Old Country Buffet Cited as
Exemplary Employer

   The Old Country Buffet of Pittsfield is one of only sixteen businesses across the commonwealth to receive the 2003 Exemplary Employer Award by the Governor's Commission on Employment of People with Disabilities.
   Governor Mitt Romney presented the award at a ceremony at the State House in Boston to  Peter Flipse, general manager; Eddie Iodice, regional vice-president; and Carey Carrens, area representative.
   Old Country Buffet received the award because of its commitment, support and outstanding

record for hiring and maintaining more than ten individuals with a wide range of disabilities over the past eight years.
   Rick Hawes, director of Berkshire County Arc's employment division, Advantage Employment Network, and John Keegan and Cindy Busier of the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission nominated Old Country Buffet for the award. Both organizations provide job placement services to adults with disabilities in Berkshire County.
   Old Country Buffet has hired individuals with disabilities as dishwashers, food prep workers,

custodians, bakers and cashiers, often restructuring job responsibilities for some employees to ensure they could successfully manage their job responsibilities.
   The Berkshire County Arc's Advantage Employment Network is a nonprofit organization that has provided employment services to over two hundred adults with disabilities for the last fifteen years. The Rehabilitation commission is a state referral and placement agency that has been promoting the employment of adults with disabilities in Berkshire county for more than a quarter century.

AEN Spotlight Individual

   Rob Keyes has been working at the Itam Lodge for the past eight years. He is a hardworking and dedicated employee who is well liked and respected by both his employers and his coworkers.  Rob's duties include banquet set up and custodial cleaning for Itam events like bingo, weddings, proms and large parties.
   Rob thrives on a busy work schedule which often includes early morning, late night, weekend and split shift hours.  Rob is a real gentleman who is always willing to help out in any way he can. Rob has routinely worked on his days off at other worksites that were understaffed.
   Thanks for all your hard work, Rob!

The two faces of Tom

so many people at holiday time by happily playing Santa Claus at the BCARC dinner dance and at other BCARC holiday functions. As with everything Tom does, he plays Santa  willingly and very well.
   Thank you , Tom. Everyone at BCARC appreciates your efforts and your good will.

Rob Keyes

Special Recognition for a
Special Gentleman

Besides being one of Berkshire County Arc's really solid citizens, Tom Coutherut has brought immeasurable joy and happiness to

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