Marshall, Missouri (PRWEB)
July 01, 2015
After 66 years of service to Wood & Huston Bank, John Huston has announced his retirement as Chairman of the Board of Wood & Huston Bank effective June 21, 2015.
Mr. Huston began working full time for Wood & Huston Bank after he graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1949. Huston is also an Army Veteran, having served our country in the Korean War.
During his time at Wood & Huston Bank, the bank grew its deposits from $ 6.8 million to $ 510 million, an increase of 7,400%. Loans grew from $ 1.6 million to $ 486 million, an increase of 30,275%… a remarkable run for a remarkable man.
Commenting on Mr. Huston’s retirement was president of the bank, Barry Randolph, “All of us at the Bank want to thank you, John, from the bottom of our hearts for everything that you have done for this bank, this community, and each of us personally. You are the most respected man I have ever known and that respect is well deserved. You have been the cornerstone of the Wood & Huston Bank for over 66 years and I am honored to have worked with you.”
On the announcement of his retirement, the Board of Directors unanimously voted on a resolution to elect John Huston Chairman Emeritus of Wood & Huston Bank, effective, June 21, 2015. In separate resolution, Mark Thompson, executive vice president and CFO of the bank was unanimously elected to serve as a member of the Board of Directors.
John Huston is married to his wife Donna with whom they have four sons along with their wives and 9 grandchildren. John is an avid outdoorsman. A lifelong resident of Saline County, John has been past president, director and member of numerous civic organizations. He was active in the Chamber of Commerce, Marshall-Saline Development Corporation, the Sappington School Fund and the Ridge Park Cemetery to note a few. He was also a director of Missouri Valley College for over 50 years. He remains actively involved in the life of the local community.
Accepting the position of Chairman of the Board for Wood & Huston Bank is Nick Huston. Mr. Huston has been employed by Wood & Huston Bank for 33 years beginning his career at the bank in 1982. Like his father, Mr. Huston is also an alumnus of the University of Missouri and lifelong resident of Saline County. He is married to his wife, Leslie, has two children and too is an avid outdoorsman.
About Wood & Huston Bank
Established in 1874, Wood & Huston is an independent, full-service community bank that in 2014 celebrated 140 years of providing a wide range of quality financial products and solutions to the communities that they serve in Missouri—with branches and/or service locations in Cape Girardeau, Jackson, Marshall, Slater, Springfield, West Plains, and Higginsville, MO. Wood & Huston Bank delivers the convenience of online banking, mobile banking, mobile deposit and high-interest checking, along with competitive-rate loans for its customers. It’s Wood & Huston’s history and mission that distinguishes it from so many banking institutions. Personal service has been a legacy passed on from generation to generation for Wood & Huston Bank. The Bank operates with a philosophy that its reputation must be recreated every single day to meet each new challenge. To learn more about Wood & Huston, explore its website at http://www.woodhuston.com, drop by one of the convenient locations, or call (660) 886-6825. Wood & Huston Bank is a member of the FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender.
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Tampa, FL (PRWEB) April 22, 2015
Forty years ago Saigon fell to the Viet Cong, and the final chapter of an unpopular war closed. For those who served, the memory conjures up a variety of ghostly images; Jim Lamb captured some of his and coaxed them into a new book titled, “Orange Socks & Other Colorful Tales” (http://www.jslstories.com).
MCA (http://myclassifiedads.net) is helping get the word out about Lamb’s sometimes funny, often poignant, Vietnam memoir.
Lamb notes that many in the media have made attempts to put the Fall of Saigon into its proper historical context. Among the best, he said, is an award-winning documentary called “Last Days in Vietnam,” directed by Rory Kennedy, daughter of Robert Kennedy. More about that film, including a video clip, can be seen at http://lastdaysinvietnam.com.
Over the years most vets made their peace with the Vietnam saga, including Lamb—though occasionally he’d share an anecdote or two with those close to him.
“The book is a compilation of stories I’ve told family and friends,” Lamb said. “Sam Harris, one of those friends, said I should write down these tiny tales, so I did.”
