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June 30, 2013
Mt. Tabor Builders recently held an open house to showcase its latest custom home project. The June 1 event was hosted by Mt. Tabor owner Willie Eby and the homeowners, the Everline family. Guests who attended the event were given tours of the home off Geeting Road in Keedysville, which has three levels, three bedrooms and 3 1/2 baths. The home is a stone and cement board-siding Colonial, with an architectural nod to the American farmhouse of the early 20th century. Highlighted features were the main-level in-law suite; hardwood floors; large tile showers in the master baths; and custom cabinetry.
By MARLO BARNHART | April 13, 2000
Maryland's second highest court this week upheld the 1998 conviction of former custom homebuilder Kenneth P. Dluhy for misdemeanor breach of trust. In a 22-page opinion released Wednesday, the Court of Special Appeals ruled that Washington County Circuit Judge Donald Beachley was correct when he found the statute governing custom homebuilders was constitutional. The higher court also agreed with Beachley's finding that the misdemeanor liability section of the statute doesn't require intent to prove guilt, according to the court opinion.
by JASON STEIN/ Wheelbase Communications | June 20, 2005
It sounds like a dream when living a simple life makes you a rollicking success story. But when your name is Kenny Howard, a man who viewed fame, glory and money as more of a curse than a blessing, the American dream becomes a nightmare. Who is Howard? Maybe you know him better as Von Dutch. Or maybe you only know the Von Dutch name because it has appeared on the baseball caps, blue jeans, T-shirts and motorcycle jackets of Justin Timberlake, Paris Hilton and Britney Spears.
June 15, 2003
Owner: David L. Harbaugh. Address: Hagerstown. Opening date: March. Products and services: Custom manufacturing, research and development, prototypes, CNC engraving, 3D digitizing. Market area: Coast to coast, with a focus on the Tri-State area. How did you get into your business, or what motivated you to start it? "I saw a need to provide custom, quality products with outstanding customer service and took the opportunity to create that service locally.
December 2, 2002
Owner: Bruce Clifford. Address: Home-based, Fairplay. Opening date: January 2003; currently accepting orders. Products and services: "Custom wood products, odd size and hard-to-find furniture for inside and outside. Market area: Tri-State area. How did you get into your business, or what motivated you to start it? "I've always enjoyed working with wood, and over the years have made most of the furniture in our home. My son, Chad, has been working with me to learn the craft and eventually would like to pass it on to his sons.
May 8, 2005
Name of business: Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics Inc. Owners: Jeffrey M. Brandt, CPO, and Jeffrey T. Quelet, CPO Address: 370 Mill St., Hagerstown Opening date: April 1 Products and services: Custom orthopedic braces and artificial limbs Market area: Hagerstown, Waynesboro, Pa., Gettysburg, Pa. How did you get into your business, or what motivated you to start it? "Be in a position to provide top-notch, quality care and education to my patients.
by ARV VOSS / Motor Matters | July 14, 2006
Victory claims to be the fastest-growing motorcycle brand in the U.S. with its mid-year 2005 sales amounting to 51 percent over 2004. That may or may not be because Victory is the "new kid on the block" as far as American-produced motorcycles are concerned. Victory actually became the first new American brand of cruiser motorcycles in more than 60 years when it built the first V92C in 1998, on July 4 - and you can't get much more American than that. Victory is made by the motorcycle division of Polaris Industries, which is a $1.8 billion manufacturer of world-class ATVs, snowmobiles and utility vehicles, with more than 50 years of engineering and manufacturing experience.
October 29, 2008
Key Bridge Partners LLC, a Washington, D.C.-based private investment firm, announced Tuesday that its acquisition of Duvinage Corporation has been nominated as a Deal of the Year finalist by the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG), Maryland Chapter. Duvinage, a leading manufacturer of custom spiral and circular stairs, is based in Hagerstown, and its wholly owned subsidiary, Mitchell Machine Shop, is based in Greencastle, Pa. Duvinage is one of three companies in the Manufacturing category that will be recognized at ACG Maryland's Annual Deal of the Year event on Nov. 5 at the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore.
May 22, 2010
Name of business: Michelle Masser Photography Owner: Michelle Masser Address: 13110 Orchid Drive, Hagerstown (home-based office and studio) Opening date: March 15 Products and services: Custom lifestyle portraits, gallery wrap canvases, fine art photography prints, coffee table albums, custom-designed proof boxes and display accordion books. Market area: Anyone desiring to have their unique life story captured through the medium of photography.
By PAT LOGAN / Creators Syndicate | February 7, 2009
Dear Pat: I would like to install decorative woodwork trim in my dining room, but I am having trouble finding a unique trim profile. Where can I find the best selection and how do I install it? ' Patty M. Dear Patty: Decorative woodwork, baseboards, crown molding and window casings will enhance the appearance of any room. But when you visit your home center store, you will find only a limited selection of trim profiles. If most of your friends shop at the same store, one of them will likely have the same profile you select in his or her home.
