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Business briefs

February 07, 2001

Business briefs



Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission


The Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission has earned accreditation as an Accredited Economic Development Organization.

It is the first economic development agency in Maryland to gain this accreditation by the American Economic Development Council, according to a press release from the organization.

The AEDC program measures economic development organizations against commonly held standards in the profession. The program's goals include helping economic development organizations with independent feedback on their operations, heightening the visibility of the economic development process and recognizing the organization's leadership of the economic development process.

Hagerstown Trust


FREDERICK, Md. - Hagerstown Trust has opened a loan production office in Frederick in West Patrick Square.

The office is staffed by Brad Duggan, a vice president and commercial banking officer responsible for business development in Frederick County.

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Maryland Surgical Care


FREDERICK, Md. - Thoracic surgeon Dr. Michael Schauber recently joined Maryland Surgical Care, a general vascular and thoracic surgery practice with offices in Frederick and in Olney, Md.

Schauber has particular expertise in treating benign and malignant diseases of the lung and esophagus.

He was previously on the surgical staff at Winter Haven Hospital in Florida.

Smith Elliott Kearns & Co.


Smith Elliott Kearns & Co. LLC Certified Public Accountants has announced it has admitted William F. Fritts II as a new partner.

Fritts is a certified public accountant who has also earned the certified valuation analyst designation.

He works in the firm's Hagerstown office providing accounting, tax and business valuation services.

Henn Workshops

Henn Workshops of Warren, Ohio, makers of handcrafted pottery, baskets and shaker boxes, recently promoted Jenny Taylor-Gray of Clear Spring to branch manager.

Taylor-Gray has been a Henn Workshops consultant for five years.

She has been active in both sales and recruiting.

Washington County Community Action Council

The Washington County Community Action Council recognized its case management department as Team of the Month for January.

Team members include Janet Cole, family shelter case manager; Denise Smith, placement housing counselor; Martha Buhrman, service-linked housing case manager; and Barbara Keller, family self-sufficiency.

The case management department provides intense, one-on-one services to people including the homeless and families working towards self-sufficiency.

The Herald-Mail Co.


Skip Hutzell has been named The Herald-Mail's February Employee of the Month. Hutzell, a pre-press technician, has been with the company for more than 34 years. He was nominated by the information systems staff, with whom he's working on a pagination process.

Darrell Kepler is marking 30 years with the company this month. A copy editor, Kepler has also served as a sports reporter, sports editor and circulation district manager.

Brian Forrest and Tina Green have been hired as district sales managers in the circulation department. Forrest, a Smithsburg High graduate, has worked as a manager for both the Bleu Water Co. of Hagerstown and AmeriGas Propane Co. Green, a Williamsport High graduate, has also worked for the Bleu Water Co. along with Radio Shack and others.

Rebel Edleblute has been promoted to full-time sales consultant in the classified advertising department. Edleblute joined the company in 1997 as a part-time classified telephone sales representative.

On the part-time front, Alain Beauparlant and Ray Montomery have joined the company as shortage drivers in the circulation department, and Robert Shingleton has joined as an inserter in the mailroom.

Hagerstown Community College


Hagerstown Community College has announced the winners of its Random Act of Recognition Awards.

They are James F. Hassinger, a professor of the mechanical engineering technology program; Carol Rowland, the tuition assistant; and Brenda Butler, a lead teacher in the college's Children's Learning Center.

Hassinger was recognized for helping three students in the radiography program complete their Algebra 101 courses.

Rowland was honored for her creativity and initiative in keeping the students' financial burden to a minimum.

Butler was recognized for being a reliable employee and also for taking responsibility for the Children's Learning Center in the director's absence.

Dr. Vincent A. Cantone


SMITHSBURG - Dr. Vincent A. Cantone of Hagerstown, an internist and pediatrician practicing in Smithsburg, has been elected a fellow of the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine.

The distinction recognizes achievements in internal medicine, the specialty of adult medical care.

Cantone is affiliated with Washington County Hospital and Smithsburg Family Medical Center.

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