Radio Show #325 – In Brimfield, Watch Out for Turtles Crossing the Road!

It’s the time of year when our shelled friends are laying their eggs, and likely to be making their way from one side of the road to the other.

What should you do if you are driving along and come upon them? How might you help them?

Brimfield Police Officer Ryan Olszta answers these questions and more in this exclusive conversation!

Web: www.brimfieldma.org/brimfield-police-department

Email: policedept@brimfieldma.org

Radio Show #324 – At Agawam Pack & Ship, Business is Good!

In this program, former Agawam Mayor Richard Cohen, along with his brother Alan, are pleased to relate that business is brisk and busy!

Agawam Pack & Ship offers an impressive array of business and personal needs for any packing or shipping task.

There is more to the story of this most successful store in the city of Agawam!

Web:  www.agawampackandship.com   •  Email:  info@agawampackandship.com

Show #323 – Hampden, Mass. Chief of Police Jeff Farnsworth

American police departments in large cities and small towns are under fire due to the death of George Floyd.

Protests are commingled with rioting and looting.

Hampden, Mass. Chief of Police Jeff Farnsworth speaks candidly about the challenges facing his force and other departments in simultaneously protecting freedom of speech as well as protection of life and property.

Chief Farnsworth is also the head of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, and as such is in regular contact with the chiefs of other forces in the Commonwealth, as well as the governor.

Here he presents his views on the potential for protests and lawlessness, now originating in our urban centers, to reach the smaller towns in Western Mass.

Web: www.hampdenpolice.com • Email: contact@hampdenpolice.com

Radio Show #322 – Criminal Attorney William Bennett Represents Holyoke Soldiers’ Home Superintendent Bennett Walsh

In an exclusive interview with Pioneer Valley Radio, Criminal Attorney William Bennett refutes the suspension of Holyoke Soldiers’ Home Superintendent Bennett Walsh, and the associated allegations of his mishandling of the COVID-19 crisis at the Home.

Attorney Bennett maintains that Superintendent Walsh made consistent and appropriate pleas for help from the state and other emergency agencies.

Meaningful help and support at that time was not forthcoming.

Bennett provides insight into Walsh’s present state of mind and his attitude toward returning to his previous position.

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 #318 – Pomeroy’s Vegetable Farm Carries On!

A silver lining in the pandemic cloud?  Possibly, at least as far as your fresh vegetables are concerned!

Neil Pomeroy and his family at Pomeroy’s Vegetable Farm in East Longmeadow are proud to carry on their tradition of providing the freshest vegetables the earth can sport.

Spinach, lettuce, peppers, spicy greens, peas and more, all are on the way as Pomeroy’s gears up for their full opening this summer.

Right now, Neil and his family offer certain vegetables through their Facebook page with appointment times for pick-up.

All pandemic and social distancing guidelines are supported.

Western Mass. folks are pleased to find Pomeroy’s a happy alternative to the lack of certain produce at the local supermarkets.

All of the produce at Pomeroy’s is organic, as well as herbicide, pesticide and GMO free!

You’ll hear more about the full array of fresh vegetables and how Pomeroy’s has steered through the days of COVID-19 in this exclusive program.

And try the spinach!

Email:  pomeroysvegfarm@yahoo.com  •  Facebook: Pomeroysvegetablefarm

Radio Show #316 – Agniezka Valenta,
Another Western Mass. Business Professional Now Working From Home

Agniezka Valenta, better known as “Aggie,” is a wife, mom, author, marathon runner and business professional rolled into one.

Aggie was born in Poland and moved to Massachusetts at age 9. She is fluent in Polish and conversational in Spanish.

Her three children (the youngest has autism), have provided Aggie with the background to publish children’s books dealing with the condition.

At Morgan Stanley, Aggie, a financial advisor, concentrates on wealth management strategies and portfolio management.

In this program, Aggie touches on the reorientation of her daily life – away from her familiar work environment and into the “new normal” of a vibrant and busy household.

Web:  advisor.morganstanley.com/aggie.valenta

Email: aggie.valenta@morganstanley.com

Radio Show #315 – For Sheila Coon, the Fight for the Survival of Hot Oven Cookies Continues on Many Fronts

Hot Oven Cookies, in two locations in Western Mass., is a success!

The customers come from quite far away for these specially baked cookies.

However, for owner and operator Sheila Coon and her husband, the struggle for survival includes not only the pandemic, but issues with a landlord, and a setback in not qualifying for relief funds from the city’s “Prime The Pump” program.

Sheila’s story is riveting and highly emotional.

Radio Show #314 – Nick Adams, Western Mass. Real Estate Broker, Works From Home

Holyoke real estate broker Nick Adams has not missed a beat – continuing his efforts for Keller Williams while working from home.

Nick is also a performer at heart in his “other life,” indulging his acting skills in local theatrical offerings and “rocking out” with a band.

Unfortunately these endeavors, obviously, are on hold for the moment.

