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* TACOMA, Wash. (9/8/09)--Tacoma-based Sound CU and MilePost CU announced Wednesday that MilePost has merged into Sound to allow "new opportunities for growth" and to "enhance the range of branch locations and services available" to members. The merger was completed Aug. 31. Sound CU is now a $477 million asset credit union with 47,000 members served by 12 branches in Pierce, Thurston and King counties (The News Tribune Sept. 3) … * Meridian, Miss. (9/8/09)--Police were looking for a man with the letters "D.A." tattooed on his upper right arm after he was videotaped Aug. 24 staking out an ATM at Meridian Mutual FCU and attacking it with a crowbar. He left empty-handed. A sign on the machine warns ATM users that their actions are being taped (Associated Press Newswires Sept. 3) … * MERIDEN, Conn. (9/8/09)--Connecticut credit unions expect more than 350 students from seven schools to participate
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in a statewide Financial Reality Fair at the State Capitol on Nov. 4, said the Credit Union League of Connecticut. In 2009, credit unions working cooperatively focused on improving youth financial literacy through the fairs offered to high schools. The students "live on their own" on hypothetical but realistic budgets based on their selected occupation and make choices in lifestyle categories such as housing, transportation and recreation. "I can't think of a better way to involve our youth in learning to understand and manage their finances than putting them through such a practical lifestyle exercise," said league President/CEO Tony Emerson. Legislators and other government officials will observe, and a representative of the National Credit Union Foundation REAL Solutions program will attend. In the photo, students discuss lifestyle choices at a booth during a recent fair. (Photo provided by the Credit Union League of Connecticut) … * DULUTH, Ga. (9/8/09)--More than 250 people, representing 17 credit unions, raised $70,000 for Children's Miracle Network at the Greater Atlanta Credit Union Chapter's seventh annual Bowl-a-Thon in Decatur, Ga. The event was orchestrated by a committee of credit union employees and supported by 24 sponsors. The funds will benefit the Asthma Center at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Nationwide, credit unions have raised more than $63 million since 1996 through the Credit Unions for Kids program. In the Atlanta area, credit unions have contributed more than $900,000 for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta … * LOUISVILLE, Ky. (9/8/09)--Robert "Abe" Lincoln, 78, of Summerfield, Fla., died Aug. 27. He was former CEO of L&N FCU and Autotruck FCU in Louisville, Ky., before moving to Gainesville, Fla., to become president of Florida CU. During his credit union career, he was author of an international newsletter, "A Point of Order." He is survived by his wife, two children, and a stepgrandson. Funeral services are Sept. 25 at the Florida National Cemetery (The Courier-Journal Sept. 3) …


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