Welcome September's New Chamber Members
Epic Glamping
473 Thames St.
Hagerstown, MD 21740
240-520-7654
Fresh Tri
13001 E. Zayante Rd.
Felton, CA 95018
917-673-9468
Home Helpers of Hagerstown - Frederick
1101 Opal Ct., Suite 105
Hagerstown, MD 21740
240-452-4650
Local Cart
4031 University Dr., Ste. 100
Fairfax, VA 22030
202-277-5332
Justin Fidler
6106 Wilson Lane
Bethesda, MD 20817
202-360-4289
Early Voting

The Maryland Board of Elections voted today to conduct early voting from Monday, Oct. 26 to Monday, Nov. 2 (including Saturday and Sunday) from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., with early voting centers also open on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3. On early voting days, approximately 80 vote centers will open statewide. On Election Day, approximately 350 vote centers will be open statewide. Voters can cast their vote at any vote center in their county of residence. The Board also plans to make at least 127 ballot drop boxes available statewide.

As previously announced, Maryland residents are encouraged to cast a mail-in ballot in this year’s election as a public health precaution during the COVID-19 state of emergency. The Board will mail applications for mail-in ballots to all Maryland voters at the end of August, or residents may request a mail-in ballot online by visiting elections.maryland.gov. The deadline to request a mail-in ballot is Oct. 20th.
Business Continuity

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on businesses and nonprofits. Hagerstown Community College is offering a very timely and relevant course titled, “Business Continuity Strategies for Today’s Turbulent Environment.” This three-session course, beginning on September 10, leads organizational leaders and planners to examine the complex and critical dependencies of business enterprises, and the potential for disruption in to­day’s dynamic and turbulent world. Participants will discuss strategies to assess risk to their organization and learn about preventative measures to lessen the impact of disaster. The course guides participants to develop a contemporary, working business continuity plan.
Interesting Read
A cool article about Hagerstown from 1960 published in Woman's Day magazine came to us from James Kercheval, one of our Ex-Officio Board Members!
This nationally read magazine highlights Hagerstown as #18 out of 20 in “America’s Treasure Towns” as part of a 20 month series they ran over 60 years ago. There are also pictures and mentions of our other municipalities in the county including Williamsport, Funkstown, Boonsboro, and Sharpsburg. A highlight from the article reads:

“Perhaps no other town in the country exists as a modern, thriving, community with such a deep sense of the history that has gone on around and about it. To those of us that live in metropolitan areas and are appropriately harried, such a town is a reassuring reminder that people still know how to live. Hagerstown is modern in many ways; but at the same time, it has managed to retain its equilibrium and its respect for the older, slower, traditions, and for that reason alone it is rewarding to visit.”
Members Making News
First Annual Grandma Gatewood Legacy Hike!
Join Prime Time for Women and Girls Who Hike, MD for a hike on the Weverton Heights section of the Appalachian Trail, which Grandma Gatewood first hiked 65 years ago!

On Sunday, October 25th, Prime Time for Women and Girls Who Hike, MD will host the First Annual Grandma Gatewood Legacy Hike. This hike celebrates the first woman to solo thru-hike the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine, accomplishing this feat at 67 years of age! She was not limited by the perceptions of others. When she was discouraged from hiking the 2,091 miles trail, she did it anyway! Grandma Gatewood embraced challenges as adventures, and pursued possibilities rather than probabilities. 

To learn more about this exciting event click here. Do you have questions? If so, email Bernadette Wagner at Bernadette@PrimeTime4Women.com or call 240-313-5985.
Washington County Arts Council and Washington Goes Purple Exhibit
The Washington County Arts Council, Inc. and Washington Goes Purple host a September 2020 exhibit, “Purple - the Color of Recovery.” The juried community art exhibit will be on display virtually and in the gallery from August 27, 2020 through September 29, 2020. “Purple - the Color of Recovery,” while recognizing the impact of the opioid epidemic, celebrates recovery and the hope that we will heal as a community.”
Visit Washington Goes Purple's website here: https://www.washingtongoespurple.com/
NO-CONTACT TEMPERATURE SCANNING TECHNOLOGY
Are you looking for a fast, efficient, and safe way to handle COVID screening? You can implement no-contact temperature screening technology -- here's how they work! Temperature check tablets use infrared sensors to alert the person to a high temperature in one second. The tablets can be mounted on a table or wall or be free-standing.

