Calendar for January 2018

MARYLAND Hub City REIA meeting Thursday, Jan. 4 — Come join the tri-state area’s Real Estate Investment Association if you’re looking for a local real estate club to gain knowledge, network with the area’s most successful investors and other like-minded individuals and ultimately build your wealth and financial freedom. 6 to 9 p.m. Courtyard Marriott, 17270 Valley Mall Road, Hagerstown. Free for Hub City REIA members and $20 for nonmembers. Call 240-310-2792, email organizer@hubcityreia.com or go to www.hubcityreia.com. Learning Lunch Hour Tuesday, Jan. 9 — Join the Washington County Chamber of Commerce members for lunch, discussion and networking. 11:30 a.m. […]

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‘The profession is less collegial and more competitive’

John R. Salvatore, attorney at law Hunting trophies adorn the walls of John R. Salvatore’s law office in Hagerstown, Md. Scattered across his desk and nearby tables are piles of papers that make up his current workload. They mingle with souvenirs of his travel and his service. He’s holding a coffee mug he acquired during a visit to Italy. A Washington County Commissioner name plate sits nearby. On his door hangs a paper target, shaped like a human silhouette. Holes in the “bullseye” show his proficiency with a weapon. There are other certificates, plaques and words of accomplishment and encouragement. […]

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Bottom lines: Our views on recent news

Here are our bottom-line thoughts on some items of note in the Crossroads Business Journal area: • We were happy to learn that War Memorial Hospital’s 16-bed long-term care unit in Berkeley Springs, W.Va., received the highest rating in the the Best Nursing Homes rankings released by U.S. News & World Report. It was one of only four of the 126 nursing homes in West Virginia to receive an overall rating of five stars for performance in health inspections, nurse staffing and quality of medical care. • Congratulations to Mike Swarner, manager of a specialty Walgreen’s pharmacy in Hagerstown, Md. A […]

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The Record for January 2018

Maryland Allegany County Deed transfers of note • Address: 65 Baltimore St., Cumberland Buyer: Urban Diggs Development LLC Sellers: Jorge A. Garcia-Meitin and Miguel A. Rodriguez Price: $244,025 Date: Nov. 6, 2017 Structure type: Restaurant • Address: 527 Maryland Ave., Cumberland Buyer: Cumberland Economic Development Corp. Seller: W. Raymond Beall Price: $70,000 Date: Nov. 17, 2017 Structure type: End unit • Address: 130 N. Mechanic St., Cumberland Buyer: North Mechanic LLC Seller: FR and Bill LLC Price: $125,000 Date: Nov. 17, 2017 Structure type: Office building Frederick County Deed transfers of note • Address: 72-76 S. Market St., Frederick Buyer: […]

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OnTrack celebrates progress, new home

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — OnTrack Washington County recently celebrated a successful year thanks to support from several individuals and organizations, including a $25,000 contribution from AT&T. OnTrack issued its first-year report during a ribbon cutting ceremony at its new office in downtown Hagerstown. OnTrack is a coalition of independent community partners focused on raising the educational attainment levels of Washington County residents. The goal is to strengthen the economy and improve the community’s quality of life. “For our community to thrive we must make a concerted effort to see that every person, regardless of race, class, or ZIP code, is prepared […]

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Employee turnover: The silent killer

Excessive employee turnover, like high blood pressure in the human body, is the silent killer of organizations. Revenue, reputation, productivity and profits are negatively impacted when employees leave unexpectedly. To reduce turnover and increase employee retention, organizations must define turnover, quantify the its costs and understand the reasons for it. There are two broad categories of employee turnover: planned and unplanned. Seasonal workers, interns, student workers and retirees are those whose turnover is planned and generally does not cause harm to the organization. Sudden resignations, terminations for cause and no-shows are examples of unplanned turnover. They are damaging to the […]

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Nationally, locally, expect economic growth

The U.S. economy is expected to end 2017 with significantly higher production growth rates and a better unemployment rate than 2016, according to economists, and gross domestic product projections show promise for 2018. At a projection of 3 percent, the GDP will be much improved from the 1.5 percent rate in 2016. The November job report shows the economy added 228,000 jobs, and the unemployment rate held at a 17-year low, signs the economy is growing at a healthy pace. In spite of the official low unemployment rate, broader measures remain higher. The broadest rate, which includes discouraged workers who have […]

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Resort staffers help people in need

FLINTSTONE, Md. — Rocky Gap Casino Resort team members participated in several volunteer charitable efforts during November to benefit Allegany County organizations. The effort culminated before Thanksgiving. Rocky Gap team members — who were given free turkeys as a holiday gift by the resort — had the opportunity to donate the meals to charity. More than 200 turkeys were presented to Human Resources Development Commission’s Laura’s Anchor, Western Maryland Health Systems, Associated Charities and YMCA Housing. Rocky Gap also sponsored a November food drive. Resort guests donated more than 40 boxes of nonperishable food items as part of the 29th […]

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Middletown Valley Bank donates to local charities

MIDDLETOWN, Md. — Middletown Valley Bank recently presented checks totaling $6,000 to several area organizations. The bank recently presented the Washington County Commission on Aging with a $2,000 contribution toward its first ever annual campaign. Also, the bank presented a $2,000 check to both the Hurwitz Breast Cancer Fund at Frederick Memorial Hospital and Breast Cancer Awareness — Cumberland Valley. During the month of October, the bank ran a campaign in which it donated $10 to the cause for every new account opened that month.  Between new account donations, the race to 1,000 Facebook likes and casual-day employee contributions, the bank was […]

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Face Time for January 2018

Maryland Family Heritage Trust Co. hires COO FREDERICK, Md. — The Family Heritage Trust Co. recently appointed J. Randall Thompson as its chief operating officer. Responsible for directing future strategic growth initiatives, Thompson will also oversee day-to-day operations. He is one of the original governing board members of FHTC. Thompson is the founder and senior adviser of ThompsonGas, the 16th largest propane gas company in the United States. He is also the founder of Big Cork Vineyards in Rohrersville, Md., one of Maryland’s largest wine producers. Sargent, Freas graduate from Leadership Maryland ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Leadership Maryland recently announced that Andrew Sargent, senior business […]

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