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Formations of, Acquisitions by, and Mergers of Bank Holding Companies

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The companies listed in this notice have applied to the Board for approval, pursuant to the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956 (12 U.S.C. 1841 et seq.) (BHC Act), Regulation Y (12 CFR Part 225), and all other applicable statutes and regulations to become a bank holding company and/or to acquire the assets or the ownership of, control of, or the power to vote shares of a bank or bank holding company and all of the banks and nonbanking companies owned by the bank holding company, including the companies listed below.

The applications listed below, as well as other related filings required by the Board, are available for immediate inspection at the Federal Reserve Bank indicated. The application also will be available for inspection at the offices of the Board of Governors. Interested persons may express their views in writing on the standards enumerated in the BHC Act (12 U.S.C. 1842(c)). If the proposal also involves the acquisition of a nonbanking company, the review also includes whether the acquisition of the nonbanking company complies with the standards in section 4 of the BHC Act (12 U.S.C. 1843). Unless otherwise noted, nonbanking activities will be conducted throughout the United States. Additional information on all bank holding companies may be obtained from the National Information Center Web site at​nic/​.

Unless otherwise noted, comments regarding each of these applications must be received at the Reserve Bank indicated or the offices of the Board of Governors not later than December 5, 2003.

A. Federal Reserve Bank of Boston (Richard Walker, Community Affairs Officer) 600 Atlantic Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02106-2204:

1. New Alliance Bancshares, Inc., New Haven, Connecticut; to become a bank holding company by acquiring 100 percent of the voting shares of The New Haven Savings Bank, New Haven, Connecticut, and Connecticut Bankshares, Inc., Manchester, Connecticut; Alliance Bancorp of New England, Inc., Vernon, Connecticut; Tolland Bank, Vernon, Connecticut; and The Savings Bank of Manchester, Manchester, Connecticut.

B. Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta (Sue Costello, Vice President) 1000 Peachtree Street, N.E., Atlanta, Georgia 30303:

1. CBS Financial Corporation, Smyrna, Georgia; to become a bank holding company by acquiring control of Community Bank of the South, Smyrna, Georgia.

C. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis (Richard M. Todd, Vice President and Community Affairs Officer) 90 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55480-0291:

1. State Bank of Cokato ESOP II, Cokato, Minnesota; to acquire additional shares, for a total of 100 percent of the voting shares of Cokato Bancshares, Inc., Cokato, Minnesota, and thereby indirectly acquire State Bank of Cokato, Cokato, Minnesota.

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Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, November 5, 2003.

Robert deV. Frierson,

Deputy Secretary of the Board.

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[FR Doc. 03-28342 Filed 11-10-03; 8:45 am]