Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics to offer open house Saturday

Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics will host an open house at 11 a.m. Saturday at its Hagerstown campus, 14516 Pennsylvania Ave. The institute’s hands-on program in Hagerstown trains people in aviation maintenance and provides students with the opportunity to test for the FAA Airframe and Powerplant Certification. The 16-month Hagerstown program is Maryland’s only FFA-approved airframe and powerplant training program, according to a news release from the institute. PIA also offers a 21-month associate degree program, available at its Pittsburgh campus, and people can transfer from the Hagerstown program to the Pittsburgh campus if they choose to pursue that degree. PIA […]

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Some Washington County roads could be deemed ‘critical’ freight corridors

Transportation planners are taking steps to make sure a few more miles of area roads can qualify for federal freight funds. The Hagerstown/Eastern Panhandle Metropolitan Planning Organization, or HEPMPO, this week provisionally recommended 5 miles of roads in Washington County be designed as a Critical Urban Freight Corridor. "These are intended to be designated as kind of last-first mile connections between areas linking them to the interstate and points of regional travel. … It allows those corridors to be eligible for the National Highway Freight Program, which is a dedicated freight funding source. It also makes those facilities eligible potentially […]

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Mission-oriented, military mindset drives security firm

Name of business: Veterans Security Solution LLC Co-founders: Burl Howard, Gerald Foster and Hugo Delpino Mailing address: P.O. Box 1767, Frederick, MD 21702 Opening date: April 2013; home security services available in Hagerstown area March 2017 Products and services: Electronic security and monitoring company for commercial, and government, now providing residential security and monitoring Target market: Residents, businesses and governmental organizations How did you get into your business, and what motivated you to start it?: Several years ago, Burl Howard, an experienced electronic security technician, decided to start an electronic security company that focused on customer satisfaction and cutting-edge technology. […]

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Clothing retailer Torrid opens in Valley Mall

Torrid, a clothing and accessories retailer that offers "fashion for sizes 10-30," has opened a store in the Valley Mall in Halfway. "We’re very excited to be here," store Manager Renee Rutherford said. "We opened for a couple of hours last night," Rutherford said Tuesday. "I’ve been pretty steady so far today." The store’s first shoppers were showing interest in a range of apparel and accessories, she said. "Right now, swimwear is really popular because of the time of the year. … We always sell a lot of denim and intimates. We’re sort of known for that," she said. Torrid […]

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Teen clothier rue21 files for bankruptcy

CRANBERRY, Pa. — Teen clothing retailer rue21 is restructuring and filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy about a month after announcing it would close some 400 stores, including one at the Hagerstown Premium Outlets, to focus more on online sales. In a news release posted on its website, the retailer announced it has entered into agreements with some lenders to reduce its debt and provide additional capital to support its restructuring. In April, the company announced it would close stores at Hagerstown Premium Outlets and at Francis Scott Key Mall in Frederick. Several other area stores, including ones at the Valley […]

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Washington County home sales fall, but prices rise

Washington County’s home sales fell in March, but the average house price rose, according to figures released last week. The April statistics from the Maryland Association of Realtors show that 145 Washington County houses were sold in April. That is down 7.1 percent from the 156 sold in April 2016. A total of 629 homes were on active inventory last month, down from 791 in April 2016. However, the average sale price rose to $195,346, up 4.6 percent from the April 2016 average of $186,829. For the state as a whole, April home sales rose 2 percent, from 6,823 in […]

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Maryland’s housing affordability falls in first quarter

An index that measures housing affordability for first-time homebuyers in Maryland fell from 71.9 percent at the end of last year to 70.6 percent for the first quarter of this year. That means first-time homebuyers had only 70.6 percent of the income necessary to purchase a typical starter home, according to the Maryland Association of Realtors. For the first quarter of 2016, the index stood at 76.8 percent. The index factors in typical starter home prices, median family income, property taxes, mortgage rates and other statistics. The association said the affordability index is calculated on a statewide basis and is […]

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Business calendar

Lunch and learn Tuesday, May 16 — Plan to attend Manning Media’s marketing seminar. Learn about digital marketing strategies that can help you increase awareness, acquire new customers and keep those new customers engaged after the sale. 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. BuroBox Center, 60 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. Free. Call 301-620-7700 or go to www.manningmediainc.com. Logo design webinar Tuesday, May 16 — In this webinar you will learn how to create a logo that works for your business; what the logo design process is like; what you can learn from other logos that got it right or wrong; and […]

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More than 175 attend education workshop at Washington County Technical High School

More than 175 people attended a college, trade school and financial aid workshop Thursday at Washington County Technical High School. U.S. Rep. John K. Delaney hosted the event. Delaney, a Democrat, represents Maryland’s 6th Congressional District, which includes Washington County. The event featured representatives from more than 60 schools and organizations, according to a news release from Delaney’s office. Delaney also hosted a college workshop Wednesday night in Germantown and is the author of a bill designed to help people with excessive student loan debt. “Thank you to all the schools and organizations that participated in our workshop, which was […]

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Gander Mountain in Chambersburg might stay open

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — According to the new owner of the business, the Gander Mountain outdoor store in Chambersburg is slated to remain open, despite notice that all 126 of the chain’s stores will close. A notice posted on the Gander Mountain website said that, after 57 years, "all locations nationwide (are) going out of business." It also said there will be a "total liquidation." But Marcus Lemonis, star of CNBC’s "The Profit" and chairman and chief executive officer of Camping World Holdings, acquired Gander Mountain’s assets, trademarks and leases — but not the inventory — in bankruptcy court. He has […]

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