August 29, 2008
DENVER (AP) -- Republican John McCain shook up the presidential race with his surprise choice of little-known Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate on Friday. Democrat Barack Obama, entering a crucial stage of the campaign fresh off his historic nominating convention, began a tour of battleground states. Obama left the convention city of Denver as the first black man to be nominated for president by a major political party. The 47-year-old Illinois senator won over the party faithful -- even some die-hard backers of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton -- but the broader electorate awaits.
March 5, 2011
When Diana Reyes was attending North Hagerstown and Williamsport high schools during the late 1990s, there were not many other Hispanic students to be found. In the late 2000s, when her twin brothers attended Williamsport High and then entered Hagerstown Community College, the schools' populations were much more diverse, said Reyes, 29, of Hagerstown. "Now I see how my brothers have a lot more friends, and the Hispanic population is growing," said Reyes, who is president of the Hispanic Association of Hagerstown.
September 2, 2008
Do you think John McCain's selection of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate was a good choice? Yes: 429 votes (62 percent) No: 261 votes (38 percent) Results as of Monday at 4 p.m. from votes received online.
May 31, 2009
Scott Needy of Smithsburg and Tammy Weaver of Stewartstown, Pa., were married May 10, 2009, at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The ceremony took place at the bedside of Needy's mother, Mary "Kathy" Foltz Needy, who had experienced a heart attack two weeks earlier. The bride is the daughter of Frank and Diane Weaver of Alaska. She is originally from Boise, Idaho.
May 20, 2011
Alaska has a soundtrack all its own — the thunderous groan of a glacier, the splashing tail of a king salmon, the deep baritone of a moose. It's an unparalleled performance on a stage that is bigger, wilder, more spectacular than anything in the Lower 48. With its vast expanse of nameless peaks, cobalt rivers, woodlands and tundra, it's a dream destination for many nature lovers. It's also a second home to Drs. Fred and Rebecca Wagner Bye. For the past four years, the Hagerstown periodontists have been traveling to the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska, with their children, Natalie, 14, and Mark, 10. Populous Anchorage lies to the north.
March 8, 2009
Greg Hunt, a driver with D.M. Bowman in Williamsport, drove a tractor pulling a float in the 2009 inaugural parade in Washington, D.C. The float carried the Suurimmaanitchuat Dancers from Barrow, Alaska. Hunt, who joined D.M. Bowman as a truck driver 19 years ago, has received safety awards for 17 consecutive years, including the company's driver of the year award in 1992.
June 4, 2012
1. It's Friday night The Cross Bonz will perform at 6 p.m. Friday, June 8, at The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., downtown Hagerstown. Cash bar. $5; $2, ages 12 and younger. Part of Wind Down Fridays. Call 301-790-3500 or go to www.mdtheatre.org . 2. Music with a spot of tea A four-course tea served on antique china will begin at noon Saturday, June 9, at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 750 Norland Ave., Chambersburg, Pa. Entertainment by Freedom Valley Chorus, an a cappella women's barbershop singing group.
May 16, 2011
Before moving to Washington County a year ago, the Rev. Dan Thornton lived in Alaska, where he and Susan, his wife of 30 years, went after college. He recalls early in his days there receiving a 2 a.m. phone call to butcher a moose that had been struck on the road to salvage the meat for charity. He thought it seemed like an odd request of a Christian ministries major with minors in music and Hebrew/Greek who had never hunted or fished. Such is life in The Land of the Midnight Sun. A pastor with the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches, Thornton resigned from his parish in Alaska four years before moving here.
February 3, 2004
The Conococheague Audubon Society will assist in the seventh annual "Great Backyard Bird Count" from Friday, Feb. 13, to Monday, Feb. 16. Participants of all ages and skill levels are welcome to help scientists investigate the status of winter birds by observing and counting birds in backyards. Individuals and families from Nome, Alaska, to Key West, Fla., will be taking part. The "Great Backyard Bird Count" is cosponsored by the Audubon Society and Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, N.Y. To find out more and to participate, go to www.birdsource.
May 26, 2012
Twins Allison and Olivia Lihou moved from Juneau, Alaska, to Charles Town, W.Va., two years ago, in time to spend their junior and senior years at Washington High School. The twins joined 263 fellow seniors on Saturday afternoon at Shepherd University's Butcher Center to receive diplomas as part of Washington High School's first four-year graduating class. Washington High School opened four years ago to take overcrowding pressure off Jefferson High School. Senior Class President Molly Brielle Potter built a metaphor around the construction of their school, saying a building project “requires time, effort, dedication from everyone involved.” As the school's first four-year graduates, they built a “firm and trustworthy foundation.