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Britney (Kostanski) Gioules has been hired by the family-owned Kostanski Funeral Home as a licensed director.

Britney (Kostanski) Gioules has been hired by the family-owned Kostanski Funeral Home as a licensed director.

Family funeral home names director

Kostanski Funeral Home recently announced the full time hiring of Britney (Kostanski) Gioules as a Massachusetts licensed funeral director. She graduated from Greenfield High School in 2003 and attended Mount Ida College in Newton, graduating with an associate’s degree in Mortuary Science. She served her funeral directing apprenticeship at Kostanski Funeral Home from 2006 until 2013.

Kostanski Funeral Home of Greenfield and Turners Falls is now a third generation family business operated by Michael and William Kostanski and Karen Larabee.

Big Y collecting worn flags

Until June 5, all Big Y locations, including Fresh Acres and Table & Vine, will have receptacles for accepting worn flags. These flags will be delivered to local Boy Scouts, American Legions, VFWs and military organizations to ensure proper retirement with dignity and respect. Last year, Big Y collected 4,400 American flags for proper retirement.

Agriculture advocates recognized

Warren Facey of Bree-Z-Knoll Farm in Leyden, Hope & Olive restaurant of Greenfield and the land trusts of the Pioneer Valley share CISA’s commitment to strengthening the connection between farms and communities in western Massachusetts, according to the organization.

Facey is also a founder of the Our Family Farms milk marketing cooperative.

Land trusts recognized include Franklin Land Trust, Kestrel Land Trust, Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust, Pascommuck Conservation Trust and The Trustees of Reservations.

VNA & Hospice program gets industry award

Winners are ranked by an analysis of publicly available performance measures in quality outcomes, process measure implementation, patient experience, quality improvement and financial performance. The VNA was founded in 1906.

Log home open house

For details, pictures and directions contact Grist Mill owners Brooks or Linda Carswell at 413-527-4845, or gristmillcountryhomes@gmail.com, or visit realloghomes.com.

Ballet group hosts golf tourney

Proceeds will benefit the ballet group’s annual production of “The Nutcracker,” tuition assistance for student dancers and educational outreach.

The restaurant and bar of The Ledges open at noon. The tournament begins with a shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. Dinner is at 6.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for area businesses. Contact SerahRose Roth at pvb@pioneervalleyballet.org or 413-527-6363.

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