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September 13, 2005
BALTIMORE - Darrin E. Brown has been appointed associate state director for advocacy of AARP Maryland. Brown, who will work out of the Baltimore office, primarily is responsible for the organization's local, state and federal government relations and advocacy efforts statewide. Prior to joining AARP, Brown worked in government relations for AEGON and State Farm. In both jobs, he communicated policy and legislative positions to state- and federal-level offices on regulatory improvement, highway safety, natural disaster recovery, technology/e-commerce/privacy and postal reform, among other issues.
NEWS
By KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | December 11, 2012
Washington County delegation members said Tuesday they want more advocacy on legislative issues from the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce. Four legislators - Del. Andrew Serafini, R-Washington, Sen. George Edwards, R-Garrett/Allegany/Washington, Del. LeRoy Myers Jr., R-Washington/Allegany and Sen. Christopher Shank, R-Washington - were at the morning breakfast meeting at Hager Hall, the first in a series of prelegislative meetings with local groups the delegation held throughout the day. At least two of the legislators said they wanted more advocacy and involvement from the chamber when it comes to legislative issues.
NEWS
April 17, 2002
The 14th annual Parent-Child Center telethon raised $127,000 Saturday, said Millie Lowman, executive director of the center at 115 W. Washington St. The goal of the three-hour effort on NBC-25 was to generate funds and improve community awareness of the center's efforts to promote a healthy, safe and nurturing environment for at-risk children and families, Lowman said. Established in 1983 by the Exchange Clubs of Washington County, the private, nonprofit center provides prevention programs, advocacy services and parenting workshops.
NEWS
By BRUCE HAMILTON | December 28, 1998
A Hagerstown man has formed a nonprofit corporation to take over three Washington County Mental Health Authority services, including the "listening line," drop-in center and office of consumer advocacy program. [cont. from front page ] Kenneth Wireman, Office of Consumer Advocates Inc. board president, filed the articles of incorporation Monday. "I can't tell you how excited I am," he said. "With those three programs under one roof, we are probably one of the most formidable consumer advocacy groups in the state.
NEWS
September 9, 2006
The 15th annual run, Jane, run Women's Slo-Pitch Softball Tournament will be held today and Sunday at the Pinesburg Softball Complex on Md. 68 near Williamsport. Play starts today at 8 a.m. and the last game begins at 6 p.m. On Sunday, the action begins at 8:30 a.m., and championship games will be in the early afternoon. The tournament was started in 1992 with four teams. This year, 28 teams will participate. The tournament has raised approximately $175,000 over the past 14 years, according to organizers.
NEWS
February 4, 2009
FREDERICK, Md. - The City of Frederick is seeking interested citizens to serve on the Education Commission. The commission provides support for the education of city students through academic achievement, extracurricular activities and advocacy. The vacancies include a PTA representative, a teacher and two members at-large. The commission meets the first Thursday of each month at 4:30 p.m. at City Hall at 101 N. Court St. Candidates are required to be a resident of Frederick. Submit a letter of interest to Alderwoman Donna Kuzemchak, 101 N. Court St., Frederick MD 21701 by Wednesday, Feb. 11. For more information, contact Kuzemchak at 301-600-2966 or e-mail dkuzemchak@cityoffrederick.
NEWS
May 30, 1997
By BRENDAN KIRBY Staff Writer A Hagerstown-based advocacy group Wednesday applauded legislation that would protect volunteers from lawsuits. The Volunteer Protection Act, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives 190-35 and the Senate on a unanimous voice vote, would shield people from lawsuits when engaging in volunteer work. The bill includes exceptions for those who act maliciously, criminally or who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Michael O'Connor, executive director of Western Maryland Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse, said he expects President Clinton to sign the legislation.
NEWS
September 22, 2005
Adult Day Care The following medical day-care facilities are licensed by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene: Adult Day Services at Ravenwood Ravenwood Lutheran Village, 1109 Luther Drive, Hagerstown. Call 301-791-1030. Easter Seals Adult Day Services 11 W. Baltimore St., Hagerstown. Call 301-745-3828. Also a medical/social adult day-care program and is licensed by the Maryland Office on Aging and the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
NEWS
October 14, 2007
Advocacy '07 Oct. 15 - Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce, Advocacy '07: How Government Affects You and Your Business with U.S. Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Md., 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Four Points Sheraton, Dual Highway, east of Hagerstown. $25. Call 301-739-2015, ext. 100, e-mail chamber@hagerstown.org , or go to www.hagerstown.org . Disability Services Oct. 15-16; Oct. 22-23 - The Department of Rehabilitation Services at the Washington County One-Stop Job Center, 14 N. Potomac St., Suite 100, Hagerstown, 10 a.m. to noon.
NEWS
April 12, 2006
Stand up for clean water To the editor: Recently, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group released "Troubled Waters," a new report that reveals that 62 percent of major municipal and industrial facilities around the country dump more pollution into our waterways than is allowed by law. Instead of solving water pollution problems, the Bush administration is undermining clean water programs, allowing industries to dump more...
