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Orrstown Bank eyes new home on U.S. 11

December 09, 2005|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Orrstown Bank was so small when it opened just after World War I in the crossroads hamlet of Orrstown in northern Franklin County that its first office was in a private home.

Nothing much physically happened with the bank in the next 58 years. About the only major change in the nearly six decades was that at one point it took over the whole house.

Things began to move in 1977, the year it opened its first branch office on the western edge of Shippensburg, Pa. Three years later, it took an even bigger step and moved its headquarters into a building in downtown Shippensburg, said Robert J. Gentry, vice president of marketing.

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The bank still operates in the original Orrstown house.

It has 14 branch offices, mostly in or around communities along Interstate 81. They range as far north and east as Camp Hill, Pa., and south to Greencastle.

Among the branch offices are four in the Carlisle, Pa., area, three in the Chambersburg, Pa., area, plus branches in Mechanicsburg, Pa., Fannettsburg, Pa., and Greencastle.

The Greencastle branch opened four years ago in small leased office space on the southeast corner of the Center Square.

The office has not only been popular with customers, but bank robbers have also found it to be a convenient location. Twice this year, in January and again in October, robbers entered and made off with cash.

Ground was broken last week for a new office for the Greencastle branch on Nova Drive off U.S. 11 north of Greencastle. It is supposed to open in the spring.

"After two robberies, I'm beyond excited," said Michelle Scott, branch manager at Greencastle, about the move to new quarters. "I'm ready to be moved tomorrow. It's easy to get in and out of here," she said of the bank's current vulnerability to robberies.

The new office will, for the first time, offer its Greencastle-area customers the convenience of drive-up banking at three windows and a drive-up ATM.

"Half of all bank transactions are done at drive-up windows," Gentry said.

There is no room for an ATM in the downtown office so the bank installed one in the post office on the corner of West Washington and East Baltimore streets, one block east of the square.

The new branch will have 3,100 square feet of space, room for a trust and investment office and safe deposit boxes, Gentry said.

The office on the square will close when the new branch opens.

Gentry said Orrstown Bank is buying the First National Bank of Newport, Pa. The sale includes its main office and three branches.

It is also in negotiations to open its first Maryland office off Eastern Boulevard in Hagerstown, he said.

Scott, 26, is a native of Waynesboro, Pa. She is a graduate of Waynesboro Area Senior High School and Penn State Mont Alto. She was hired to manage the branch on the center square a year ago, Gentry said.

"Michelle has, in her short one year here, has been a top producer in developing new business," he said.

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