Business briefs - May 8

May 03, 2011

Crist Instrument Co.

One of Crist Instrument Co.'s best-known products was purchased by the production team of "Rise of the Planet of the Apes."

This isn't the first time the Hagerstown company has lent its expertise to Tinseltown.

"This is actually the second time some of our top-of-the-line products have been requested to appear in a movie," said Joan Burkholder, president of Crist Instrument Co., a designer and manufacturer of biomedical research equipment that was contacted by 20th Century Fox.

Burkholder said she can't say which of the company's products was used in the film until after its Aug. 5  debut.

"Rise of the Planet of the Apes" is a prequel that explores the origins of the super-smart simians. James Franco stars as the research scientist and Andy Serkis portrays the ape Caesar in the film.

Ruff Fitness Training Center

The Ruff Fitness Training Center at Fountainhead Plaza is now a certified TRX Suspension training facility.

Dave Ruff, Sue Fahey, Ann Marie Karlen and Christine Quantock recently completed TRX certification.

Suspension training is a method of leveraged body-weight exercise. Using the TRX Suspension system, clients can perform hundreds of exercises that build power, strength, flexibility, balance and mobility, and prevent injuries. TRX training is appropriate for all fitness levels.

Ruff Fitness offers individual and group training with the TRX Suspension system.

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Icon Graphics

Icon Graphics, a graphic design firm in Hagerstown, was awarded the front cover design of Cell magazine for the April 15 issue.

Cell magazine is the leading trade publication for the scientific community. The Johns Hopkins scientists submitted the cover design created by Icon Graphics as a graphic representation of the scientific report published that week by the publication.

Anderson Photographs

Anderson Photographs, at 4 S. Potomac St. in Hagerstown, recently donated the proceeds from its Dawg Days calendar fundraiser to the Humane Society of Washington County.

The fundraiser, which brought in $250 for the animal shelter, began in the fall of 2010 and included photographs of local dogs.

Anyone interested in learning about the fall sessions for the calendar may call 301-393-4515.

Jersey Mike's Subs

Jersey Mike's Subs on May 4 opened its fourth store in Maryland, at 18015 Garland Groh Blvd. in Hagerstown.

To commemorate the event, the restaurant hosted a fundraiser from Wednesday to today, with proceeds supporting the Boys and Girls Club of Washington County.

Anyone who had a fundraising coupon received a free regular-size sub with a minimum $1 contribution. More than 10,000 coupons were distributed throughout the community.

Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce  

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — The Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce welcomed 14 new members in April: Allied Barton Security Services, 864 Chambersburg Mall; Alternate Heating Systems LLC, 1086 Wayne Ave., Chambersburg; Breschi & Associates LLC, 946 Lincoln Way East, Chambersburg; Cardagin Networks, Red Lion, Pa.; Expert Tire, 131 S. Franklin St., Chambersburg; Fayetteville (Pa.) Volunteer Fire Department; Fox's Pizza Den, 434 Gateway Ave., Chambersburg; H & H Chevrolet, Shippensburg, Pa.; MedExpress Urgent Care, 1048 Lincoln Way East, Chambersburg; Midas, 1361 Lincoln Way East, Chambersburg; Spring Rise Landscaping, 2091 Edgewood Road, Chambersburg; Step by Step Dance Studio, 201 Sunset Pike East, Chambersburg; Stiltner, Taccino & Hamilton, 25 Penncraft Ave., Suite 310, Chambersburg; and Timberline Supply LLC, 540 E. Washington St., Chambersburg.


 Consumers interested in adding broadband service for their home-computing platforms can do so for as little as $14.99 per month.

Verizon has introduced two new price tiers for its stand-alone, unbundled high-speed Internet service and for "dry-loop connections," which are connections without voice service.

No annual plan contracts are required, and prices are good for one year. When ordered online, customers save $5 on the monthly cost and receive a free wireless router — a $34.99 value.

Stand-alone service prices are $19.99 ($14.99 online) for 500 Kbps to 1.0 Mbps; and $34.99 ($29.99 online) for 1.1-3 Mbps, 3.1-7 Mbps or 7.1-15 Mbps.

Customers are required to have a Verizon land line voice plan for these price tiers.

Dry-loop prices are $29.99 ($24.99 online) for 500 Kbps to 1.0 Mbps; and $44.99 ($39.99 online) for 1.1-3 Mbps, 3.1-7 Mbps or 7.1-15 Mbps.

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