iberkshires.com: Thursday, March 19, 2015

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. ‘ The Hoosic River Revival elected officers for its board of directors at its annual meeting recently.

Elected to serve for one year were President Judy Grinnell, founder of the River Revival; Vice President David Willette, local outdoor writer and sportman; Treasurer Bryon Sherman, accountant at Smith Watson, and Clerk Richard Doucette.

Tom Jorling, Brian Miksic and Fred Moran were each re-elected to serve three-year terms on the 17-member board. The board also elected Jake Laughner to join the board. A North Adams resident and a green business engineer with the Center for Environmental Technology, Laughner is familiar with the Hoosic River, having worked on watershed projects with the Berkshire Environmental Action Team, as well as the Hoosic River Watershed Association.

“How fortunate we are to have not only these dedicated, committed Board members but also three more outstanding community-minded people working with us on the HRR Advisory Council,” said Grinnell.

Roberta Lamb, David Crane and Chris Tremblay have joined the River Revival Advisory Council. Lifelong North Adams residents, Lamb and Tremblay both bring a variety of skills and experiences to the council. Lamb is currently communications coordinator at the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition and helps the River Revival with its social media endeavors. Tremblay, owner of Tremblay Electric, has served on the North Adams Conservation Commission and is a former North Adams city councilor. Crane is president of Excelsior Printing Co. and will provide the board with advice on best management practices.

In keeping with its growth as an organization leading the multimillion dollar restoration of the Hoosic River in North Adams, the board of directors also voted to hire a part-time administrative assistant for the Executive Committee and board subcommittees. A 2015 graduate of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Richard Doucette is a residential solar electric systems designer with Berkshire Photovoltaic Services.

In order to work more closely with the businesses and organizations in the city, the board also decided to have the Hoosic River Revival move its office to Cloud 85, the new co-working space at 85 Main St. in downtown North Adams. The openly-designed area, which was developed by the North Adams Partnership and is managed by Jeffrey Thomas, offers reserved and unreserved desk space, Internet access, conference-call capability and meeting rooms, in addition to informal access to the independent professionals and other civic organizations, like the North Adams Chamber, which are also using this space.

The Hoosic River Revival Board and Advisory Council meet the second Monday of every month from 9 to 11 a.m. in the second-floor conference room in City Hall. These meetings are open to the public.

For further information: 413-212-2996, HoosicRiverRevival@gmail.com, www.HoosicRiverRevival.org, orFacebook.