The Western Massachusetts Training Consortium, which supports The RECOVER Project and The Salasin Project in Greenfield, is promoting Peggy Vezina, formerly the director of The RECOVER Project, to be the Consortium’s director of program and community development. Taking Vezina’s seat as RECOVER Project director is Abbi Cushing.
During her career, Vezina has worked throughout the Pioneer Valley in many diverse non-profit settings, including with youth in the Holyoke, Greenfield and Springfield communities, according to a Consortium press release.
In her new role as director of program and community development, Vezina will offer support to Consortium communities and projects throughout the Pioneer Valley, including the Consortium’s newest recovery community in Ware. She will also help coordinate the Consortium’s involvement in the national HEALing Communities Study.
“In all of her work, Peggy continues to be a strong advocate for elevating the voices of people who have faced tremendous adversity,” the release reads. “Wherever she is she fosters the development of the peer leader model, and focuses on staff and peer development by ensuring the peer voice is represented at all the tables discussing recovery.”
Cushing has been working at The RECOVER Project for nearly two years in a variety of roles (office manager, recovery coach supervisor and assistant director). She helped establish the recovery program for students at Greenfield Community College. According to the release, she also served as one of the founding members of the North Quabbin Recovery Center’s Advisory Board, and has 2½ years of experience as a recovery coach at the Center for Human Development.
“Abbi has emerged as a leader in peer recovery coaching in our area and has established the Building Accessible Communities of Recovery at The RECOVER Project, which provides an infrastructure of recovery coaching that is sustainable for our communities as well as for coaches,” the release reads.
GREENFIELD — Lobster Lovers Weekend returns to Ninety Nine Restaurants across New England and upstate New York, including at the 17 Colrain Road location, Friday through Sunday.
With the purchase of a lobster roll, which comes with fries and coleslaw, customers receive a free three-course meal upgrade, according to a press release from the restaurant chain. The upgrade includes a cup of chowder or a house salad and a dessert.
Bacon Wilson, a law firm that represents clients throughout Western Massachusetts and Northern Connecticut, has announced that 10 of its attorneys have been named to the 2021 list of Best Lawyers in America.
According to a Bacon Wilson press release, Kenneth J. Albano, the firm’s managing partner, was recognized for business organizations including LLCs and partnerships; Michael B. Katz for bankruptcy and reorganization; Stephen N. Krevalin for family law; Hyman G. Darling for elder law; Gary G. Breton for banking/finance law and for business organizations; Gina M. Barry for elder law; Jeffrey I. Fialky for commercial finance; Mark A. Tanner for real estate litigation; Paul H. Rothschild for litigation; and Peter W. MacConnell for real estate law.
First published in 1983, Best Lawyers is regarded as one of the definitive guides to legal excellence, according to the release. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on peer-review evaluations.
Bacon Wilson, which was founded in 1895, has five locations in Springfield, Amherst, Hadley, Northampton and Westfield. For more information, visit baconwilson.com.