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Business Briefs for May 17

May 17, 2009

Tower Bank

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Tower Bank employees in April taught the importance of saving money to more than 1,500 second-grade students in Franklin and Fulton counties in Pennsylvania and in Washington County.

The presentations were part of the "13th Annual Teach Children to Save Day," sponsored by the American Bankers Association Education Foundation in Washington, D.C.

Bank employees shared concepts such as opening a savings account, creating a budget, distinguishing needs from wants, the importance of saving for emergencies and how interest makes money grow.

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The following Tower Bank employees participated in the presentations: Tracy Burger, Carmen Fox, Carl Galligan, Joyce Benedict, Todd Wolff, Carole Prohaska, Sarah Ginn, Carol Smetzer, Trina Armstrong, Steve Cramer, Genie Shindledecker, Tammy Kelly and Bobbi Fleming.

Hagerstown Ford

Through June 1, Hagerstown Ford will participate in a Drive to Survive event in support of the fight against breast cancer.

For every Ford vehicle that is test driven, Ford Motor Co. will donate $20 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Hagerstown Ford will match the manufacturer's $20, bringing the total donation to $40 for each test drive.

Jefferson Security Bank

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Jefferson Security Bank in April presented a $1,000 check to the Potomac Valley Audubon Society in sponsorhip of the eighth annual "This Race is For the Birds" at the National Conservation Training Center. All proceeds from the event help support the society's educational programs for children.

Society executive director Kristin Alexander accepted the check from bank President and CEO K. Stephen Morris at the bank's main office.

Associated Builders and Contractors Inc.

The Cumberland Valley Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors Inc. held its annual general contractors showcase in April at the Hagers-town Hotel and Convention Center.

General contractors who set up displays for the event were Brechbill and Helman Construction Inc., Callas Contractors Inc., GRC General Contractor Inc., Minghini's General Contractors Inc., Morgan Keller Construction and Waynesboro Construction Co. Inc.

Sponsors for the event were AC&T Co., Dirvekore Inc., Enterprise Fleet, Triad Engineering Inc. and United Rental Aerial Equipment.

ABC is a national trade association with more than 24,000 firms across the country. More than 200 local employers are members of the Cumberland Valley Chapter.

ROCS convenience stores

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Three ROCS convenience stores were honored in April by Berkeley County Schools for their participation in preparing special-education high school students for the world of employment.

Store managers Tracy Gladden of the Inwood Shell ROCS store, Kathy Domino-Wright of the Inwood Exxon ROCS store and Sabrina Foster of the Martinsburg Mountaineer Mart ROCS store accepted engraved appreciation plaques from the Berkeley County Work Exploration Program.

More than 50 high school students are gaining a variety of job experiences through 61 businesses in Berkeley County associated with the program.

Younger Toyota

Younger Toyota on Dual Highway in Hagerstown recently presented the Humane Society of Washington County with a check for more than $300.

The donation was the result of a fundraiser in which Younger Toyota donated $10 from every oil change performed on a selected date in April.

Stephanie Hudson of Younger Toyota arranged for a pet adoption event the same day that included Peaceable Paws Puppy and Dog Training, 4-Legged Friends Pet Services, Bow Wow Station and Spa, and Just for Dogs.

LJ's & The Kat Lounge

OpenTable Inc., a leading provider of free online reservations for diners, has named the national winners of its inaugural annual Diners' Choice awards.

LJ's & The Kat Lounge in Hagerstown made the list of the top 50 restaurants, which was generated from 2 million reviews submitted by OpenTable diners of more than 9,000 restaurants across the country.

The annual awards reflect feedback from diners provided from April 2008 to March 2009.

The Plamondon Companies

FREDERICK, Md. - The Plamondon Companies recently hosted an Essential Management Practices skills training that was attended by seven new members of the Roy Rogers management team. The training is offered twice a year and is designed to improve and expand the skills of members of the management team.

Attending the training were Steve McCarthy, Marcia Smith, Sal Perez, Vernon Simmons, Erika Cubias, Gayle Grove and Tony Rivera.

Frederick-based Plamondon Companies operates 18 Roy Rogers Restaurants. The company also owns a Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott, Courtyard by Marriott and Residence Inn by Marriott, all in Frederick, and a SpringHill Suites by Marriott in Hagerstown.

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