Radio Show # 241 – Dennis Lopata,
Western Mass. Health Professional

With a career in healthcare in Western Mass., Dennis Lopata, the Executive Director of the Life Care Center of Wilbraham, reflects on his 34-plus years of experience in the field, and his plans to continues that path into the future at the Life Care Center.

The rewards, the challenges, the changes – all mark this journey.

2399 Boston Road, Wilbraham, MA 01095 • (413) 596-3111
lifecarecenterofwilbraham.com

Radio Show #240 – Louanne Lortie Happy in Hampden at Lou’s Bagel Nook!

Nestled in a warm and comfortable spot in quiet Hampden, Mass., you will find Louanne Lortie and her crew at Lou’s Bagel Nook!

Seven days a week, Lou is never too busy to chat with her customers over coffee and a wide assortment of the venerable bagel.

Since 2016, Lou and her crew have given new life, love, and care to this modest establishment, and her customers, creatures of habit, know just what they want in their coffee and bagel choices.

In this program, you will hear just what her shop and her career mean to her and to Western Mass.

Radio Show #239 – Al Zippen and the End of the Melha Shrine Circus

After 64 proud and joyous seasons, the Melha Shrine Circus at the Big E, a Western Mass. tradition, fades into history.

Why the end of this annual event?

“Mr. Circus” himself, Melha Shrine’s Allen Zippen, gives us a peek inside the tent and some insight as to why this has happened.

Was it social media? PETA?

Al sheds light on this and more in this EXCLUSIVE program on Pioneer Valley Radio.

Radio Show # 238 – Tina Gorman’s
Wacky Tacky Westfield Day!

Westfield is celebrating its 350th birthday!

It’s a citywide event, and it was well-served at the Council on Aging by Executive Director Tina Gorman’s “Wacky Tacky Westfield Day” Luncheon!

More than a hundred joined in the fun, wearing their tackiest, wackiest Westfield-themed getups!

There was great food, and music too!

In this program, Tina paints a vivid picture of the fun!

Web:cityofwestfield.org   •   Email: t.gorman@cityofwestfield.org

Radio Show #237 – Tom Florence and
Your Excise Tax

Every year, a couple of months in, an unusual little tax makes its appearance.

It’s your excise tax!

What is it? Why do we have it? How is the figure calculated?

What happens if I don’t pay it on time? Or if i do not pay it at all!

East Longmeadow’s Tom Florence has had very involved knowledge of the tax, and presents it in detail, as well as answering these and other questions.

Email:  thomas.florence@eastlongmeadowma.gov  •  Web: www.eastlongmeadowma.gov

Radio Show # 236 – Karen Levinsky,
The Crossing Guard

Among the unsung heroes of public service in the Valley you will find the crossing guards.

They are the unassuming people who commit hours to the safety of school kids throughout our region.

This winter, when the temps were in the teens, if school was in session, they were still resolutely stationed at our crosswalks and intersections.

Why would Karen Levinsky devote her time to this calling in this winter weather?

The answer is easy… she loves kids!

Radio Show #235 – Cesar Ruiz and Golden Years Homecare Services

The Ruiz family suffered a great loss in 2016 when the patriarch, Cesar Ruiz, Sr., passed away.  This was the catalyst for Golden Years.  Lifelong friends Lisa and Vincent Santaniello also shared Cesar’s dream; they believed in it so much that they became partners in Golden Years.

Golden Years Home Care Services of Massachusetts is a private-duty elder care agency providing superior-quality, compassionate home care services to those who need assistance performing their day-to-day tasks due to a disability, injury or aging. Golden Years provides a comprehensive range of senior home care services, including personal care and companion care, so that your loved one can lead a happy and rewarding life at home in the company of their friends and family members.

In this program, founder Cesar Ruiz takes us inside the Golden Years experience, and is very candid about the personal reasons that motivated his efforts.

