Business Briefs: VIM Berkshires names new executive director; Construct raises money toward goal; Berkshire Money Management donates to Dalton youth; Pittsfield grant workshop; Shred Day at Salisbury Bank

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By Wednesday, Sep 6 Trade and Commerce
Ilana Steinhauer, FNP, has been named as the new executive director of Volunteers in Medicine Berkshires. Photo courtesy Volunteers in Medicine Berkshires

VIM Berkshires names new executive director

Great Barrington — Volunteers in Medicine Berkshires Inc. has announced the appointment of Ilana Steinhauer, FNP, as its new executive director. VIM has operated without an executive director for the past decade.

Previously VIM Berkshires’ director of medical services, Steinhauer joined the organization in January 2014 as its clinical care coordinator. She had served at VIM as an intern in 2006 and 2007, which led her to pursue a career in medicine. Steinhauer earned a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University and her RN and MSN degrees and nurse practitioner certification from Simmons College in Boston. She and her husband live in Sheffield with their twin boys.

–E.E.

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Construct raises $16,000 of its $20,000 goal

From left: Ellie Klein, Anne Schnesel and Jodi Klein. Photo courtesy Construct Inc.

From left: Ellie Klein, Anne Schnesel and Jodi Klein. Photo courtesy Construct Inc.

Great Barrington — Construct Inc. board member Anne Schnesel hosted a party honoring the legacy of her late husband, Ernie Schnesel, by raising $16,000 of the $20,000 goal. On Monday, Aug. 28, about 60 people came together in Priscilla’s Room at 41 Mahaiwe St., to celebrate the Schnesels’ vision in support of Construct and its mission of affordable housing for everyone.

Anne spoke briefly at the event, explaining how she and Ernie got involved with Construct: “From the moment Ernie learned of this, he was hooked. You see, the goal was to include our most vulnerable neighbors in our socially vibrant and economically healthy community. To help provide housing and services to help them break the cycle they were in and truly change their lives. We are so fortunate. It is hard to realize that the person we pass on Main Street or the familiar face we see while shopping may be suffering in ways we can’t imagine. But we do know this is happening so sitting by and doing nothing is not an option.”

–E.E.

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Berkshire Money Management donates money, land to youth soccer

Dalton — Berkshire Money Management Inc. is kicking off this year’s Dalton CRA youth soccer program with a $5,000 sponsorship, underwriting the 21st annual Just for Kicks Soccer Tournament to be held Saturday, Oct. 7, and Sunday, Oct. 8, at Wahconah Regional High School and Nessacus Regional Middle School. In addition to the sponsorship, the firm has deeded 1.36 acres from its new headquarters at the Crane Model Farm to the town. The parcel of land abuts the Craneville Elementary School and is used daily by students for sports and recreation. BMM is looking at a potential mid-October move-in date from its current headquarters on Merrill Road in Pittsfield.

–E.E.

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Pittsfield Cultural Council to offer grant workshop and reception

Pittsfield — The Pittsfield Cultural Council will host a grant application question-and-answer session to assist those interested in applying for funds for 2018 arts — or culture — related projects on Wednesday, Sept. 13, from 6 to 6:30 p.m. at Hotel on North. The workshop will be followed by a reception in honor of PCC’s 2017 grant award recipients from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. including hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, and the chance to network with fellow grant recipients, council members and other community members. In 2017, PCC funded 37 grants totaling more than $26,500. Applications for the 2018 grant cycle are available online and are due Monday, Oct. 16. Both the workshop and the reception are free and open to all. For more information, contact PCC at pittsfieldculture@yahoo.com.

–E.E.

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Salisbury Bank to hold Shred Day

Great Barrington — Salisbury Bank and Trust Company will hold a free Community Shred Day on Saturday, Sept. 9, from 9 a.m. to noon at its Great Barrington location. Each participant may bring up to four boxes of paper for shredding. Salisbury Bank offers Shred Day to help in the fight against identity theft. All shredded paper will be recycled. For more information, call Salisbury Bank at (413) 528-1201.

–E.E.


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