Business briefs for May 3, 2009

May 03, 2009

Clarion Hotel and Conference Center

The Clarion Hotel and Conference Center will celebrate the completion of its $5 million renovation and the opening of the Hager Hall Conference and Event Center with an official grand opening Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m., with the ribbon cutting set for 4:30 p.m.

The Clarion renovation includes a new roof, new lobby, ecofriendly hot water on demand, brand new rooms, guest room and ADA-accessible rooms, external and internal landscaping, a new look temperature-controlled atrium with heated indoor mineral pool and a new poolside bar, tropical plants and rare water features with a cascading waterfall.

Hager Hall renovations include all new HVAC, a new roof, revived landscaped entrance, a gazebo with tropical landscaping, fresh paint with marble detail, new chandeliers and lights, a renovated cocktail and lobby area, new décor and furniture, a state-of-the-art sound system and A/V display, and VIP suites.


Myerly & Lowe Photography

Myerly & Lowe Photography of Hagerstown recently was accepted as a member of Senior Photographers International (SPI).

SPI is an association of professional photography studios specializing in high school senior portraits.

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Cindy's Sweets and Supplies Inc.

WILLIAMSPORT -- Cindy's Sweets and Supplies Inc. at 10226 Governor Lane Blvd. in Williamsport has been awarded a top rating for the second year in a row in the Knot Best of Weddings magazine.

A three-star rating of above and beyond was awarded to Cynthia L. Long and her cake decorator, Kristi Schetrompf, for excellence in the Mid-Atlantic District-Washington, D.C., Metro area.

Columbia Gas of Maryland

Columbia Gas of Maryland has donated $10,000 to the Maryland Humanities Council for Maryland History Day 2009.

Maryland History Day is a yearlong educational program that culminates in a statewide history contest every April. With assistance from hundreds of educators throughout the state, Maryland History Day involves students in grades six through 12 in active learning through primary source research, oral history interviews and the interpretation of historical topics. Students showcase their research in a variety of formats, including papers, exhibits, documentaries, performances and Web sites.

Olde Town Touch, In Your Own Style

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- Brenda Mowen, owner of Olde Town Touch in the Waynesboro Mall and Nancy Auman of In Your Own Style have teamed up to offer full decorating services to businesses and residents in the four-state area.

Auman has more than 10 years of experience in the building industry and is an award-winning model home designer.

Together, Mowen and Auman are working with local builders and Realtors with decorating model homes and staging real estate listings.

Coldwell Banker Premier Homes

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- Coldwell Banker Premier Homes of Berkeley Springs recently announced its merger with Berkeley Realty Group to expand the Coldwell Banker family.

This is the sixth merger by Coldwell Banker Premier Homes since joining the Coldwell Banker system in July 2002.

The agents of the former Berkeley Realty Group office at 287 N. Washington St. can be reached at the Coldwell Banker Premier Homes office at the intersection of U.S. 522 and W.Va. 9 east (200 S. Washington St.).

Orrstown Financial Services

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. -- Orrstown Financial Services Inc. announced net income for the first quarter of 2009 was $3,025,000, a decrease of $225,000, or 6.9 percent, from $3,250,000 earned during the same period last year.

Primary earnings per share were 47 cents for first quarter of 2009 compared to 51 cents per share for the first quarter of 2008. The first-quarter return on assets was 1.15 percent compared to 1.45 percent for the same period last year. Net interest income for the first quarter of 2009 was $8,022,000, an increase of 1.3 percent over the $7,917,000 realized during the same quarter in 2008.

Orrstown's board of directors approved a second-quarter cash dividend of 22 cents per share to shareholders of record on May 15. The dividend will be paid May 27, and is the same as the amount paid for the second quarter of 2008.

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