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Woodsboro Bank Opens New Office In Thurmont

Thurmont Dispatch

(8/7) Woodsboro Bank opened its newest branch at 143 Frederick Road in Thurmont on Aug. 4. The new building’s 2,500 sq. ft. more than doubles the size of the bank’s previous location on North Church Street.The opening coincides with the bank’s 15-year anniversary of service to Thurmont and northern Frederick County. Prior to its relocation, the Thurmont branch had been on North Church Street.

C. Richard Miller, Jr., president and CEO of Woodsboro Bank, said the relocation was prompted by “increased business volume” at the branch. “The Thurmont office has consistently been our most-active branch since it was established. I attribute this in large part to Steve Ott, vice president and branch manager, and his very capable staff.”

Ott believes the financial institution’s success in Thurmont is due to the community’s embrace of Woodsboro Bank’s relationship-based approach to banking. “Our staff is committed to providing a quality of personal service that customers really respond to,” said Ott, who also manages Woodsboro Bank’s branch banking system. “Our new location, reinforced with our many new checking products and services such as mobile banking and remote deposit capture, markedly improves the bank’s offerings to private and commercial customers alike.”

The neo-Federal style brick office, designed by Proffitt & Associates Architects and constructed by GRC Contracting, is located on a parcel adjacent to Mountain Gate Family Restaurant, owned by the McCleaf family. The branch, with ample parking, offers four drive-up window lanes. Other drive-up features include a dedicated ATM lane as well as another for night deposits.

Inside, the handicap accessible office features five teller stations, which Ott said can all be required at peak banking hours. The branch also includes a private conference room large enough to comfortably accommodate eight people. “The office will celebrate its northern Frederick County residency with artwork created by Yemi, an award-winning, local artist,” noted Ott. Customers entering the bank vestibule will be greeted by a view of contemporary downtown Thurmont that has been faux frosted on the interior doors. “Yemi, who is a bank customer, wanted to give the branch a signature work that would serve as a gift to the staff and our many local customers,” said Ott. Additionally, the artist was commissioned by the bank to create an etched-glass mural depicting regional scenes. The horizontal, five panel glass etched mural includes representations of surrounding Catoctin Mountain orchards, the Catoctin Colorfest, the historic Catoctin Furnace, Cunningham Falls, and Camp David. “The mural captures some of the areas most beloved and celebrated landmarks,” said Ott.

To address issues of noise and security, the branch entrance includes an insulated glass vestibule that will significantly buffer the din of nearby traffic. Sophisticated security and sensoring equipment prohibits entry into the branch or exit to the street, should the presence of substantial metals be detected. “State of the art technology has been integrated into every aspect of the branch’s construction and daily function,” Ott said.

Founded in 1899, Woodsboro Bank is a locally-owned community bank with assets in excess of $190 million, serving Frederick County residents and businesses from seven office locations and an ATM network in excess of 32,000 nationwide. For more information visit or call (301) 271-4944.

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