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Pittsfield: Holding company adds to bank board

Berkshire Hills Bancorp, Inc., Berkshire Bank's holding company, has added a new director and a director nominee to the boards of both organizations.

John W. Altmeyer was appointed a director on March 18. He has served since 1997 as president and chief executive officer of Carlisle Syntec, Inc., in Carlisle, Pa. Carlisle Syntec, a roofing manufacturer, is a key segment of Carlisle Cos., a New York Stock Exchange-listed company. Prior to joining Carlisle in 1987, he was employed by Syracuse-based Carrier Corp. Altmeyer has served as a director since 1992 of Beacon Federal Bancorp, Inc. which was acquired by Berkshire in October 2012.

Laurie Norton Moffatt will be a director nominee to stand for election at the 2013 Annual Meeting of Stockholders. She currently serves as the director and chief executive officer of the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge. An active community leader, she is a founder of 1Berkshire and the Berkshire Creative Economy Council and currently serves as a trustee of Berkshire Health Systems.

Lenox: Engineers hold network dinner meeting

The Berkshire Section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers will hold a network dinner meeting on Thursday, April 18 at Jae's Asian Bistro on 55 Pittsfield-Lenox Road.

"Patents -- A New Age" will begin at 6 p.m. Dinner takes place at 7 p.m., following by a presentation from attorney Al Reinhart, an IEEE senior life member. The reservation deadline is Monday, April 15.

The price for IEEE members and one guest is $20 per person. The cost for non-members is $40 per person. The presentation is free for those who don't eat dinner. Reservations/inquiries: Richard Kolodziejczyk, (413) 655-2623,

Lenox: Cranwell ballroom renovation is complete

The Cranwell Resort, Spa & Golf Club has finished a complete makeover of the historic ballroom housed in the resort's 1897 Gilded Age Mansion.

The 3,025-square-foot space was completely renovated to complement the natural surroundings of the Berkshires. New columns of draper frame the 12-foot windows, while the new carpet design incorporates modernized organic forms in brown, gold and silver-blue. Chandeliers with strings of crystals complement the new cove-lit, dimmer-controlled ceiling that is 16-feet high.


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