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EDUCATION
December 19, 2011
American troops in Afghanistan, along with Afghan women and children, will receive shipments from students at Potomac Heights Elementary School in Hagerstown. The students collected personal necessities, snacks, candy and sunscreen for the soldiers, and hats, gloves and scarves for the women and children. The students collected four boxes of items and a local business, Olde Line Tattoo, matched the donation with another four boxes and paid for the shipping. The unit receiving the supplies was that of the late Ashley White-Stumpf, who was killed in Afghanistan in October.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | January 19, 2012
A lack of skilled workers, uncertainties in new laws affecting business and ensuring that the federal government takes a lead in addressing infrastructure needs were among the issues that a group of local business people discussed with White House officials this week. Sixteen local business leaders met Wednesday with the White House Business Council in a daylong forum in Washington, D.C. The forum followed a series of nationwide meetings in which the administration asked business leaders how their companies were doing and how government could help, according to a news release from the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce.
NEWS
By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | December 10, 2011
A Chambersburg car dealership is wheelin' and dealin' to make Christmas merry for local children. It's a special two-for-four deal - you bring in two wheels, and in return you'll get four wheels. The staff at Fitzgerald Auto Mall in Chambersburg came up with a way to benefit its loyal customers and donate to Toys for Tots this holiday season. Gwen Whisler of Newville, Pa., was impressed by the generosity of the local business when she stopped in on Saturday. "We thought that was a pretty noble thing for their dealership to do," Whisler said.
LIFESTYLE
September 7, 2012
Washington County's to Urban Book Festival is from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, in the open courtyard beside the University of Maryland College System. The focus of the event is to promote reading for all ages within the community. Local businesses are being sought to support the event. Corporate, local business and private sponsorships are available. For more information, contact Ladetra Robinson at 240-520-5676 or  sisbcwc@yahoo.com .
NEWS
March 28, 2013
A resident of Main Street in Mercersburg has announced his candidacy to become the town's next mayor. Jeremy Jones, a Republican, is the chief operating officer for Flannery's Restaurant Group. In this capacity, he serves as general manager and executive chef for the local business. Jones also owns Jc Jones and Company, which is a private management and culinary consultation business, according to a news release. Jones serves as a volunteer coordinator and speaker for JIL Ministries International of Biglerville, Pa. He has been appointed by the Mercersburg Borough Council and the Tuscarora Area Chamber of Commerce's board of directors to serve on the “police/safety committee” of the borough.
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | December 6, 2012
Many local business and community leaders turned out Thursday night for a meet-and-greet with their newly elected City of Hagerstown and Washington County Board of Education officials. Brien Poffenberger, president of the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce, which hosted the event, estimated about 100 people attended the welcome reception at Potomac Walk in downtown Hagerstown, next to Bulls and Bears on South Potomac Street. After each election cycle, it's key for the local business community to reach out to its new officials to become acclimated on the issues that are most important moving forward, Poffenberger said.
BUSINESS
January 15, 2012
The newly formed Hagerstown Young Professionals held its first official meeting Jan. 4 at Bulls & Bears restaurant in Hagerstown. The group focuses on networking, community service and business development. The group will organize monthly meetings so young professionals can network with one another, discuss employment opportunities, and hear stories of success and inspiration from entrepreneurs who have made significant accomplishments in the local business community. The group strives to grow and retain the young professional core of Hagerstown by bridging the gap between the existing and incoming generations of business leaders.
NEWS
March 27, 2012
Local business owner Jason Barrett has announced his candidacy for the West Virginia House of Delegates in the new 61st District, which is made up primarily of the city of Martinsburg.  Barrett and Republican Walter E. Duke of Martinsburg are running unopposed for the seat in the May 8 primary election. Barrett, a 29-year-old Democrat, is dedicated to community involvement, which includes serving as vice president of the Shenandoah Women's Center board. Increasing the homestead exemption, locality pay, business recruitment, domestic violence awareness and student bullying are a few issues he plans to address if elected.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | February 20, 2012
Fastnacht Day is the one time of the year that Eldredge Henry visits Krumpe's Do-Nuts in Hagerstown. “I'm diabetic,” the Greencastle, Pa., resident said Monday. “This is one day a year I allow myself to splurge.” Henry was among hundreds of people from the Tri-State area who steadily flowed through the doors of the doughnut shop at 912 Maryland Ave. to buy fastnachts, square pastries that come glazed, or covered with cinnamon or powdered sugar. Fred Krumpe said Fastnacht Day is a tradition of the Pennsylvania Dutch, who baked the pastry as a way to celebrate the time leading up to the beginning of Lent, which begins with Ash Wednesday.
OPINION
By BRIEN POFFENBERGER | January 18, 2012
Ask the folks in economic development what success looks like, and they are quick to tell you: Current employers hold the key to job creation. Help existing businesses succeed, they say, and we win twice over. First, the expansion of current employers means more jobs here in Washington County.  Second, the success of existing businesses creates opportunities. Customers, suppliers and like-minded companies begin to see Washington County as a place where they can do business. Success breeds success.
