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* HARRISBURG, Pa. (4/1/09)--The Pennsylvania Credit Union Foundation approved a $9,500 grant to the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) for NCUF's REAL Solutions program during its board meeting Friday. The grant will fund services by REAL Solutions Field Coach Vicki Joyal, in providing expertise and support for the program in Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Credit Union Association will fund the remainder of the program, including funding for John Kebles, program manager. The grant is effective through June 1, 2010 (Life is a Highway March 31) … * ALBANY, N.Y. (4/1/09)--A team of students from Saranac Lake (N.Y.) High School captured the 2009 New York State
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LifeSmarts title by defeating 11 teams from around the state at the finals competition last week in Albany. The event is coordinated in the state by the New York Credit Union Foundation. The school's team won the championship by successfully fielding questions about real-life marketplace issues, such as personal finance, health and safety, the environment, technology, and consumer rights and responsibilities. From left are Assistant Coach Jemell Ellis-Branch, Alex Beideck, Alexandra Cummings, Mackenzie Davison, Sen. Betty Little (R-Adirondack), Brian Wolff, Team Captain Hillary Pond and Coach Tricia Preston. (Photo provided by the New York Credit Union Foundation) … * YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (4/1/09)--Associated School Employees CU (ASECU) announced Tuesday it has merged with Cavalier FCU, effective today. Members voted to approve the merger of the Youngstown, Ohio-based credit unions earlier this month. ASECU serves anyone living, working or attending school in three counties--Mahoning, Trumbull or Columbiana--in Northeast Ohio. It has more than $70 million in assets and more than 8,500 members. Cavalier, with about $20 million in assets, served employees of the GM Lordstown Complex and the communities of Lordstown and Newton Falls. ASECU will retain all of Cavalier's employees and its two Trumbull County branches. Cavalier members' accounts will become ASECU accounts. Robyn Darocha, Cavalier CEO, will continue as chief operations officer at ASECU, and ASECU President/CEO Michael Kurish will remain as CEO of the combined credit union … * HEATH, Ohio (4/1/09)--Hopewell FCU went a little further than the typical pig-kissing contests in raising funds for Operation Feed and the Food Pantry Network of Licking County. The $64.1 million asset, Heath-based credit union's fundraiser involved a smooch with a camel. Employees voted--by donating to Operation Feed--for which of their bosses had the honor. Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer Jim Johnson was selected and held an animal cracker in his mouth to entice the camel. Johnson told local media the kiss was "great" and that he'd do it again. The camel was provided by a nearby ranch. This year's fund-raising goal for 115 participating organizations is 2.4 million food item points (The Advocate March 27) …


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