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By ALLAN POWELL | September 9, 2011
While the object of writers is to present a point of view for consideration, there is a larger vision of stimulating rational and informed debate to clarify issues. This is especially important when we are dealing with such seminal thinkers as John M. Keynes. Tom Firey (" We are all faithful Keynesians now ”, Herald Mail, Aug. 17) is naïve to suppose that he can discredit Paul Krugman in one sentence and Keynesian thought in several paragraphs. Both Krugman and Keynes are too formidable to be downsized that easily.
NEWS
By Lloyd "Pete" Waters | November 11, 2007
While attending that little two room school house in Dargan back in the late 50s and 60s, I didn't concentrate too much on world economics. After all, I was a long way from Social Security and I didn't think there would be any left even if I did manage to live long enough to collect it. Gas was cheap and life was good. More recently, while I was making some rounds at a local nursing home the other day, I came across Lucy Boyer Davis, a quaint, witty and happy little lady who celebrates her 88th birthday the day after Armistice day. She has certainly seen a lot in her many years, lived through the great Depression and probably knows a thing or two about economics.
OPINION
June 16, 2011
Congress has underfunded essential agencies To the editor: It amazes me that our members of Congress continue to speak boldly with such authority on and obvious ignorance of economics. They have ruined our finances with unnecessary wars and with discredited supply-side ("don't tax the rich") economics. They have underfunded essential government agencies and interfered with their operations, meanwhile declaring them to be incompetent. Their knowledge of management and employee morale undoubtedly is on a par with their ignorance of economics.
EDUCATION
December 23, 2011
EMMITSBURG, Md. - Rebecca Oney, a native of Waynesboro, Pa., received a Bachelor of Science degree in economics and a Bachelor of Arts in French on Dec. 16 from Mount St. Mary's University. Oney was active in SIFE, Choral, Residence Life and Brazilian Ju-Jitsu while at Mount St. Mary's. Oney plans to attend law school next fall. Oney is a graduate of St. Maria Goretti High School in Hagerstown. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Oney. FAIRFAX, Va. - Matt Barnhart of Greencastle, Pa., a student at George Mason University, recently was recognized at the seventh annual James R. Beers Scholars dinner at the Mason Inn Conference Center.
NEWS
November 3, 2008
Frontier donates $5,000 SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - The Shepherd University Foundation received a $5,000 donation from Frontier Communications Corp. The check was presented to President Suzanne Shipley after a roundtable discussion Sept. 29 with Michael J. Copps, commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission, and Maggie Wilderotter, Frontier chairman, president and CEO, at Shepherd's Center for Contemporary Arts. The donation supports scholarships available to students studying communications.
NEWS
By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | December 28, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- Richardson's Restaurant on Dual Highway in Hagerstown will close next month after about 60 years in business. Vicki Martin, who owns the business with her two brothers, said an economic recession and the addition of national restaurant chains to the area have taken a toll on the restaurant. Richardson's final day of business will be Jan. 10. "The restaurant business in general has been hurt by the recession," Martin said. "But ours has been hurt worse than others I guess.
NEWS
June 22, 2009
MERCERSBURG, Pa. - The Mercersburg Area Chamber of Commerce partnered with the Tuscarora School District and teacher Lee Ann Witter-Keefer May 27 to provide "Mock Interviews" for the mandatory economics class taught to juniors. The program is an effort to expose students to real world scenarios. This year, 12 chamber members volunteered, including: Sen. Rich Alloway; Marti Statler, AFLAC; Tim Lachemann, DL Martin; Judy Boyd, Whitetail; Cheryl Shields, Waste Management; Rachel Sheaffer, Express Employment Professionals; Noel Purdy, GC Chamber Foundation; Larry Keefer, First National Bank of Mercersburg; Liz Weber, Weber Business Services; Jason Ellis, Tele Plus; Mark Swanger, F&M Trust; and Charlie Daniels, ACS Precision.
NEWS
June 24, 2007
HCC Ray Johns, a retired economics professor who taught at Hagerstown Community College for 25 years, has been named to serve a three-year term on the board of trustees at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio. In addition to his work at HCC, Johns spent time abroad as a Fulbright professor of economics in the Ukraine, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland and Moldova. He served as an associate professor of economics at Ashland University from 1972 to 1975. He holds degrees from Hagerstown Junior College, now Hagerstown Community College, and the University of Maryland, and served as a visiting fellow in the economics department at Yale University.
NEWS
November 28, 1998
The new Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission lineup: - Timothy R. Troxell got his background in economic development at Allegheny Power, where he worked with some of the company's largest customers, and Perini Construction Inc., where he handled customer service, marketing and land development. Troxell said his primary role as assistant director of the EDC under Executive Director John C. Howard is working with existing businesses to make sure they're happy and help with their expansion needs.