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NEWS
March 28, 2013
A resident of Main Street in Mercersburg has announced his candidacy to become the town's next mayor. Jeremy Jones, a Republican, is the chief operating officer for Flannery's Restaurant Group. In this capacity, he serves as general manager and executive chef for the local business. Jones also owns Jc Jones and Company, which is a private management and culinary consultation business, according to a news release. Jones serves as a volunteer coordinator and speaker for JIL Ministries International of Biglerville, Pa. He has been appointed by the Mercersburg Borough Council and the Tuscarora Area Chamber of Commerce's board of directors to serve on the “police/safety committee” of the borough.
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NEWS
By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | February 6, 2013
Darrell Hall said that he thinks the federal government is “too stupid” to find other places to cut spending, which is why the U.S. Postal Service plans to cut out Saturday mail delivery. “I don't agree with it but I understand it because of the financial situation,” said Hall, 60, of Hagerstown. The USPS said Wednesday it plans to stop delivering mail on Saturdays starting in August but will continue to deliver packages six days a week, a decision it says will save about $2 billion.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | February 5, 2013
The embattled Fairplay Volunteer Fire Co. was one of the main talking points Tuesday during the annual State of the County report. The issue came up when the Board of Commissioners for Washington County fielded questions from local business people who attended the event at Fountain Head Country Club in Hagerstown. Commissioner William McKinley said fire companies from Boonsboro, Funkstown, Sharpsburg and Williamsport would continue to serve the Fairplay community until an alternative is reached.
NEWS
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-main.com | January 20, 2013
“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.'” - Martin Luther King Jr. speaking on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Aug. 23, 1963.   More than 250 area residents, white and black, broke bread together to celebrate the life of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., the civil rights martyr of the turbulent 1960s whose leadership helped bring the races together.
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | December 6, 2012
Many local business and community leaders turned out Thursday night for a meet-and-greet with their newly elected City of Hagerstown and Washington County Board of Education officials. Brien Poffenberger, president of the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce, which hosted the event, estimated about 100 people attended the welcome reception at Potomac Walk in downtown Hagerstown, next to Bulls and Bears on South Potomac Street. After each election cycle, it's key for the local business community to reach out to its new officials to become acclimated on the issues that are most important moving forward, Poffenberger said.
LIFESTYLE
September 7, 2012
Washington County's to Urban Book Festival is from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, in the open courtyard beside the University of Maryland College System. The focus of the event is to promote reading for all ages within the community. Local businesses are being sought to support the event. Corporate, local business and private sponsorships are available. For more information, contact Ladetra Robinson at 240-520-5676 or  sisbcwc@yahoo.com .
NEWS
August 9, 2012
The guest speaker at the Boonsboro Economic Development Commission's July 20 networking breakfast inspired local businesses to embrace their niche and thrive in a challenging market. Lester S. “Casey” Willson is the retail industry and sustainability program manager at the Lead Center of the Maryland Small Business Development Center Network at the University of Maryland's College Park campus. He brings almost 40 years of experience to helping small businesses refine and promote their concepts to the public.  The Boonsboro EDC hosts networking breakfasts every other third Friday.
NEWS
August 6, 2012
The Washington County Agricultural Education Center Board of Directors held a naming ceremony for the AC&T Arena on July 26, honoring Adna Fulton and his family. The ceremony recognized Fulton for his generous financial contributions to the ag center and his longtime support of Washington County agriculture. With more than 100 attendees, the event took place at the ag center show barn prior to the annual 4-H Market Animal Sale during the recently completed Washington County Ag Expo and Fair.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | June 21, 2012
Strengths, weaknesses, attitudes and actions were discussed Wednesday as government, business and education leaders from Hagerstown and Washington County met to hear from consultants preparing a strategic economic development plan. The county strengths include transportation, being at the junction of Interstates 81 and 70 and proximity to the Baltimore-Washington area, according to Kenneth Creveling of Urbanomics Inc., a Florida consulting firm. It also has weaknesses. “Your skill levels of your work force may not be ... quite up to par with other areas,” Creveling told those gathered at the Bridge of Life Church in Hagerstown.
NEWS
By ARNOLD PLATOU | arnoldp@herald-mail.com | May 20, 2012
Amid the bags of ice, cases of two-ply toilet tissue and stacks of lumber being delivered to Washington County businesses, there are signs of economic revival, but uncertainty, too. Small businesses - more than 85 percent of the roughly 3,500 companies in the county - are gradually increasing their orders of many kinds of products, according to interviews with several suppliers. “I would think we're past the bottom and on the way up,” said Richard Weiss, president of Weiss Bros., a Hagerstown-based company that supplies food-service products to about 500 companies in the region.
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