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September 15, 2013

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LAWRENCE — Merrimack Valley Federal Credit Union has had so many people from around the Merrimack Valley opening accounts with free checking and loans with low interest rates that it has now grown to a half-billion in assets, making it one of the largest credit union in Massachusetts. The Merrimack Valley Federal Credit Union is a $505 million asset not-for-profit community credit union serving anyone who lives, works or worships in the Merrimack Valley region with branch locations in Haverhill, Lawrence, Methuen, and North Andover, and Plaistow.

SALEM — The Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the 2013 Academic Scholarships Recipients and Interview Challenge Winners. Each year the Chamber’s Scholarship Committee awards three scholarships, based on academic achievement, community activity, and an essay submission, to students affiliated with the Chamber of Commerce. This year’s scholarship winners are: Meghan Cole and Daniel Cannone, both of Windham, and Kate Ward of Hampstead. Cannone, as the highest scoring high school student, was recognized with the Ray Landry Memorial Scholarship and Ward, as a continuing college student, received the Nancy M. Carney College Scholarship. The Interview Challenge program, run by the Chamber’s Business Education Collaborative, allows for area high school students to practice their interview and presentation skills as they compete in three rounds of interviews. This year’s winners are: Rasheed Adigun of Salem (first place), James Klaassens of Windham (second place), and Benjamin Bedard of Pelham (third place). The winners were honored at a special Student Recognition Reception, held at the Black Water Grill on May 9. They were also recognized at the 16th Annual Taste of Greater Salem Restaurant Expo, which helps fund the programs, on May 15, held at the Atkinson Resort and Country Club. The Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce is a partnership of business and professional individuals working together to build a healthy economy and improve the community’s quality of life. The Chamber is organized to represent the concerns of business people, foster an environment to promote business relationships, and support community involvement in the region. For more information, visit gschamber.com or call 603-893-3177.

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