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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 #364 – Award-Winning Jeff Greim of Longmeadow, and “Jeff’s Granola”

Longmeadow granola purveyor Jeff Greim has been accorded the 2020 Microenterprise Business of the Year for Massachusetts from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Jeff’s Granola has long been supplying school systems with his well-received granola. He is proud of the fact that all of his granola sales are 100 percent non-profit.

In fact, the customer can designate the non-profit organization of their choice to receive any profits from the sale.

Jeff’s inspiration, history and experiences are detailed in this exclusive conversation.

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

 

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 #362 – Springfield Police Department Information Officer Ryan Walsh

Springfield Police Department Information Officer Ryan Walsh discusses the morale of the department, particularly in the wake of the Compton, CA shooting.

Ryan talks about the dirt bike striking a Springfield police officer, the forthcoming event “Springfield Day” with the police department, the recent successes of the narcotics division, the confiscation of illegal weapons, and the progress in the investigation into the vandalism done to the Black Lives Matter mural on Court Street.

Web:  www.springfieldpolice.net

Radio Show #361 – COVID-19 Getaways
with Max Hartshorne

Pioneer Valley Radio’s travel authority and all purpose “gadabout,” Max Hartshorne presents a great way to defeat the close quarters of the pandemic and enjoy the North Shore of the Commonwealth.

Max believes you do not have to endure the Bourne or Sagamore Bridge to get to the Cape, when there is a delightful alternative.

In this program, Max takes you on a “cook’s tour” of Cape Ann, including Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester-by-the-Sea and more!

Fine dining, beaches, state parks, hiking, biking and more are detailed!

Web:  gonomad.com  •  Email: editor@gonomad.com

Radio Show #360 – Pam Reipold of Travel Kuz and a New Technique for Sanitizing School Buses

Franklin County’s school buses, as provided by F.M. Kuzmeskus of Gill, Mass. and Travel Kuz, has a new and faster way of cleaning and sanitizing the buses on the route managed by the firm.

In this special program, Vice President of Executive Operations Pam Reipold relates the effort she made in reaching out to Bete Fog Nozzle of Greenfield, Mass. to create a process by which two buses at a time may be “fogged clean!”

This technique replaces  the cumbersome  and lengthy method of wiping the buses down by hand.

According to Pam, the fogging process is safe, and far more reliable in killing any and all germs.

Web: www.travelkuz.com  •  Email: pam@travelkuz.com

Radio Show #359 – Andy Yee and the Bean Restaurant Group: The White Hut, 13-31 Elm and More!

Andy Yee and his partners in the Bean Restaurant Group have prodigiously expanded their eateries throughout the region.

Notable successes include the rescue of iconic establishments such as The Student Prince and the White Hut.

In this program, Andy discusses the experiences of reviving thought-to-be-defunct restaurants, as well as his group’s intriguing plans for a high-end bistro as a part of “The Court Square Project,” aka “13-31 Elm.”

 

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 #357 – Mike Zabik and the
“Right To Repair” Ballot Question

When you vote in November, you will see a ballot question on the “Right To Repair,”  also known as “Question 1.”

The original law, as passed, allows the independent auto repair business to have the same diagnostic information as the original auto dealer.

This legislative update includes coverage of new technology, “wireless and telematic,” so-called, to close loopholes associated with the law.

To put this in perspective for both the independent auto mechanic shop owners as well as the consumer’s choice to determine where they may go for service, Mike Zabik, of Mike’s Auto Service in West Springfield, discusses the impact this could have on his business, as well as what he believes the restrictions to the vehicle owner might be.

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

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 #355 – Late and Former Springfield Mayor William “Billy” Sullivan Remembered
by Tony Cignoli

William C. Sullivan, who served as the 48th mayor of Springfield in the mid-1970s, has passed away at the age of 95.

The sad news was announced last evening (8/26) by current Mayor Domenic J. Sarno. The former mayor was a resident of the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home. He served his nation during World War II.

Personal recollections of his life and work for the city of Springfield mark this exclusive interview with international political analyst and consultant Anthony Cignoli.

Tony knew Sullivan well, and speaks with a deep respect for the man and his legacy.

Radio Show #354 – Giguere’s Used Appliances is Ready for the Massachusetts Tax-Free Weekend!

Josh Bergeron, Sales Associate at Giguere’s Used Appliances in Chicopee, is ready for the tax-free weekend in Massachusetts!

After being on the front lines for three of them in the past, he knows what to expect and what to be ready for!

Giguere’s offers all brands of used appliances – refrigerators, gas and electric stoves, washers, dryers, dishwashers and wall ovens.
The inventory changes daily as additional items are required.

