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Heating contractor wins award
SOUTHAMPTON — Jim Patterson, president of Orchard Valley Heating & Cooling, is one of six contractors nationwide to be recognized this year by www.contractingbusiness.com with a Quality Home Comfort Award.
The online magazine presents the awards annually based on projects submitted to its editorial staff. Patterson has been recognized 11 times. This year’s award recognizes a 2,726-square-foot barn-style guest and pool house including a bedroom, spa, entertaining room and studio loft. It includes a geothermal heating and cooling system.
Hickory Dell Farm
celebrates craft week
NORTHAMPTON — Hickory Dell Farm at 245 West Farms Road in Florence is joining more than 200 retailers and art institutions nationwide in celebrating American Craft Week.
Through Oct. 14 the farm shop will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends and noon to 6 p.m. on weekdays.
Each day it will showcase a local artist or craftsperson who will be on site to talk about their work. There will also be a wide selection of other crafts and gifts for sale.
For more information call 586-0031 or visit www.facebook.com/pages/Hickory-Dell-FarmGifts/332504036671.
Area attorneys voted Best Lawyers 2013
AMHERST — Five attorneys, all partners with area law firm Bulkley, Richardson and Gelinas LLP, were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2013.
They include Peter H. Barry of South Hadley, construction law; Robert A. Gelinas of South Hadley, personal injury litigation; William E. Hart of Amherst, trusts and estates; Kevin C. Maynard of Belchertown, commercial litigation; and John P. Pucci of Northampton, criminal defense.
Founded in the 1920s, the firm has offices in Springfield, Boston and Amherst.
Former Easthampton resident joins
HUNT VALLEY, Md. — Carrie Adams Frost, formerly of Easthampton, has joined Morgan Stanley Smith Barney as a global operations analyst in the Baltimore, Md., office.
She is the daughter of Steve Frost of Easthampton and Bob and Mary Jane Schroeder of Hunt Valley, Md. Frost attended Easthampton public schools and graduated from Salisbury University in Salisbury, Md. She was a college athlete and “Children at Risk” public school volunteer.
Farm energy guides help farmers save
AMHERST — Local farmers looking to cut energy costs can consult a series of guidebooks from the Massachusetts Farm Energy Program (MFEP).
The five guidebooks provide farmers with practical information regarding energy-conscious and cost-effective upgrades. The manuals cover dairy farms, greenhouses, maple sugaring operations, orchards and vegetable farms.
MFEP has worked with more than 400 farmers since 2008, and assisted in leveraging more than $4.5 million for farm energy project implementation (about 60 percent of total project costs), resulting in over 137 projects completed on 86 farms.
For more information, visit www.berkshirepioneerrcd.org.
NEPR website wins award
AMHERST — New England Public Radio’s website, nepr.net, has been recognized with the Standard of Excellence award from the Web Marketing Association.
The web design firm Gravity Switch of Northampton helped NEPR redesign its Web presence in 2011. The site has undergone continuous updates and improvements in the year since its launch.
It offers live streaming of all New England Public Radio’s services including 88.5 FM WFCR, AM 640, all-news WNNZ and 88.5 HD all-classical; music blogs written by local hosts John Montanari and Tom Reney; regional, national and international news; an online events calendar; and archives of locally produced features and news stories.
Penney joins family’s law practice
NORTHAMPTON — Attorney Mary E. Melnik Penney recently joined her father and brothers, Patrick J. Melnik Sr. and Patrick J. Melnik Jr., as a partner in their law practice at 110 King St.
Penney graduated with honors from Bowdoin College in 2004. She earned a master’s degree in archaeology from Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador in 2007 and was awarded her law degree cum laude from Western New England University in 2011.
Melnik Law Offices has been in business for more than 38 years, specializing in estate and elder planning, real estate transactions, and landlord and tenant, land use, environmental and business law.