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    1. Local farm awards hit $1-million milestone

      Local farm awards hit $1-million milestone

      A funding program to help support local farmers is celebrating reaching the $1-million mark in awards granted. The Local Farmer Awards began in 2015 by the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation (HGCF) and Big Y Foods, and has provided more than 470 grants to farmers across western Massachusetts over the past eight years. Other supporting donors to the program include Ann & Steve Davis, Charles & Elizabeth D’Amour, PeoplesBank, DeNucci Group at Merrill Lynch, Farm Credit East, HP Hood LLC, Audrey & Chick Taylor, Baystate Health, Country Bank and others.

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    2. Pare Corporation Opens Facility in Holyoke

      Pare Corporation Opens Facility in Holyoke

      Pare Corporation, a multi-disciplinary engineering firm, recently staged a well-attended grand opening for its facility in Holyoke, its third office in the Northeast. “The Pioneer Valley is very community-focused and I appreciate the warm welcome the leaders of the Holyoke community have given us,” said Pare Vice President David Loring. “Because Holyoke is a hub point to the region, it is a perfect location for our new office. We look forward to meeting additional members of the community now that the office is open.”

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    3. Bringing Valley Green Energy to Hampshire County

      Bringing Valley Green Energy to Hampshire County

      The town of Amherst has signed a contract with MassPowerChoice, an aggregation services company that will implement an inter-municipal community choice aggregation (CCA) to help reduce the local and state carbon footprint. Planning for aggregation will entail developing production strategies that will ensure uninterrupted production at a specific facility. This will enable the implementation of Valley Green Energy, which will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve energy efficiency and equity.

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    4. City project underway to help revitalize Victory Theatre in Holyoke

      City project underway to help revitalize Victory Theatre in Holyoke

      A major project is underway in the city of Holyoke, in an effort to revitalize the Victory Theatre, and restore it to its former glory. The 1,600-seat theatre dates back to the 1920s and has been closed since 1979. The Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts, or “MIFA,” acquired the theatre in 2009 in hopes of completely restoring and becoming a major theatre in western Massachusetts.

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    5. Community spaces awarded improvement funds in western Massachusetts

      Community spaces awarded improvement funds in western Massachusetts

      MassDevelopment has awarded grants that total more than $420,000 to improve community spaces in Massachusetts. Five communities in western Massachusetts receiving grants include Springfield, Chicopee, Holyoke, Belchertown, and Great Barrington. The funds awarded through Commonwealth Places are used to revitalize downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts, such as new outdoor community spaces, public art exhibits, cultural events, and more.

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    6. Holyoke and Pittsfield awarded state funds for healthcare job training

      Holyoke and Pittsfield awarded state funds for healthcare job training

      The Baker Administration announced $2 million in funding for Workforce Success Grants to help people get specialized workforce training. Two western Massachusetts institutions will benefit., Holyoke Community College and the Berkshire County Regional Employment Board will receive $500,000 each to train and place Patient Care Technicians and Certified Nursing Assistants at local healthcare institutions.

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    7. MassMutual Center hosts Springfield Thunderbirds in Calder Cup Finals Game 3 against Chicago Wolves

      MassMutual Center hosts Springfield Thunderbirds in Calder Cup Finals Game 3 against Chicago Wolves

      Game 3 of the Calder Cup Finals brings the series to Springfield for the first time in over 30 years, giving Springfield fans their first in-person glimpse of the Chicago Wolves. The best-of-seven title series is tied 1-1 after two games in Chicago. Springfield took Game 1 scoring three unanswered goals in the third period and in overtime for a dramatic win. The Wolves swung back in Game 2, winning 6-2.

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    8. New Report Predicts Drop in College-educated Workers

      New Report Predicts Drop in College-educated Workers

      MassINC’s latest report, ‘Sizing Up Massachusetts’ Looming Skilled-Worker Shortage,’ projects the state’s working-age, college-educated labor force will decline by approximately 10% from current levels, creating a larger decrease than expected. “There are simply no more college-educated workers to come by,” said Ben Forman, MassINC’s research director. “Each year we’ll have fewer than the previous, unless Massachusetts does a far better job helping students through higher education and building housing that they can afford.”

