Matthew joined Susquehanna as a communications specialist after working (more like surviving) almost 10 years as a newspaper reporter in Pennsylvania. He most recently worked as a crime reporter at The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News. Although Matthew had a hand in covering some of the biggest stories in Central Pennsylvania in the last five years, none got more attention than a story he did about crime – described by one police officer as ‘madness’ -- at a Chuck E. Cheese restaurant (true story!). Outside of work, Matthew spends time with his wife, works hard at improving his golf game, plays guitar and harmonica in a band that’s never actually played any gigs and takes care of his two dogs – a Golden-doodle ‘Hastings’ and Labrador/Golden Retriever mix ‘Shelley.’

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How a bank loan helped a Pennsylvania woman grow her dream business

[caption id="attachment_3868" align="alignright" width="227"]Aftershave was Melissa's first creation, followed by moisturizers, powders and other preparations. Aftershave was Melissa's first creation, followed by moisturizers, powders and other preparations.[/caption] The year was 1995 and Melissa Buckley was working from home, trying to build a business from something she loved. She needed help. She needed a large sum of money to fund a project, and decided to meet with a banker from one of Susquehanna's predecessors banks, Blue Ball National Bank in Morgantown, Pa. “I thought I would be turned down for a loan, but he made me feel like I was just as important as the large corporations he serviced,” Melissa recalled. “He believed in me. And I knew he would be there for me.” Melissa was granted the loan, which she paid back ahead of time, and started Honeybee Gardens, Inc., a line of herbal cosmetics that can now be found in health food stores, pharmacies, on-line stores, herb shops, specialty and gift stores worldwide. Continue Reading »

Cybersecurity Awareness Month: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock lately – and we truly hope you haven’t since that doesn’t sound too comfortable – you’ve probably noticed a litany of recent headlines and news stories about data breaches. We won’t rehash the stories here – that’s what Google is for, right? However, in light of October being Cybersecurity Awareness Month, we thought it would be a good time to provide some tips about keeping your personal information safe and out of the hands of unscrupulous identity thieves. The harsh reality is criminals are going to continue to develop innovative ways to separate you from your money. While financial institutions and companies are investing millions in dollars and resources into fighting ID theft, there are steps you can take to better protect yourself from becoming a victim in this ultra-high tech digital age. Continue Reading »

Cool down and save $$ with these energy-saving tips

Air Conditioning blog postAs if you need a blog right now to tell you to appreciate your air conditioning. Nevertheless, the period between July 3 and Aug. 15 is known as National Air Conditioning Appreciation Days. Those with air conditioning in the Mid-Atlantic were especially grateful last week with temperatures in the low 90s and high levels of humidity. Continue Reading »

Snap your way to cash! Susquehanna to give away $1,000 in Mobile Deposit Sweepstakes

Mobile Deposit Sweepstakes posterDepositing a check from your smartphone with Susquehanna Bank is simple, convenient and efficient. Now, for one lucky customer, it could also be profitable. As part of the Snap into Summer Sweepstakes, Susquehanna customers will be automatically entered in the $1,000 grand prize drawing every time they deposit a check using the bank’s Mobile Deposit app between July 1 and August 30. Continue Reading »

Throwback Thursday: Happy birthday, West Virginia

[caption id="attachment_3223" align="alignright" width="300"]Charleston, W.Va. Charleston, W.Va.[/caption] Susquehanna Bank has branches in four states and one of them celebrates a very important birthday today. That’s right; West Virginia is 150 years old. It officially became the 35th state on June 20, 1863 after a proclamation signed by President Abraham Lincoln. Continue Reading »

Throwback Thursday: Rollercoasters Supply more than a Century of Thrills

SONY DSCImagine going on a rollercoaster with a speed of 6 mph and a cost of a nickel to ride. Sounds exciting, no? Didn’t think so. But those were the features of the first American rollercoaster – then known as a switchback railway – which opened June 16, 1884 at Coney Island in Brooklyn, NY, according to The History Channel. The idea, created by LaMarcus Thompson, became an instant success and by the turn of the century there were hundreds of coasters across the country. Continue Reading »

Dancing with my eyes closed: Susquehanna employee to perform at Dancing with the Central PA Stars gala

DancingWithStarsAdThough I’ve only known her a few months, I’m convinced Shellie Lawyer is the type of woman who enjoys a challenge. But whether she likes a good project or not, Shellie – a bubbly, skillful and patient instructor at PA DanceSport – got one when I walked into her studio in early March. Continue Reading »

Elizabethtown Market Manager Bob Enck: The epitome of a community banker

Bob Enck photoThe key to success, he said, is building relationships with those in the community. Bob is retiring April 1 after nearly 50 years with Susquehanna. As a teenager in the early 1960s, Bob Enck remembers leaving high school in the afternoons to help his father work as a custodian at what was then Elizabethtown Trust Company. Continue Reading »