Florence Bank Opens New Hadley Branch
HADLEY — Florence Bank, a mutually-owned savings bank serving the Pioneer Valley through nione branch locations, celebrated the opening of its new Hadley location at 377 Russell St. On Nov. 15, with local and state officials, and more than 100 customers, friends and well-wishers. Florence Bank CEO John F. Heaps, Jr. and bank officials were joined by State Senate Majority Leader Stan Rosenberg, state Rep. John Scibak, Hadley town administrator David Nixon, and Amherst Chamber Executive Director Don Courtemanche, along with customers, friends and supporters who turned out to welcome the bank to its new home. Scibak and Rosenberg presented Heaps with a proclamation from the Legislature commending Florence Bank on its continued service to the region and its new branch in Hadley.
In addition to the ribbon-cutting, Bank officials officially dedicated their new tractor weathervane, which sits atop the new building, to the Devine family of Hadley. John Devine, who was a lifelong farmer and a member of Hadley’s Planning Board, was instrumental in recommending that the bank consider a cupola and weathervane as part of the new building’s design. Bank officials wanted to do something to honor the memory of Devine, who passed away unexpectedly a year ago. Florence Bank Senior Vice President Sharon Rogalski presented a replica of the weathervane to John Devine Jr., who accepted the gift on behalf of his family. Toby Daniels, vice-president and branch manager of the Hadley Branch, will continue in that role in the new location. “Hadley has been our home for nearly 20 years,” said Heaps. “We are especially pleased to renew our commitment to this community with our new location. We thank our many customers and friends for their ongoing support and look forward to serving everyone for years to come.”