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January 09, 2009

Keller Stonebraker Insurance Inc.



Two prominent Maryland insurance agencies, HTG Insurance Group of Ellicott City and Keller Stonebraker Insurance Inc. of Hagers-town, have announced their merger, effective Dec. 31, 2008.

The combination of these firms forms an agency that writes more than $45 million in property and casualty insurance premiums, employs 67 people and operates from five offices.

In addition to its property and casualty business, the firm offers employee benefit products and retirement plan services to its clients.

Charlie Chilcoat of HTG and John Schnebly of Keller Stonebraker said the merger will enhance the capability of the combined entity to provide innovative risk management solutions to its customers and strengthen its ability to access premier insurance products.

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The management of the combined firms will remain intact. The executive officers of the agency will be John Schnebly, chief executive Officer; Mick Kohlenstein, president; Charlie Chilcoat, chief financial officer; and Kent Reynolds, chief operations officer.

Chick-fil-A



Seventy Chick-fil-A restaurants in the Washington/Baltimore metropolitan area will offer a preselected complimentary breakfast item to customers every Thursday in January.

There is no purchase necessary, and customers will be limited to one free item. The items will be available only during breakfast hours.

Restaurants in Hagerstown, Martinsburg, W.Va., and Frederick, Md., are participating.

Dancing Bear Toys and Gifts



FREDERICK, Md. - Dancing Bear Toys and Gifts this month launched its "Give Change a Chance" campaign to celebrate both the historic presidential inauguration and the power every person has to contribute to a better community.

Coins collected in a large jar near the front of the store at 12 N. Market St. during January will support Hope Alive Inc., a nonprofit organization in Frederick County that helps homeless women and children.

Owner Tom England and his family are passionate about helping to solve the problem of homelessness. His wife, Marlene, was a founding board member of Hope Alive Inc., and the Englands have financially supported the organization since 2002.

To learn more about Hope Alive, go to hopealiveministries.org.

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