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Trinity Fitness Opens New Fitness Facility for Women

WALDORF—Trinity Fitness, a Southern Maryland-based fitness company, has announced the grand opening of their new women's facility, Trinity Fitness for her. The new facility aims to empower women to achieve their fitness goals and get a fresh start to exercise.

The expansion of the company was prompted by the response from the Southern Maryland community for a fitness facility exclusively for women. The space allows women who are more comfortable in a specialized gym atmosphere to take advantage of the programs and services that Trinity Fitness offers.

"We saw the need for a fitness facility that caters to beginner and intermediate women exercisers focusing specifically on strength training. Strength trainings is extremely important for all women, but unfortunately most women aren't sure where to start or how to do it safely. We hope to be the answer for all these women," said Kate Scott on why she and her husband Dave, co-owners of Trinity Fitness, opened the specialized facility.

The facility, which is located across the street from the company's main location, will offer a variety of strength-oriented group classes for beginner and intermediate levels. Members will also receive instruction from a team of caring and supportive staff members who are experienced in working with individuals of all ages and fitness levels. In addition to fitness, members will also have the opportunity to build on their foundation of health by learning the healthy approach to nutrition and fat loss.

The new facility is located at 4413 Southern Business Park Drive in White Plains, Maryland, which will also serve at the site for the Eat Smart Program, the 12-week fat loss program designed by Co-Owner and Registered Dietician Kate Scott.

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Mission BBQ Will Offer Vets Free Food on Veteran's Day

MISSION BBQ will salute our country's veterans and active military personnel on Veterans Day, November 11th. For the fourth consecutive year, the day will kick off at Noon with a live rendition of the National Anthem performed by an active military member at all MISSION BBQ locations in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and North Carolina. Each restaurant will serve complimentary turkey, pork, and brisket sandwiches to all veterans and active military all day, in addition to free slices of cake while supplies last.

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Virginia Partners Bank Hires New Lenders for Fredericksburg and Southern Maryland

FREDERICKSBURG, Va.—Virginia Partners Bank today announced the addition of two experienced lenders to its commercial banking teams.

Kevin A. Fastabend joins Virginia Partners Bank as Senior Vice President and will be based in Virginia Partners Bank's Fredericksburg office. Mr. Fastabend has over 35 years' banking experience. He was with Virginia Commerce Bank/United Bank since 2006. Mr. Fastabend is a graduate of Virginia Tech and is a resident of Fredericksburg, VA.

Beth Abbott joins Maryland Partners Bank (a division of Virginia Partners Bank) as Vice President. She will join the commercial banking team in La Plata, MD. Ms. Abbot has many years of lending experience, including 12 years with Mercantile Southern Maryland Bank and then with PNC. Ms. Abbott is a graduate of Central Michigan University and is a resident of Huntingtown in Calvert County, MD.

"I am delighted to have both Beth Abbott and Kevin Fastabend join our team," said Lloyd Harrison, Virginia Partners Bank's President and CEO. "Beth Abbott has a proven track record of business development in all three Southern Maryland counties. Her extensive contacts will help our Maryland Partners Bank division continue to expand in Southern Maryland. Kevin brings a wealth of contacts not only in Fredericksburg but into Northern Virginia as well. He is truly a franchise player for us and will play a key role in our expansion farther north."

The addition of Ms. Abbott and Mr. Fastabend, combined with the recently announced capital stock offering, demonstrates the bank's commitment to the growth of its customer-focused, community banking model.

Virginia Partners Bank was founded in 2008. It currently operates three full-service branches in Fredericksburg and a loan production office in La Plata, MD. A full-service branch is under construction in La Plata, which is set to open in January 2015. This branch will trade under the name "Maryland Partners Bank (a division of Virginia Partners Bank)". Virginia Partners Bank had $259 million in assets at the end of the third quarter of 2014.

Husband and Wife Team Launch Mr. Handyman Franchise to Meet Rising Demand for Home Improvement Services in Southern Maryland

BRANDYWINE—In response to the increased demand for residential maintenance and repair services, local entrepreneurs Race and Joyce Dowling opened Mr. Handyman of Ft. Washington and Clinton. This location is part of North America’s largest full-service home repair franchise and the number one employer of handymen nationwide.

Following a career as Chief Technology Officer and Chief Operating Officer for a government contractor, Race and his wife Joyce with her 25 years’ experience as a small business owner decided to explore business ownership opportunities that aligned with their customer-centric ideals and hobbies. With relatives in the construction industry and having completely renovated and restored their own historical home in Brandywine, the duo knew Mr. Handyman’s service offerings aligned with their skills. Taken by the company’s dedication to customer service and franchisee support system, the Dowling’s decided to bring the nationally recognized handyman company to the area. The Dowling’s are excited to service their surrounding communities for all home improvement needs.

Renovation expenditures are forecasted to total almost $60 billion annually. For millions of homeowners tending to these nagging repairs while balancing work and family has created a thriving demand for professional, safe and reliable home-repair services. This growth will also bring office and technician jobs to the area.

“The steady increase of existing home sales and prices reflect a healthy rebound in the housing market,” said Race Dowling. “As a result, the demand for home improvement services in the area has increased as well. Our goal is to help area residents shrink those nagging ‘to-do lists’ on the refrigerator.”

Service will be provided to Ft. Washington, Clinton, Upper Marlboro and across the remaining area of southern Prince George’s and northern Charles Counties. For more information or to schedule a visit, please go to or call 301-242-9444.

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