The Recorder – Regional Pocket book: Nov. 8, 2023

The Recorder – Regional Pocket book: Nov. 8, 2023


MassDOT holding second annual ‘Title a Snowplow’ contest BOSTON — The state Division of Transportation (MassDOT) is holding its second annual “Title a Snowplow” contest for elementary faculty college students throughout the state. Entries are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 1.

The aim of the competition is to have a good time the snow and ice season, and to assist acknowledge the onerous work and dedication proven by public works workers and contractors, based on MassDOT. The competition seeks to solicit names for 12 snowplows that shall be in service for the 2023-2024 winter season.

“This contest is a good way to have a good time the winter season in New England, encourage the creativity of our younger folks, and to thank all of the devoted members of our crews who preserve our roads and bridges cleared throughout extreme climate,” performing Transportation Secretary and CEO Monica Tibbits-Nutt stated in an announcement. “We actually recognize all of the individuals who work on the entrance strains whatever the climate in all sectors of the financial system and that is one gesture of thanks.”

“This contest was effectively acquired final winter and we all know there are a lot of good ideas on the market as soon as once more for naming our plows this season,” Freeway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver stated in an announcement. “We need to use the competition as a solution to acknowledge our devoted workforce and on the identical time give college students a possibility to have some enjoyable naming plows because it helps join younger folks with the general public servants who do the work.”

Functions for the Snowplow Naming Contest might be submitted through the use of an internet portal at There isn’t a restrict to the variety of purposes that may be submitted per faculty. The competition winners, to be introduced by Dec. 22, shall be invited to take part in a snowplow unveiling occasion.

A variety panel composed of MassDOT workers will select two elementary faculty classroom winners which can be situated inside every of the six Freeway Division districts. The profitable submissions shall be evaluated based mostly on two grade-level classes: kindergarten by way of fourth grade and fifth grade by way of eighth grade.

For extra info, go to

Lady Scout troops accepting new members

Franklin County ladies residing in Rowe, Heath, Colrain, Leyden, Bernardston, Northfield, Charlemont, Buckland, Shelburne, Greenfield, Gill, Erving, Montague, Hawley, Plainfield and Ashfield are invited to affix certainly one of two Lady Scout troops.

Ladies in kindergarten and first grade can be a part of Lady Scout Troop 65398, which meets biweekly on Tuesdays from 4 to five p.m. in Greenfield.

Ladies in second and third grades can be a part of Lady Scout Troop 65402, which meets biweekly on Sundays from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in Charlemont.

The annual membership value is $35 and monetary help is accessible.

Register for a spot within the troops at or With questions, e-mail or name 413-584-2602.

Cooley Dickinson VNA & Hospice internet hosting informational sequence

NORTHAMPTON — Cooley Dickinson VNA & Hospice is internet hosting a three-part informational sequence on dwelling care and hospice subjects that shall be held at places throughout the Pioneer Valley, together with in Greenfield.

Session 1 is titled “All the things You Wished to Know, However Had been Afraid to Ask.” This session will talk about myths and info regarding hospice care, enabling attendees to make considerate choices in contemplating hospice providers.

Session 2 is titled “Navigating the Journey of Grief and Loss.” Attendees will study grief, typical grief responses and neighborhood assets.

Session 3 is titled “Making the Proper Selection. Be taught the Choices for Dwelling Well being Care.” Audio system will clarify the number of obtainable providers whereas additionally discussing the significance of advance care planning.

The periods shall be held at places in Northampton, Westhampton, South Hadley, Belchertown and Greenfield. The Greenfield periods shall be held in 2024 on the Greenfield Senior Middle, 35 Nice St., on Fridays, March 22, April 26 and Might 24, all beginning at 11 a.m.

For a full listing of dates, occasions and places, go to

Cooley Dickinson providing anti-obesity treatment program

NORTHAMPTON — Cooley Dickinson Hospital has expanded its providers to supply anti-obesity treatment administration.

The treatment administration program is good for sufferers with a physique mass index larger than 27 and obesity-related issues.

“CDH has a very complete bariatrics and weight administration program now,” nurse practitioner Sofia Buford, who’s licensed in weight problems drugs from the Weight problems Society, stated in an announcement.

Buford is offering treatment administration to sufferers as a part of Cooley Dickinson’s evidence-based, high-quality vitamin and bariatrics program. She additionally has expertise managing weight problems in sufferers with co-morbid consuming problems.

“Weight problems is a fancy, power and relapsing neuroendocrine illness with behavioral parts,” Buford continued. “There are numerous therapy choices, each surgical and non-surgical. Every affected person who sees us will obtain individualized, compassionate care.”

Dr. Ursula McMillian, the crew’s bariatric surgeon, championed the expansion of Cooley Dickinson’s program. Rebecca Rand, the crew’s dietitian, works with sufferers to assist them make wholesome meals decisions and has expertise in bodily coaching.

