Making News in Business, July 14

Published: 7/13/2022 15:20:49

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

Appleton Named Chairman of the Board of the Dakin Humane Society

SPRING – Tiffany Appleton has been named Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Dakin Humane Society in Springfield. Appleton joined the board in 2017 and served as secretary from 2020 to 2022.

She is currently associate director of employer relations at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, a position she has held for two years. Prior to that, Ella Appleton was director of the accounting and finance division at Johnson & Hill Staffing Services in West Springfield from 2016 to 2020.

Appleton earned a Master of Education, Science Education and a Bachelor of Science, Chemistry from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. She previously served as a board member at the Family Business Center of Pioneer Valley from 2018 to 2020, and is an Amherst resident.

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

Florence Bank appoints Easthampton branch manager

FLORENCE — Florence Bank recently announced that a former employee Juan Monska has been promoted to run the Easthampton branch as branch manager. He replaces Anita Sedlak, who retired on July 1.

Monska, from Florence, has worked for Florence Bank since 2002. Prior to promotion to branch manager, she served as 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.

He has 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 Studies.

In 2005, Monska was appointed to the President’s Club of the Bank of Florence. The honor 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 is retiring after 22 years of service.

New dispensary opens at former Sierra Grille location

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

Honey is owned and operated by Volkan Polatol and Kevin Perrier. In opening Honey Northampton, Polatol and Perrier have partnered 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 places within Massachusetts where consumers can purchase Honey vaporizers.

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

Florence Bank donates $50K to the Easthampton Community Center

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

The foundation was formed in 1999, following the merger of the former Easthampton Cooperative Bank with Florence Bank, Florence Bank’s first and only acquisition. That investment brought Florence Bank to Easthampton for the first time. Prior to the merger, Easthampton Cooperative Bank operated the branch near the town roundabout, which was taken over by Florence Bank 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 online cook training at HCC starts Monday

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

The course takes place Monday through Thursday, July 18 through August 18, from 8:30 am to 3 pm at the HCC MGM Institute of Culinary Arts, 164 Race St.

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

The program is taught both online and in person at the HCC MGM Institute of Culinary Arts. 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 measurement; moist/dry heat cooking methods; as well as soft skills in the workplace, such as creating a resume and searching for a job.

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

For more information, contact Laura Smith, HCC Job Placement Assistant and Career Development Counselor, at, 413-552-2833, or complete the inquiry form at

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