Meet people who make a difference

April 25, 2005|by TIM SHEA

In today's edition of The Herald-Mail is Making A Difference, a special section profiling people who better the lives of others in the Tri-State area.

Among those you can read about in this section are the following people:

Verna Brown, coordinator for Washington County Emergency Management, who balances her efforts with time to volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washington County and served as acting chairwoman of the organization's Bowl for Kids' Sake Committee.

Cheryl Flook, who has taken care of 21 foster children who have stayed at her home over the past six years.

Richard Lee Haynes, who has been at the heart of the Rohrersville Band for 44 years, leading the group through hundreds of parades and concerts.


Bill Price, administrator for the Literacy Council of Washington County, who facilitates tutoring services and coordinates the tutor training program.

The section covers young and old.

At 91, Grace Snively still helps out with an American Cancer Society fund-raiser.

At 29, Todd Vogtman inspires fifth-graders at Williamsport Elementary School, using music to reach his students.

The section goes outside Washington County.

In Berkeley County, W.Va., former West Virginia delegate and Berkeley County Commissioner Pat Murphy voluntarily has been overseeing the Martinsburg Boys & Girls Club's photography depatment since 1971.

In Jefferson County, W.Va., Sandy Dougherty has undertaken a wide variety of volunteer projects over the years, along with her full-time duties as an attendance officer for Jefferson County Schools.

In Waynesboro, Pa., Bill Krouse spends up to 50 hours a week as the assistant director of the New Hope Homeless Shelter, helping clients meet their needs.

In McConnellsburg, Pa., Glenn Cordell has been called "The Heart of the Fulton County Historical Society."

In Frederick, Md., James E. Upchurch Jr., president of Interfaith Housing Alliance Inc., "seeks social justice."

From (Charles) Biggs to (Salih) Yumlu, the people profiled in our first Making A Difference section are affecting lives in our community. They are students (Miguel Carrillo, Jamie Lynn Kidwell and Erin Elizabeth Shoop) and retirees (Eunice Carney, Mildred Heiberger, Eugene Myers). They work different jobs and have different interests.

Next year, we will profile more people "Making A Difference." If you would like to suggest someone for this section, contact me at 301-733-5131, ext. 7591, or send an e-mail to

Tim Shea is a Herald-Mail copy editor. He may be reached at 301-733-5131, ext. 7591, or by e-mail at

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