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Hometown Heroes

The American Red Cross Pioneer Valley Chapter recently honored its 2012 Hometown Heroes. From top to bottom: regional Red Cross officials in attendance included, from left, Mark Brinkerhoff, Kate Leene, Kaitlyn Slattery, Rick Lee, Dawn Leaks, Rich Rubin, and Caitlin O’Hara. Hometown Hero Demetrious Faust, center, with his father, Lee Hutchins, and sister, Mishia Hutchins. From left, Sheila Doiron of presenting sponsor Columbia Gas with Fabiola Guerrero, Juan Guerrero, and Ibone Guerrero, the daughters and husband of Angelica Guerrero, who was named a Hometown Hero postumously. Center right: from left, Hometown Heroes Edward Rosienski Jr. and Edward Rosienski III, with Michael Lia, president of award sponsor Lia Auto Group. Bottom: Hometown Heroes and members of the Holyoke Police Department Narcotics/Vice Division, including Captain David Pratt, along with attorney Patrick McHugh of award sponsor Pellegrini, Seeley, Ryan & Blakesley, P.C.

Tackling Diabetes

Springfield-based Big Y Foods recently presented New England Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork with a check for $5,000 to support his quest to tackle diabetes in the New England area. To help build awareness and support Wilfork’s efforts, the Big Y World Class Market in Walpole, Mass. donated 50 cents from the purchase of each Superbird Rotisserie Chicken purchased from Jan. 30 to Feb. 5 to the Vince Wilfork Foundation. Seen at the check presentation are, from left: John Schnepp, director of Marketing at Big Y Foods; Store Director Michael Hanrahan; Wilfork; and Norm Vernadakis of Big Y Foods.

Celebrating 160 Years

Glenn Welch, Hampden Bank president and COO, looks over some of the many photos of Hampden Bank throughout its history, on the occasion of the bank’s 160th birthday, to be officially celebrated on April 13. Officially chartered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to serve the workers of the Western Railroad, the bank, which started in a rented office space in the basement of then-Agawam National Bank on the corner of Lyman and Main streets, has grown to 10 locations across Western Mass.

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