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* BEMIDJII, Md. (9/17/08)--Members of Bemidjii, Md.-based Headwaters FCU have voted to merge with TruStar FCU, a $116.3 million asset credit union based in International Falls, Minn. The board of the $11.1 million asset Headwaters said a merger would enable members to receive enhanced products and services and would strengthen its financial position (International Falls Daily Journal Sept. 16) … * HARRISBURG, Pa. (9/17/08)--The Pennsylvania Credit Union Foundation has awarded a second-year $10,000 grant to Erie FCU's community partnership for classroom financial education to 7,000 students in 75 schools within 18 school districts of northwest Pennsylvania (Life is a Highway Sept. 16). The funds are part of a $20,000 grant over two years. Financial and administrative contributions from several partners have generated an additional $138,000 to implement the program, said project coordinator Sandi Carangi, vice president of business development for Erie FCU … * PORTLAND, Maine (9/17/08)--Maine's credit unions honored 9/11 victims in their annual People Remembering and Helping People
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ceremony at the 9/11 memorial in Portland on Sept. 11. Also honored were organizations that work to protect Maine People. Checks were presented to the Emergency Food Relief Fund of Maine's five chapters of the American Red Cross. The credit unions also donated to a food pantry in each chapter. A total of $7,055 was donated. In the photo, Diana Dionne (center, holding check) of the Maine Credit Unions' Campaign for Ending Hunger poses with recipients from the Red Cross and food pantries. (Photo provided by the Maine Credit Union League) … * NAPERVILLE, Ill. (9/17/08)--The Illinois Credit Union League has hired Brad Bergmooser as compliance analyst in the Office of General Counsel. He will assume responsibility for preparing analytical reports that will be distributed to ICUL's nearly 400 member credit unions. Previously, Bergmooser served as legislative counsel for Michigan State Sen. Randy Richardville (R-17). He also worked as a deputy campaign manager when Sen. Richardville first ran for the Senate. He is also a former law clerk for the Monroe, Mich.-based Braunlich, Russow and Braunlich, PC law firm … * COTTON PLANT, Ark. (9/17/08)--Bradford Caldwell, a former Campus Credit Union Council executive director, has launched a radio station, KAPW-FM "Power 99," in Cotton Plant, Ark. The station will serve cities in East Arkansas. Caldwell, now president/CEO of Caldwell Media LLC, was in the credit union council position from 1999 to 2002. He is a credit union development educator as well as a third-generation broadcaster … * SAGINAW, Mich. (9/17/08)--Former Bay City News newsman Earl J. Perry, founder of the Bay City Times CU in Saginaw, Mich., died Thursday at his home. He was 93. Perry was the chief operating officer of the credit union and for several yuears after his retirement he continuted to head the credit union from his home. The credit union was eventually incorporated into the Communications Family CU, Saginaw. Communications Family CU has $461.6 million assets (Bay City Times Sept. 15) …


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