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    1. Behavioral Health Network Announces Leadership Change

      Behavioral Health Network Announces Leadership Change

      Katherine Wilson, longtime president and CEO of Behavioral Health Network (BHN), announced she will retire on June 30. George Marion, BHN board chair, said the organization has named Steven Winn, BHN’s current chief operating officer, as Wilson’s successor. Wilson was instrumental in the formation of Behavioral Health Network in 1992 when four nonprofit mental-health organizations — the Child Guidance Clinic, the Agawam Counseling Center, Community Care Mental Health Center, and the Hampden District Mental Health Clinic — formed the new entity and appointed Wilson CEO.

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    2. Land O’Lakes Taps Northstar Recycling for Innovative Sustainability Solutions

      Like many major companies, Land O’Lakes has become increasingly committed to sustainability initiatives in recent years. For example, Purina Animal Nutrition, a Land O’Lakes subsidiary, recently set out to develop a cost-effective recycling solution for used Purina feed tubs, a difficult and logistically complex objective. Land O’Lakes called on Northstar Recycling, its recycling partner for all of the U.S. and Canada, to handle this challenge.

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    3. Monson Savings Bank Announces 2020 Scholarship Program

      Monson Savings Bank Announces 2020 Scholarship Program

      The 2020 Monson Savings Bank scholarship application is now available to graduating high-school seniors residing in Hampden and Wilbraham. Applications are available at 15 Somers Road, Hampden, and 100 Post Office Park, Wilbraham. The purpose of the Monson Savings Bank scholarship is to promote the attainment of higher education for graduating seniors who reside within the bank’s footprint. Three $2,000 scholarships will awarded to graduating seniors who reside in Hampden or Wilbraham. Graduating seniors must be planning to attend an accredited college, technical school, or certification program. Scholarship awards will be based on the applicant’s financial need ...

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    4. PeoplesBank to Present 75,000 to Girls Inc. of the Valley for Launch of New Campaign

      PeoplesBank to Present 75,000 to Girls Inc. of the Valley for Launch of New Campaign

      PeoplesBank will present $75,000 to Girls Inc. of the Valley at its annual Business Leaders Reception on Thursday, Jan. 30 from 8 to 9 a.m. at Cubit Coworks, 164 Race St., Holyoke. Girls Inc. of the Valley is in the early stages of a $5 million comprehensive campaign with three primary goals: to build a permanent home in downtown Holyoke; expand school-based programming in Holyoke, Chicopee, and Springfield; and extend the Eureka! STEM education program. As a result of the campaign, Girls Inc. of the Valley will serve more than 1,000 girls each year with intensive, research-based ...

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    5. STCC to Offer Legal Interpreting Certificate Program

      STCC to Offer Legal Interpreting Certificate Program

      nterested in working as a legal interpreter? Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) will offer training beginning Feb. 25. The course runs through April, with classes meeting Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Offered as a certificate program through the Workforce Development Center at STCC, this class is open to Spanish-, Portuguese-, Arabic-, and Russian-speaking students who would like to expand their interpreting skills in legal settings. Interpreting is a high-demand field, with jobs expected to grow by 19% through 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of ...

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    6. Agawam’s Bridge Becomes an Attention Span - BusinessWest

      Agawam’s Bridge Becomes an Attention Span - BusinessWest

      Mayor William Sapelli said he received the text late on a Friday afternoon earlier this month, and it was somewhat unexpected; he was anticipating word coming later. But it was very, very welcome.  It came from state Lt. Gov. Karen Polito, and it said, in essence, that the state had approved what’s known as an acceleration agreement for the Morgan-Sullivan Bridge project. What that means is that money has been apportioned that will allow the general contractor, Palmer-based Northern Construction, to pay crews overtime to work on nights and weekends to accelerate (hence the name) the timeline for completing ...

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    7. Five College Consortium Awarded $2.5 Million for Native and Indigenous Studies

      Five College Consortium Awarded $2.5 Million for Native and Indigenous Studies

      Five Colleges Inc. has been awarded a $2.5 million, four-year grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to help its member campuses transform how they approach Native American and indigenous studies (NAIS), with the goal of enhancing teaching, learning, and scholarship in the field. The grant is one of the largest made by foundation to the consortium to date, and is also one of the consortium’s largest grant awards from any funder in its 50-year history.

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    8. Dodge Data & Analytics Sees Construction Starts Slipping in 2020

      Dodge Data & Analytics Sees Construction Starts Slipping in 2020

      Dodge Data & Analytics recently released its 2020 Dodge Construction Outlook, predicting that total U.S. construction starts will slip to $776 billion in 2020, a decline of 4% from the 2019 estimated level of activity. “The recovery in construction starts that began during 2010 in the aftermath of the Great Recession is coming to an end,” said Richard Branch, chief economist for Dodge Data & Analytics. “Easing economic growth driven by mounting trade tensions and lack of skilled labor will lead to a broad-based but orderly pullback in construction starts in 2020. After increasing 3% in 2018, construction starts dipped an ...

