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September 26, 2019: Port Washington State Bank and Village of Thiensville Hold DAS Klean Out, a Shredding and Prescription Drug Drop Off Event 


October 26 is Drug Take Back Day, a nationwide event founded by the DEA to help prevent the misuse of prescription drugs.  The month of October is also Cybersecurity Awareness month, and to celebrate both occasions, Port Washington State Bank and the Village of Thiensville will be co-hosting an event to shred sensitive documents and drop off expired or unneeded prescription drugs. 

Police Chief Curt Kleppin commented on the success of the last event. "In  April we collected almost 70 pounds of prescription drugs. Beyond that, it's a fun way to get into the fall spirit."

The Oktoberfest-themed event titled Das Klean Out will be held at Thiensville's Port Washington State Bank from 10am-2pm on Saturday, October 26.  In addition to shredding and prescription drop-off,  the event offers free food, live polka music and crafting activities for children. The Lakeshore Chinooks and team mascot Gill are providing volunteer support.  The Thiensville Business Association is also a key supporter of the event and is collecting donations that day to fund the Interactive Water Feature in Village Park.  

Senior Vice President and Chief Credit Officer James Schowalter commented on the reason for his brand's involvement in the festivities. "Fun community events like Das Klean Out are a brand hallmark for Port Washington State Bank, and a great opportunity for our Mequon and Thiensville neighbors to get to know us, and our partners. We're also really excited to see the  Village Park ReImagined plans come to fruition with more donations for the next phase of development in the park."




September 26, 2019: Port Washington State Bank Celebrates 120 Years with Possibility Playground Donation

In celebration of its 120th year of business, Port Washington State Bank issued a $25,000 donation to Port Washington's Possibility Playground of Upper Lake Park. The funds will be used to underwite a third-scale replica of the iconic Port Washington Bandshell.


The bandshell replica is one of many fun suprises in store for the eleven-year-old playground. The playground was first erected in 2008 to serve as a universally accessible playground for children of all abilities. The park was funded entirely by donations and built entirely by volunteers, with PWSB being one of the supporting companies throughout the park's existence.

President and CEO Steve Schowalter shared how the bank became involved. "I met with Jerry Baganz, one of the volunteers responsible for erecting the replica, and I got to see the beginnings with my own eyes. I was deeply impressed by the great lengths Jerry and team were taking to build the replica, and it reminded me of our own team's talent and dedication. Our employees and our citizens are what drive longevity and prosperity, and I couldn't be more proud of them all."

Port Washington State Bank's history of philanthropy for community organizations in Ozaukee County runs deep. Their support for over 200 local organizations is a tradition that the fifth-generation executive officer, James Schowalter, Senior VP and Chief Credit Officer, looks to uphold.  "We love life in Ozaukee County, and we feel it's a special place to live, so naturally, we support organizations that uphold that way of life. Whether it's a softball game on a Saturday in spring, or a visit to a park with your kids after a hard days' work, these are timeless traditions that I want our children to have for their children."



August 23, 2019:  Chillin' in the 'Ville Celebrates Port Washington State Bank River Stage


A special family-friendly community event on Saturday, September 14, hosted by the Thiensville Business Association in cooperation with Village Park ReImagined, will celebrate the opening of the Port Washington State Bank River Stage in Thiensville's Village Park.

A full afternoon and evening of food, music and fun activities begins at 3 p.m. with dancing and karoke with DJ Matt.  The event includes children's activities and an opportunity to get a professional family photo for a $20 donation to the park.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5 p.m. will precede an evening of music on the brand-new stage. The Dan Lloyd Group takes the stage at 5:15 p.m. with a jazz performance. Simply id follows at7 p.m. with a mix of popular hits. 

Advance tickets for the event are $25 for adults and $10 for children up to age 12. Tickets are available at Thiensville Village Hall, 250 Elm St., or any PWSB branch. PWSB customers may purchase adult tickets for $20 at the bank.

Ticketed guests can taste and vote for local restaurants and caterers who will compete for the honor of Best Chili and Best Mac 'n Cheese.

Businesses participating in the competition include Shully's Cuisine & Events, Remington's River Inn, Prime Minister, Chuck's Place, Ferrante's Restaurant, That Taco Guy, Crave Bar and Silverado North Shore.

Beer, wine, soda and water will be available for purchase.

Proceeds from Chillin' in the 'Ville will go toward the splash pad, the next park upgrade planned by Village Park ReImagined. The Port Washington State Bank River Stage was completed in late June and already has been used for several concerts in Village Park.

Chillin' in the 'Ville is presented by the Thiensville Business Association, Village Park ReImagined and Port Washington State Bank.

June 30, 2019:  Port Washington State Bank Sponsors Rivoli Theatre Summer Movie Series

Port Washington State Bank welcomes everyone to view the Saturday matinee movies starting in July and running through August at the Rivoli Theatre in Cedarburg.  There is no charge for the family-friendly movies, and you do not need to be a customer, but tickets are limited. Pick up your free tickets at PWSB in Cedarburg, Grafton, or Thiensville!  Free popcorn and soda or water are included.    








April 2, 2019:  Port Washington State Bank Offers Special Loan Rate to Neighbors in Need

Many households and businesses in Ozaukee County have been impacted by flooding caused by the onset of warmer weather.  As the County’s leading  local independent community bank, Port Washington State Bank would like to extend a helping hand to any Ozaukee County resident or business that might have uninsured expenses or deductibles to meet in order to restore their properties. PWSB is offering unsecured loans for this purpose, up to $5,000 per household at a low interest rate of 3.00%.  We encourage all of our Ozaukee County friends and neighbors who may have a need to contact a personal banker at any one of our eight convenient locations for more details on applying for this program. “All of us at PWSB sincerely hope this offer can help take the edge off of what is likely a very stressful and expensive event,” said Steve Schowalter, President and CEO.