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Building Permits Departments

The following building permits were issued during the month of November 2010.

AGAWAM

Six Flags New England
1623 Main St.
$1,000,000 — Erect new Wild Mouse Roller Coaster

Six Flags New England
1623 Main St.
$187,000 — Form and pour concrete footings for Blitz ride

AMHERST

Amherst Court Trust
26 South Prospect St.
$14,000 — Renovation

Sandra M. Southwick
7 North Pleasant St.
$10,000 — Office space renovation on second floor

CHICOPEE

Chicopee Public Schools
125 Montgomery St.
$54,000 — Install modular classrooms

Chicopee Public Schools
125 Montgomery St.
$219,000 — Install new fire-protection system

Hampden Charter School of Science
20 Johnson Road
$100,000 — Remove wall to enlarge gym and replace flooring

Oxford Valley estates
283 Fuller Road
$58,000 — Strip and re-roof

United Brothers, LLC
872 Meadow St.
$20,000 — Interior and exterior renovations

GREENFIELD

Francis McDonald
377 Main St.
$3,800 — Office renovations

George Balis
34 Bank Row
$16,500 — Replace siding, glass, and aluminum framework

Sarah E. Brown
20 Church St.
$13,000 — Replace windows

HADLEY

Jeremy Ober
12 Russell St.
$4,600 — Window repair

Pyramid Management Group
367 Russell St.
$9,400 — Exterior renovations at JC Penney mall entrance

HOLYOKE

Holyoke Mall Company, L.P.
50 Holyoke St.
$238,000 — Remodel existing Bath & Body store

NORTHAMPTON

City of Northampton
221 Riverside Dr.
$12,600 — Install attic insulation at the Feiker School

Cooley Dickinson Hospital Inc.
30 Locust St.
$36,000 — Replace broken bricks to west wing

DAS Property Group, LLC
108 Main St.
$88,000 — Renovate third floor

J W Inc.
13 Old South St.
$10,000 — Strip and shingle roof

Northampton Terminal Associate
1 Old South St.
$8,000 — Create new space

Smith College
53 College Lane
$350,000 — Renovate college club

SOUTH HADLEY

Loomis Community
5 Spruce Run
$3,500 — Install insulation

SPRINGFIELD

Appleton Corporation
837 State St.
$180,000 — Renovations in six apartments

Ivette Cruz
34 Mulberry St.
$45,000 — Change existing rooms to offices

Maple Springfield Associates
125 Maple St.
$98,000 — Re-roof

WESTFIELD

Human Resources Unlimited Inc.
55 Broad St.
$10,000 — Renovations

WEST SPRINGFIELD

Central Chevrolet, Inc.
675 Memorial Ave.
$270,000 — Renovate 7,000 square feet of existing space for a car dealership

Fountain Prospect Realty Corp.
492 Prospect Ave.
$1,577,600 – Construction of a 21,000-square-feet addition to existing building

Karen McMahon
315 Main St.
$16,000 – Renovate 1,962 square feet of space for a dance studio

Oleg Abramchuck
553 Main St.
$6,000 – Re-roof commercial portion of mixed-use structure

Sunil Patel Gokul, LLC
2260 Westfield St.
$10,000 – Renovate existing space for a yoga studio

Chamber Corners Departments

ACCGS
www.myonlinechamber.com
(413) 787-1555
n Dec. 1: ACCGS [email protected], 7:15-9 a.m., hosted by the Springfield Marriott. Cost: members $20, non-members $30.
n Dec. 3: ERC Holiday Breakfast, 7-9 a.m., hosted by Elmcrest Country Club, East Longmeadow. Cost: members $20, non-members $25.
n Dec. 7: Springfield Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee meeting, 12-1:30 p.m., EDC Conference Room, Springfield.
n Dec. 8: ACCGS After 5, 5-7 p.m., hosted by Festival of Trees, located at Tower Square, 2nd Floor. Co-sponsored by YPS and Festival of Trees. Cost: members $10, non-members $20.
n Dec. 10: ACCGS Legislative Steering Committee meeting, 8-9 a.m., TD Bank Conference Center, Springfield.
n Dec. 15: ERC Board of Directors meeting, 8-9 a.m., hosted by the Gardens of Wilbraham, Community Room, 2 Lodge Lane, Wilbraham.
n Dec. 15: ACCGS Ambassadors’ meeting, 4-5 p.m., EDC Conference Room, Springfield.
n Dec. 16: ACCGS Executive Committee meeting, 12-1 p.m., TD Bank Conference Center, Springfield.
n Dec. 28: WRC Board of Directors meeting, 8-9 a.m., hosted by Captain Leonard House, Agawam.

Young Professional Society of Greater Springfield
www.springfieldyps.com
n Dec. 8: December’s YPS social networking event will join with the ACCGS at Tower Square for the Festival of Trees, 5-7 p.m. Cost: free to YPS members; general admission is $10 or a toy donation.
n Dec. 31: YPS New Year’s Eve Gala, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., Springfield Sheraton at Monarch Place. Music provided by the Hot House Band and JX2 Productions. Book early, as tickets are limited. For more information, visit www.springfieldyps.com.
 
Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce
www.amherstarea.com
(413) 253-0700
n Dec. 3: Merry Maple (in downtown Amherst), 4-7 p.m. The Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce kicks off the holiday season downtown with the lighting of the Merry Maple. Festive music by the Middle School Chorus and the Minuteman Marching Band, hayrides, cider donuts, crafts, and an appearance by Santa. Cost: free.
 
Chicopee Chamber of Commerce
www.chicopeechamber.org
(413) 594-2101
n Dec. 8: Holiday Open House, 4:30-6:30 p.m., 264 Exchange St., Chicopee. Cost: free for members.
n Dec. 15: Salute Breakfast, 7:15-9 a.m., Castle of Knights 1599 Memorial Dr., Chicopee. Cost: members $18, non-members $25.
 
Franklin County Chamber of Commerce
www.franklincc.org
(413) 773-5463
n Dec. 3-4: Home for the Holidays, Dec. 3, 5-8 p.m., and Dec. 4, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., downtown Greenfield. Wreath judging, caroling, activities for the whole family.
n Dec. 6: Greenfield Business Association Soup & Games Night, 5-8 p.m., hosted by Hope & Olive, 44 Hope St., Greenfield. Benefit to support the holiday lights and downtown trimmings. Cost: free, donations accepted.
n Dec. 21: Holiday Breakfast and Recorder Citizen of the Year, 7:30-9 a.m., hosted by Deerfield Academy Dining Hall. Sponsored by the Recorder. Music, gifts, and sumptuous food. Cost: members $23, non-members $25. 
 
Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce
www.holycham.com
(413) 534-3376
n Dec. 8: Holiday Salute Breakfast, 7:30 a.m., hosted by the Delaney House, One Country Club Road, Holyoke. Sponsored by Holyoke Gas & Electric and Health New England. Cost: $20. Tables reserved for parties of eight.
n Dec. 15: Chamber After Hours, 5-7 p.m., hosted and sponsored by the Delaney House, One Country Club Road, Holyoke. Cost: members $5, non-members $10 cash. 
 
Greater Easthampton Chamber of Commerce
www.easthamptonchamber.org
(413) 527-9414
n Dec. 3: Holiday Stroll and Visit from Santa, 7 p.m. Hosted by Maple Street School. An event for the entire family. Stroll and carol through downtown Easthampton to Pulaski Park and help Santa light the green with thousands of twinkling lights. Visit with Santa in the gazebo. Cocoa and cookies for the kids. Cost: free.
n Dec. 16: Holiday Dinner Dance, 6-11 p.m., hosted by the Log Cabin Banquet & Meeting House, 500 Easthampton Road, Holyoke. An evening of friends and holiday spirit including the Chamber Annual Awards , a $5,000 raffle drawing, butlered hors d’ouevres, multi-station entrees, Viennese dessert table, cash martini and full-service bar, music provided by Michael J Productions. Public invited. Excellent business party opportunity. Cost: $45 per person inclusive; group reservations available. 
 
Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce
www.explorenorthampton.com
(413) 584-1900
n Dec. 8: Arrive @ 5, 5-7 p.m., hosted by Silverscape Design, 1 King St., Northampton. Sponsored by Johnson & Hill Staffing Services and Florence Savings Bank. A casual mix and mingle with colleagues and friends. Cost: $10 for members. Contact the chamber at (413) 584-1900 or [email protected] for tickets and sponsorship opportunities.
n Dec. 10: New Member Breakfast, 8-9 a.m., hosted by the Northampton Chamber of Commerce, 99 Pleasant St., Northampton. This is our chance to sit down with you and learn more about your business and how the chamber can best serve you; introduce you to people who are active in the chamber; and tell you how to make the most of your chamber membership. A light breakfast will be served. Cost: free. RSVP to (413) 584-1900 or [email protected]
n Dec. 14: Meet & Eat, 7:30-9 a.m., hosted by the Delaney House, Route 5 at Smith’s Ferry, Holyoke. Sponsored by Easthampton Savings Bank. Learn from your colleagues at breakfast with the chamber. Cost: $15 for members.
 
Three Rivers Chamber of Commerce
www.threeriverschamber.org
(413) 283-6425
n Nov. 28: Christmas on the Common, 5-6:30 p.m., Three Rivers Common. Guest of honor: Santa and Mrs. Claus, who will arrive at 6 p.m. on a fire truck with the help of the Three Rivers Fire Department. Families are welcome to bring a decoration for the community tree and a camera to record their visits with Santa. The event is scheduled to last an hour and a half but may be shortened by extreme cold or inclement weather. Event also includes cookies, hot chocolate, and coffee as well as gift bags for all children. Michael Rondeau will create an ice sculpture, and the Palmer High School Chorus will lead a holiday singalong. Cost: free. For more information, contact Kim King at Kim’s Hair Care, (413) 289-1775.

Company Notebook Departments

United Personnel Among Top Women-led Businesses
SPRINGFIELD — Mary Ellen Scott, founder of United Personnel, has been recognized again by the Boston Business Journal and the Commonwealth Institute with a Top 100 Women-Led Business Award for 2010. United Personnel is in its 26th year of operation, offering regional companies staffing support with temporary, temp-to-hire, and direct-hire placements. Scott noted that the past two years have been “very challenging” for most small and large businesses. She added that these 100 women have demonstrated they can navigate “difficult waters” with the economy and still create jobs and maintain their commitments to family, philanthropy, and community activities that benefit all of society. Since 1997, the Commonwealth Institute has assisted more than 1,000 women in growing their businesses. The awards ceremony, planned for Dec. 8 at the Park Plaza Hotel in Boston, will celebrate and honor the region’s top women-led businesses. United Personnel has two offices, at 1331 Main St. in Springfield and 250 Northampton St. in Easthampton.

Royal & Klimzcuk Moves to New Location
NORTHAMPTON — The law firm Royal & Klimczuk is relocating its offices to 270 Pleasant St. in Northampton. The firm will be in its new facilities on Nov. 29. Amy Royal, a principal with the firm, said the company needed space to grow, and the new location provides it. The firm, which has seven lawyers working in two locations, represents businesses exclusively in all aspects of labor and employment law, including wage-and-hour matters, discrimination and harassment, disability and leave, labor relations, affirmative action, and many others. The firm’s phone number, (413) 586-2288, will not change.

MMWEC Wins National Communications Award
LUDLOW — The 2009 annual report of the Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Company (MMWEC) has earned an award for excellence in communications from the American Public Power Assoc. (APPA), the national organization of consumer-owned utilities. Each year the APPA recognizes “high-quality annual reports that exhibit excellence in writing, design, photography, organization, and creativity” while communicating a utility’s unique message. MMWEC is among 11 utilities nationwide receiving annual-report awards this year from APPA, which serves more than 2,000 public power utilities in the U.S. The theme of MMWEC’s 2009 Annual Report, “Old Fashioned … But Not,” highlights the organization’s commitment to traditional public-power values and its pursuit of innovative solutions to the challenges posed by greener energy policies, wholesale power-market reforms, and increased financial risks. MMWEC is a nonprofit, public corporation and political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts that provides a variety of power-supply, financial, risk-management, and other services to the state’s consumer-owned, municipal utilities.

DiGrigoli Salon Honored on Veterans Day
WEST SPRINGFIELD — Professional stylists from the DiGrigoli Salon provided free haircuts to all veterans who attended a veterans’ outreach event in October at the War Memorial building in Holyoke. As a thank-you to the stylists and students, each received certificates of appreciation on Veterans’ Day at the DiGrigoli School of Cosmetology on Riverdale Street from Laurence White, a member of Vietnam Veterans of America, which co-sponsored the outreach event. Six times per year, DiGrigoli School of Cosmetology provides free haircuts to veterans, all under the supervision of licensed instructors. For more information, visit www.digrigoli.com.

Comcast Launches Local Wireless Data Service
SPRINGFIELD — Comcast recently launched its wireless data service in Western Mass., continuing its nationwide rollout of XFINITY Internet 2go. In its initial offering, Comcast’s XFINITY Internet 2go provides nationwide wireless Internet service via a wireless data card, and is being bundled with one or more services including XFINITY TV or XFINITY Voice products. By the end of the year, Comcast will also offer XFINITY Internet 2go as a fourth-generation (or 4G) wireless, high-speed data service via the Clearwire network in Western Mass. Comcast is selling wireless data services following its investment in Clearwire in November 2008. For more information, visit www.comcast.com/2go.

Colebrook Brokers HCPA Lease Expansion
SPRINGFIELD — Colebrook Realty Services Inc. recently brokered the lease expansion of tenant Hampden County Physician Associates, LLC (HCPA) at 354 Birnie Ave. HCPA extended occupancy from 4,400 square feet to more than 15,000 square feet for a term of five years. Colebrook principal Mitch Bolotin represented property owner Klondike Investment Group Inc. The building remains at full occupancy. HCPA, an independent, multi-specialty network of health care professionals, has housed its administrative headquarters at 354 Birnie Ave. since August 2000. The need for a larger space is related to management-team growth and anticipated expansion in directions HCPA believes “will better serve the community,” according to Al Ogoley, director of facilities for HCPA. Ogoley noted that the Birnie Avenue site is “ideally located” to service its 16 locations throughout Western Mass. and beyond. In addition to HCPA, the property’s other occupant is Baystate Medical Center Inc.

Big Y Continues Growth
SPRINGFIELD — Big Y Foods Inc. recently opened the first two of several supermarkets that were acquired from A&P on Nov. 1. The first two Connecticut locations to open are in West Hartford at 772 North Main St. and in Branford at 1060 Main St. All of the former A&P pharmacies have remained open throughout this transition period. The West Hartford and Mystic pharmacies have been converted to Big Y pharmacies, and A&P’s Naugatuck pharmacy has been relocated into the Big Y World Class Market in Naugatuck. Its Middletown pharmacy has been sold to Walgreens there.

Oregon Company Acquired by APT
SPRINGFIELD — Energy Conservation Training Company (ECONTC), a Portland, Ore., startup firm specializing in training contractors and unemployed workers to become home-energy analysts, has been acquired by Applied Proactive Technologies Inc. (APT). Jeff Catlin, ECONTC’s founder and president, will join APT as director of education services. Educating utility customers on how to make their homes more energy-efficient has been a focus of APT’s work from the start, according to Dave Leishman, president of APT. Leishman noted that homeowners are “very motivated” to save money on utility bills, and utility companies are looking for ways to get deeper energy savings through services like duct sealing, insulating, and improving the performance of heating and cooling equipment. Leishman added that acquiring ECONTC and expanding services in the area of whole home performance “was a logical next step.” Leishman predicts that demand for ECONTC’s training services will grow as more consumers and businesses seek to reduce their energy use and realize cost savings.