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    9. STCC’s Civil Engineering Technology Grads Entering Robust Field

      STCC’s Civil Engineering Technology Grads Entering Robust Field

      Civil engineers help design bridges, roads, and other critical infrastructure projects. In fact, “we make civilization possible,” Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) Assistant Professor Cynthia DeSellier tells her first-year students. “You turn on the water in your house — a civil engineer made that possible,” DeSellier added. “Engineering truly does make civilization possible. Without us, the standard of living we enjoy wouldn’t be there.”

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    10. Top Entrepreneur 2019

      Top Entrepreneur 2019

      As the largest private landowner in Massachusetts, with properties in 30 towns, the Cowls family is especially synonymous with North Amherst, where it has made its headquarters — and an enduring legacy in lumber and conservation — for 279 years. These days, Cinda Jones, the ninth-generation president of W.D. Cowls Inc., and her team are doing nothing short of creating a new town center in North Amherst. Why? Because the family has always transformed the land into what was most beneficial and needed. Today, she says, that’s a sense of community.

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    11. MassHire Springfield Career Center Celebrates Grand Opening

      MassHire Springfield Career Center Celebrates Grand Opening

      MassHire Springfield Career Center held a grand opening celebration at its new facility on Jan. 14. Located on the third floor of 95 Liberty St., the larger space better serves job seekers and business customers, due to more efficient flow of people through the space, improved meeting rooms, an upgraded computer lab, increased internet speed, and better wi-fi coverage.

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    12. UMass Online Programs Highly Ranked

      UMass Online Programs Highly Ranked

      Online programs at the University of Massachusetts received high marks again in this year’s Best Online Programs rankings by U.S. News & World Report. Two UMass programs ranked within the top 30 in the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs category, with UMass Amherst at No. 23, and UMass Lowell at No. 29. Amherst and Lowell were also the top two online bachelor’s programs in New England for the second consecutive year. In the same category, UMass Dartmouth ranked No. 113, rising ten spots over last year’s rankings, and UMass Boston ranked No. 93.

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    13. ‘Ice Invasion’ Happening in Downtown Springfield

      ‘Ice Invasion’ Happening in Downtown Springfield

      The Springfield Business Improvement District is again bringing more than a dozen ice sculptures to downtown Springfield for the 3rdAnnual Ice Invasion beginning today. This ice invasion coincides with the Winter Weekend being staged by the Boston Red Sox, making an exciting time for the city and its downtown. From the MassMutual Center and MGM Springfield up to the Springfield Museums and down to Union Station, visitors will be able to find an ice sculpture at almost every street corner. This year’s ‘invasion’ will feature a diverse lineup of sculptures, including Wally the Green Monster, baseball players ...

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    14. American Outdoor Brands Corp. Announces Leadership Transition

      American Outdoor Brands Corp. Announces Leadership Transition

      American Outdoor Brands Corp. announced that its board of directors has named Mark Smith and Brian Murphy co-presidents and co-CEOs of the company, effective immediately. Smith was most recently president of the Manufacturing Services Division of the company, while Murphy was most recently president of the Outdoor Products & Accessories Division. In their co-leadership roles, Smith and Murphy succeed James Debney, who has separated as president and CEO and as a director of the company, following the determination by the board of directors that he engaged in conduct inconsistent with a non-financial company policy.

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    15. Steve Lowell to Step Down in 2021 as Monson Savings Bank President

      Steve Lowell to Step Down in 2021 as Monson Savings Bank President

      Steve Lowell, who has served as president of Monson Savings Bank (MSB) for the last nine years, announced his retirement effective February 2021. He is looking forward to continuing to serve in a vital role with the bank as chairman of the board. The bank’s board of directors announced that Daniel Moriarty Sr. has been named the bank’s president effective February 2021. Moriarty has been with MSB for 22 years, serving as senior vice president and chief financial officer since 2011. He joined the bank in 1998 as an accounting manager, became controller in 2002, assistant vice president ...

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    16. TravelKuz Bus-design Contest to Raise Awareness of Big Brothers Big Sisters

      TravelKuz Bus-design Contest to Raise Awareness of Big Brothers Big Sisters

      FM Kuzmeskus/TravelKuz, Hale Custom Signs, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County announced a call for entries for their first-ever collaborative bus-design contest. “We’ve got a brand spanking new coach. It’s still white from the factory,” said Pam Reipold, executive vice president of Operations at FM Kuzmeskus. “It was our mechanics, or ‘shop gods,’ as we affectionately call them, that came up with this idea. It’s brilliant, really. TravelKuz is such a huge fan of Big Brothers Big Sisters and the important work that they do. We are very excited to be able to support ...

