Officials celebrate as Peoples Bank opens Vienna branch

VIENNA – Community members and business leaders joined forces Saturday for the grand opening of the new Peoples Bank branch at 1102 Grand Central Ave.

“We’re very much excited for our sixth Wood County office,” said Peoples Bank president Chuck Sulerzyski. “This branch is being used as a guide for us for our future branches.”

The new 4,200-square feet facility offers all banking services of the other Peoples Bank branches with a 24-hour drive-up ATM and drive-thru banking as well as a community room and the valley’s first public electric car charging station.

“You have built a banking institution unlike any other in the area,” Vienna City Councilman Paul Thornton said. “You are making banking fun.”

During Saturday morning’s grand opening ceremony, bank official Patrick Bryan named the Humane Society of Parkersburg as the winner of the $10,000 Charity Giveaway.

“It’s a thrill,” said Maryann Hollis, executive director of the humane society, through tears of excitement. “This shows us that the community is behind the humane society and I can’t thank those who voted for us enough.”

The money will go to the society’s low cost spay and neuter clinic, the S.P.O.T. Clinic, which is currently under construction at 503 29th St. in Parkersburg, Hollis said. S.P.O.T. is an acronym for Stopping Pet Overpopulation Together.

Ground was broken on the clinic earlier this month with completion planned for July and operations beginning in September.

The public was encouraged to vote for their choice of four local charities who should receive the $10,000. Between January and March more than 53,000 votes were cast online, Bryan said.

The three other charities – Camden Clark Foundation Cancer Center, Friendship Kitchen and the Salvation Army of Parkersburg – each received $1,000 from the bank.

Along with the charity winner announcement, food and family games including inflatables were available throughout the day at the location as part of Saturday’s grand opening.