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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | November 2, 2008
WASHINGTON COUNTY - Those with election fever might find it tough to check their loyalties at the door when they go to work. But they have to, according to rules in place at government agencies and other workplaces. Nonprofit organizations must be vigilant about not violating Internal Revenue Service prohibitions on political advocacy, at the risk of losing tax exemptions. In Maryland, state employees may speak their mind about politics during off hours, but are limited while on the job. That limit, or a perception of it, was at the heart of a recent controversy involving Democrat Douglas M. Duncan, who said he was told not to speak at a Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce dinner scheduled to feature him and former Republican Gov. Robert Ehrlich discussing politics.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | November 1, 2008
WASHINGTON COUNTY Those with election fever might find it tough to check their loyalties at the door when they go to work. But they have to, according to rules in place at government agencies and other workplaces. Nonprofit organizations must be vigilant about not violating Internal Revenue Service prohibitions on political advocacy, at the risk of losing tax exemptions. In Maryland, state employees may speak their mind about politics during off hours, but are limited while on the job. That limit, or a perception of it, was at the heart of a recent controversy involving Democrat Douglas M. Duncan, who said he was told not to speak at a Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce dinner scheduled to feature him and former Republican Gov. Robert Ehrlich discussing politics.
NEWS
July 9, 2008
The Washington County Community Partnership for Children & Families is seeking interested individuals to fill a board opening. Individual members can be private citizens who are residents of Washington County, including the professional and business community, recipients of services, child service volunteers, leaders from the religious community and providers of family services. Board members must live in Washington County and be committed to "Working together to improve the lives of children and families in Washington County.
NEWS
By DON AINES | May 16, 2008
SHIPPENSBURG, PA. -- Shippensburg University has issued a statement saying it is reviewing allegations made in a federal lawsuit claiming the university violated a 2004 settlement with a First Amendment advocacy group, but an official with the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) Center said the suit is moving forward. On May 7, the ADF filed suit in federal court claiming, in part, that the university was using language in the student handbook Swataney, which violated the 2004 settlement.
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By ERIN JULIUS | April 26, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- An innovative juggler and ventriloquist entertained the crowd Saturday night at The Maryland Theatre during the second annual Evening of Comedy & Magic, held to benefit Safe Place, Washington County's Child Advocacy Center. Kaitlyn Hollinger, 10, attended the event last year and thought it was exciting. This year, she brought a friend. "My best friend, Kaitlyn, said it was fun and I would have a great time," Angelina VanPelt said. Kaitlyn's little brother, 6-year-old Kameron Hollinger, called the magic show "very very cool.
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
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
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 TRISH RUDDER | October 7, 2005
trishr@herald-mail.com BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Ann Harkins, executive director of CASA of the Eastern Panhandle, and Valerie Smith, its co-founder, asked the Morgan County Commission on Thursday for $2,500 to fund the 2006 program. Harkins said CASA, or Court-Appointed Special Advocates, was established two years ago. Since then, CASA volunteers have helped 21 abused and neglected children in Morgan County. Harkins said the county has six volunteers, and two more will be trained by the first of the year.
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.
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