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* MADISON, Wis. (12/18/07)--Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz will be at UW CU today to acknowledge its Monroe Street branch's "Silver" certification from U.S. Green Building Council in Washington, D.C. The branch is the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified credit union in the Midwest. PLANNING Design Build, the architect/builder, said the building has daylighting in 90% of the retail areas, uses 40% less water; and recycles more than 95% of construction waste. Its reflective roof reduces the urban heat island effect, and the branch is located near a bike path for alternate transportation. Paul Kundert, president/CEO of UW CU, also noted it offers environmentally friendly services such as electronic statements and a free shredding service each spring … * KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (12/18/07)--A fake dynamite stick was the weapon used in a robbery Friday afternoon at Covenant Health FCU, Knoxville, Tenn. A man in a navy jumpsuit, orange vest and glasses went up to the teller and placed the fake dynamite on the counter and demanded money before fleeing on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. The incident occurred at 4 p.m. Police are treating the matter as a bomb threat robbery (WVLT and WBIR.com Dec. 14). * COLUMBIA, Md. (12/18/07)--Sharon Sykes has accepted the position of vice president of marketing at the Maryland and District of Columbia Credit Union Association. Her position will be effective Jan. 2 (Focus Newsletter Dec. 17). Sykes will report to Chief Services Officer Paul Rosenberger and will be responsible for cooperative advertising, the association's website, and marketing the association and its services. She previously served as vice president of marketing at State Employees’ CU in Lithicum, Md., and marketing manager at Tower FCU in Annapolis Junction, Md. … * FARMERS BRANCH, Texas (12/18/07)--Sherry Beach, former president of Amoco Houston FCU--now BP FCU--died Dec. 14. She was described as a strong, compassionate woman who dedicated her life to credit unions (LoneStar Leaguer Dec. 17). Beach served as CEO of Amoco Houston FCU from 1980 to 1993. During that time, she also served on the board of directors for Texas Shared Guarantee, a private share insurer, until private insurance was discontinued in Texas. She was active in the Houston Chapter of Credit Unions, holding various positions on the chapter board for 10 years. She also was a supporter of the Children’s Miracle Network …


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