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Berkshire Bank to buy out Commerce Bank, bolster Eastern Mass presence

PITTSFIELD —  Berkshire Bank's holding company has reached an agreement to purchase Commerce Bankshares Corp. of Worcester, a $209 million all-stock transaction that will strengthen the bank's presence in Eastern Massachusetts.

The purchase also will allow the Pittsfield financial institution to move its corporate headquarters to Boston by the end of this year.

But officials said that doesn't mean the county's largest bank is pulling up stakes in Pittsfield. While Berkshire Bank will open a corporate headquarters office in Boston, its operational headquarters will remain at its current location on 99 North St.

"Locating our corporate headquarters in Boston will not take us away from our roots in Berkshire County," said Berkshire Bank CEO Michael P. Daly. "We remain committed to all of our employees, customers, and communities."

"Boston is the largest city in our footprint," said Sean A. Gray, chief operating officer of Berkshire Bank. "To have an executive office down there that we have accessibility to with greater access to transportation, and with all of our regulators there and the government leaders for the state of Massachusetts there, it just makes sense.

South County residents asked to conserve water due to flooding on Meramec River

SOUTH ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – The flooding is having an impact on drinking water in south St. Louis County.  Missouri American Water is asking customers to conserve water.  The call for conservation is due to flooding on the Meramec River may force the company to shut down its South County Plant, which takes in water from the Meramec.

The concern is that cresting water levels will top the pump intakes at the plant forcing a shutdown of the plant.  If that occurs, some customers may experience low pressure.

As precaution Missouri American Water has taken steps to transfer water from other plants to provide safe drinking to its customers.

The conservation effort is expected to last at least through Saturday.

The affected area includes the following South St. Louis County cities, generally south of interstate 44, which are served by our South County Water Treatment Plant:

Fenton Mehlville Oakland Lemay Marlborough