Community bank merger activity is heating up again east of the Mississippi, as two deals and one set of negotiations were announced just days after the end of the most active year in recent memory.

Great Financial Corp. of Louisville, Ky., and Keystone Financial Corp. of Harrisburg, Pa., are targeting in-market transactions, while North Fork Bancorp. of Mattituck, N.Y., is looking to expand its presence in the Big Apple's Long Island suburbs.

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