For the record

December 31, 2006

The American Jewish Committee honored the Rev. Dr. William Harter, a leading advocate for Israel in the Christian world and pastor of Falling Springs Presbyterian Church in Chambersburg, Pa., with its Isaiah Award, recognizing extraordinary achievement in interreligious affairs.

AJC President E. Robert Goodkind presented the award to Rev. Harter at the AJC Board of Governors meeting on Dec. 11. Harter was praised for his dedication to dialogue between Christians and Jews, and his historic, and successful, efforts to undo the Presbyterian Church's attempt to divest from the State of Israel.

Rabbi James A. Rudin, AJC's senior adviser on interreligious affairs, spoke glowingly of Harter's lifelong commitment to Christian-Jewish relations and his steadfast support for Israel. Harter, who has led Christian missions to Israel dozens of times, participated in AJC's Solidarity Mission in September, after the summer war in Lebanon.

Harter joins a prestigious list of past recipients of the Isaiah Award, including Dr. Billy Graham; Dr. Martin E. Marty; the late John Cardinal O'Connor; Professor Thomas E. Bird; and Edward Idris Cardinal Cassidy.


On behalf of its advertisers, Hagerstown Magazine donated $500 to the "Books for Babies" program.

"Books for Babies," a partnership between the Washington County Reading Council, Washington County Free Library and Washington County Hospital, provides a brand-new book to every newborn at the Hospital's Birthing Center.

The books, which have cardboard pages and are especially selected for that very young age group, are packaged with a bookmark that lists other interesting books for new parents to share with their babies, as well as a brochure that emphasizes the importance of reading to young children.

Kate Rader, the owner of Hagerstown Magazine, came to the library and presented the donation to Pat Craven, curriculum and instruction specialist for reading at Washington County Public Schools, and Jeff Ridgeway, a children's librarian at the Central Library in Hagerstown. Craven and Ridgeway are on the "Books for Babies" steering committee.

Rader said that she felt her advertisers would appreciate helping to contribute to a program that has a lasting impact in the community.

Fulton County Medical Center recently received $25,000 from the Schmidt Community Trust. The trust was established in 1997 after the passing of Arthur Schmidt.

Although Schmidt was not a native of Fulton County, Pa., he left a lasting impression, a trust that will benefit the community for many years to come.

Born in Long Island, N.Y., Schmidt heard about Fulton County during World War II from an Army buddy, Clarence Bender. Bender not only introduced him to McConnellsburg, Pa., but also to his future wife, Ruth Lodge Kirk. The Schmidts planned to retire to McConnellsburg, but Ruth Schmidt passed away in 1975 before Arthur Schmidt's eventual move there in 1977.

The Schmidt committee reviews applications yearly from the community and either awards the trust or earmarks allocations for a special project in Fulton County that will be a benefit to the mass community.

Fulton County Medical Center is a Pennsylvania nonprofit corporation which owns and operates an 82-bed critical access hospital and skilled nursing care facility. FCMC is in the midst of building a $37.5 million replacement facility, expected to be completed in December 2007. Funds will be used to fund the heliport at the new facility.

Sally K. Gallena, graduate instructor and clinical supervisor in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at Loyola College in Baltimore, was recently notified that her book, "Voice and Laryngeal Disorders" is now in publication.

The publisher is Mosby Inc., an affiliate of Elsevier Inc.

The book is a problem-based clinical guide with voice samples, suitable for both graduate students and undergraduates, or any persons interested in speech and language disorders.

Gallena is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Kight of Deep Creek Lake, Md. She is a graduate of South Hagerstown High School and Towson University, as well as Loyola College. She and her husband, Rich Gallena, and family live in Millersville, Md.

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