Woodcome Appointed to Hometown Bank Board of Directors

OXFORD, MA – Edward L. Woodcome, President of Woodcome Insurance Agency, 166 Hamilton Street, Leominster, has been appointed a Director of Hometown Bank, according to Board Chair Jeanne L. Katrenak.

“We are delighted to welcome Ed to the Board as we prepare to open our Leominster branch office,” said Katrenak. “Ed has been servicing the insurance needs of Central Massachusetts for over thirty years and brings a wealth of business knowledge and expertise to the Hometown Bank team.”

Woodcome is well known in the Leominster market as an insurance expert, community activist, sportsman, golfer, friend and neighbor. In May, 2014 he was elected a Corporator of Hometown Community Bancorp, MHC. He has been married to his wife, Sue for 32 years and has three grown children.

Hometown Bank is a $395 million mutual bank with offices in Athol, Auburn, Oxford, South Lancaster and Sturbridge and two offices in Webster. The Bank is opening its eighth location at 9 Sack Boulevard in Leominster, with a grand opening celebration slated for Saturday, October 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and a special ribbon-cutting ceremony scheduled for 10 a.m. The event, which is free and open to the public, will include entertainment, giveaways and refreshments.

Hometown Bank Announces Everyday Hometown Hero for September

OXFORD, MA – In every community, there is a go-to person who always seems to have just the right answer when you need information. In the town of Brookfield, that person is our Everyday Hometown Hero for September, Peter Martell.

For the second month in a row, our committee has selected an honoree from this small town with a population of just over 3,000. And like our August honoree, Donna Lafleur, who nominated him, this month’s Hometown Hero is heavily invested in the town’s fire department and emergency medical service.

Peter Martell pretty much exemplifies the term “public servant.” He started his volunteer service as head of the town’s Civil Defense Department at the age of 19. He went on to join the volunteer fire department and the emergency medical squad and later studied to become a paramedic. Martell is now Chief of the all-volunteer fire department, Captain of the ambulance squad and is still involved in Civil Defense, now called Emergency Management, as its Deputy Director.

According to Lafleur, “everyone knows if they need help, they can call on Peter and it will be done right. He has spent many nights alone in the station during bad weather just in case the radio goes down. He works long hours and covers for other EMTs when they are not available.” Whenever the community’s reverse 911 system is activated during weather emergencies, it is usually Peter’s voice that residents hear on the other end of the line. He also writes a column for the Brookfield Citizen, the town’s all-volunteer monthly newspaper, to keep residents informed about the fire department.
Martell helps to organize the Toys For Joy program for Brookfield and has delivered toys to area children at Christmas for many years. “He has a very generous heart,” adds Lafleur. “I have seen him checking in on families that had a loved one taken to the hospital to see if they needed anything. Pete has delivered food for patients that are housebound and has checked in on patients that just needed a little help, but didn’t want to go to the hospital. He does all of this silently, without telling anyone or asking for thanks.”

In short, Peter Martell has dedicated his life to helping the residents of Brookfield and we are all the richer for his selfless actions. In addition to the $100.00 honorarium that comes with being a Hometown Bank Everyday Hometown Hero, a donation in that amount has been made in his honor to the Brookfield Fire Department.

Hometown Bank is a $395 million mutual bank with branch offices in Athol, Auburn, Leominster, Oxford, South Lancaster, Sturbridge and two locations in Webster. To nominate an Everyday Hometown Hero from your community, visit the Hometown Bank website at www.hometowncoop.com.

Hometown Bank Announces Staffing for New Leominster Branch Office

OXFORD, MA – Hometown Bank President and CEO Michael D. Hewitt has announced the appointment of two local banking professionals to manage the Bank’s new office at 9 Sack Boulevard, Leominster, which is slated to open in mid-October.

Donna M. Daigle, of Lunenburg, has been appointed branch manager. A banking professional with more than 30 years experience, Ms. Daigle was most recently assistant vice president and store manager for TD Bank’s Fitchburg store, where she was the winner of the 2013 CEO Leadership Award. She is a director and secretary of the Friends of the Fitchburg Senior Center, serves on the committee for the Fitchburg Civic Days and is a member of the North Central Chamber of Commerce. She may be reached by calling (508) 499-1898 or by email: ddaigle@hometowncoop.com.

Cynthia J. Walker has been appointed assistant branch manager. A 30-year banking professional with a strong customer service orientation, Ms. Walker was branch supervisor for TD Bank’s Fitchburg store, where she was also a recipient of the CEO Leadership Award. She and her husband, Kit, reside in Fitchburg and have four children. She may be reached by calling (508) 499-1898 or by email: cwalker@hometowncoop.com.

“We are so happy to have Donna and Cynthia join the Hometown Bank family,” says Hewitt. “Both of these individuals are real hometown bankers, highly qualified professionals who know the community and local businesses. Being local gives them a distinct advantage in being available to listen to our customers and meet their banking needs.”

Rachel Holden, who is moving from the Bank’s Athol office, has been promoted to head teller and Jacqueline (Jacky) Scribner, of Fitchburg will be a full-time teller. Commercial lender Christina DiRusso, who has been with Hometown Bank since 2013, will be relocating her office to the new Leominster location from which she will serve all of her North Central Massachusetts customers.

Hometown Bank is a $395 million mutual bank with offices in Athol, Auburn, Oxford, South Lancaster, Sturbridge and Webster, where they also have a convenience center.

Donna M. Daigle, Branch Manager, Hometown Bank Leominster
Donna M. Daigle, Branch Manager, Hometown Bank Leominster
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Cynthia J. Walker, Assistant Branch Manager, Hometown Bank Leominster

Hewitt Appointed to Hometown Bank Board

OXFORD, MA – Hometown Bank President and CEO Michael D. Hewitt has been appointed to the Bank’s board of directors, according to Board Chairman Jeanne L. Katrenak.

Hewitt joined the Bank in February, 2011 as senior vice president with more than 30 years of diverse experience in the commercial and retail banking industry. His first assignment was to oversee the merger of Athol-Clinton Cooperative Bank into Hometown Bank and conversion of its Athol and Lancaster branches into Hometown Bank branches. In May, 2013 he was appointed president and chief executive officer.

Hometown Bank is a $395 million mutual bank with branch offices in Athol, Auburn, Oxford, South Lancaster, Sturbridge and Webster, where a second convenience center is also located. The Bank is scheduled to open a new branch office at 9 Sack Boulevard, Leominster in mid-October.