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Making News: Local banks, new owner for Easthampton Machine & Tool, nutrition grant for elders and Blue Cross honors

  •  Barbara-Jean DeLoria
  •  From left to right: Joe Shea, Hampshire County Group Insurance Trust administrator; William Barnett, chair of the trust's executive committee; Mark Meunier of Blue Cross, Blue Shield of Massachusetts.
  • Arley R. Ewald

Ewald named vice president and financial reporting manager at Hampden Bank

Ewald was formerly the financial reporting officer at Chicopee Savings Bank, and before that she worked for KPMG LLP as an audit associate. Ewald earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Isenberg School of Management.

Florence Savings hires executive loan officer

Her primary responsibility will be overseeing the bank’s residential mortgage division. She will also be a commercial lending officer, continuing an expertise she has developed over a 25-year banking career. She will be a member of the bank’s executive committee, enterprise risk management committee and asset/liability committee.

Most recently, DeLoria served as senior vice president of commercial and residential lending at United Bank in West Springfield.

DeLoria earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing, with a minor in finance, from Bentley University in Waltham.

Easthampton Machine & Tool has new owners

Chris Heon has been a CNC lathe machinist at the shop for 22 years and saw an opportunity to make the purchase when Susan Hess-Snape, the previous owner, decided to retire after 26 years.

His wife Laurie Heon is the office manager, and worked previously as a certified orthodontic assistant for 22 years at Rigali and Walder Orthodontics of Northampton.

Easthampton Machine and Tool Inc. is a job shop, manufacturing replacements parts for area businesses such as Yankee Candle, Berry Plastics and Olympic Manufacturing.

Regional commission adds senior planner

Sussman holds a master’s degree from the Conway School of Landscape Design. Since 2011, he has been a planning and design associate for Joel Russell Associates, where he worked on innovative zoning and planning projects.

For the last five years, he has also completed land planning and urban design projects through his Northampton-based firm Ground Truth Design.

At PVPC, Sussman will work on diverse land use and environmental planning projects with a focus on the physical design of communities and visualizing positive change.

Blue Cross honors Hampshire County wellness program

Municipal Blue Innovation Awards highlight new and inventive cost-containment measures, collaborative and customized work-site wellness programs, and innovative health plan designs utilized by municipalities throughout the state.

In a press release, Larry Croes, vice president of the company called work-site wellness “one of the most effective ways to improve employee health.” He said the Hampshire County program is a “role-model work-site wellness program.”

The Hampshire wellness program is aims to lower health risks with initiatives such as physical activity programs, on-site fitness classes “Passport to Health,” a campaign that uses on-site biometric screenings, on-site health coaching and encouragement of participation in recommended age-related preventive screenings.

Christine Sass, wellness director for the trust, said the grant will help fund health initiatives throughout western Massachusetts.

Elder Service receives nutrition grant

Highland Valley was partnered with local Subaru dealer, Steve Lewis Subaru, which helped raise funds and awareness of the issues of senior hunger. The money awarded to Highland Valley’s Meals on Wheels Program will enable it to provide nutritious home-delivered meals to a senior in need for a full year.

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