New doctor joins Barrington Family Medicine on State Rd.

Dr. John Paul Hickey has joined Barrington Family Medicine. He will join Dr. Susan Thompson in the primary care practice at 63 State Road.

Hickey is board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He received his medical education at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, School of Medicine, and his post-doctoral training at Saint Vincent's Hospital and Medical Center in New York City. He holds a Master of Public Health degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health.

Hickey most recently served as associate director of HIV Medical Affairs for Gilead Sciences in Foster City, Calif. He has also held several medical positions in New York.

Porchlight to begin six-week falls prevention program

With the help of a $6,000 grant from the Central Berkshire Fund of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, Porchlight VNA/Home Care will begin serving the Berkshires with its falls prevention program, "Moving In Time."

The grant was awarded to engage seniors living in seven specific hilltowns of Western Massachusetts: Becket, Cummington, Dalton, Hinsdale, Peru, Washington and Windsor.



SBA recognizes Berkshire Bank as top lender in Vermont

The United States Small Business Association has recognized Berkshire Bank as having made the most guaranteed loans within Vermont during the fiscal year that ended on Sept. 30, 2015.

According to the SBA's Vermont District office, Berkshire made 68 guaranteed loans, and played a key role in supporting various programs.