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June 18, 2013

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Gillis named Community Bank HeroRobert J. Gillis Jr. has been named a Community Bank Hero by Banker & Tradesman, a weekly publication that covers New England’s financial industry.Gillis, a vice president of Cape Ann Savings Bank, and 12 other honorees were recognized at an event on May 22.Banker & Tradesman honored community bankers that stand out from their peers, excelling not only in their careers, but also their service to the community.Gillis was recognized for his personal and professional philanthropic work. He has been part of the Cape Ann Savings Bank team for 37 years and is actively involved in the Rockport Rotary Club, the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, The Open Door, the Cape Ann YMCA and Harborlight Community Partners.For his vacation in February, Gillis travelled to Nicaragua to install water purifiers in residential homes. He said he started traveling there with a friend who founded an organization called El Porvenir, which is dedicated to improving life in rural villages that lack access to most basic services.Gillis credits the bank with allowing him to help others.“First and foremost, my bank is very community-oriented and the leadership encourages me to get involved. They’ve been very supportive of me,” Gillis said in a statement. “I consider myself very fortunate in general. I feel as though if you have this kind of good fortune that I’ve had most of my life, then you try to pass it on.”Comdel introduces new chuckComdel Inc. recently expanded its electrostatic chuck product line to include the ESC-HVXP, a 15KV supply, 1mA, that is designed to enhance throughput and prevent residual charge on the chuck with on-command polarity reversibility.The ESC-HVXP electrostatic chuck features built-in current limitation to safeguard processes from surges and arc, as well as continuously adjustable controls for maximum flexibility. No outside cooling or airflow is required and the ESC-HVXP operates from 24V DC machine power.“Comdel continues its tradition of being a value-added RF engineering firm,” says Comdel Vice President Scott Johnson. “A customer needed a very high voltage electrostatic chuck but didn’t want to sacrifice the proven track record of our existing ESC series. Our engineers created a unit with polarity reversibility and voltages up to 15KV that maintained all the reliability and full features of our current product line.”Comdel, headquartered at 11 Kondelin Road designs, develops and manufactures innovative, high quality RF and DC power systems for leading companies in semiconductor, metal heat-treating, dielectric heating, lasers, and thin film markets.For more information, contact Comdel’s marketing manager, Amy Greaves, at 978-282-0620 or prices rise a penny in stateThe price of a gallon of gas in Massachusetts has crept up by a penny in the past week yet remains well below the national average.AAA Southern New England reported Monday that self-serve, regular climbed in the past week to an average of $3.50 per gallon, 11 cents lower than the national average.The price in Massachusetts is seven cents higher than at the same time a year ago and a penny higher than a month ago.AAA found self-serve, regular selling for as low as $3.37 per gallon and as high as $3.69.Gasoline prices Monday on Cape Ann ranged from $3.57 per gallon in Manchester to $3.68 in Rockport, according to find the lowest gasoline price on Cape Ann, visit

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