Grand Opening of Timberland FCU’s New Branch Location in Historic Moshannon Building Set for Friday

Pointing to the news that Timberland Federal Credit Union is now open in the historic Moshannon Building at the corner of Front and Pine streets in Philipsburg are Mariah Pearson, member relations officer; Luther Gette, curator of the Philipsburg Historical Foundation, new owners of the Moshannon Building; and Stephanie Bagshaw, operations manager of TFCU. (Provided photo)

PHILIPSBURG – In a development of significant importance to the revitalization of downtown Philipsburg, it was announced Monday that the Timberland Federal Credit Union, a member-owned cooperative, is now open for business in the historic Moshannon Building, at the corner of Front and Pine streets.

A grand opening reception, to which the public is cordially invited, will be held in the credit union on Friday from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

The Chamber of Business and Industry of Centre County will kick off the grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 12 p.m.

TFCU will also have a cookout with Quik Rock, starting at 12 p.m., and will be grilling up some burgers and hot dogs for anyone who stops by.

Additionally, Quik Rock 105.9 will be on location from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m., giving out tickets every 15 minutes to the hottest spots this summer, including local amusement parks, Pocono Raceway, the Pittsburgh Zoo and Shinedown at the Bryce Jordan Center.

“Our credit union is all about service to our members and to the local community,” says Joel Slagan, chief executive officer of Timberland FCU.

“We answer to our members only, not to stockholders or bondholders, so we can devote all our attention to serving our members’ needs.  We offer competitive rates and service that no commercial bank can match.

“TFCU is federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA).  We invite the public to come and see our beautiful new facilities on the afternoon of Friday, July 26.”

“It’s hard to overestimate the importance this new business will have on the renaissance of downtown Philipsburg,” says Faith Maguire, Main Street manager for the Philipsburg Revitalization Corp.

“We envision that the Timberland Credit Union will serve as the anchor for a newly reviving downtown, along with such new businesses as Brown Dog Catering, Shindig Alley and the Tropical Paradise Pet Store.

“With the Rowland Theatre and Thieves’ Market and Twisted Vine wine store already in the neighborhood, there’s no limit to the synergy that can be generated near the corner of Front and Pine.”

“The historic Moshannon Building was given to the Philipsburg Historical Foundation by the late Walter Swoope Jr.,” says Susan Allport Schneider, PHF president.

“Walter oversaw a complete restoration of the façade several years ago, and has left us a structure that is in excellent condition.

“With rentals to such quality tenants as Timberland, we hope to generate an income that can be used in numerous historic and restoration projects in Philipsburg.

“We also hope to put up historical displays in the Credit Union space.  This will be a win-win situation all around.”

“Stand by for action at the corner of Front and Pine,” says Maguire.  We expect the old clock at the Timberland entrance, recently restored, will become a rallying point for all area residents headed downtown for shopping, entertainment, restaurants and commercial activity.  Get on board this train.”

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