Saner joins real estate group in Northampton
NORTHAMPTON — Chris Saner has joined the real estate firm ReMax Hill & Valley in Northampton.
Saner grew up in Northampton, was educated in the Northampton school system and has lived in the area for most of his life. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts as well as a master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in finance from the Isenberg School of Management at UMass. He is also a chartered financial analyst.
After working as an investment portfolio manager in Hartford, Conn., Saner said he decided to stop the daily commute and pursue a second career.
South Hadley music
shop wins top honors
SOUTH HADLEY — Gerry’s Music Shop, 80 Lamb St., recently received a designation as one of the Top 100 music instrument and product retailers in the world by the National Association of Music Merchants.
The business is also in the running to receive the association’s Dealer of the Year award at a July 12 ceremony in Nashville, Tenn.
“The key for us, and for other small businesses, is a sustained, controlled growth,” said Jim Provost, manager at Gerry’s Music Shop. “If you get too big too fast, you risk losing your identity.”
Music product retailers were judged using a numeric rating by a panel of judges selected by, but not otherwise affiliated with, the association.
Real estate license classes offered in Hadley
HADLEY — The Realtor Association of Pioneer Valley offers real estate license classes for individuals needing to complete the state’s continuing education requirement.
June classes will be held at Holiday Inn Express, 400 Russell St., Hadley. On June 6 from 9 to 11 a.m. the topic is antitrust laws; from 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. the appraisal process; and from 2 to 4 p.m. residential construction.
Call 785-1328 or go to www.rapv.com for more information.
Massachusetts real estate brokers and sales agents who wish to maintain an active real estate license must complete 12 hours of continuing education every two years.
Price wins national
NORTHAMPTON — Florence resident Hilary Price has been honored by the National Cartoonists Society with its Best Newspaper Panel Cartoon Award for her “Rhymes With Orange” comic.
Price has won the award in two previous years, 2009 and 2006.
When “Rhymes with Orange” made its debut in June 1995, Hilary Price became the youngest female cartoonist with a syndicated daily comic strip.
Without regular characters, Price uses everything from dogs and cats to charts and graphs to comment on the world today.
Crystal shop holds grand reopening
NORTHAMPTON — Inspirit Crystals, formerly Inspirit Commons, celebrates the grand reopening of its store and spiritual center at 219 Main St. under new ownership Saturday.
Snacks and drinks will be served from 5 to 7 p.m., and the store will offer a 20 percent discount on crystals and stones throughout the day.
New owner Rosie Goldstein became a regular at Inspirit after Emily and Bucky Sparkle founded the store in 2005.
The shop offers tarot cards, handmade soaps, incense and incense burners and spiritual statues as well as a team of psychic readers.
For more information, visit inspiritcrystals.com.