The showroom is located at 200 Exchange Street in Chicopee.

Josh provides info on delivery, warranties, and more in this exclusive conversation.

Tel: 413-593-6839  •  www.gigueresappliances.com

Radio Show #353 – Thom Westfield Infant Toddler Services

Courtney Moreno and Tracey Farnsworth of Thom Westfield Infant Toddler Services join Brad Shepard in a conversation detailing the role of this organization in Western Mass.

Thom Westfield Infant Toddler Services is a non-profit agency that provides early intervention, in-home (Telehealth currently) services for toddlers and their families. They’re trying to let families know that they are here to help, at no cost to them, as insurance covers all of it. Due to COVID-19, the potential for children slipping through the cracks has increased greatly, especially with doctor visits having been limited for several months.

Web: thomchild.org  •  Email: www.thomchild.org/contact-thom

Radio Show #352 – Chicopee’s Aldenville Concert Series on TV, with Jay Buckley!

After several postponements and ultimate cancellation, Chicopee TV, in cooperation with the Chicopee Department of Parks and Recreation and other city agencies, have come up with a solution…. put the series and its performers on TV!

Chicopee TV’s producer Jay Buckley joins us to recount the creation of this concept and the subsequent video productions.

Web: www.chicopeetv.org   •   Email: jbuckley@chicopeeps.org

 

Radio Show #351 – Robert “Bob the Bike Man” Charland Reaches Out to Ohio!

Nothing gets in the way of Bob the Bike Man when a child with special needs needs a bike!

When Bob heard the news of a boy in Ohio, who needed a trike specially customized for his disability, Bob got to work!

As he’s done more than a thousand times, he created the bike and then contacted the state police with a plan to get the bike to 8-year old Silas in Cleveland!

In this program, Bob relates the wonderful and inspiring story of the partnership he’s achieved with state police departments from here to Ohio to get this bike on its journey to young Silas!

Radio Show #350 – “Back The Blue” Rally
with Rich Howell

From the organization, Adopt-A-Cop, on Thursday, August 20, 2020 the community will gather for another rolling rally in support of the brave men and women of the Hampden and Wilbraham Police Departments and beyond.

The “Back the Blue” Hampden-Wilbraham rally will begin at 5 p.m. at Crane Park in Wilbraham, MA and last until 5:45 p.m., then move to 3 Allen Street in Hampden, MA for a 6 – 7 p.m. rally there.

Here is the story of this organization and what it hopes to accomplish, with organizer Rich Howell.

Email: adoptacop@gmail.com

Radio Show #349 – Storm Damage and Your Home Insurance, with David Matosky of
First American Insurance

Downed trees, damaged roofs – what to do first?

Get an estimate? Call a contractor?

Contact your insurance agent?

Here’s the rundown with David Matosky, Operations Director of First American Insurance of Western Mass.

David walks us through what is covered and what isn’t, what is our liability, what we can expect and how we can achieve it!

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

Radio Show #348 – Lighting Up Western Mass. with Priscilla Ress of Eversource

Heading into the weekend, it would appear that the long wait for the restoration of your electricity is at an end – at least as far as Eversource customers are concerned.

This special program may be especially welcomed by those who are weary of outage maps and voicemail in obtaining information on their electricity status.

In this interview, Priscilla Ress, spokesperson for Eversource, indicates the success the power company is having in finalizing the return of all their customer’s commercial and residential power.

This storm was deceptively brutal, and the repairs and cleanup operations have been extraordinary and challenging.

You’ll hear precisely why in this conversation.

Radio Show #347 – Safe Tree Removal,
with Bill Spears

Agawam’s Bill Spears, of Bill Spears Tree Service, believes this last storm might number among the five worst storms in his 40-year history in Western Mass.

In this conversation, Bill explains why he identifies this storm as so severe.

Bill also gives some important information regarding safe removal of trees, limbs, and related debris from your property.

Radio Show #346 – Koi Story

There is something “fishy” going on in South Hadley.

A small pet store has had its share of excitement in just a matter of weeks.

First, a break in, and then a visit from the South Hadley Building Commissioner, informing the owner that the store they’ve operated for seven years can no longer operate in its location – an unpleasant surprise for owners Catherine and Steven Knowles!

New England Koi was granted an operating license by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to operate its Koi sales and accompanying tea house.

However, the Building Commissioner is unimpressed with this matter, and still insists their entire operation be relocated.

In this conversation with Pioneer Valley Radio, owner Catherine Knowles recounts the entire episode and where it presently stands.

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