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Ben Haymaker III, an Environmental Technician with Winchester Environmental Consultants, Inc has recently received his Asbestos Inspector EPA training and state certification in Virginia and West Virginia. Ben will work toward his certification as an asbestos project designer and asbestos project monitor and will assist in industrial hygiene projects.

WECI is a family owned business with more than 20 years of experience providing professional environmental services to commercial and residential clients in the Mid-Atlantic region. Ben may be contacted at www.weci.biz or 877-9420.

The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal has announced Paul Marinari as its senior curator of animal operations.

Marinari earned a bachelor's degree in biology and anthropology from the University of Delaware in 1987 and a master's in zoology and physiology from the University of Wyoming in 1992. For the last 20 years, he has worked for the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Headquartered in Front Royal, the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute plays a key role in the Smithsonian's global efforts to understand and conserve species and train future generations of conservationists. It facilitates and promotes research programs based at Front Royal, the National Zoo in Washington and at field research stations and training sites worldwide.

Sigma Alpha Lambda has announced that Anne L. Ambrose of Winchester has recently been named a member of its National Leadership and Honors Organization at Old Dominion University.

Sigma Alpha Lambda is a national leadership and honors organization dedicated to promoting and rewarding academic achievement and providing members with opportunities for community service, personal development and lifelong professional fulfillment.

Ceco Building Systems has announced the appointment of K. Kenney Buildings LLC, of Winchester, the authorized Ceco Builder for Winchester and for Clarke, Frederick and Warren counties.

The appointment is effective immediately and will give owner Kevin Kenney all of the resources provided by Ceco, one of the leading custom-designed integrated metal building systems manufacturers in the U.S.

Kenney is a 35-year veteran of the construction business, with the past 25 as general manager and estimator for a leading Virginia general contractor specializing in commercial and industrial work.

For more information, visit www.ncigroup.com.

Alla Hynes, a board certified ophthalmologist, has been recognized by Consumers' Research Council of America as one of America's best ophthalmologists in 2010 and 2011.

Hynes received her MD degree cum laude from St. Petersburg State Pediatric Medical Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia. While at medical school she studied abroad at the University of Pennsylvania on a scholarship from Russian Federation President Boris Yeltsin.

She completed her residency in ophthalmology at Washington Hospital Center/George Town University and completed her fellowship in ocular immunology and uveitis at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.

For the past five years she has served as George Washington University's director and assistant professor in ocular immunology and uveitis as well as their chief of ophthalmology in the Department of Veteran's Administration in Martinsburg, W.Va.

Last June Hynes opened a private practice, Eye Care Physicians & Surgeons, and has locations in Woodstock and in Winchester.

For more information, call 409-5254.

First Bank has named Candace Anderson Employee of the Year for 2011 and has named Emily Carper and Kim Peterson 2011 STAR Performers.

The employees were selected by their peers for exhibiting the idea "there's power in one" and consistently leading by example with their team working skills, honesty and integrity.

Anderson started with the company in September of 2006 as a banking associate at the Winchester Financial Center. Carper began with First Bank in January 2008 as a senior banking associate and quickly promoted up to an assistant branch manage, a position she currently holds at the Winchester West Financial Center. Peterson started with First Bank in 1998 as a part-time teller and her technology skills were quickly recognized and she was progressively promoted within the IT department to her current role of systems administrator.

First Bank has more than 104 years of history partnering with communities, businesses and individuals in the Shenandoah Valley. First National Corporation, headquartered in Strasburg, Va., is the financial holding company of First Bank. First Bank offers loan, deposit, trust and investment products and services from 10 branch offices in the northern Shenandoah Valley region of Virginia, including Shenandoah, Warren and Frederick counties and the City of Winchester.

Edward Jones has been named the No. 1 large company on the Best Places to Work in Virginia ranking, according to Ann M. Stalbird, a financial advisor in Woodstock.

Edward Jones provides financial services for individual investors in the United States and, through its affiliate, in Canada.

The company, which ranked No. 5 on "Fortune" magazine's "100 Best Comnpanies to Work For" in 2012, is headquartered in St. Louis.

For more information, visit www.edwardjones.com or its recruiting website www.careers.edwardjones.com.

The Economic Development Authority and the Chamber of Commerce has announced the winners of the 2012 Business Excellence: Business Appreciation Awards.

The winner of a $500 cash award is Teresa Henry of Linking You Designs, a home-based Web and graphics design business. Henry is the owner of the company and will use the award to upgrade software.

George McIntyre of The Apple House Restaurant and Gift Shop won $700 to make improvements to his public restrooms at The Apple House. Andrew Shearer of the WFTR/WZRV AmFm Radio, won the largest award of $1,000, for the purchase of a cellular Tie Line to improve the quality of in-field remote broadcasts.

Business Appreciation week is celebrated every year in Virginia with state-issued
proclamations, breakfasts, luncheons and dinner events.

There were 13 applicants for the awards. The parameters for applying for
the awards: must be a small business, licensed in Front Royal or Warren County and must have no more than 500 employees.

4Q earnings
American Woodmark Corporation, which has a location in Winchester, has announced a net loss excluding restructuring charges of $2.3 million during the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2012.

Net sales rose by 10 percent compared with the fourth quarter of the prior fiscal year to $136,221,000. The Company experienced sales gains of more than 30 percent in its new construction business that more than offset a modest decline in its remodeling business during the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2012. Net sales rose by 14 percent during the entire fiscal year 2012 to $515,814,000.

The Company generated a net loss excluding restructuring charges of ($2.3 million) or ($0.16) per diluted share during the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2012, compared with a net loss of ($3.4 million) or ($0.24) per diluted share in the fourth quarter of its prior fiscal year. Results for both periods were impacted by nonrecurring transactions. Results in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2012 included a $0.7 million after-tax write-down of slow moving inventories.

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