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Published: 10/6/2020 4:34:32 PM
Chrzanowski joinsBacon Wilson

Attorney Erin R. Chrzanowski has joined the firm of Bacon Wilson, with locations including Northampton, Amherst and Hadley. Chrzanowski is an associate and a member of the business and corporate practice group. She earning her juris doctorate from Syracuse University College of Law in 2019, and her bachelor’s degree in business administration, cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Isenberg School of Management in 2017.

Mary Barber onstaff of Women’sHealth Associates

Mary L. Barber, CNM, of Westhampton, has joined the staff of Women’s Health Associates, with locations in Springfield and Westfield. She brings more than 30 years of experience to the practice.

Barber received her nursing degree from Genesee Hospital School of Nursing in Rochester, New York, and completed her nurse-midwifery certificate at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark. She is certified by the American Midwifery Certification Board and is a member of the American College of Nurse-Midwives.

Barber worked for Baystate Ob/Gyn Group for more than 20 years, and before that, Trinity Health of New England. She previously served on the clinical faculty of the Baystate Midwifery Education Program and the Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing, and is a Centering Pregnancy advanced facilitator.

Organic farmingorganization changes leadership

Jocelyn Langer is now executive director of the Massachusetts Chapter of the Northeast Organic Farmers Association. The organization is changing leadership for the first time in 36 years.

Langer grew up in a NOFA-homesteading family, and has held several roles for NOFA/Mass, including writer for The Natural Farmer, graphic design artist for the NOFA Summer Conference and the NOFA Interstate Council, and teen coordinator at the NOFA Summer Conference.

As well as pursuing education and travel, Langer has taught music and Spanish, run a translation coop, served as executive director at an alternative health center, and been the president of The Good Life Center in Maine, which honors the legacy of Helen and Scott Nearing.

Lanning lauded by Toastmasters

Steve Lanning of Hatfield was selected as “Toastmaster of the Year” by the district leadership. Lanning is the current president of Toastmasters of Downtown Springfield, and the outgoing Division F Director for District 53 of Toastmasters International.

This annual award recognizes yearlong dedication to, and leadership within, District 53, a commitment to assist other members in making their own progress, and one who has upheld the core values of Toastmasters International: integrity, respect, service, and excellence.

Lanning is a six-year member in Toastmasters, and earned the Distinguished Toastmaster Award in 2019, their highest award. He also earned seven educational awards this club year.

Toastmasters of Downtown Springfield currently meets online through Zoom, and welcomes guests to come see, and maybe participate in, a meeting. Go to: for the Zoom link and more information.

Trytko joins Canon Real Estate

Kristin Trytko is now a Realtor at Canon Real Estate in Easthampton. She was born and raised in East Longmeadow, graduated high school in 2004, and studied at Worcester State University and Holyoke Community College. She worked previously in the health care field. Trytko currently lives in Southampton with her husband and two children.

Canon Real Estate in Easthampton was founded in 1983.

Blond promoted to VP at Greenfield Savings Bank

Prudence D. Blond has been promoted vice president and trust officer at Greenfield Savings Bank. In her new position as a client service officer, Blond oversees the administration and tax departments and also works with the bank’s internal and external auditors.

Blond started at the bank as a teller after graduating from college in 1997. In 1999, she was promoted to trust operations associate. Over the next 10 years she began to work directly clients and was promoted several times before her newest promotion.

Blond graduated from Greenfield Community College and earned a personal trust diploma through the American Bankers Association in 2011, and a general financial services diploma through the Centre for Financial Training. She earned her certified trust and financial advisor designation in 2012 through the Institute of Certified Banks.

Cote-Stosz named Christopher Heights executive director

Crystal Cote-Stosz has joined Christopher Heights of Northampton as executive director.

Cote-Stosz began her career in elder care in 2007 as an information and referral specialist and later moved up to a geriatric resource advisor with Greater Springfield Senior Services. She moved to Easthampton in 2009 and in 2010 accepted a position in social work at the Northampton Senior Center, where she was soon named assistant director.

She accepted the position of executive director at the Lathrop Home in 2016, and welcomes this opportunity to expand to a larger community. Cote-Stosz prides herself in communicating with dignity and respect during challenging conversations, and challenges herself and staff to care for each resident as she would want her own family members cared for.

Florence Bank gives $7,500 to ECC

Florence Bank has donated $7,500 to the Easthampton Community Center to support their Food Pantry Program that serves 22 towns throughout the Valley.

The Easthampton Community Center’s Food Pantry currently provides food each month to 6,000 food insecure individuals in need, including more than 600 children in the greater Easthampton area.

The Easthampton Community Center has been a resource in Easthampton for 46 years, providing services and assistance to residents through their food pantry, community care kitchen, and clothing closet programs. Additionally, the center serves as a meeting space for community groups and celebratory gatherings.

Robin Bialecki, Easthampton Community Center’s executive director, says the center has seen a huge influx in the number of individuals in need. Donations like this from Florence Bank help keep the center’s mission sustainable and strong.

Florence Bank has branches in Amherst, Belchertown, Easthampton, Granby, Hadley, Northampton, Williamsburg, West Springfield, and Springfield, and it is headquartered in Florence.

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