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Hospice of Orange and Sullivan

Receives $2500 Donation From Jeff Bank


 Jeff Bank employees presented Anthony T. Kane, chairman of Hospice of Orange & Sullivan, with a $2500 sponsorship check for the Hospice Forestburgh 5K fundraiser.  Pictured front row, left to right: Christine Olsen, accounting specialist, Anthony Kane, Abigail Opper, auditor and Claire Taggart, human resources manager; Back row: Wayne Zanetti, CEO, Renee Kortright, accounting specialist, John Russell, CFO, Jill Atkins, accounting specialist and Virginia Sanborn, controller.


The annual Hospice Forestburgh 5K starts at the intersection of Lake Joseph and Adam Roads in Forestburgh, NY, on Saturday, August 9, at 8:30 am.  Registration forms and information are available at 

 "Jeff Bank is a long time advocate of Hospice," said Jeff Bank's CEO Wayne Zanetti.  "Their work is extremely important to the families in our communities.  We're proud to do our part to support this magnanimous organization."

Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties, Inc. provides support and care for persons in the final stages of incurable disease so that they might live as fully and comfortable as possible.  The Hospice care team consists of a physician, registered nurse, home health aide, spiritual advisor, social worker and multiple volunteers.  In addition, Hospice offers bereavement and grief counseling.  For more information visit:

Salisbury Bank and the Carrot Project Finance Maple Hollow Far, and Chubby Bunny Farm 

The Carrot Project and Salisbury Bank and Trust Company are pleased to announce loans provided through the Greater Berkshire Agriculture Fund (GBAF) to two farms in Litchfield County, CT, Maple Hollow Farm and Chubby Bunny Farm.  These are the first two loans made by the GBAF to farms in Connecticut.

"Salisbury Bank is pleased to assist, through this unique program, local farm and food enterprises in need of resources to develop or improve their businesses. Helping the greater community to be economically viable is a consistent message at Salisbury and we look forward to working with additional deserving businesses in the future," said Dick Kelly, Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer for Salisbury Bank.

Maple Hollow Farm

                                                    The Steadman Family, Maple Hollow Farm.

Maple Hollow Farm is a family-owned multigenerational Christmas tree farm operated by the Steadman Family for the past 37 years in New Hartford, CT. The Farm has experienced a significant growth in sales in recent years and in order to meet the increased activity at the farm, the owners plan to upgrade the parking area and to improve the circulation for visitors to the farm. Funds from the GBAF will be used to achieve these amenities as well to purchase needed equipment to increase the efficiency of their production including a brush hog and a wreath maker. They currently use sustainable practices to manage 19 acres for Christmas tree production. The owners are pleased to work with a local funding source that is focused on meeting some of the financial challenges faced by small to mid-sized farming enterprises in the Northeast. 

During the holiday season the farm is open to the public for sales of cut-your-own Christmas trees, wreaths, hot cocoa and other holiday gift items. Business hours are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily, November 28 through Christmas Eve.


Chubby Bunny Farm

Adam Higgins, Salisbury Bank; Dan and Tracy Hayhurst, Chubby Bunny Farm; Benneth Phelps, The Carrot Project

Chubby Bunny Farm also received loan funds from the GBAF. Chubby Bunny Farm is a diversified vegetable farm in Falls Village, CT owned and operated by Dan and Tracy Hayhurst. Funds from the loan will be used to purchase specialized European-made field equipment that is an upgrade from their current equipment and will help reduce labor costs on the farm. The new equipment is ideally suited to production on a diversified farm where flexible equipment that works on a range of crops is beneficial. 

Chubby Bunny Farm is a first generation farm in its 12th year of business. Dan and Tracy are highly involved in their local community, hosting school groups and other tours and mentoring their own interns and other farmers through a local program called Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT).  The farm uses organic methods. 

Chubby Bunny Farm also opened a farm stand this year, selling products from their own farm and other area farms. The farm stand is at the corner of Undermountain Road and Cobble Road, Falls Village, CT. Visitors are advised to take Undermountain Road to reach the farm stand. Business hours are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday.

The GBAF is a joint project of The Carrot Project and Salisbury Bank and serves businesses located in the four-county region that includes Berkshire County, Massachusetts, Litchfield County, Connecticut and Columbia and Dutchess Counties in New York.


The GBAF is designed to help meet the growing demand for local food. GBAF loans can be used for working capital, capital needs such as equipment or buildings, operations, or other improvements. Financing and related business and financial technical assistance is available to farms and food enterprises using local ingredients.


For more information about the program, contact Martha Bryan at: or 413.427.3472.

The Carrot Project ( works at the forefront of change by helping to create a sustainable local farm and food economy. The Carrot Project (TCP) facilitates access to financing and business support so that today's small farm and food businesses can grow into thriving, enduring enterprises. Making long-term investments in the building blocks of the food system provides healthful food for consumers, a replenished environment, and strengthened regional and local economies.

TCP works with family farms that use sustainable growing methods, and food system businesses that sell their products locally and regionally. The Carrot Project administers four regional loan funds, in Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts and the Greater Berkshires.

Salisbury Bank Announces 2014 Scholarships 

Salisbury Bank has announced the recipients of its 2014 Annual Scholarship Program. Salisbury Bank created its Annual Scholarship Program in 2009 to assist students who have a proven financial need and who are already making a difference in their communities. Four scholarships were awarded to assist eligible students seeking a college degree in a variety of programs. The recipients are high-achieving students who possess a variety of interests, have demonstrated leadership experience, displayed consistent community involvement, and strive to make their world a better place. The 2014 Scholarship recipients include:

Patrick Purdy of Housatonic Valley Regional High School, Falls Village, CT was awarded $4,000.00. Patrick will attend the Uversity of Connecticut where he plans to study Mechanical Engineering.

Erica Sullivan of Mount Everett Regional High School, Sheffield, MA was awarded $4,000.00. Erica will attend Nichols College where she plans to study Business.

Gregory Camillone of Dover High School, Dover Plains, NY was awarded $4,000.00. Gregory plans to attend Lasell College where he will study Communications.

Andrew Coon of Webutuck High School, Amenia, NY was also awarded $4,000.00. Andrew plans to attend Cornell University where he will study Animal Science.

Applicants were evaluated according to a 100-point system that takes into account financial need, academic achievement, community service, volunteerism and leadership, as well as essay responses.  The top scorers were interviewed by the Bank's Scholarship Selection Committee. 


Study Shows Customers are Favoring Community Banks Over "Big Banks"

Consumers aren't getting any happier with their big banks. According to the latest report from the American Customer Satisfaction Index, three out of America's big four banks saw a decrease in customer satisfaction overall in 2012. More Americans are considering switching to a local bank or credit union, and with the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) announcing April as Community Banking Month, now is the perfect time to do it.

Consumers on the lookout for the best bank benefit from looking locally.

"Community banks are relationship lenders that thrive when their customers and communities do the same," says Bill Loving, chairman of ICBA, in an April 2013 press release. "Taking care of customers and looking out for the best interest of local communities is the community banking business model."

To help consumers preparing to take the leap from a national financial institution to a local one, GoBankingRates has created a guide to finding the best credit union or local bank.

Consumers can use the helpful tips included there to compare different institutions in their community to find the best bank or credit union to fit their needs. The guide includes a list of characteristics consumers should look for in a new bank, as well as a list of questions that will help them clarify what they are looking for in the best credit union or bank.

View the complete guide to finding the best local bank or credit union.


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