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Amherst orthopedic injury walk-in clinic opens

AMHERST — Cooley Dickinson Health Care opened its second orthopedic injury clinic last week. The Amherst clinic, at 170 University Drive, is in addition to the West Hatfield orthopedic injury clinic location, which opened in the fall of 2016.

The orthopedic injury clinic staff diagnose and treat a variety of acute injuries including sprains and strains; sports injuries; foot, ankle, knee and hip injuries; hand, forearm, elbow and shoulder injuries; fractures and dislocations; pediatric injuries and infected nails. Depending on the nature of the injury, residents may be able to skip a visit to a local emergency department.

If a patient is in need of more advanced care, clinic staff facilitate access to an orthopedic surgeon at Cooley Dickinson Orthopedics & Sports Medicine. Clinic staff do not treat head injuries, chronic injuries or back pain.

The new clinic is headed by Physician Assistant John E. Hauschild, who earned board certification from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

No appointment is needed at either clinic location. Both clinics are open weekly, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 pm. For more information, call 413-586-8200 or visit

Tighe & Bond finalist for Mt. Tom plant project

WESTFIELD — Tighe & Bond Inc. has been recognized by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts as a 2020 Engineering Excellence Award Finalist (Gold Award).

Tighe & Bond, in conjunction with a team of subconsultants and property owner ENGIE North America, transformed the site of the Mt. Tom coal-fired power plant into the state’s largest community solar and energy storage facility.

In 2014, the Mt. Tom coal-fired power plant in Holyoke stopped operations, and ENGIE North America began the task of decommissioning and closing the power plant site. This undertaking involved demolition of the coal-fired plant and remediation of many areas of the property. A portion of the site was also used for renewable energy generation/energy storage to benefit the region and the city of Holyoke.

Having provided a range of engineering and environmental services for the 200-acre property of Mt. Tom since 1969, Tighe & Bond played a pivotal role in the transformation of the property. The project team aided with the decommissioning design of the property and worked to obtain a complex array of environmental and land use permits for the entire project for future industrial/commercial redevelopment.

Elliott joins Pearson Wallace

AMHERST — Caitlyn Elliott has joined Pearson Wallace as senior account executive. Elliott brings to PWI experience from both the agency and carrier side of the business, having spent time at both Plymouth Rock and Liberty Mutual Insurance.

Having grown up in Easton, Connecticut, a small farm town in Fairfield County, Elliott graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science before moving to Georgia.

She spent one year gaining experience in the financial sector, before returning to the Northeast and settling in western Massachusetts and obtaining her insurance license in 2018.

Christopher Heights welcomes Miarecki

NORTHAMPTON — Christopher Heights of Northampton, an assisted living community, recently welcomed Amie Miarecki as the new marketing and admission director.

Miarecki brings nearly 20 years of experience working in the health and human services field in both greater Springfield and greater Boston, including providing marketing, community relations, and development expertise. She will promote the company’s mission by engaging with the community and health care partners to help individuals find their next home while maintaining their independence and a dignified quality of life.

Miarecki holds a master’s degree in corporate and organizational communication with a specialization in leadership from the College of Professional Studies at Northeastern University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in sociology from University of Massachusetts Amherst.

She is the president of the Young Professional Society of Greater Springfield, a board member of the Professional Women’s Chamber, and a committee member for both the Civic and Community Engagement Committee of the Springfield City Library and the Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce Community Engagement Committee.

In addition, she holds memberships with the Hampshire County Young Professionals, Western Mass Elder Professionals Association, and the Retirement Marketing Directors Association of Western MA.

She is also a recipient of the BusinessWest 40 Under Forty Award.

Grants will provide 100,000 meals for people in region

HATFIELD — Two regional companies are providing major support…

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