Business briefs - Jan. 23

January 21, 2011

Hagerstown Children's Theater

Hagerstown Children's Theater has announced the opening Monday of an innovative arts-based day care and preschool.

The Creative Learning Center will feature a preschool curriculum that will offer music, Suzuki violin technique, keyboard, dance, creative movement, yoga, creative theater and puppetry, as well as visual arts and living arts.

The curriculum will be based on the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education. The center will have a strict class size and will offer spaces for children 2 and 3 years old.

For information, call 301-733-8261, send e-mail to or go to

Tower Bancorp Inc.

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The NASDAQ Stock Market has upgraded the listing of Tower Bancorp Inc.'s securities to the NASDAQ Global Select Market.

Introduced in 2006 as the top of three NASDAQ market tiers, the NASDAQ Global Select Market is designed for public companies that meet the highest listing standards in the world, with measures including market value, liquidity and earnings.

"We are proud of our upgrade to the NASDAQ Global Select Market, which is a testament of the consistent financial performance we have delivered and our strategic direction," Tower Bancorp Chairman Andrew Samuel said in a news release.  

Hempen Hill BBQ

Hempen Hill BBQ in Hagerstown has joined the "Farm-2-Fork" movement by bringing local produce into its kitchen.

Hempen Hill, at 13208 Fountain Head Plaza in the north end of Hagerstown, has partnered with Creekside Farm, at 13703 Kretsinger Road in Smithsburg, to bring fresh local foods to its menu.

"Because we are so blessed to live in an area chocked full of great local produce, it was only natural that we wanted to bring that richness into our business," Hempen Hill co-owner Kathy Reeder said.

Reeder said Hempen Hill chef Jason Vogel toured the farm and met with its owners to discuss what the farm could plant for the restaurant's use in the coming year.

"We are very excited to continue our partnership in 2011," Reeder said.


Franklin Financial Services Corp.

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — The board of directors of Franklin Financial Services Corp. has declared a 27-cents-per-share regular quarterly dividend for the first quarter of 2011.

The dividend was the same as the regular quarterly cash dividend paid in the first quarter of 2010.

The dividend will be paid Feb. 23 to shareholders of record at the close of business Feb. 4.

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