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August 9, 2011

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The Provident Bank earns 5-Star rating

The Provident Bank has earned a top 5-star rating from BauerFinancial Inc., the nation's bank rating firm. The 5-star rating demonstrates The Provident Bank's solid performance at a time when many banks are struggling with the difficult economic climate and increasing industry regulations. The quarterly ratings were announced in June and are based on March 31 financial data. BauerFinancial is the source for unbiased, independent bank and credit union star-ratings. Using quarterly financial reports filed with federal regulators, it thoroughly analyzes and compares all U.S. bank and credit union current and historical performance data. Upon completion of the analysis, a star-rating is assigned based on a scale of zero to five stars, with five stars being the strongest. Since 1983, BauerFinancial has been analyzing and reporting on the financial condition of the nation's banking industry, providing the public with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions regarding their banking relationships. The Provident Bank is a mutually owned, independent community bank established in 1828 and based in Amesbury, with full-service locations in Amesbury and Newburyport, Exeter, Hampton, Portsmouth and Seabrook.

Interior landscaping firm launches interactive 'green' website

Susan's Interior Plantscaping Inc., a full-service interior landscaping company, has launched their new customer-focused, interactive website. The site, www.plantwerks.com., is designed in direct response to SIP's research into their customers' needs. The site launch coincides with the introduction of their new Living Walls Systems, which provide beautiful backdrops for special events, weddings, trade shows, photo taking and more. Plantwerks.com is designed to help educate the public on the benefits of green plants in the home and work environment. For more information, contact Susan's Interior Plantscaping Inc., 102 Bridge Road, Salisbury, at 978-462-4126 or email at SIP@plantwerks.com or visit their website at http://www.plantwerks.com.

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