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Litchfield Bancorp welcomes Christine Bascetta-Gath as SVP, Commercial Lending Officer December 10, 2018
Christine Bascetta-Gath

(Litchfield, CT) - Thomas Villanova, President & CEO of Litchfield Bancorp is pleased to announce the appointment of Christine Bascetta-Gath as Senior Vice President and Commercial Lending Officer for the bank, as of December 10, 2018. Christine Bascetta-Gath began her banking career in 2010 and since then she has worked in multiple areas of commercial banking. Prior to Litchfield Bancorp, Christine was Vice President & Commercial/Wholesale Banker at United Bank. Prior to that, Christine was responsible for determining the lending needs and banking services for existing and potential customers, as well as aiding in a $30MM loan growth over a two year span at Torrington Savings Bank. Christine graduated from the University of Chicago with a MA degree and a BA from Clark University. She is also a graduate of Connecticut School of Finance and Management.

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Litchfield Bancorp makes donation to the Friends of the Litchfield Community GreenwayNovember 28, 2018
From left to right: Paul McLaughlin, Clifford Cooper, Berta Andrulis-Mette and Thomas Villanova

(Litchfield, CT) - Litchfield Bancorp is proud to have donated $1000 to the Friends of the Litchfield Community Greenway. The Litchfield Community Greenway is a group that was originally created in 2003 to propose a system of recreational trails linking various parts of the town of Litchfield, allowing people to explore scenic areas. After many years of hard work and continued organizing, the group was able to create the non-profit organization, Friends of the Litchfield Community Greenway, Inc. On Wednesday, November 28, 2018, a check was presented by Thomas Villanova, President & CEO and Paul McLaughlin, Executive Vice President & COO of Litchfield Bancorp to both Clifford Cooper, President and Berta Andrulis-Mette, Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Litchfield Community Greenway.

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Margret Warner awarded as 2018 Community Leader of the YearNovember 28, 2018
From left to right: Margret Warner with Thomas Villanova, President and CEO of Litchfield Bancorp

(Watertown, CT) - Litchfield Bancorp is proud to announce that Margret Warner, Vice President, Commercial Lending Officer, was honored as the 2018 Community Leader of the Year at the Watertown Oakville Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting and Awards dinner held on Monday, November 19, 2018.

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Litchfield Bancorp Congratulates Maura Malo, Elected as President of Oliver Wolcott Library Board of Directors September 20, 2018

Litchfield Bancorp is pleased to announce the election of Maura Malo as President of the Oliver Wolcott Library's (OWL) Board of Directors, as of September 2018. Maura is the Senior Vice President and Chief Risk Officer for the Connecticut Mutual Holding Company, a company that consists of three financial institutions: Litchfield Bancorp, Northwest Community Bank and Collinsville Savings Society. In addition to her role with CMHC, Maura currently serves as a Girl Scout Leader, the Treasurer of the Board of Directors of Five Points Gallery in Torrington, was a past President and Board member of the Junior Women's Club of Litchfield Hills, and a recipient of the 2013 New Leaders in Banking award. For the last two years, Maura has also served as the Library's Secretary.

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Donations making a big impact at Camp MOE!July 31, 2018
From left to right: Tom Villanova, president and chief executive officer of Litchfield Bancorp, Michael Menard, LARC executive director, and Paul McLaughlin, executive vice president and chief operation officer at Litchfield Bancorp in front of the boat house which was made possible through the bank’s support of the “From the Ground Up – A Campaign for Camp MOE.”

(Torrington, CT) - Litchfield Bancorp executives recently toured Camp MOE to see how the bank’s donation made in support of LARC’s “From the Ground Up – A Campaign for Camp MOE” has impacted the facility. Tom Villanova, president and chief executive officer, and Paul McLaughlin, executive vice president and chief operation officer, not only saw the new boat house made possible by Litchfield Bancorp but witnessed first-hand the Camp MOE experience! As part of the tour, the gentlemen visited the waterfront, where campers and camp staff were engaged in -- and visibly enjoying -- a variety of water-based activities!

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Mickie-Ann Budny and Susan Dickinson promoted to Vice President of Litchfield BancorpJuly 2018

Litchfield Bancorp is proud to announce the promotions of Mickie-Ann Budny and Susan Dickinson to Vice President as of July 2018.Mickie-Ann Budny started with Litchfield Bancorp in 1989 as a Customer Service Representative. After leaving in 1994, Mickie returned in 2013 as Branch Manager in our Main Office with more than 25 years of experience as Assistant Vice President, Regional Manager and Mortgage Specialist. Mickie was also recently installed as the President of the Litchfield-Morris Rotary Club and is a community leader in Northwest Connecticut. Susan Dickinson started with Litchfield Bancorp in 2004 and has over 34 years of banking experience. Susan is a graduate of the Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program, as well as the Connecticut School of Finance and Management. Much of her time is spent volunteering in the local community and was awarded the Rotary Club’s Paul Harris Fellow Award in 2013. Since her employment with Litchfield Bancorp, the Lakeville Branch has more than doubled in asset size.

