Notes and quotes for July 2019

By Mike Lewis
Site work is underway for the Trammell Crow distribution center. The nearly 1.2-million-square-foot building will be between Interstate 81 and U.S. 11, just south of Hagerstown Regional Airport in Washington County, Md.

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

Allegany’s program is No. 1

CUMBERLAND, Md. — Allegany College of Maryland has the top ranked online LPN to RN program in the nation, according to

ACM was selected based on several factors, including student performance, tuition costs, average program list, coverage area, further educational pathways and partnerships and number of cohorts annually.

The nursing organization praised Allegany’s program for being “designed to work around the employed (professional), with lectures and coursework delivered in a fully online format with supervised clinical rotations arranged in the student’s local area.”

It also recognized the value of the college’s required nursing courses, which are designed to prepare students for higher level care.

Allegany’s 18-month LPN to RN program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, the Maryland Board of Nursing and the Pennsylvania Board of Nursing. The college’s online program is authorized for Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia residents. Program graduates receive an associate degree in nursing.

‘Know any jokes’

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Eric Eckenrode lost his video connection, but not his sense of humor, during a recent presentation in Hagerstown.

Eckenrode, director of business control for the Volvo Group plant just north of Hagerstown, was speaking at an Eggs and Issues breakfast sponsored by the Washington County Chamber of Commerce. But his plans to show a video of the plant ran into a computer snag.

Paul Frey, the chamber president and CEO, turned to Eckenrode as others tried to fix the problem.

“Know any jokes?” Frey asked.

“I’m an accountant, so probably not,” Eckenrode replied with a grin.

The video was up in a matter of moments, so the accountant didn’t have to ad lib.

New Park and Ride site

FREDERICK, Md. — A new 400-space Park and Ride site has opened in Frederick County, Md.

According to the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration, the lot is on Monocacy Boulevard off U.S. 15 (Catoctin Mountain Highway).

The new lot is part of the $61-million U.S. 15/Monocacy Boulevard Interchange project, which is expected to be finished this summer. The project included the construction of a new four-lane bridge on Monocacy Boulevard over U.S. 15 with access ramps to allow drivers to merge.

The new park and ride lot is located in an area that connects to Interstate 270 and I-70. Each day, approximately 45,000 vehicles use this section of U.S. 15 and Monocacy Boulevard, according to the SHA.

‘It’s been a long journey’

“We’re ready to go. It’s been a long journey, but I’m glad that we’re just about across the finish line.”

— Tim Koch, director of facilities for A. Duie Pyle Inc., on construction of a 200,000-square-foot warehouse and full-service fleet-maintenance garage in Franklin County, Pa., off Interstate 81.