Making News in Business, July 14

Published: 07/13/2022 15:20:49

Modified: 07/13/2022 15:18:02

Appleton has been named president of the board of the Dakin Humane Society

SPRINGFIELD — Tiffany Appleton has been named president of the board of directors of the Dakin Humane Society in Springfield. Appleton joined the board in 2017 and served as its secretary from 2020–2022.

She is currently the Associate Director of Employer Relations at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, a position she has held for two years. Appleton previously served as director, accounting and finance at Johnson & Hill Staffing Services in West Springfield from 2016-2020.

Appleton earned a master’s degree in education, science education, and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. She previously served on the board of the Pioneer Valley Family Business Center from 2018-2020 and is an Amherst resident.

In a typical year, Dakin Humane Society shelters, treats and fosters more than 20,000 animals and has performed over 100,000 spay/neuter surgeries since 2009, making it the largest spay/neuter provider in New England.

Florence Bank is hiring a Branch Manager in Easthampton

FLORENCE — Florence Bank recently announced this longtime employee Jean Monsca has been promoted to lead the Easthampton branch as branch manager. She replaces Anita Sedlak, who retired on July 1.

Monska, of Florence, has worked for Florence Bank since 2002. Before being promoted to branch manager, she worked as an assistant branch manager at the Hadley location for 14 years. In March 2020, she was promoted to Senior Assistant Branch Manager before transferring to the Easthampton branch in the same role.

She holds an associate degree in business administration from Holyoke Community College and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Southern New Hampshire University. She is also a graduate of the New England School of Financial Sciences.

In 2005, Monska was elected to the President’s Club of Florence Bank. The award recognizes superior performance, customer service and overall contribution to Florence Bank.

Sedlak became assistant vice president and assistant branch manager in 1999. She was promoted to vice president branch manager in 2021 and retired after 22 years of service.

A new dispensary is opening in the old Sierra Grille location

NORTHAMPTON — The city’s newest recreational marijuana dispensary, Honey, opened last week in the former home of Sierra Grille at 41 Strong Ave.

Honey is owned and operated by Volkan Polatol and Kevin Perrier. In opening Honey Northampton, Polatol and Perrier teamed up with Honey Brands, originally founded in California, which produces full-spectrum, distilled cannabis oil in vape cartridges. The Northampton location marks one of a select few locations in Massachusetts where consumers can purchase Honey vapes.

Perrier said the dispensary also sells honey hash oils from its own facility at Wemelco Industries in Easthampton. In addition to vapes, the dispensary also carries a large selection of brands from around the state.

Florence Bank donates $50K to Easthampton Community Center

FLORENCE — Florence Bank has donated $50,000 to the Easthampton Community Center through its Florence Savings Easthampton Branch Charitable Foundation, Inc.

The foundation was created in 1999 following the merger of the former Easthampton Cooperative Bank into Florence Bank, the first and only acquisition for Florence Bank. This investment brought Florence Bank to Easthampton for the first time. Before the merger, Easthampton Cooperative Bank operated the branch near the city’s rotary center, which Florence Bank took over and continues to operate today.

The $50,000 check was presented by three original foundation members: Nancy J. Labombard, Virginia L. Smith, and Anita Sedlak.

Free line cook training at HCC starts Monday

HOLYOKE — Holyoke Community College will offer a free, one-month, intensive online chef training course at the HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute beginning July 18.

The course runs Monday through Thursday, July 18 through August 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute, 164 Race St.

The program is designed for those already in the restaurant industry who want to improve their skills, as well as unemployed or underemployed individuals who are interested in starting a new career.

The program is taught both online and in person at the HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute. Participants will learn all the essential skills they need to become successful line cooks: knife skills; how to prepare broths, soups, sauces, desserts, poultry, fish and meat; culinary math and measurements; moist/dry heat cooking methods; as well as soft skills in the workplace such as CV writing and job searching.

Offered as part of HCC’s Business and Workforce Development Department, the line cook course is free to qualified applicants.

For more information, please contact Laura Smith, HCC Assistant Placement and Career Development Advisor, at [email protected], 413-552-2833, or complete the inquiry form at

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