September 23, 2022 By Vaseline

Business letters, September 25, 2022

WINSTED – Northwest Community Bank Foundation, Inc. is now accepting grant applications for its third cycle in 2022. Funded and organized by Northwest Community Bank and its divisions, Collinsville Bank and Litchfield Bancorp, the Foundation operates as a separate non-profit entity. The Foundation’s mission is to expand the Bank’s contributions to nonprofit agencies and organizations that serve the needs of the communities that the Bank serves.

Foundation President Stephen Reilly said: “We are delighted with the positive response we have received from non-profit organizations in our community. In our first grant cycle in 2022, we provided over $165,000 to numerous organizations, and in our second cycle this spring, we awarded an additional $104,000. We’ve seen the needs and work of so many great agencies and know the impact they can have. We anticipate that our third grant cycle in 2022 will provide many more opportunities to help and we hope organizations will submit applications to us.”

The third cycle opened on August 15; Applications are due October 1st. Northwest Community Bank Foundation grant policies and eligibility information is available at, from branch managers, or by email at [email protected]

Salisbury Bank offers a home buying seminar

LAKEVILLE – Salisbury Bank is offering a free home buying and credit seminar with six dates to choose from in the tri-state area.

Salisbury Bank Mortgage Advisors Andrea MacArthur, Jennifer Musci and Maria Seeley will discuss the basics every first-time buyer needs to know about securing a mortgage. Register at

The seminar will take place at the following locations from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m

September 27, Newburgh Office, 801 Auto Park Place, Newburgh, NY

Sept. 28, Dover Plains Office, 5 Dover Village Plaza, Dover Plains, NY

Oct. 5, New Paltz Branch, 275 Main Street, New Paltz, NY

October 12, Poughkeepsie Store, 40 Garden Street, Poughkeepsie, NY

October 19, Community Health Program (CHP) Administration Building, 444 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington, MA

October 26, Douglas Library, 108 Main Street, North Canaan, CT

The Steep Rock Association receives national recognition

WASHINGTON – The Steep Rock Association has received a renewal of its accreditation as a land trust and continues to participate in a network of over 450 accredited land trusts across the country committed to professional excellence and maintaining public trust in their conservation work.

“The renewal of our accreditation demonstrates the Steep Rock Association’s continued commitment to the continued protection of land in Washington CT and the Litchfield Hills,” said Brian Hagenbuch, Executive Director of Steep Rock. “We are a stronger organization because we have gone through the rigorous 14-month accreditation renewal process. Our strength means the special places we occupy in our community will be protected forever, making Washington an even better place to live, work and relax.”

Steep Rock provided extensive documentation and underwent an extensive third-party assessment of its finances, governance and stewardship efforts prior to receiving this award. The Land Trust Accreditation Commission issued a re-accreditation, expressing confidence that the Steep Rock lands will forever be protected.

The commission found that “the Steep Rock Association has shown an extraordinary commitment to excellence, trust and consistency in land conservation.” Accredited land trusts now manage nearly 20 million acres — the size of Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island together.

For a complete list of accredited land trusts and more information about the process and benefits, visit

Webster Bank supports local hiking trails and active communities

STAMFORD – Webster Bank was pleased to continue its presenting sponsorship of the third annual tri-state endurance event, the RiMaConn Relay, in partnership with the Hartford Marathon Foundation (HMF).

In the Aug. 27 relay race, teams of three or six runners traveled 95 miles across southern New England and spanned 21 communities in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut. The RiMaConn course takes advantage of the scenic trails of the East Coast Greenway.

Webster’s ongoing partnership with HMF was launched with Bank support at the first relay event in 2019 and continued with a family-focused touring program in 2020 when the RiMaConn relay was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Racing returned in 2021 and continued this month with a strong commitment to sustainability actions, from locally sourced food and reusable water bottles to responsibly made race shirts.

As part of its ongoing commitment to the environment, Webster Bank presented a $5,000 donation to the East Coast Greenway Alliance on August 23 in Hartford, Connecticut. This gift was made on behalf of all Webster colleagues and will support the preservation and development of safe, accessible trails that connect people to nature in 450 communities.

The East Coast Greenway Alliance supports the preservation and development of safe, accessible spaces that connect people to nature in 15 states and 450 communities, including the RiMaConn Relay trails of Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Since the season’s inaugural year, Webster has donated $10,000 to support the Greenway.

“The region’s trail systems are a treasure, and this unique event focuses on sustainable and environmentally responsible ways for hundreds of runners to experience beautiful areas they might never otherwise visit,” said Beth Shluger, CEO and founder of Hartford Marathon Foundation. “We are so grateful for Webster Bank’s continued support of the relay event and the East Coast Greenway.”

Webster again fielded a six-man team to lead the 95-mile relay. Matt Smith, Head of Digital Banking and Banking as a Service (BaaS) at Webster, served as captain and was joined by colleagues Luis Massiani, Chief Operating Officer; Jessica Croce, Compliance Manager; Nancy Feeley, Commercial Banking Portfolio Manager; Renee Robichaud, Customer Care Center and Jeff Smith, Deposit Operations Manager.