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* SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (4/11/11)--An ATM belonging to South Carolina FCU in Summerville sustained $3,000 in damage after someone used a blow torch to try to break into the machine on April 5. A similar incident was reported to police by a local bank on April 4. Police, on arrival, found five burn holes and melted plastic around the lock of the ATM's access door. The would-be thief was unable to breach the door of the ATM's steel safe. A temperature alarm on the machine did not activate because the culprit used a small torch. The incident was discovered by a contractor who maintains the machine (abcnews April 7) … * ALBANY, N.Y. (4/11/11)--Teens from Pittsford Mendon High School beat nine other high school teams to capture the 2011 New York State LifeSmarts Championship in Schenectady, N.Y. The event is coordinated in New York State by the New York Credit Union Foundation as an educational opportunity for students in grades 6-12. Runner up was Smithtown High School West. Shown here with Diane Lavigna-Wixted, left, foundation executive director, and former WRGB-TV anchor and quiz master Jack Aernecke, right, are, from left, winners Kylie Ryan, Denver Rawlins, Allison Hallock, Team Captain Stefan Styk; and Steven Pan. (Photo provided by the New York Credit Union Foundation) … * ALBANY, N.Y. (4/11/11)--National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) Board Chair Debbie Matz will address credit union leadership at the Credit Union Association of New York's 2011 Annual Meeting and Convention on June 3 at the Conference Center at Lake Placid, N.Y. Matz will discuss the agency's ongoing efforts to reform the credit union system and provide an update on key regulatory issues. The theme of the June 2-5 meeting and convention will be Credit Unions: Standing Tall … * VACAVILLE, Calif. (4/11/11)--Travis CU was presented the Seven Seals Award by the California Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) at a brief ceremony March 21 at the Travis Regional Armed Forces Committee luncheon. The award, named for the heraldry seals of the seven military services, recognizes efforts by citizens, businesses and organizations whose actions have helped reservists in all branches. Patsy Van Ouwerkerk, CEO of the Vacaville, Calif.-based, $1.8 billion asset credit union, signed a Statement of Support for the National Guard and Reserve prior to the award presentation. From left are Van Ouwerkerk; Andrew C. Wiktorowicz, California state chairman, ESGR; and Robert Anderson, Region 1 chair Northern California, ESGR. (Photo provided by Travis CU) …


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