NEWS
March 10, 2009
March 12, 19 and 26 - Beginning Beekeeping course, Franklin County Beekeepers, Franklin County Extension Office, 181 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg, Pa. Call 717-263-9226. March 14 and 21 - Backyard fruit tree workshop, hands-on pruning, and insect and disease identification and control, Fulton Center for Sustainable Living (Wilson College), 9 a.m. to noon. Call 717-263-9226 to register. March 16 - 4-H Pig Club reorganization meeting, Ag Heritage Center, 185 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg 7:30 p.m. March 17 - Economics of conservation tillage workshop, Franklin County Conservation District, 185 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 717-264-5499, ext. 104, to register.
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OPINION
September 4, 2013
Farmers have always been under the thumb of the dreaded “middle man,” the processors who buy farm products at low prices and sell to supermarkets (and eventually consumers) at considerable markup. So we are pleased on two fronts to see that the former Good Humor-Breyers ice cream plant in Hagerstown, which was operated by Unilever Corp., will be operating again. Valley Pride LLC and Shenandoah Family Farms Cooperative will, according to vice president Randy Inman, “Fulfill (a)
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NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | August 28, 2013
Increasing access to high-speed fiber-optic Internet connections in the home and office could be a future boon for economic development throughout Washington County, according to a Virginia-based consulting firm. “Washington County has, we think, a lot of strategic advantages,” said Andrew Cohill, president and founder of Design Nine, Inc., of Blacksburg, Va. Design Nine recently completed a broadband impact study for Washington County, unveiling its findings and financial projections before the Washington County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday.
OPINION
By BRIEN POFFENBERGER | August 14, 2013
Last week, the Chamber of Commerce hosted Hagerstown's new police chief, Mark Holtzman, for an overview of how policing trends in the city affect business.  The chief's presentation made clear that Hagerstown has few of the crime problems that plague larger metropolitan areas, and yet his department is using some of the same crime-fighting techniques found in big cities.  Further, his department understands the impact that even a few crimes can...
OPINION
By BRIEN POFFENBERGER | July 17, 2013
This time of year, agriculture has a built-in marketing hook. All outdoors becomes a giant billboard for one of our community's biggest economic drivers. The pastures and bank barns, orchards and farm fields paint the very picture of summertime in Washington County. It was fitting, then, that the Economic Development Commission (EDC) spent so much time last week talking about farming.    Every year, the EDC gives the business community an update at a Chamber of Commerce breakfast, and in his presentation last week, EDC President Dan Pheil had a great story to tell.
NEWS
By HOLLY SHOK | holly.shok@herald-mail.com | July 5, 2013
The low growl grew louder as the first in a mass of motorcycles began rolling into downtown Hagerstown on Friday for the third annual City Center Bike Night. There were Harleys and Yamahas and Suzukis and more in metallic shades showcased in parking spots lining four blocks surrounding Public Square. Bike Night, sponsored by the city of Hagerstown, was part of the three-day Hagerstown Bike Week, which runs through Sunday. East and West Washington streets and North and South Potomac streets were down to one lane Friday between 6 and 10 p.m. to accommodate the assemblage.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | May 28, 2013
Nine people applied for the contract position of coordinator for the strategic economic development plan, but the Washington County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday voted unanimously to appoint Stuart Mullendore as the volunteer coordinator for the plan. Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission Chairman Dan Pheil and Vice Chairman Ron Bowers made the recommendation that Mullendore, vice president of marketing and special services for the printing and graphic design company HBP Inc., fill the six-month position.
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | May 1, 2013
The economic development goals accepted by Washington County officials Tuesday have been well-received and provide a workable framework for future growth, according to some community leaders reached for comment Wednesday. “We're grateful for the economic development commission for reaching out to us and other stakeholders in the community,” said Brien Poffenberger, president of the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce. The Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission's top priorities include an assessment of current infrastructure needs, workforce development, Hagerstown's City Center, a countywide marketing plan and leaving the EDC as the lead agency for economic development efforts within the county.
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | April 17, 2013
Terry Irwin has been hired as Washington County's project liaison for economic development projects, a county official announced Wednesday. Under the direction of Assistant County Administrator Sarah L. Sprecher, Irwin joins the county's Department of Public Relations and Community Affairs to serve as a point of contact during the submission, review and permitting phase of commercial projects, according to a news release from Public Relations and...
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | April 10, 2013
Mayor Daniel Murphy gave an encouraging report Tuesday night about business growth in town but asked county officials for help in bringing back another business and pitched an idea for a new library. Evolve Composites, which manufactures heating and air-conditioning condenser pads, Handi-Block lightweight deck piers and other products, has moved into the former Fleetwood building. Murphy said the company has been doing well and is expected to increase its work shifts. Also, local businessman Jerry Spessard has invented a device that automatically will call balls and strikes at home plate in baseball games and he plans to start manufacturing the devices in a building next to Evolve Composites, Murphy told the Washington County Board of Commissioners during a meeting at town hall.
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