MOUNT CARMEL - Mount Carmel Mayor J. Kevin Jones and Mount Carmel Borough Council presented a plaque of appreciation to UNB Bank, Third and Oak streets, Wednesday for all its help and efforts to fight blight in the borough. Frank S. Morrison, president and CEO of UNB Bank; Ruth Skonecki, assistant vice president and trust officer and Bill Kuzo, senior vice president accepted the plaque. Skonecki was also presented with a certificate of appreciation for her efforts.

In May, UNB contributed $50,000 to raze four long-time eyesores at 420, 422, 424 and 428 E. Center St. along with a dilapidated structure at 242 S. Poplar St.

The properties were demolished through a Neighborhood Assistance Program established to reduce blight in Northumberland County. The program was spearheaded by the Northumberland County Blight Task Force.

"Our contribution of $50,000 toward this important project demonstrates our commitment to the residents of Mount Carmel Borough and the quality of life of the people who live there, as well as our optimism that by getting rid of eyesore properties, we will see private investment occur that will result in the creation of new businesses and jobs," Morrison said in May when the donation was announced.

Also on hand for the presentation were Mount Carmel Borough Manager Ed Cuff, Council President Tony Matulewicz and Councilman Clem Plisiewicz.