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January 2015 - Slate Belt Community Works Together to Help Bangor Fire Victims


Bangor, Pa - It may have been almost two weeks since a fire ripped through 26-28 Market Street in Bangor, but community members have not forgotten the fire victims. Brenda O’Bryon, an employee of Merchants Bank, has been working with Jennifer Newland, resident and councilwoman of Roseto, to collect needed items and find housing for the Bangor residents. Brenda even asked her employer, Merchants Bank, for help. “Brenda has such a good heart and we had heard how much she has been helping the victims get back on their feet. So when she asked the Bank to help too, we immediately did what we could,” said Anthony Biondi, Chief Executive Officer of Merchants Bank.

The bank has opened an account to benefit the fire victims, donated $500.00 to the cause and called upon one of their customers and fellow Slate Belt Residents, Marilyn Rettaliata. She and other members of Ruggiero family will be donating storage space at their B-EB Highway Storage Village. While the community has been generous in donating clothing, furniture and other household goods, until all of the victims find housing, there was no real place to keep the items.

More help is needed. Anyone that would like to donate money to the fire victims, can drop payments at any Merchants Bank branch. Checks can be made payable to The Market Street Fire Fund. Items that are still needed include:


  • twin beds
  • silverware
  • pots and pans
  • bake wear
  • blankets
  • twin sheets
  • shower curtain/ rods
  • toasters
  • crockpots
  • hangers
  • dressers

To donate items or to volunteer, please contact Jennifer Newland at 610-217-7088 or Brenda O’Bryon at 570-517-6436.

Established in 1890, Merchants Bank is a locally owned and operated community bank.  Headquartered in Bangor, PA, Merchants has two branch offices in Bangor and additional offices throughout the Lehigh Valley, including Mount Bethel, Wind Gap, Nazareth, Forks Township, Martins Creek, Easton and Bethlehem, PA. Merchants Bank was recently recognized for its community involvement through the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce’s The Spirit of Forks Award. MNB Investment Services is a division of the bank and offers investment and wealth management financial services. For more information, please visit