The Trustees of Reservations, the nation's oldest and one of Massachusetts' largest statewide land conservation organizations, recently recognized Pat Toomey, assistant superintendent for the trustees, for 15 years of service. Toomey received his award at the organization's annual meeting held at Naumkeag, a National Historic Landmark in Stockbridge.
"Pat Toomey has been an integral part of the Windsor Management Unit team for 15 years," trustees Superintendent Jim Caffrey said in a written statement.
"He has brought strong skills in construction, carpentry, the natural sciences and Nordic skiing to the job. This is a rare combination of skills and we have been fortunate to have Pat use all of them. He has supervised the construction of visitor centers at both Notchview and the Bryant Homestead, has brought our ski grooming efforts up several notches and recently worked tirelessly to save the historic Bryant Dam from destruction by storm water and age. I look forward to presenting Pat his 20th and 25th year awards and beyond."
Findng a cure for diabetes got a shot in the arm this past weekend thanks to Crippled Old Busted Bikers of Western Mass.
COBB members, including several from the Berkshires, presented a $14,570 check to the regional chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation during a ceremony held Sunday at Six Flags New England in Agawam. The funds were raised from the second annual Kelly's Ride to Cure for Juvenile Diabetes at the Dalton American Legion Hall, in June. The event is a tribute to Kelly Alden-Terranova, of Lee, who died 10 years ago of Type-1 diabetes.
Crippled Old Busted Bikers are motorcyclists who've crashed or fallen from their motorcycles, overcome the physical and emotional scars of their ordeals and ride for several causes. COBB also holds fundraisers for several other causes such as local food pantries and those suffering from epilepsy. For any additional information about COBB or Kelly's Ride go online to www.cobbwesternma.com.