MBO Bank's gift benefits
BRADENTON -- American Legion Kirby Stewart Post 24, 2000 75th St. W., received a donation from BMO Financial Group, Sarasota, said David Maraman, regional president for Business Banking, Florida.
The gift, accepted by Cmdr. Richard Alvarez, will be added to the Veterans Relief Fund, which provides emergency assistance and guidance to veterans.
"Our veterans support program has provided gas, medicine, rent and home repairs." he said. Aiding families with minors at home is a top priority.
The last five years have placed a challenging burden on Post 24's ability to meet growing veteran needs in Manatee County, Alvarez said. The death of 2,700 World War II members forced Post 24 for the first time in its 95-year history to appeal to the public and businesses for aid and assistance.
PRECO to open office in Lakewood Ranch
LAKEWOOD RANCH -- Peace River Electric Cooperative, which supplies power to parts of Lakewood Ranch and much of Eastern Manatee County, will open a branch office in Lakewood Ranch Jan. 2.
The Manatee Administrative Service Center, 14505 Arbor Green Trail (near State Road 70 at Lorraine Road), will be staffed with employees who can assist with customers' electric service needs. Prior to this, PRECO had maintained a payment office in Manatee County, according to chief executive officer, Randy Shaw.
"With the opening of the Manatee Service Center, our members will have access to the same level of services available at our headquarters building in Wachula," Shaw said. "By placing PRECO staff within easy reach of residents in the growing Lakewood Ranch region, cost efficiencies will be gained by decreasing transportation expenses, reducing wait times, and increasing service availability."
As a result, Shaw said the opening of the Manatee Service Center will not prompt an increase in electric rates. PRECO's current payment center on 59th Avenue East will close to the public Jan. 2.
Sarasota Lifetime Learning series starts Jan. 16
LONGBOAT KEY -- The Aging in Paradise Resource Center is bringing the 2015 Sarasota Institute of Lifetime Learning Global Lecture Series to Longboat Key from 10:30 a.m. to noon Fridays, Jan. 16, through April 3 at the Aging in Paradise Resource Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key.
Presented via DVD the week following the lecture, presentations will also include the question-and-answer portion of the lectures.
Speakers include journalist Hedrick Smith, Martin Walker speaking on Europe and Putin, Ambassador James Jeffrey on Turkey.
Tickets cost $75 for all 12 lectures or $8 per individual lecture online at aginginparadise.org or call 941-383-6493.
-- Herald staff reports