Four local residents have been selected by the Mauch Chunk Trust Company (MCT) as "2012 Community Heroes" in recognition of their outstanding volunteer contributions.

The award recipients nominated by community residents will be recognized at a public banquet to be held in their honor on Monday, June 25, 2012 at the Mahoning Valley Country Club.

At that time, the Mauch Chunk Trust Company will present each recipient with an award and a $100 donation to the charity of his or her choice.

The charities selected by this year's Community Heroes are : the Palmerton Area Library; the Tamaqua Salvation Army; and the Carbon/Tamaqua Unit of the American Cancer Society.

The 2012 MCT Community Heroes award recipients are :

Connie Rinehart, Palmerton - for the past 63 years Connie has volunteered her time and talents with: Church Choir & Resurrection Ringers Bell Choir; Sunday school teacher; church and Sunday school pianist; Summer Bible school music teacher; Merit Badge Counselor for girls for Girl and Boy Scouts; Palmerton Camera Club; Palmetton Historical Society; Carbon County Fair judge; music program coordinator for various groups; Meals on Wheels; Palmerton Library; Palmerton Blood Mobile; Palmerton Halloween Parade Judge; Palmerton Hospital candy stripers; Carbon County Jail Ministry; Bach & Handel Choral; Kibler One- Room School. Connie's $100 donation is earmarked for the Palmerton Area Library.

Peter L Kern, Brodheadsville - Peter's volunteering has affected: Palmerton Hospital; Palmerton Hospital Foundation; Hospital and Healthcare Association of Pennsylvania; American Lung Association of the Lehigh Valley; Pleasant Valley School District; Pleasant Valley Education Foundation; St. John Neumann Regional School; Horsehead Community Development Fund; Western Pocono Lions Club; Western Pocono Community Library; Palmerton Area Historical Society; Carbon County Partners for Progress; Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries; Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce; Carbon County Chamber of Commerce; Allentown Symphony Association; Zion United Lutheran Church Brodheadsville. Peter has decided to donate his $100 to the Palmerton Area Library.

Larry A. Wittig, Andreas - Larry has concentrated his volunteer efforts towards: Tamaqua Area School Board; PA State Board of Education; Lehigh Carbon Community College Tamaqua Campus; Philadelphia University Board of Trustees; Schuylkill Community Education Council; Governor's Advisory Commission on Post Secondary Education; Schuylkill Education and Economics Advisory Council; Governor's Commission on Academic Standards; Luzerne/Schuylkill Workforce Investment Board; Team PA State Workforce Investment Board; Tamaqua Salvation Army Board; Blue Mountain Health Systems Board of Directors; Gnaden Huetten Foundation; Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce; Vesper Boat Club member and Treasurer; 1984 US Olympic Woman's Rowing Team Coach; US National Rowing Team Coach. $100 will be donated to the Tamaqua Salvation Army in Larry's name.

Rose Marie Mikulski, Lansford - Rosemarie's volunteering has benefited: American Cancer Society Board of Directors and office volunteer; Annual Cancer Telethons; Cancer Relay for Life; Daffodil Days; Rafting Against Cancer; Annual Cancer TV Auctions/Chinese Auctions; Dream Come True Telethon; Dream Come True "Mrs. Santa"; Nesquehoning Women's Club and Health Screenings; Nesquehoning Fire Company's Annual Labor Day Festival; Nesquehoning High School Class reunions; CYO scorekeeper; Panther Valley Knee-Hi Football announcer; St. Ann's Council of Catholic Women; choirs of three former Catholic churches; her high school graduating class. Rosemarie will be donating her $100 to the Carbon/Tamaqua Unit of the American Cancer Society.

This is the 13th consecutive year that the Mauch Chunk Trust Company is recognizing local volunteers.

In commenting on the event, Mauch Chunk Trust Company President and CEO Patrick H. Reilly said "this is the day that we introduce our Community Heroes to the community and we take advantage of that day to also recognize and show appreciation to our customers by serving Hero sandwiches at our branches during the day."

"We are a Community Bank and we depend on our customers in our community, without them we wouldn't have a business or a need for a bank."

"The Community Heroes program is our way of honoring folks that have volunteered their time and talent to make our community a better place to live."

"We do that every year and we're very pleased to shine the light on folks that usually don't receive a lot of recognition and its just one way that we try to encourage volunteerism to make our community a better place to live and work."

Established in 1902, the Mauch Chunk Trust Company is an independent community bank that is locally owned and managed. The community bank operates six branch locations and one wealth management office providing a complete range of personal and business banking products and financial services, such as investments and insurance. For more information about the Mauch Chunk Trust Company visit them online at www.mauchchunktrust.com http://www.mauchchunktrust.com/

Reservations are due by June 15, 2012; for Community Hero Banquet information, please call (570) 325-BANK (2265).