Notes and quotes for December 2017

By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

Construction is under way on the new Patriot Federal Credit Union on Robinwood Drive next to the Elks Lodge.

Things seen and overheard around the region last month, compiled by reporter Mike Lewis:
‘A lot of business’

“Just like everyone else, the fourth quarter is hopefully when you do a lot of business.”

— Jan Martin, co-owner of E.L.M. Department Store in Greencastle, Pa.

Median household income

• Allegany Co., Md.: $40,551

• Berkeley Co., W.Va.: $55,239

• Franklin Co., Pa.: $53,916

• Frederick Co., Md.: $83,700

• Fulton Co., Pa.: $48,311

• Jefferson Co., W.Va.: $66,677

• Morgan Co., W.Va.: $39,324

• Washington Co., Md.: $56,228

— Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2015 figures

‘Revitalize cities and towns’

“These investments will help revitalize cities and towns across Maryland, leading to an increase in economic development and more jobs for Marylanders. The awards will help local communities achieve their unique redevelopment goals and improve the quality of life for our citizens.”

— Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, in a news release announcing $18.15 million in neighborhood revitalization program grants

Tourism report

Lodging establishments in Washington County, Md., paid $175,302 in hotel/motel taxes for September, according to the most recent figures released by the county. That is down from $194,522 in August and $176,355 in September 2016.

Phoenix Color announces deal

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Phoenix Color Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of ALJ Regional Holdings Inc., announced the closing of the acquisition of the assets of Moore-Langen Printing Co. Inc. in Terre Haute, Ind., from LSC Communications Inc.
Terms were not disclosed.
Phoenix is a premier full-service, full-color printer, producing value-added components, heavily-illustrated books, cut-and-stack labels, folding cartons and specialty commercial products.

IBBR, Frederick National Lab collaborate on HPV vaccine

ROCKVILLE, Md. — The University of Maryland’s Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research will work under a formal collaboration with the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research to explore new candidate vaccines against human papillomavirus (HPV), a common cause of cervical cancer.

The Frederick National Lab is sponsored by the National Cancer Institute and operated by Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc., signor of the collaboration agreement.

IBBR Research Fellow Dr. Alexander Andrianov and the Frederick National Lab’s Dr. Jason Marshall will explore the ability of polyphosphazene immunoadjuvants to enhance the stability and immunogenicity of new vaccine candidates against HPV, the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States.

The aim is to create a more robust vaccine and reduce the number of vaccinations required for protection.

‘Historic upgrade’

“The quarter was also characterized by the completion of an historic upgrade of our North American truck lineup and further successes for our electric buses that continue to make inroads in new markets. From an overall perspective, market demand is strong, as evidenced by a 32 percent increase in truck orders and 45 percent in construction equipment orders.”

— Martin Lundstedt, Volvo Group president and CEO, in a news release announcing the company’s quarterly results