Community Bank announces opening of College Place branch


Community Bank has announced the official opening of its new College Place branch.

The full-service branch will open next Monday at 1288 S.E. Commercial Drive in the multi-story building that opened last spring. Adjacent to Petco, the building has been the location of Community Bank's loan production office and administrative facility.

However, more work was needed on the building before the bank branch could open there, officials said. The final phase of work was completed early this year. Elgin, Ore.,-based WC Construction served as general contractor and used numerous local subcontractors to help finish the job.

Community Bank President and Chief Executive Officer Tom Moran said six different administrative departments throughout Walla Walla, Milton-Freewater and Pendleton have been consolidated into the new building over the last year.

"This facility will provide an additional access point to our growing customer base in Southeastern Washington, while at the same time providing a convenient location for our longstanding customers from Wallowa, Union, Baker, Morrow and Umatilla counties who travel frequently to Walla Walla for shopping and essential services," Moran said in a statement.

Customer development at the new location will be overseen by Ken Hui, Community Bank's vice president of the Walla Walla market. Assistant Vice President Sandi Rowe, who is branch manager in Milton-Freewater, will move to the College Place branch to manage operations there. The downtown Walla Walla branch, 28 E. Alder St., will continue with no changes. Vice President Linda Hardy will manage business development there, while Rose Worth will continue to run the branch.

Bank officials tipped a hat to the city of College Place as an "instrumental partner" in getting the project complete on time and within budget.

When the new branch opens its hours will be 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday in the lobby, and 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. in the drive-through. An official grand-opening celebration is expected May 22.


Pack your tastebuds for an Italian vacation.

The Whitehouse-Crawford restaurant, 55 W. Cherry St., will host Italian Week, featuring the food, wine and music of the European country.

The event begins Wednesday and runs through next Monday.

The restaurant's first themed event celebrates the arrival of better weather and more abundant local produce, said Manager Emily Riley. The menu will include osso bucco, lasagna, pizzas, handmade pastas, Italian wine varietals and more.

Reservations are encouraged at 525-2222 or online at


Park Plaza independent senior living community has made a $2,404 donation to the Outward Bound for Veterans program.

The donation is part of a national fundraising effort by parent company Holiday Retirement. The company and its 278 independent senior living communities raised a total of $1.2 million in a three-month campaign.

The contributions will help returning service members and recent veterans as they readjust to life at home through wilderness trips designed to encourage healing and rebuild confidence.

Donations from Park Plaza, 1400 Dalles Military Road, and Holiday Retirement will fund full trips - which include flight, food, lodging, supplies and instructors - for 600 veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan tours.

Holiday Retirement communities are home to about 12,000 veterans and spouses.

To learn more about the Outward Bound program, visit For more information about Park Plaza, call 525-6513 or visit

Strictly Business is a local business column. Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at or 526-8321.


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