Hilltown Digest: Critical ATM to return at Old Creamery Co-op

  • Zachariah Vaughan, owner of Grace Paint and Tile, washes the cow on the roof of the Old Creamery Co-0p in Cummington in 2017. GAZETTE FILE PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 1/25/2022 8:07:53 PM
Modified: 1/25/2022 8:06:36 PM

CUMMINGTON — In the early morning hours of Jan. 7, an attempt was made to steal the ATM outside the Old Creamery Co-op using a van. Now, the Florence Bank ATM is set to be replaced this week.

“We’re really happy to be able to say that it’s coming sooner rather than later,” said Lloyd Miller, the co-op’s general manager.

The ATM has been out of commission since the incident. Miller said the initial word was that it would be replaced in April, but a new ATM is set to come to the co-op Thursday.

“I definitely was in favor of the update,” Miller said.

Not having an ATM at the Creamery Co-op has inconvenienced a number of people, Miller said, and getting to another ATM requires a significant drive. Before it was taken out of commission, the creamery’s ATM was the only one in Cummington.

Plainfield Fire Chief David Alvord noted that the ATM was also used by Plainfield residents as there is no ATM in that town. And because it was a smart ATM, he said, business owners could deposit checks there.

“That’s a big thing, not having to go to the branch,” Alvord said.

No arrests in the attempted ATM heist have been made and the Northwestern district attorney’s office said the case is still under investigation.

“A lot of people are struggling these days so you see a few more crazy things month by month,” Miller said of the attempted theft. “Definitely shocking.”

Williamsburg anniversary

The 250th Anniversary Committee will be meeting with a new chairperson in place Thursday, as it continues the work of planning out Williamsburg’s long-delayed festivities.

“We’re going to need a small army of volunteers,” said Lisa Bertoldi, who will be attending her first meeting as the committee’s chairwoman.

The meeting will take place at 12:30 p.m. on both Zoom and in the second floor meeting room of town hall. The Zoom link and agenda for the meeting can be found online at burgy.org under Boards & Committees.

Bertoldi is one of four new members who joined the five-member committee in December. The other new members are Apostol Hoda, Miana Hoyt Dawson and Stephen Smith. The only remaining legacy member is Dan Nye, the former chairman.

The anniversary was supposed to take place in 2021, but was pushed back due to COVID-19 concerns. Bertoldi said the celebration will consist of a Haydenville Day sometime in July, along with celebrations on July 16 as well as July 17, when the anniversary parade will be held.

“That’s the linchpin of the festivities,” Bertoldi said.

“There’s been an upwelling of both wonderful ideas and enthusiasm on the part of the populace,” Bertoldi said, adding that it has extended to the town’s elected officials as well. The liaison between the committee and the Select Board is Denise Banister.

Cat behaviorist to speak

A cat behaviorist will host a Zoom program through the Meekins Library in Williamsburg this Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

“Understanding Your Cat’s Behaviors and What They Mean” is a program from cat behaviorist Rachel Geller that promises to help participants understand why their cats behave the way they do and advise how to best handle their pets’ behavioral and emotional problems.

Geller said the program will start with her giving a talk about cat behavior and some common cat behavior myths.

“The best part is when I open it up to Q&A,” she said. “People can ask me all of their cat behavior questions.”

Geller works with both individuals and animal shelters and she specializes in surrender prevention: Helping people looking to give their cats up to a shelter to fix the issues with their cats instead.

Bev Bullock, director of the Meekins Library, said Geller has held programs in other libraries in the state before.

“She came very well recommended,” Bullock said.

And Bullock noted that the library has “a lot of cat owners and lovers.” Additionally, Geller’s book, “Saving the World, One Cat at a Time” is available at the library.

The library also used to have its own cat, Sadie, who died more than seven years ago. Currently there is a scavenger hunt for pictures of Sadie going on at the library.

“Kids are loving it,” Bullock said. “Adults, too.”

Those interested in registering for Thursday’s cat behavior program can email meekinsbooks@cwmars.org or call 413-268-7472.

Bera Dunau can be reached at bdunau@gazettenet.com.


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