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Doris’ Day

More than 200 friends, colleagues, and area business leaders turned out at the Delaney House on May 29 to honor Doris Ransford, who recently retired after 26 years as director of the Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce. At top, Ransford is flanked by Robert Gilbert, president and CEO of Dowd Insurance, and Deborah Buckley, president of Goss & McLain Insurance. Bottom, she shares a moment with Peter Rosskothen, left, co-owner of Delaney House and the Log Cabin and former chamber board president, and state Sen. Michael Knapik, who represents Holyoke.

By the Book

Steven Bradley, a vice president at Baystate Health and a Link to Libraries Celebrity reader, recently read to grade 2 students at the William DeBerry Elementary School in Springfield. Bradley read the book Grace for President and shared with the students his experience, visit, and photograph with President Obama. He spoke to the students on the importance of reading 20 minutes every day, education, and being the best they can be. Each student received a donation of a new book and bookbag donated by Link to Libraries and supported by Baystate Health. Link to Libraries conducts more than 30 readaloud programs each school year throughout Western Mass. and Connecticut. For more information, visit

Cutting the Ribbon

The Polish National Credit Union staged a ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 24 to celebrate the grand reopening of its Granby branch at 34 West State St. The branch, one of PNCU’s busiest, has been completely renovated and expanded, doubling its size. It now includes a suite of private offices for mortgage originators and loan officers and a spacious lobby and expanded teller line. The six-month project was directed by general contractor Barber Associates of Ludlow. Cutting the ribbon are, from left, Edward Ryback, PNCU board of directors chairman; James Warren, representing state Sen. Gale Candaras’ office; Virginia Snopek, trustee chairperson of the Granby Public Library; and Lynn Trompke, PNCU Granby branch manager.

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