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Mickie Budny installed as President of local RotaryJuly 19, 2018
Mickie-Ann Budny and Paul McLaughling, COO and EVP of Litchfield Bancorp

(Litchfield, CT) - Congratulations to Litchfield manager, Mickie-Ann Budny who was installed as the President of the Litchfield-Morris Rotary Club yesterday. Outgoing President, Ron Swanson presided over the oaths of office and handed over the ceremonial gavel at a luncheon held at West Shore Seafood in Morris. Mickie has been with the club since 2013 and previously served as the club's Secretary and serves as the Treasurer for their annual golf tournament. Mickie is also President of the Northwest Corner TRIAD, Secretary for Litchfield Area Business Association - LABA and sits on the Financial Development Committee for YMCA Camp Mohawk. Paul McLaughlin, EVP and COO of Litchfield Bancorp was on hand and stated “Litchfield Bancorp is so proud of her accomplishments and see great things in her future as Rotary President”.

Mayland Celebrates 40 Years on Litchfield Bancorp BoardJuly 17, 2018
Don Mayland and Thomas Villanova, President of Litchfield Bancorp

(Litchfield, CT) - Don Mayland of Lakeville is celebrating his 40th year on the Board of Directors of Litchfield Bancorp.Chairman of the board since 1993, Mr. Mayland also served as Chairman of the Connecticut Mutual Holding Company, a partnership between Collinsville Savings Society, Litchfield Bancorp and Northwest Community Bank from its inception in 2001 until 2016.

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Beneficial Ownership NoticeMay 25, 2018

On May 5, 2016 the US Department of the Treasury announced a Customer Due Diligence Final Rule and proposed Beneficial Ownership Legislation. Due to these regulatory changes effective May 11, 2018, we will be asking for additional information when commercial accounts are opened or changes are made to existing accounts including Certificate of Deposit Renewals and Loan Renewals held at Litchfield Bancorp. We are now required to gather information in regard to Beneficial Owners of Legal Entity Customers including Name, Address, Social Security Number, Date of Birth and a copy of Identification- such as a driver’s license. We are required to gather information as it relates to the following:

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Doreen Welsh, “Miracle on the Hudson,” Speaker at 8th Annual CMHC Business Breakfast EventMay 17, 2018
Steve Reilly, Thomas Villanova, Doreen Welsh and Gary Roman

(Torrington, CT) - Doreen Welsh, a retired Flight Attendant who was on board the “Miracle on the Hudson,” spoke on Thursday, May 17, 2018 to a group of local bankers, business people and elected officials at the 8th Annual Connecticut Mutual Holding Company Business Breakfast held at Chatterley’s Banquet Facility in Torrington.

Doreen Welsh entertained the audience by telling the story of what took place during the crash landing of US Airways Flight 1549 that landed in New York’s Hudson River in 2009. Welsh was a flight attendant who had been trained for 38 years to prepare for, but never expected to hear the words “Brace for Impact!” Throughout the event, Doreen had the audience’s full attention, creating many emotions including both laughter and tears, as they listened to her story.

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Paul McLaughlin promoted to Executive Vice President of Litchfield Bancorp January 5, 2018
Paul McLaughlin

(Litchfield, CT) – Litchfield Bancorp is proud to announce the promotion of Paul McLaughlin to Executive Vice President as of January 2018.
Paul McLaughlin began his career with Litchfield Bancorp more than 25 years ago and is an avid member of the community in Northwest Connecticut.
“I am pleased to announce the promotion of Paul to EVP, approved by the Litchfield Bancorp Board last week,” President and Chief Executive Officer, Thomas J. Villanova said in announcing McLaughlin’s promotion. Mr. Villanova continued to say, “Paul is a leader in the community, a leader in our organization and a leader in the Connecticut Mutual Holding Company.”

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Pre-pay January 2018 Escrowed Real Estate Taxes. December 19, 2017

If you would like to pay your January 2018 real estate escrow payment in this calendar year please contact a bank representative via email at or call 860-567-9401 to set the process in motion.

We will require a signed document in order to finalize the request. Deadline is December 28, 2017.

Loan Servicing will make every possible effort to pay these bills before year end. Due to the late approval of the state budget, each tax bill will need to be researched and verified as some towns have supplemental bills, mill rate changes, etc. Customers may want to contact their town tax collector before year end to confirm receipt of the tax payment.

