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* HARRISBURG, Pa. (2/9/11)--A large basket filled with Pennsylvania goodies, including Hershey's chocolate, is headed to the Wisconsin Credit Union Foundation as payoff for a Super Bowl wager between the Pennsylvania and Wisconsin foundations, said the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association (PCUA) (Life is a Highway Feb. 8). The basket also includes a few fun items such as a Terrible Towel. The Wisconsin foundation plans to conduct an auction for the basket, with proceeds benefitting its financial literacy program. "While we are disappointed that our Steelers didn't bring the Super Bowl championship home to Pittsburgh, we are pleased that the wager we lost will help provide financial education to Wisconsin consumers through the Wisconsin Credit Union Foundation," said Jim McCormack, PCUA president/CEO. (Photo provided by the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association) … * WAUSAU, Wis. (2/9/11)--During the past month, employees such as
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these at Wausau, Wis.-based Connexus CU raised more than $700 for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life and donated more than 200 items to the Salvation Army. The money was raised through donations by employees who wanted to show their Packer pride in the form of casual days before and after playoff games and Sunday's Super Bowl XLV. The credit union also held a celebratory potluck for employees who donated cans of soup or other items on the Friday before the big game. 2011 marks Connexus' 17th year supporting the Relay. It has been the presenting sponsor for several years. Beyond the sponsorship dollars, Connexus employees raised $15,500 for the Relay last year. This year's goal is $17,000. (Photo provided by Connexus CU) … * SKOWHEGAN, Maine (2/9/11)--Joshua Lieberman, 21, who was convicted as the getaway driver in a 2008 robbery of Skowhegan-based Franklin-Somerset FCU broke his probation last week by entering a branch of the credit union and trying to get a loan--so he could pay the restitution mandated by the court for the robbery. His probation stipulated he was not to return to the credit union. Breaking probation could cost him seven years in prison under the "three strikes" rule. Lieberman said it was an honest mistake--he didn't know the branch was a Franklin-Somerset. His hearing on the matter is today (Kennebec Journal Feb. 8) … * MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (2/9/11)--North Coast CU could tell the man was not the typical depositor: he was pushing a wheelbarrow loaded down with pennies--56,600 pennies. The $566 deposit by Rand O'Donnell weighed 300 pounds. O' Donnell said he is trying to raise $1 million--in pennies--to help needy families in Mount Vernon, Wash. He already has raised more than $4,000 for the "Mountain of Hope" fund. O'Donnell hopes the fund will generate enough interest income to provide a steady revenue source for the Skagit County Community Action Agency, which helps families with emergency food, fuel and clothing (Press-Telegram Feb. 8) …


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