Pa. interior design firm wins customer service honors
WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Driscoll Interior Design LLC has won the Best of Houzz 2019 Customer Service Award on Houzz,
a platform for home renovation and design.
Driscoll, based in Waynesboro, was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users who comprise the Houzz community from among more than 2.1 million active homebuilding, remodeling and design industry professionals.
The Best of Houzz badge is awarded annually in three categories: design, customer service and photography.
Design awards honor professionals whose work was the most popular among the Houzz community. Customer service honors are based on several factors, including a professional’s overall rating on Houzz and client reviews submitted in 2018. Photography awards go to architectural and interior design photographers whose images were most popular.
A “Best of Houzz 2019” badge will appear on winners’ profiles as a sign of their commitment to excellence.
Bank continues random acts of kindness with food donations
SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. — Jefferson Security Bank is continuing to spread kindness in celebration of its 150th anniversary.
As part of the bank’s 150 Days of Random Acts of Kindness, JSB donated 150 food items to CCAP Loaves & Fishes and 150 items to Jefferson County Community Ministries. In addition to the bank’s donations, JSB customers also participated in the food drive. In all, more than 700 pounds of food were donated.
“After the holidays are over, food pantries tend to see a significant drop off in donations,” Sara Wasson, the bank’s director of marketing and community relations, said in a news release. “We saw this as an opportunity to partner with our customers to make a difference. It is wonderful to see our customers getting involved in the Random Acts of Kindness campaign. They have helped make a big impact and we appreciate their commitment to making a difference within our communities.”
The Random Acts of Kindness campaign is the bank’s way of giving back to the communities that have supported it through the years, as well as a way to encourage kindness and generosity throughout the community.
The campaign kicked off in December with the donation of 150 toys to local organizations, including Community Networks Inc., Shenandoah Women’s Center and Toys for Tots.
During the past several weeks, JSB has continued to share other Random Acts of Kindness on its Facebook page using the hashtag
Congressman visits health campus
Congressman David Trone, D-Md., visited Western Maryland Health System in February as part of a tour of the two most western counties in his district. The visit to WMHS included a tour of the new Emergency Services Department Behavioral Health Unit which is scheduled to open in early April. The visit also included an overview of the residential crisis facility that WMHS will be opening near the WMHS campus on Leslie Lane, as well as an update on the Regional Opioid Task Force formed by the WMHS in 2016.
Hosting the Congressman for the WMHS visit were Senior Vice President/Chief Operating Officer Nancy Adams; Vice President/Chief Nursing Officer James Karstetter; Jeff O’Neal, Executive Director of Clinics, Practices and Behavioral Health Services; Matt Gilmore, General Counsel; and Kate Donaghy, Director of Community Relations and Marketing.
Hood, Army provide path to education for military
FREDERICK, Md. — Hood College and the Army Continuing Education System have signed an agreement that will provide graduate degree scholarships for active duty military stationed at Fort Detrick.
Andrea E. Chapdelaine, president of Hood College, and Col. Scott Halter, commander of U.S. Army Garrison Fort Detrick, signed a memorandum of understanding to better support the professional learning of soldiers.
The scholarship will provide all qualified Army personnel a significant reduction per tuition credit of 40 to 60 percent in Hood’s graduate school, depending on the academic program, such that the cost will match the education benefit the Department of Defense awards active duty military during their service.
Staff from the graduate school will further support active duty soldiers by providing degree enrollees on-post advising and academic counseling weekly at Fort Detrick.
According to April Boulton, dean of Hood’s Graduate School, active-duty soldiers oftentimes are unable to afford graduate degrees, but this scholarship program will change that.
“We want to see our soldiers succeed and further their education while relieving them of the financial burden that comes along with it,” she said.
Pa. Coldwell Banker firm named platinum award winner
CAMP HILL, Pa. — Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Central Pennsylvania has been named a platinum award winner by Cartus Broker Services for outstanding performance during the past year.
Cartus is a worldwide leader in employee relocation solutions. Platinum is the highest level of the excellence awards presented to principal brokers. Excellence Award recognition is based on results related to a variety of metrics including customer service, cost management and effective analysis and marketing of homes.
Notes and Quotes for April 2019
Things seen and overheard around the region last month, compiled by reporter Mike Lewis:
Leidos president to speak
FREDERICK, Md. — Dr. Ethan Dmitrovsky, director of the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research and president of Leidos Biomedical Research Inc., will deliver Hood College’s Commencement speech May 18.
Dmitrovsky leads a team of 2,200 scientists, health professionals and supporting staff members in the fight against cancer, AIDS and emerging infectious diseases.
He graduated from Harvard University and Cornell University Medical College and was an internal medicine resident at New York Hospital-Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and oncology fellow at the National Cancer Institute.
The Frederick National Laboratory is the only federally funded research and development center devoted entirely to the biomedical sciences. The facility is sponsored by the National Cancer Institute and operated by Leidos Biomedical Research Inc.
“It’s not me. It’s really the people around me. … And Hagerstown is great. … Downtown is going to have a great tomorrow.”
