Bottom lines: Our views on recent news

Here are our bottom-line views on a few items of note in the Crossroads Business Journal area:

• Congratulations to River Riders Family Adventure Resort of Harpers Ferry, W.Va., which was recently honored with the George E. Vickers Business Award by the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce.

• People in Pennsylvania are taking a good approach to spread the word about the significant economic impact military installations have on local communities and the Commonwealth as a whole. If faced with another round of base realignments or closures, it will be crucial to demonstrate not only the economic impact, but more importantly the critical role those bases play in our nation’s defense.

• Good luck to Penn State Mont Alto on the launch of its new bachelor’s degree in psychology program.

• Hats off to the people in Frederick County, Md., for taking a look at the economic impact of nonprofit organizations in their community. That impact “is significantly higher than most people would think,” according to one of the people behind the survey.

• Best wishes to Rick Weldon, who is will become the new president and CEO of the Frederick County (Md.) Chamber of Commerce, and to his predecessor, Elizabeth Cromwell, who is leaving Frederick to become president and CEO of the Charlottesville (Va.) Regional Chamber of Commerce.

• Kudos to the Bank of Charles Town, which recently awarded more than $843,994 in college scholarships to area high school students.