Springfield Police Select M&P Pistol
SPRINGFIELD — Smith & Wesson Corp. recently announced that the Springfield Police Department has chosen to equip all of its officers with primary-duty sidearms from the Military & Police (M&P) Pistol Series. The M&P40 will be issued to each officer to replace pistols that had previously been in service at the department. The Springfield Police Department has received 580 M&P40 pistols, and is currently in the process of transitioning officers over to the new firearms. The department said that the M&P pistol was well-suited to meet the needs of its diverse officer makeup, noting such features as the firearm’s interchangeable grip sizes and ambidextrous controls. During testing of the new sidearm, the M&P pistol was further recognized for its ease of maintenance, accuracy, and flexibility to adapt to a wide variety of applications in the field. Each pistol will be laser-engraved with ‘Springfield Police Department’ on the side along with a special control number across the top. In addition to the new sidearm, Springfield police are currently using M&P15 tactical rifles as the department’s issued patrol rifles. Throughout their history, Smith & Wesson and the Springfield Police Department have enjoyed a long-standing partnership, according to Leland Nichols, vice president of sales for Smith & Wesson.

MassMutual Adds Lyman Products to Roster
SPRINGFIELD — MassMutual’s Retirement Services Division has been selected by Lyman Products as the new provider for the company’s $6.3 million 401(k) plan. Lyman Products, based in Middletown, Conn., is a manufacturer of products for the shooting and reloading industry with more than 100 employees. Denis LeBlanc, controller at Lyman Products, noted that his firm sought a “financially stable” retirement plan provider that offered high-touch service and strong educational resources for employees. LeBlanc added that MassMutual’s “demonstrated strengths” in these areas were important in its selection as the new retirement plan provider. Smith Brothers Insurance of Glastonbury, Conn. assisted with the search process.

CHD Opens New OT Center
SPRINGFIELD — The Center for Human Development recently opened its new occupational therapy center, the Institute for Dynamic Living, at 342 Birnie Ave. The facility is fully licensed as both an occupational-therapy clinic and behavioral-health clinic, offering a wide range of services for children, adolescents, and adults. Services include individual and group therapy assessments, consultations, educational trainings, and workshops. Tina Champagne is the program director. She holds a doctorate in occupational therapy and is also a registered and licensed occupational therapist. Programs offered include sensory processing, neurofeedback and independent-living skills, free monthly informational sessions for parents, and professional workshops in areas such as clinical aromatherapy, sensory processing, and weighted-blanket training. For more information on the facility, visit www.chd.org/ot.

Fran Johnson’s Adds Golf Simulators
WEST SPRINGFIELD — Fran Johnson’s Golf & Racquet Headquarters has launched a new division of its business called Tee2Green2. It features 3-D, high-definition golf simulators that will enable people to play such classic courses as Pebble Beach, the Blue Monster at Doral, and Casa De Campo without getting on an airplane. The simulators offer a playing experience that includes perfect weather, no lost golf balls, and no slow play. Fran Johnson’s acquired two of the simulators, and is now booking tee times. Golfers of all ages and skill levels can enjoy the simulators, and can book times by calling (413) 734-4444. The average time for a foursome to play 18 holes is 3 to 3 1/2 hours.

Departments Incorporations

The following business incorporations were recorded in Hampden, Hampshire, and Franklin counties and are the latest available. They are listed by community.

AMHERST

Uppermark Inc., 20 Gatehouse Road, Amherst, MA 01002. Paddieh Jalali, same. Educational materials and services.

BELCHERTOWN

LKB Realty Inc., 93 Canal Dr., Belchertown, MA 01007. Lloyd Butler Jr., same. Invest, acquire, and maintain real estate.

Quadcom Carting Inc., 260 Turkey Hill Road, Belchertown, MA 01007. Eric Duseau, same. Residential and commercial waste removal and recycling.

CHICOPEE

Samlep Inc., 74 Roosevelt Ave., Chicopee, MA 01013. John Pelmas, same. Package delivery.

SMEB Corp., 386 Irene St., Chicopee, MA 01020. Suzanne Marotta, 69 Sherwood Ave., West Springfield, MA 01089. Provides physical, emotional and spiritual health through varied types of yoga instruction.

Ten-90 Inc., 44 Dwight Street, Apt. #2R, Chicopee, MA 01013. Aristides Nunes, same. Bar and restaurant.

EAST LONGMEADOW

The Jos Salvon Memorial Scholarship Inc., 75 Canterbury Circle, East Longmeadow, MA 01028.

Tickets for Groups Inc., 337 Pinehurst Dr., East Longmeadow, MA 01028. Deborah Axtell, same. Group ticket sales.

EASTHAMPTON

Up From the ground Inc., 6 Laura Ave., Unit 1, Easthampton, MA 01027. Brian Farr, same. Delivery business.

HOLYOKE

Larochelle Construction Inc., 7 Westernview Road, Holyoke, MA 01040. Daniel Larochelle, same. Construction services.

Mrs. Mitchell’s Kitchen Inc., 514 Westfield Road, Holyoke, MA 01040. John Mitchell, 18 Cass Ave., West Springfield, MA 01089. Restaurant.
 
LEE

Lynchristopher Homes Inc., 170 Orchard St., Lee, MA 01238. Cindy Giovine, same. General building construction.

NORTHAMPTON

National Alliance of Concerned American’s for the Wellbeing of All People and Earth Inc., 101 Washington St., Northampton, MA 01060. Doug Wight, same. Non-profit organization designed to educate and inform Americans on capitalism, consumption, waste, and pollution and their effects on our environment.

PITTSFIELD

Taconic Conservation Foundation Inc., 59 Oak Road, Pittsfield, MA 01201. Francis Tremblay, Route 44 Orchard Ave., Pittsfield, MA 01201. Non-profit organization designed to provide educational programs to the public.

SOUTH HADLEY

Wicked Willows Inc., 37 Prospect Street, Apt. A, South Hadley, MA 01075. Nancy Cote, same. Sales of Halloween costumes.

SPRINGFIELD

Minority Business Workforce & Technology Council Inc., 1655 Main St., Suite 403, Springfield, MA 01103. Carlos Gonzalez, 44 Dover St., Suite 403 Springfield, MA 01107. Non-profit organization aimed at training and workforce development.

Murphy’s Law Sports Bar & Pub Inc., 1019 Main St., Springfield, MA 01103. Yasser Hussain, 10 Button Road, Easthampton, MA 01027. Sport bar.

New Leadership Charter School, 37 Alderman St., Springfield, MA 01108. Peter Daboul, 1242 Stony Hill Road, Wilbraham, MA 01095. Charter school.

Premier Accounting Inc., 1127 Main St., 4th Floor, Springfield, MA 01103. Felix Morales, 10 Magnolia Ave., Holyoke, MA 01040. Accounting, payroll, tax, and consulting services.

Ridgewood Neighborhood Improvement Initiative Corporation, 101 Mulberry St., PH 605, Springfield, MA 01105. Michael Thomes, same. Organization dedicated to improving the amenities and historical significance of the greater Ridgewood neighborhood.

State Street Laundromat Inc., 555 State St., Springfield, MA 01109. Mario Tedeschi, same. Laundromat.
 
WEST SPRINGFIELD

Synergy It Inc., 635 Piper Road, West Springfield, MA 01089. Mark Lilly, 6 Old Rochester Road, Suite 302, Silver, NH 03830. Computer networking, software and hardware.

WESTFIELD

Magic Printing USA Inc., 14 Lisa Lane, Westfield, MA 01085. Emily Wechter, same. Graphic design sales and service.

New England Lawn Care Inc., 491 West Road, Westfield, MA 01085. James Yarasavych, same. Landscaping.

Westfield Historic Industries Preservation Project Inc., 360 Elm St., Westfield, MA 01085. Peter Martin, 110 Western Circle, Westfield, MA 01085. Non-profit organization designed to develop and maintain a museum to display and preserve artifacts relating to Westfield’s industrial revolution.

Features
Building on the Foundation of a Family Business

David Fontaine, president of Fontaine Bros. Inc.

