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Just a Few More Days for Giant's Annual Good Neighbor Food and Funds Drive

There are just a few more days to contribute to Giant's annual Good Neighbor Food and Funds Drive. The drive helps five regional food banks keep their shelves stocked this holiday season. The annual hunger relief program gives customers the opportunity to help needy families by making a monetary contribution or donating non-perishable food items at neighborhood Giant stores. The Good Neighbor program is taking place in all Giant Food stores from now through November 28, 2010.

Company to Give Away a Heating System

My Plumber Heating and Cooling prides itself on a long history of giving back to the communities that it serves.  As company founder R. Wendell Presgrave explains it, “We consider it our privilege to give something back to the communities that provide our living, and frankly, we love having the opportunity.”  My Plumber has collected many tons of food for the hun­gry, performed free or deeply discounted plumbing repairs for homeless shelters and in private homes throughout Northern Virginia and Suburban Maryland, and sponsored sports teams, school plays and many other educational activities.  The company also has a tradition of replacing, for free, the oldest, ugliest heating system that it can find each autumn.

Lawyer’s Moonlight Corn Maze

Come check out the largest corn maze in Maryland!

Lawyer’s Moonlight Corn Maze offers 7 miles of trails cut into 42 acres of corn! Also, don’t miss the Pumpkin Cannon that launches Pumpkins at our IRON MAN themed targets at speeds over 70mph!

Fri 5-10pm, Sat Noon-10pm, Sun Noon-5pm


13001 Creagerstown Road
Thurmont, MD 21788

Contact: (240) 315-8133

Assisted Living Without Water

Since last Thursday, the residents of Tranquility at Fredericktowne, an assisted living home, have been without water.

The home has 68 rooms on three floors for its 80 residents.  As of right now, the home has been using bottled water for drinking, sponge baths and brushing teeth.  Paper plates and plastic utensils have also replaced using water to wash dishes.

Frank Gerhardt, spokesman for Tranquility says the issue came to light when two of their residents were in the hospital and tested positive for waterborne illness.  He says they haven’t linked it back to the assisted living center, but as a precaution they’re taking measures.

Gerhardt says Tranquility doesn’t understand what the problem is.  They use city water.

The Health Department has performed water tests which are still in the lab baring no results yet. They’re going to take more samples to make sure the problems are fixed.

Citigroup, Inc (NYSE: C) to Close Frederick Mortgage Office

By mid-2010, Citigroup, Inc. will close their Frederick, MD mortgage office and move their staff of 940 employees to another part of the Maryland region.

According to American Banking & Marketing News, Citigroup spokeswoman Janis Tarter said on Thursday that relocated employees would either work from Citibank’s larger Hagerstrown site or as remote workers from their homes. As part of the transition, about 40 positions will be cut. Tarter told the press that the company is working with effected employees “to help them explore open jobs within Citi and outside of Citi.”

Tarter said in a statement that the shutdown of the Frederick office will help “increase the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of our consumer banking operations while giving employees as many flexible work options as possible.”

The company said that it expects most of the relocating employees to work from home.