Business briefs

April 08, 1999


Kim Wible, preschool and kindergarten teacher at the Children's Learning Center at Hagerstown Community College, has been selected to participate in the Maryland Model for School Readiness.

Wible has worked in the Children's Learning Center since it opened in August.

She taught kindergarten, first and second grades in the Tuscarora, Pa., school district before coming to HCC.

The MMSR is an opportunity for child care providers to learn the same observation and assessment skills that public school teachers use when tailoring their lessons to individual children.

Frederick County Public Schools

FREDERICK, Md. - Eric Reickel, a 15-year veteran English teacher at Frederick County Public Schools, earned the Frederick County 1998-99 Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award issued by the Washington Post Co. Education Foundation.


Administrators, faculty, parents and students wrote enthusiastic letters recommending Reickel for the award.

Reickel tailors instruction to fit students. He has served on summer curriculum workshops trading lesson plans and inspiration with others and helping to create the final exams that have guided all county English teachers.

North American Mortgage

FREDERICK, Md. - North American Mortgage Co. has announced that Dave Thrailkill, mortgage consultant, has joined its Frederick office. Thrailkill, of Boonsboro, comes to North American with experience in financial planning and management.

Also, the company has announced that Dan Santucci, loan officer, has joined its Frederick and Hagerstown offices. Santucci comes to North American from Farmer's & Mechanics National Bank in Frederick.

Dot Foods

WILLIAMSPORT - An agreement with another food service distributor will mean a significant increase in volume for Dot Foods, a national redistributor with a distribution center in Williamsport.

Dot has purchased the inventory of Alliant Foodservice's distribution center in Champaign, Ill., and has become the preferred redistributor for those products to Alliant's 47 branches.

The Alliant agreement means a volume increase of about 60 million pounds per year.

Dot will be leasing the 100,000-square-foot warehouse space currently used in Champaign.

Reeders Memorial Home

BOONSBORO - Reeders Memorial Home in Boonsboro recently recognized employees for their years of service.

They include Lynn Cline, Torri Moats, Stephanie Obitts and Rose Virts, five years; Janice Bowers, Denise Crampton, Brigitte Fouche, Judith Hahn, Karen Knight-Miner, Dinah Marshall, Chris Mills, Sue Nokes and Pauline Renner, 10 years; Susan Hardy and Sarah Holter, 15 years; Deborah Ballam, Terry Kitchen and Kathleen Wenner, 20 years; and Darlene Kendle, 25 years.

Wheatfield Trucking

UNION BRIDGE, Md. - Wheatfield Trucking Co. will soon move its Maryland operations into new facilities in Union Bridge, hire additional drivers and add late-model tractors and trailers to service customers in Eastern Maryland.

Wheatfield is a dry bulk trucking company with operations in the Mid-Atlantic area and also in the Midwest.

Wheatfield acquired the assets of a local company, Mercer Trucking, in May. It has been operating in temporary facilities in Frederick, Md., but expects to be operating from the new Union Bridge terminal by mid-April.

Farmers & Merchants Bank and Trust

Farmers & Merchants Bank and Trust in Hagerstown recently announced the election of new bank officers and key appointments.

Robert E. Ernst II was elected senior vice president of the Washington County Region. Ernst, a 17-year banker, has worked in various capacities including branch management, administration and lending.

Stuart L. Mullendore was elected senior vice president, Administrative Services Division. Mullendore has been with the bank for more than 10 years. He will be responsible for the its marketing, promotion and advertising as well as managing its Training, Purchasing and Deposit Products departments.

Susan S. Rickett, senior vice president, Credit Administration Division, was appointed senior lending officer. Rickett has been with the bank for 13 years. She will be its senior lending officer while retaining her current responsibilities in credit administration.

Ronald L. Frey, senior vice president, has been appointed security officer. Frey will oversee security training and implementation of security plans for the entire bank. He will also be responsible for facilities management, community development activities, consumer and residential foreclosure actions and implementation of electronic banking.

Michael E. Hough, vice president, has been named department head, Washington County Commercial Banking. Hough has been with F&M for 10 years. He started as a consumer lender, but has worked in the Commercial Banking Department for most of his tenure. He will oversee commercial banking activities in Washington County.

Also, the board of directors has elected Brenda L. Keefer to corporate secretary and promoted Linda J. Tracey and Matthew D. Weaver to assistant vice president.

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