David Fontaine, president of Fontaine Bros. Inc.

Dave Fontaine was in his conference room, referencing the pictures on the walls, all representing projects this family business had undertaken — from perhaps its biggest initiative, the complex at UMass Medical School, to one of the most visible in this region, Scibelli Hall on the campus of Springfield Technical Community College.
But it was one not spotlighted within this collection — there are many pictures elsewhere — that soon captured his attention as he attempted to place the history and longevity of Fontaine Bros. Inc. in perspective.
“Chicopee Comp High School … we built the new one, but as part of the project, we also had to raze the old one — which we also built, in 1962,” he said. “In this business, you never think about being around long enough to tear down your own work.”
Fontaine Bros. has been part of the construction landscape in this region for nearly 80 years. Dave Fontaine, its president since 1995, has been involved essentially since his father took a more prominent leadership role with the company in the late ’70s (more on that later). That means he’s been around long enough to experience at least five or six serious swings in the economy, both up and down.
But there’s been nothing that can compare with the current downturn, he said, adding that it is unlike those that have preceded it in many respects, but not all ways.
“We can always see them coming,” said Fontaine of dips in the economy large and small, noting that construction work is traditionally a lagging indicator, but those in the sector can easily see the dark clouds forming on the horizon. “And we can usually guess how long they’re going to last. With this one, no one knows, and I mean no one.”
There are other aspects to this downturn that are equally mystifying and compelling, he continued, citing the lack of method and what appears to be some madness when it comes to how companies are bidding on projects.
Indeed, Fontaine has come in as the runner-up in no less than 25 projects over the past 18 months or so — initiatives ranging from the new Putnam Vocational High School in Springfield to the new Longmeadow High School, to perhaps a half-dozen police and fire stations across the Commonwealth. The winning bids have been so low, he continued, that in at least 20 of the 25 cases, Fontaine Bros. simply wouldn’t take the job at the price it was awarded at.
When asked what it’s like to come that close, but apparently not that close, two dozen times, Fontaine simply shook his head repeatedly, as if to say he didn’t know how to put it into words and also didn’t need to.
In retrospect, Fontaine says this historically slow period for the company should have been a time to perhaps play a little more golf — he’s a 14-handicapper at Longmeadow Country Club and the incoming president of that institution. “But I always thought that the call that would turn things around for us would come in … and I’d be out on the course,” he laughed.
So like most in this business, he’s been in the office, doing some muttering and stewing about the economic conditions, while also welcoming the fourth generation of the family to the business (his son David), as well as his energy and imagination.
“He went to Bentley, and he’s bringing a lot of that business education to the company,” said Fontaine. “He has a lot of good ideas on how to generate new business.”
For this, the latest installment of its Profile in Business series, BusinessWest talks at length with Fontaine about his business, construction, overcoming shyness (a lifelong challenge for him), and cutting the grass.

Mow Town
That’s right, cutting the grass.
Fontaine says he’s always loved doing it and still does — and that’s good, because he and his wife, Beth, recently moved from East Longmeadow to a six-acre farm in nearby Somers, where she tends to a few horses and copes with a considerably larger lawn and a 200-year-old home that is decidedly high-maintenance.
Looking back, Fontaine said his first entrepreneurial venture was a neighborhood grass-cutting operation that lasted from the fifth grade well into high school. And he might have wound up pursuing a career in landscaping had not the family business started suffering through another of those pronounced downturns he described earlier.
Before telling that story, Fontaine ventured back to the 1930s, when his grandfather and one of his great uncles left their family farm in Canada at the ages of 12 and 13, respectively, to come to this country and seek their fortune. They landed in Chicopee Falls and eventually started building porches. They shaped this specialty into a residential construction company that would later be led by first cousins George and Ray Fontaine, who would transform it into a commercial builder.
Starting with some buildings at what was then Westover Air Force Base, the Fontaine company quickly evolved into one of the region’s largest construction companies, handling mostly public work that included everything from dormitories, academic buildings, and the Fine Arts Center at the rapidly expanding UMass Amherst campus to dozens of schools across the region and far outside it, to a host of municipal buildings.
The biggest project in the portfolio was the UMass Medical Center complex in Worcester, a $50 million project when built in 1970s, but perhaps a $500 million venture today, when adjusted for inflation.
But then, the bottom fell out — and in a big way.
“Overnight, the construction market just stopped,” he said. “It went from being the busiest time in the company’s history to a period when it had zero work.”
Things looked so bleak that Ray Fontaine, who was now alone at the top following George’s passing in 1972, was thinking about shutting things down. Before he did, he asked Dave’s father, Lester, a long-time field supervisor for the company, if he wanted to take a more active role in overseeing the business, its construction work (what little there was), and its many commercial real-estate properties, especially apartment complexes.
“It wasn’t a hard choice for my father,” Dave recalled. “It was essentially be out of work or give this a try; he gave it a try.”
The younger Fontaine started working at the family business part-time almost immediately upon graduation from high school, but he said his father informed him that, if he ever wanted to take a leadership role in the business, he would need more education.
So he enrolled in STCC’s Civil Engineering Technology department and graduated in 1982. He credits that experience with giving him not only the necessary skills for his eventual career path, but also some needed self-confidence. Today, he sits on the school’s board of trustees.

Nerves of Steel
Fontaine now manages the business with his first cousin, Chris, who handles the estimating work — all those bids — while Dave tackles the day-to-day operations.
In recent years, the portfolio and, in some cases, the office walls have been bolstered by work that includes the MassMutual Center, the new Chicopee Comp (perhaps its largest public-school project), and, more recently, the new Minnechaug Regional High School and soon-to-open Center for the Sciences and Pharmacy at Western New England College.
There are currently six projects on the company’s books — roughly half the number during what would be considered a typical year, if there is such a thing. Business has picked up slightly, said Fontaine, but there is still a ways to go before this sector can approach what can be considered normalcy.
Waiting for that time to arrive is more than a little nervewracking, he told BusinessWest, adding quickly that some of the anxiety is self-inflicted.
“After all this time and all these cycles, I should know better,” he said of the hand-wringing he’s been doing. “Eventually, things are going to pick up — I know that.”
He said those who remain cautious about the economy and moving ahead with building projects should understand that, while there are risks to doing so, the conditions, especially in terms of prices, won’t be better for a long, long time.
“We’re doing a four-story building at Holy Cross College,” he said. “The way the bids came in, they’re getting the fourth floor for free. There’s a lot of that going on.”
While waiting impatiently for conditions to improve, Fontaine is enjoying having the next generation of the Fontaine family come to the Cottage Street offices for work every day — a decision that wasn’t the foregone conclusion it was for the third generation.
“We had some discussions before he went to college,” he recalled. “I had always indicated that we’d love to have him and that there would always be a place for him, but it really needed to be his decision because there are certainly other ways to make a living, and if it was his idea, that would be terrific, but it had to be his idea.”
And Fontaine is happy that the younger David did choose this way to make a living.
“He’s been spending some time learning the estimating side of the business,” Fontaine continued. “And he’s become very proactive with getting our name out to the private-sector client base.”
Meanwhile, Fontaine has officially taken over as president of Longmeadow Country Club after working his way up the leadership positions. He’s expecting that his tenure, which could last anywhere from one to three years, will help in his seemingly lifelong battle against shyness and putting himself before large groups.
“I’m incredibly shy, and I fight that virtually every day of the week,” he explained. “From college on, it’s been one of my goals to get over that, and I’ve done a pretty good job of that. But every time I have to go speak or say something or meet new people, I think about it for a couple of days in advance; I’m still not comfortable with it.
“I am getting better — I think,” he continued, “and being president of the club will force me to get better still. I keep telling myself that I’m better than I think I am.”

