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by DON AINES | October 5, 2006
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Matching the skills businesses and industries need to the instructional programs that educational institutions can provide is the goal of a Business Education Roundtable next week at The Orchards Restaurant. As of earlier this week, more than 50 businesses, schools and colleges had signed up for the roundtable, Franklin County Area Development Corp. President L. Michael Ross told the Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday. The meeting will run from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11. "There is both a work force shortage ... and a skills gap, especially of entry-level employees," Ross told the commissioners.
NEWS
June 27, 2006
SHIREMANSTOWN, Pa. - Race Miner is not afraid to take risks. Three years ago, he learned that cars could possibly run on vegetable oil. Intrigued, he put everything on the line to start up a business based on this idea. The product is biodiesel, a diesel replacement fuel made from vegetable oils, recycled cooking greases or animal fats. Recognizing there might be a market for this product in their native Pennsylvania, Miner and his wife Allison returned to Cumberland County from Colorado to further investigate.
NEWS
By CHRIS COPLEY | October 15, 2006
SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. ? Priscilla A. Rodd's new book, "Surviving Mae West," is not for everyone. "I tend to fall on the frank side of things," Rodd said, over coffee at a tiny table at the Lost Dog in Shepherdstown. "There's room for what people might consider graphic. " "Surviving Mae West" tells the story of Tess, a 20-year-old West Virginia woman who suffers a sexual assault after her first year of college and goes into an emotional tailspin. She doesn't tell her parents, and the resulting rift drives Tess out of the house to New York, where she finds work in the sex industry.
NEWS
by JENNIFER FITCH | November 14, 2006
GREENCASTLE, PA. - Many of the people repairing the nation's 8,000 to 10,000 pipe organs are thought to be nearly as old as the 60- and 70-year-old instruments they encounter daily. "It's an aged work force," Irv Lawless said. "There's no one new coming in. " Lawless, co-owner of Greencastle's Lawless-Johnson Organ Co., is thankful to have a 24-year-old in his four-person business. "Trevor (Timmons) and I are out almost every day," Lawless said. The pair are especially busy this time of year as they travel an area from Harrisburg, Pa., to Washington, D.C., to tune the massive instruments with pipes up to 40 feet tall.
NEWS
December 4, 2005
THURMONT, Md. - Joey Kilby of C.F. Kolb in Thurmont took first place in the Compact Skid Loader event at Power Expo 2005, winning a gold buckle and $500 in the Henry Dunn Insurance Power Equipment Rodeo. The event was held in November at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, Pa. Riders competed in five events: The Caterpillar Skid Steer, Hustler/Power-Pro Equipment Zero-Turn Mower, Tractor Loader, Compact Skid Loader and Compact Excavator. Henry Dunn Insurance is a business insurance brokerage specializing in the landscape contracting and nursery industry.
NEWS
by DON AINES | November 1, 2004
chambersburg@herald-mail.com CHAMBERSBURG, PA. - Each day in Los Angeles County, Calif., hundreds of inmates go to work inside prison walls doing laundry, making uniforms and printing documents, saving taxpayers about $6 million a year, according to Doug Retig. Retig, the director of Jail Enterprises for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, was in Chambersburg Thursday for the Franklin County Jail Industries kickoff breakfast. Retig said Los Angeles can gain from the planning done in Franklin county.
NEWS
By BRUCE HAMILTON | April 12, 1999
There is no such thing as a light cigarette, according to Victor DeNoble. During a tobacco conference in Hagerstown on Monday, the former Phillip Morris researcher described an industry that deceives customers without breaking laws. "How do you make a light cigarette? You take a regular cigarette and put laser holes in the filter," said DeNoble, who was the keynote speaker at the conference. He said light cigarettes are regular cigarettes with tiny holes and channels in the filter, allowing fresh air to dilute the smoke in every inhalation.
OBITUARIES
March 19, 2013
Roy Stuart Steeley, 93, of Charles Town, W.Va., died peacefully Saturday, March 16, 2013, at his home after a brief illness. A longtime resident of Charles Town, and formerly of Leesburg, Va., Mr. Steeley was born April 6, 1919, in Manhattan, N.Y. He was the son of the late Leroy and Helen Stuart Steeley. Mr. Steeley grew up in New York and completed studies at the Pratt Institute following his education in engineering. He was a veteran of the vending machine manufacturing trade, and considered by many as an "industry legend," serving the industry for almost 60 years.
NEWS
September 22, 2005
The Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission provides a variety of services to new and existing businesses. The EDC, at 100 W. Washington St. in Hagerstown, has a 12-member board of appointed commissioners with six ex-officio members from the community. Its charge is to market Washington County as a business destination and to enhance the employment base by supporting job training opportunities and industry diversification. Companies seeking to locate in Washington County may receive assistance from the EDC in areas such as site selection, financing and employee training.
