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Community Investment

Country Bank recently presented the YMCA of Greater Springfield with a donation of $25,000 to help support the opening of the new YMCA at Tower Square. “The YMCA of Greater Springfield appreciates Country Bank’s generosity and willingness to partner with us and serve the Greater Springfield community,” said Dexter Johnson, president and CEO of the YMCA. “We look forward to the opening of the new YMCA at Tower Square and the Country Bank Group Exercise Room.”

Pictured, from left: Jeff Poindexter, YMCA board chair; Johnson; Jodie Gerulaitis, vice president of Community Relations at Country Bank; and Paul Scully, president and CEO of Country Bank.

Carrot Inspirations

Northampton Survival Center recently celebrated its 40th anniversary with “40 Ways to Cook a Carrot,” a community event in which participating restaurants introduced a food or drink item that embraces the carrot as a featured ingredient.

Photos by @ParkerBurnsProductions.

Northampton Survival Center board and staff stroll the streets of downtown Northampton satisfying their carrot cravings.
Woodstar Café raised funds for the center with its carrot ‘cake for a cause.’
Herrell’s carrot basil and citrus ‘shemesh’ was a light, refreshing treat.

Pathways to Success

Melissa Morriss-Olson (left), Bay Path University provost, and John Cook, president of Springfield Technical Community College, recently signed two transfer agreements creating an affordable pathway for female students with an associate degree from STCC to earn a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Bay Path. Under one articulation agreement, students who receive an associate degree in liberal arts/general studies (applied psychology option) can pursue a bachelor of arts in psychology from Bay Path. Under the second agreement, students who receive an associate degree in liberal arts transfer (human services/social work option) can pursue a bachelor of arts in psychology.


Senior Citizens Day

Blueberry buckle took center stage at JGS Lifecare on Aug. 21, when residents, staff, volunteers, and family members gathered to celebrate National Senior Citizens Day. The celebration started in the morning with residents gathering in the activities room at the Leavitt Family Jewish Home to prepare and bake blueberry buckle. In the afternoon, residents and family members gathered in the Gloth Family Auditorium to enjoy the sweet dessert.

Fran Grosnick joins parents David and Muriel Cohen preparing a blueberry buckle recipe.
Above: Helen Eisenman (center) enjoys a visit from great-great nieces Johannah Dickson (left) and Medeline Dickson (right) with their grandmother, Jill O’Donnell (far right).