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
SPRINGFIELD — For the second year in a row, in honor of Flag Day, Big Y is collecting worn, torn, faded or badly soiled American flags for proper retirement.
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
DEERFIELD — Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture has announced the 2013 recipients of the Local Hero Awards as part of its 20th anniversary.
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
NORTHAMPTON — VNA & Hospice of Cooley Dickinson has been named a Top Agency in 2012 HomeCare Elite, a compilation of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States.
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
SOUTHAMPTON — Grist Mill Country Homes, which represents Real Log Homes in Massachusetts, will celebrate the company’s 50th anniversary with a tour of log homes in Southampton from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., June 22.
For details, pictures and directions contact Grist Mill owners Brooks or Linda Carswell at 413-527-4845, or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit realloghomes.com.
Ballet group hosts golf tourney
EASTHAMPTON — Pioneer Valley Ballet will host a golf tournament fundraiser June 22 at the Ledges Golf Club, 18 Muligan Drive, South Hadley.
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 email@example.com or 413-527-6363.