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    9. Greenfield Community College names new president

      Greenfield Community College names new president

      Dr. Michelle Schutt has been named the latest president of Greenfield Community College (GCC). According to a news release sent to 22News from GCC, Dr. Schutt was picked as the college’s 11th president after a national search that came down to four final candidates, and was approved by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education. She currently is the vice president of community and learner services at the College of Southern Idaho (CSI).

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    10. HCC free manufacturing training begins

      HCC free manufacturing training begins

      An entry-level program in manufacturing is being offered at Holyoke Community College for free. Developed in collaboration with local businesses, the program will lead to employment in the Holyoke area’s manufacturing sector. The classes are designed for students who are already employed by area companies or are seeking entry-level positions in the industry. A $50,000 line item in the state budget helped secure the program’s launch thanks to state representative Pat Duffy of Holyoke.

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    11. $3M grant for Springfield summer community-based programming

      $3M grant for Springfield summer community-based programming

      Springfield Public Schools and city officials will join Tuesday to celebrate a state grant to support summer community-based programs. Mayor Domenic Sarno and Springfield Superintendent Daniel Warwick will announce the two-year, $3 million grant Tuesday afternoon. It will benefit the Springfield Empowerment Zone for Summer and Afterschool community-based programs.

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    12. BusinessTalk with Anthony Gleason II, president and co-founder of the Gleason-Johndrow Companies

      BusinessTalk with Anthony Gleason II, president and co-founder of the Gleason-Johndrow Companies

      BusinessWest Editor George O’Brien talks with Anthony Gleason II, president and co-founder of the Gleason-Johndrow Companies and winner of BusinessWest’s Alumni Achievement Award for 2022. The two talk about the phenomenal growth of his company and the many facets of his work within the community.  It’s all must listening, so join us on BusinessTalk, a podcast presented by BusinessWest in partnership with Living Local and sponsored by PeoplesBank.

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    13. EforAll Berkshire County Awards Prizes to Accelerator Companies

      EforAll Berkshire County Awards Prizes to Accelerator Companies

      Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll) Berkshire County awarded nearly $10,000 in prizes to the Spring 2022 Business Accelerator Cohort at a recent awards ceremony held on Zoom. The celebration and gala began with remarks from state Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier, who emphasized the robust public-private partnership that supports EforAll’s regional efforts and lauded the efforts of the 12 businesses that completed the program.

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    14. Amherst Town Common revitalization project approved

      Amherst Town Common revitalization project approved

      The Town of Amherst will receive up to $827,000 in federal grant assistance for the revitalization of the North Common. The project will transform approximately 1 acre of the Town Common. This effort is the result of years of public input to enhance the area for residents, visitors, and businesses in the area. The work will include many improvements like adding new accessible walkways, central space for small performances, and a plaza in front of the Town Hall.

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    15. Mercy Medical Celebrates 4th Consecutive ‘A’ Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

      Mercy Medical Celebrates 4th Consecutive ‘A’ Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

      Mercy Medical Center colleagues gathered Thursday to celebrate the hospital’s fourth consecutive “A” Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade for spring 2022. This national distinction recognizes Mercy Medical Center’s achievements in protecting patients from preventable harm and error in the hospital. Members of Mercy executive leadership team and board of directors congratulated colleagues and medical staff on the achievement.

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    16. Baystate Wing Hospital Awards $30,000 in Grants

      Baystate Wing Hospital Awards $30,000 in Grants

      Baystate Wing Hospital has announced an investment of $30,000 in grants to benefit local community-based nonprofit organizations. The grant awards were given to the Quaboag Valley Community Development Corporation, the Quaboag Connector to support local transportation in the region, the Ware Fire Department to support Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and paramedic training, and to the Ware Regional Recovery Center to increased access to support and expand knowledge about recovery support services and resources in the region.

