Leadership

‘It’s about turning on the light bulb for people’ By Mike Lewismlewis@crossroadsbizjournal.com Tara Sargent pitches what she calls “three levels of benefit” people get by participating in Leadership Washington County. Each person can benefit by learning about various segments of the community and building relationships with classmates, she said. The sponsoring organization benefits by having an employee who has a deeper understanding of the area. And the community benefits by having more leaders in more places throughout the region. “It’s about turning the light bulb on for people,” Sargent said. Sargent is executive director of Leadership Washington County. There are […]

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On the books for November 2019

Several large commercial real estate transactions have been closed in the Crossroads Business Journal area in recent weeks. The map shows some of the details about those deals. The information was taken from records maintained by the Maryland Department of Assessment and Taxation as well as deed records held by county clerk’s offices in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The available details about property transactions vary from state to state. ­— Compiled by Mike Lewis […]

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Float for a Cure benefits cancer treatment at WMHS

Back for a second year, cancer survivors from Keyser raised more than $2,700 this year to aid patients undergoing cancer treatment at Western Maryland Health System. Corporate and individual sponsors in and around Mineral County, W.Va., supported cancer survivors Johnny Bauer and Steve Brill in 2019, who nearly doubled their contributions over last year. The six-mile river trip and fundraiser was created in 2018 to honor the late Artie Hartman, founder of the Stray Cat Café, which closed after 30 years when Hartman lost his battle with colorectal cancer in 2016. Patrons and friends joined the paddlers for a picnic […]

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‘We hope to be a hub’

Jessica Green, executive director of The Maryland Theatre, talks about the role the newly renovated venue will play in Hagerstown. By Mike Lewismlewis@herald-mail.com The Maryland Theatre is a performing arts center, a nonprofit organization and a key economic driver in downtown Hagerstown, Md. Jessica Green, the theater’s executive director, understands the connection. She hopes the theater can be “a hub of all things arts, entertainment, education and business happenings for Western Maryland.” The main theater auditorium was built in 1915 and can seat 1,300. It draws people downtown for stage shows and concerts. Thanks to some major construction, the facility […]

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Maryland receives grant to advance forest industry

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The nonprofit Western Maryland Resource Conservation and Development Council has been awarded a $150,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration to advance Maryland’s forest products sector. The council will use the grant to develop a plan to strengthen Maryland’s forest industry through the next two decades, which will lead to job creation and business growth in designated Opportunity Zones throughout the state. The federal money will be matched by $150,000 in funds and in-kind contributions by the Maryland Departments of Natural Resources, Commerce, and Agriculture; the Maryland Agriculture and Resource Based Industries Development […]

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Hub Labels goes landfill-free

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Hub Labels Inc., a custom label manufacturer, recently announced that it is 100% landfill free. Through a partnership with Entsorga of Martinsburg W.Va., Hub Labels converts all of its waste into clean-burning alternative fuel called “solid recovered fuel,” or SRF. “Being landfill free has been a long, difficult road,” Nink Myers, purchasing manager at Hub Labels, said in a news release. “It was a project that began in 2009 when we introduced linerless labels to the United States market. We love that this revolutionary label has zero liner waste compared to a traditional label. We started to […]

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Shippensburg, Reading sign agreement

READING, Pa. — Shippensburg University and Reading Area Community College have reached a comprehensive articulation agreement to ensure the seamless transfer of coursework for RACC students seeking to complete bachelor’s degrees at Shippensburg. The agreement also frames new opportunities to serve the workforce needs of Pennsylvania. With an increase in manufacturing, logistics and professional and business services jobs, students transferring from RACC will have access to the Shippensburg School of Engineering and a premier supply chain management program. […]

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Notes and quotes for November 2019

Things seen and overheard around the region last month, compiled by reporter Mike Lewis: Holiday spending up WASHINGTON — The National Retail Federation expects holiday retail sales during November and December to increase between 3.8% and 4.2% over 2018 to a total of between $727.9 billion and $730.7 billion. The numbers exclude automobile dealers, gasoline stations and restaurants. They compare with an average holiday sales increase of 3.7 percent over the previous five years. “The U.S. economy is continuing to grow, and consumer spending is still the primary engine behind that growth,” NRF president and CEO Matthew Shay said in […]

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F&M Trust supports Leadership Franklin County

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — The Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation recently announced that F&M Trust has committed $5,000 for the 2019-2020 Leadership Franklin County Community Program. The sponsorship will be used for transportation costs, classroom supplies and other expenses. This also enables the Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation to offer the course at a rate of $1,300 per student. The 2019-2020 class of 18 students kicked off the program recently with a weekend retreat at Folium Inc. “The LFC Community is thrilled to have F&M Trust as our program sponsor,” Virginia Harriger, executive director of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation, said in a […]

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‘We gather, we grow and we grant’

Michael Whalton, executive director of the Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation By Mike Lewismlewis@herald-mail.com MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — In one way or another, Michael Whalton has been helping charitable organizations raise money for decades. Since May 2012, he been doing it as executive director of the Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation. “I have just always loved working with nonprofit organizations,” said Whalton, 64. Whalton is originally from Key West, Fla. In the 1980s, he was the general manager of Sloppy Joe’s Bar. He also found a fondness for events. He founded the Hemingway Days Festival and worked on Fantasy Fest, which […]

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