Jennifer Ives-Groebl selected as “New Leader in Banking”December 4, 2017
Jennifer Ives-Groebl

(Litchfield, CT) – Jennifer Ives-Groebl, Vice President and Senior Mortgage Lender with Litchfield Bancorp, has been selected as a “New Leader in Banking,” a privileged distinction given by the Connecticut Bankers Association and Connecticut Banking Magazine.
Jennifer joined Litchfield Bancorp in 1994 and was promoted to Assistant Vice President and Senior Mortgage Officer following her completion of the Connecticut School of Finance and Management in 1998. Jennifer covers both the Torrington and Litchfield offices of Litchfield Bancorp and is well known within the community.

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Annual Golf Tournament Raises $34,600 for Local CharitiesNovember 8, 2017
Front Row L to R: Maria Skinner, McCall Center; Gina Devaux, Susan B Anthony Project; Lisa Hageman, Community Kitchen of Torrington; Christine Lavieri, Open Door of Winsted and Steve Casio of FISH Back Row L to R: Paul McLaughlin, Litchfield Bancorp; Stephen Todd, Brooks Todd & McNeil and Steve Zarrella, Northwest Community Bank

(Litchfield, CT) – On September 11, 2017 Burns, Todd & McNeil, Litchfield Bancorp and Northwest Community Bank jointly sponsored the 17th Annual BLN Charity Golf Tournament to benefit four local charities in Litchfield County. A total of $34,600 was raised for The Susan B. Anthony Project, FISH/Friends in Service to Humanity of NWCT, The Open Door Soup Kitchen of Winsted, and Community Soup Kitchen of Torrington, Inc. The event was held at Torrington Country Club and a number of volunteers helped organize and manage the event. Since its inception in 2001, the BLN Charity Golf Tournament has raised a total of $418,000 to contribute to those in need within our community.

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Equifax Security BreachSept 11, 2017

On September 7, 2017, Equifax, Inc. announced a cybersecurity incident potentially impacting approximately 143 million US Customers. Based on the Equifax, Inc. investigation, the unauthorized access occurred from Mid-May through July of 2017. Litchfield Bancorp strongly encourages our customers to visit to determine if your information has been potentially impacted and to see updates on what steps Equifax is taking to protect anyone affected by this breach. You may also contact Equifax by phone at 1-866-447-7559 (toll-free) everyday, including weekends, from 7:00AM to 1:00 AM Eastern Time. Equifax is offering credit file monitoring and identity theft protection free to US customers for one year. Information on this offering will also be found at

Lt. Col. Robert Darling, Speaker at 7th Annual CMHC Business Breakfast EventMay 25, 2017
Lieutenant Colonel Robert Darling (retired) and Paul McLaughlin of Litchfield Bancorp

(Torrington, CT) - Lieutenant Colonel Robert Darling, a retired Marine and author of 24 Hours Inside the President's Bunker: 9/11/01 The White House, spoke on Thursday, May 18, 2017 to a group of local bankers, business people and elected officials at the 7th Annual Connecticut Mutual Holding Company Business Breakfast held at Chatterley's Banquet Facility in Torrington.

Lt. Col. Darling, or as he preferred to be called, Bob entertained the audience by telling many unknown stories of the events that took place during those first tragic hours on September 11, 2001 from his point of view from the President's Emergency Operations Center (the Bunker) that morning. Throughout the event, Bob had the audience experience many emotions as they listened to his stories.

After the keynote speaker, a name was drawn to choose a United Way agency to receive a monetary donation from the Banks within The Connecticut Mutual Holding Company: Litchfield Bancorp, Northwest Community Bank and Collinsville Savings Society.

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Litchfield Bancorp announces Peter Aziz as member of its Board of DirectorsFeb 16, 2017

Litchfield Bancorp has announced the election of Peter Aziz to Litchfield Bancorp’s Board of Director’s as of January 2017.

Mr. Aziz is the President and owner of Bantam Home & Energy, a company he joined in 1988, before becoming president in 2006. In 2006, Bantam Home & Energy was one of the first in the region to introduce Bioheat Heating Oil, which is now widely used throughout the state of Connecticut. Under Peter’s leadership, the company has become a leader in the energy industry by embracing green fuels early on and has led company expansion through its offerings to include propane, air conditioning, plumbing, smart home controls and more.

"We welcome Peter to our board and look forward to working together to sustain and grow our bank. As a small business owner he brings a wealth of experience to the board and as a community leader, he helps broaden our reach in our Litchfield Market," said Thomas J. Villanova, President and Chief Executive Officer of Litchfield Bancorp.

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Paul McLaughlin elected to the Board of Directors for McCall Center for Behavioral HealthJan 1, 2017

The McCall Center for Behavioral Health has announced the election of Paul McLaughlin to its Board of Directors as of January 2017.

Paul McLaughlin is Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Litchfield Bancorp, the same community bank he started with 25 years ago and is an avid member of the community in Northwest Connecticut.