Building Blocks
Looking ahead to 2011 and the plight of the construction sector, Fontaine said there is evidence that the skies are brightening somewhat.
Just when a pronounced turnaround will begin is anyone’s guess, though, he said, adding that it’s likely there will be more of those maddening runner-up finishes in project biddings in the months to come.
But there are some things to distract him — bringing his son along in the business, taking the country club through the process of installing a new irrigation system, and, starting in the spring, anyway, more chances to mow the grass.
At least that activity isn’t impacted by those wild swings in the economy.

George O’Brien can be reached at [email protected]

Briefcase Departments

Moen Named President and CEO of SPHS
SPRINGFIELD — Daniel P. Moen, president and CEO of Heywood Hospital in Gardner, Mass., has been named the new president and CEO of the Sisters of Providence Health System (SPHS). Moen, who will assume his new position in January 2011, will succeed Dr. William Bithoney, who has been serving in an interim capacity since the prior CEO, Vincent McCorkle, left the organization in June 2010. Moen was selected after a nationwide search by the Sisters of Providence Health System’s board of trustees. “Daniel Moen is a well-respected, pragmatic health care leader with many years of experience managing complex hospital operations,” said Dr. David Chadbourne, board chair of SPHS. “He is an excellent choice to lead the Sisters of Providence Health System. We are confident his talents will not only help sustain our rich legacy of providing high-quality and compassionate care, but will also help us reach new levels of service to our community.” Moen brings more than 28 years of senior leadership experience in health care in the state of Massachusetts; for 23 of these years he has served as a CEO. Since 1990, he has served as president and CEO of Heywood Hospital, a 125-bed, full-service community hospital based in Gardner. Under Moen’s leadership, the hospital has added key inpatient and outpatient services, initiated a major capital-expansion project, and built outstanding relations with its community. Prior to joining Heywood Hospital in 1990, Moen served for 10 years in progressively responsible leadership positions with Holden Hospital in Holden, Mass., including two years as its president and CEO. “We are pleased to have Daniel Moen join the Sisters of Providence Health System,” said Judith M. Persichilli, president and CEO of Catholic Health East, of which SPHS is a member. “He has extensive experience in the Massachusetts health care environment, an impressive track record of high performance in challenging times, and a strong commitment to the mission and core values of the Sisters of Providence Health System and Catholic Health East. We look forward to Dan’s contributions; we are convinced that he will prove to be an important asset to our entire health care ministry.” Moen earned a master’s degree in health administration from Clark University and UMass Medical School, a bachelor’s degree in management from Worcester State College, and an associate’s degree in radiologic technology from Quinsigamond Community College, all in Worcester. He is also a past chair (2006-07) of the Mass. Hospital Assoc., helping to lead that organization in the midst of groundbreaking health care reform legislation. “I am honored to be selected for this important role,” said Moen. “It will be a privilege to serve the Sisters of Providence Health System, Catholic Health East, and the Western Mass. community.”
AIM Business Confidence Index Surges in October
BOSTON — The Associated Industries of Massachusetts Business Confidence Index shot up 7.7 points in October to 55.3, its highest level since August 2008. Raymond G. Torto, Global Chief Economist at CB Richard Ellis Group Inc. and chair of AIM’s Board of Economic Advisors (BEA), noted the monthly gain was “unprecedented” in the 19-year history of the index, adding, however, that “we must regard it cautiously.” Nevertheless, he noted, there are reasons to take the improvement in employer sentiment seriously. Torto said the October result in effect returns the state, after a three-month gap, to the upward trend of the first half of the year, and is based to a considerable extent on a less negative, and probably more realistic, assessment of prevailing conditions in the national economy. He added that Massachusetts employers remain predominantly positive about conditions for their own operations, and they now expect significant improvement in the business climate generally over the next six months. Even in that timeframe, however, Torto foresees conditions approaching neutral, rather than rapid, expansion. The AIM index was up 12 points from its level of October 2009, and 13.9 over two years. It reached its historic low at 33.3 in February 2009, and its all-time high of 68.5 on two occasions in 1997 and ’98. Among the component sub-indices, the U.S. Index of national conditions led October’s rise with a gain of 12.2 points to 48.7, while the Massachusetts Index of conditions within the Commonwealth added 7.7 to 49.4. The Current Index, assessing overall conditions at the time of the survey, was up 7.1 points in October to 53.2, and the Future Index of prospects for six months ahead gained 8.5 to 57.0, while the Future Index edged up three-tenths to 48.4. In the past year, the Current Index has picked up 10.5 points, while the Future Index has gained 2.5. The sub-indices relating to respondents’ own operations all rose in October. The broadest of them, the Company Index, was up 5.8 points, and the Sales Index was up 5.5, both at 58.9, while the Employment Index added 2.3 to 53.7. Confidence levels moved up together among employers in Greater Boston (+7.6 to 54.4) and those elsewhere in the state (+7.6 to 56.7). The monthly Business Confidence Index, initiated by AIM’s Board of Economic Advisors in July 1991, is based on a survey of AIM member-companies across the state, asking questions about current and prospective business conditions in Massachusetts and the nation, as well as for respondents’ own operations. On the Index’s 100-point scale, a reading above 50 indicates that the state’s employer community is predominantly optimistic, while a reading below 50 points to a negative assessment of business conditions. A number of component sub-indices are derived by analyzing responses to selected questions or those of particular groups of respondents.

Pilot Energy-saving Program Underway
SPRINGFIELD — Western Mass Saves, a pilot energy-efficiency program, was recently launched by Western Massachusetts Electric Company (WMECO). The program helps customers manage their electric use and rewards energy savings with points that can be redeemed at national and local merchants. Under Western Mass Saves, selected customers receive printed reports in the mail that provide personalized recommendations to reduce and track their home-energy use. The report also shows customers how their energy use compares to the average use in their community. While selected customers will receive printed reports, all customers are eligible to participate through the Web site, www.westernmasssaves.com. Under the one-year pilot program, customers can log into the Web site for personalized online electric-bill savings advice. Customers can also review more than 250 ways to reduce their energy consumption, design an individualized energy-savings plan, track the results, and earn rewards. The program is a partnership among WMECO, Efficiency 2.0, RecycleBank, and SmartPower.

Art & Soles Gallery Open
to the Public
SPRINGFIELD — The Springfield Business Improvement District announced that the popular six-foot sneaker sculptures known as Art & Soles have moved indoors for the holidays. The 20 painted sneakers will be prominently displayed in the Art & Soles Gallery, located at 1391 Main St., at the corner of Main and Harrison Avenue. The space is being donated by owner Glenn Edwards. The sneakers will be auctioned off at a later date. The gallery will be open to the public Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Thursdays until 8 p.m.), and also on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. In addition to the 20 sneakers, artists will have other merchandise available. Art & Soles is a public art project created by a team of volunteers, including the Greater Springfield-UMass Amherst Partnership, TSM Design, and the Springfield Business Improvement District.

Business Hiring Still Lackluster
WASHINGTON — In the week ending Nov. 6, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 435,000, a decrease of 24,000 from the previous week’s revised figure of 459,000. The four-week moving average was 446,500, a decrease of 10,000 from the previous week’s revised average of 456,500. The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.4% for the week ending Oct. 30, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week’s revised rate of 3.5%. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending Oct. 30 was 4,301,000, a decrease of 86,000 from the preceding week’s revised level of 4,387,000. The four-week moving average was 4,388,250, a decrease of 35,750 from the preceding week’s revised average of 4,424,000. The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 449,905 in the week ending Nov. 6, an increase of 28,808 from the previous week. There were 531,743 initial claims in the comparable week in 2009. The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.0% during the week ending Oct. 30, unchanged from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,745,901, a decrease of 13,638 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 3.8%, and the volume was 4,961,610. The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending Oct. 23 was 8,624,679.

DBA Certificates Departments

The following Business Certificates and Trade Names were issued or renewed during the month of November 2010.

AMHERST

Community Photo Access
534 Main St.
Anibal Gonzalez-Rivera

NJ Company
135 Lincoln Ave.
Naomi Elliot

North Amherst Gulf
24 Montague Road
Joseph Sacco

CHICOPEE

Lugos Family Barber Shop
257 Hampden St.
Agustin Lugo Jr.

