Community briefs

September 18, 2009

Nominations sought for People's Choice Awards

Nomination forms are being accepted for the 10th Annual People's Choice Awards, sponsored by The Community Foundation of Washington County Inc. This is an opportunity to nominate someone who gives generously and unselfishly of their time, talents and abilities to improve the quality of life in Washington County. Three nominees will be honored at the 10th Annual People's Choice Awards Banquet on Nov. 12. Tickets cost $100. In addition to being honored at the dinner, a $5,000 endowment fund will be established on behalf of each winner to benefit the nonprofit organization of their choice.

Nomination forms are available in today's Herald-Mail, online at or by calling 301-745-5210. Nomination deadline is Friday, Oct. 16.

Prayer for Peace

International Day of Prayer for Peace will be observed with a prayer vigil and candlelight walk through downtown Hagerstown to pray for peace in the community, nation and world at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21. Meet at Hagerstown Church of the Brethren parking lot, corner of East Washington and Mulberry streets.


For information, call Ed Poling at 301-733-3565. The event is sponsored by Church of the Brethren Peace Awareness Team, Interfaith Coalition of Washington County.

Women's Conference scheduled

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The 17th Cumberland Valley Women's Conference is from8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at Wilson College. The theme is "Women Growing Sustainable Communities" and will be held in the Harry R. Brooks Complex for Science, Mathematics and Technology. The day will offer 15 workshops and more than 30 exhibitors. Registration costs $20; $5 for students. Lunch is included. Registration deadline is Monday, Sept. 21. For more information or to register, go to

Flag dedication

A flag dedication will be Saturday, Sept. 19, at Discovery Station. The flag was flown over the U.S. Capitol on Flag Day. The dedication is in honor of all armed forces, past, present and future, The Conococheague D.A.R. will conduct a ceremony, and a reception will follow from 2 to 3 p.m. Afternoon admission is free.

Historical figures sought

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Humanities Council is seeking applications from people to portray historical figures as part of the council's History Alive program. Historically significant persons from any period are eligible for consideration.

With the upcoming sesquicentennial of the American Civil War beginning in 2011 the humanities council is particularly interested in proposals for characters related to the Civil War and West Virginia statehood. The application deadline is Jan. 1. Those who submit successful proposals receive a stipend to support research to develop the proposed character. Proposals are limited to two potential characters per applicant and must be for portrayal of an actual person.

Those interested to apply should contact program officer Mark Payne at 304-346-8500 or for application materials.

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