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    17. Thunderbirds fans flying high after clinching spot in Calder Cup Finals

      Thunderbirds fans flying high after clinching spot in Calder Cup Finals

      The city of Springfield is still buzzing from the Thunderbirds’ big win Wednesday night! 22News caught up with the team on Thursday to see what is coming next. Although the mass mutual center was a lot quieter than it was Wednesday night, you could still feel the excitement! The Springfield Thunderbirds shut out the Laval Rocket in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals, 4-0. Now the T-birds are advancing to the AHL Calder Cup finals for the first time since 1991.

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    18. Panera Bread Foundation donates $25K to Girls Inc. of the Valley

      Panera Bread Foundation donates $25K to Girls Inc. of the Valley

      The Panera Bread Foundation donated $25k to Girls Inc. of the Valley to support the college access mentoring component of their Eureka! program: Strong, Smart, and Bold Science for Girls program. The greater-Holyoke, Springfield, and Chicopee non-profit, Girls Inc. of the Valley strives to create an equitable society where girls can choose careers that are not limited by their gender. A college access mentorship program, College Access Now (CAN), was created from Eureka! feedback.

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    19. Springfield to kick off restaurant week

      Springfield to kick off restaurant week

      The City of Springfield kicks off its restaurant week Thursday, with more than 50 businesses participating. Mayor Domenic Sarno will join with organizers at the kickoff party from the Fort Restaurant and Student Prince Cafe at five Thursday evening. The outdoor get-together will run for two hours, tickets include light apps and a restaurant week specialty beer by Amherst Brewery. Restaurant week will run from Thursday through June 26.

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    20. 40 Under Forty Gala Set for Tonight

      40 Under Forty Gala Set for Tonight

      BusinessWest will celebrate its 40 Under Forty Class of 2022 tonight at its annual gala at the Log Cabin Banquet & Meeting House. The event will also feature the announcement of the Alumni Achievement Award winner for 2022. The sold-out event begins with a VIP hour at 4 p.m. for invited guests, honorees, and sponsors only. The doors for general admission open at 5:30, and the program begins at 6:30.

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    21. Bernie's iconic railroad car restaurant in Chicopee closes its doors

      Bernie's iconic railroad car restaurant in Chicopee closes its doors

      Owners of Bernie’s Dining Depot in Chicopee announced Tuesday that they have closed their doors. Bernie’s Dining Depot located on 749 James Street is best known for its large portions of prime rib and their distinct railroad car dining room. Hundreds of customers have shared memories of their time spent at the restaurant on social media.

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    22. Plans Announced for Andy Yee Palliative Care Unit

      Plans Announced for Andy Yee Palliative Care Unit

      State and local officials, leaders at Mercy Medical Center, and friends and family of the late Andy Yee gathered at the medical center Tuesday for the announcement of plans to create a palliative care unit that will bear Yee’s name. The unit, which is expected to open before the end of the year, will be located on the fifth floor of Mercy Medical Center and will be overseen by Dr. Philip Glynn, medical director of the Mercy’s Sister Mary Caritas Cancer Center, and Laurie Loiacono, M.D., Chief of Critical Care. The unit will be designed to provide ...

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    23. SSO to Produce Eight Concerts for 2022-23 Season

      SSO to Produce Eight Concerts for 2022-23 Season

      The Springfield Symphony Orchestra (SSO) has announced a 2022-23 season that will include six classical performances and two “pops” concerts. The first concert in the new season will be presented on Saturday, October 22 featuring world-renowned conductor JoAnn Falletta, music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. “We are extremely pleased to announce this compelling and dynamic season that will include a remarkable series of conductors who we know will bring joy and beautiful music to concert lovers with a combination of six classical concerts and two pops concerts,” said Interim SSO Director Paul Lambert. “We are pleased and excited by ...

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