Business Briefs for June 21

June 22, 2009

Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce

Susie Shaw of Professional Uniforms & Advertising Specialties won the Chamber's Business After Hours jackpot of $1,500 in May.

Chamber members who are pre-registered and in attendance are eligible. One member company's name is drawn and all employees of that company who are present and pre-registered split the prize money.

Each month the prize is not won, the jackpot increases by $250. After there is a winner, it is reset at $500.

Home Team Fitness

National fitness celebrity and syndicated radio talk show host Rocco Castellano has selected Home Team Fitness Boot Camp in Hagerstown as one of his top 10 fitness boot camps in the nation.


Castellano made his selections based on instructors' knowledge, celebrity status, size and results, and posted them online at

Using a unique training system and a sound nutrition program, participants in the Home Team Fitness Boot Camp have lost an average of 10 pounds in their first four weeks, and have reported increases in strength and energy, according to Castellano's posting.

Hampton Hotels

Hampton Hotels is holding a "Cash for Colleges" sweepstakes through Dec. 7.

To enter the contest, parents who are traveling to visit a college must book a stay at a Hampton hotel at and enter the promo code "CAMPUS."

Two winners each will receive $5,000, which can be used for college tuition, books, and room and board.

Roach University

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The first three classes of Roach University graduated 166 employees in April and May.

The graduating classes marked the debut of the long-planned workplace education service for employees of Roach Energy, ROCS Convenience Stores and Subway sandwich shops.

Steven M. Roach, chief executive officer and co-owner of the longtime family-owned business, said more educational opportunities are plannned.

Roach Energy, ROCS and the Subway stores started in 1952 when Mickey Roach opened his first service station in Martinsburg, a two-pump Texaco at the corner of Winchester Avenue and Wilson Street.

Orrstown Financial Services Inc.

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - Orrstown Financial Services Inc. has been ranked the 52nd-best performing community bank in the country, according to US Banker magazine.

The rankings are based on three-year average return on equity.

Orrstown Bank was the fourth-highest ranked bank in Pennsylvania.

Brewer's Alley

FREDERICK, Md. - Master brewer Tom Flores and head brewer Maggie Lenz of Brewer's Alley have created "1634 Ale," based on research of historic recipes and raw materials available in the early 1600s.

The new craft beer re-creates the type of ales that were enjoyed in Colonial days.

The rye-based ale recipe includes malted wheat, molasses and caraway. Flores says caramel and dark malts round out the flavor of the lighter-bodied ale.

The beer is available at the brew pub and in stores throughout the state.

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