It took nearly 20 years for Lamb to finish “Oranges Socks”—a long incubation period for a relatively short book. Chapters include “Welcome to the War,” “The M16 Is Your Friend,” “Rocket Attack,” and “Stealing Psalm 40,” the testimony of how Lamb accepted Jesus Christ as his personal savior in a Sunday evening chapel service in Da Nang.
Lamb is a Pennsylvania native: Born in Johnstown, graduated high school in Windber, thrown out of college in Shippensburg, drafted in Kennett Square. He joined the Navy in the fall of 1967: Boot-camped in Great Lakes, trained at Naval Air Station Memphis, processed for an undesirable discharge on drug charges in Corpus Christi. After charges against him were dropped, he was sent to San Francisco for advanced training and then to Atsugi, Japan, his squadron’s stepping-stone to Da Nang.
A self-described bookworm—he wrote poems, played guitar and acted in theatric productions in high school and college—Lamb had difficulty adjusting to the rigors of military life, particularly inspections. Then, after three and a half years of trying, Lamb finally learned how to conform to Navy life by amassing a collection of proven techniques. The result: stunningly shined shoes, a brilliantly bright brass belt buckle, starched white hat, perfectly trimmed hair. He became virtually indistinguishable from every other sailor.
“That gave me an idea,” Lamb said. “I decided to go into one of the biggest and most important inspections of the year in perfect naval attire except for one thing: I wore orange socks.”
And he got away with it.
The impish act gave birth to one of the most comical chapters in the book as well as providing an inspiration for its title. Non-vets may wonder how someone could find anything funny during such an unpopular war. Lamb explains it this way: “My friend Juli used to say, ‘You can laugh—or you can cry.’ In Vietnam, I did both.”
“Orange Socks & Other Colorful Tales” is available in a variety of convenient formats: Kindle ($ 4.99), iBooks ($ 4.99) and “Independent and DRM-free via Gumroad” ($ 10) at http://www.jslstories.com/orange-socks.
For more information, visit http://www.jslstories.com or call (813) 920-0197.
ABOUT: Jim Lamb is a 1977 graduate of the University of South Florida with a double major in Mass Communications and Political Science. He worked as a copy desk editor for The Tampa Tribune, The Sarasota Herald-Tribune and the Charlotte Sun-Herald. Now retired, Lamb free-lances for MCA (http://myclassifiedads.net).
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Greenwich, CT (PRWEB) May 01, 2015
American Pet Products Association (APPA) President and CEO, Bob Vetere, is pleased to announce the six winning students and poems for APPA’s non-profit campaign Pets Add Life’s (PAL) 7th Annual Children’s Pet Poetry Contest. Open to third through eighth grade students across the nation, the annual contest encourages children to express the joys and happiness pets bring to their lives.
“After receiving and reading hundreds of poems from across the country, we are proud to announce this year’s contest winners!” said Vetere. “There is nothing quite like reading about how pets are making positive impacts on children and reading about just how much they mean to them in their own words. We thank all of this year’s participants and are already looking forward to more smiles on our faces when the contest returns in September.”
Through APPA’s Pets Add Life campaign, students from across the country in grades 3rd through 8th were invited to write unique poems about their pets, sharing what they love about them and the joys they bring to their lives. One student from each grade level (six total) has been selected to win $ 250 for pet products and an additional $ 1,000 scholarship for their classrooms to spend on pet-related education.
Below are the six winning poems by grade level:
THIRD GRADE WINNER
My Four Furry Friends
By: Peyton L.
We rescued some animals
That I adore.
We used to have none,
But now we have four!
First we have Morty,
a cat that I love.
He likes to hang out
High up above.
Then there’s his brother, Gibby.
He is also a cat.
I have to mention,
He is very fat!
They love to wrestle.
They love to play.
But most of all,
They sleep all day.
With one at my feet,
And one at my head,
I never feel lonely
When I’m in my bed.
Next we have Louie,
A dog from Louisianna.
He used to be hoarded,
But a great life with us
He has been awarded.
Last we have Daisy,
She’s as soft as a sheep.
We saved her from being put to sleep.
She lived in Florida,
A sunny place.
