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Open house planned at Connellsville's historic train station

Lori Padilla | For the Daily Courier
In a special effort to share one of Connellsville’s historic treasures with the community, Somerset Trust Company will host a holiday open house at the Historic Train Station at the corner of West Crawford Avenue and Seventh Street on the West Side, 4-7 p.m. Saturday. The bank invites the public to stop by to see the local landmark decorated for Christmas.

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Residents are reminded to bring nonperishable food items to the New Haven Hose annual Christmas Parade on Saturday night. The food will be donated to Connellsville Area Community Ministries. The organization served nearly 100 more people this month and needs to keep the food pantry stocked for the busy months ahead. There will be a collection wagon in the parade and Boy Scout Troop 101 is joining with New Haven Hose to act as voluntary collectors that night. Joining the volunteer fire company in this food collection drive will be the employees of Martin's Food Market, who will walk alongside to collect food items. Connellsville Moose Club No. 16 is an important part of the collection drive again this year; members have begun accepting nonperishable items to increase the amount of donations. All of the donated items will be given to the CACM food pantry to help those in need this holiday.

By Nancy Henry
Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, 7:54 p.m.

In an effort to share one of Connellsville's historic treasures with the community, Somerset Trust Company will host a holiday open house at the Historic Train Station at West Crawford Avenue and Seventh Street on Connellsville's West Side from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday.

The bank invites the public to stop by to see the local landmark decorated for Christmas.

The Connellsville bank staff — Joe Klocek, John Malone, and the people who serve customers at the local branches in Pechin Superfoods Market and Wal-Mart, will be greeters on Saturday. Several others from the Somerset office will be there. Light refreshments and a treat for the children will be part of the festivities.

Somerset Trust Company recently completed the purchase of the historic train station. Plans for the future include renovating the property in a historically sensitive manner. Retail banking services are planned to be offered in the annex building on the site. In the main building, the bank anticipates using the space for professional services such as commercial lending, mortgage specialists, investment services and trust services. Once the building is completed, the bank hopes to have a community room area.

“We are pleased to be a part of the Connellsville area. We look forward to serving our current customers and gaining new ones by providing more convenient access to banking services. Our passion for our customers and communities where we are located is steadfast,” said G. Henry Cook, president and CEO of the bank.

Somerset Trust Company opened its first branch in the Connellsville market in early March. The bank's second branch in this area opened on Monday in Pechin Superfoods Market.

Each branch is full service, providing traditional banking services as well as specialty banking services for businesses and merchants, such as credit card processing, direct deposit of payroll and small business lending.

Both branches are open seven days.

“We are impressed with the Connellsville market and the response we received after talking with business owners and community leaders. We believe there is a strong sense of commitment to the community. Combined with our mission as a local bank, we believe a strong partnership will develop between our bank and the Connellsville area,” said Cook.

Somerset Trust Company was founded in 1889. Somerset Trust Company employs nearly 300 people and has 23 branches.

Saturday's event was planned between the already scheduled two events in town that day — the chamber's Christmas in the Park that ends at 4 p.m. and the parade that begins at 7 p.m.

The building has not been open to the public for several years.

Nancy Henry is a contributing writer.

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