Shelburne Falls resident who died some years ago at 10 years old. Contributions to the fund will be matched up to $5,000.

Buckland Selectman and former Amherst Town Manager Barry Del Castilho recognized Rosenberg for his “major contributions and his unwavering support of local education.” Rosenberg served as an Amherst-based state senator before a scandal involving his husband led to his resignation last year.

Dole, who received an award for her “outstanding devotion to education,” is leaving her position as co-principal of Mohawk Trail after serving 22 years as a teacher and then a principal. Her five-year contract, which is up this month, was not renewed, Superintendent Michael Buoniconti said in a previous interview. Mohawk Trail’s other co-principal, Marisa Mendonsa, will take on the role of principal next year.

Dole’s experience at Mohawk extends further back than her 22-year career, as she attended the school as a student, according to a news release. After graduating from high school, she joined the Peace Corps and traveled, taught and worked all over the world, including India, China, Vietnam, Australia, Romania, Indonesia and Thailand.

Dole has also served the community in a number of roles — as a member of the Ashfield Selectboard, a representative to the Franklin Regional Council of Governments, Local Education Council and secretary to the Mary Lyon Foundation.

“Lynn has provided outstanding educational leadership at home and abroad,” the release states.

Several other residents received awards for their contribution to local education. Among them was retired science teacher Phil Lussier of Ashfield, who was given the “spirit of adventure” award. Lussier was twice nominated to the “who’s who among American teachers.” He has traveled extensively, sailing a hand-built 35-foot schooner from Connecticut to the United Kingdom in 1999.

The Shelburne-based business Clark Corvair Inc. received a plaque for its “support of local education and its dedication to the community.” Founded in 1972 by Cal and Joan Clark, the company now has 22 full time employees.

Angela Varilly won the Pat Kerrins Career Award. Varilly manages the Shelburne Falls branch of the Greenfield Savings Bank and is president of the Shelburne Falls Area Business Association. She also volunteers in the community and has served as the Salvation Army’s treasurer.

Jon Van Guilder was given the Mohawk Trail Regional School “outstanding alumni award,” for his extensive service to the U.S. Air Force.

Based in West County, the Mary Lyon Foundation is a local nonprofit seeking to support local schools. The organization has raised $1 million to fund various school projects including Mohawk Trail’s track, library collections, computer labs and science equipment, according to the release.

Reach Grace Bird at gbird@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 280.


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