A nurse remembers

November 28, 2012|Linda Murray | Around West Hagerstown

Mettie Sheetz, a long-time member of the Washington Square United Methodist Church in West Hagerstown, recently shared some wonderful stories about the history of the Washington County Hospital and her time working there.

Mettie’s hospital employment began in 1959. She worked as a nurse’s aide until her retirement in 1982.

Mettie was trained by a wonderful nurse named Virginia Fiery, who in her words “was an angel.”

The hospital gave employees their uniform and hers was a starched yellow dress with a white apron, hosiery and white shoes. She was also given one meal a day.

When she began working, her pay was $30 a month. It was also a time when nurses wore white starched uniforms and caps.

Mettie loved working at the hospital and has many fond memories of the people she worked with over the years.

Lions Club holding Coats for Kids program

The Coats for Kids program will be sponsored by North Hagerstown Lions again this year from now through Jan. 10.


The big, red dropoff container is at the Sears end of Valley Mall.

Please make sure all of the coats are clean and in good shape. Newborn through adult sizes will be accepted. The coats will be distributed to two local nonprofit groups, including Children In Need and The Parent Child Center.

If you need to have coats picked up or have any questions, call Carolyn at 301-991-3244.

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