SPRINGFIELD — Dakin Humane Society has brought 20 beagle puppies to its Springfield facility as part of the removal of approximately 4,000 beagles housed at an Envigo RMS LLC facility in Cumberland, Virginia, where dogs were bred to be sold to labs for animal testing.
According to a press release from Dakin, the beagle transfer plan stems from a lawsuit filed in May by the Department of Justice against Envigo RMS LLC for alleged violations of the Animal Welfare Act. Federal inspections have led to dozens of violations, including findings that some dogs were “killed” without first being anaesthetized, that dogs received inadequate veterinary care and food, and that they were living in unsanitary conditions.
More than 300 people have applied to adopt one of the puppies in Dakin, and the organization is no longer taking names for adoption of the beagles.
“Summer is our busiest season when our own animal population really peaks,” Dakin’s Operations Director of Operations Karina King noted in the press release, “but it is imperative for us to be able to help our partner shelters, and in this case, the Humane Society of the United States, when they have so many animals that need help.”
SPRINGFIELD — Sam Skura has been named president of Baystate Medical Center and senior vice president of hospital operations for Baystate Health, effective Sept. 12.
A Baystate Health press release states that Skura most recently served as chief operating officer reporting to the president of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, the teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. Prior to that, he was senior vice president of ambulatory and inpatient services and chief administrative officer at the same hospital.
Prior to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Skura was vice president of clinical operations at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center; held administrative positions at Cambridge Health Alliance in Cambridge; was administrative director for Steward Health Care (formerly Caritas Christi Health Care System) in Boston; and held leadership positions at Brigham & Women’s Hospital/Partners Healthcare in Boston and Fallon Healthcare System in Worcester. According to the press release, Skura holds a master’s degree in business administration from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, a master’s degree in public health from Boston University and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Brandeis University.
WESTFIELD — Seven members of the local Civil Air Patrol squadron — including two residents of Franklin County — visited women and men of the Massachusetts Air National Guard’s 104th Fighter Wing, July 22, and learned about the F-15C fighter jets at Barnes Air National Guard Base at Westfield.
The visit was part of a routine public affairs effort by the 104th Fighter Wing to share its story with the public, according to a press release from the Civil Air Patrol. The day also served to inspire young people for aerospace careers through the cadet program.
Five Civil Air Patrol squadrons from across the state were represented at the event.
The program began with an introductory briefing by Capt. Cole “Hannibal” Skinner, one of the 104th Fighter Wing’s pilots, said the release. It included a visit to one of the hangers for a close-up view of one of the F-15s and a chance to ask questions of the aircraft’s crew chief, Technical Sgt. Jared Piubeni. Attendees also visited the flightline to watch six of the 64-foot fighters taxi and take off on their training mission.
Civil Air Patrol is the civilian voluntary emergency service of the United States Air Force, and one of its primary missions is to encourage and promote civil aviation in community space education programs. The Brig. Gene. Arthur J. Pierce Civil Air Patrol Squadron is one of two units in western Massachusetts. It meets weekly in Amherst and uses the Orange Municipal Airport to train for its emergency services role.
Four Franklin County students have been placed on the Dean’s List at Endicott College in Beverly for the spring semester.
They are: Major Engineer Nathan Mousseau, son of Stacey Mousseau and Gabriel Mousseau of Bernardston; nurse major Sydney Unaitis, daughter of Dana Unaitis and Christin Unaitis of Greenfield; Nursing Major Abigail Zeoli, daughter of Aimee Smith-Zeoli and Michael Zeoli of Sunderland; and Nursing Major Dominique Whitney, daughter of Michelle Kennedy-Whitney of Whately.
To be eligible for the Dean’s List, a student must earn a minimum of 3.5 credits, receive no letter grade lower than C, have no admissions grades, and be enrolled at least 12 credits for the semester.
AMHERST — Below is a list of Franklin County and North Quabbin students named on the Dean’s List at the University of Massachusetts Amherst for the spring semester.
