Friday July 6, 2012

Pittsfield: Bank Foundation grants $10K to Y

The Pittsfield Family YMCA has received a $10,000 grant from the Berkshire Bank Foundation that will go toward a capital improvement, specifically an upgrade of the organization's HVAC system.

The renovations are expected to take place in the near future. The YMCA also plans to raise additional capital grants to make other improvements.

"These improvements will make a difference in our members' and guests' experience with us while helping us to continue our mission of strengthening our communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility," said Randy Kinnas, CEO and executive director of the Pittsfield Family YMCA.

Lee: IEEE meeting rescheduled for July 26

The Berkshire Section of The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers has rescheduled its June dinner meeting for Thursday, July 26.

Roger Manzolini will present, "Income from Credit Spreads" at the Cork N Hearth Restaurant on Route 20. Cocktails take place at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 and the presentation.

The price for IEEE members and one guest is $18, $19 or $20 per person. The price for non-members is $36, $38, or $4 person. Admission is free for those who do not eat dinner. The deadline for reservations is Monday, July 23.

Reservations/inquiries: Richard Kolodziejczyk, (413) 655-2623; rkolod@IEEE.org.

Sheffield: Adams volunteer earns service award

Tom Robinson of Adams has been named the 2012 recipient of The Margery and William Barrett Public Service Award for Adams, Cheshire and Savoy, which is managed by the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation. He will receive $500 to designate to the nonprofit of his choice, in his name.

Robinson was chosen because of his work's impact on the community and his leadership, perseverance and innovation. The holder of an associates degree in hospitality from Berkshire Community College, Robinson has volunteered his culinary expertise, time and knowledge for the Meals Ministry Program at the Parish of Pope John Paul the Great in Adams, which provides a hot meal once a month to those in need.

The award commemorates the generosity of Margery Barrett, who gave over $3 million during and after her lifetime to benefit the communities of Adams, Cheshire and Savoy. Applications for Spring 2013 at www.berkshiretaconic.org/grantseekers.