Business briefs - March 27

March 24, 2011

Western Maryland Regional Crime Lab

The Western Maryland Regional Crime Lab/Hagerstown Police Department recently completed the American Society of Crime Laboratory Director's/Laboratory Accreditation Board-International accreditation process.

ASCLD/LAB offers voluntary accreditation to public and private crime laboratories in the United States and around the world. Accreditation is offered in the forensic disciplines for which services are generally provided by forensic laboratories.

The Western Maryland Regional Crime Lab is the first state/local law enforcement crime laboratory in Maryland to acquire this accreditation.

Larry & Sons Inc.

When Perrin Wells' daughter, Maya, came home with a clothing drive announcement from Bester Elementary School, she was eager to volunteer.

Wells got her employer, Larry & Sons Inc., involved.

Bester Elementary, in conjunction with other Washington County Public Schools, conducted a clothing drive from March 8 to 18 to benefit Children In Need, a nonprofit organization in Hagerstown.

By involving her employer, Wells was able to collect more than 200 pounds of miscellaneous clothing to benefit children and families in the community.

Western Maryland Scenic Railroad

CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) — The Western Maryland Scenic Railroad reported a 22 percent ridership increase last year.

The Cumberland Times-News reported recently that the numbers were included in the railroad's recent budget request to the Allegany County Commissioners.

Superintendent Frank Fowler said the steam-driven tourist train carried more than 38,000 passengers in calendar year 2010.

He said the railroad will face an unusual expense of about $400,000 in 2015 to repair or replace the boiler on its 95-year-old Baldwin locomotive.

The 1916 steam engine pulls the train on 32-mile round trips between Cumberland and Frostburg, Md.

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