Postal Service honors Tree House, South County volunteers for COVID response

  • ">

    Tree House Brewing Company co-owners Dean Rohan, left,and Damien Goodreau, right, view the "forever stamp" from the U.S. Postal Service for the use of its Deerfield location in a regional vaccination drive. STAFF PHOTO/CHRIS LARABEE

  • ">

    Tree House Brewing Company co-owners Damien Goodreau. left,  Dean Rohan receive a "forever stamp" from the U.S. Postal Service for the use of Tree House's Deerfield location in a regional vaccination drive. STAFF PHOTO/CHRIS LARABEE

  • ">

    Deerfield Selectboard member and Board of Health Chair Carolyn Shores Ness holds a "forever stamp" honoring the South County Emergency Dispensing Group's efforts in navigating the pandemic and organizing a vaccination drive. STAFF PHOTO/CHRIS LARABEE

  • Tree House Brewing Company and the South County Emergency Dispensing Group were honored by the U.S. Postal Service Thursday night for their efforts in the region's vaccination campaign. Tree House allowed its facility to be used as a clinic. STAFF PHOTO/CHRIS LARABEE

Staff Writer
Published: 8/27/2021 1:42:13 PM

DEERFIELD — Tree House Brewing Company was presented with a “thank you” stamp from the U.S. Postal Service Thursday night for the use of its facility as a COVID-19 vaccination site.

The brewery’s co-owners were present at Wednesday’s Selectboard meeting to receive the honor. The South County Emergency Dispensing Group was also honored with a first responders stamp for their efforts in navigating the pandemic and organizing a vaccination campaign.

Deerfield Postmaster Robin Driscoll addressed the two groups and thanked them for their service in a time of emergency.

“We would like to take the time to acknowledge the extra effort that Tree House Brewing Company and the South County Emergency Dispensing Group gave when it was needed,” Driscoll said. “We as a community are deeply appreciative of their contribution of facility and their generous support to make our clinic successful.”

Tree House was presented with a forever stamp adorned with the words “thank you” in gold foil. A forever stamp issued by the Postal Service can be used to mail a one-ounce letter regardless of when the stamps are purchased or used and no matter how prices may change in the future, according to the Postal Service.

“On Aug. 21, 2020, the Postal Service issued a forever stamp that perfectly states what everyone’s thinking when Tree House Brewing Company and the South County Emergency Dispensing Group are mentioned, ‘Thank you’” Driscoll said. “There is a renewed awareness of the need for gratitude … you were there when you were needed most.”

Additionally, the South County Emergency Dispensing group was presented with a forever stamp honoring first responders.

A round of applause was held when Tree House co-owners Dean Rohan and Damien Goodreau unveiled the stamp.

Rohan told the Greenfield Recorder it was an “honor” to receive the stamp and allowing the town to use their facilities was a simple decision to make.

“It was something that was an easy yes when the town of Deerfield asked us,” Rohan said. “It’s nice to be recognized.”

Deerfield Selectboard member Trevor McDaniel said they are glad their contributions to an emergency effort were recognized.

“We’re really excited for them,” McDaniel said.

Fellow Selectboard member and Board of Health Chair Carolyn Shores Ness told the Recorder it was “wonderful” to work with Tree House on the vaccination drive. She added the brewery allowed the town to store its supplies in the warehouse in between each clinic and they provided lunch and rest areas for volunteers.

“Compared to working in a parking lot, the Tree House facilities made fabulous an understatement,” Shores Ness said. “All I did was call and they volunteered right away.”

Shores Ness said it was nice to have the Postal Service also recognize the group of volunteers who in the South County Emergency Dispensing Group, who have committed hundreds of hours over the years to prepare for an event like this.

“We have a great group of volunteers and I’m very grateful the Postal Service recognized our volunteers,” Shores Ness said. “(It took) years of practice to make it effective and efficient.”

Chris Larabee can be reached at clarabee@recorder.com or 413-930-4081.




Greenfield Recorder

14 Hope Street
Greenfield, MA 01302-1367
Phone: (413) 772-0261
Fax: (413) 772-2906

 

Copyright © 2021 by Newspapers of Massachusetts, Inc.
Terms & Conditions - Privacy Policy