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Mahaiwe appoints acting executive director

Janis Martinson has been appointed acting executive director of the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, effective Jan. 1.

Martinson, who has been the theater's director of advancement since July 2017, is replacing longtime executive director Beryl Jolly, who will step down at the end of December.

Before joining the Mahawie, Martinson served as vice president of institutional advancement at Lesley University in Cambridge, where she led university fundraising, as well as alumni and donor relations. Also, she spent 17 years as chief advancement officer at Miss Hall's School in Pittsfield, where she led two capital campaigns.

Martinson, the clerk of the Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce, holds a bachelor's degree in English with a minor in theater and dance from Princeton University, and an MBA from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.


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Nurse practitioner joins medical center

Christine Burke, a family nurse practitioner, has joined Southwestern Vermont Medical Center's Express Care in Bennington and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Medical Group.

Burke holds a master's degree in nursing from Simmons University, and a bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Vermont. She is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society, and is certified by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

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Most recently, Burke served as a registered nurse at Rutland Regional Medical Center Diagnostic Imaging and Infusion in Rutland, Vt., and at Castleton Family Health Center Urgent Care in Castleton, Vt. She also has worked in the emergency department at Rutland Regional Medical Center.


Town treasurer's certification renewed

Karen T. Williams, collector/treasurer for the town of Stockbridge, has had her designation as Certified Massachusetts Municipal Treasurer renewed for an additional five years. Williams originally was certified in 2009. Her renewal was granted by the Massachusetts Collectors and Treasurers Association's Board of Certification.

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Renewal is awarded every five years only to previously certified candidates who continue to attend the association's annual school and successfully complete courses in municipal law, finance and administration. The school is held annually, in August at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Williams received her renewal certificate Nov. 13, during a luncheon ceremony at Pleasant Valley Country Club in Sutton.


Bank assists in youth center's move

Adams Community Bank has provided a charitable contribution of $12,500 to help the Youth Center Inc. offset the costs of moving from Adams into the former Cheshire Elementary School in August.

Bank Chief Financial Officer and Youth Center Vice President Andre Charbonneau said the new space is a great location for staff and children to enjoy for years to come.

"We are happy that we could lend a hand in transitioning to their new space," Bank President Charles O'Brien said.


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