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Lakeville, CT - August 3, 2010

Instead of the traditional red ribbon for the ceremony,
Salisbury Bank used ribbon fashioned from $20 bills.
The money was then donated to the Sheffield Senior Center.

Salisbury Bank held its official ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday August 2, to celebrate the opening of its new branch office at 640 North Main Street, Sheffield, Massachusetts. The Bank relocated its former Sheffield office at 73 Main Street to this larger location one mile north on Route 7.

Celebrating this event were Richard J. Cantele, President and CEO, Georgann Farnum, Branch Manager, Jody Law, Vice President Commercial Lender, Spring Bagnall, Mortgage Originator and Meredith Tiedemann, Trust Officer. Also joining the celebration were, Rene Wood, Sheffield Selectwoman, Dave Smith Jr. Sheffield Selectman, John Arthur Miller, Director Sheffield Council on Aging and Senior Center, Beth Bartholomew, Sheffield Water Company, Tony Gulotta President Sheffield Business Association, Christine Ludwiszewski, Executive Director Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce.

Instead of the traditional red ribbon for the ceremony, Salisbury Bank used a ribbon fashioned from $20 bills. The money was then donated to the Sheffield Senior Center.

"The Sheffield Senior Center is honored to accept this donation from Salisbury Bank, which will help us in our mission to provide life-enriching activities, relevant information on issues that affect seniors and assistance in obtaining necessary services," stated John Arthur Miller, Director of Council on Aging and Senior Center.

Salisbury Bank has taken the concept of customer service to a new level, by designing the interior of the new Sheffield branch to provide an environment of comfort and professionalism for its banking customers.

Instead of a formal teller counter, customers will find individual teller stations with enhanced privacy features. A plush seating area invites customers to relax In comfortable chairs and enjoy a cup of coffee.

Rick Cantele, President and CEO of Salisbury Bank stated, "We are very excited about this design, which is a new concept in branch banking in Berkshire County. Instead of the all-too-common experience of rushing in and out as quickly as possible, we are creating a bright, warm and welcoming atmosphere where customers may choose to slow down and relax for a few minutes."

Beyond the new building and furniture, innovations include modern, energy-efficient lighting and a colorful, fresh palette of paint and carpeting. The new design was also carefully planned to improve the ability of the Salisbury staff to provide the superior service the community has come to expect from the Bank.

The office also features two drive-up teller lanes, a 24-hour drive-up ATM, night depository and a convenient self-service coin counting kiosk. The branch offers the Bank's full-line of retail and business deposit, loan and Trust and Wealth Advisory services. Branch hours will be Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to Noon. Drive-up hours will be Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to Noon.

Salisbury Bank and Trust Company is a full-service community bank headquartered in Lakeville, Connecticut and presently operates full service branches in Canaan, Lakeville, Salisbury and Sharon, Connecticut, South Egremont and Sheffield, Massachusetts as well as Dover Plains and Millerton, New York. The Bank has been serving families and businesses for 160 years and offers a full range of consumer and business banking products and services as well as trust and investment services.

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