Business Briefs

September 23, 2007

The Spirit of the Lotus Tea Company

Members of the Mid-Atlantic Tea Business Association, including a local tea house, are participating in Cancer Awareness Month events on Oct. 13 and 14 in conjunction with the Komen Fund's Passionately Pink for the Cure campaign.

MATBA members will participate in fundraisers to find a cure for breast cancer. The Spirit of the Lotus Tea Company of Hagerstown will donate 10 percent of all sales during October to the Komen Fund.

A new tea, Passion Pink, blended especially for this event, will be available for purchase during October from participating tearooms, including Spirit of the Lotus at 223 N. Prospect St., Suite 106.


More information can be obtained by phoning 301-991-4723 or at

Carl M. Freeman Companies

Carl M. Freeman Companies has announced that Frank Theatres will open a theater complex at The Boulevard at Potomac Towne Center in Ranson, W.Va.

Frank Theatres plans to open the 12-screen state-of-the-art entertainment complex by Memorial Day 2008.

The 50,000-square-foot two-story Ranson complex will feature stadium-style seating, Mezzanine VIP seating will offer waitress service from the caf/restaurant and there will be private party rooms and an arcade with video games.

More information can be obtained at

Ryan Physical Therapy Associates

Ryan Physical Therapy Associates will present the latest in its continuing community health seminars on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m., at the office at 1190 Mount Aetna Road in Hag-erstown.

The free program, "You and Nutrition," will focus on how blood pressure can be lowered through diet and exercise. Anyone interested may reserve a seat by calling 301-797-4572.

More information about the continuing educational seminars can be found at

H.B. Mellott Estate

H.B. Mellott Estate Inc. has closed on an agreement with Lafarge for the sale of the Heritage segment of its business and sale and/or lease of the related assets.

The Heritage Division consists of Mellott-owned and operated quarries, ready mix concrete and related equipment in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and West Virginia.

The board of directors and shareholders approved the transaction. The transfer to Lafarge was effective Aug. 31.

Approximately 60 Heritage employees were to retain their positions with Lafarge, according to a prepared release.


The Associated Builders and Contractors Inc. (ABC), Cumberland Valley Chapter held a Sporting Clay Shoot on Saturday, Sept. 8, at Hill Country in Blue Ridge Summit, Pa.

Six squads participated in the outing. Shooters traveled to various stations to test their skill at shooting clays.

The top three squads were presented with trophies. They were: First place squad from Northstar Foundations Inc. - John Gardner, Daryl Mummert, Ryan Stottlemyer and Lance Moyer. Second place squad, Heritage Roofing - Daylon Query, Jacob Query, Tony Myers and Lorne Peters. Third place squad - Northstar Foundations Inc.; Ray Blomfield, Chip Summers, David Warrenfeltz and Nathan Fybrandt.

The top five shooters squared off and the top shooter was Lorne Peters of Heritage Roofing.

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