"I am thrilled that Paul has joined our Board of Directors. We are so grateful that he will be directing his boundless energy to furthering the mission of McCall," said Maria Coutant Skinner, Executive Director of McCall Center for Behavioral Health. Maria continued to say, "His commitment to helping our neighbors find hope in their journey will no doubt have wonderful benefits to our agency, as well as the broader community."

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Holiday Phishing and Malware Alert!Dec 1, 2016

The US Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) has released a statement reminding individuals to remain vigilant when browsing or shopping online this holiday season.

Fraudulent seasonal campaigns put cardholders at risk for security breaches, identity theft and financial loss. Examples of these campaigns are:

  • Ecards from unknown senders may contain malicious links.
  • Fake advertisements or shipping notifications may deliver infected attachments.
  • Spoofed email messages and fraudulent posts on social networking sites may request support for phony causes.

To avoid seasonal campaigns that could result in security breaches, identity theft, or financial loss, users are encouraged to take the following actions:

If you believe you are a victim of a holiday phishing scam or malware campaign, consider the following actions:

  • File a complaint with the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).
  • Report the attack to the police and file a report with the Federal Trade Commission.
  • Contact your financial institution immediately and close any accounts that may have been compromised. Watch for any unexplainable charges to your account.
  • Immediately change any passwords you might have revealed and do not use that password in the future. Avoid reusing passwords on multiple sites.

If you have any questions about your account, please call or visit one of our branch locations for assistance.

Debit Card Fraud Alert Notification.Nov 30, 2016

It has come to our attention that a few of our Litchfield Bancorp Debit Card holders have experienced fraudulent activity on their accounts. The erroneous charges happened in Texas, Las Vegas Nevada, New York, and New Jersey. We are continuing to vigilantly monitor the situation.

In order to best protect you, we may need to put a hold on your debit card for up to 48 hours if we notice out of the ordinary charges occurring or charges that occur in any of our “hot spot” areas noted above.

We need your help in preventing unwanted holds on your account and also to detect fraudulent activity early. Please…

  1. Notify Litchfield Bancorp of any out of state travel plans, so we don’t put a hold on your account when charges occur outside of your normal local activity.
  2. Check your Litchfield Bancorp accounts regularly via Online Banking or our Mobile App and report any fraudulent transactions immediately to one of our branch managers.
  3. Remember, Litchfield Bancorp will never ask you for your account number or password via email or via telephone. If you get an email or a phone call from someone claiming to be a Litchfield Bancorp employee asking for this type of personal information note that it is probably an attempt at ID Theft. Please report such incidences to the bank immediately and of course do not release any private information.

Thank you for being a part of our Litchfield Bancorp family – if you have any questions or concerns about your accounts please don’t hesitate to stop into your local branch or give us a call.

Your Litchfield Bancorp Debit Mastercard® is about to become more secure.Feb 19, 2016

Strong account security with chip cards

Your Litchfield Bancorp Debit MasterCard® will soon feature a tiny microprocessor in the card. Using your new chip card in a chip-enabled terminal creates unique data for that transaction, providing an extra layer of protection for your account. Your new Debit MasterCard® with the chip brings this additional security at no cost to you.

Easy to use

Retailers are installing chip-enabled terminals at their cash registers where your chip card can be used easily and securely. Simply insert your chip card into the slot at the bottom, leaving your card in the terminal until the transaction is approved and completed. After the transaction completes, you will then remove your card. You can use your Debit MasterCard® with the chip for signature and PIN transactions. Plus, if you travel internationally, chip cards are accepted and preferred in over 130 countries worldwide!

And the Winner is…Jan 28, 2016

"Every Customer Counts" and so does Every Employee - especially here at Litchfield Bancorp.

Today we'd like to share with you an amazing employee story. Susan Dickinson, Assistant Vice President & Lakeville Office Branch Manager started with Litchfield Bancorp in 2004, and although her career started at another bank, she has worked her way through the ranks starting as a bookkeeper, teller, and eventually becoming branch manager.

Susan recently received the "New Leaders in Banking" award given by the Connecticut Bankers Association and Connecticut Banking Magazine. To be considered, nominees need to be outstanding employees AND make a notable impact within their bank and community. For those who may not know, Susan is also the President of the Tri-State Chamber of Commerce and donates countless hours of her time to the local community. In 2013, she received the Rotary Club's Paul Harris Fellow Award for her service to the community.

Susan was presented with the award on January 14th during a ceremony at Mohegan Sun. "This award means so much to me because it confirms the ongoing support and encouragement that I receive from the leadership at the bank, including Paul McLaughlin, Chief Operating Officer, Tom Villanova, President & CEO of Litchfield Bancorp, and Don Mayland, Chairman of Litchfield Bancorp's Board of Directors "says Susan.

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