Community briefs

May 01, 2009

Public safety awards ceremony at HCC

Hagerstown Community College will host the annual public safety awards ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 8, at Kepler Theater on the HCC campus.

This ceremony recognizes officers who have served the citizens of Washington County in an exemplary manner during the past year. Awards will be presented to employees from the Boonsboro Police Department, Maryland State Police Hagerstown Barrack, Washington County Sherriff's Office, Maryland Correctional Institution, Maryland Correctional Training Center, and Roxbury Correctional Institution. Guest speaker will be administrative Judge John H. McDowell of the city circuit court for Washington County.

The public is invited to attend. For information, contact Jeffrey Morgan, assistant professor, HCC administration of justice program, at 301-790-2800, ext. 223, or at

Land Trust lecture

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - The Potomac Audubon Society will sponsor a presentation by Grant Smith, the president of the Land Trust of the Eastern Panhandle. The program will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 13, at the National Conservation Training Center, 698 Conservation Way, Room 151.


Smith's presentation will focus on the Land Trust's efforts to safeguard Eastern Panhandle farmland, open space, scenic views, parkland and historic landscapes for future generations.

For information, contact Peter Smith at 304-876-1139 or

Strategic planning course

Leadership Washington County will present a strategic planning course from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 13, at American Red Cross, 1131 Conrad Court, Hagerstown.

During the seminar, participants will learn strategies to identify and articulate values, develop a vision and mission based on those values, and understand how to bridge from mission, vision and values, to the next steps of strategic planning.

The cost is $150 for the executive director and up to three board members, resource materials and breakfast. For information, call 301-791-5807 or go to

Basic mediation training

The Washington County Community Mediation Center is offering a free training course for those interested in becoming mediators.

Fifty hours of training is provided at no charge to participants. In exchange, volunteers agree work at least 100 hours to support the mediation center and its programs.

Once trained, mediators will help neighbors, families, couples and co-workers in Washington County peacefully resolve their own conflicts. Volunteer hours for students may be applied to student service learning requirements for graduation.

Mediation students attend a mandatory orientation on Monday, May 25, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the mediation center, 101 Summit Ave., Hagerstown.

The training will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 6, 7, 13, 14, 27 and 28. Breakfast and lunch are provided. The training course will be held at the United Way of Washington County, 33 W. Franklin St., Suite 203, Hagerstown.

For more information about the training or mediation services, call 301-665-9262 or e-mail

Early court records added to Web

Three previously unavailable collections of early Washington County Court records have been added to the Web site of Western Maryland Regional Library, at

The 1803-1804 Tax Records for Washington County lists the names, land holdings and possessions of those owing taxes.

The second collection, Court Records for Washington County 1778-1793, includes the names of many of the county's well-known inhabitants, such as Thomas Cresap, Joseph Chapline, George Swearingen, Thomas Ringgold, Christian Newcomer, Henry Funk and Nathaniel Rochester.

The third collection, Jail and Other Law Enforcement Records of Colonel Nathaniel Rochester, Sheriff of Washington County 1804-1806, are the records kept of prisoners in the jail.

The Whilbr Web site features images of original source documents from the collections of public libraries, historical societies and individuals in Western Maryland. Its purpose is to display Maryland-related historical documents, images, audio and video.

Hard copies of these news collections are at Washington County Free Library, 100 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. For more information, call Marsha Fuller at 301-739-3250, ext. 176.

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