Business Notes

Business Notes

October 26, 2003

Craft show starts today, runs through Saturday

Jennifer Crafts of Historic Savage Mill is holding a craft show today through Saturday at Carrolltown Center in Eldersburg.

More than 25 local and regional craftspeople will offer handmade arts and crafts, photography, floral items, pillows, bears, dolls, gifts, wood and nautical theme items.

Hours will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow through Saturday. Admission is free.

Information: 410-781-7070.

Fall Festival set Friday at Carrolltown Center

Carrolltown Center in Eldersburg will hold a Fall Festival from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday that will include mall-wide trick-or-treating.

Visitors can meet the costumed characters Bunnicula, the star of Deborah and James Howe's books about a friendly vampire bunny, Wild Thing from the Maurice Sendak book Where the Wild Things Are and the Cat in the Hat from the Dr. Seuss book of the same name.

Photos will be available with these characters all afternoon.

Free family shows will be presented at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. by Suitcase Circus and at 6:30 p.m. by the dancers from Talent Express.

Children age 12 and younger can stop by the gazebo for a free Halloween trick-or-treat bag filled with goodies, then visit participating shops for more treats.

The Friendly Ghost also will be strolling the mall handing out awards for the best costumes.

Participating shops will have entry forms for a drawing for Fall Festival gift baskets filled with merchandise and gift certificates from selected merchants.

Information: 410-781-7070.

Halloween festivities planned at TownMall

TownMall of Westminster has announced activities for Halloween.

The mall is collecting money for UNICEF at participating stores. Money collected will provide food, medicine and education to needy children around the world.

Trick-or-treating will be held for children beginning at 5 p.m. Friday. The customer service counter will hand out free goodie bags, and children can visit participating stores (those with a jack-o-lantern in the storefront) for treats.

McGruff the Crime Dog will visit the mall from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

A baseball card and sports memorabilia show will be held during mall hours Friday to Nov. 2 near the food court. More than 15 vendors will have collectibles and gifts for sale.

Information: 410-857-0300.

Alpaca farms to hold open house on weekend

Sandhill Alpacas of New Market and Shepherd's Purse Alpacas of Mount Airy will hold a farm open house and tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Nov. 2.

Visitors can learn about the animals, alpaca fiber and clothing, and the benefits of owning and raising alpacas. Alpaca product sales, fiber spinning and other demonstrations will be featured.

Both farms have opened alpaca stores with products from the animals, including scarves, sweaters, blankets, hats, socks, shawls and capes.

Alpaca fiber is known for its softness and warmth.

Information: Sandhill Alpacas, New London Road, 301-865-3552; Shepherd's Purse Alpacas, Bennetts Branch Road, 301-829-4798.

Community Banks reports income, earning increases

Community Banks Inc. of Harrisburg, Pa., has reported a 9 percent increase in net income for the third quarter over the same period last year.

The bank's net earnings were $5.2 million for the quarter. Earnings per share were 52 cents, up 8 percent over last year.

Earnings per share for the first nine months totaled $1.54 and net income totaled $15.2 million.

Community Banks, with two branches in Carroll County, has assets of more than $1.8 billion.

Kohn Creative wins state award for Smart Growth

Matt and Josh Kohn, owners of Kohn Creative in Westminster, have received the Maryland Vision Award from Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. at ceremonies in Annapolis.

The governor cited the brothers' creativity in helping to promote business and economic development by renovating and locating their firm in the old Westminster post office.

Kohn, a marketing communications firm, was one of two companies in the state to receive the Business and Economic Development Smart Growth Award.

The governor, on behalf of the Maryland Department of Planning and the Citizen Planners Association, presented the Kohns with a plaque noting their contribution to Maryland's efforts to control sprawl, revitalize established communities and maximize public infrastructure spending.

Kohn Creative has been in business for 16 years, including nearly three years at the Main Street location.

Russell elected chairman of Interfaith Housing board

Craig P. Russell has been elected chairman of the board of trustees of Interfaith Housing of Western Maryland.

He has served on the board since 1996 and was previously the group's treasurer.

He was preceded as chairman by the Rev. Edward H. Heim, a founding member and board member since 1990.

Other officers for 2003-2004 are: James Jennings, vice chairman; Daniel Herr, treasurer; and the Rev. Samie Conyers, secretary.

Russell is senior vice president of commercial lending at Frederick County Bank and active in the business and civic communities.

Bank of Hanover names assistant vice president

Traci A. Helm has been named assistant vice president, cash management officer, for the Bank of Hanover.

She will be responsible for the development of new cash management business and expanding existing business relationships in Adams and York counties, Pa., and Carroll County.

She has a bachelor of science degree in management from Penn State University.

Residential realty firm announces top agents

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage has announced its top Carroll County sales agents of the month for September.

Eldersburg: Kathy Dixon.

Hampstead: Douglas Johnson.

Mount Airy: Steve Jackson.

Westminster: Sherri Campeggi.

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