Community briefs

June 26, 2009

Veterans Night with the Keys

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Veterans Affairs Medical Center of Martinsburg, W.Va., will partner with the Frederick Keys to present Veterans Night at Harry Grove Stadium Sunday, June 28, in Frederick.

The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown by Martinsburg VAMC Director Ann Brown. "God Bless America" will be performed by retired Lt. Col. USA Tomy Wright. The game is between the Frederick Keys and the Wilmington Blue Rocks, with first pitch scheduled for 6 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m.

General admission tickets cost $5 for all military veterans and their families. Regular ticket price is $8. Veterans and their families will receive the discount when they prove veteran status by presenting a DD-214 or a VA health card.

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Donate blood - enter to win tickets

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 8, at Hagerstown Donor Center, 1131 Conrad Court, Hagerstown. All donors will be entered for a chance to win a pair of Warp Tour 2009 tickets for the Tuesday, July 14, concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Md. For information, call 800-GIVE LIFE or go to


Eisenhower Academy scheduled

GETTYSBURG, Pa. - The 12th annual Eisenhower Academy: An Institute for Teachers and Historians will be from Sunday, July 12, through Friday, July 17, at Gettysburg College. Sponsored by Eisenhower National Historic Site, Gettysburg College, Mount St. Mary's University, and the Dwight D. Eisenhower Society, the academy will focus on the Eisenhower presidency, including the policies, events, crises, and the lifestyle of 1950s America.

Lectures and discussion throughout the week will cover the foreign and domestic policy of the Eisenhower administration.

Two Pennsylvania professional education credits are available. Three graduate credits also are offered through Mount Saint Mary's University for an additional fee. Teachers, graduate students, and those who simply wish to learn more about Eisenhower and 1950s American are invited to attend.

Total cost of the week-long institute, including food, lodging in air-conditioned residence rooms with private baths, field trips and special evening events is $710 single occupancy. The day student rate is $460. For information and an academy agenda, call 717-338-9114, ext. 10, or go to

John Brown collection online

Whilbr, the historical Web site of Western Maryland Regional Library, has added a new collection: John Brown in Washington County online at

John Brown's 1859 exploits at Harpers Ferry are well known. Less well known is the time he spent in Washington County a few months earlier.

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