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Posted: Tuesday, January 16, 2001

Credit union adds service

JUNEAU - Alaska State Employees Federal Credit Union has announced the addition of a merchant verification service to its automated voice response system.

The verification service is used to make sure funds are available to cover checks written on an account. Merchants may dial 586-6162 or (800) 483-5537 from other Southeast communities to access the service, and press menu selection five on a touch-tone telephone. The system will prompt the merchant through the process, the credit union said.

Ex-creamery becomes offices, apartments

PALMER - A downtown Palmer building that once housed the state's largest creamery may reopen for business soon.

Heritage Properties, an Anchorage company that specializes in rehabilitating historic properties, has agreed to buy and renovate the old Matanuska Maid Creamery. Heritage hopes to turn the building and an adjoining warehouse into office and retail space, or possibly apartments, said Grace Pleasants, a partner in the firm.

In he 1940s and 1950s, the Matanuska Maid creamery supplied half of Alaska's milk. The building also housed a cannery, a shopping center and a produce exchange. It later was converted into a hardware store that sold chicken feed, tractor tires and wood stoves.



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