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Trade Show Approaching

OCEAN CITY – Attendees at the 34th Annual Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association Spring Trade Expo will be able to hop into the Impaired Driving Simulator and experience the affects of drinking and driving.

As part of the Worcester County Liquor Control Board (LCB) exhibit, this car shows the LCB’s commitment to inform the citizens of Worcester County of the dangers of drinking and driving. The Impaired Driving Simulator allows individuals to sit in the computerized driver seat and try to control all aspects of a driving situation at varying levels of blood alcohol concentration. The car will be in operation from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. during both days of the expo.

The expo takes place on Sunday, March 2 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Monday, March 3 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Admittance is free as long as you are pre-registered by Feb. 22, otherwise, it is $10 per person at the door with proof of being in the industry. The expo is only open to businesses in the hospitality industry and attendees must be 21years old. To register, visit www.oceancitytradeexpo.com.

Company Leaders

BERLIN – Debbie Hileman, broker of Hileman Real Estate, recently announced the agents of the month for January at the monthly sales meeting.

The top listing agent was Cindy Dorcak, sales associate, who has been with Hileman for eight years and has earned the GRI designation. She handles listings and sales in northern Worcester County.

Top sales agents were the ‘Color Me Sold’ team of Jeff Brown and Danielle Gray. This team has been with Hileman for over a year. The team handles sales and listing in northern Worcester County.

Employees Recognized

BERLIN – John H. Allen III, manager of the Ocean City office of Merrill Lynch, formally announced this week that James R. Giles and Dennis R. Hudson of the Ocean City office have been recognized for Excellence in Retirement Income Planning.

For the second year in a row, the Giles/Hudson Advisory Group earned this recognition, which is awarded to only 3 percent of Merrill Lynch financial advisors.

AGH Inks Energy Deal

BERLIN – Atlantic General Hospital has signed a 10-year energy efficiency contract with Johnson Controls, the global leader that brings ingenuity to the places where people live, work and travel.

The contract represents one of the proactive initiatives AGH has undertaken to reduce their energy consumption and operating costs. The agreement will result in substantial energy and cost savings and is expected to enhance the way the hospital’s engineering staff supports patient services and overall operations.

Under the scope of the contract, AGH will make multiple building improvements and upgrades, employ conservation measures and utilize technology new to the hospital to realize energy savings upwards of 20 percent. The project will be funded in part by the cost savings from the energy reduction.

The 15-phase facility-wide upgrade, scheduled for completion in spring 2008, will decrease green house gas emissions in electricity and heat production, reduce the hospital’s carbon footprint, conserve water and reduce the load on the local utilities.

“As a health care provider, we seek to offer the best possible care to our patients and to the communities we serve. This contract demonstrates a high level of care for our environment and for our future,” said Michael Franklin, FACHE, President/CEO of Atlantic General Hospital. “Working with Johnson Controls, we will be able to reduce our carbon footprint and improve efficiencies with water conservation strategies that will ease the burden on the local water treatment facilities, all while providing superior service to our patients.”

“Atlantic General Hospital is a locally-operated facility, with a deeply-rooted commitment to providing patients with the highest quality of care and the best customer service,” said Jennifer Stentz, director of healthcare solutions for Johnson Controls. “This energy savings program contributes to Atlantic General’s mission of providing quality care, while extending their concern for good health to the environment in which we all live.”

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