Business Briefs - Nov. 4

November 04, 2012

A Degree Above Heating and Air Conditioning

SMITHSBURG — A Degree Above Heating and Air Conditioning in Smithsburg is offering service at 50 percent off for the immediate families of active duty, guard and reserve servicemen and service women deployed overseas throughout Frederick and Washington counties.

“As a former master sergeant in the USAF (U.S. Air Force), I know how important helping our troops is,” Richard Smarsh of A Degree Above said in a news release.

“Our company also knows how important it is and wants to show its support for the military, especially those defending our freedom abroad. I hope other businesses make similar offers to the one we’ve made. Most Americans support the troops. It’s time we demonstrated our appreciation and make our company’s views known.”

Family members of deployed service personnel may call 301-660-3987, send an email to or go to to take advantage of the offer, which will run through Christmas.

Washington County Day of Caring

A total of 70 Washington County employees participated in the United Way of Washington County’s Day of Caring on Oct. 10.

The day began with a breakfast rally at the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, where employees were divided into nine teams to complete the following assigned projects:

• Paint two apartments for the Washington County Community Action Council

• Sand floors and paint the exterior at Memorial Recreation Center

• Paint the interior of the offices at Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Washington County

• Repair and paint a handicapped ramp and seal a driveway for a Washington County resident

• Repair a porch, and wash the siding and windows of a dwelling for a Washington County resident

• Paint and make repairs for Normal Inc.

• Paint a classroom and hallway, and perform minor repairs at Broadfording Christian Academy

In addition, the county employees, as a whole, collected 12 boxes of personal-hygiene items for the residents of the W House.

The county is participating in the United Way employee contribution campaign, with a goal of beating last year’s contributions, which totaled more than $97,000.

To view photos of Team Washington County Government participating in the Day of Caring, go to

Starr Insurance

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Starr Insurance recently was named winner of the Erie Insurance F.W. Hirt Quality Agency award, the highest honor an Erie Insurance agency can receive.

Each year, Erie gives the award to agencies that best demonstrate long-term commitment to exceptional service, performance and profitability across all lines of business. The award is named in honor of the late F. William Hirt, former Erie Insurance chairman and chief executive officer.

Starr Insurance offers a full line of property/casualty insurance products, including auto and homeowners insurance, as well as commercial and life insurance from Erie Insurance.

The agency is at 1110 Kennebec Drive, Chambersburg, and serves South Central Pennsylvania, along with business clients in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Ohio.

For more information, go to or call 717-263-1752.

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