— Mike Fitzgerald, founder of Gideon Properties, upon being named Young Professional of the Year at the Washington County Chamber of Commerce Business Awards
Where does your team rank?
Forbes’ list of the most valuable Major League Baseball teams of 2018:
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$3 million donation to expand business school at Mount St. Mary’s
EMMITSBURG, Md. —Mount St. Mary’s University President Timothy E. Trainor recently announced that the Bolte Family Foundation will donate $3 million to help expand and renovate the Knott Academic Center, home to the Richard J. Bolte Sr. School of Business.
“My brothers and I, through the Bolte Family Foundation, wanted to recommit to the Bolte School in honor of our father,” Frank Bolte said in a news release. “Our father inspired us in our business to be committed to our people and to higher education. Our company’’s culture emphasized community service and had a family feel, just like being at the Mount.”
Richard J. Bolte Sr., founder of BDP International, a global logistics and transportation company, was a lifelong supporter of the Mount, serving on the university’s board of trustees and receiving an honorary doctorate for his service to the university in 1992. All seven of Bolte’s sons attended the Mount: Richard Bolte Jr., class of 1979, trustee emeritus; John Bolte, class of 1982; Tim Bolte, class of 1984, trustee; Frank Bolte, class of 1987; Mike Connors, class of 1991; Bill Connors, class of 1989; and Rob Bolte, class of 1992.
The Bolte and Connors families in 2011 recognized their father, who died in 2006, with a gift to name the Richard J. Bolte Sr. School of Business. The family sold BDP in late 2018.
“Mount St. Mary’s deeply appreciates the Bolte family’s devotion to their father’s legacy and investment in the Mount,” Trainor said. “The Mount is experiencing student enrollment growth and academic program expansion, and this gift will assist us in creating additional classrooms, conference rooms and faculty offices as well as a Bloomberg Classroom Laboratory. The addition and renovation will also allow the Mount to develop more partnerships in areas such as logistics and forensic accounting to further our mission of creating ethical leaders who lead lives of significance.”
The $7.5 million Knott Academic Center expansion and renovation project is also expected to be supported by a more than $3 million capital grant from the state of Maryland.
The project includes construction of an approximately 12,140-square-foot addition and renovation of the 49,074-square-foot existing building. The upgrade will include enhancing the learning environment and building new classrooms, a Bloomberg Classroom Laboratory and faculty offices.
Work will begin this summer and is anticipated to be completed by the fall of 2021.
Marotta/Main Architects, based in Lancaster, Pa., designed the addition and renovation.
On the Books for April 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
Sheetz opens new beer caves
Sheetz has opened 30 new beer caves throughout Pennsylvania, including stores on Norland Avenue in Chambersburg and on Washington Township Boulevard in Waynesboro.
The move continues an effort “to meet its customers demand for the ultimate one-stop-shop where they can fuel up, enjoy a meal and also responsibly purchase alcoholic beverages,” the company stated in a news release.
Sheetz currently sells beer in 138 locations across Pennsylvania as well as in the five other states located in the company’s footprint.
The company, based in Altoona, Pa., said it “is committed to responsibly complying with all current laws and regulations, including the enforcement of a 100 percent proof-of-age policy. Employees will ask for proper identification, a valid driver’s license, passport or military identification card from any customers wanting to purchase alcohol, regardless of age. Each location also abides by time-of-day sales restrictions on alcohol.”
Sheetz employs more than 18,500 people and operates more than 585 stores throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Ohio and North Carolina.
FCC starts industrial maintenance program
FREDERICK, Md. — Frederick Community College is partnering with Frederick County Workforce Services to offer a new industrial maintenance training program.
“The new industrial maintenance program will strengthen that workforce and enhance the ability of manufacturers to respond to changing demands and needs,” FCC President Elizabeth Burmaster said in a news release. “We are grateful to Frederick County Workforce Services for its partnership in offering this innovative program.”
The program will introduce students to the skills and knowledge necessary to support facility and equipment maintenance. Industry experts will provide hands-on experience and applicable instruction in fully equipped FCC labs and classrooms.
“We worked closely with local manufacturers over the course of a year to determine what skills their employees and the workforce are lacking that we could provide through training,” Patricia Meyer, FCC associate vice president for continuing education and workforce development, said in the release. “We used that insight to develop state-of-the-art, relevant training that will ensure our manufacturing workforce and community can continue to grow and thrive.”
The 84-hour course is aimed at individuals already employed in the field and those looking to enter the field. It will cover topics such as industrial print reading, electrical fundamentals and control and preventive maintenance.
“Workforce Services is excited to be a part of this industry-led initiative,” added Michelle Day, director of Frederick County Workforce Services. “Our mission is to address the talent needs of our business community to ensure they have the human resources to grow. Training programs like this one that are created as a direct result of industry feedback are key to creating effective workforce development solutions.”
For more information about the training program or to register, visit www.frederick.edu/industrial or contact FCC Trades and Vocational Training at 240-629-7903 or Build ingTrades@Frederick.edu.