Web:   goldenyearsusa.com/about-us  •  Email:  cruiz@goldenyearsusa.com

Radio Show #234 – Marijuana and Your Teeth! With Cecile and Dr. Michael Calabrese

We’ve heard of the health hazards related to the use of cannabis and now, more specifically, the effect of cannabis on your dental health.

It is considerable.

Hazards of certain systems of using marijuana pose risks that are not readily apparent.

To present this matter in complete detail, we’ve visited Cecile Calabrese and Dr. Michael Calabrese at Agawam Dental Arts in Agawam, Mass. for information on this, and other related “dos and don’ts” of tooth care.

Web: www.agawamdentalarts.com  •  Email: contactus@agawamdentalarts.com

Radio Show #233 – Annie Rennix, Program Director of the Emergency Food Pantry

The Open Pantry’s Emergency Food Pantry has been providing groceries for those in need since 1975.

Individuals and families have been coming to the EFP on an emergency basis for years.

Supplies and foodstuffs are always a need, and the excessively cold winter has only served to increase this need.

What the EFP means to our region, what it provides, and how you can help, is presented in sharp focus by our special guest Annie Rennix, the Program Director for Springfield’s Emergency Food Pantry.

Web:  www.openpantry.org/emergency-food-pantry.php

Annie Rennix, Program Director – Email: arennix@openpantry.org

Radio Show #232 – Harry Rock and
Westfield’s 350th Anniversary!

Harry Rock and the Friends of Westfield’s 350th Anniversary have put together a succession of amazing events to commemorate this milestone for the city!

As a part of this once-in-a-lifetime celebration, Harry presents so very many events within it in vivid detail.

You’ll also hear what makes living in this community unique and special for Harry.

Happy Birthday to Westfield from Pioneer Valley Radio!

Web: westfield350.org    •   Email: Westfieldma350@gmail.com

Radio Show #231 – Paul Federici Explains the New Tax Laws

When the new tax laws were enacted, the government decided to change the tax tables that employees withholdings are based on to reflect the new tax rates. Many people received more in their net pay due to the fact that their federal tax withholdings were reduced.

Confusing?  Tax preparer and accountant Paul Federici, at Paul L. Federici and Associates, puts all this in perspective – what has happened and how it affects you and your tax preparation this season.

You will also hear some useful tips and advice!

Web: bsrcpa.com

Radio Show #230 – Doug Sousa and the OSEG Springfield Sportsmen’s Show!

This weekend, the great outdoors moves indoors at the Big E!

It’s time for the OSEG Springfield Sportsmen’s Show!

The latest gear, along with demonstrations and seminars, are all at the Better Living Center!

The man behind the organization of this huge undertaking is writer, promoter, columnist, and vice president of the Outdoor Sports Expo Group, Doug Sousa!

In this special program Doug provides a look behind the scenes at this top outdoor sports expo!

Hunting, fishing, boating, and more – for the avid sportsman or simply the spectator!

Email: doug@osegshows.com  •  Web: www.osegsportsmens.com

Radio Show #229 – Special Report on Scams with Chicopee Police Officer Michael Wilk

You’ve all heard about the Publisher’s Clearing House scam, already successful in bilking seniors out of large sums of money.

The phone is the primary port of access for this con game, but lately it has taken an even more ugly turn.

This is presented in full detail by Public Information Officer Michael Wilk.

Officer Wilk also touches on additional scams that are presently active in Western Mass.

We believe that knowledge is power, and in this case, protection.

Please listen in – and inform others of this program!

Radio Show #228 – Jordan Goodman,
“America’s Money Answers Man”

In this visit with “America’s Money Answers Man,” Jordan examines the current state of student loans, some alternatives to literally no-interest-bearing savings accounts, a car-buying service that could save Western Mass. car buyers thousands of dollars on a new vehicle, and a program to help those in fields such as medicine, law enforcement, the military and other service fields save money buying or selling a home called “Heroes Come First.”