To qualify, an undergraduate student must achieve an average of 3.5 points or better on a four-point scale.
Rosalie Andrea Kinsey and Noah Finnegan Walls.
Timmothy Bovino, Danielle Dustin Swan and James Gardner Teele.
Isaac Nathaniel Blodgett, Kayleigh Marie Jackman and Daniel Dongwoo Kang.
Reagan Elizabeth DuPree and Emilia Seaver.
Nicholas J Gray.
Abigail C. Antes.
Lynette Rose Lavigne.
John Colby Putala.
Kate Elizabeth Sparkle.
George John Balis, Aidan James Belanger, Lily Jo Bix-Daw, Jaida Irene Buchanan, Kasia Maria Dobosz, Deyan George Dragicevich, Nikola Dragicevich, Alison Berit Janssen, Grace Kasper, Valerie Kasper, Emily Elizabeth Menard, Camilla Novo, Nicolas Picariello, Milou Rigollaud, Kayleigh Rosanna Van De Mark, Adrian Joseph Wilson and Amelia Jane Worden.
Rebecca Elizabeth Hilyard, Karta Kaur Khalsa Jr., Amanda Melo-Nieves, Hannah Louise Muszynski, Elizaveta Leonidovna Pobezinskaya, Gaelan Peace Schildbach and Margaret Elizabeth Walsh.
Josy Lyn Hunter and Haylie Oleathia Prevett.
Paige Comtois, Gray Davidson Carroll and Emily Marie Laus.
Sophia Lily Apteker, Connor Andrew McCarthy, Austin Douglas Paine and Matthew Joseph McKay Turner.
Timothy William Chappuis, Lily Mariposa Harris-Hendry, Kiana Rochelle McGraw and Alexander Joseph Wahlstrom.
Colin Matthew Boyle, Astrid Elizabeth Conrod, Elizabeth A. Cross, Roger Alan Dirth and Aria L. Flematti.
Dylan Michael Hatch and Nathan Michael Legare.
Abigail Marie Bennett.
Liam Robert Clancy and Jordan Sierra Rice.
Jackson Robert Hicks, Liam Carl Johnson and Matthew Elliot Taylor.
Grace Olivia Lee, Hunter Frederick Lovelace, Austin Joseph Paczkowski, Benjamin Rehorka and Dylan Francis Walter.
Mitchell Kenneth Carson, Natalie Elaine Denkiewicz, Emma Louise Hagan, Ryan Michael Huit, Adrienne Marie Josephs, Ethan J. Lafleur, Alexander Felton Miller, Sophia Stilla and Grace K. Wesoloski.
Halle Maureen Beeltje, Kyle Mark Bouvier, Kiersten Olivia Callery, Andy Chapolini, Robert Campbell Crowley, Brielle Nicole Curley, Cassandra L. D’Agostino, Victoria Laura Donescu, Vasili Eliopoulos, Adrian William Gleasure, Raychel Christine Gomes, Yachen Gong, Carter Alan Gudell, Claire Marie Harrison, Nicholas Chase Harvell, Nishant Jain, Padma Priya Koppula, Justin Edward Lippert, Gina Marie Magin, Selimar Alexandra Malave-Tomei, Deanna Marie Martin, Declan Joseph McMahon, Emily Elaine Merritt, Alejandra Abigail Molina Morales, Nevaeh Noury Julia D. Oktay, Hanna Elizabeth Popov, Amber Rachele, Nimesha Ratnatunge, Dahlia Riddington, Gilbeom Seo, Kaitlyn Victoria Silva, Andrew Richard Sullivan, Kirsten Anistasia Szala-Krotkov, Justin Alexander Taylor, David Paul Thibodeau, Eric Gerald Trueswell, Jiawen Zhang and Robert Andrew Zina.
Emma Brooks, Bailey Brian Lenarczyk, Jessica Lynne Matheson, Mireya Janet Ortiz and Sean William Sturmer.
Marley Bernard and Thor Penfield Mead.
Kelsey Raskevitz Jarvis.