Pittsfield: New cardiologist joins BMC staff

Dr. Andrew Potash, a board certified and fellowship trained cardiologist with specialization in electrophysiology, has joined the medical staff of Berkshire Medical Center, and the cardiology services at BMC physician practice.

Potash specializes in the placement of cardiac pacemakers and in diagnostic cardiac catheterization. He is partnered with Drs. Jeffrey Leppo, Kyle Cooper, Kristen Currie, David Finck, Peter Hahn, Douglas Herr, William Levy, Lisa Massie, Mara Slawsky and Georgianne Valli-Harwood at Cardiology Services at BMC.

Potash is board certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease. He was fellowship trained in cardiovascular disease at St. Louis University Medical Center and in electrophysiology and pacing at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Potash received his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia.

Stockbridge: Ballantine joins conservation group

Joanna S. Ballantine has joined the Trustees of Reservations as regional director serving the Berkshires, Pioneer Valley and Central Massachusetts, the nation's oldest statewide land conservation organization has announced.

A native of Amherst, Ballantine will be based at the Trustees' offices in Stockbridge and Holyoke, where she will oversee field staff and properties in the areas under her jurisdiction.

A conservationist and outdoor enthusiast, Ballantine served as executive director of the Western Massachusetts-based Harold Grinspoon Foundation before joining the Trustees. While heading the HGF, Ballantine worked regionally, nationally and in Israel.

Ballantine holds a bachelor of arts degree from Hampshire College, a master's degree from Baltimore Hebrew University, and an MSW from the University of Maryland at Baltimore. She lives in Amherst with her husband, Clay, and their two children.

Great Barrington: BRIDGE to hold 5th anniversary

Multicultural BRIDGE will hold its fifth year anniversary
celebration on Saturday, April 20 at Crissey Farms on Stockbridge Road. The event begins at 6 p.m.

The semi-formal event will include a variety of exciting and fun activities, while also providing attendees with the opportunity to learn more information about the goals and achievements of BRIDGE as a non-profit organization.

Tickets are $35 for members, and $45 for non-members. To RSVP, either email bdayparty@multiculturalbridge.org, or call (413) 274-1001 by Monday, April 1.