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Six Flags New England recently presented buckets of dirty coins collected from a fountain in the theme park to the YMCA of Greater Springfield, in support of the creation of the new Agawam YMCA Wellness & Program Family Center. The Y team spent the afternoon at United Bank, also a great supporter of the Y, counting and cleaning the money, which amounted to just under $2,000. Left: Lori Stickles, personal banking officer from United Bank, helps Six Flags mascot Daffy Duck weigh coins after cleaning. Right: Agawam Mayor Richard Cohen (third from right) is flanked by Daffy Duck and Betty Grimaldi, Agawam Y committee member, as Stickles (far right) joins Jennifer Mance, director of Sales & Marketing at Six Flags New England (far left), and volunteers and friends of the Y.
A ceremonial groundbreaking marked the official start of construction for two relocated auto dealerships, Northampton Volkswagen and Country Hyundai. The location is the former site of the Kollmorgen manufacturing plant on the corner of King Street and Damon Road in Northampton; the site will relocate the Volkswagen dealership from across Damon Road, and the Hyundai dealership from Greenfield. Both dealerships are slated to open in January 2014. Pictured, from left, are Carolyn Misch, senior land use planner, City of Northampton; Suzanne Beck, executive director of the Northampton Chamber of Commerce; and Carla Cosenzi and Tommy Cosenzi, co-presidents of TommyCar Auto.