Area briefs

Minster Bank acknowledged

MINSTER — Minster Bank, with a branch in Troy, has recently been recognized by two independent organizations as a top performing community bank. Each ranking is based on a defined set of criteria that contribute to the soundness of the financial institution. American Banker magazine, for the sixth year ranked Minster Bank as one of its top community banks and thrifts in the nation. Of the 200 institutions making the distinguished 2014 list, Minster Bank ranked 14th based on its three year average return on equity (ROE) of 14.24 percent. And, Seifried and Brew, a leading community bank risk management firm, named Minster Bank in its 2014 Top 15th Percentile of Community Banks. To gain entry into this distinguished ranking, the bank demonstrated exemplary performance of balancing risk and reward based on the bank’s S&B Total Risk/Return Composite Ranking.

Commenting on the recognitions, Minster Bank CEO, Mark Henschen said, “It has always been the goal of Minster Bank to provide sound performance for its customers and shareholders. Throughout its 101 year history, the bank has taken very seriously its responsibility to safeguard the assets its customers entrust to its care, while maximizing our shareholders’ return on their investment. We remain committed to our principles of safety and soundness and are pleased that independent organizations such as the two listed here confirm that as an institution we are a banking industry leader.”

Minster Bank, a local community bank, is headquartered in Minster, Ohio, and has offices located in Minster, New Bremen, St. Marys, Sidney, Troy, Wapakoneta, and Vandalia Loan Production Office. Visit to learn more about Minster Bank.

Veterans to tell their story

PIQUA — Seven World War II Veterans will tell their compelling stories of courage, honor and strength during a special event at Edison Community College’s Piqua campus at 11:3 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 15.

As members of the Greatest Generation, these World War II veterans scheduled to tell their stories to Miami Valley audiences are eager to make their voices known: Robert Tweed, Harry Christy, Marion Adams, Les Edsall, Bill Brower, Harry Ashburn, and the sole female and oldest of the group Nadine Nagle, 96.

These veterans were active in the Battle of the Bulge, Dachau, the Beaches of Normandy, Stalag VII-A, POW camps in Poland and Germany, the Philippines, and ferrying military as a WASP pilot.

Local group Thienn Snipps is preparing World War II music for the event and will perform a mini concert from 11:30 a.m. until noon, with speakers immediately following.

The coordinator of the event, Dr. Vivian Blevins, is asking community members, school children, and area college students to submit words of appreciation to these veterans. Her goal is to collect 500 letters or cards to be delivered to the speakers on the day of the program.

Letters may be sent via U.S. Mail to Vivian Blevins at 1973 Edison Drive, Piqua, OH 45356, or emailed to<>.

Dunivan named to dean’s list

MOON TWP, Pa. — Robert Morris University congratulates Leah K. Dunivan of Troy, for being named to the spring 2015 dean’s list.

Leah is majoring in finance at Robert Morris University.