State insurance agency offers help for consumers A...

Business Notes

August 11, 2002

State insurance agency offers help for consumers

A representative from the Maryland Insurance Administration will be at the state comptroller's office in Westminster from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at 532 Baltimore Blvd., Suite 306.

Residents who have questions about their insurance coverage or who need help filing a complaint against their insurance company are encouraged to attend.

Appointments are not required. Information: 800-492-6116.

Water garden festival set for next weekend

Your Companions Country Store/Reflections of Nature Garden center will hold a Water Garden Festival on Saturday and Aug. 18 near Eldersburg.

The festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 18 at 5399 Enterprise St. off Liberty Road.

Seminars on environmentally friendly water gardening will be given. A workshop by nationally known water gardener Roy Underwood from Misty Mountain Aquatics will be given.

Underwood will discuss how to enjoy your garden despite the drought, bog gardens, life enrichment and promoting healthy fish, choosing and care of aquatic plants, proper filtration and incorporating a water feature in any size area on any budget.

Children's activities and giveaways also will be featured.

Information: 410-795-0266.

Long & Foster to offer free real estate seminar

Long & Foster Real Estate will offer a free seminar to people interested in real estate careers.

The seminars, "A Career in Real Estate," tell how to get started in the field, course requirements, costs involved in training and the pros and cons of such a career. Registration is required.

The next seminar will be at the Hampstead office at 7 p.m. Aug. 20 at 720 Hanover Pike, 410-239-6111.

New executive director named for Copper Ridge

Episcopal Ministries to the Aging has announced that Mark E. Pressman has been named executive director of Copper Ridge in Sykesville.

Pressman has an extensive background in hospital administration and long-term care management. He is a licensed nursing home administrator.

He will oversee operations of the 126-bed assisted living and nursing facility dedicated to the care of those with memory-impairing illnesses.

He was most recently executive director of Memphis Jewish Home in Tennessee.

Books, activity materials needed for service project

The Bank of Hanover is asking for donations of books for its fifth annual community service project, BookWorms for Literacy.

New and gently used books and children's activity materials are being collected throughout this month and will be donated to select community organizations in need of books.

Activity materials needed include construction paper, writing paper, crayons, markers, children's scissors and glue. They will be used by literacy groups during children's activity periods relating to story time.

Bank employees will deliver the donations Sept. 6 in time for International Literacy Day on Sept. 8.

The bank has branches in Carroll County and donates books to the Carroll County Public Library.

Information: 717-735-5651.

Westminster resident recognized for service

M. Rebecca Leister of Westminster has been accepted into the Million Dollar Round Table, an international independent association of leading life insurance producers.

Leister is with the Virginia and Maryland Regional Financial Office in Chantilly, Va., and is a Thrivent Financial for Lutherans financial associate. She serves Lutherans and their families in local communities.

The international association accepts associates who demonstrate exceptional product knowledge, strict ethical conduct and outstanding service to clients. Membership is recognized as the standard of excellence in life insurance and financial services.

Thrivent was formed from the Jan. 1 merger of Aid Association for Lutherans and Lutheran Brotherhood.

Ad firm completes work on anti-smoking campaign

Kohn Creative Solutions of Westminster recently completed work on the "Don't Be a Dumb Ash" campaign for the Carroll County Health Department.

The campaign will highlight the effects of secondhand smoke on children and encourage adults not to smoke around children and to ultimately stop smoking.

Billboards promoting the campaign will be rotated throughout the county and printed literature will be available to the public. The campaign includes a Web site,, with information on the dangers of secondhand smoke.

Sykesville resident to be Grayson Homes manager

Grayson Homes of Ellicott City has appointed Jim Finecey community sales manager for Grayson Homes at River Downs Golf Course Community in Finksburg.

He will manage on-site sales for Grayson Homes, including assisting the buyer through all phases of home purchase.

Finecey lives in Sykesville.

Local CPA appeared on radio program

Catherine Nazarene, certified public accountant for the Catherine Ditman Group of Mount Airy, recently appeared on Radio America's Nolan at Night program.

A tax professional with more than 20 years of experience, Nazarene discussed tax shelters for nationwide listeners.

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