Throughout the year, Cattaraugus County Bank will be celebrating a birthday.
The community bank is turning 110 years old this month and will be honoring its longevity through a series of events in January. One way will be by reaching out to area schools and inviting second-graders to participate in a Cattaraugus County Bank time capsule. The children will place items in a CCB-provided time capsule that will be placed in the bank's vault. Then in 2022, when the students will be seniors, CCB officials will invite them back to open the time capsule to see how creative they were and what may have been going on in their world in 2012.
Joni Simcick, CCB senior vice president, said eight branch locations will participate with local elementary schools.
Cattaraugus County Bank is celebrating its 110th anniversary this year. Throughout the year bank officials will be celebrating the anniversary, including inviting elementary school students do a time capsule at eight CCB locations.
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''The reason this is important is because we our a community bank and we reach out to schools,'' she said. ''We do tours for elementary students. We have the 'Kids Club' at the bank. We go to schools to do presentations. Reaching out to the community is what a community bank does.''
CCB will also be displaying banners with the history of the bank's 11 decades of existence. All Cattaraugus CountyBank locations will have banners, which should be up and ready for viewing by mid-January.
''We will have everything dating back to the 1902 original CCB logo, which is pretty awesome,'' she said.
Other banner information will include information about the 1929 stock market crash, CCB becoming an FDIC-certified bank in 1934, Play-Doh being invented in 1955, Woodstock in 1969 and will also include recent events like Facebook's start in 2004 and the royal wedding in 2011.
CCB is also running a loan special starting Monday and ending Feb. 29. If a customer or non-customer is interested in learning more about ''CCB's Anniversary Loan Special,'' they can call or stop in to any location and ask a loan officer for information.
CCB has also chosen this week to provide refreshments to anyone visiting one of its locations.
''We are very happy to be able to say we're here, we're strong and we support our communities," Ms. Simcick said. ''These first few activities are just the beginning of a year-long birthday party. Many schools were receptive to our time capsule idea and we hope folks see our lenders about the loan special. It is quite a nice offer. We are also very proud of the big banner displays. ... I think visitors will find them interesting. I invite everyone to stop in, visit with our excellent employees and look for more events as 2012 passes. The CCB marketing team is busy talking about what else we'll be doing to celebrate this important anniversary.''
For more information, visit www.ccblv.com.