Miss Hall's teacher honored by national group

Miss Hall's School teacher Christopher Himes has been recognized as an honorable mention recipient of the 2017 National Center for Women and Information Technology Educator Award for Aspirations in Computing. Himes is the school's director of engineering and technology innovation/STEAM coordinator.

The NWCIT, located at the University of Colorado Boulder., confers its award on educators who have demonstrated a commitment for encouraging young women's aspirations in computing.

Himes joined Miss Hall's in July. He oversees the school's new Department of Engineering and Technology Innovation and directs the MHS STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) initiative.


Physician honored by regional medical society

Dr. Linda Smothers, the medical director of acute care services at the Brien Center, has received the Community Clinician of the Year Award from the Berkshire District Medical Society. The award is given to physicians who demonstrate exceptional commitment and care to members of their local community.

Smothers has provided community psychiatry services and served in numerous clinical and leadership roles at the Brien Center for the past 20 years. She is also a member of the staff at Berkshire Medical Center.

Smothers graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine in 1986 and completed her residency in psychiatry at Boston University in 1992. She lives in Lenox with her husband and two children.


Planned giving seminar scheduled

The Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation and Nonprofit Center for the Berkshires will hold "Planned Giving Basics: What Every Nonprofit Should Know" on Thursday, April 20 at St. James Place, 352 Main St. The hours are 1 to 4 p.m.

Nonprofit executive directors, development staff and board members are invited to attend. Planned giving consultant Ellen Estes of Estes Associates and attorney Virginia Stanton Smith of the law firm Smith, Green & Gold will be the presenters.

Tickets are $40 per person. Light food and beverages will be provided. Registration is currently open at www.berkshiretaconic.org/PGbasics.


Western Mass. Film and Media Exchange

The fourth Western Massachusetts Film and Media Exchange will take place on Friday, May 12 at the Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel in Springfield. The hours are 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets go on sale Saturday, April 1.

Hands-on workshops and networking opportunities for filmmakers, photographers, students, small businesses and nonprofit organizations will take place. Vitec Videocom, a Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative partner, will hold workshops and equipment demonstrations.

Information: Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative: www.berkshirefilm.org, 413 528-4223.


Free seminar for business owners with 401(K) plans

Salisbury Bank is offering a free seminar with information about best practices for business owners with 401(k) plans at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 5 at the Mason Library Community Room, 321 Main St.

Topics will help business owners understand their role as a plan fiduciary; steps to take to manage their responsibilities and risk; how to select and monitor providers; common mistakes made by plan sponsors and how to reduce their chance of occurrence. Brian Nicholson, senior sales relationship manager for Benefit Plan Administrative Services will be the presenter.

Reservations are suggested but not required. To reserve a spot, contact Kevin Norton at 860 453-3497, or email knorton@salisburybank.com and type "401K" in the subject line.