“This can be a actually thrilling time to work in weight problems drugs,” Buford added. “There are a number of new drugs in the marketplace and extra coming down the pipeline. We perceive weight problems as a illness significantly better than we did up to now, which suggests we are able to now provide our sufferers numerous therapy approaches.”

For extra info on this system, name 413-584-4637.

BHN senior VP honored

SPRINGFIELD — Behavioral Well being Community’s Senior Vice President Rose Evans has acquired the Affiliation for Behavioral Healthcare’s Scott M. Boch Drive for Change Award.

Jane Simonds and Lisa Yin, each senior program managers in BHN’s substance use dysfunction (SUD) division, accepted the award on Evans’ behalf on Oct. 20 on the Affiliation for Behavioral Healthcare’s Salute to Excellence occasion in Framingham.

The Scott M. Boch Drive for Change Award acknowledges a person who has demonstrated devotion to the behavioral well being and human providers fields, persistent advocacy on behalf of the workforce and people served, and profitable consensus constructing amongst stakeholders.

In Evans’ nomination for the award, she is credited as being a power for change all through her 40-year profession in behavioral well being and human providers.

“From her function on the chief crew at Middle for Human Improvement (CHD) to her service as deputy undersecretary for the Massachusetts Division of Housing and Neighborhood Improvement within the Patrick and Baker administration, to her present function at BHN, Rose has demonstrated unwavering dedication to the wants and pursuits of the communities we serve and the employees who serve them,” the nomination said.

At BHN since 2017, Evans is accountable for managing almost half the consumer service packages, together with substance use therapy, mental and developmental disabilities packages and forensic providers. On this function she has mobilized employees, neighborhood leaders, funders and regulators behind the growth of the substance use dysfunction (SUD) continuum of care in western Massachusetts. The growth of SUD providers has included opening new medical stabilization models in Springfield and Greenfield; opening medication-assisted therapy packages in Springfield, Holyoke and Orange; and getting ready to launch a cell methadone program to serve people within the rural Quaboag Hills space.

“The key to Rose’s success is her unapologetic authenticity, humility and presence. Rose exhibits up, listens to her employees, the folks we serve and neighborhood stakeholders to establish wants, after which creates and executes methods to fulfill the wants,” Steve Winn, president, and CEO at BHN, stated in an announcement. “Communities which have desperately wanted substance use therapy service choices near dwelling now have them due to Rose’s tenacious advocacy inside our company, with elected officers, with state-appointed employees and with funders.”

MBI launches $145M Hole Networks Infrastructure Grant Program

WESTBOROUGH — The Massachusetts Broadband Institute at MassTech (MBI), on behalf of the state, has launched the Broadband Infrastructure Hole Networks Grant Program, a brand new grant program funded by $145 million from the U.S. Division of Treasury’s Capital Initiatives Fund that goals to ship high-speed web infrastructure to areas that lack broadband-level service.

The Broadband Infrastructure Hole Networks Grant Program goals to develop connectivity to unserved and underserved places to assist bridge the digital divide, with a specific give attention to communities with substantial low-income households and deprived populations.

Particulars on program necessities, together with particulars on the technical help webinar MBI is internet hosting on Nov. 14, at 10 a.m., can be found on the MassTech procurement web page at

The brand new program will include two solicitation grant rounds. The primary spherical has an software deadline of Dec. 11 and awards shall be introduced in January or February 2024. The second spherical has an software deadline of April 17, 2024, with awards anticipated in Might or June 2024.

Organizations which can be eligible to submit purposes for awards embrace:

■Personal entities: companies, restricted legal responsibility corporations, normal partnerships and restricted partnerships;

■Native governmental entities: municipalities or municipal gentle crops that supply broadband service, Native American tribes and nonprofit organizations;

■Co-operatives, electrical co-operatives and utilities;

■Public-private partnerships: long-term agreements between native authorities entities and personal entities for the supply and funding of broadband providers; and

■Entities that develop and/or function broadband networks: organizations that may display the expertise, capability and monetary assets and stability to fulfill the grant obligations.

This system is run by the MassTech Collaborative and the state’s Govt Workplace of Financial Improvement to fund initiatives that may deploy broadband infrastructure in areas that lack entry to high-speed web, which is outlined below federal tips as service that provides obtain speeds of at the least 100 megabits per second and add speeds of at the least 20 megabits per second.

Journey to Present raises $80K for
Jewish teams

SPRINGFIELD — About 125 individuals on 25 bike groups from Jewish organizations throughout western Massachusetts participated within the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts’ Journey to Present at UMass Hillel in Amherst on Oct. 15, elevating greater than $80,000.

Along with elevating cash for the Jewish organizations, the Journey to Present celebrated Jewish tradition and gave the Jewish neighborhood the chance to be collectively and be in solidarity with family and friends in Israel.

The federation additionally launched the Blue Ribbons for Israel marketing campaign on the Journey to Present, and had blue ribbons obtainable for anybody wishing to ship a message of solidarity by carrying one. Go to to study extra concerning the marketing campaign.

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