A longtime employee of First Bank of Berne is retiring.

CeAnn Weaver, the organization’s marketing and administrative assistant, announced that she will be retiring June 3 after 50 years.

Weaver, a lifelong Adams County resident who has served under five bank presidents, started at First Bank of Berne a week after graduating from South Adams High School in May 1972. She worked in bookkeeping and has been involved in nearly every department over the last five decades, including as assistant operations officer and assistant vice president.

She has also assisted with the First Bank of Berne Swiss Days race since its inception in 1974.

“I have made many friends over my years at the bank and will miss those daily connections,” Weaver said in a press release. “I never thought when I started in 1972 that I would be here 50 years later.”



Ribbon cutting set

Jay County Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon-cutting next week for Living in Joy and Bizy Dips Bakery and Coffee Shop in Dunkirk.

The ribbon cutting for the businesses is scheduled for noon Friday. They are moving in to the former Webster Depot building at 132 W. Railroad St. in Dunkirk.



20,000 collected

First Financial Bank collected more than 20,000 books in April to celebrate Financial Literacy Month.

Books were collected at the bank’s branches in Indiana, including Portland, Ohio, Illinois and Kentucky. They will be donated to schools, libraries, churches and other organizations.

“We are incredibly grateful to have received such a positive response from our neighbors in this effort,” said bank chief corporate responsibility officer Roddell McCullough in a press release. “Literacy, and specifically financial literacy, are central to a person’s financial well-being. Helping others to improve their financial wellness is just the type of impact we strive for among our friends and neighbors in the community.”



KPC sells

KPC Media announced recently that the organization is being purchased by Fort Wayne Newspapers.

The News Sun (Kendallville) editor Steve Garbacz, who started his career at The Commercial Review, reported the acquisition May 18. Fort Wayne Newspapers is a partnership between The News Publishing Co., owned by The Ogden Newspapers of Wheeling, West Virginia, and the Journal Gazette Co. of Fort Wayne.

KPC publishes three daily newspapers — The Star in DeKalb County, The Herald Republican in Steuben County and The News Sun in Noble and LaGrange counties — and several other weeklies.

“With Fort Wayne Newspapers at the helm, Northeast Indiana can count on a continuation of the long tradition of journalism-based public service in the years to come,” said Richard Stolz, KPC’s president.



Scout has signed

Scout Clean Energy announced recently that it has signed an agreement with First Solar to purchase 378 megawatts of thin film photovoltaic (PV) solar modules.

Scout, which owns and operates Bluff Point Wind Energy Center in Jay County and is developing Sun Chief Solar as well, is in the process of developing a 12,000-megawatt portfolio of solar PV, battery storage and onshore wind projects in 21 states. It plans to use the First Solar modules to begin construction on several projects in 2024.

“We’re excited to partner with First Solar as we continue to develop and grow our portfolio of solar PV assets across the U.S.,” said Michael Rucker, founder and CEO of Scout Clean Energy, in a press release.



Ardagh converts

Ardagh Group has partnered with Buske Logistics and Shoppa’s Material Handling to convert its fleet of propane vehicles to electric vehicles at its distribution center in Fairfield, California.

Ardagh, which operates glass manufacturing facilities in Dunkirk and Winchester, expects to save 30,000 gallons of liquid propane per year with the change.

“As a leading global supplier of infinitely recyclable, sustainable glass packaging, Ardagh closely monitors our energy consumption and strives to reduce our environmental impact on our communities,” said Alex Winters, Chief Sustainability Officer for Ardagh Glass Packaging. “This fleet electrification project in Fairfield is the result of dedicated Ardagh logistics professionals collaborating cross-functionally to ensure we are minimizing our impact on the environment, resulting in more sustainable and efficient operations.”



Chamber offering

Indiana Chamber of Commerce is offering a Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) seminar June 22 at Indiana Chamber Conference Center in Indianapolis. (A virtual option is also available.)

Ogletree Deakins law firm will lead the seminar about FMLA, which applies to companies with 50 or more employees and all schools and public agencies. Attendees will review real-life scenarios and get an overview on FMLA including eligibility, types of leave, qualifying conditions and job protection.

“This is one of our most important business and HR offerings of the year and is a great resource for employers to stay up to date and to protect themselves,” says Kerri Begley, Indiana Chamber vice president of business education and events. “Ogletree Deakins’ attorneys specializing in FMLA will lead the training and share insights that can enhance attendees’ FMLA efforts.”