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May 11, 2008

Home Builders Association of Washington County

Dennis Swope, president of the Home Builders Association of Washington County, presented a $5,000 check to Teresa Thorn, program director of Safe Place Child Advocacy Center, at the association's March 27 general membership meeting.

The check represents the net proceeds from the benefit concert and auction the association held in conjunction with its annual Home Show. To date, the association has presented Safe Place with more than $18,000 from the annual benefits, and publicity from the event has resulted in other donations being made to the center.

Associated Builders and Contractors

Associated Builders and Contractors Inc. (ABC), Cumberland Valley Chapter, held a seminar March 13 at its Hagerstown office on the topic of "Construction Theft".

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Among the speakers for the meeting were Lt. Tim Rice of the West Virginia Air National Guard, who provided information on gang awareness; and Sgt. Dave Bowers of the Maryland State Police, who spoke and supplied handouts on construction site theft prevention.

Also speaking were Gail Sexton of BB&T Frederick Underwriters and Pat Halladay of Wright Gardner Insurance, who presented information on what your insurance agent should be doing for you; and Jack Metzner of Conservit, who informed the group when salvage is brought in to Conservit, the company asks for identification from customers, and is working with a computer firm to scan IDs into the computer and only pay by check.

First National Bank of Greencastle

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - The McConnellsburg office of The First National Bank of Greencastle recently hosted a free seminar about estate planning, asset management and identity theft.

James Schall, attorney-at-law, provided attendees with information on preparing a will and transferring ownership of assets. He addressed tax liability issues of estate versus capital gains tax, and also discussed how your estate is affected by having a revocable or irrevocable living trust.

Kim Shockey, bank sales and business development manager, spoke about how easily identity theft can occur if a wallet with a Social Security card is stolen. She also delivered a quick overview of current scams and how to protect your financial information.

Mike Williams, the bank's senior trust officer, spoke about why you should establish a trust account and the benefits offered by a trust account.

Carl M. Freeman Foundation

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - The Carl M. Freeman Foundation announced that nine nonprofit organizations from the Eastern Panhandle have completed the Standards for Excellence Training program.

The organizations completing the course were Blue Ridge Community & Technical College, Community Alternatives to Violence, Friends in Action of the Eastern Panhandle, Friends of Happy Retreat, Good Shepherd Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers, Morgan County Starting Points, Old Opera House Theatre Company, Shenandoah Women's Center and The Apollo Civic Theatre.

The program was offered by the Community Development Partnership and underwritten by the Carl M. Freeman Foundation. The Standards for Excellence program was designed to provide expert and peer coaching on topics including advocacy, fundraising, legal compliance, board development and other challenging areas facing nonprofit organizations.

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