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Published: 11/2/2020 11:07:15 AM
Bacon Wilsonattorneys lauded;Shove joins firm

NORTHAMPTON — Ten attorneys with the law firm Bacon Wilson have been named to The Best Lawyers in America 2021. Among them are Mark A. Tanner of the firm’s Northampton office, for real estate litigation, and Peter W. MacConnell of the firm’s Amherst office, for real estate law.

First published in 1983, Best Lawyers is regarded as one of the definitive guides to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on peer-review evaluations.

Attorney Katharine E. Shove has joined Bacon Wilson as an associate and a member of the firm’s litigation team. She will practice primarily in Springfield and Northampton.

Previously, Shove served as a clerk for the Massachusetts Appeals Court. She attended Western New England University School of Law, where she served as the senior articles editor for the Western New England Law Review. Shove earned her law degree magna cum laude in 2019, and earned her bachelor’s degree from Utica College in 2015.

Bacon Wilson has offices in Springfield, Amherst, Hadley, Northampton, and Westfield.

Nia Rennix leadsCentral, Western Mass Red Cross

SPRINGFIELD — Springfield nonprofit leader Nia Rennix is the new leader of the Central and Western Massachusetts American Red Cross chapter.

Rennix brings more than 10 years of experience in the nonprofit industry to her role. Before joining the Red Cross, she served as the director of the emergency pantry and food programs at Open Pantry Community Services in Springfield.

She brings extensive experience building partnerships, creating teams, fundraising, and managing operations. She has worked to address food insecurity and public health as they relate to economic and social development in underserved communities.

Rennix has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Western New England University, a bachelor’s degree in Clinical Nutrition from New York University/Saint Joseph College, and a master’s degree in political science/health care policy from Miami University. She lives in Springfield.

The Central and Western Massachusetts Chapter of the American Red Cross services a population of more than one million people in Berkshire, Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin, Middlesex, and Worcester counties.

Mass Humanities new board member 

NORTHAMPTON — Mass Humanities announced the appointment of six new board members at the organization’s September board meeting. Included among them is Larry Hott of Northampton, a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts Sciences, who has received 10 major National Endowment for the Humanities grants for major PBS productions and over 70 production and development grants from state humanities councils.

Millinger named a director for League Of Women Voters

BOSTON — The League of Women Voters of Massachusetts elected a new board of directors at its biennial council on June 13. Susan Millinger, a member of LWV Amherst since 2010, was among those elected.

She has served as a board member for LWV Amherst and has been its publicity and public relations committee chair, bulletin editor, convener of the centennial commemoration committee, and member of the sustainability and climate action committee.

GCB recognized for community service

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Cooperative Bank has been recognized in Banking New England Magazine as the number one bank in western Massachusetts for community contribution. The Banking Choice Awards celebrate the financial institutions that regularly go above and beyond to serve their customers.

“This award recognizes more than just the dollars we donate each year,” said President & CEO Mike Tucker, “it also includes how people perceive how much we help through volunteerism and how we have addressed the COVID-19 crisis this year.”

GCB donates to over 250 organizations annually and most officers are active volunteers in the communities we serve. The September issue of Banking New England Magazine can be found online at

Gove Law Office open in Sturbridge

NORTHAMPTON — Gove Law Office has opened a new office location in Sturbridge, at 135 Main St. The new office will be staffed primarily by attorney Brian Roode, of Wales, and paralegal Tammy Gamache, of Monson, though all employees will be available to meet with clients as needed for any services.

Gove Law Office has offices in Ludlow, Northampton, and Sturbridge

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