Business briefs

January 20, 2008

Showalter and Miller form new partnership

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Certified public accountants Linden A. Showalter and Ray L. Miller have formed a new partnership, Showalter & Miller, CPAs. The firm, at 42 E. Main St., Waynesboro, provides a wide range of accounting services.

Showalter has owned and operated his own accounting business in Waynesboro for more than 20 years. Miller joined the firm as an accountant three years ago after 25 years of management experience in nonprofit and financial organizations.

HCC's Children's Learning Center receives national accreditation

The Children's Learning Center at Hagerstown Community College is one of the first early childhood programs in the nation to earn accreditation, under the new, more rigorous standards from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).


"We're proud to have earned the mark of quality from NAEYC, and to be recognized for our commitment to reaching the highest professional standards," said Terry Kitchen, Children's Learning Center director. "NAEYC Accreditation lets families in our community know that children in our program are getting the best care and early learning experiences possible."

The Children's Learning Center supports the child care needs of HCC students, faculty, and staff and provides a learning laboratory for college students interested in working with young children.

Interfaith Housing earns excellence certificates

Interfaith Housing Alliance Inc. has been recertified for the Standards for Excellence, an ethics and accountability review by the Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations (MANO). The alliance first received the Seal of Excellence in 1999 and must be recertified every five years. Standards for Excellence is a voluntary certification program under which a nonprofit submits to peer review that examines eight primary functions of the organization.

The eight areas include: mission and program, governing body, conflict of interest, human resources, financial and legal, openness, fundraising and public affairs and public policy. Those interested in demonstrating that they comply with the Standards of Excellence must submit a written application, provide documentation and pay an application fee.

"Submitting to the scrutiny required for certification under the Standards for Excellence wasn't easy but was a worthwhile process for us," said Jim Upchurch, president of Interfaith Housing Alliance. "This seal shows that we have taken every step to ensure we're serving the community and operating in an ethical and upright way and we're proud to wear it."

Tower Bancorp Inc. declares quarterly dividend

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The Board of Directors of Tower Bancorp Inc. declared a first-quarter cash dividend of 28 cents per share at their Jan. 9 meeting. The 28 cents per share is 7.7 percent higher than the 2007 first-quarter dividend. The dividend will be paid Feb. 15 to shareholders of record as of Feb. 1, 2008.

Jeff Shank, President and CEO, commented "We are in the process of building a new office in the Mercersburg area that we anticipate will be open for business in the second quarter of 2008. In addition, we have hired additional staff for our Wealth Management Department to allow for additional services to be extended to our customer base."

Tower Bancorp Inc. is the parent holding company for The First National Bank of Greencastle.

Fahrney-Keedy receives high marks in resident family survey

BOONSBORO - Families had a positive opinion of Fahrney-Keedy Home & Village in last year's state survey of 224 nursing homes, the Maryland Health Care Commission reports.

From September to November the commission surveyed family members and other primary responsible parties with regard to services and care available for residents in the nursing homes. Respondents answered 58 questions about seven aspects of residents' life and care.

For Fahrney-Keedy, 87 families received surveys. On a 1-to-10 scale of overall satisfaction, they rated Fahrney-Keedy at 9.3. Statewide, the average rate was 8.1. As for overall care, families responding rated Fahrney-Keedy at 9.3, compared to an 8.2 average statewide. Asked if they would recommend the nursing home to others, 99 percent of the responding Fahrney-Keedy families answered yes, compared to 88 percent statewide.

"The results of this survey validate that the residents at Fahrney-Keedy receive quality care and that we have a dedicated group of staff that are committed to serving our residents well," said Bob Lytle, administrator.

Giant and Martin's customers raise $500,000

CARLISLE, Pa. - In the spirit of the season of giving, customers at Giant Food Stores and Martin's Food Markets gave back to help Children's Miracle Network hospitals in their communities. The grocery chains recently concluded their annual Candles for Kids in-store holiday campaign with $500,000 raised to benefit hospitalized children throughout Giant and Martin's operating areas.

Rental properties, property code update seminar

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