The Recorder – Regional Notebook: March 29, 2023

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Published: 3/28/2023 3:38:18 PM

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Nominations for Peacemaker Awards due April 1

The deadline to nominate teens for the 2023 Peacemaker Awards, given to students in grades eight through 12 who have been leaders in reconciliation and justice initiatives, is April 1. The awards are offered through the Traprock Center for Peace and Justice and the Interfaith Council of Franklin County.

Teachers, advisors and community members can nominate teens, individuals or groups for the Peacemaker Awards. Applications are available at

The awards ceremony will take place at Stoneleigh-Burnham School, 574 Bernardston Road in Greenfield, on Thursday, May 18, at 7 p.m.

Applications for Thomas W. Merrigan Scholarships due April 1

April 1 is the deadline for Thomas W. Merrigan Scholarships presented by the Franklin County Bar Association Community Fund. Two scholarships, each worth $1,000, will be presented to essay contest winners.

Scholarship applications can be found on the Franklin County Bar Association’s website,

The scholarships are awarded as part of the annual American Bar Association Law Day, which will be celebrated locally on Monday, May 1, at 10 a.m. in the Jury Pool Room of the Franklin County Justice Center, 43 Hope St. The event will include a panel discussion with representatives from the three branches of government.

Advance registration is also open for the May 22 Thomas W. Merrigan Golf Tournament, which raises money for the scholarships. The event will be held at the Crumpin-Fox Club in Bernardston. To register, visit

A.K. Warner Trust Fund scholarship applications due April 9

Applications for A.K. Warner Trust Fund scholarships are due April 9.

The fund was established under the will of Anson K. Warner to provide assistance to Greenfield residents between the ages of 14 and 20 years old who are in need of financial support, according to a notice from A.K. Warner Trust Fund Secretary Marilyn Hannan. Scholarships are awarded for the purpose of paying board or tuition, or to buy books or other materials needed for education.

The trustees, elected by Greenfield residents, meet annually to determine the scholarship recipients.

Interested students may pick up an application in the Guidance Department of any Franklin County public or private school.

Celebration planned to honor late congressman

AMHERST — A public celebration in memory of former Congressman John W. Olver will be held on Sunday, April 16, at the Olver Design Building at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The ceremony will begin at 1 p.m., with a reception to follow.

Baystate Medical Center opens new operating rooms, interventional suites

SPRINGFIELD — Baystate Medical Center has unveiled its new operating rooms and interventional suites featuring the latest technological advances. The new facility is also designed to streamline patient flow and provide more space for surgeries and procedures.

The $170 million project replaces operating rooms built 40 years ago in the hospital’s Daly Building. The 72,000-square-foot facility will feature 24 total operating rooms that are twice the size of the former rooms; eight total heart and vascular and neuro interventional procedure rooms; and 80 prep/recovery bays.

The interventional suites will meet the needs of cardiac and neurological procedures. New imaging and catheter-based technology will be used to minimize open surgery and to optimize procedures that involve the heart and brain.

The eight new labs also have integrated the hospitals’ imaging storage into the procedure rooms, allowing the cardiologist to integrate multiple images from CT, MRI and Echo with the fluoroscopic images. New software upgrades also allow for the 3D construction of models of the heart and brain. Additionally, the hospital invested in the newest electrophysiology software, allowing for the more accurate diagnosis and treatment of abnormalities in the electrical conduction of the heart.

For those waiting for news about a patient, there will be enhanced patient/family communication via new electronic communication boards in the waiting area, as well as the introduction of a web/cell-based app that will track their progress and provide up-to-date information during procedural/surgical intervention.

Pre- and post-op space has been designed to provide more privacy for the patient and to better accommodate families, caregivers and significant others to be present during those phases of care.

For a video look at the new operating rooms and interventional suites, visit

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