Business Briefs, Aug. 18, 2017

Thursday, August 17, 2017
Sugarloaf Dental’s Reid wins Volunteer Heroes award

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Dr. Jared Reid of Sugarloaf Dental was recently awarded the 2017 William McKenna Volunteer Heroes award from the Massachusetts Dental Society.

The Volunteer Hero award is given in memory of the late Dr. William H. McKenna, who was a driving force behind the development of the Yankee Dental Congress and considered by many to have been a model of volunteerism within the society.

Reid received his degree from Boston University and has been practicing and been a member of the Massachusetts Dental Society for 13 years. He lives in Northampton.

Sillin selected for inclusion in ‘Best Lawyers’ list

SPRINGFIELD — Elizabeth H. Sillin of Sunderland was one of a number of attorneys from area law firm Bulkley Richardson selected by their peers for inclusion in “The Best Lawyers in America” for 2018.

Sillin was selected in the fields of Non-Profit/Charities Law and Trusts and Estates.

According to a press release, “Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer review evaluation. Over 83,000 leading attorneys globally are eligible to vote, and they received more than 13 million votes to date on the legal abilities of other lawyers based on their specific practice areas around the world.”

Area financial firm gives $20K to Cooley Dickinson

NORTHAMPTON — Hart & Patterson Financial Group, based in Northampton and Amherst and a women-owned, independent financial services firm, recently donated $20,000 to Cooley Dickinson Breast Center.

“Our vision of community is taking care of each other,” says Cheryl Patterson, co-founder. “Taking care of each other means we are our brothers’ — and our sisters’ — keepers. This is how we run our firm and it’s the legacy we seek to create with our gift to Cooley Dickinson’s new Breast Center.”

For Patterson and partners Vikki Lenhart and Sue Patterson, the gift to the Breast Center was deeply personal. Their colleague, partner and friend, co-founder Lorraine Hart, had been diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009. Through that experience, noted Cheryl Patterson, “we learned the importance of locally available services.”

Golf event raises $45,000 for Athol Hospital

ATHOL — Athol Hospital's Golf Classic, held on Aug. 9 at the Ellinwood Country Club, raised a record $45,000 to help fund the construction of a new Emergency Department (ED) and Medical Office Building (MOB), addressing significant space constraints and providing patients with the highest quality emergency, behavioral health, and primary and specialty healthcare, in a state-of- the-art setting.

The planned ED construction will provide more spacious treatment rooms, to include a separate treatment area for behavioral health patients and will improve efficiency, optimizing the patient experience, while the new MOB will provide additional office space for primary, specialty and behavioral health providers.

Odyssey Bookshop to sell Mount Holyoke clothing, stuff

SOUTH HADLEY — The Odyssey Bookshop in the South Hadley Village Commons is now selling Mount Holyoke College clothing and other items under a new contract between the two entities.

The contract, which began in June, will feature a wide array of items from T-shirts and sweatshirts to coffee mugs and diploma frames. The transition to the Odyssey will end a long relationship between Mount Holyoke College and Follett campus stores, which has operated in the campus store for many years.

Chamber/UMass holding annual breakfast Thursday

AMHERST — The annual Community Breakfast, jointly sponsored by the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce, will be held Tuesday, Aug. 29, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the university’s Student Union Ballroom.

The public is welcome to attend.

The breakfast traditionally marks the beginning of the academic year and offers a chance for representatives of the local academic and business communities to meet and discuss common goals and issues.

Speakers at the breakfast will include UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy and Chamber of Commerce President Georgia Moore.

Tickets are $8 in advance at www.hotelumass.com/registration or $10 at the door. Free parking is available in the Campus Center Garage.

For more information, or to discuss any special needs, contact the UMass Amherst Office of External Relations and University Events at 413-577-1101 or events@umass.edu

Welcoming Place provides child care for patients

BRATTLEBORO — The Welcoming Place, designed to remove barriers to effective opioid addiction treatment, had its opening ceremony on Thursday at the Brattleboro Retreat’s Lawton Hall.

The Welcoming Place will serve children from newborn to 12 years old, free of charge, as their parents or guardians receive treatment to maintain recovery. It’s a new short-term child care program exclusively for patients of the Brattleboro Retreat’s HUB program.

This program is the first of its kind in the State of Vermont.