It’s all here with Jordan Goodman, heard exclusively in Western Mass. here on Pioneer Valley Radio!

Radio Show #227 – Korey DeGray Bruno Has Some Exciting News!

Korey DeGray Bruno, in addition to her long-standing duties as the Choral Director at Westfield High School and the Music Director at Holy Trinity Church of Westfield… is “getting the band back together!”

The much loved music legacy from Western Mass., The Knightsmen Band, is ending its hiatus and making a long- anticipated comeback!

Formerly known as Corey and the Knightsmen in honor of its founder and lead singer Corey DeGray, the band is very much a family affair.

And a generational one at that.

Continuing her late dad’s tradition as lead vocalist,with musician and husband , Tony Bruno, and now a third generation, they are performing again!

Korey shares her story – the joy, the challenges, the perseverance through family calamity, and most of all the music!

Welcome back to The Knightsmen!

Radio Show #226 – Kelly Shaw and the
Cocoa Exchange!

Kelly Shaw works the third shift at Western New England University, and still makes time for her entrepreneurial efforts with The Cocoa Exchange!

This may sound like a lot, but it really isn’t if you love chocolate!

Kelly enjoys theatrical efforts in the region as well.

Care for a chocolate martini served in your home?

Nothing is impossible – as you’ll find out in this program.

Email: suprfrkhed@aol.com • Web: www.mytcesite.com/kellyshaw

Radio Show #225 – Tom Kielbania Jr… From Chicopee to Hollywood, He Kept the Sound of the 80s Alive!

Some may know him as the man behind the Chicopee Kielbasa Festival, but Tom Kielbania Jr., along with his band mates, kept the sounds of the music of the 1980s pumping throughout Western Mass. and Northern New England with the 80s tribute band, Orange Crush.

Today, retired from that scene, Tom leads a quieter life, spending his time taking care of his many children.

In this program, Tom looks back fondly over the years when his music career took him from Chicopee to Hollywood, supplying music for many different projects and presentations!

Radio Show #224 – Rob Brogle and the Connecticut Trolley Museum

Rob Brogle’s career as Technical Director of Sales at Collins Pipe and Supply Company does not keep him from his avocation as the president of the Connecticut Trolley Museum in East Windsor, CT.

The Connecticut Trolley Museum has over 70 pieces of rail equipment dating back to 1869.

When you visit, you can see historic passenger and freight trolley cars, interurban cars, elevated railway cars, passenger and freight railroad cars, service cars, locomotives, and a variety of other equipment from railways around Connecticut.

You will also find examples from Brooklyn, Boston, New Orleans, Milwaukee, Cleveland, Springfield, Lynchburg, Montreal, and even Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

The events and history of the trolleys from Springfield to Hartford come alive in this conversation with Rob.

Email: office@ceraweb.org  •  Web: www.ct-trolley.org

Radio Show #223 – Joe Stevens and the Story Behind the New 1105 Main

Western Mass. restaurateur Joe Stevens continues his fine dining adventures, transforming the venerable Hofbrauhaus into 1105 Main in
West Springfield!

This sparkling new restaurant represents a dynamic change from the previous venue –  and a new journey for Joe!

What’s the thinking behind this rebranding?
What’s it like to move through this kind of transition?
What’s the style, cuisine, and atmosphere of 1105 Main all about?

Listen in!

Email: contact@1105main.net   •  Web: www.1105main.net

Radio Show #222 – John Heaps, Jr.,
President and CEO of Florence Bank

John Heaps, Jr., President and CEO of Florence Bank, enjoys a long banking history in Western Mass.

He grew up in Springfield, and began his banking career at Valley Bank & Trust Co.

The latest branch of Florence Bank has attracted attention due to its innovation of “pod” style teller services, and even the amenities of a coffee bar!

In this conversation, John explains the Florence Bank concept of re-imagined brick and mortar banking, and what makes Florence Bank unique in the Valley.

Web: www.florencebank.com  •  Email: customerservice@florencebank.com