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BUSINESS BYTES: BFAIR and Firehouse Café & Bistro charity; Salisbury Bank news; Lee town meeting; BNRC earns national recognition; Roberta Dews joins Greylock; Hancock Shaker Village chair news; Best Western Plus promotion; Dri Umbrellas saves the ocean

Berkshire Natural Resources Council (BNRC) has been accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission.

BFAIR and Firehouse Café & Bistro partner for “Brunch for a Cause”

North Adams— BFAIR and the Firehouse Café & Bistro partner together to “Brunch for a Cause” on Sunday, April 23, 2023. Firehouse Cafe and Bistro is generously donating 30% of the proceeds to support BFAIR’s programs for people with developmental disabilities, autism, and acquired brain injury. Tickets are $45 per person. There will be exciting activities to participate in during brunch, such as raffles and the musical offerings of the local Lindsay Anne Acoustic. “We are incredibly grateful to Warren Dewes, Jr., Chef Xavier Jones, and the entire Firehouse Café team for generously hosting this event to benefit BFAIR. It is a great testament to the community supporting one another and leveraging opportunities for support, growth, and connection. The proceeds that will be donated to BFAIR will go directly towards promoting independence, creating accessibility, and enhancing program resources for all BFAIR participants and residents.” More information is available on the BFAIR website at www.bfair.org. Reservations can be made by calling the Firehouse Café & Bistro referencing the BFAIR “Brunch for a Cause” at 413-776-7121.

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CSFM Graduation, Doug Cahill, Aidan Gilligan, and Rick Cantele. Image courtesy of Salisbury Bank.

Salisbury Bank official graduates from bank management program

Lakeville, Conn. — Salisbury Bank is pleased to announce that Aidan Gilligan, Vice President, Commercial Loan Officer has graduated from the Connecticut School of Finance & Management (CSFM), an intensive two-year bank management training program sponsored by the Connecticut Bankers Association. The program provides an opportunity for bank management personnel and other key employees of Connecticut’s banking industry to obtain additional knowledge and skills as well as a more comprehensive understanding of financial services.

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The Town of Lee will hold Open Town Meeting

Lee— The Town of Lee will be holding its first open town meeting since 1968.  In 1969 the Town established a Representative Town Meeting form of government which was used until the year 2022.  On May 11, 2023 the Town will once again hold open town meetings due to a town wide referendum vote in 2022.  Any registered voter of Lee will be able to participate and vote on Town Meeting Articles.

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Berkshire Natural Resources Council earns national recognition

Lenox— Berkshire Natural Resources Council (BNRC) has been accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, joining a network of over 450 accredited land trusts across the United States that have demonstrated their commitment to professional excellence and to maintaining the public’s trust in their work. About 10% of Massachusetts land trusts are accredited.

BNRC was subject to a comprehensive third-party evaluation prior to achieving this distinction. The Land Trust Accreditation Commission awarded accreditation, signifying its confidence that BNRC’s lands will be protected forever. Accredited land trusts steward almost 20 million acres of land—the size of Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island combined.

With its donors, volunteers, and partners, BNRC conserves open space, protects wildlife and habitats, supports local farmers, enhances the region’s climate resilience, and provides free access to the Berkshire outdoors for everybody.

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Roberta McCullough Dews. Image courtesy of Greylock Federal Credit Union.

Roberta McCullough Dews joins Greylock

Hinsdale— Greylock Federal Credit Union has welcomed Roberta McCullough Dews as their new vice president of marketing. In her new role, Roberta will manage Greylock’s marketing department, ensuring its brand and image are communicated effectively across all channels. She will also develop a comprehensive data-driven, digital-first marketing program incorporating communications, creative services, and public relations to meet Greylock’s vision to be the face of financial inclusion in the communities they serve.

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Hancock Shaker Village appoints Board Chariman

Hancock— Hancock Shaker Village is very pleased to announce the appointment of Robert L. Plotz as the new chair of its Board of Trustees effective this spring. Outgoing chair Diane Varrin Eshleman will conclude her 15-year tenure on the board in December and will work closely with Bob to support him during the transition.

Robert L. Plotz is a retired litigator. In the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, he investigated and prosecuted federal crimes including insider trading and stock manipulation cases. He subsequently practiced in a boutique litigation firm and later on his own. Plotz was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. He received a J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he was also Executive Editor of the Law Review. He was awarded a B.A. cum laude from Yale University. Plotz and his wife (Sue) are residents of Berkshire County and have been full-time residents for the past four years. They have three sons.

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Anothony Arevalo. Image courtesy of Best Western Plus.

Best Western Plus promotes Anothony Arevalo

Pittsfield— The Best Western Plus Berkshire Hills Inn & Suites has promoted Anthony Arevalo to the position of Director of Operations for Sita Hospitality, DBA Best Western Plus Berkshire Hills Inn and Suites in Pittsfield.

Anthony will be responsible for day-to-day operations of all departments, guiding the departments by utilizing proper procedures to ensure customer satisfaction with a coordinated and productive operation among staff members and departments.  In addition, Anthony will be working with General Manager Kevin Martin to increase group sales and general revenue management for the hotel.

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Local business makes sustainable umbrellas to protect the oceans

Great Barrington—  Dri Umbrellas, a company committed to protecting our oceans, has announced the launch of their Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for their line of eco-friendly umbrellas made from ocean-bound plastic. The campaign will launch on April 21, 2023, in honor of Earth Week, and will run for 30 days. The Kickstarter campaign is an opportunity for Dri Umbrellas to raise awareness about the impact of plastic waste on our oceans and to provide consumers with a sustainable solution to protect our planet. The company’s line of umbrellas is made from high-quality materials, including recycled ocean-bound plastic, and is designed to last for years, reducing waste and minimizing the environmental impact.

Dri Umbrellas’ line of umbrellas is designed to withstand the toughest weather conditions and is available in a range of colors and sizes. The durable umbrellas are both stylish and practical, making them the perfect accessory for anyone who cares about protecting the planet. Dri Umbrellas will celebrate their kickoff with a launch Party at Hot Plate Brewing Co. on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22nd from 2-4 p.m.

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