Business Notes

Business Notes

April 25, 2004

Community Banks posts first-quarter rise in its net income

Community Banks Inc. of Harrisburg, Pa., has reported a small increase in net income for the first quarter of this year over the same period last year.

The bank's net income as of March 31 was $5,175,000, up from $5,101,000.

Loan and deposit balances were up 18 percent and 12 percent, respectively, over last year for the first quarter. Loans were more than $1.1 billion, and deposits almost $1.3 billion as of March 31.

The bank will pay a 5 percent stock dividend Friday to shareholders of record on April 16.

Community Banks has branches in Carroll County.

Chamber of Commerce to hold luncheon May 13

The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce will hold a member luncheon at noon May 13 at Best Western Catering and Conference Center.

Leadership Carroll is a development program sponsored by the chamber and Carroll Community College.

In "Leadership Carroll 2005 ... What's in It for Me?" alumni will share their experiences and describe how the program helped them grow professionally and personally.

The cost is $18. Reservations are required by May 6.

Information: 410-848-9050.

$800 Schaffer scholarship given to each senior class

The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce will award the $800 Charles D. Schaffer Scholarship to one senior from each Carroll County public high school graduating class.

The scholarship is awarded to students who have demonstrated a drive to succeed and who meet these criteria: has been a Carroll County resident for at least one year, shows an interest or involvement in community affairs, is in need of assistance, and is planning to attend a Maryland college for at least one year with course studies in business, economics or the practical arts.

Applications are available from school guidance offices. Each high school will determine its recipient.

Realtor accepting items to help New Windsor

The Westminster office of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage is accepting used cell phones, ink-jet cartridges and laser print cartridges (no toner cartridges) to help New Windsor Middle School earn new equipment.

Working in partnership with New Windsor and the Carroll County public schools, the realty office is collecting these items so the middle school can exchange and earn new equipment such as printers, digital cameras and scanners.

Items may be dropped off at the Westminster office, 1130 Baltimore Blvd., from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays.

Information: 410-876-1666.

Taneytown writer, editor starts Web site of services

Patricia A. Bianca, a Taneytown commercial writer, an editor and journalist, has launched a Web site with the help of Net Solutions LLC.

The Web site,, describes Bianca's services, a client list and links of samples of her work, including copy for Web sites, advertising and brochures.

Bianca has written for several local publications and has helped small and new businesses gain publicity and customers.

She is a member of several professional organizations.

Real estate agency hires broker Strohman

Julie K. Strohman has joined the Westminster office of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage as an associate broker.

A five-year real estate veteran, she specializes in new-home sales and residential real estate. The Hampstead resident is a member of state, county and other local Realtor boards.

Strohman has the Graduate, Realtor Institute professional designation. She has a bachelor of arts degree in mass communications from Towson State University.

Coldwell Banker honors its top sales associates

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage recently honored its top Carroll County sales associates for their outstanding work in the real estate industry.

Sales associates were inducted into various clubs according to their sales.

Eldersburg: Katherine Dixon, International President's Circle; Patricia Hittel, Jane Schneider, International President's Club.

Hampstead: Douglas Johnson, International President's Circle; the Fales Team, International President's Club Team.

Mount Airy: Steve Jackson, International President's Circle; Charles Condon, Cheryl Kibler, Frannie Morris, Diamond Society; Kimberly Moore, Patricia Plum, Sterling Society.

Westminster: Gwenn Bockelmann, Sherri Campeggi, International President's Circle; the Gill Team, International President's Circle Team; Josephine O'Neel, Christine Shipley, Vernon Smith, Carol Stencil, Doris Wisner, International President's Club.

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