Phantazm Media Publishing & Printing
419 Front St.
Geoffrey Watson

Win-Wes Contractors
1731 Memorial Dr.
Paul Winters

WirelessZone AII
1519 Memorial Dr.
AII Inc.

GREENFIELD

Call’s Corner Store
124 Conway St.
Shahid Habib

Feeding Landscapes
24 Franklin St.
Abrah Dresdale

Rite View Farm
493 Leyden Road
Ronald Wright

Smart Computer
345 Main St.
Jonathan Heburt

Zinnia
116 Federal St.
Mandy Lyn Sweet

HADLEY

Ascent Audiology & Hearing
104 Russell St.
Susan Russell

Mukora’s Fine Arts & Crafts
367 Russell St.
John Mukora

Nail Pro
367 Russell St.
Charles Tran

HOLYOKE

Amy’s Hallmark
50 Holyoke St.
Steven C. Salter

Hillside Auto Sales
911 Main St.
Emil Krassler

J & G Enterprise
100 Nonotuck St.
John Hurley

JAGD
14 Greenwood Ave.
James D. Watson

Stop & Shop Gas
28 Linclon St.
Mark Puza

LUDLOW

Bon-Chien
26 Kirkland Ave.
Bonnie Delviscio

Butter Carpet Cleaning Company
23 Cady St.
Carl Mesheau

Great Clips
433 Center St.
Rachel Barowsky

Rock School Music Academy
95 Windsor St.
Miguel Goncalves

Stratia Electric
636 Fuller St.
Christopher Szczepanek

NORTHAMPTON

BestDealz.com
414 Acrebrook Dr.
Jeffrey Costigan

Cardinal Strategies
35 Maynard Road
William Rosen

Digital Media Army
95 South St.
Lukas B. Snelling

Downtown Auto Sales
110 Pleasant St.
Christopher Cahillane

Hair by Jodi
151 Main St.
Jodi A. Nowak

Jude Enterprise
59 Chestnut St.
Angela Parro

Polished!…A Nail Salon
59 Conz St.
Kerry A. West

Salon Allure
59 Conz St.
Pamela Laprade

Sushi City
228 King St.
Soe Naing

TJDGass.com
58 Phillips Place
Timothy Domkowski

Tout Sweet Confections
44 Sheffield Lane
Pamela Wicinas

PALMER

General Machine
11 Walnut St.
Bruce Baldyga

New England Cable Engineering Services
2170 Main St.
Tracy Merrill-Kalesnik

Stolar Realty LLC
2001 Calkins Road
Christopher J. Stolar

SPRINGFIELD

Haircuts by Minerva
560 1/2 Page Blvd.
Minerva Santana

JRG Enterprise
30 Governor St.
Jose Bolivar

K & F Masonry
133 Sumner Ave.
Kevin W. Thompson

Kenia’s Beauty Salon
519 Main St.
Rigoberto Oscar

KJR Cleaning
24 Stonybrook Road
Kelly Raleigh

L & R Remodeling
2994 Main St.
Luis O. Rivera

Lindalee Boutique
1655 Main St.
Hilda Matos

Los Bandoleros Barber Shop
616 Belmont Ave.
Ramon J. Rios

Majestic Barber Shop
444 Chestnut St.
Jose A. Martinez

Miguel’s Towing LLC
155 Rocus St.
Miguel Santiago

McKinney & Burbach Tavern
1127 Main St.
Julie Waniewski

Nails by Carol
24 Island Pond Road
Carol M. Rolandini

Nails Model
459 Main St.
Truong Minh Tai

Neighborhood Deli
158 Island Pond Road
Demetrice L. Mitchell

Nelson’s Remodeling & Painting
17 Drake St.
Nelson Garcia

Ritchie’s Handyman Service
230 El Paso St.
Ritchie Nebar

S.W.A.G.G.E.R.
94 Wilbraham Road
Clarence W. Smith III

SCB Marketing and Consulting
483 Dickinson St.
Stephen Burrell

Sleep Management Solutions
100 Wason Ave.
Thomas P. Gaffney Jr.

Stamps Williams Realty
431 White St.
Robin L. Jones

TNT Fast Stop
402 King St.
Tyshun O. Riles

The-N-Zone
152 Rifle St.
Elijah R. Lyles

The Fortress West
34 Front St.
George W. Sidor Jr.

Triple Seven Cyber Center
296 Cooley St.
En Yu

Vigo Remittance
2460 Main St.
Jackie L. Hill

WESTFIELD

A Cut Above the Rest
37 Elm St.
Isander Robles

Freshwater Wetland Services
2 Collins St.
Katie A. Bednaz

Ginger Snacks
281 Lower Sandy Hill Road
Mark Simone

Onsite Computer Repairs of Westfield
66 Janis Road
Michael Monahan

Simplicity Salon
1144 Southampton Road
Janine LaPointe

WEST SPRINGFIELD

Alanna Scully Photography
291 City View Ave.
Alanna Scully

Bath & Kitchen Gallery
1060 Memorial Ave.
John J. Regan Jr.

Big Lare’s Bass Excursion’s
1291 Morgan Road
Lawrence W. Marsh

Bottega Cucina
46 Morgan Road
Philip C. Hillenbrand

Dollar Tree
465 Memorial Ave.
Dollar Tree Stores Inc

Drisdelle Quality Carpentry
115 Morton St.
John R. Drisdelle

Frasco Fuel Oil
2383 Westfield St.
David K. Frasco

I love my Jojo’s
179 Daggett Dr.
Joanne Contrino-Guilbault

Owais Khan Traders
20 Elmdale St.
Muhammad Owais

Wireless Zone
7 Westfield St.
Kevin Sinclair

Features
Mick Kittredge Isn’t Just Waxing Nostalgic

Mick-and-Mike-Kittredge

Mick Kittredge doesn’t want to copy the business model of his father, Mike, but instead wants to give customers a more boutique experience.

