The Recorder – Regional Diary: February 24, 2022

League of Women Voters Holding a Legislative Café

GREENFIELD — The League of Women Voters of Franklin County will host a virtual Legislative Café on Saturday, March 19 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

State Sense. Jo Comerford, D-Northampton and Adam Hinds, D-Pittsfield, along with State Representatives Natalie Blais, D-Sunderland, Paul Mark, D-Peru and Susannah Whipps, I-Athol, will attend the event, which will will hold on Zoom.

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Local chapter of nursing honor society wins award

The Beta Zeta At-Large Chapter of Sigma, a Nursing Honor Society, received the 14th Chapter Key Award which was presented to Chapter President Mary Ellen Burke, of Conway, at the Sigma Convention in November.

According to a press release from publicity committee member Jean Walachy, the Chapter Key award was established in 1991 to honor Sigma chapters that excel in chapter-related activities such as membership recruitment and retention; advertising and programming; professional leadership and development; and local, national and international collaboration.

As one of the largest international nursing organizations with chapters in more than 90 countries around the world, Sigma strives to foster, develop and connect academics and nursing leaders around the world to improve health care. The Beta Zeta At-Large Chapter includes the University of Massachusetts Amherst College of Nursing, American International College, Westfield State University, and Elms College.

Fred W. Wells Trust Fellowship, Grant Applications Due March 20

Applications are now available for University Fellowships, as well as Health and Agriculture Grants, funded by the Fred W. Wells Trust. Applications are due March 20.

Wells, a longtime Franklin County resident who died in 1946, established the trust fund to help local residents in three areas. First, he wanted to provide financial support for people seeking an education, according to a press release from Deerfield trustee Margaret Doyle. Wells also wanted to contribute to organizations that provide care for the sick or aged and provide grants to groups organized primarily for the advancement of agriculture.

Scholarship applications for the 2022-2023 cycle can be obtained at Greenfield Savings Bank branches in Greenfield, Turners Falls, Conway and South Deerfield, at many local school guidance offices or by emailing Prudence Blond at PBlond Only residents of Ashfield, Bernardston, Buckland, Charlemont, Conway, Deerfield, Gill, Greenfield, Hawley, Heath, Leyden, Monroe, Montague, Northfield, Rowe or Shelburne who have resided or whose parents have resided in one of these cities for at least two years immediately prior to the application date are eligible for scholarships.

Applications for health and agriculture grants can be obtained by contacting Prudence Blond by phone at 413-775-8243 or by email at [email protected]

Pathlight wins awards for its portraits project and video

SPRINGFIELD — Pathlight, a Springfield-based social service organization, recently won two awards for its work highlighting the lives of people with developmental disabilities in Western Massachusetts.

First, a video celebrating life at home made last year in the depths of the COVID-19 pandemic won a gold medal from the AVA Digital Awards, an organization that recognizes excellence in digital communication, according to a Pathlight press release. The winning music video was a compilation of clips submitted by over 40 people from the Pathlight community dancing a tribute to their home.

Additionally, the Portraits of Pathlight project was recently honored with a silver medal in the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion category of the Anthem Awards. According to the press release, these awards recognize the goal-oriented and mission-oriented work of an international group of organizations. Winners are selected by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.

The portrait project featured 33 black and white portraits by local photographers that aimed to convey the strength, beauty, complexity and personality of the people Pathlight serves. The photos were hung in several exhibitions and were used to create three calendars.

“We are delighted that these two projects, which have involved more than 100 people in our community and showcase the strength, skills and talents of people with disabilities, have been recognized by these international awards,” said the executive director of Pathlight, Ruth Banta, in release. “We are proud of the work we do every day and continue to strive to ensure people with disabilities are visible in our community, even during a pandemic.

Health Center Scholarship Applications Due May 6

The Franklin County Community Health Center is offering three $1,000 scholarships to seniors who graduate from one of eight high schools in Franklin County and the North Quabbin area. Applications are due May 6.

Applications are available online at or at the guidance offices of each of the eight schools (Greenfield High School, Mohawk Trail Regional School, Pioneer Valley Regional School, Turners Falls High School, Franklin County Technical School, Ralph C. Mahar Regional School and Lycée Athol). Completed forms can be submitted by email to [email protected] or by mail to Franklin County Community Health Center, c/o Scholarship Committee, 102 Main St., Greenfield, MA 01301.

The scholarships, which were first offered in 2018 and are named after the founder of the Community Health Center, are awarded to applicants who plan to pursue a career in health care.

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