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* JACKSON, Miss. (6/7/10)--Sarah Dale Simpkins, 22, of Starkdale, Miss., has been chosen as the first Young & Free Mississippi spokesperson by Credit Unions of Mississippi. As spokesperson for the state's 18 to 25 year olds, Simpkins becomes a contract employee of the Mississippi Credit Union Association (MSCUA). She will serve as a reporter and advocate for her age group, attending events and creating regular online videos and writing blogs to keep an information hub for the 25-and-younger set. "I am so impressed with the videos, blogs and posts Sarah made during the spokesperson search," said Charles Elliott, MSCUA CEO. Simpkins won the competition with 48% of the online public voting. Other finalists were Aaron Dollar, 25, of Long Beach, and Josh Butler, 24, of Byram. They will receive iPod Touches or cash for their work during the competition ... * MADISON, Wis. (6/7/10)--UW CU announced it will purchase the Equitable Bank property in Waukesha, Wis., to become the credit union's fourth branch in Milwaukee and 18th branch location in Wisconsin. "Our strong balance sheet allows us to expand service to the Milwaukee community with the purchase of a new location that will provide our more than 8,500 members and University of Wisconsin alumni living in the area with added convenience," said President/CEO Paul Kundert. UW CU will open the full-service Waukesha branch in Summer 2011. It will include drive-up lanes and surcharge-free ATMs. The credit union's purchase of the property does not include customer deposits, loans or investment center, which will remain with Equitable Bank ... * WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (6/7/10)-- Michael L. Pesta of West Pittston, Pa., died Wednesday at the age of 79. He was CEO of the UFCW FCU, Wyoming, Pa., for 29 years until his retirement in 1995. Pesta is survived by his wife, a daughter, and two grandchildren. Services were held Saturday in Exeter, Pa. (The Wilkes-Barre Times Leader June 3) ...

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