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* MANCHESTER, N.H. (9/18/08)--The New Hampshire Credit Union League hosted its inaugural New Hampshire Credit Union/Make-A-Wish Night at
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the New Hampshire Fisher Cats vs. Connecticut Defenders baseball game recently. More than 4,500 spectators, including 400 credit union employees, friends and families attended. The event raised more than $1,600 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Hampshire. The league's 2009 fundraising goal is $150,000. It has raised more than $1 million for Make-A-Wish in the past 10 years. Pictured are from left: Front row, Wish Children Gabe and Sam. Back row: League Chairman John R. Young; Wish Children Corey and Stephanie; Jason Tremblay, Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Hampshire; and Peter Kavalauskas, president/CEO of Northeast CU and director with the foundation and league. (Photo provided by the New Hampshire Credit Union League) … * URBANA, Ohio (9/18/08)--Grimes CU and Wright-Patt CU have announced they will merge, effective Nov. 1, to better serve current Grimes CU members and the residents of Urbana, Ohio, and Champaign County. Grimes CU's board had approved the proposal and members voted in favor of the merger earlier this month. Grimes' board said the credit union needed to expand its services and product offerings to meet members' growing needs such as expanded hours and additional ATMs. "Wright-Patt also understands that homeownership is one of the primary ways our members can create long-term wealth, and this merger gives us the ability to offer members home loans such as mortgages and home equity loans," said Grimes board President Mary Kay Snyder. Wright-Patt will maintain an office in Urbana, initially at Grimes' current location, but plans to move to a more convenient, member-focused location with an ATM in front of Wal-Mart … * APPLETON, Wis. (9/18/08)--Community First CU based in Appleton has acquired Appleton-based Miller Electric CU (The Post-Crescent Sept. 17). Community First has more than $1 billion in assets. Miller Electric was $22.4 million in assets with 2,954 members, half of whom were employees of Miller Electric Mfg. and their families. The merger will provide access to more services and locations for Miller's members. All 11 of Miller Electric CU's employees were retained, and its single branch is now a Community First location … * PARCHMENT, Mich. (9/18/08)--First Community FCU, based in Parchment, Mich., was a winner of the 2008 American Graphic Design Award for its design announcing the "Tree House Club"--one of three new youth club accounts introducing members 12 and under to the value of saving money and learning responsible money management--and a new mascot, "CASH" the squirrel. First Community graphic designer Cindy Goodison was responsible for the creative direction of the project. The illustration of the mascot "CASH" was outsourced to Ken Davis, a local designer and illustrator. Of the 10,000 entries received, 15% were selected as award recipients … * VALLEY, Ala. (9/18/08)--Counterfeit checks from the Chattahoochee FCU, based in Valley, Ala., have been distributed by United Parcel ServiceS to North Carolina and California. There may more distributed in other areas, according to the Alabama Credit Union League. The checks do not have watermarks. So far, all have written for $3,800 with a check date of Sept. 10. They start with a 774506 check number. The name signed is RE Yarbrough. The account they are written on is closed. The league asked anyone receiving such checks to contact the credit union …


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