Business Briefs: Fairview honors volunteers; Live United celebration; BNRC purchases Undermountain Farm

The purchase of Undermountain Farm in Lenox by the Berkshire Natural Resources Council permanently protects 83 acres from development.

Fairview Hospital honors volunteers

Great Barrington — Fairview Hospital celebrated the contributions of more than 50 volunteers at its annual Volunteer Appreciation Lunch on April 11 at Crissey Farm. Volunteer Services reported that 46 volunteers had logged over 6,000 hours at Fairview.

Managers of departments attended the luncheon to thank their volunteers. Thirteen volunteers were celebrated for achieving milestone hours of service: Doris Ptak, Rachel Shaw, Betsy Smith, Roe Carpenite, Geri Stefanacci, Sunny Schwartz, Alice Leason, and John Paskus. Volunteers Stephanie Alverez, Cassandra Houle, Morris Ordover, Henrietta Woscezyna, and Anita Garrett were absent but also reached the milestone hours of service.

Special recognition was given to Martha Wool of Great Barrington, who received a “Fairview’s Finest” certificate for being recognized by a patient for her work; and Rachel Shaw of Egremont, who has served as the bookkeeper of Fairview’s gift shop for over 40 years.


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Live United Community Event
Leaders and award recipients at the Berkshire United Way Live United Community Celebration on April 12. From left: Petricca Industries CEO Perri Petricca; Berkshire United Way President & CEO Kristine Hazzard; Robert K. Agar, Jr. Volunteerism award recipient C. Jeffrey Cook; JC Penney Employee Campaign Coordinator award recipient Susan Driscoll; Daniel C. Dillon Helping Hands, Caring Heart award recipient Brenda Petell; Berkshire United Way Board of Directors Chair Christopher Mathews.

Berkshire United Way Live United celebration

Pittsfield — Berkshire United Way’s Live United Community Celebration was held at Berkshire Hills Country Club on April 12. Three hundred members of the community gathered for the annual breakfast and awards ceremony.

Berkshire United Way President and CEO Kristine Hazzard recognized 460 volunteers who contributed a total of 3,814 hours of volunteer time in the past year. Christina Barrett and Michael Wynn spoke about the 2016 Day of Caring. Taconic High School senior Jetter White spoke about his experience volunteering and how it has taught him valuable leadership skills. Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity Getting Ahead program graduate Vernon Cross shared his story.

The Robert K. Agar Jr. Volunteerism award was presented to C. Jeffrey Cook of Cohen, Kinne, Valicenti and Cook. SABIC Human Resources Business Partner in Corporate Finance Brenda Petell received the Daniel C. Dillon Helping Hands, Caring Heart Award. Susan Driscoll of Petricca Industries received the JC Penney Employee Campaign Coordinator award. Recognition was given to 25 companies who have received Pinnacle Awards for outstanding performance in their workplace campaigns.


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BNRC to conserve Undermountain Farm

Lenox — Berkshire Natural Resources Council (BNRC) has completed its purchase of a conservation restriction on Undermountain Farm from the Sprague family.

The $450,000 transaction permanently protects 83 acres of Undermountain Farm from development. The deal, which the Spragues and BNRC have been working toward since 2013, protects fields along Undermountain Road as well as a view across Parsons Marsh to Rattlesnake Mountain, Monument Mountain, and Mount Everett.

The restriction permanently prohibits development on 83 acres, including approximately 3,000 feet of road frontage.