Businesses get federal grants exceeding $6.6M

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Energy has presented grants totaling more than $6.6 million to six Maryland small businesses, including one in the Crossroads area, for research on innovative technologies. The work will include research on nuclear energy, renewable energy and advanced manufacturing. The businesses received the grants through the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs. Those programs award competitive contracts to small businesses to develop innovative technologies that keep the American economy competitive and address national security and public health needs. The companies and grants are: • WSC of Frederick, $1 million; • Accustrata […]

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Face Time around the region for September 2019

McGarrah joins bank office in Martinsburg CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. — BCT-Bank of Charles Town recently announced the appointment of Kim McGarrah as relationship banker of its Martinsburg, W.Va., office. McGarrah will be responsible for developing business in the Martinsburg market as well as leading the Martinsburg banking team and their branch operations. Greenbeck joins First United Bank & Trust HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Denise E. Greenbeck has been named community relationship manager at First United Bank and Trust’s Emerald Pointe Community Office in Hagerstown. Greenbeck has more than seven years of financial services experience. She began her financial services career as […]

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A NEW BEGINNING

The Charles E. Brake Co. closed up shop in 2012, but a gallery highlights the firm’s ‘Construction of an American Dream’ By Mike Lewismlewis@crossroadsbizjournal.com ST. THOMAS, Pa. — Harold Brake’s office is decorated with mementos and plaques, certificates and newspaper clippings. But the artifacts he’d really like you to see are in a museum of sorts. The display features a video, photos, artifacts and a timeline that preserves the history of the Charles E. Brake Co. and the family behind the firm.  The display is called “Gallery 88” because the Charles E. Brake Co. was in business for 88 years, […]

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WVU Medicine East foundation donates AED to free clinic

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The WVU Medicine East Foundation recently purchased an automated external defibrillator for the Good Samaritan Free Health Clinic in Martinsburg. Clinic officials had been trying for some time to acquire funding for an AED. Then someone suggested reaching out to the hospital foundation. The request was presented to the foundation board of directors in May and approved unanimously, according to a news release. An AED is a portable, battery-operated device used for cardiac arrest that checks the heart rhythm and can send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm. Recent studies […]

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On the Books

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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Face time around the region

Coldwell Banker Premier welcomes King-Kulik MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Brieanna King-Kulik has joined Coldwell Banker Premier as a sales associate. King-Kulik is the current Mrs. Virginia United States 2019, which keeps her involved in the community. She is the founder of a children’s volunteering club called Little Hands Big Hearts, as well as the Brieanna Project, which promotes awareness and help for individuals with eating disorders. Coldwell Banker Premier offers residential and commercial property sales and leasing services. The firm has offices in Winchester and Front Royal, Va.; and in Martinsburg, Berkeley Springs and Shepherdstown, W.Va. F&M Trust announces new hires […]

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U. of Md. launches master’s in medical cannabis science

BALTIMORE — The University of Maryland School of Pharmacy has launched a master’s program in medical cannabis science and therapeutics. According to a UM news release, the program will provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to support patients and the medical cannabis industry, add to research in the field and develop well-informed medical cannabis policy. Based at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville, Md., the two-year program blends online learning with face-to-face experiences. It is the first graduate program in the country dedicated to the study of medical cannabis, according to UM. It aims to meet the […]

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ACNB to acquire Frederick County Bancorp

Two area banks have announced merger plans. ACNB Corp., the parent financial holding company of ACNB Bank, recently reported the execution of a definitive agreement with Frederick County Bancorp. Under that agreement, Frederick County Bancorp will be merged with and into an ACNB acquisition subsidiary and, as soon as possible thereafter, Frederick County Bank, FCBI’s wholly-owned subsidiary, will merge with and into ACNB Bank. ACNB Corp. is headquartered in Gettysburg, Pa. Frederick County Bancorp is headquartered in Frederick, Md. Frederick County Bank operates five locations in the Frederick area. Established in 2001, it is a full-service community bank serving businesses, […]

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Carotid artery stenting now offered at WMHS

A new procedure at Western Maryland Health System is allowing patients with carotid artery disease to stay close. Under the direction of Dr. John Pappas, the interventional radiology department at WMHS is now offering carotid artery stenting, a procedure that opens the carotid arteries to restore blood flow to the brain, the health system said in a news release. Carotid arteries are on each side of the neck and are the main arteries supplying blood to the brain. Like arteries in the heart, the carotid arteries can become clogged, which can reduce or block blood flow to the brain. Stenting […]

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