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* NILES, Mich. (11/3/08)--Two men pleaded guilty to armed robbery at a credit union in which a third robbery suspect was killed during a gunfight with a guard (wsjm.com Oct. 30). The men, Travis Lamar Curry and Glenn Maurice Porter, both 22 and from Indiana, pleaded guilty to bank robbery and weapons charges stemming from the Jan. 18 robbery of the Niles, Mich. branch of St. Joseph, Mich.-based Berrien Teachers CU. Devarence Kimbrough, the third suspect, was shot twice and died in surgery afterward. Porter was also wounded in the gunfire exchange (News Now June 20). Curry and Porter will be sentenced in federal court on Dec. 5 … * WHITE HALL, Mich. (11/03/08)--HarborLight CU, Whitehall, Mich., has teamed up with Montague High School to open the first White Lake area student-run credit union branch. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Oct. 16. The branch will have several student-employees selected by the school principal and Sheryl Hogle, HarborLight CU’s youth educator. The credit union has been involved with area school systems by conducting classroom presentations on financial education for the past several years. Here, HarborLight CEO Linda Wood completes the first transaction with student teller Alaina Moreau (Photo provided by HarborLight CU) ... * SOUTH JERSEY, N.J. (11/03/08)--Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-2), a credit union supporter, met with the Shore and South Jersey chapters of the New Jersey Credit Union League last week (Weekly Exchange Oct. 27). He is a co-sponsor of the Credit Union Regulatory Improvements Act. He is favored to win an eighth term Tuesday, said the league. At the meeting, LoBiondo discussed the economy and the government’s efforts to stabilize the markets. Pictured are: Steve Schlundt, president, Atlantic City Firemen’s FCU and league board chairman; Carol Muessig, South Jersey Chapter president and president of Bay Atlantic FCU; Paul Gentile, league president/CEO; LoBiondo; and John DiNofrio, director, Jersey Shore FCU and league director. (Photo provided by the New Jersey Credit Union League) ... * PITTSFIELD, Mass. (11/3/08)--Greylock FCU has committed $90,000 to support fuel assistance and senior nutrition programs in Berkshire
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County, Mass. The funds will be provided to Berkshire Community Action Council (BCAC) for its fuel assistance fund and to Elder Services of Berkshire County for its "Meals on Wheels" program. The five-year pledges by Greylock will steer $18,000 annually to the two programs. Greylock President Angelo Stracuzzi said the $1 billion asset credit union made the multi-year pledges because of the difficult economy and the missions of the two agencies. The credit union boosted its commitment "knowing that the rocky economic times may hit many families for months or even years to come," he said. From left are: Don Atwater, executive director, BCAC; Stracuzzi; and Robert Dean, executive director, Elder Services. (Photo provided by Greylock FCU) …


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