NEWS
March 31, 1998
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The unemployment rate for Franklin County, Pa., fell from 4.6 percent in January to 4.3 percent in February, according to preliminary figures released Tuesday by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. The number of people without jobs fell from 3,000 to 2,800, according to the report. The number of people with jobs rose 900 to 63,400, according to the department's Bureau of Research and Statistics. The jobless rate was still higher than the 3.5 percent recorded in December, but slightly lower than the February 1997 figure of 4.4 percent, according to the report.
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By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | August 29, 2013
An employee was killed Thursday in an industrial accident at Manitowoc Crane Group, according to a company official and state police. Rickie Lee Grimsley was killed when he was pinned between a parked crane and a crane that was being moved by another employee, Pennsylvania State Police said in a news release. No age and hometown for Grimsley were available Thursday night. Wayne Bunch, Manitowoc's vice president of human resources Americas, confirmed earlier Thursday that a worker had died in the accident.
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NEWS
August 27, 2013
Blind Industries and Services of Maryland's Seniors Achieving Independent Living program will host its sixth annual Washington County Community Picnic on Friday, Sept. 13, at 10 a.m. The event will take place at Pangborn Park's east pavilion at 591 Pangborn Blvd. in Hagerstown. The picnic is free, and blind and visually impaired people of all ages are encouraged to attend. The picnic will feature food, music, special guests and demonstrations of products adapted to the needs of blind and visually impaired people.
NEWS
July 31, 2013
The Maryland Horse Industry Board will accept grant applications for research, educational and promotional projects that support horses or the equestrian community, or develop new opportunities for the Maryland horse industry. Grant applications can be submitted between Aug. 1 and Sept. 30. Individual requests should not exceed $3,000. Nearly $30,000 is available for grants - a 15 percent increase in funding from the previous year. Organizations eligible for grants include nonprofit organizations, clubs and associations, businesses, farms and licensed stables, government entities, schools and educational institutions.
LIFESTYLE
July 26, 2013
The four reigning national jousting champions - all from Maryland - recently received the Maryland Horse Industry Board's Touch of Class Award at the 92nd Petersville Farmers Club Joust at the Petersville Farmers Club grounds in Brunswick. The four Marylanders - Corey Minnick of Washington County, Malcolm Macy of Harford County, and Lily Fisher-Flaherty and her younger brother, Ian Flaherty, of Calvert County - swept all four divisions at the 2012 national jousting finals, which were held last fall in Maryland.
NEWS
July 26, 2013
The Maryland Horse Industry Board, a program within the Maryland Department of Agriculture, is seeking nominations to fill two positions on its 12-member board. The group serves as a commodities board that helps grow and promote the Maryland horse industry. It is also a regulatory body that provides oversight and advocacy to help protect horses and consumers at the state's commercial riding, lesson, boarding, rental and rescue stables. The open positions represent licensed veterinary medicine (equine)
NEWS
By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | June 26, 2013
Technology, food, and health services were among the industries represented Wednesday at the 2013 Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce Business Expo at the Hager Hall Conference and Event Center. Nearly 60 local vendors set up booths at the Expo to show area residents what they can offer. A large computer monitor that integrates with mobile technology and tablets, and can stream television in high-definition was on display from Centric, a company that provides innovative hardware and software products with a branch in Hagerstown.
NEWS
June 10, 2013
When you hear the phrase “the boys of summer,” what comes to mind? Is it the 1984 hit by Don Henley? Or do your thoughts turn to baseball like a friend of mine, to the Nationals or the Orioles? Or to the nonfiction work by Roger Kahn about the Brooklyn Dodgers? For me, the boys of summer were the boys that got summer jobs on the farms around our county. There was a time when high school youths would be employed on area farms to load and unload hay and straw, as well as other seasonal jobs.
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | May 20, 2013
With the national aviation industry experiencing a workforce shortage of aircraft mechanics and technicians, a new Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics training facility in Hagerstown might go a long way toward helping train the workers of tomorrow, a school official said  Monday during a ribbon cutting for PIA's new facility. John Graham III, PIA's president and chief executive officer, said a U.S. Department of Labor and Federal Aviation Administration study in 2003 found that there would be “a severe shortage” in maintenance technicians over the next decade as the country's population of baby boomers retired.
OBITUARIES
March 19, 2013
Roy Stuart Steeley, 93, of Charles Town, W.Va., died peacefully Saturday, March 16, 2013, at his home after a brief illness. A longtime resident of Charles Town, and formerly of Leesburg, Va., Mr. Steeley was born April 6, 1919, in Manhattan, N.Y. He was the son of the late Leroy and Helen Stuart Steeley. Mr. Steeley grew up in New York and completed studies at the Pratt Institute following his education in engineering. He was a veteran of the vending machine manufacturing trade, and considered by many as an "industry legend," serving the industry for almost 60 years.
NEWS
February 26, 2013
The 26th annual Maryland Cattle Industry Convention, along with the Maryland Hay and Pasture Conference, will be held at the Clarion Hotel and Hager Hall Convention Center on Friday and Saturday, March 1 and 2. More than 200 cattle producers from five states are registered to attend. The annual convention is meant for individuals interested in beef cattle. The educational activities cover practical and current issues that help produce better beef in the most efficient and cost effective manner possible.
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