New hotel will add 105 rooms in Washington County, Md.

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — The Bowman Group’s newest hotel will provide 105 suite-style rooms in Washington County, Md., and tourism officials say the facility is a welcome addition. Officials broke ground for the new Home2 Suites by Hilton in mid-June. “We’re doing really well with tourism, a lot of visitors, a lot of money coming into the community, and I’m finding out we need more inventory,” Dan Spedden, president of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, said before the ceremony. “We’ve been marketing the same 2,200 hotel rooms for years. It’s time that someone recognized the demand, and now we’re […]

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Orrstown, Bank of Mercersburg to merge

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. — Orrstown Financial Services Inc. has signed a $32.4 million merger agreement with Mercersburg Financial Corp., the parent company of First Community Bank of Mercersburg. Under terms of the agreement, Mercersburg shareholders may elect to receive either 1.5291 Orrstown shares or $40 in cash for each Mercersburg share subject to terms, according to a Mercersburg bank news release. Upon completion of the transaction, the combined bank is expected to have about $2 billion in assets, $1.3 billion in loans and $1.6 billion in deposits, the release said. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of […]

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Western Md. Hospital Center department earns four stars

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Western Maryland Hospital Center’s Comprehensive Care Department achieved a four-star rating from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The CMS Five-Star Quality Rating System is an important bench mark, helping consumers, their families and caregivers compare long-term care facilities, the center said in a news release. CMS compares each nursing home nationally according to quality measures, staffing levels and annual survey outcomes. The Western Maryland center has a long history of quality outcomes. During the past three years the survey scores have beaten the state and national standard by roughly half the number of deficiencies. According to […]

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New radio station hits airwaves in Tri-State

CUMBERLAND, Md. — The new “Willie” 106.7 FM and 560 AM hit the air June 1 at midnight. Willie is a traditional country station playing “the best country from the ’80s, ’90s and more.” Typical artists include George Strait, Alabama, Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, Travis Tritt, Ronnie Milsap and others. Additionally, select artists from today will be played such as Brad Paisley, Clay Walker and Chris Stapleton. With the increase in popularity of today’s modern country music — such as the music played on sister station Big Froggy 105.3 and 105.7 FM — there was a […]

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‘We need caring people to help other people’

Joseph ‘Jake’ Jacobs, high-school health and physical education instructor and adjunct college professor   Joseph “Jake” Jacobs believes your coffee break should improve your health. “I’m a big advocate for ‘active’ coffee breaks,” he wrote in an email, whether that’s a 20-minute yoga session or 20 minutes of hitting golf balls on the driving range. Jacobs is health and physical education instructor at St. John’s Catholic Prep in Buckeystown, Md., and an adjunct professor at McDaniel College in Westminster, Md., and Penn State Mont Alto.  He holds a doctorate in the psychology of sport from the University of Maryland, College Park. […]

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Schindel wins inaugural Idea Pitch at Mt. St. Mary’s

EMMITSBURG, Md. — Levi Schindel’s pitch for cross-platform social media connections won the the inaugural Palmieri Center for Entrepreneurship Idea Pitch Invitational at Mount St. Mary’s University. Schindel, a business student, won the $5,000 top prize with his ADDU mobile app for cross-platform social media connection, according to a news release. A Hagerstown, Md., native and a graduate of Saint James School, he plans to spend the summer working on the app’s development at the Technical Innovation Center at Hagerstown Community College in Hagerstown in consultation with the Palmieri Center for Entrepreneurship. Chloe Cain and Lyndsey Saunders earned the second-place […]

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Leadership Washington County Class 31

  Leadership Washington County marked the graduation of Class 31 on June 8 at Fountain Head Country Club in Hagerstown. The class completed a 10-month course that exposed them to different aspects of the community. The class raised money to give the first ever Business and Economic Development Grants to The Maryland Theatre ($1,500) and the Washington County Arts Council ($1,750). […]

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3 Roads Communications wins five Telly Awards

FREDERICK, Md. — 3 Roads Communications has received five Telly Awards for television programming and videos produced during 2017-2018. The Telly Awards honor outstanding international video and film productions.  “We are honored to receive prestigious Telly Awards for these great projects,” said Russ Hodge, president of 3 Roads Communications Inc. “We have the privilege to work with distinguished clients who trust us to deliver their message and story. These awards are not only a testament to the hard work of our creative team, but to the merit of our clients as well.” 3 Roads Communications’ awards include: • Silver: Library […]

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Menno Haven awarded for rehab center

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Menno Haven recently announced that its new rehabilitation center won an “Environments for Aging Design Showcase Award.” Each year, Environments for Aging, a national trade publication in the senior living industry, judges entries from architects, developers, designers and operators from across the globe. This year, there were 54 submissions, including Menno Haven’s rehabilitation center, which is still under construction. Menno Haven was one of just six submissions selected for the award. The building was designed with the intention of it receiving the WELL Building Certification upon completion. To be WELL Certified means that a building, and everything […]

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First United Bank & Trust renovates Frederick office, offers new tech

FREDERICK, Md. — First United Bank & Trust has completed renovations at its Riverside Community Office at 1990 Monocacy Blvd. in Frederick. “We know that people are tech-savvy and want the convenience of mobile and internet banking,” said Carissa L. Rodeheaver, chief executive officer, chairman of the board and president of First United Bank & Trust. “But we also realize that we still have many customers who want to see and talk to their bankers. “This is an exciting time, and the Frederick area is the perfect location for our new approach to the banking experience. We remain true to […]

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