Berkshire Bank Acquires 2 Western Mass. Agencies

October 27, 2005

Berkshire Insurance Group, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hills Bancorp, Inc. in Pittsfield, Mass., has acquired the business and assets of each of MacDonald & Johnson, Inc., a full-service property and casualty insurance agency located in East Longmeadow, Mass. and Onofrey Insurance and Financial Services, Inc., an agency specializing in life, disability and health insurance products located in Springfield, Mass.

Clients of both the MacDonald & Johnson and Onofrey agencies will be served by Berkshire Insurance Group’s Longmeadow office. Frank Lombard, owner of MacDonald & Johnson, and Richard E. Onofrey, Jr., owner of Onofrey Insurance, and members of their respective staffs will relocate to that office.

Established in 1846, Berkshire Bank is one of Massachusetts’ oldest and largest independent banks and is the largest banking institution based in Western Massachusetts. The bank is headquartered in Pittsfield with branch offices serving communities throughout Western Massachusetts and northeastern New York and a representative office in New York.

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