August 30, 2013
A water-main break off Blairton Road early Friday left about 40 Berkeley County water customers without service for several hours, according to a water district official. The service break in the 8-inch plastic line along Mercedes Drive damaged about 200 feet of the road, said Paul Fisher, executive director of the county Public Service Water District. Water service was turned off about 5:30 a.m., until short-term repair was completed Friday afternoon, Fisher said. Hundreds of feet of water line - from Blairton Road to a second cul-de-sac in the residential development served by Mercedes Drive - will be replaced with ductile iron pipe by water district workers, he said.
By CALEB CALHOUN | | August 28, 2013
To remind Maryland Potomac Edison customers of a program that provides rebates for old refrigerators, freezers and room air conditioners, utility and JACO Environmental representatives “de-manufactured” an old refrigerator on Wednesday to show how its parts are recycled. Professionals from JACO broke down part of the refrigerator in a demonstration in Hagerstown, tearing apart its walls, taking out the foam on the inside and ripping apart the bottom. “Glass, plastic and metal all go out to recycle streams, and we work real hard to make sure they're going out into recycle streams, where they're getting reused,” JACO Environmental Senior Program Manger Sam Sirkin said.
By JULIE E. GREENE | | August 11, 2013
An aviation maintenance and customization company that opened near Hagerstown Regional Airport just over a year ago has received FAA certification  that will allow it to pursue more work and hire more employees, according to the firm's president. The certification is MAG's “ticket on the bus,” and “gets us legitimately moving forward,” said Ed Pears, president of MAG Inc.'s U.S. operations in Philadelphia and north of Hagerstown. MAG is a subsidiary of Mecaer Aviation Group, which is based in Borgomanero in northern Italy.
By CRYSTAL SCHELLE | | July 28, 2013
It can be called a bank withdrawal and deposit of a different kind for two Frederick women. Deanna Henderson, assistant branch manager of M&T Bank's Worman's Mill Branch in Frederick, recently donated a kidney to a bank customer, Carla Watts of Frederick. Henderson, of Frederick and a Boonsboro native, said she only knew Watts in passing from coming into the bank. She said they didn't have any other relationship than a friendly hello when Watts banked. That changed in March 2012.
By KAREN MAWDSLEY | | July 27, 2013
It's the same routine every Saturday. As Norm Morin steers his Nissan pickup truck off Md. 64 in Cavetown and into the parking lot of Mountain Valley Orchard, two furry heads emerge from the passenger-side window on cue. They come for more than just the orchard's fresh local produce. The two golden retrievers come to nurture a special relationship, to participate in a weekly ritual with 86-year-old Jane Huff, who works at the roadside open market and whose family has owned the orchard for five generations, since the 1850s.
July 24, 2013
Some Sprint customers in areas of Maryland, central Pennsylvania and Virginia were without cellphone service for about an hour and a half  Wednesday  afternoon, according to a company official.  Communications Manager Crystal Davis said a “software issue” caused the service outage at  noon  in areas of the three states. The issue was resolved and service was being restored by about  1:35 p.m. , Davis said.  Officials with the company had not confirmed wireless outages in Maryland as of  1:40 p.m.   Several Sprint customers in Hagerstown reported a loss of cell phone service to The Herald-Mail.  Davis did not know how many customers were affected or the exact areas of each state affected. 
July 19, 2013
A slow-moving thunderstorm brought heavy rainfall and lightning strikes to Washington County Friday evening, knocking out power to hundreds of customers and canceling events that were part of the Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam at the Hagerstown Speedway. The Hagerstown Regional Airport received 1.84 inches of rainfall during the storm, which was moving east at 10 mph, according to Bryan Jackson, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Sterling, Va. “The severe thunderstorm included a prolific amount of lightning, with dozens of strikes per minute,” Jackson said.
Cheryl Weaver | Around Clear Spring | July 15, 2013
Ernst Market will host Customer Appreciation Day this Saturday. There will be free coffee and doughnuts from 7 to 9:30 a.m.  From 9:30 a.m. on, there will be free hot dogs, chips and soda.  The store will raffle gift cards, a portable basketball goal and other prizes.  From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the band Dogfoot will perform. For more information, go to the store's Facebook page. Ice-cream social planned at church St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Big Pool will hold a homemade ice-cream social Saturday beginning at 5 p.m. at the church.
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD and DAN DEARTH | and | July 9, 2013
A technical problem that prevented Sprint cellphone customers from reaching emergency dispatchers on Monday in Berkeley and Jefferson counties in West Virginia when dialing 911 has been resolved, officials said Tuesday. A spokesman for the Jefferson County Emergency Communications Center and a Berkeley County Central Dispatch supervisor said they no longer had the “one-way” audio problem. Washington County Emergency Services also received a number of disrupted calls from Sprint customers, an official said.
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | | July 8, 2013
Sprint cellphone customers were unable to reach Berkeley and Jefferson County emergency dispatchers by dialing 911 for much of the day Monday due to a technical problem, officials said. The problem remained unresolved as of 7:30 p.m., but dispatchers were still able to reach the affected callers by immediately calling them back, officials said. The caller can hear the dispatcher who answers the 911 call, but the dispatcher is not able to hear the caller, officials said. The disruption in service did not involve any other mobile phone provider other than Sprint, which was working to resolve the problem that surfaced before noon Monday, officials said.
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