Notes and quotes for April 2018

By Joseph Deinlein
Gateway Avenue is being positioned as the next hot-spot for commercial development in the area off Exit 17 of Interstate 81 in Franklin County, Pa. A land-use permit has been obtained by Jersey Mike’s Subs for a building, pictured at right, currently under construction facing Walker Road and adjacent to Texas Roadhouse. Additionally, land development plans are under review in the Borough of Chambersburg for a plaza on four acres as well as a smaller structure for a nail salon. Those plans are submitted for some of the few remaining plots on Gateway Avenue, which links Norland Avenue and Walker Road. Existing businesses on the road include Aldi and BJ’s Wholesale Club.
— Jennifer Fitch

Things seen and overheard around the region last month, compiled by reporter Mike Lewis:

‘Own stock’

“You now have the opportunity to own stock in a local bank.”

— B.J. Goetz, president and chief executive officer of Middletown Valley Bank, talking about the bank’s common stock now trading on the OTC Pink Market. The ticker symbol is MNVB.

Preparing to pedal

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — USA Cycling will hold its 2018 Amateur Road National Championships in Hagerstown and Washington County, Md., this July, and the Visit Hagerstown Convention and Visitors Bureau is lining up volunteers to help with a variety of tasks.

Volunteer shifts will be approximately three hours; volunteers will receive a free T-shirt, meals and an appreciation gift.

The event will include four days of racing on three different course styles: the time trial course, the road race course and the criterium course for riders ages 11 to 22.

Visit Hagerstown anticipates 800 to 1,200 participants, most of whom will participate on all three courses.

All prospective volunteers must complete a one-page application, sign a waiver and attend a brief volunteer orientation meeting before the event.

To learn more, visit

‘Hold the keys’

“You have to figure out who you’re going to trust to hold the keys.”

— Michael Henningsen, director of hotel operations at Plamondon Hospitality Partners, on staffing. Henningsen was named Maryland Hotelier of the Year by the Maryland Hotel Lodging Association.

Tourism report

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Hotels and motels in Washington County, Md., saw a little more business in January than they did in December, according to records of taxes paid by those establishments.

Those businesses paid $126,279 in hotel/motel taxes for January. That is up from $125,235 in December.

The January number was down compared to the same month a year ago, when the taxes paid totaled $130,225.

‘Strong and diverse’

SCOTLAND, Pa. — L. Michael Ross, president of the Franklin County (Pa.) Area Development Corp., used part of his annual report to talk about a wide region stretching to Virginia and West Virginia.

The corporation had a banner year in 2017, he told a crowd at the Chambersburg Country Club, and it looks to be poised for more this year.

Pointing to a map, he noted growth along the corridors of Interstate 78 and Interstate 81.

“It’s a strong and diverse regional economy. …  We can be well-positioned for future growth,” he said.