Wild Oats Market Hires New Marketing Manager

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Wild Oats Market has hired a new marketing and owner relations manager, Scott Menhinick.

Menhinick comes to this position with two decades of professional experience as a publicist and brand manager/advisor, most recently with his own company, Berkshire Brand Management. He is also the founder and festival producer of Celebrate Stephentown, an annual three-day community festival in Stephentown, N.Y.

In addition to running Wild Oats' marketing department, he will also be responsible for organizing the 37-year-old co-op's events and tastings, engaging its member-owners, and collaborating with other local businesses and organizations to benefit the community. He can be reached at 413-458-5317, ext. 17, or by email.

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Photech Mill Housing Project Could Break Ground in Spring

By Stephen DravisiBerkshires Staff

Elton Ogden of Berkshire Housing addresses the Select Board on Monday evening.
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The former Photech mill building on Cole Avenue could be used for housing as early as summer 2021.
On Monday, the Select Board heard from the president and CEO of Berkshire Housing Development Corp., who said the Pittsfield-based non-profit was close to finalizing funding for the $16 million project that will utilize the existing mill building and build townhouses at 330 Cole Ave., creating 41 units of affordable housing.
"Last week, we had a call with the state folks who are behind tax credits and soft debt, and we mutually agreed to try to close the deal in February or March," Elton Ogden said. "That aligns with the construction season. We have a little bit more asbestos abatement to be done … and we would anticipate about a 14-month construction schedule, which, again, would line up nicely.
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