With prices starting around $1,600 and applications beyond recording body temperatures, these devices are an easy investment in health and safety. Call Audio-Video Group at 800-668-4988 today to learn about the options and schedule your installation.
The C&O Canal Trust Wins an Award
The C&O Canal Trust was awarded the George and Helen Hartzog Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service for a Group in the National Capital Area! The award is given by the National Park Service each year to honor volunteers who give generously of their time and talent in service to their local parks.
 
Robin Zanotti, President of the C&O Canal Trust wrote in a letter to their constituents:
"This award belongs to you and each of our volunteers, for your exceptional stewardship of the C&O Canal National Historical Park. Whether you have participated in Canal Pride clean ups, as Quartermasters, as Canal Towns Partnership representatives, as Park After Dark volunteers, as Board or Committee Members, or in some other way, we salute you!"
Morgan Keller Celebrates Their 65th Anniversary!
The anniversary was commemorated on Tuesday, August 18th with a visit from representatives of Frederick, Frederick County, the State of Maryland, and the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce. Taylor Davis, Vice President and General Manager - General Contracts; Jeff Klutz, Director of Construction; Bryan Adgate, Director of Preconstruction and Estimating; and Chuck Brandenburg, Vice President and General Manager of MK Concrete were presented with certificates honoring this achievement.
Morgan-Keller was founded in 1955 as a family-owned residential construction company located in Wolfsville, Maryland. Over six decades, the firm has transitioned into one of the region's most respected commercial builders with offices in rederick and Hunt Valley, MD. To learn more, visit www.morgankeller.com.

Pictured from Left to Right:
Mary Ford-Naill, City of Frederick, Manager, Economic Development
Taylor Davis, Morgan-Keller Construction
Bryan Adgate, Morgan-Keller Construction
Solash Aviles-Montanez, Frederick County Office of Economic Development, Senior Business Development Manager
Jeff Klutz, Morgan-Keller Construction
Tamar Osterman, Senior Business Development Representative, Maryland Department of Commerce
Chuck Brandenburg, Morgan-Keller Construction
Rick Weldon, President & CEO, Frederick County Chamber of Commerce
New 20-Bed Meritus Health Regional Infection Containment Wing
Meritus Medical Center’s new 2 South Regional Infection Containment Wing was recently completed in only 120 days, on time and on budget. Patients are already receiving treatment in the new care unit.

“It’s the first of its kind in the region and was completed in record time!” says Maulik Joshi, president and CEO of Meritus Health. “We requested an emergency certificate of need from the state for a permanent facility that could not only support the emergent work during the COVID-19 pandemic, but adapt to the changing, future needs of our community.”

A time lapse video of the 120 days of construction is available for viewing at https://www.meritushealth.com/about-us/2-south-regional-infection-containment-wing/
Free T-Shirt Initiative at Fort Ritchie Community Center
Members of the Fort Ritchie Community Center can win a free t-shift if they can properly guess their temperature upon entering the facility. The Community Center has established a COVID-19 prevention protocol based upon guidelines from the CDC, State of Maryland, and Washington County, which involves members answering a series of questions related to their possible exposure to the virus as well as having their temperature taken by a Community Center staff member.
"We came up with what we hope is a fun way for our staff to approach each member," said Buck Browning, executive director of the Community Center. "It can be intimidating to have someone hold an infrared thermometer to your forehead, so we are trying to make it a little less awkward for both people," he added.
The Community Center features a fitness center, weight room, gymnasium, and multi-purpose athletic room, along with other amenities. Equipment has been placed six feet apart and some machines have been closed off to improve social distancing.
The Community Center is a non-profit located in Cascade on the former Fort Ritchie U.S. Army Post. They offer group exercise classes, youth programs, and a wide variety of community events. For more information on the Community Center, visit them online at www.thefrcc.org.
Humane Society of Washington County's Annual Fundraiser Goes Virtual
After postponing its 15th Annual LuHowl Fundraising event from June to September and rebranding it as "LuHowl at the Moon," the Humane Society of Washington County has made the decision to cancel its in-person event due to COVID-19 public health precautions. Instead, the popular auction fundraising event will be held virtually.
Beginning August 31 and continuing throughout the fall, HSWC will host weekly raffleson its Facebook page (www.facebook.com/hswcmd). Now anyone will be able to make a donation through Facebook for their chance to win items like a Char-Griller, a designer handbag, a deluxe wine basket, jewelry and more. All donations raised will benefit spay/neuter programs for animals at HSWC.
HSWC would like to thank Don and Mary Bowman for hosting LuHowl at their home each year and they will miss spending that evening with their friends and supporters. They would also like to thank Sheehy Subaru of Hagerstown and Younger Toyota for their generous sponsorships of this event.
Plamondon Celebrates Their 40th Year!
Plamondon Companies is proud to celebrate 40 years of business in the hospitality industry. The organization owns the Roy Rogers brand, as well as Marriott and Hilton franchises in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Georgia. This milestone marks an exciting point in time for the family- owned organization and signifies a new era of expansion and growth for the future. Whether a guest visits a Roy Rogers or stays at one of their hotels, they’ll find that attention to the guest is relentless, gracious and urgent–each an important key to successful hospitality.

