State of the County luncheon set Jan. 8
The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce will have its annual State of the County membership luncheon at noon Jan. 8 at Martin's Westminster.
Carroll County Commission members will give an update on the county's economy, business and other areas.
The cost is $18 and deadline for reservations is Dec. 29.
Business people can meet state lawmakers
The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce is offering a program for local business people to meet with the county's delegation to Annapolis from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Jan. 9 at Wilhelm Ltd. Caterers in Westminster.
"The Voice of Business" will feature a panel with Sens. David R. Brinkley, Larry E. Haines and Robert H. Kittleman; and Dels. Carmen Amedori, Donald B. Elliott, Susan W. Krebs and Nancy R. Stocksdale.
The question-and-answer session will be moderated by Chamber Legislative Committee Chairman Bill Gavin. Business people will have a chance to express their views to the delegation on the needs of business in the county.
The cost is $10 for a continental breakfast and reservations are required by Jan. 5.
Chamber of Commerce sets dinner-dance Jan. 24
The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual gala dinner dance from 6 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Jan. 24 at Wilhelm Ltd. Caterers in Westminster.
Dinner will include hors d'oeuvres, spinach salad, filet mignon and crab cake, vegetable medley, baked potato, rolls and beverages.
A cash bar will be available all night. The Mood Swings will provide 1930s, '40s and '50s music for dancing.
Tickets are $55 per person, with proceeds going to the chamber's Charles D. Schaffer Scholarship Fund. Tables of 10 are available. Reservations are required by Jan. 15.
Two women open shop for hand-made soaps
Danette Camponeschi and Christi Malat have opened Raspberry Ridge Natural Handmade Soaps, a cottage industry business based in Camponeschi's 1895 Manchester farmhouse.
The two women took a soapmaking class at the Carroll County Farm Museum four years ago and began making soaps for family and friends, who began requesting soaps to buy.
Soaps are made from all natural ingredients, some grown by the pair in their gardens, and cut by hand. Packaging and labels are made from recycled materials.
Available soaps include Heaven Scent, Spiced Cake, Woodland Hike, Peppermint Stick, Lavender Fields, Simply Scentless and Soap at Hand.
Raspberry Ridge is at 4026 Rupp Road and is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Clark wins certification in retirement housing
Charles G. Clark, vice president for facility development of EMA Inc., has been awarded the National Certification Program for Retirement Housing Professionals designation by the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging.
A graduate of the program's class of 2003, Clark has dedicated himself for eight years to helping older adults live in a dignified environment.
The RHP credential distinguishes retirement housing professionals who have chosen to pursue excellence in their field through education and training.
Graduates must successfully complete 45 hours of training and three comprehensive examinations.
Clark also has bachelor's of arts degree from Ball State University and a master's degree from McDaniel College.
Century breaks ground for new auto dealership
The dealership currently is on Ridgeville Boulevard. The new facility, next to Century Ford, is expected to be completed by summer.
The Century Automotive Group will have, with the new dealership, almost 100 employees, Century officials said.
The Ford and Dodge Chrysler Jeep dealerships will be run by managing partner Joe DeGiorgi.