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Sarah Eustis and Nancy Garton

Community Bancorp of the Berkshires Elects New Corporators

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Marnie Clough, Erica Samson Girgenti, and Pamela Green
ADAMS, Mass. — Community Bancorp of the Berkshires, MHC, the newly formed parent company of Adams Community Bank, held its annual meeting on Wednesday, April 13, 2022, at Charles H. McCann Technical School in North Adams.
 
The following individuals were elected corporators of Community Bancorp of the Berkshires, MHC: Marnie Clough of Adams; Erica Samson Girgenti of Adams; Pamela Green of Pittsfield; and Sarah Eustis of Great Barrington.
 
Board chair Steve Pagnotta welcomed the newly elected corporators. 
 
"These four individuals are all generous contributors to our surrounding communities and bring a unique background and skillset to the position, which will play an indispensable role in guiding and managing our banking activities," he said.
 
Marnie Clough is a partner at Donovan O'Connor & Dodig, LLP, a law firm in North Adams focusing on providing the highest quality legal solutions to individuals in need of answers. Ms. Clough has also served on the Massachusetts Bar Association, Boston Bar Association, American Bar Association, Berkshire Bar Association, Bart Development Committee, Bart Board of Trustees, and the Northern Berkshire YMCA Board of Directors. Clough holds a B.A. in Criminal Justice and Psychology from the State University of New York Albany and a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School.
 
Erica Samson Girgenti is the Executive Director of Sugar Hill Assisted Living Community, a local destination for fine retirement living, assisted living, and memory care. Ms. Girgenti's community service includes Executive Director of the
Adams Council on Aging, the Massachusetts COA Advisory Board, Adams Housing Authority Board, Elder Services Advisory Board, Northern Berkshire Community Coalition, and Age-Friendly Berkshires. Girgenti holds a B.A. in social work from
Salem State College and a master's degree in Human Services, Gerontology from Capella University.
 
Pamela Green is a Partner at Smith Green &a Holmes, LLP, a law firm built on expertise, experience, collaboration, and recommendations by satisfied clients. Along with her work as an attorney, she has served on the board of directors of
Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, Pittsfield Economic Development Authority, the Hancock Shaker Village Audit committee, and was named director of the Estate Planning Council of Berkshire County. Ms. Green's education includes a bachelor's and master's degree in World Politics from The Catholic University of America and a J.D. from Western New England College School of Law.
 
Sarah Eustis is the CEO of Main Street Hospitality, built on three generations of hospitality leadership and creating places that enable people to connect in meaningful ways. When she's not running the family operation, she serves on the board of directors of Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Indian Mountain School Board of Trustees, and the Advisory Board of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Eustis holds a B.A. in Fine Art/Art History and Fine/Studio Arts from Smith College.
 
During the meeting, board chair Pagnotta also expressed his appreciation for longtime Trustee Nancy Garton, whose term expired.
 
"It's been a privilege to have Nancy on our Board of Trustees for the last 20 years," said Pagnotta. "Not only is she an upstanding member of our community, but she has helped shape our growth and success as a leading community bank in Berkshire County."
 

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New Tuition Agreement to Bring More Savoy Students to Hoosac Valley

By Brian RhodesiBerkshires Staff

CHESHIRE, Mass. — A new tuition agreement will bring all Savoy seventh- and eighth-grade students to the Hoosac Valley Regional School District 

 

"There probably will be a couple of logistics with the seventh-graders to work out. But beyond that, it's a pure win-win situation," said Superintendent Aaron Dean. 

 

The School Committee approved the new agreement on Monday, and Dean said the addition of seventh and eighth grade Savoy students should bring a handful of students per year. 

 

One reason Savoy made the decision, Dean said, was transportation costs to Gabriel Abbott Memorial School in Florida. Emma Miller Elementary School in Savoy is a preK-6 school. Both Florida and Savoy are members of the Northern Berkshire School Union.

 

"[The students] were going to Florida in the past and the transportation actually became really cost prohibitive," he said. "So they made the decision to enter into discussions with us about expanding the agreements." 

 

Dean said there should not be any additional transportation costs associated with the change, noting many of Savoy's seventh- and eighth-graders already come to Hoosac Valley. 

 

"Savoy handles the transportation. They already have a bus that comes here," he said. 

 

In other business, the committee re-elected Michael Mucci to continue as chair and assistant treasurer. The committee also voted Adam Emerson to be vice chair and Dean to be the committee secretary. 

 

"I look forward to working with this board for another year," Mucci said. 

 

Monday was the first School Committee meeting since town elections in Adams and Cheshire. Voters elected John F. Duval and Erin Milne as the district's Adams representatives and Michael Henault as the Cheshire representative. 

 

The committee decided to hold off on assigning subcommittee members. Mucci said he would like to give subcommittee assignments that play to each member's strengths. 

 

"I know, typically, we like to kind of refresh, regroup and put together a list of who's been on last subcommittees. And Aaron and I will take a strategic-first approach at recommending a little bit of shuffling," he said. 

 

The committee also discussed a potential new three-year contract for Dean. Mucci said he plans to meet with district counsel and hopes to have a finalized contract ready for committee approval at the next meeting. 

 

"I think Aaron has done an exemplary job in his three years here," Mucci said, noting the Audit and Evaluation subcommittee recommended a three-year contract for Dean. "And I think putting forth another three-year contract is a good faith effort on our part to retain and have continuity in the position."

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