Radio Show #375 – Cindy Murphy and
“Each Moment We’re Alive”

Two-time cancer survivor Cindy Sheridan Murphy of West Springfield has founded an organization dedicated to women not unlike herself, who are coping with cancer.

The organization, “Each Moment We’re Alive,” works with women before, during and after their diagnosis and treatment.

What led her to this process, and how the pandemic has affected what the organization  does, is discussed in this exclusive interview with Pioneer Valley Radio!

Web: www.eachmomentwerealive.net • Email: cindy@eachmomentwerealive.org

Radio Show #367 – Rob Gould and
Interskate 91 South

Rob Gould’s Interskate 91 South has been  a bright family fun spot in Wilbraham, and in the region, for decades.

When the pandemic took hold, Rob pivoted from skates and arcades to a remote learning resource for the area.

Now that some restrictions are lessening, and the recreation locations like Interskate 91 can ramp back up, Rob is excited to share with Pioneer Valley Radio his thoughts on reopening and his plans !

Radio Show #365 – Frank Nataloni and
Kitchens & Baths by Curio

For nearly half a century, Kitchens & Baths by Curio of Springfield has been renovating kitchens and bathrooms throughout the Pioneer Valley with great success.

What keeps a business viable through the decades?

How are they doing through the pandemic?

What are the observations of home decor through the changing times?

All this and more is explored in an exclusive conversation with the man behind the establishment, Kitchens & Baths by Curio, Frank Nataloni.

Web: www.kitchensandbathsbycurio.com

Email: www.kitchensandbathsbycurio.com/contact-us

Radio Show #363 – Rabbi Noach Kosofsky, Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy in Longmeadow, and the Jewish New Year

Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy in Longmeadow is bustling with activity.

The High Holy Days are beginning, with the celebration of the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah.

In this special program, Rabbi Noach Kosofsky of LYA discusses the events, history and meaning of the holiday, and the efforts the Academy is making to fit the celebration to the limitations of the pandemic.

Web: www.lya.org   •    Email: Rabbink@comcast.net

Radio Show #358 – Labor Day in Films and Music: A Pioneer Valley Radio Special

Labor Day Weekend in 2020 has come and gone.

In this conversation with Pioneer Valley Radio’s Michael Harrison and Brad Shepard, the presence of Labor Day in films and popular music, along with a variety of associated themes, is discussed!

(With thanks to WTIC Radio, Hartford.)

Radio Show #356 – An Impromptu Primary Day Conversation With Former State Senator
Brian Lees

Doing his civic duty, and with great pride, former State Senator, Clerk Of Courts, and Senate Minority Leader Brian Lees chatted about the election, the current state of the Commonwealth, the nation, and the impact of the pandemic on voting.

Brian reflected on his long career of public service to Massachusetts in several  capacities, and now very much enjoys settling into the private sector as a consultant for businesses on government relations.

Radio Show #332 – John Flynn Wins His Sixth Consecutive Term on the Selectboard of Hampden, Mass.

Long-serving Hampden selectman John Flynn triumphs in his sixth bid for the Board of Selectmen in the town’s election.

In this exclusive interview on Pioneer Valley Radio, Selectman Flynn reflects on his years on the board.

Mr. Flynn also comments on the impact of the pandemic on local business, public safety, and gives an update of the town’s litigation with the School Committee.

Web: www.hampdenma.gov/people/john-d-flynn •  Email: Contact Us

Radio Show #331 – Tara Franklin – Actress, Director, and Baker of Sweet Sam Bakes Cookies!

When does an actress/director go from baking cookies part-time to baking cookies full-time?

When a pandemic closes the theaters and halts productions, of course!

This is the story of Tara Franklin –  teacher, actress, director and entrepreneur.

Tara is the Associate Artistic Director/Director of Education at the Chester Theater Company in the Berkshires, and the woman behind “Sweet Sam Bakes.”

In Tara’s own words, “The shop is named after my son, who has loved helping me in the kitchen since he was very small.  We have been baking, packaging and sending these beautiful and delicious treats to our friends and family for years. They make wonderful gifts for anyone on your list.”

Web: www.etsy.com/shop/SweetSamBakes  •  Email: m.me/136746696968116

Radio Show #321 – Hofstra University Journalism Major Lauren Brill

Pioneer Valley Radio’s newest summer intern, Lauren Brill of Granby, MA, is a journalism major going into her senior year at Hofstra University.  She is interviewed by PVR president Michael Harrison about being a college student during the pandemic, the state of journalism, and her plans for the future.

Radio Show #306 – Gardening Therapy at Graziano Gardens

It’s been recommended that an effective way to fight depression and anxiety while stuck at home would be to turn attention and activity to gardening!

Sprucing up the front and back yards seems to bring folks out to Graziano Gardens in East Longmeadow in healthy numbers, despite the current conditions.

In fact, Chris Graziano says that business is good!

You can hear how his business has responded to the health crisis, as well as his outlook in general.

Web: grazianogardens.com •  Email:  cdgraz@verizon.net

Radio Show #301 – Mary Flahive-Dickson,
Chief Operating Officer of Golden Years
Home Health Care

In this time of a global pandemic, the challenge of taking care of our seniors in their own homes is a formidable one.

Mary Flahive-Dickson, the Chief Operating Officer at Golden Years Home Care Services, discusses the balance between providing care to those in need in their homes, and keeping them reassured that their risk is low.

Seniors may feel a degree of social isolation to begin with, and in this program, Mary acknowledges how needs for assistance from health care workers may exacerbate their existing apprehensions.

Ms. Flahive-Dickson is also an Adjunct Professor at Bay Path University, with over 20 years of substantiated success in profitable healthcare development and creation, growth and operations, as well as a Subject Matter Expert, writing healthcare curriculum for higher education.