Over the years, Plamondon Companies has become a major pillar in the Frederick community thanks to their business practices and charitable contributions. Not only does it employ a large number of people, both in and out of the state, but also consistently gives back to the communities in which they operate.

To celebrate 40 years, Plamondon Companies hosted a “drive-by” event on August 5 at the Roy Rogers on Route 40, the first Roy Rogers developed by Peter Plamondon Sr. in 1980. Tamar Osterman, Senior Business Development Representative with Maryland Department of Commerce also made an appearance to congratulate co-presidents Pete, Jr. and Jim Plamondon and present a secretarial citation from the state.
Know Someone Looking for Employment?
The Arc of Washington County is looking to fill their Senior Director of Operations position, which is responsible for the growth, development, strategic planning and day-to-day functioning of the Maintenance, Information Technology and Transportation Departments ensuring internal organization processes and infrastructure to promote growth of The Arc. The Arc is a non-profit devoted to improving quality of life for all persons with developmental disabilities. To apply, visit their website www.arcwc-md.org and click on Join Our Team.
Caldwell Manufacturing Company is looking to fill their Shift Superintendent position, which is responsible for supervising and coordinates all resources and activities of the production areas for the 2nd shift team. Please submit your cover letter and resume to btaylor@caldwellmfgco.com
Caldwell has another job opening for their Plant Manufacturing Engineer position as well. This position is responsible for supporting automation equipment runoff and ensure successful transfer of plant automation from engineering commissioning to operational ownership. Please submit your cover letter and resume to btaylor@caldwellmfgco.com.
Caldwell Manufacturing has been recognized as the premier supplier of window counter balances more than 130 years, providing window balance and hardware products to some of the best window manufacturers.
Upcoming Ribbon Cuttings
Potomac Dental Centre
Saturday, October 3rd
4:00 PM
1301 Potomac Ave.
Hagerstown, MD 21742
Member Referrals

If you know someone that would enjoy Chamber membership or benefit from it and you are a current member, refer them - we will give you $50. To communicate information on the membership accurately, click below for details on the Chamber's vision.
For information on this promotion, or to discuss membership referrals, please call Paul Frey at 301-739-2015 ext. 102 or email him at paul@hagerstown.org. You may also call Donna Mitchell at 301-739-2015 ext. 101 or email her at donna@hagerstown.org.
GenNext Reboot
We are going to reboot the GenNext young professionals networking group. We want to get everyone engaged again and we would love to hear your ideas! For information or questions about this group, please email brianna@hagerstown.org.
Helpful Tips

  • Going forward, communications from our COVID-19 JIC (Joint Information Center) meetings will be posted on our social media pages and important segments will go onto our website under our Strong Together pages.
Hope you've had a wonderful summer.

Paul Frey, Donna Mitchell, Brianna Scott & Tiffany Dozier
We can't wait for our next opportunity to work with you, and for you!
(301) 739-2015
About Us
Washington County Chamber of Commerce members include more than 600 organizations, representing over 40,000 local jobs in a wide variety of industries: Retail, Manufacturing, Healthcare, Skilled Trades, Service and Hospitality, Technology, Government, Nonprofit, and Education.