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April 28, 1999

Hospice of Washington County

Hospice of Washington County has announced the promotion of Jeffrey Crosby to clinical team coordinator.

He has been with hospice for five years and became a certified hospice nurse in October.

Crosby's dedication is evident in the care he provides in the patient's home and in the follow-up done at the office.

Allegheny Energy

Allegheny Energy Inc. has reported 1999 first quarter earnings of $97.8 million, or 80 cents per share, a 25 percent increase over 1998 first quarter earnings of $78.2 million, or 64 cents per share.

The $19.6 million increase was due primarily to colder weather that led to increased sales, new sales in Pennsylvania's competitive markets and reduced interest expenses.

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Solarex

FREDERICK, Md. - Solarex has announced the commissioning of the largest U.S.-based solar electric system using its Millennia solar electric modules.

The system using 1,400 Millennia modules is on top of BJ's Wholesale Club in Conshohocken, Pa.

The power generated by the system is sold to Green Mountain Energy, which resells the electricity to its customers in Pennsylvania.

Grease Monkey

Grease Monkey International Inc. awarded Hagerstown resident Randy Fraley one of seven 1998 Manager of the Year titles for outstanding performance and dedication to his operations.

Winners were chosen based on nominations from Grease Monkey franchise operators and company regional directors.

Fraley became a center manager in 1991. He manages one of the Grease Monkey auto maintenance centers operated by franchisees Pat and Valinda Dattilio in Hagerstown.

Wal-Mart Supercenter

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The American Heart Association Board of Volunteers has announced that the Wal-Mart Supercenter in Charles Town achieved the highest sales during the recent Have a Heart campaign by selling more than $2,653 worth of hearts at $1 each.

With a matching grant from the Wal-Mart Foundation, the donation totaled $4653.71 to help the American Heart Association combat cardiovascular disease and stroke.

Coordinator Martha Fraley was recognized for motivating her team to achieve their level of sales.

Also, associate Ethel Long sold $1,102 worth of hearts herself.

Maryland State Police

The Maryland State Police Hagerstown Barrack has announced that police communication operator William D. Henry has received a Certificate of Appreciation from the American Police Communication Operators for 1998.

A communication operator may be the first person the public encounters when they contact a state police facility. The information collected by the operator or their ability to calm a crime victim can be vital to the handling of an incident.

Henry, a Washington County resident, has been with the Maryland State Police for about 19 years, and has been assigned to Hagerstown Barrack since September 1983.

Grove Worldwide

SHADY GROVE, Pa. - Grove Worldwide companies, Grove Crane, National Crane and Grove Manlift, recently participated in the CONEXPO-Con/Agg construction equipment show in Las Vegas.

More than 1,700 companies exhibited at the show, which drew more than 124,000 people.

Grove staffers talked with visitors about the more than 21 products on exhibit, and took $50 million in equipment orders during the show.

Cumberland Valley Orthopaedic Associates

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Robert F. Pellegrino Jr., of Chambersburg, recently joined the staff of Cumberland Valley Orthopaedic Associates Inc. in Chambersburg as a certified physician assistant.

Previously, Pellegrino was the senior clinical/administrative physician assistant in the Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia.

He was also an instructor in clinical medicine, physician assistant program, at Philadelphia College of Textile and Science.

South Central Insurance Association

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Kay Clugston was recently elected president of the South Central Insurance Association, the Chambersburg, Pa., chapter of the National Association of Insurance Women.

Clugston is a customer service agent for Wenger & Myers Insurance in Chambersburg. She has been with the firm for 10 years and is responsible for personal lines accounts.

Other officers include Cynthia J. Eader, vice-president; Penny L. Brown, treasurer; Daniella Bristol, secretary; and Dody Hopkins and Rose Thompson, both elected to the board of directors.

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