It isn’t often in life when you get a chance to do it all over again, either personally or professionally. But Michael Kittredge II is getting that opportunity, and he can thank his son for that.
Mike, as he’s called, founded, developed, and later sold Yankee Candle Co., in what is arguably the region’s most celebrated entrepreneurial success story. You probably have heard that it all started on an old Queen Anne stove in his parents’ house in South Hadley, on which he made a candle that became a present for his mother. What you might not know is that his son, Michael Kittredge III, “Mick,” also made his first candle on that very same stove a few decades later.
Today, the Queen Anne holds pride of place just inside the front door at the Kringle Candle Company’s retail store and headquarters in Bernardston. In many ways, it represents not only the elegantly shelved candles in the store beyond, but the connection between a father and son.
At Kringle, Mike is on hand to collaborate with Mick on marketing, making gift baskets, and keeping an eye on the retail side of things — he said that “retail was always something that I really loved, so I’ll walk around the store, put a little more of this here and there. When a company is just starting out, there are a lot of hats that everyone has to wear.”
The only difference this time is that Kringle is Mick’s idea, and he’s the one at the helm.
The all-white, scented candles began as an idea just over a year ago as part of a marketing class Mick was taking at Greenfield Community College, and today they are rapidly becoming another success in the Kittredge family. The path of the chandler was always one he had envisioned, Mick said, explaining, “I knew that I wanted to do something with candles, not quite sure how specifically. When I was younger, I had thought about running Yankee someday.”
But when Mike sold the company in 1998, both men agreed that the culture they knew had changed. “I decided against trying to work up the ladder over there. It was a little too corporatized to me, especially as I remember what it used to be like,” Mick said, referring to a close-knit and very family-oriented work and retail environment.
“Going into this company,” he continued, “with my father and me discussing different names, we wanted to be associated with Christmas, with the warm feeling you get from the holidays. That’s really what I’m looking to do here.”
What that translates to is a retail and marketing experience that, as company president, Mick says he works hard at to make fun for all involved, customers and employees alike. “That’s why people are going to come here,” he explained. “It’s the fundamental and underlying need of all people to want to have some fun in their lives.”
And, Mike added, “if it’s fun, you’re going to want to do it again.”
The basic design of the Kringle Candle is all-white and highly fragrant. Currently, the lineup features more than 40 different scents, from florals to foods; from spices to holiday favorites. The retail store is set up with rooms of both classically presented shelves and inspired vignettes — like a refrigerator stocked with fruit-scented candles in reusable culinary containers.
Shedding light on his own distinct approach to the business, Mick said, “we’re honest with our prices, we’re honest with our quality, and we’re striving to keep that honesty in the marketplace.” He uses both the highest-quality fragrance oils available and domestically produced 100% food-grade paraffin to create the distinctly white premium candles.
“There’s no line of candles out there that’s anything like it,” he added. “Unique shapes, styles, scents, and the whole concept of the white candle. It throws more light, it’s décor-neutral; it’s for someone who’s looking for some ambience and art in their life.”
Mick’s first foray into the retail market was a single point of sale at Jackson & Connor, in Northampton. But just a year ago, he and his father came across the ‘for sale’ sign outside their present headquarters while on a foliage drive.
“The original idea was that it would encompass 3,000 square feet of retail in the front, then distribution, warehousing, and production all here, all contained within this building,” Mick said.
“Today, less than a year later,” he continued, “we have a 15,000-square-foot distribution center, we own more than 200 acres in Bernardston, and we are already unable to continue within the confinements of this one building.” Success is coming fast for Kringle; Kathie Lee and Hoda proclaimed the candles one of their “favorite things” on NBC’s Today show.
As one would expect, all eyes are on Mick’s venture into what was, essentially, the family business, and Kringle has attracted international media attention. But he takes it in stride. “My father started what became the largest candle company in the world,” he explained. “Those are big shoes to fill, and it’s a lot of work, but a lot of fun trying.
“The product quality is top-notch,” he continued, “we have a great concept, and we have a good idea of what we want for the future. My dad knows what works and what doesn’t, and he’s giving me a great deal of knowledge, as any son would go to their father for advice. He’s the best teacher I could ever have. He’s done it before, and it just so happens that he was the best in the world at that.”
Mike added that it’s a different story this time — Mick’s, not his. Those big shoes he built over at Yankee might have turned into “giant fishing boots,” but, he added, “this is a different-style company — a boutique company. For people who know the difference between high quality and all the rest. Mick is here filling his own very cool boat shoes.”
The comparisons to Yankee will be inevitable, but Mick is adamant about keeping Kringle his own. “I don’t want it to get so large where I lose touch with every facet of the company,” he explained. “I come in still and make candles, I’m in the retail store talking to customers, I’m working online, doing marketing. I’ll take the growth as it comes, but always keeping it the way I remember it, the way it used to be.”
Because, like his father who famously created an empire by doing things his own way, Mick has his eyes on a business model that goes much further than a balance sheet. In many more ways than one, Mick is rekindling an old flame. n

— Dan Chase

Bankruptcies Departments

BANKRUPTCIES

The following bankruptcy petitions were recently filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. Readers should confirm all information with the court.

Almeida, Christine M.
69 Wealthy Ave.
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/24/10

Asselin, Shirley M.
33 Sargeant Ave.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/28/10

Auger, Raymond R.
971 Reed St.
West Warren, MA 01092
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 10/25/10

Baribeau, Steven G.
100 Byers St.
Springfield, MA 01105
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/22/10

Bauman, John Allen
43 Charpentier Blvd.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/27/10

Bennett, Daniel E.
102 Parallel St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 10/19/10

Benson, Patricia Mary
10 Roberts Pond Lane
Chicopee, MA 01020
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/20/10

Bernardo, Alfred J.
Bernardo, Susan E.
PO Box 723
Lee, MA 01238
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/21/10

Betournay, Norman Robert
28 Feeding Hills Road
Southwick, MA 01077
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 10/20/10

Bilodeau, Joan I.
104 Ashley St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/26/10

Biron, Kevin B.
1091 Park St.
Palmer, MA 01069
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/27/10

Blount, Alfred C.
265 Fern Bank Road #21
Springfield, MA 01129
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/21/10

Boonnag, Kanit S.
Boonag, Torpong
19 Glendale St.
Easthampton, MA 01027
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/27/10

Bowler, John Joseph
949 Hampden St., Apt 2
Holyoke, MA 01040
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/25/10

Brennan, John S.
Brennan, Janet R.
43 Demont Ave.
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/19/10

Brida, James R.
60 Pencasal Dr.
Florence, MA 01062
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/21/10

Briggs, Jeffrey D.
244 Chicopee St.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/21/10

Brown, Virginia M.
172 Summer St. #4
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/21/10

Bruno-Buonomo, Carmen
PO Box 70299
Springfield, MA 01107
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 10/25/10

Burns, Lauren E.
Bouvier, Lauren E.
17 Homestead Blvd.
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/20/10

Burt, Daryl J.
1189 Carew St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/22/10

Cardinal, Sandra J.
34 Chartier Dr.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/21/10

Carr, Tamara L.
36 Bay St.
Springfield, MA 01109
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 10/21/10

Carroll, Daniel R.
Carroll, Debora R.
73 Wilder Ter.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/28/10

Clark, David B.
108 Langevin St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/25/10

Clark, Marshall G.
Clark, Antoinette
351 West Housatonic St.
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/18/10

Clark-Cardinal, Tami A.
135 Moore St.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/21/10

Collins, Paul J.
170 East Hadley Road #50
Amherst, MA 01002
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/25/10

Colon, Francisco
Colon, Blanca
43 Webster St., #2
Springfield, MA 01104
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/21/10

Connors, Diane
263 Center St.
1st Floor, Apt. A
Ludlow, MA 01056
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/21/10

Cornelius, Grace E.
104 White St.
Westfield, MA 01085
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/21/10

Craig Sound
Craig Aquatic Specialties
Craig, Scott N.
1012 Main St.
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/29/10

DePriest, Carlton T.
41 Rosedale Ave.
Springfield, MA 01128
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/28/10

Destromp, Roland L.
Destromp, Ruth J.
423 Springfield St.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 10/25/10

Don’s Carpet Care
Beaupre, Donald H.
Beaupre, Linda M.
90 Kanawha Ave.
Agawam, MA 01001
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/25/10

Dubour, Kathleen M.
68 Blanchwood Ave.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/21/10

Dunlap, N. Leigh
19 View St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 10/28/10

Dusseault, Matthew F.
20 Mount Carmel Ave.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/21/10

Ear 2 Track
Kometani, James K.
1 Springfield St.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/27/10

E-Force Protective Coating
Wrigley, Roger M.
Wrigley, Karen L.
a/k/a Branch, Karen L.
a/k/a Hanson, Karen L.
40 School House Road
Phillipston, MA 01331
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 10/26/10

Engle, Brenda J.
Engle, Brenda H.
P.O.Box 103
Sheffield, MA 01257
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/27/10

Espinosa, Ann Marie
47 Mohawk Dr.
Springfield, MA 01106
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 10/20/10

Fennyery, James R.
163 Mountainview St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/22/10

Freeman, Ernestine
204 Pearl St., 2L
Springfield, MA 01105
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/26/10

Gonzalez, Omaris
54 Bradford Dr. #A2
West Springfield, MA 01089
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/20/10

Grady, Shaun P.
Grady, Tami J.
106 Windsor Ave.
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/19/10

Harris-Poyser, Majester L.
7 Clayton St.
Springfield, MA 01107
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/19/10

Hayes, Jennifer A.
116 Pleasant St., #414
Easthampton, MA 01027
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/26/10

Hogan, Thomas M.
137 Hendrick St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/22/10

Holden, Melissa M.
95 Cheshire Road
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/19/10

Hotaling, William J.
Hotaling, Katherine E.
30 Massachusetts Ave.
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/25/10

Independent Administrative and Technical Support
Calderwood, Maryelen
a/k/a Brown, Maryelen C.
82 Sanderson St.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/28/10