Nick remains upbeat, and is another Western Mass. neighbor making the best of a tough situation!

Email:  www.kwpioneervalley.com/agents/56458/Nick+Adams#emailme

Web: www.kwpioneervalley.com

 

Radio Show #313 – Kimberly Wheeler and the Agawam Cinemas

To be dark, silent, and empty is an unnatural and a forlorn state for a movie theater.

However, Kim Wheeler’s spirits are remarkably good as the Agawam Cinemas remain dormant due to the pandemic.

Kim keeps moving forward with special events, including auctions and curbside movie theater refreshments!

Another auction is coming up, and your popcorn and soda is waiting!

Web: www.agawamcinemas.org •  Email: agawamcinemas@gmail.com

Radio Show #312 – Glenn Welch, President of Freedom Credit Union, Donates $55,000
to First Responders

Freedom Credit Union has donated $55,000 to various organizations who are supporting first responders.

In this special program, FCU President Glenn Welch runs down the list of organizations who will receive some part of these funds.

There are other special programs FCU is offering to help their customers in this difficult time. Glenn discusses those in further detail.

Web: www.freedom.coop •  Email: www.info@freedom.com

Radio Show # 311 – Massachusetts Ranks #1
in a National Survey of Coronavirus Help –
with Jill Gonzalez of WalletHub

WalletHub, a personal finance and research website, has released findings on the level of help each state offers its populace in coronavirus care.

Massachusetts has ranked #1.

Jill Gonzalez is a public policy expert and a financial literacy advocate. Her appearances include NBC Nightly News, Fox Business Network, Wall Street Journal Live and C-SPAN’s Washington Journal. She has been a guest on NPR’s Marketplace, CBS Radio and ESPN Radio.

In this exclusive program on Pioneer Valley Radio, analyst Jill Gonzalez explains exactly why, and what methodology was employed in these findings.

Web: wallethub.com • Email: media@wallethub.com

Radio Show #310 – Terese Lee Napoli of Especially For You In Home Services

Terese Lee Napoli, a licensed, insured and certified Massachusetts hair stylist, is mobile!

She will come to your home by appointment and spend the time that is necessary to offer her full array of hair services.

She prides herself on her closeness and deep care of her clients.

Naturally, the pandemic has reduced her opportunity to serve her clients, but not her spirit.

This program will present more of this unique business and about Terese as well.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/3Butterflys  •  Email: esp4umobilesalon@gmail.com

Radio Show #308 – Cathie Walz and The Blue Marble in Northampton Carry On!

We’ve heard from many essential businesses that have reinvented themselves to minimize the pandemic’s impact.

However, some “non-essential” businesses are having a very different experience.

Cathie Walz at the Blue Marble and Little Blue in Northampton offers an all too familiar story.

Web: thebluemarble.biz  •  Email: bluemarblegifts@aol.com

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 #305 – Cookie’s Cafe Rises
to the Challenge!

Undaunted by COVID-19 and the related health emergency, Cookie Torres at Cookie’s Cafe in East Longmeadow continues to offer the breakfast fare that the area has truly welcomed in record time since her opening.

You will have to pick it up curbside, but it’s a small effort to make to enjoy her unique breakfasts and lunches!

But Cookie has a special offer for first responders and health workers… and you need to hear it from Cookie herself!

Web:  www.cookiescasacafe.com  •  Email: www.cookiescasacafe.com/contact us

Radio Show #304 – Shawn Weaver…
Working Through the Crisis and
Keeping People Connected

Shawn Weaver at Northeast IT Systems in Westfield continues to work through the crisis.

His days are split between working from home and from his office as well.

In this program, you’ll hear his story, his state of mind, and his general outlook… it’s a common one to essential workers throughout our region.

Web: www.northeastit.net  •  Email: info@northeastit.net

Radio Show #303 – Behind the Scenes of the Million Mask Team Plane Airlift,
with Gene Hartigan

When Governor Baker moved to import a million masks for the Commonwealth to battle back COVID-19, he faced some formidable obstacles.

Passports and other time-consuming details required quick action.

To circumvent the bureaucracy, the Governor turned to Gene Hartigan of the U.S.-China Partnership Committee.

Here, Gene offers a behind-the-scenes look at this mission.

Gene joins Brad Shepard in an exclusive conversation on this operation, as well as some theories as to the origin of the virus and the overall impact on U.S.-China relations going forward.

Web: afrimednetwork.org  •  Email: afn@AfriMedNetwork.org

Radio Show #302 – Jeff King, a Busy Western Mass. Performer, Reinvents Himself!

What does a busy Western Mass. performer do when his appearances slow down due to a health pandemic?

He reinvents himself and continues to perform!

Jeff King offers online performances for a devoted fan base, and has even figured out a virtual tip jar!

Here is Jeff’s story in detail on Pioneer Valley Radio.

Web: www.thekingsmusic.com

Email: thekingsed@yahoo.com

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.