Bousquet Ski Area in Pittsfield. Photo courtesy Bousquet Mountain

Business Briefs: Bousquet changes; MASS MoCA grant; Community Shred Day; award for Kinne; Greylock promotes Astorino

Salisbury Bank will hold a free Community Shred “Drive-Thru” Day Saturday, Sept. 12, from 9 a.m. to noon at its Sheffield location.

Bousquet Mountain announces new manager, partnership with Olympic skier, upgrades

Pittsfield — Bousquet Mountain has announced the hiring of new general manager Kevin McMillian and a collaboration with Krista Schmidinger, a Pittsfield native and Olympic Skier, to enhance Bousquet Ski Area’s youth skiing program as improvements begin to elevate recreational offerings.

Currently general manager at Zoar Outdoor, where he has worked since 1992, McMillian brings extensive knowledge of the outdoors and background as an experiential educator with regional schools. He was the 1996 recipient of the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism Hospitality Award and is a Wilderness First Responder. In his role at Bousquet, McMillian will oversee the day-to-day operation of the mountain. He will be responsible for building out the Bousquet management team and staff, and implementing an effective operating model to run the business.

Two-time Olympian, U.S. National Champion and two-time World junior medalist Krista Schmidinger will partner with Bousquet to further its youth programming. She will contribute to the Race Club and SnowSports School, assisting with race and school program design, instruction input, and one-on-one opportunities for young skiers. Born and raised in Lee, Schmidinger grew up on the slopes of Bousquet. The programs and coaches were instrumental in launching her ski career.

The ski area is currently installing a Triple Poma chairlift that will provide access to the summit from the base, replacing the former “Yellow Chair.” The mountain will also feature a revamped snowmaking system with over 25 new snow guns; new grooming equipment; and a new, more accessible beginner area. These upgrades are planned to be ready for the public in time for the winter 2020-21 season.


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MASS MoCA receives grant from Institute of Museum and Library Services

North Adams — MASS MoCA has been awarded an Institute of Museum and Library Services Museums for America grant. In this round of funding, a total of 190 projects were selected from 631 applications. Funding will support the museum’s Art-tastic Families project to continue producing programmatic opportunities for local students and families receiving services from the Department of Children and Families.

In addition, in response to the disruption of traditional classroom learning due to COVID-19, MASS MoCA educators will design virtual and off-campus programming that brings MASS MoCA and the Kidspace ArtBar out to the community. Beginning in October, MASS MoCA will offer a monthly opportunity for foster siblings to connect, spending time creating exhibition-inspired artworks, exploring the galleries and enjoying a free lunch. New off-campus programming opportunities will be made possible through the debut of the ArtMobile, a roving art gallery, performance space and art-making studio that will visit schools, community centers and neighborhoods, often alongside museum artists. Former exhibiting artist Wes Sam-Bruce will deck out the ArtMobile; and MASS MoCA will again offer a weeklong camp for kids onsite with dance and choreography group Dance the Yard.


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Salisbury Bank to hold Community Shred ‘Drive-Thru’ Day

Sheffield — Salisbury Bank will hold a free Community Shred “Drive-Thru” Day Saturday, Sept. 12, from 9 a.m. to noon at its Sheffield location. For the safety of all participants and volunteers, the following guidelines have been established:

  • There is a limit of four bags/boxes per car;
  • Participants must wear masks;
  • Participants will be guided to drop-off boxes at the designated area to be shredded by bank staff;
  • Participants must stay in their cars until they reach the drop-off point; and
  • Those who feel unwell are asked to stay home.

For more information, call Salisbury Bank at (413) 229-5000.


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Kinne selected as Western Mass. Lawyer of the Year

Kevin M. Kinne. Photo courtesy Cohen Kinne Valicenti & Cook LLP

Pittsfield — Kevin M. Kinne of the law firm Cohen Kinne Valicenti & Cook LLP has been recognized as Western Massachusetts Lawyer of the Year for his work in Litigation – Labor and Employment Law. He also has been named in the 2021 edition of “The Best Lawyers in America.” The individual award and the Best Lawyers list are based on a peer-review evaluation process.

Kinne regularly advises employers throughout the Berkshires on a broad range of employment law matters, including counseling for employee issues, defending against discrimination and harassment claims, and drafting employment-related documents. He is an experienced federal and state court trial attorney who has achieved verdicts and settlements in excess of $20 million for his clients. He was also selected as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer for 2020.


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Greylock Investment Group promotes Astorino to vice president

Brian Astorino. Photo courtesy Greylock Federal Credit Union

Pittsfield — Brian Astorino, a chartered retirement planning counselor and a longtime LPL Financial advisor at Greylock Investment Group, has been promoted to vice president. Astorino develops long-term financial strategies for credit union members and clients.

Astorino joined Greylock Investment Group in January 2009 and has been in the industry for 18 years. He graduated magna cum laude from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, earning a Bachelor of Science in business administration. He holds the Series 7 and 66 registrations with LPL Financial, and his Massachusetts insurance licenses. He currently serves as chair of the Adams Cheshire Educational Partnership and is a member of the board of directors of Goodwill Industries of the Berkshires and Southern Vermont. He lives in Cheshire with his wife, Laurie, and their three children.