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Monson Savings opens new branch

Monson Savings Bank, founded in 1872, recently opened its new branch in East Longmeadow.

In June, Monson Savings announced its plan for a full-service branch located at 61 North Main St.

“Where we are seeing other banks pulling back and closing locations, like in East Longmeadow, we see it as an opportunity to expand, to fill a need for personal and business banking in a community,” said Steve Lowell, CEO of Monson Savings. “As a mutually chartered bank, we were incorporated to serve the community. So, when new opportunities become available that allow us to serve our customers even better, no matter what the challenges, we always make them a priority.”

The newly renovated branch features an and open concept lobby layout, a team of knowledgeable and friendly banking professionals, two drive-up lanes, a 24-hour drive-up ATM and a coin machine. It also has offices specifically for mortgage lending, investment, and business banking specialists who will be available to customers on site or by appointment.

“While we love seeing our customers when they visit our branch lobbies, we also understand that some may not be comfortable in the current environment,” continued Lowell. “We are also serving customers through drive-up, by appointment, and with cutting edge digital banking options.”

Aimee Kohn, branch manager, said, “The team here at the East Longmeadow branch is very excited and we look forward to providing residents and business owners with banking solutions to make their lives better. We have a lot of customers living in East Longmeadow already, and we are very eager to welcome them to the branch, as we know they are happy about our new office here.”

The East Longmeadow team also includes mortgage loan originator Charlene Kareta, senior vice president and senior commercial loan officer Rob Chateauneuf, vice president of business development and cash management Corinne Sawyer, business development officer Kylie LaPlante, vice president and financial advisor Sabina Vegiard and assistant branch manager Ashley Dones- Schipper.

UMass Dining takes tofu partner

The University of Massachusetts at Amherst is partnering with Pulmuone Foods USA, a company founded by Korean food pioneers focused on “the well-being of your family and the environment.”

Rooted in the principles of LOHAS (Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability), Pulmuone is working with the largest collegiate dining program in America on newmenu ideation sessions, culinary training programs for staff and creating unique products made with the highest standards, while embracing cutting-edge culinary trends and earth-friendly innovations.

“The goal of the partnership is to continue to promote our mission of providing healthy, sustainable and delicious food. I think our students will welcome the variety and authenticity of these plant forward and Asian-inspired dishes while supporting our planetary health efforts,” said Ken Toong, executive director of UMass Auxiliary Enterprises.

UMass Dining has spent the last decade partnering with food producers that prioritize sourcing healthy and sustainable products. Nasoya Tofu, one of the Pulmuone Foods brands, is made in Ayer.

“We are truly excited about this partnership with UMass Dining and their team’s dedication to providing healthy, better-for-you meals to its students. We share a vision of educating our future consumers about healthy eating, wholesome ingredients and how to maintain sustainable eating habits beyond their college years,” said Sung Yoon Nam, vice president of marketing, Pulmuone Foods USA.

STCC team wins marketing awards

Springfield Technical Community College won four medals at this year’s District 1 National Council for Marketing & Public Relations Medallion Awards.

The awards recognize excellence in design and communication at community colleges within the district, which covers the Northeast, parts of eastern Canada and the United Kingdom. STCC won three bronze medallions and one silver. The communications and marketing team was recognized for excellence in creating the following promotional products on behalf of the college:

A brochure with facts about the college and information about how to apply for financial aid (silver medallion);

A spring 2020 semester newsletter (bronze);

A fundraising pennant (bronze); and

The “STCC Around” radio segment which airs on WTCC, 90.7 FM on Thursdays at 8:30 a.m. (bronze).

The work was judged by marketing and communications professionals who are members of the national council at community colleges. Winners are awarded gold, silver or bronze medallions.

“I’m super proud of the recognition my team is earning for STCC,” said Keith Paul, the college’s director of communications and marketing at STCC. “We love telling the stories of students transforming their lives. We’re humbled that our marketing peers at community colleges think we’re doing a good job of it.”

The communications and marketing staff includes: Paul; media relations coordinator Jim Danko; and design and production services coordinator Kerry Ferrero.

Said Denise Hurst, vice president of advancement and external affairs, “I am so excited to see the STCC communications and marketing team receive these accolades for their strategic and diligent work. Not only are they each talented in their own right, they collaborate with their colleagues across campus and within the community to collectively achieve the mission to share near and far that STCC is the most accessible and affordable higher education institution in the area.”

The district received 221 entries from 27 community colleges. The awards ceremony was broadcast live on Oct. 29 on Facebook.

Monson Savings Bank’s new East Longmeadow branch team members include, from left: Sabina A. Vegiard, vice president and financial adviser; Rob Chateauneuf, senior vice president and senior commercial loan officer; Corinne Sawyer, vice president for business development and cash management; Aimee Kohn, branch manager; Ashley Dones-Schipper, assistant branch manager; Charlene Kareta, mortgage loan originator; and Kylie LaPlante, business development officer.


Steve Lowell

Ken Toong

Jim Danko

Keith Paul

Kerry Ferrero

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