Merchants Bank donates $50,000 to help Vermonters heat homes

first_imgMerchants Bank donates $50,000 to help Vermonters heat homesSOUTH BURLINGTON, VT -Thomas S. Leavitt, Executive Vice President forMerchants Bank has announced that Merchants Bank and Merchants Bank Foundation are providing a total of $50,000 to support fuel assistance programs in Vermont. Fifteen thousand dollars will be granted to the CVPS SHARE HEAT program and $35,000 will be granted to Vermont’s six Community Action Agencies. The contribution is part of an effort by Merchants Bank to help Vermonters heat their homes this winter and rise to the challenge of higher fuel costs.The six agencies receiving contributions from Merchants Bank include BROC Community Action in Southwestern Vermont (Bennington and Rutland Counties), Central Vermont Community Action Council (Lamoille, Orange and Washington Counties), Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (Addison, Chittenden, Franklin, and Grand Isle Counties), Northeast Kingdom Community Action (Caledonia, Essex and Orleans Counties), and Southeastern Vermont Community Action Council (Windham and Windsor Counties).”This is another Merchants Bank Vermont Matters initiative. Our company is pleased to be in a position to support Vermonters in a challenging economic climate. Merchants Bank has a 159 year tradition of serving Vermont’s communities. This is a meaningful way of partnering to provide important assistance,” commented Leavitt.”As one of our Vermont Matters initiatives, this commitment is part of a larger program of service. Merchants Bank branches and employees statewide find ways to make a difference every week,”said Doreen Allen, Merchants Bank Community Reinvestment Act Officer and Northfield Branch President.Vermont Matters! Merchants Bank strives to provide funding to support organizations with programs and services throughout Vermont that help meet basic needs; advance environmental initiatives, energy efficiency and awareness; and promote community enrichment through local sports related initiatives.The continuing mission of Merchants Bank is to provide Vermonters with a state-wide community bank that blends a strong technology platform with a genuine appreciation for local markets. Merchants Bank fulfills this commitment through a branch-based system that includes 36 community bank offices and 44 ATMs throughout Vermont, Personal Bankers dedicated to top-quality customer service and streamlined solutions, including: Personal Banking with CashRewards Checkingsm, Free Checking for Life(r), a low-cost Money Market Account, Free Online Banking and Bill Pay, Overdraft Coverage, Direct Deposit, Free Debit Card, and Free Automated Phone Banking; Business Banking with Rewards Checking for Business, Business Online Banking and Bill Pay, Business Lines of Credit and Merchant Card Processing; Small Business Loans; Health Savings Accounts; Credit Cards; Flexible Certificates of Deposit; Vehicle Loans; Home Equity Credit; and Home Mortgages. Visit for more information. Merchants’ stock is traded on the NASDAQ National Market system under the symbol MBVT. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.###last_img read more

Rodgers tips Benteke to boost Liverpool’s attacking threat

first_imgLiverpool manager Brendan Rodgers hopes the imminent arrival of Christian Benteke will instantly boost his side’s firepower.Press Association Sport understands the Aston Villa striker will undergo the first part of a two-stage medical with Reds team doctor Andy Massey, who flew in from Adelaide after leaving the club’s pre-season tour early, in London on Monday afternoon with the process continuing on Tuesday.Rodgers made the Belgian his primary target after watching Liverpool score just 52 times in the Premier League last season – down from 101 the previous campaign when Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge almost fired them to the title.On Sunday, Liverpool concluded negotiations on a payment structure which will see them pay £16million up front and the remainder of his £32.5million release clause over the length of his contract.”It was just clear we needed to score more goals,” said Rodgers in quotes reported in the Liverpool Echo. “A few years ago we needed to improve our goal tally and we did that and it gave the team a little bit of profit. I feel it was the same this summer.”We were down on our goals. Overall it is the balance we need to improve offensively and defensively and the players that will contribute to both.” The capture of Benteke is seen as a show of support for the manager from owners Fenway Sports Group after a robust end-of-season review of a sixth-placed finish resulted in the sacking of assistant manager Colin Pascoe and first team coach Mike Marsh’s contract not being renewed.England Under-19 manager Sean O’Driscoll, former midfielder Gary McAllister and academy coach Pepijn Lijnders have been added to the backroom staff while there has been significant recruitment on the playing side.Brazil international Roberto Firmino, who will become the club’s second-most expensive signing after arriving in a £29million deal from Hoffenheim, will be at the club’s Melwood training ground on Wednesday to begin preparations for the new season.He and compatriot Philippe Coutinho have been on extended leave after their involvement in the Copa America but will not meet up with the rest of the squad until they return after a friendly in Kuala Lumpur on Friday. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more