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December 11, 2005

Keller Stonebraker Insurance Inc.



Keller Stonebraker Insurance Inc. has acquired Select Benefit Services, a Frederick, Md.-based company that provides employee benefits plans and life, health and long-term care insurance.

Keller Stonebraker's headquarters are in Hagerstown. A division of Farmers & Mechanics Bank and a member of Mercantile Bankshares Corp., Keller Stonebraker has offices in Hagerstown, Frederick and Cumberland, Md., and Keyser, W.Va.

Performance Pipe



Performance Pipe's Hagerstown plant was inducted as a STAR site of the Voluntary Protection Partnership (VPP) program, administered by the Maryland occupational Safety and Health agency.

The Hagerstown plant is the fourth facility to be recognized as a VPP STAR site in Maryland, according to a release.

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Requirements for earning the VPP STAR include a high degree of management support and employee involvement in health and safety; a high-quality work site analysis program; hazard prevention and control programs; and comprehensive health and safety training for all employees.

Performance Pipe, a division of Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP, produces polyethylene piping products.

Money Mailer



MYERSVILLE, Md. - Money Mailer, which has been in the direct mail industry since 1979, recently opened a franchise serving the Maryland and Pennsylvania areas including Hagerstown, Smithsburg, Williamsport and Clear Spring in Washington County and Chambersburg, Greencastle, Shippensburg and Mercersburg in Pennsylvania.

Franchise operator Barbara Tolley has more than 20 years experience in the marketing and advertising industry. Nationwide, more than 300 Money Mailer franchises mail envelopes filled with coupons.

LocalNet Corp.



LocalNet Corp. has been named to Inc. magazine's annual list of fastest growing companies.

The Williamsville, N.Y., company provides Internet access to Hagerstown and surrounding communities. It has more than 135,000 subscribers.

Edward Jones



Shelby Penn-Ross will host a free Coffee Club gathering at her Edward Jones office at 33 W. Franklin St. in Hagerstown on Thursday, Dec. 15, from 8:35 to 9:35 a.m.

The topic is Fashion and Finance. Shana Ringer of The Boutique will discuss how to accessorize for the holidays. Special guest is Robert Liessem, regional vice president of Lincoln Financial Group.

Those wishing to RSVP may call 301-733-0625.

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