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    17. The Starting Gate at GreatHorse Honored in WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards

      The Starting Gate at GreatHorse Honored in WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards

      The Starting Gate at GreatHorse was announced a winner of the 2020 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards, an accolade representing the top wedding professionals across the board in quality, service, responsiveness, and professionalism reviewed by couples on WeddingWire. For its 12th annual Couples’ Choice Awards, WeddingWire analyzed reviews across more than 20 service categories, from venues and caterers to florists and photographers, to find the most highly rated vendors of the year. These winners exhibit superior professionalism, responsiveness, service, and quality when interacting with the millions of consumers who turn to WeddingWire each month to help ease their wedding-planning process.

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    18. Economist Says Stagnation More Likely Than Recession in 2020 - BusinessWest

      Economist Says Stagnation More Likely Than Recession in 2020 - BusinessWest

      ‘More of the same.’  For the past several years now, that’s essentially what most economists have been saying when asked about what to expect next year. And by ‘more of the same,’ they generally meant steady but decidedly unremarkable growth, which is what the nation, this state, and this region have been enjoying — and that’s the right word for it, because it certainly beats the alternative — for the past half-decade or so.

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    19. Springfield College to Welcome Courts for Kids President Derek Nesland on Jan. 28

      Springfield College to Welcome Courts for Kids President Derek Nesland on Jan. 28

      Springfield College will welcome Courts for Kids President Derek Nesland to the campus on Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Fuller Arts Center. Nesland’s presentation, titled “Who Says There’s No Traveling in Basketball? Community Development Through Court Building Around the Globe,” will highlight the service-to-humanity mission provided by Courts for Kids, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that helps build multi-sport courts in economically disadvantaged areas throughout the world. Nesland’s presentation is part of the 2019-20 Humanics Triathlon project led by Distinguished Springfield Professor of Humanics Judy Van Raalte.

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    20. Singer Traciana Graves to Speak at Bay Path for Black History Month Event

      Singer Traciana Graves to Speak at Bay Path for Black History Month Event

      Although she’s known for her vocal work with artists like Celine Dion and Steel Pulse, these days vocalist, strategist, and speaker Traciana Graves is using her voice to deliver an even more powerful message — one of inclusivity. She believes people have the ability to change the world with the power of their voice, and she’ll bring that inspirational message to Bay Path University as the keynote speaker for its Black History Month celebration on Wednesday, Feb. 5.

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    21. Economic Outlook 2020 - BusinessWest

      Economic Outlook 2020 - BusinessWest

      ‘Optimistic skepticism.’ That’s the phrase one area bank president summoned as he talked about the year ahead and, more specifically, talk of a recession. While history — especially as it relates to the inverted yield curve — tells us one is very likely, most all other indicators, from unemployment and inflation rates to the stock market to the steady pipeline of work on the books at area construction-related firms we spoke with, say something else.

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    22. bankESB and Its Employees Support United Way of Hampshire County

      bankESB and Its Employees Support United Way of Hampshire County

      Matthew Sosik, president and CEO of bankESB, announced that the bank recently donated $61,000 to the United Way of Hampshire County. The bank directly pledged $25,000, while the bank’s employees contributed another $36,000 of their own funds in support of the United Way’s workplace campaign. That campaign provides employees with the opportunity to donate and direct funds, volunteer time, and advocate for causes that are most important to them.

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    23. Thomas & Thomas Looks to Secure a Stronger Future for Its Brand — and the Sport of Fly Fishing - BusinessWest

      Thomas & Thomas Looks to Secure a Stronger Future for Its Brand — and the Sport of Fly Fishing - BusinessWest

      Five years ago, South African Neville Orsmond, an avid fly fisherman, purchased the Thomas & Thomas company and went about resuscitating perhaps the iconic brand within that industry, one that is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. While putting the company on a solid foundation, he has also made it part of conservation efforts locally and globally that will help ensure this sport’s sustainability and preserve some of the most beautiful places in the world.

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    24. Swift River Building New Pharmacy at Home Campus - BusinessWest

      Swift River Building New Pharmacy at Home Campus - BusinessWest

      Swift River, a member of the Addiction Campuses treatment centers, announced the opening of a new pharmacy. The construction project began in 2019 and is expected to be completed this month.  Swift River has teamed up with Keiter Builders Inc. based in Florence, and Kuhn Riddle Architects of Amherst to lead in the design and construction of a new, 1,690-square-foot addition. The addition is a B-use occupancy including a nurse’s station, patient-service portals, exam rooms, and a pharmacy for the storage and dispensing of narcotic addition-treatment substances.

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