Business briefs 3/9

March 10, 2003

Child Guide magazine

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Child Guide magazine, a regional parenting magazine based in Charles Town, was awarded five editorial honors by the national association Parenting Publications of America.

Established in 1988, PPA is an international trade association exclusively for regional parenting publications.

Wendy Kedzierski is publisher and editor of Child Guide, a free publication distributed in six school districts as well as stores, doctors' offices, hospitals and businesses along Interstate 81 from Winchester, Va., through Hagerstown.

Child Guide won two bronze and three gold awards.

Thompson Gas

Thompson Gas, whose headquarters is in Boonsboro, has been ranked one of the Top 50 propane retailers in the United States by LP Gas Magazine.

The family-owned business, with roots in rural Western Maryland going back almost 60 years, serves more than 10,000 customers throughout Maryland, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Virginia.


Thompson Gas is a diversified energy delivery company with offices in Boonsboro; Charles Town, W.Va.; and Oakland, Md.

Twigg Cycles

Twigg Cycles at 200 S. Edgewood Drive in Hagerstown has been named the winner of the 12th Annual Dealernews Top 100 Contest.

This contest was held to recognize dealerships across the country for their creative achievements in store design and innovative marketing and display techniques.

Twigg Cycles will be recognized in the 2003 Top 100 Yearbook published this summer.

Dot Foods

MT. STERLING, Ill. - The 2003 Trailblazer Award, which honors groundbreaking strides in the food service industry, will recognize the accomplishments of Dot Foods Inc.

The award is presented annually by ID Magazine.

Dot Foods CEO Pat Tracy and President John Tracy will accept the award in June at the ID Update 2003 Leadership Summit in Chicago.

Dot Foods is a leading national food redistributor with an operation in Williamsport.

Potomac Bancshares

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Potomac Bancshares Inc., the bank holding company for Bank of Charles Town, approved a 200 percent stock dividend to all shareholders as of Feb. 15.

The stock dividend, approved by Potomac Bancshares board of directors, was payable on March 1.

Potomac Bancshares' dividends will now be paid on a quarterly basis rather than semi-annually. Quarterly cash dividends will be paid on March 1, June 1, Sept. 1 and Dec. 1.

The board also approved a quarterly dividend equal to 13 cents per share for all shareholders of record on Feb. 15.

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