She’s as sweet as can be
And has a pretty face.
Now she lives in New Jersey
And is a Therapy Dog.
Making people happy is her job.
That was my poem
And now I am done.
I hope you now realize
that pets are so fun!
FOURTH GRADE WINNER
A Puppy’s Love
By: Mollie T.
From the moment you bring her home
To the hundredth time you’ve thrown her bone
You know she will always be your friend
And full of love that never ends.
Little paw prints on the floor
Getting bigger, more and more;
She grows up fast, but still the same,
A puppy’s love will never change.
You used to hold her in your palm
Now she’s just too big and long
But all along, you’re still knowing
Your dog’s loyalty does not stop growing.
FIFTH GRADE WINNER
My Dog, My Friend
By: Medha G.
When she bounds over to me,
Her tongue out, panting vigorously,
I feel joy,
When she stares up at me,
Her eyes begging me to play,
I feel wanted,
When she rolls over with her paws in the air,
Begging me to scratch her belly,
I feel loved,
When she trots along the sidewalk,
Her eyes full of excitement at the new wonders opened to her in the world,
I feel curious,
When she arches her back,
With a look of determination in her eyes,
I feel courage,
My dog is truly my best friend,
Opening the door to my true emotions.
SIXTH GRADE WINNER
By: Mallory S.
My pet is a mini
He is a guinea
Cookie monster is his name.
He loves to talk and chatter
when something is the matter,
or sometimes when he wants a snack.
To me only he will respond
because we have a special bond
I love my guinea pig.
Am I obsessed? A little, maybe.
After all he is my baby.
He really loves me too.
He loves to cuddle and to play.
I love him more than I can say.
My best pal, Cookie.
Some people like dogs and cats,
gerbils, iguanas, even rats.
Me, I love my pig.
As for me I’ll take my pig
even though he’s not that big.
Thanks to mom and dad for Cookie.
SEVENTH GRADE WINNER
My Rescue Pup
By: Faith C.
He wakes me every morning,
And jumps up on my bed,
Kissing me till I wake up,
And stepping on my head!
He’s happy and energetic,
And he likes to run around,
But when it comes to belly rubs,
He rolls upon the ground.
At two days old, on the side of the road,
He and his siblings were found alone.
We rescued him, and now we know,
He rescued us and now he’s home.
Every night, he tucks me in,
And then he curls up small.
He knows that we all love him,
And we know he loves us all.
EIGHTH GRADE WINNER
One Dog’s Journey
By: Sophia D.
Down in the kennel, a puppy discovers,
News that makes him separate from the others.
“He’s been here too long” he hears them say,
And he suddenly realizes, his life is at stake!
Not adopted, unloved, and rejected by many,
He thinks that perhaps he not worth a penny.
The barks of others do not reach his ears
As his eyes swim with unshed tears.
But the next morning he hears them say,
“A family is coming to see you today!”
His heart fills with longing for a true home,
Maybe this family will call him one of their own!
When the family sees him, they fill with joy,
The air resonates with sounds of “good boy!”
The times passes, he must go back through the door,
But he doesn’t want to leave, and sits on the floor.
The family realizes that he is the one.
The puppy is loyal, loving, and fun!
A week later, Dad’s car comes back around the bend.
That day, the puppy’s name goes from Billy to Ken.
He takes him home, that young little lab,
And Ken knows that he is no longer sad.
Ken is our dog our dog now, I love him each day,
And from adopting him there is something I must say:
Remember those homeless dogs and their plea.
They’re all alone and need you and me!
So next time you’re considering getting a dog,
Try visiting the shelter that’s just down the block.
Really, it’s your love and care that they seek,
For all dogs need a safe place to sleep.
So perhaps there’s a dog that you can rescue.
And honestly its one the best things you can do!
Founded by the American Pet Products Association (APPA), PAL is a nonprofit campaign dedicated to sharing information about how pet ownership benefits animals and people alike. PAL’s mission is to increase awareness of the bonds and other rewards associated with pets of all types. Primarily through social media with YouTube Videos, an active Facebook campaign, celebrity endorsements and contests, PAL spreads the joys of pets, encourages pet adoption and promotes responsible pet ownership.
