* HARRISBURG, Pa. (3/27/09)--John Kebles, retired president/CEO of
Choice One Community FCU, Wilkes-Barre, has been named REAL Solutions program manager in Pennsylvania, announced the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association and the Pennsylvania Credit Union Foundation (Life is a Highway
March 26). REAL Solutions is a national project of the National Credit Union Foundation. Kebles will work with credit unions to provide financial services to people struggling to save and build assets. (Photo provided by the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association) … * WARMINSTER, Pa. (3/27/09)--Freedom CU received 1,085 nominations for its 2009 Annual Voices of Inspiration Awards for Teaching Excellence. Nominations were submitted on behalf of exceptional educators in Montgomery County. Twenty-three finalists--one teacher from each Montgomery County public school districts, Montgomery County Intermediate Unit, and Montgomery County non-public school--will receive $500 and be recognized at a banquet on May 7. From those, three winners--one high school, one middle school, and one elementary school teacher--will be awarded the awards and given an additional $1,500. Also, the three schools--one in each grade level category--with the most nominations will receive cash prizes--$1,000 for the most nominations and $500 each for the runners up … * DEXTER, Maine (3/27/09)--Two men were sentenced Wednesday for forging $14,725 in stolen checks owned by a soldier serving in Iraq who had a credit union account. Duane Hyde, 37, and Robert Brammer, 29, were sentenced to two years in prison. Both men are accused of forging checks in the name of Shawn Burke, 23, who lost his life savings when his checks were stolen. Burke was serving in Iraq when the theft occurred. Burke’s account was at Maine Highlands FCU, Dexter, Maine. The credit union has refunded him $3,995 so far. Two other individuals allegedly involved in the case have not been charged (Bangor Daily News
March 26) ... * LIVE OAK, Texas (3/27/09)-- Randolph-Brooks FCU just completed its 13th Annual Credit Unions for Kids Bowl-A-Thon, raising more than $34,000 to benefit the children of South Central Texas who use the Christus Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital in San Antonio and Dell Children’s Medical Center in Austin. The Randolph-Brooks Bowl-A-Thon requires a bowling center to host the event for an entire day. This year, Fiesta Lanes in New Braunfels, Texas, hosted 69 teams of five to bowl in two shifts--morning and afternoon. A group of 14 committee members worked six months to coordinate the event, including teaming up with a long list of companies willing to offer money or in-kind goods to make the event successful and ultimately benefit the children ...