Hillcrest Commons Employee Wins CAPE Award

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Elzbieta Szymczakiewicz of Hillcrest Commons (HCC) wins C.A.P.E Award from Cintas Corporation. In photo from left to right: Delores Duncan, HCC Administrator, Elzbieta Szymczakiewicz, HCC Facilities Manager, Jim Crowley, CINTAS Corporation Healthcare Major Account Manager and Rosalee Lampro, HCC Assistant Administrator.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Hillcrest Commons Facility Manager Elzbieta Szymczakiewicz and her team were recognized Friday by Cintas Corporation with the Cleaning to Advance the Patient Experience (CAPE) Award.  
"Elzbieta and her team are a vital part of our facility and our war against a virus that could be devastating to our population," Rosalee Lampro, Hillcrest Commons Assistant Administrator said. "Her commitment to excellence has played a huge part in helping to be on the winning side of that war so far and we are grateful that she is part of the Hillcrest Commons team." 
Szymczakiewicz was one of only eight recipients who were chosen from nearly 700 stories submitted about Environmental Services (EVS) technicians from facilities across the country. 
Each contest award winner was given $2,500 and another $2,500 donation to the non-profit organization or charity of their choice. Szymczakiewicz is donating the winnings back to Hillcrest Commons to invest in needed equipment. 
The award program was created to celebrate EVS technicians.
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Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership Discusses Priorities for Forest Center

By Stephen DravisiBerkshires Staff
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The executive committee of the Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership on Thursday encouraged collaborators working on ideas for a forest center not to reinvent the wheel.
A pair of students in Williams College's Environmental Planning and Design program gave a presentation to the board about a survey they plan to assess priorities for the center, "an ambitious, somewhat nebulous concept right now but ... part of the enabling legislation establishing the partnership," according to the partnership's Chair Hank Art.
That legislation empowered a collaboration of 19 towns and cities in Berkshire and Franklin Counties to increase natural resource-based economic development and promote sustainable forestry practices in the region.
Sabrine Brismeur and Abby Matheny of Williams are working with the partnership to develop early concepts of what a permanent home for the MTWP might include and where it might be located.
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