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Monday, November 20, 2017
Khazraj named server of the year

NORTHAMPTON — Fahd Khazraj, an employee at Hotel Northampton for over four years, has won the Massachusetts Restaurant Association 2017 Food Server of the Year Award.

Khazraj received the honor at the “Stars of the Industry” awards gala on Oct. 24 where he was a finalist among hospitality employees throughout the Commonwealth.

Hotel Northampton also had a finalist in the bartender of the year category. Randy Krutzler has been with the hotel for over 20 years and was included in the top three in this category.

Dave’s Stores raise $9,000 for Thomas J. O’Connor

NORTHAMPTON — Dave’s Soda & Pet Food City hosted the 3rd Annual Putting For Paws Golf Tournament at Ledges Golf Course in Southwick last summer, raising $9,000 for Thomas J. O’Connor Animal Control & Adoption Center in Springfield.

Since the beginning of 2017 Dave’s has donated $102,000 to various community programs and projects.

Limero named VP at Florence Bank

FLORENCE — Florence Bank has promoted David Limero of Feeding Hills to the position of vice president, information technology manager.

Limero joined Florence Bank in March 2015 and was previously assistant vice president, project manager at the bank. He also received the bank’s president’s club award.

He received a bachelor’s degree from Franklin University. An advocate for animal rights, he volunteers his time at Springfield’s Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society.

Easthampton bank promotes two

EASTHAMPTON — Erin Joyce and Erik Lamothe were promoted recently at Easthampton Savings Bank.

Joyce was named assistant vice president for special assets. Joyce joined the bank in October of 2014 as special assets manager and was named special assets officer in 2016. She attended the University of Massachusetts and has completed numerous Center for Financial Training courses.

She is a volunteer tax preparer for the IRS Volunteers in Tax Assistance Program, volunteer for Meals on Wheels and a board member of the Northampton Chapter of Dollars for Scholars. Joyce lives in Westhampton.

Lamothe was promoted to asset management liability officer. Lamothe joined the bank as ALM manager in 2017 and is in responsible for accounting, budgeting and modeling and forecasting of interest rate risk.

Lamothe received a bachelor’s degree in management and accounting from Westfield State University and a master’s degree in banking and financial services from Boston University.

He is involved with the Westfield YMCA and Association of Financial Professionals. He resides in Westfield with wife Lisa and daughters Haleigh and Nicole.

Stop & Shop donates gift cards to food bank

HATFIELD — Stop & Shop Turkey Express Program donated $10,800 worth of gift cards to The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts.

The 900 Stop & Shop gift cards will be distributed among their partner agencies, including food pantries, meal sites and shelters, to be handed out to food insecure neighbors throughout Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties.

United Personnel in top 100 for women-led businesses

SPRINGFIELD — Local staffing agency United Personnel has been named one of the top 100 women-led businesses in Massachusetts in a list compiled by The Commonwealth Institute with partnership from Globe Magazine.

For more than 30 years, United Personnel has developed a deep knowledge of the local employment markets in the regions they serve. 

The firm is headquartered in Springfield with additional offices in Northampton, Pittsfield, Chelmsford, and Hartford and New Haven, Connecticut.

News wins four awards; Pepin named broadcaster of the year

CHICOPEE — WWLP-News received several top honors at the Massachusetts Broadcasters Association Sound Bites 2017 including the merit award for station of the year.

News Vice President and General Manager Bill Pepin was named “Broadcaster of the Year” at the awards banquet. 22News also took home two first place awards: in the sports feature category for “Patriots in Houston” and in the public service announcement category for the “Cast Your Vote” campaign. Additionally, the station received merit award recognition for an I-Team report on human trafficking. 

During Pepin’s acceptance of his award, he commented, “There’s one thing that really hasn’t changed in our business, and that’s the need to maintain a connection with our audience, the people that we serve. It’s really all about local.”

Local maple syrup producers claim international wins

Maple syrup producers from Williamsburg, Conway and Heath took home honors for their maple products at the North American Maple Syrup Council’s annual competition, held in October in Levis, Quebec.

Sugarmaker Paul Zononi of Williamsburg won second place in the maple candy category, as well as third place for his granulated maple sugar.

Heath maple producer Mike Girard won second place for his golden grade syrup.

Jeanne Boyden, of Conway, also won an award for her entry in the best creative photo competition.

Sugarmakers from the United States and Canada submitted entries into the contest, and competition was fierce in each category

 PeoplesBank receives Recognition

HOLYOKE — PeoplesBank recently received an Employer of Choice Award from the Employers Association of the NorthEast, recognizing the company as a workplace that value employees, fosters engagement, and invests in training and reward performance