Thursday, July 27th

Young Debbie Proft used to enjoy watching her parents get ready to host herck River Country Bank, which used to be the Bank of Melrose. dad’s company Christmas party in their home.

Her dad, Jerry Proft, who started as a cashier and eventually became the CEO of the Bank of Melrose, enjoyed welcoming their bank family of employees and directors into their home.

Mom, Dolores, always enjoyed baking lots of breads, bars and cookies, while Jerry, known for being an excellent candy maker, made the candies for the holidays. Debbie also fondly remembers helping her Dad decorate the lobby at Christmas time when she was a child, “The big white Styrofoam letters that spelled out Merry Christmas and Happy New Year were fun to help put up along with the Christmas tree.