REYNOLDSVILLE — Farmers National Bank CEO William Marsh, at a business mixer in Reynoldsville Wednesday, praised the partnership between his bank and the former Community First bank.

Marsh welcomed members of Community First to their combined efforts and said the relationship he has with Henry Deible, the former president of Community First began ten years ago and said he was excited to partner with Deible for the venture.

“When I heard that Henry was looking to partner his bank with another bank in December 2017, I couldn’t have been more excited about it. I worked diligently to make it happen. It wasn’t without trials and tribulations but at the end of the day, all is well that ends well,” Marsh said.

He remarked that Reynoldsville was a larger town than Emlenton, where Farmer’s National is headquartered. He said the 119 year old bank is now the only independent bank headquartered in Venango County and while they have more than 20 locations in ten counties across Pennsylvania and West Virginia, Farmer’s National is still seeking to grow.

“We are very much looking forward to partnering up with the Reynoldsville, Sykesville, Punxsutawney and Clarion locations to expand our customer base. One of the things that made this partnership work was both banks had very similar cultures and community banking roots,” Marsh said.

Deible said it was very comfortable merging with a bank that was so similar to his own and commended everyone involved with making the merger happen.

“I just wanted to congratulate all of the employees and tell them how much I appreciate the job that they did. Overall, the transition went very well and I think that starts at the top. We are happy to be a part of this bank. This is our future and I think we will serve our customers well also. I am happy to be on the board of directors and I think Bill will do a good job,” Deible said.

Marsh, Deible and Reynoldsville bank manager David Alberts presented a $1,000 check to Reynoldsville Fire Chief Darren Scolese and Reynoldsville Volunteer Fire Department President Andrew Flock, who accepted it on behalf of the fire department. Farmer’s National Bank Assistant Vice President Audrey Rattay said the bank is committed to making a positive impact in the communities they serve.

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