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By ALICIA NOTARIANNI | alnotarianni@aol.com | September 7, 2013
Heather Elliott said her late husband had struggled with depression. Over the years, she said, in his darkest times, he had spoken of suicide. She listened to him, tried to support him, encouraged him to get professional help. Still, not yet two weeks ago, on Aug. 27, her worst nightmare became a reality when he took his own life. Soon after, Elliott, 25, of Hagerstown saw an ad in the newspaper for the Out of the Darkness Community Walk. Hosted by the Maryland chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the event aimed to raise awareness of suicide, help prevent it and provide support for survivors - meaning family members who have lost loved ones to it. Elliott and her two young sons participated in the event Saturday morning at City Park in Hagerstown.
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By KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | July 7, 2013
Many Washington County lawmakers have earned high marks in a business advocacy group's annual score card that grades state legislators on the basis of how they voted on certain key measures related to the economic environment during the 2013 session of the Maryland General Assembly. The Maryland Business for Responsive Government, a nonpartisan group, last week released its score card, which is based on 10 Senate votes and 12 House votes, including an effort to raise the minimum wage in the state and another bill related to offshore wind energy.
NEWS
By HOLLY SHOK | holly.shok@herald-mail.com | May 3, 2013
The kind of uninhibited cheers preteen girls typically reserve for celebrity heartthrobs erupted Friday night as 12 area bachelors paraded through an audience of about 200 people, most of whom were women anxiously awaiting a chance to win a date. The second annual Charity Bachelor Auction, hosted by Friends of Safe Place, was held at BPO Elks Lodge No. 378, where the highest bidder paid $800 for a date with 34-year-old Jeffrey Butts of Hagerstown. The first bachelor up for bid, 27-year-old Arnold Martin III, of Martinsburg, W.Va., topped out at $250.
NEWS
February 19, 2013
Several students from Hagerstown Community College spent Feb. 6 in Annapolis to participate in Student Advocacy Day, organized through the Maryland Association of Community Colleges. During their visit, students had the opportunity to meet with members of the Western Maryland delegation, including Sen. Chris Shank, Del. Andrew Serafini and Del. LeRoy Myers. “Our trip to Student Advocacy Day was quite exciting. In between our meetings with delegates concerning community college support and higher education, we were witness to numerous demonstrations regarding firearms,” said Rick Howe, vice president of HCC's Student Government Association.
NEWS
By KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | December 11, 2012
Washington County delegation members said Tuesday they want more advocacy on legislative issues from the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce. Four legislators - Del. Andrew Serafini, R-Washington, Sen. George Edwards, R-Garrett/Allegany/Washington, Del. LeRoy Myers Jr., R-Washington/Allegany and Sen. Christopher Shank, R-Washington - were at the morning breakfast meeting at Hager Hall, the first in a series of prelegislative meetings with local groups the delegation held throughout the day. At least two of the legislators said they wanted more advocacy and involvement from the chamber when it comes to legislative issues.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | March 10, 2012
More than 1,000 children and their families came through the Safe Place Child Advocacy Center to receive treatment for abuse last year. Safe Place Executive Director Mooch Mutchler said the high abuse rate was one of the reasons the organization held its 6th Annual Family Evening of Comedy Saturday night at The Maryland Theatre in downtown Hagerstown. He said he hoped the event, which cost $20 per ticket, would raise close to $7,500. "It helps with all kinds of operating expenses," Mutchler said.
NEWS
By JANET HEIM | janeth@herald-mail.com | April 21, 2011
J. “Mooch” Mutchler might be new to his job as director of Safe Place, but he knows a good staff when he sees one. “That’s why I’m so happy to have this job. I’m working around a great group of people,” Mutchler said. April is National Child Abuse Month, and Mutchler is on a mission. “I want to get the word out when a child needs a voice. We can all be advocates,” Mutchler said. Safe Place is Washington County’s child advocacy center, a center that houses a multidisciplinary team of professionals to respond to child abuse reports.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | April 16, 2009
WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- The Waynesboro Borough Council on Wednesday agreed to approve $15,000 for Maranatha Inc.'s homelessness programs, despite denying a similar request from the organization in 2008. The matter will be discussed at another council meeting before the distribution can occur, Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger said. Demand for transitional housing, food and services increased substantially since the economy started to sour, according to Natalie Newcomer, Maranatha's founder.
NEWS
February 4, 2009
FREDERICK, Md. - The City of Frederick is seeking interested citizens to serve on the Education Commission. The commission provides support for the education of city students through academic achievement, extracurricular activities and advocacy. The vacancies include a PTA representative, a teacher and two members at-large. The commission meets the first Thursday of each month at 4:30 p.m. at City Hall at 101 N. Court St. Candidates are required to be a resident of Frederick. Submit a letter of interest to Alderwoman Donna Kuzemchak, 101 N. Court St., Frederick MD 21701 by Wednesday, Feb. 11. For more information, contact Kuzemchak at 301-600-2966 or e-mail dkuzemchak@cityoffrederick.
NEWS
By HEATHER KEELS | November 14, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- A delegation from China's National Population and Family Planning Commission was in Hagerstown Thursday to study how the United States manages family planning and social services for children. The visit was part of a two-day seminar coordinated by Kaplan College in Hagerstown and included tours of Washington County Hospital and Safe Place, a child advocacy center in the Walnut Street Community Health Center. Friday, the group is scheduled to visit Mont Alto Family Practice in Pennsylvania and Manito, an organization that provides alternative education for youths with behavioral problems and learning disabilities.
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