On Jan. 22, Richard Shields, co-owner of Donut Dip, joined Jeb Balise, CEO of Balise Motor Sales, at the newly constructed Balise Riverdale Car Wash on Wayside Avenue in West Springfield to celebrate its opening. Shields, in his Balise-purchased Lexus, received the first public car wash at the new facility. The Donut Dip van was second in line. For payment, Shields brought a dozen fresh, sugar-raised donuts — a value for value trade. Pictured at the ribbon cutting, from left: Tony Debarros, general manager of Balise Car Washes & Detail Centers; car-wash mascot Squeaky Balise; West Springfield Mayor William Reichelt; Jeb Balise; Richard Shields; and Paul Shields, co-owner of Donut Dip. (Photo by Market Mentors)
Financing the Future
Country Bank recently announced a $50,000 donation to the Quaboag Valley Community Development Corp. to support its commitment to economic development. The QVCDC offers many programs to help small businesses, including training programs, individual consulting, and small-business loans. “We want to acknowledge and express our deep appreciation for this major donation,” QVCDC Executive Director Sheila Cuddy said. “Country Bank’s support of Quaboag Valley Community Development Corporation reflects their deep commitment to the community, and support for activities that are designed to strengthen the business fabric of the region and improve the day-to-day lives of Quaboag region residents.” Pictured, from left: Alex Martinez, QVCDC; Jodie Gerulaitis, vice president, Community Relations, Country Bank; Cuddy; Gail Farnsworth-French, QVCDC; and Janice Hills, QVCDC.