Johnson, Kristen Elizabeth
52 Cold Hill
Granby, MA 01033
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/26/10

Jones, Brian W.
Jones, Tiffany B.
4 Lathrop Ave.
Westfield, MA 01085
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 10/27/10

Keough, Renee
312 Amherst St. #2
Granby, MA 01033
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/22/10

Khodadadian, Siranoosh
19 South Shore Dr.
Sturbridge, MA 01566
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/27/10

Kida, Lawrence R.
38 Robinson Road
W. Springfield, MA 01089
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/26/10

Labonte, Leo J.
28 Simard Drive, Apt. 1
Chicopee, MA 01013
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/29/10

Lambert, Todd C.
136 Pontoosic Road
Westfield, MA 01085
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/18/10

Laporte, Jessica Walker
6 Daniel Square Ext.
Belchertown, MA 01007
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/28/10

Leavitt, Joseph R.
Leavitt, Donna L.
72 Paige St.
Athol, MA 01331
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 10/18/10

LeBlanc, Deborah
43 Craig Dr.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/29/10

Lee, Linda
Smith, John A.
55 A Danek Dr.
Westfield, MA 01085
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/29/10

Lefebvre, Richard A.
Lefebvre, Nancy E.
400 Britton St. #223
Chicopee, MA 01022
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/22/10

Lemon, Donna Rae
633 Sisson Hill Road
Great Barrington, MA 01230
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/29/10

Loglisci, Lynne A.
a/k/a Blais, Lynne Ann
13A Oak St.
Monson, MA 01057
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/19/10

Long, Maureen P.
6 Pearl Lane
Wilbraham, MA 01095
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/22/10

Lopez, Osvaldo E.
51 Atwater Road
Springfield, MA 01107
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/21/10

Lyman, Janet Ann
a/k/a Cook, Janet Ann
75 Mechanic St.
Amherst, MA 01002
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/25/10

Magill, Kori K.
Kielbania, Kori K.
34 Kazbeck St.
Springfield, MA 01151
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/29/10

Malave, Cristobal
433 Prospect St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/21/10

Malone, Michael T.
Malone, Frances Ellen
71 Morningside Park
Springfield, MA 01108
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/21/10

Mark A. Ogoley Construction
Ogoley, Mark A.
31 Scantic Road
Hampden, MA 01036
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 10/28/10

Martel, Steven M.
105 Amherst Road
South Hadley, MA 01075
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/22/10

Martelli, Nicholas
200 Baldwinville Road
Phillipston, MA 01331
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/28/10

Martin, Robert F.
Martin, Kelly D.
71 Tulsa St.
Springfield, MA 01118
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/22/10

Martinez, Alba N.
74 Edendale St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/18/10

Matos, Lydia E.
61 Wentworth St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 10/18/10

Matte, Rene O.
163 Sunnymeade Ave.
Chicopee, MA 01020
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/21/10

Mawaka, Laura Ann
26 Mechanic St.
Monson, MA 01057
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/26/10

Maynard, Kathleen
a/k/a Hullette, Kathleen
111 Brickyard Road, Apt. 2G
Athol, MA 01331
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/18/10

McKenzie, David Jeremiah
40 Bartels St.
Springfield, MA 01128
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/25/10

McLain, Thomas S.
McLain, Patricia B.
16 Richmond St.
Adams, MA 01220
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/26/10

McQuade, Daniel P.
McQuade, Kristen A.
396 Frank Smith Road
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 10/27/10

Medina, Jose A.
265 Mill St.
Springfield, MA 01108
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/29/10

Mendez, Hipolito
Mendez, Mayra
37 Mercury Court, 2-L
West Springfield, MA 01089
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/18/10

Moncrieffe, Ivan
28 Dunmoreland St.
Springfield, MA 01109
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/22/10

Morgan, Travis Levar
Morgan, Myra Marintha
37 Emily St.
Springfield, MA 01109
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/29/10

Moses, Ola M.
70 Chestnut St.
Springfield, MA 01103
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/26/10

Mosher, David
131 Main St.
Russell, MA 01071
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/19/10

Mosher, Theresa F.
c/o Eric Kornblum
94 North Elm St.
Westfield, MA 01085
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/19/10

Odiorne, Sharon M.
4 Ross Ave.
Ware, MA 01082
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/26/10

Ortiz, Evelyn
Ortiz-Pacheco, Evelyn
101 Lowell St., Apt. 601
Springfield, MA 01107
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/21/10

Pacheco, Jose A.
43 Hebron St., 2nd Fl.
Springfield, MA 01107
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/21/10

Park Street Foundry Inc.
P.O. Box 327
Palmer, MA 01069
Chapter: 11
Filing Date: 10/24/10

Partlow, Stacy L.
74 A James St.
Palmer, MA 01069
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/21/10

Ponce, Efrain
74 Edendale St.
Springfield, MA 01104
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/18/10

Prentice, Stanley
Prentice, Dawn M.
28 Cole Ave.
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/18/10

Provost, Linda A.
657 Poole St.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/29/10

Richardson, Keith W.
Richardson, Heather E.
a/k/a Lusco, Heather E.
PO Box 81
Belchertown, MA 01007
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/21/10

Rivas, Michelle M.
a/k/a Demers, Michelle M.
59 Aldo Dr.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/20/10

Rodriguez, Bethzaida
22 Brookline Ave.
Springfield, MA 01107
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/29/10

Rodriguez, Milagros
68 Farnum Road
Holyoke, MA 01040
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/18/10

Rossetti, George L.
91 Lantern Lane
West Springfield, MA 01089
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 10/17/10

Rossi, Diana M.
477 Kings Hgwy.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/20/10

Rossi, Richard S.
Rossi, Kaija
114 Mashapaug Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/22/10

Saez, Wilberto M.
25 Collins St., Apt. A
Westfield, MA 01085
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/29/10

Samek, Sandra Mary
71 Doverbrook Road
Chicopee, MA 01022
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/25/10

Serafino, David S.
43 Vienna Ave.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/26/10

Serafino, Donna M.
43 Vienna Ave.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/26/10

Sergeychik, Mikhail
38 Lower Mass Ave.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 10/25/10

Sheldon, Patricia A.
15 Beaufort Circle
Springfield, MA 01104
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 10/29/10

Small, Rose M.
219 Seymore Ave.
Springfield, MA 01109
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/26/10

Smith, Eric J.
Smith, Tammy L.
25 White St.
Westfield, MA 01085
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 10/26/10

Sullivan, Jennifer A.
Deming, Jennifer A.
65A South St.
Bernardston, MA 01337
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/25/10

Swett, Howard H.
221 New Boston Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 10/26/10

Swiss, Kirk P.
17 Constitution Road
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/19/10

Taillefer, Jean R.
48 Riverview Ter.
Chicopee, MA 01013
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/19/10

Thomas, Rachelle Rutkowski
53 King St.
Hatfield, MA 01038
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/22/10

Trott, Margaret Evelyn
400 East St.
South Hadley, MA 01075
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 10/22/10

Trudel, Gary S.
38 Maynard St.
Orange, MA 01364
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 10/28/10

Villafane, Mirta Luz
a/k/a Martinez, Mirta L.
54 Bradford Dr., Unit A
West Springfield, MA 01089
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/20/10

Voytko, Christine E.
12 Cypress St.
Greenfield, MA 01301
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/21/10

Warchut, Walter W.
81 Autumn Dr.
Florence, MA 01062
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 10/26/10

Weeks, Almont E.
93 South Maple St.
Westfield, MA 01085
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/22/10

Weeks, Carol A.
PO Box 42
Southwick, MA 01077
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/22/10

White, Michael
White, Jennifer
51 Hillside Dr.
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Chapter: 13
Filing Date: 10/29/10

Whitney, Blair P.
33 Brickhouse Mountain Road
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/19/10

Yanbul, Ibrahim
Yanbul, Hulya
a/k/a Topcu, Hulya
23 Cypress St.
Ludlow, MA 01056
Chapter: 7
Filing Date: 10/26/10