To learn more about the nonprofit campaign or the Pets Add Life 7th Annual Children’s Poetry Contest, visit http://www.petsaddlife.org, http://www.facebook.com/petsaddlife or contact Ashlee Verba at 775.322.4022 or ashlee(at)theimpetusagency(dot)com.
The American Pet Products Association (APPA) is the leading not-for-profit trade association serving the interests of the pet products industry since 1958. APPA membership includes more than 1,000 pet product manufacturers, their representatives, importers and livestock suppliers representing both large corporations and growing business enterprises. APPA’s mission is to promote, develop and advance pet ownership and the pet product industry and to provide the services necessary to help its members prosper. Visit http://www.americanpetproducts.org for more information.
Dallas, Texas (PRWEB) May 11, 2015
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One of the top choices is and always will be Boston. All those hoping for a charming place full of culture and history, this city is a terrific pick. But the good news is there is always a fun mix of events to choose from and enjoy attending for those traveling through. Here are a couple of recommendations for things to do during the month of May by John Giduck.
1. SoWa: During the month of May, John Giduck shares that the open markets in the exclusive South End neighborhood of Boston become home to a fun display of local art. The outdoor displays by different designers and artists are perfect for an afternoon stroll for finding a souvenir to take home.
2. Hidden Gardens of Beacon Hill: For families hoping to enjoy some of the gorgeous nature that the city of Boston is known for will want to go on this exclusive tour. Both Beacon and Marlborough Streets are known for having some of the most beautiful gardens, both on display and hidden as well. All those who want to see the exclusive ones will want to plan a visit during the month of May to enjoy this special event.
3. Sport Season Beginning: May brings the beginning of warmer weather along with opening season at one of Boston’s beloved past-times. John Giduck shares most Bostonians will tell travelers that one of the most iconic sightseeing places is Fenway Park, home of the Red Sox. Check out one of their games during the trip, or perhaps bike or hike around the city. There is something for everyone.
John Giduck knows vacationing in Boston to enjoy any of these events will be a great way to celebrate time away from life’s responsibilities and stresses. For the ultimate relaxing vacation experience, John Giduck is one vacation provider travelers can trust. For more information, visit him online at http://johngiduck.org/
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Boise, Idaho (PRWEB) April 07, 2015
Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC, a leading U.S. pet health insurance agency, and the nonprofit Dogs on Deployment announced together today that the 2015 Military Pet of the Year and Dogs on Deployment Mascot, Leonidas, is now protected with pet insurance from Pets Best. Dogs on Deployment is a nationwide nonprofit that connects military service members with volunteers to board their pets for free when they are deployed.
Leonidas is a 3-year-old Afghan Kuchi mixed breed, born in the mountains of Afghanistan. As a puppy, Leonidas wandered into a United States Army compound and won the heart of U.S. Army soldier, Tim Johannsen.
“The bond created with a dog during war is indescribable,” Johannsen said. “He is my best friend and honestly the way he has changed my life is impossible to put into words.”
A leading sponsor of Dogs on Deployment for two years, Pets Best hopes to bring awareness to the nonprofit’s efforts. In its third year, the nationwide Military Pet of the Year and Dogs on Deployment Mascot Competition resulted in hundreds of contestants, votes and admirable dogs receiving recognition.
Pets Best supports the mission of Dogs on Deployment: to give military members peace of mind concerning their pets during deployment or other service commitments.
The Military Pet of the Year and Dogs on Deployment Mascot receives a free one-year Pets Best pet insurance policy, among many other prizes and benefits. Past winners have received national attention to bring awareness to causes in the military and pet communities. Johannsen and Leonidas plan to use the canine’s new title to raise awareness about rescuing dogs, or “battle buddies,” from overseas, seeking to educate military service members about responsible pet ownership while supporting the Dogs on Deployment mission as a whole.
The Puppy Rescue Mission is the group that assisted in bringing Leonidas and his sister Mittens to the U.S. to be reunited with Johannsen. Stray dogs and working contract dogs are commonly found in U.S. military compounds overseas and can help service members feel a little more at home.
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