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Merrimack County Savings Bank Celebrates 150 Years

Merrimack County Savings Bank celebrated its 150th anniversary with a contribution to the Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter.

By Jamie Wilkins (Patch Staff) - Updated June 14, 2017 9:00 am ET



From New Hampshire Mutual Bancorp: Merrimack County Savings Bank (the Merrimack) continues to celebrate its 150th anniversary with $1500 contributions each to the Friendly Kitchen in Concord and the Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter (NSKS) on May 30th, the 150th day of the Bank’s anniversary year.

“It’s an honor to celebrate this milestone by recognizing our local organizations who have been so tireless in their work for those in need in our communities,” said Philip Emma, President of the Merrimack. “The Bank was founded on principles of service to others and the Friendly Kitchen and Nashua Soup Kitchen have been wonderful examples of this.”

“The Merrimack has three teams of employees who volunteer to serve a meal at the Friendly Kitchen each month. I’m very proud to be a team leader for one of those groups,” said Chris Scheiner, Vice President Executive Administration and Corporate Secretary. “In the 15 years I’ve been with the Bank I’ve been an enthusiastic volunteer at the Friendly Kitchen! It’s very rewarding to serve nutritious and hot meals in the warm, caring, non-discriminating environment that the Friendly Kitchen offers.”

“We’re incredibly grateful to the Merrimack for this very generous gift,” said Michael Reinke, Executive Director for the Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter. “Our first priority is always to promote dignity and self-sufficiency. This wonderful contribution will further our mission of providing food and shelter to those in need in the greater Nashua area.”

The Merrimack has been celebrating its 150th anniversary of service to the community with commemorative giveaways for those who visit the branches, donations to the community and plans many more fun surprises throughout the year. Festivities began early with gift baskets that included $150 checks to the first babies born in 2017 at Concord Hospital and St. Joseph’s Hospital in Nashua.

Charted on July 2, 1867, Merrimack County Savings was originally established for the people of Greater Concord as a source for earning interest on their savings or to borrow money for the purchase of a home. Bank founders included Lyman D. Stevens, the Merrimack’s first President, along with Edward Henry Rollins, John Kimball, Nathaniel White and Walter Harriman. As a mutually owned savings bank, the Merrimack remains steadfast in fostering the economic health and well-being of the communities it serves, while maintaining prudent stewardship of its resources, and preserving long-term financial stability. The Merrimack’s founding principle of being a safe depository for the savings of customers in the communities it serves continues to guide present-day operations. The Bank has expanded from a single office location in Concord to nine branches in Bow, Concord, Contoocook, Hooksett and Nashua, though many customers also use the bank’s extensive services offered through mobile device and internet banking. The Merrimack and its employees are guided and inspired by Merrimack style: living up to the values of accountability, mutuality, excellence, respect, integrity, teamwork and stewardship. To learn more, visit any of the local offices in Concord, Nashua, Bow, Contoocook or Hooksett, call 800.541.0006 or visit

The Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter (NSKS) was founded in 1981 to provide shelter and food to those in need. The NSKS works to end homelessness and to alleviate poverty and the conditions that force individuals and families with children into hunger, homelessness and poverty. Located on 2 Quincy Street, NSKS has served the Greater Nashua area by advocating, creating and operating programs and services that promote dignity and self-sufficiency for the last 35 years. For more information, visit

Photo courtesy of the New Hampshire Mutual Bancorp:

Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter—Merrimack meal servers present gift to Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter. Left to right: Kyle Schneck, Michael Reinke, Executive Director, Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter, Debbie Stoodley, Philip Emma and James Gallagher.

Originally published June 14, 2017.