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Elvis still plays in Hagerstown

July 17, 2002|by BOB MAGINNIS

Elvis Presley has been dead for 25 years, yet still retains a hold on the imagination of fans around the world. The first-ever remix of an Elvis tune, "A little less conversation..." has just topped the European music charts. And a new box set that includes his 30 No. 1 hits has just been released. Isn't this a great time for a tribute to the king of rock 'n' roll?

Yes, say officials of the Hagerstown/Washington County Chamber of Commerce, which is teaming up with the City of Hagerstown to stage "Elvis Lives" in downtown Hagerstown on Saturday, Sept. 7, at 2 p.m.

The event, which will benefit the city's Arts & Entertainment District, will feature four tribute artists, including: Jamie Aaron Kelley of Boone, Iowa; Chris MacDonald of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Doug Church of Battle Creek, Mich.; and Travis Morris of Winthrop Harbor, Ill.

The four will perform on a stage set up in front of the Maryland Theatre in the first block of South Potomac Street in downtown Hagerstown. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $25 for reserved seating. Karen Giffin, the city's public information director, says reserved seats are going fast, so don't wait to order.

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All tickets will be sold in advance. To get one, call Donna at 301-739-2015, ext. 100. For more on this event, visit the Elvis Lives Web site at www.hagerstown. org.

If you'd like a musical fix before the Elvis event, the city is sponsoring two free summer concerts at the City Park bandshell. They include: On July 27 at 7 p.m., the Legendary Orioles and on August 2 at 7 p.m., the Band of the Mid-Atlantic Air National Guard.

For more information on these events, call Giffin's office at (301) 739-8577, ext. 116.




Do you know a school-age child who has shown through his or her behavior that they have good character? If so, the group known as Character Counts would like to honor that youngster at an event to be held Thursday, Aug. 8, at 6 p.m. at Hagerstown's Sheraton Four Points.

To nominate a child, send a letter in the next 10 days describing why the child is worthy of being honored to Character Counts at the Martin Luther King Center, 131 W. North Ave., Hagerstown, MD, 21740.

The event is a fund-raiser for Character Counts, a group dedicated to the idea that good character traits can be taught. The Washington County school system has included Character Counts material in its curriculum, stressing the need for children to develop the following traits: Responsibility, respect, caring, citizenship, fairness and trustworthiness.

A ticket for the event can be obtained by making out a check for $100 to Character Counts and sending it to the office of the Dean of Instruction, Hagerstown Community College, 11400 Robinwood Drive, Hagerstown,. Md., 21742.




The idea of Vacation Bible School will get a new twist this year when Hagerstown's Grace Brethren Church incorporates a carnival theme into the traditional event.

Brad Nigh, the director of youth ministries, said that the event will be held each evening from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on the church parking lot near the corner of 1st and Spruce Streets, on July 31 and on Aug. 1 and 2.

For safety, the lot will be fenced and a security team will be on hand, Nigh said, while children up to age 12 play games, listen to Christian music and watch performances by a unicyclist, a clown and a juggler.

"We're opening up to our community, saying that we're here and that we want to have some good, clean, wholesome fun," Nigh said.

Parents are more than welcome, Nigh said, and children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.




Recently Washington County School Board member Doris Nipps voted against a list of staff changes, saying there was one change on the list she didn't agree with.

The story quoted Nipps as saying that she refused to say which change she disagreed with, and so on Saturday, July 6, The Herald-Mail's "Thumbs" column gave her a question mark, asking how the other board members would know which change she disagreed with if she didn't tell them.

Nipps called to say that it was the reporter she wouldn't tell which change she opposed. Her fellow board members knew which one, she said, because she had already told them when the list was discussed in a closed personnel session.

The Herald-Mail has added the question mark to the "Thumbs" column in recent years because there are some items that don't reflect negatively or positively on the newsmaker, but puzzle us a great deal. It's not a criticism, but an admission on our part that something happened, but we don't understand what or why.

Bob Maginnis is editorial page editor of The Herald-Mail newspapers.

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